4 Seasons IPA - Voodoo Brewing Company

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4 Seasons IPA4 Seasons IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

129 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 264
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 8.33%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2007

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Photo of jwinship83
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle traded to me by user jacksdad12109. thanks jon! drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a light caramel colored body with a slight haze to it. there is a small eggshell colored head on top that remains with me for most of the beer. small rings of lacing are left behind. very nice.

S- definitely hoppy. lots of grapefruit and pine are the first things to greet my nose along with a nondescript fruitiness. caramel malts move in after that, along with a touch of toasted bread.

T- the taste starts out with a little bit of toasted bread before moving onto a sweet caramel malt backbone. after that this becomes all about the hops. pretty aggressive. lots of bitterness. grapefruit and pine lead the way. leafy, earthy, and floral hops move in next and finish this off.

M- the body is on the larger side of medium. the carbonation is just right. there is a slight warming from the alcohol. very bitter and drying.

O- i really liked this beer. it reminded me of the first thing that i tried green flash west coast IPA. something id like to pick up again. they should indicate on the bottle which of the seasons the one im holding is from. (1,183 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Axic10 for this extra!

A- Pours quite dark for an IPA leaving a 1 finger creamy white head

S- Good combination of citrus in pine with the latter taking the lead

T- More of the nose, but the pine takes an even larger lead on the citrus. Very tasty as there is just enough malt to balance everything out

M- Smooth when it hits your palate but tingly as you let it lie there

O- Very impressed with this IPA, wish I could get more! (442 characters)

Photo of jasonm
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic. The version poured at the Steel City
Big Pour was listed at 7%. Bottle does not list a particular season, so I reserve the right to move this review at a later date. :)

A - Pours a clear, almost fiery, reddish bronze color. Topped with 2 fingers wide of eggshell foam. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Mixed hoppy aroma of pink grapefruit citrus and pine resin. Paired up with a nice balanced malt aroma of sweet caramel and toasted malts

T - Starts off with assertive alpha acid hop bitterness, grapefruit peel and pine resin. The hops carry a bit of peppery spice as well. The malt backbone swims in with biscuit sweetness before finishing with toasted grain and orange peel bitterness. Medium linger of bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate touch of slickness. Nice hop dryness with a touch of spicy burn.

D- An IPA bordering on DIPA in hop profile, but doesnt peel the enamel off of your teeth. Definitely a great start to the 4 seasons IPA project. (1,015 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (628 characters)

Photo of Sleepisforthewik
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro tap at Upick6 in Erie, Pa when Voodoo came up for a tasting night.

Apperance - This beer poured from the tap thick and creamy. It was bright golden yellow once the body cleared up from the nitrogen. Nice thumb thick head.

Smell - This beer smelled obviously hoppy, but also had a slight sweet smell like caramel to it.

Taste - Taste was far more than i was expecting. It was not the most hopped up IPA I have ever tasted, but it was for sure one of the most delicious. The hops was balanced nicely with the sweet malty flavors that I detected in the smell. Not too overwhelming in either category, but definitely enough of each to taste both; just not at the same time.

Mouthfeel- This beer was creaaammy. It had a nice light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I would drink this beer regularly on nito tap if i could. (879 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another offering by Voodoo. Paid 3.75 for the single which is a pretty good price for an IPA of this magnitude.

A - Pours a really deep amber, so deep I wasn't expecting it and had a greatly carbonated head of 1 1/2 inches of great white head that diminishes with great lacing.

S - Really timid hop profile but from what I smell it does smell very hoppy.

T - Very bitter hop citrus and pine to start then rounds out to a sweetness from the hops and actually finishes sweet with a sort of candy caramel taste. A very interesting turn I enjoyed!

M - Very light. Maybe dangerously smooth since as of now I am a quarter of the way done with the beer!

D - Heck yeah its drinkable. I really hate the fact that it's PA beer but I can't find a sixer of it. That irks me pretty bad. I can buy it in a variety case with brown, white magic, and even though I don't love pilsners the Pilzilla. Maybe I will seek out a case sometime this month. (936 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, if the abv is really 8% then shouldn't this be classified a bit stronger than an American IPA?

Hazy gold with 1.5 finger standard cream head. Nice retention all the way to the end, with impressive lace.

Nice grapefruit nose with a touch of earthy hops on top of that.

Big hit of grapefruit right up front, with touches of mango, apricot, and tropical fruit. Hop resin and oil really come in towards the finish with a burst of tart hops in the end. Nice. ABV definitely present.

Feel balances well with the strong flavors.

My second Voodoo beer and I am favorably impressed. (585 characters)

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (2,109 characters)

Photo of gestyr
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a very hazy amber/orange with a thin head that goes away at a moderate pace and leaves lacing.

S: Citrus/piney/slightly earthy hops followed by caramel and malt.

T: Hops front to back. Malt and caramel balance it out but it does lean towards the hops. Leaves a very piney hop aftertaste

M: On the light side of medium body. No carbonation sting.

O: A nice American IPA. I would and will buy this again to see how it evolves through the year. (501 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy amber or copper, with a big fluffy head. The aroma is powerful, sweet and piny. The flavor is deliciously piny, with a sting of grapefruit hiding the background that develops into a sharp citric bitterness. Whatever malt is there is largely overwhelmed by the powerful hops, though the beer doesn't feel grotesquely out of balance for an American IPA. The great big flavor hides the relatively stiff ABV nicely, though if you're thinking about it carefully, you can pull out some heat.

Delicious. (517 characters)

Photo of BWH3
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 Seasons IPA (Winter Edition) Voodoo Brewery
22 oz bottle served in Goblet at 50 F

The concept is brilliant – not all IPAs are the same, nor should they be. Therefore, make an IPA that changes with the seasons. Unfortunately, Voodoo does not release its ingredients as they have for other beers.

Appearance: Marvelous looking beer. Clear light amber color. As you reach the bottom, more yeast is resuspended and a haze develops. Head is huge and white. Fairly carbonated for an IPA, but still the head withstands the barrage of bubbles. Just a beautiful beer to look at. (4.5)

Smell: Immediately after the pour, the pine like resins permeate the aroma. However, a gentle agitation and a dip of your nose below the rim reveal floral and fruity scents. I noted tulip or lilac like scents and a sweet orange blossom as well. Behind it all is a delicate malt sweetness. The only complaint is the scent could be more robust and fragrant. I felt I had to dig a bit for it. However, all the various hop aromas are present in a beautiful balance. (4.5)

Taste: A slight creaminess begins the tasting as you delve through the head into the ale. The hops are mainly floral and pine. Bitterness is full, bold and grabs hold of the palate, but does not linger quite long enough to impress me with big IBUs to earn the title IPA. Dry finish, not sweet or tart given the floral and fruit notes. Exceptionally well balanced IPA almost to its detriment because neither the bitterness nor the malt body are allowed to truly standout and shine. Reminds me of an English IPA which is not as extreme as the Americans. Still, I want to give this a 4.5 but I have to encourage this brewery to continue to improve. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, massive head retention and moderate carbonation. The beer has back bone for a light colored ale. Why does the Gran Met not have this head retention? (4.5)

Drinkability: This young brewery is quite impressive. This is the best of their beers so far (and I have had them all). The concept is also great. I want to collect a bottle from each season and sample them side by side with my friends. (4.5) (2,131 characters)

Photo of mjmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nicely balanced IPA not over the top crammed with uber hops but not some weak little wanna be either. This is a nicely balanced beer good fresh hop taste with a nice malty background. This is a beer I want to drink and will enjoy time and time again. Smooth clean and fresh is a good way to describe this beer. give it a shot. It may not be the hop punch in the mouth some American beers are becoming and that is what makes this little baby stand out. (451 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from guzzle211, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste is decently balanced with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness followed by a fruity citrus sweetness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, it might not be the absolute best IPA that I've had but it's still a very good beer that is worth drinking for a long time. (887 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,198 characters)

Photo of kwakwhore
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with jcdiflorio.
22 oz. bomber pours out with an insane amount of head. Poured this into two glasses and it took about 10 minutes for it to reach a reasonable level in either glass. The beer itself is a cloudy dark orange but the great gobs of lacing on the glass are the most arresting visual feature.
Aroma is mostly hops, grapefruit and a some fruity character as well.
The flavor is dominated by the hops(Simcoe?), citrusy and very bitter, but their is a balancing malt backbone which is more typical of a Double IPA. I would probably put this beer in that category.
Mouthfeel is also more typical of a DIPA, pretty syrupy on the tongue.
Very easy to drink, but 8% abv would make it difficult to have more than one of these in an evening.
IPA? Double IPA? Either way it's a very tasty beer. (822 characters)

Photo of tonymoore
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The first sip or three is odd. The carbonation seems overdone, near champagne-like, ginger ale territory. But after the beer is in the glass for a few minutes, it calms down, become beer-like.
And then it gets good. The beer, I swear, gets darker as you drink it, better, smoother.
The brewery is only a year and a half old, so this is all the more impressive. (361 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should have known what was coming when I popped the cap and a huge hiss hit my ears. Pours a mildly fogged copper color with a huge creme head. Had to let it settle for a while. Nose is very piney and citrus toned hops. Flavor is woody and tangy. Robust, but just a touch unbalanced. Feel is good. Drinkable, indeed. Just seems to lean a little too far to the earthy side. I still like it though, except for the ridonkulous head. (431 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange that brightens to yellow near the bottom of the glass. On the pour the white head grows and pushes upwards quite aggressively resulting in a 2" plus of stable white head. Eventually reduces down to a rocky 1/2", but, and hour later, and there is still a good 1/4". Respectable lacing.

S: Very aromatic and hop forward. Citrus, grapefruit. Grassy and "green." Bready yeast starts to come through towards the end.

T: Mildly sweet pale malts. Then a good bit of grapefruit and citrus followed by a moderate grapefruit bitterness. Finishes bitter on the tongue and then just hangs there.

M: Medium in body with an active carbonation. A bit peppery.

D: An under-appreciated IPA. Hop forward and easy drinking. (726 characters)

Photo of Soonami
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (890 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is a hazy dark yellow with a small white head leading into lines of lace.

Smell is fruity and sweet with some juicy grapefruit and lemon peel. There's some interesting raspberry candy scents going on.

Taste follows nose into crisp lemon juiciness with an assortment of citrus. Bitterness is brief in mouth but clings to aftertaste.

Sure doesn't come through as an 8% ABV. Prickly carbonation and light body make it dangerously sessionable. (451 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon and poured into a pair of shaker glasses. The ale appears a hazed deep golden apricot color with an inch of dense, lingering bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of herbal bittering hops, lemon, grassy, caramelized malt, medium toasted bread, a squeak of grapefruit. Nice dry finish with a pleasant bitter hit. Worth your time.
A-4.0/S-4.0/T-3.5/M-4.0/D-3.5
Update:
I just enjoyed the new 12 ounce bottle of 4 season's. Quite an improvement over the bombers (and cheaper too). I have edited my review score to reflect the improvements. (585 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Copper golden color.With a white head that stays thin through consumption.

Sweet aroma balances out the hops. Difficulty to pick up significant hop aroma of a particular variety.

Subduded for an IPA.

Bitter flavor. Some sweetness. (274 characters)

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4 Seasons IPA from Voodoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.