4 Seasons IPA - Voodoo Brewing Company

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4 Seasons IPA4 Seasons IPA

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264 Ratings

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2007

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Ratings: 264 | Reviews: 129
Reviews by ommegangpbr:
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to meet one of the brewers at a tasting at a Buy Rite when sampling this brew. Apparently, the ingredients in this IPA are different with every season, making each batch more seasonal; a seasonal beer each time.
This batch is hoppy and satisfying. Very well balanced with a pleasant lingering, bitter citrus finish. A happy citrus family, really. I look forward to trying out the batch from the next season and intend to pick some more out before the season is out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky hazed copper color with a half finger white head atop that stuck around for awhile leaving a ring of lace as it settled.Grapefruit and leafy hop aromas with some grain and light caramel sweetness.The hop complexity on the palate was good with sharp citric notes along with grassiness and even some lingering earthiness,biscuit malts and a bit of wet grain in the finish,the alcohol added a little more zip and sweetness.Not bad, I really liked this complex ipa.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Mild haze with a deep reddish-amber color, thin off-white lacing is very sticky. Herbal and mildly citric hop, buttery yeast and bready malt fill the nostrils. Crisp medium body. Grainy, with a sweet caramel and toasted biscuity combo of maltiness up front. Hop bitterness is a little prickly with layers of sharpness that unfold. Solid hop flavor brings a sweet herbal, light citrus and faint mint to the palate. Maltiness and the buttery tone is big enough to keep the beer balanced, but the hop character is just aggressive enough to capture the drying finish with a long, lingering herbal flavor.

A very interesting and tasty IPA. Balance is the theme--the hops and malt really work together here. A good change of pace from the super hopped IPAs of today.

Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is pretty straightforward. I get a lot of pine and bread notes and not too much else. The flavor is very similar. There is a mix of pine and orange citrus notes from the hops, as well as some biscuit malt which keeps the bitterness fairly low for the style. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks goes out to PittRooney for this nice extra!

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a tulip. no freshness date, but a silver cap. based on other reviews i take this to be the spring season.

pours out a murky amber orange body with 2 fingers of an off white fluffy cap. left some very nice retention and lots of thick sticky lace.

a nicely balanced aroma. not huge, but whats there is nice. piney, earthy hops with some grapefruit citrus. just a touch spicy. balanced by some bready, biscuity, slightly caramel malt.

piney, earthy, grapefruit citrus. nicely balanced by a nice malt bill. lots of bready and biscuity malt, just a hint of carmel. i also detect a little rye like spiciness. finishes with quite a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

heavier side of medium bodied, feels more like a DIPA. smooth and velvety on the palate. easy drinking, i could definatly go for another right now.

a solid IPA, that shows a nice balance with an interesting malt bill. reminds me in all aspects of sly fox's rt.113 IPA. a solid brew, id love to give the other seasons a try. definatly worth a bottle if you can find this.

Photo of Soonami
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bomber with a friend

This beer was intensely carbonated, taking it out from the cooler and popping the top, it began spewing like a bottle of champagne. I figured between that and the huge amount of billowing foam that had to be poured off (literally, 1 inch of beer and 8 of foam when I first poured it) we lost about 20% of the beer.

However, overall I was very satisfied by this beer. As soon as I opened it, I could smell the fragrant floral hops and the sweet caramelly malt. It looked good in a glass once it settled down and the lacing was substantial. It tasted how it smelled, with herbally hops, but not the citrusy, piney like in West Coast IPA's, but more malt and herbal hops in the beer. The IPA coated my mouth richly and finished very well. I finished my half of the bomber and wanted more.

Good, but only if you are a fan of and appreciate East Coast IPA's

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy caramel amber hue forms a thicket of dark tan head chunky textured largely bubbled thin lacing pretty scant in that department but the semi hazed hue really attracts me to this small northwestern PA brewer's product. Aromatic as all hell with citrus peels, pine cones, and grassy herbal traits this beer pretty much hits up every avenue of hoppiness complemented by caramel malt sweetness. Flavor wise this one brings brash rough raw leafy hop flavors with a touch citrus an pine with biting alcohol sneaking in. Sweetness is upfront with hops but as the caramel malts dwindle hop oils rise to the surface bringing even more bitterness, mild tree bark earthiness edging it's way onto my palate. As it warms more roasted malt and mild burnt chocolate notes kiss the palate during that malt tease this beer brings ya. Mouthfeel slightly oily not as resinous as some IPAs out there definitely more double IPA than most DIPAs that claim to be, sturdy carbonation flowing in this medium bodied brew. Drinkability is killer I could definitely down some more of this even after a 22ozer bring on the other three seasons I'm excited to see the evolution of the style Matt Allyn has to offer.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is definitely a big and beautiful IPA.
A slight chill haze to the golden orange filling the glass.
Topped with a slightly off-white 2 finger head of small white bubbles that melt slowly to a white top covering ring which leaves a sticky map in it's wake.
Aromas are slightly sweet malt and then lots of Orange peel fresh hops.
Taste is slightly sweet malt then again, lots of fresh hops but now they are more dimensional. Oranges, grapefruit peel, pink grapefruit, and maybe a touch of pine.
Aftertaste is drying citrus peel hops...very clean and fresh on the tongue and very warm and comforting going down from the high ABV %.

One of the best IPAs I've had.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with an incredibly foamy, 2 finger head. This quickly reduced to about 1/2 finger in size, very sudsy. Pretty good lacing left behind.

S: Very earthy/grassy aroma. A little bit of citrus and some caramel malt and a little bit of spice.

T: Similar to the aroma, earthy/grassy hops with a little bit of pine and some grainy malt. There was some caramel near the end and a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish

O: An average IPA, would like to try this beer in a different season.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Voodoo- 4 Seasons IPA

This and Voodoo Love Child at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Glowing Copper brown with a smooth creamy head. Lacing throughout the pint.
S- Sweet caramel malt with earthy and orange rind hops.
T- Sweet creamy vanilla-like malt up front quickly blending into a citric orange peel and earthy hop flavor.
M- Bitter up front with a sweet chewy body and a big flavorful finish. Mild bitterness and dryness to this IPA.

Overall- I was on a mission to buy this beer and it definitely didn't disappoint. Hopefully it will be an easy beer to find.
Good luck to Voodoo Brewery, hopefully they're all this good!

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mr. Goodbar cask. Winter version of IPA. Pours hazy grapefruit, with hop aromas, and Caear head. Complex hops, high IPA,felt it in the mouth yet still well malted. Most drinkable. Average mouthfeel. Something special as an IPA, and not overdone bitterness like a DIPA.

Photo of jakekohut
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer courtesy of mikereaser thanks Mike:

Had Green Label

I was very excited to try this one, after reading the reviews it seemed to go either way on the good to bad scale.

It poured amber/gold with not alot of head (don't know if it was an older bottle)

I agree with some of the other reviews, it did smell a bit floral and woodsy with not very much hop.

There were no Hops in this beer I swear! Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but it is for an IPA.. Highly carbonated and very tough to finish.. I am going to try to get the other 3 seasons to see the differences but I like my IPA's with some citrus and refreshment and this was neither.

Photo of rmolledo
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Amber with a this white head.

S: pine and floral hop aroma with an almost spicy malt aroma.

T: Caramel Malts and dark malts? either way, malt complexity. Rather Sweet and not as much hop flavor. This is kind of like a cross between a scottish ale and an IIPA.

MF: Slick and and moderately body and a nice carbonation tingle

D: An overall good IPA. Pretty strong but no fusel burn. I'd only drink 1 a night though.

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another extra from an awesome trader, StormKing47. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: An aggressive pour yields a nice 1.5 finger foamy white head. The beer itself is a deep copper orange. Overall, it looks intriguing. Some lacing is left behind.

S: Just like your standard IPA. Strong hoppy bitterness and citrus. Nothing standouts to me.. wait, except some honey sweetness.

T: A strong bitterness immediately, followed by sweet honey and toasted malts. Finishes with a bit of spice.

M: Silky smooth with a nice level of carbonation. Better than I expected.

D: I didn't realize this was 8% until I looked at the page.. wow! Can't even detect any heat, just smooth delicious IPA-ness..

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into a 1/2 pint glass. Thanks to Deauane for sharing this.

We pop the cap and BAM! Foam everywhere! Uh, carbonated a little much? After we clean the mess up, we try and enjoy the beer.

Pours a clear gold, while still possessing a big foamy head. After it settles down, it actually retains pretty well with sticky hop lace all over the glass. The aroma is earthy hop character, citrus, and spicy maltiness.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with piney, earthy hops up front, citrus, and peppery notes with just the slightest amount of a malt backbone back there to even it out. Bitterness runs through the whole sip and last well into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but as we saw before, is just too darn carbonated, which ulitmately just distracts from the overall taste.

I'm not sure what happened with this bottle. Whether is was just too gassy or it was infected, or I don't know. Maybe a re-review down the line will be in order with a different bottle but for now, it's a big black mark on an otherwise decent IPA.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark tomato-orange pour produces a monstrous and quickly evolving rocky head that was beige in color. Cavernous voids form around the outer perimeter lapsing the head first around the edges leaving a towering center piece and a dense covering of spongey splashes for a lacing. The visible effervesce was strong initially, but settles down rather quickly to a dull lifeless offering revealing a light misty haze within the bodywork.

S: Soft hints of fresh wet grass appear first on the nose. The strength was incredibly weak with vague notes of green plant material and faint traces of dried oranges. Even after several frantic minutes of agitation I failed to summon any appreciable signs of hoppiness that would lead me to believe this was a pale ale let alone an ipa. Lame, forgettable, and lends nothing to the overall experience.

T: The hops come to play in the flavor with dry toasted malts set against a moderately strong bitterness of dry grassy notes mixed in with some minty highlights. The finish is pungent, filled with bitter pulp of grapefruit and a lingering grassy-alcohol fueled fade that stays with you long after. The overload of hops used for bittering may have been spared for use on the aromatic appeal thus giving this some balance. The hops were bitter and strong, but one-dimensional in flavor, lacking any complexity or transition, and appeared that the brewer just dumped handfuls of hops in the beginning for bitterness and couldn't be bothered there-after. A boatload of hops does not necessarily make a good ipa without regards to some complexity and balance at least by my standards.

M: The mouthful was decent, bitter and dry with a toasted grain warmth, but ultimately felt a bit light for me and lazy on the hold lacking a good crispness factor. A wallop of grassy hops cover the tongue upon the swallow.

D: A one dimensional drink that may entice the "meathead" hopheads who love an overload of hops and nothing else, but will probably disappoint those looking for an extended experience. As a dumb downed ipa it fills all your one dimensional hops needs hitting the spot, for those looking for range, balance, and aromatic appeal need to look else where.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the General. Cask Fest Fall 2010.

A: The IPA is a tea-colored ale, somewhere in the orange-yellow-brown spectrum. No head if only because it is on cask.

S: The nose is equal parts boozy and leafy, plenty of hops but nowhere for their strength to hide. The vegetal leafiness seems fresh but raw.

T: The IPA is malty sweet although there are plenty of hops lying around. The bitterness, leafy as it is, is unusual. It doesn't bite in a manner that you'd expect. Instead it flicks with bitterness and ample rawness, plenty of vegetal green flavors. The ale's strength improves over time, becoming stronger (but boozier). The restrained, passive-aggressive nature of the hops is confounding.

M: A little bit of malts and a little bit of hops. Now increase that ratio equally and you have this beer. Plenty of fresh hops and a seemingly equal amount of malts keep things in check.

D: Drinkable, approachable in its niche. An IPA that is overloaded with vegetal hops but hasn't lost touch with its malty side.

Photo of philbe311
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A full two fingers worth of tightly packed slightly off-white colored froth... Solid retention gives way to an uber rich, uber thick, uber creamy lacing... The color is a moderately dark copper / bronze... Slightly sluggish carbonation rises throughout...

S - A rather subdued aroma overall... A slight piney hop presence at the forefront... Light mango notes are next... Fruity jell-o, perhaps peach or lime... Some bread crust notes... A very subtle spiciness...

T - An earthy piney hop presence is fairly mild, but at the forefront... Perhaps just a hint of citrus... A rock solid malt base lies beneath the surface... Lots of bread and crust notes... A touch of caramel and toffee... A very faint spice component...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Brisk carbonation... Slightly creamy... A slight dryness throughout...

D - A solid highly respectable American IPA... Not stellar, but solid... The components make for a rather interesting brew... A slightly odd artificial aroma is a bit of a distraction... A unique mouthfeel...

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up 12 bombers from Bella Vista Bev in Phila. The resident beer geek (very friendly and knowledgeable guy... didn't get his name) is a big fan of Voodoo and had me sold on this. He warned about the extreme carbonation, saying it is intended to hold the flavors together.
220z bomber, purchased 2/18/08, no bottling date, but I assume this is the 'winter' season.

A: I pop the cap, only half expecting the overflow which ocurs almost immediately after I hear the bold hiss. luckily I was near the sink. I too hastily pour into the pint glass, producing an entire glass of foam. Realized then that I needed to heed expert's advice and let this settle for at least a few minutes. After about 5 min I try again... The head is a humongous white mess that resembles the ocean froth that deposits on the beach when a large buildup of fishey oils is skimmed. large and bountiful oily bubbles. I think this is a compliment, it's quite a sight, but also is a little bit of a challenge...

S: warm and drawn out... not bitter or pungent... more of a focus on the floral tones, but enough piney hop to please. The caramel is an equal player. a well rounded nose.

T: I admit, I have been distracted by this head.. pouring a smaller glass than average only to deal with a half glass of foam. but on the other hand, its doing its job. This beer tastes extremely fresh, and well put together. This is a complex beer. The burnt caramel is right up front, very nice. a soft balanced middle, piney earthy and bitter in the back. Not a hop bomb, but instead a very well held together complex of tastes. Very raw towards the back.. I'm tasting the ore of the earth. A little warming alcohol and more pine in the aftertaste, both are sitting in my throat, just what I was looking for.

MF: a little sticky and oily, this brew is in no hurry to get down my throat, even with all the carbonation. I feel like I'm drinking a DIPA in this sense.

D: Super enjoyable, except for that pesky head. After allowing the head to settle, I am very happy to have my hands on 12 of these. As I said, a dramatic experience overall.

Photo of wingman14
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This took awhile to pour, just starting the pour filled the entire glass with foam. After ten minutes or so the bomber was poured with what looked like beer floats, as if we used ice cream. The color is a dark orange, with huge head that never goes away. The smell is hoppy (obviously) with tons of citrus and fruit notes. The taste starts hoppy and smooths out with a nice amout of fruity flavor and a floral bouquet. The finish is bitter with a strong bitter aftertaste. The higher alcohol is apparent. The mouthfeel is good, smooth with the exception of the bitter. This one is a nice IPA for the fans of the style. A very powerful flavor, and a beer that you need to try if you see it. Enjoy.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting all week to try this stuff and finally I get to.Im drinking it from a tulip glass.

Tons of head! Too much carbonation.Theres more head then beer.

Copper colored body with a thick fluffy head,the head is bone white.Tons of lacing on my glass.

I smell malts and some hoppiness.It does smell like orange rind like one of the previous reviewers said.

Some nice hops taste at first then the malts is very nice then comes the bitterness and boy is it bitter.I taste some orange in there as well.

The mouthfeel is nice,its perfect.I really cant explaine it.

With the abv being 8% this isnt a beer that you can have a few of without feeling the effects.I hope the next batch will be corrected,the over carbonated bottles.Thats the only downfall that this beer has.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.68/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin head and lacing that lasts to the end. It's aroma is fruity, flowery with a hint of honey. The flavor is grapefruit. It starts as sour grapefruit but gets smoother as it warms. There's not much here other than grapefruit. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Voodoo 4 Seasons IPA is an acceptable beer, not a hop bomb like most American IPAs, just one dimensional. Not recommended.

Photo of Dubber55
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No freshness info. I have no idea what season this is.

Pours a copper/amber with 1 finger head. Spotty lacing.

The first characteristic I notice in the nose is wet cardboard and some sort of mineral smell. Definitely earthy.

Earthy, musty. Tastes similar to tea leaves. Very little pine. Fleeting flavor. I do notice a little breadiness which I assume is toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is solid. A little resiny. Not a lot of carbonation

I dont really taste very much alcohol. But, the cardboard/earthy/mineral smell is kind of throwing me off. I am also tasting a little too much in the way of malts. There is not enough bitterness in this IPA for me.

Photo of yamar68
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a few fingers of slightly off white head. Body is real murky, like sweet tea. Average lacing.

The nose boasts a few of the great things that hops have to offer - smooth citrus, subtle evergreen bits, and just a touch of herbal earthiness. There are some basic mild malts to keep things in line.

The taste is... balanced. Perhaps overly so. All the expected flavors are there but each one is a bit understated. Balance is hard to accomplish in a big IPA and I commend them for achieving it, but something seems too safe here.

Overall, this is a great beer that I hope to try again someday. Everything is in place, just wish it was a tad more aggressive for what it is.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. No bottled on date.

A: pours a copper color with a substantial off white head. Produced some nice sticky lacing. Started out slightly hazy but got pretty clear as it sat.

S: Resinous piney hops and lots of lemon zest

T: The taste mirrors the smell but has a small amount of malt in the finish.

M: mouthfeel is crisp and slightly dry with a lasting bitter aftertaste.

I hate buying IPAs without bottled on or best by dates.

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4 Seasons IPA from Voodoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.