Category Archives: American IPA

Epic New England Style IPA (Citralush)

Brewery: Epic Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: “Praise the haze”

Brewer Description: (from website) These juicy, hazy, hop bombs are packed to the brim with flavor. In fact, we’ve been downright irresponsible when it comes to hop utilization. Our brewers have been experimenting with everything from lupulin powder, to massive hop backs, exploring the flavor synergies of fermentation hopping, and literally cramming in more dry hops then our tanks can even hold. Our New England-Style IPA rotates through different recipes as and hop charges as we source new and interesting hop verities. See the side of the can for indicators about each new recipe.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.08
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 12 fl. oz. can with no canned on or best before date. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark orange (like mango juice) colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Mango, orange, citrus zest, pine and a hint of damp wood.
Taste: Juicy tropical mango and peach, citrus orange zest and lemon peel coupled with touches of pine, dank, bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice, refreshing and tasty NEIPA.

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Popihn New England IPA

Brewery: Brasserie Popihn
Country: France
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American IPA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Amarillo / Centennial / Rakau / Simcoe / Waimea.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 6th January 2018 (did not know I left this in the fridge for so long). Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A murky dark straw yellow colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention but left minimal lacing.
Aroma: Fruity grapefruit rind, citrus zest, pineapple, pine and grass with hints of tropical mango and papaya late on.
Taste: Sweet pineapple balanced with citrusy grapefruit zest and rind, pine and grass. Light bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice, refreshing and easy to drink.

Young Master Fake Juice

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 30 IBUs. Juicy, hazy, hoppy.

Brewer Description: (from website) It’s really not fruit juice, but we won’t blame you for thinking so. Fake Juice. Real Beer. NE IPA. Loaded with Citra and Mosaic, Fake Juice is a NE IPA without any fruit addition. This is a hoppy, juicy, hazy IPA filled with note of grapefruit, guava and mango. Combination of soft bitterness and fluffy body makes this beer as sessionable as a glass of juice, if not more.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.16
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 946ml crowler, filled on 21st December 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark orange colour with a just over one finger white head that had good retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Mango, orange rind and a touch of lemon.
Taste: Like the aroma, there’s tropical and citrus fruitiness, mainly mango, citrus rind, grapefruit and a touch of pineapple.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: Nice, juicy and easy to drink.

Garage Project Hippity Dippity

Brewery: Garage Project
Country: New Zealand
ABV: 7.4%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brett IPA

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Some friends come with a little extra. Hippity Dippity hoppy IPA, fermented with a very special strain of Brettanomyces captured and cultured by a like-minded friend and generously shared with us. Its unique mango and tropical fruit forward flavour marries perfectly with Amarillo, Citra and Galaxy hops to create an IPA with a startling fruit cocktail punch. Here’s to friends with benefits.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.3
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 4th March 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with a big three finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical mango, barnyard, leather and brett.
Taste: Lightly bitter and lightly sour, mango, brett, citrus peel, apricot and a touch of pepper spice.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.
Overall: I think the brett was a bit overpowering with not enough sour, bitter or tropical fruit in the taste.

Finback x Fuerst Wiacek All Caps

Brewery: Finback Brewery x Fuerst Wiacek
Country: USA
ABV: 6.4%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Hops – Melba, Citra and Mosaic

Brewer Description: (from can) IPA dry hopped with Melba, Citra and Mosaic. Brewed in collaboration with our friend Fuerst Wiacek.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.01
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 1 pint can with no canned on or best before date printed on it. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy and tropical mango, peach, apricot, pineapple and lemon zest.
Taste: Not what I was expecting given the aroma. Just pineapple from the tropical side along with citrus lemon and lime with perhaps some grassy, herbal and floral notes. Finish is lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Great tropical aromas which didn’t translate in the taste, although still quite nice and definitely refreshing. Just not as ‘juicy’ as I had hoped for given the wonderful aroma.