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Outta Focus Double IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

Outta Focus Double IPAOutta Focus Double IPA

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.1%

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stakem on 09-08-2010)
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Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at the Harrisburg location, great time, great food and great service.

22 oz. bomber poured several times into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Nice Golden on it's way to amber color, but lighter, so more golden. The clarity is outstanding here, the liquid portion comes out completely clear, really solid job in that department. There is a slightly off white colored head with many different sized bubbles with some really good lacing and glass retention to it. Really a top notch and high quality looking double IPA.

Ok so we take a slight step back in the aroma department, it's not bad, it's just not great. Like a few other reviewers have mentioned, one of the more dominant features is that it's sweet smelling. It's very bready and I think it has a strong malt backbone, caramel and toffee present. Hops also make their way out, both citrus and pine. It all smells good, but it's just not very strong, which is something that is usually distinct about a quality double IPA.

Taste is a slight step up from the small. Again the breadiness is present probably pale and caramel malts. Again the citrus and pine hops are present in the flavor with some of the slightest of slight alcohol flavors. All good, but again, overall not too strong.

Mouthfeel is really good, and a step up again. Really smooth and a low medium feel. Overall there's a good carbonation level and and smooth for the style. Slight pinch at the end from a combination of the alcohol and the hops. Slightly oily feel too. I saw several reviews mention that this is a sipper, but I kinda disagree, I found this beer to go very quickly. Really drinkable and all around pretty solid. NOt the best Double IPA in the world(I've had better and hoppier standard IPAs), but still pretty good and worth trying if you make your way to one of their good brew pubs.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 02:23:34 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: loads of citrus and pine with some milder caramel tones in the background.

Taste: big caramel profile with a sharp bitter grapefruit and pine. Some orange tones are softer and alcohol is mildly noticeable. The bitterness is biting.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a strong dryness late.

Overall: a slow sipping beer that is a bit unbalanced towards the sharp bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 22:48:06 | More by Gavage
Photo of philbe311


3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a half worth of delicate fluffed pure white foam... The color is a medium gold... Moderate carbonation... Some rings of lacing cling to the glass throughout the session...

S - Hops are at the forefront, but are much more muted than I expected... There is a slight caramel sweetness and biscuit quality to the nose...

T - The palate follows the nose exactly... The hops are at the forefront, but are not nearly as assertive nor inspired as I would have hoped... There is a decent malt base of caramel and biscuit which add a bit of depth, but there isn't too much else going on... The finish has a slight peppery component to it...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Light to moderate carbonation... Smooth... Even and consistent with each sip...

D - This one is a rather timid DIPA that drinks much more like a traditional American IPA... It's not a bad beer by any means, but is rather pedestrian and unremarkable in all facets... Many better options out there for those looking for a hop fix...

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 01:51:06 | More by philbe311
Photo of chefhatt


3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at paradise by slice served in a snifter
This beer has a nice bronze color, with a small white head. The smell has some citrus notes to it. The taste gives you a quick hop bite then a sweet hop and malt on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is good and overall a decent dipa. It is a easy drinking dipa at only 8 percent

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 21:56:34 | More by chefhatt
Photo of nimrod979


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear bronz-ish color with one finger white head. Fades quick with just hints of lacing.

Aroma: Floral and citrusy hops. Caramel malt presence leads me to believe this won't be a hop bomb.

Taste: Nothing really stand out in the flavor. Quick citrusy hops bitterness hits up front before being taken over with a caramelized sweet malt flavor. A bit too malty for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Almost full bodied with a thick stcky mouthfeel. Carbonation is slightly low. Subtle lingering bitterness and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 16:25:58 | More by nimrod979
Photo of IronLover


3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper orange in color with near perfect clarity. Poured with a brief white head that reduced to a wispy cap. Citrus orange and sweet caramel malt aromas with a touch of metal. Aroma is generally light for a DIPA. Full body feel with rich tangy carbonation. Ripe citrus flavor and caramel malt initially that is quickly overcome by pine hop bitterness that carries through the middle to the end. A bit of spicy, tangy herbal hoppiness in the middle. Caramel malt manages to peak through the pine hop character a bit thru the middle and end. Finishes with a lingering pine hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 21:44:54 | More by IronLover
Photo of bubseymour


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear copper color with minimal head and no retention.

Smell - Some pine hops and malts and bready notes

Taste - Well balanced and flavorful IPA. Not the high screamin' citrus hops presense like other imperials. Has a nice malt balance with just mild bitterness in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - a nice full bodied mouthfeel. Doesn't feel like 8% but more like 6-6.5%

Overall - I wasn't overly excited about this beer upon purchase, but it is surprisingly well crafted and is a good IPA. Recommend a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 23:49:05 | More by bubseymour
Photo of IdrinkGas


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy copper orange with a fluffy head. Left some very sticky lacing around the entire glass.
Sweet malt dominates the nose. Also some faint hops.
Taste is malt forward. There is some bitter hoppiness in the finish. Hops seemed to come out a litle more as it warmed.
Medium carbonation saves this one from being a sticky malty mess . Probably my favorite part of this beer.

BA says this is a spring release. Has it been sitting on shelves since spring? Who knows? There isn't a bottled on date. I usually do not buy IPA's if there isn't a date but this 22oz bottle was only like $6.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:53:32 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of micromaniac129


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a copper color and has good clarity.
Pours with a white foamy head but has a loose soapy structure and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was a bit disappointing in that the hop bouguet that was expected simply was not there. Instead it appears this beer mellowed and had a more amber bouguet. Light of hops and a more pronounced caramel malts.
Ditto taste. Hops are light and lean to floral, pehaps a tad of citrus too. Malts seem balanced with caramel and some bread crust. This beer has a medium mouthfeel and is smooth on the palette. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Avg. carbo's.
This beer really didn't stand out for me. Good yes, but nothing to separate it from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 10:44:22 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ejimhof


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours an amber color with a good head.

Smell - flowerery with a hint of hops.

Taste - slightly bitter with none of the sweetness associated with East Coast DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - medium body.

Overall - this is a decent IPA one that you pick when none of the big boys is on tap.

Serving type: growler

10-23-2011 23:15:30 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Koufax21

New Mexico

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

A - poured a nice copper color with a good 1 inch head that held for a while.

S - grassy notes with some mild citrus.

T - nothing really gets me excited about this one. Decent hop flavor, mild sweetness. Had a little boozy finish. Didn't expect that.

M - medium body. Good carbonation.

O - glad I got to try it, but won't be looking for this anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 16:50:38 | More by Koufax21
Photo of DaveHack


2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bomber into RR-tion glass

This beer purs a nice coppery color, and it goes downhill from there. The smell is of slightly grassy and floral. The taste is an odd bitter taste and a really bad, cheap boozy aftertaste. Yhis is 8% but the aftertaste is much harsher than that. The mouthfeel is odd as well. It isn't very smooth, it goes down rather awkwardly. I do not want to try this again. I poured the last bit of the bomber. It isn't so bad as to be a drainpour, but I have so many delicious beers that I hate to waste the calories or time with a subpar beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:32:22 | More by DaveHack
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appalachian Brewing : Outta Focus : @ Harrisburg Location

Pours a bright orange in color. Soapy head leaves lacing down the glass. Aroma of citrusy, almost tropical hops lending alot of fruit to the smell. In the taste, quite sweet with caramel, pineapple, herbal hops and mild citrus. Mouthfeel was smooth, carbonation adequate. Overall, an enjoyable double IPA, alittle on the sweet side, but would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 18:00:09 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Pencible


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like oranges and copper and honey, with a little roasted barley.
T: It tasted like bright orange and grapefruit hops, with caramel malt and some copper and bread. It had a clean and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a pretty nice double IPA, with good scent and taste and body. The alcohol was hidden decently, so it was pretty easy to drink. But there was nothing overly delicious or unique about it, so it was ultimately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 20:20:01 | More by Pencible
Photo of ShanePB


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the new Appalachian Brewing Co. brewpub in Collegeville, PA - poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber/bronze color with a very creamy white head that provided really great retention the entire time. Some lacing is present, as well. Standard fair, it seems, for a cask IIPA.

S: Right away you can tell this is going to be a definite malt-centric type of IIPA. Slightly roasted notes of a caramel malt come through initially and well into the finish of the nose. Grassy hop notes with a touch of alcohol are also here but unfortunately that's about it. Nothing about this screams hoppy, bummer.

T: Following suit with the nose, the palate is coated with a blast of dry malts that seemingly cover up any hop bite that may have been intended. This is definitely not the way to balance out malts and hops in an IIPA. A few hints of orange zest from a more citrusy hop on the palate try to come forward but it's just not enough to break through this strong malt exterior. What a letdown.

M: Smooth, creamy, extremely low carbonation - really nice for a cask, I'd say hard to screw up.

I've never had this in bottles or on a regular CO2 tap but this cask version is really disappointing. I wouldn't say it's a bad beer, it's definitely drinkable and was pretty enjoyable but nothing I'd ever reach for again served on cask.

Serving type: cask

05-27-2011 13:49:02 | More by ShanePB
Photo of stakem


2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On the hand pump at the Harrisburg location on 5/20/11. Served initially in a pint, than later poured into an oversized mug by the bartender.

This brew appear a cloudy amber brown color that you can hardly see through the edges of. A cascade of bubbles rise and form a creamy off-white head that holds very strong throughout the duration of the experience. Everything about the brew looks quite appealing except for the unusual dark brown coloration and complete lack of clarity that this brew shows when not on cask.

The smell of this brew is primarily caramel malt sweetness, some fruity quality that seemingly comes from an ester aspect of the alcohol and not hops. The hop character that does come through is faintly citrus-like. Some mineral aspect evolves and gets more evident as the brew warms.

The taste is very malty sweet with the sweetness of residual caramel malt character playing a significant role in this brew's flavor. Some more fruity indications are evident minorly reminiscent of hops but have more of a feel of alcohol flavoring. Faint citrus hops are present hidden under the dominating malt aspect that gets progressively more vanilla-like in it's sweetness. The alcohol is evident in this brew with a warming effect and fruity esters.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that has a low amount of carbonation (even for a cask offering.) It's drinkable and smooth in the feel but seriously lacking a hop bite for a DIPA. This does not drink like a DIPA, it drinks more like it's English counterpart but with too much sweetness. I wanted to give this brew an honest chance since my last experience and this time around was even worse. This brew is average at best.

Serving type: cask

05-24-2011 19:43:24 | More by stakem
Photo of tbrown4


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Harrisburg brewpub.

A - Light copper, clean and clear, off-white fine bubbled one-and-a-half-finger head, thick sticky lacing, moderate head retention through the tasting

S - Honey, sweet malt, creamy, light hop presence

T - Very sharply bitter hops up front. The middle is big and chewy and is more malt focused than I expected. Picking up some tart citrus notes of orange and tangerine. Long bitter and malty sweet finish

M - Medium in body

O - This is a pretty good double IPA. It's not mind blowing but it's certainly a good representation of the style. If you are a fan of the style in general, this beer will not disappoint. It's not a session beer at all, it's good to finish your night as it's a palate killer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 14:23:02 | More by tbrown4
Photo of orangesol


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the original Cameron Street location into a standard pint.

A - Pours amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, light citrus twang; most notably orange; and some dulled citric hops. If this is a double IPA then their single is a pale ale.

T - Starts off with a light caramel sweetness from the malt quickly giving way to a mix of light citric hop bitterness and some citric fruit. Finish is a mix of light hop bitterness and caramel sweetness. Not the worst I have had but far from the best.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Not much bitterness in the feel with some light caramel malt lingering thru the finish.

O - Not too bad. I am not sure what makes this one a "Double IPA" as it really doesn't taste like one. I actually think they should scrap their single IPA, Hoppy Trails, and replace it with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 00:08:50 | More by orangesol
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Supposedly, only a handful of cases of this stuff was released. I was lucky to score 2 bombers of it.

A: Dark, clear, amberish kind of color, with a nice 2 finger head or so after a hard pour.

S: Whoa.... Fruit bomz r'us! Yeasty and malty for sure, but the hops played second fiddle to the intense orange citrus.

T: More citrus... but at least it was fresh. This was extremely well balanced, in an East Coast sort of way. Nice citrusy dry finish.

M: Carbonated enough for the style, sweet, but in a fruity, organic sort of way. I wish there was more bitterness on the end. Here's to hoping...

O: This was basically a dead ringer for Heavy Seas "Loose Cannon." Good, but not great. True West Coast hopheads may be disappointed...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:30:55 | More by Chaney
Photo of Kegatron


2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ ABC Harrisburg on 4/8/11. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a smooth finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, leaving back a foamy cascade of lacing. The aroma smells flowery but is mostly more piney, with a big underlying push of tropical fruit and caramel sweetness. This definitely has some power going on here in the nose but some more floral character would have definitely been welcome here.

The taste initially has a strong bitter grapefruit bite up front, before swallowed up by that tangy wave of sugary fruit, sticky caramel and bready feeling grains. Hops control the finish with resins, rind, and spice all lingering hard but the profile here is mostly coming off as very sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller feeling, with a more of a smooth mellow texture to the carbonation. This just seems like the overall feel could be tightened up some, as some more sharpness here might have brought more of those hops out. The alcohol is mostly well hid here though, with just some alcohol warmth coming out across the back of the palate after each sip.

I missed this one last year when it was on and well; I can’t really say that this one was worth the wait. This just seemed way too unbalanced toward the sweet side of things, with the body lacking some needed presence, and the aroma needing some more fresh and floral character to it. This just seemed like a bit of a mess of a DIPA. Hopefully they will continue to work this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 19:04:10 | More by Kegatron
Photo of bymyheelicarenot


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just got my growler filled from the local brewpub and finally trying this Dipa. There really is not much to the smell a very mild hop scent but very weak maybe I am catching a cold I dont know. Appearance wise its very appealing a rich dark amber with a very thick lace forming almost no head. Nice thick mouthfeel with a sweet taste upfront and a really strong bitter hop after taste. A very good beer not the best Dipa but I will enjoy this growler.

Serving type: growler

04-09-2011 02:38:58 | More by bymyheelicarenot
Photo of woodychandler


4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Transcribed from notes dated Sa, 25 Sept 2010.

This arrived with a finger of light-tan head with low retention. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Get on the bus, Gramma, the hops train is ready to roll! Mouthfeel was medium with an upfront hops intensity that actually caught me off-guard thanks to so many AALs of late in support of The CANQuest (TM). I worried (briefly) that I may be losing my edge. Nah. After the initial shock wore off, I settled into the wash of hops that this beer brought to the game. Finish left me with a renewed appreciation for lots o' hops. Zounds! Let's do that again, real soon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 17:03:21 | More by woodychandler
Photo of thain709


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a copper body and a one finger white head...the head showed nice retention which lead to decent lacing

S - The nose was hoppy, but not as hoppy as I was expecting...the hops were floral and fruity...the malt plays a big role and sweetens the nose

T - There is a lot of malt packed into this one...sweet caramel malt is around and really takes the bitterness out of the hops...in the middle the malts present themselves with a toasted grain flavor...as for the hops they are again muted...they are absent but the malt is there to overpower them...a slight bitterness lingers as the hops give of a bit of citrus flavor

M - Medium bodied...lighter in feel, not very bitter...typical for their beer

D - I was actually looking forward to the release of this beer and I was hoping that they could do something with this one...but like usual, I was disappointed...the hops are there but not like they describe...too much malt and not enough bitterness

Serving type: on-tap
@ Appalachian Brewing Company, 3721 Market Street, Camp Hill

10-08-2010 10:57:05 | More by thain709
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