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Outta Focus Double IPA - Appalachian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by nimrod979:
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3.58/5  rDev +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.

nimrod979, Jul 08, 2012
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whatname, Apr 13, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 12, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43%

dtx00, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

erialbill, Jun 29, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When backlighted a burgundy with orange highlights that showed a haziness with a strong, glass consuming effervesce. The head was 3 inches plus, cantaloupe flesh color, with a marshmellow texture. Long lasting capping with a generous amount of foam stickage on the glass.

S: Touch of apple-citrus, fresh, with some cinnamon stick and toasted caramel breadiness. Sweet toasted malt fruintess, nice mixture, low aromatic strength.

T: Dry caramel citrus hopping upfront. Toasted dryness of malt, pine, dried apple and a fade of grassy hops. Moderately strong rate of hoppiness, lemon peel-pine and sticky caramel on the swallow.

M: Bready full of speciality grains, toasted dryness, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky.

O: Overall nice full bodied, toasted dryness flavor. A more then adequate hopping rate, while some ipas lose some luster deeper into the drink, this gains strength and moementum throughout the bomber experience. good overall.

beerthulhu, Jul 18, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

philbe311, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

buzzy, Apr 02, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

IdrinkGas, Nov 05, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

dsshuck, Aug 21, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

bymyheelicarenot, Apr 09, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

ShanePB, May 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

calcnerd, Jan 30, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

bubseymour, Mar 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Dave_Treat, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14%

BeerCon5, Feb 27, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

woodychandler, Feb 19, 2011
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tfsimpkins, Dec 16, 2013
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AngusOg, Apr 24, 2013
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EinFesteBurg, Mar 06, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Gavage, Aug 02, 2013
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Outta Focus Double IPA from Appalachian Brewing Company
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