4 Seasons IPA - Voodoo Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-06-2009 23:20:58 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -3%
Hazy apricot that becomes murky caramel-covered apricot when the yeast-laden beer at the bottom of the bottle splashes into the pint glass. A thick chunk of sandstone colored cream looks fantastic initially and at all times thereafter, while abstract patterns of lace cover most of the available surface area.
Caramel malt is noted in the nose and the citrus zesty American hops aren't as powerful as they could be. It looks like (smells like) this American DIPA follows the usual blueprint for the style as currently interpreted.
With respect to 4 Seasons IPA, Voodoo plans to change up the malt and hops with each season. However, there's no indication on the label or the website as to which season this bottle is supposed to represent or what the ingredients are. Time to see what the taste buds have to say.
Tastes like... spring... no, summer... no... Honestly, it doesn't taste like any season at all. The malt is more toasted and earthy than caramel-like, although it's still mostly pale. There's plenty of hop bitterness pushing through the malt sugars, so this bottle must be pretty fresh.
Unfortunately, the hop flavor tastes a little funky/vegetal. Might some percentage of Summit be in the house? Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo are done to death, but that's because they're delicious AIPA hops. A more well-chosen lineup here would probably improve the taste score from barely above average to... something higher.
Mouthfeel valiantly attempts to get things back on the right track. It's at least medium for the style and is impressively smooth, especially as the mercury climbs. Good bubbles too.
Voodoo 4 Seasons IPA is an impressively abrasive DIPA in the end. The only change that I'd make is to the hop bill. Who knows, maybe that's what the next season has in store. Thanks mgbickel.
08-21-2010 12:56:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.65/5 rDev -1.6%
Appearance: Pours a murky light amber color with a huge head; way too much foam but it does deliver the lace
Smell: Unusual fruit in this aroma - I'm picking up strawberries and pine; kinda nice, actually
Taste: After a quick flash of strawberry and some toasted malt, the aggressive piney bitter hop flavors take over and after the swallow, they remain dominant; there is an almost medicinal bitter flavor, too
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A little too harsh and unbalanced, but an interesting effort nevertheless
03-30-2009 23:27:22 | More by brentk56
3.51/5 rDev -5.4%
I have only glowing accolades for the Voodoo Brewery. Now comes the classic American IPA that's deeply rooted it the resiny citrus taste and gripping bitter finish that the style deserves- Let's see...
The aggressive ale pours with a medium amber color and with a touch of rusty highlights. Hazy brown in its shadows the beer develops a creamy ivory foam that yields high retention which fuels a broken lacing pattern that layers all sides of the glass evenly and consistently.
Sharp limey hops start the show, and then the more vegetal part of hops show with the character of wood, stems, and leaf that remind the senses of sassafras and lemon teas. Caramel underpinnings show somwhat of hone before. turning white wine-like heading into taste.
Soon after the short-lived caramel malts digress, the real beer flavor emerges to celebrate the taste of citrus pith, skins, and extracts. In complement, there's an earthy taste of woodish bark, lemongrass, thyme, and fresh cut grass that aids a chlorophyll- rich taste that grips the taste buds and aids in its refreshment. Limey, winey, stemmy, and gripping in the throat with its bitter taste- any caramel underpinnings rely on toast and grain to allow any semblance of support.
Sharp, crisp, and clean early and often, the early offshoot of residual caramel and dry toast textures buffer the palate from the hop onslaught to ensue. Hops dictate both bitterness and astringency thereafter and lead the beer to a slight harshness in grassy bite to close the lingering bitter aftertaste.
Much like Flying Dog's Snake Dog, the beer is harsh, aggressive, and earthy in its raw taste but it does remind me of the early American taste of our own Pale Ales that existed long before the current microbrewery culture. Also like Anchor's Liberty Ale, the beer is unrefined but still gentlemanly in its rawness.
03-22-2013 06:12:40 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev -6.2%
Thanks to Curt for sending this one my way.
A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a couple fingers of white head.
S: Ah, the familiar smell of lemon and intense pine. There are some hints of orange and orange peel with a little bit of bready malt aroma. Just a very mild floral and grassy hop note.
T: This beer has a very strong bitterness to it. There is a lot of pine along with lemon and lemon zest. Some hints of orange peel, too. After awhile the bitterness becomes abrasive and harsh.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium.
O: While this had some okay flavors and aromas, the bitterness was just too assertive and unpleasant.
08-08-2011 22:04:23 | More by womencantsail
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
This brew poured out as a nice look golden color with a foamy white head on top. The lacing was pretty good down the glass also. The smell of this brew is quite nice, plenty of citrusy hop aromas fill the nose. The taste of this brew is also quite nice too, The bitterness is solid with just a bit of sweet malt in the back end to balance it out. The mouthfeel is of this one was pretty easy to drink, it was on the lighter side and was pretty smooth. Overall I feel any hop lover would probably enjoy this beer.
09-29-2011 23:05:23 | More by Knapp85
3.99/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-21-2013 14:15:33 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
01-09-2008 03:34:09 | More by RblWthACoz
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
08-12-2010 22:54:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
10-17-2007 01:22:33 | More by WVbeergeek
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-01-2008 17:50:24 | More by Kegatron
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
09-29-2011 04:01:25 | More by Mora2000
3.8/5 rDev +2.4%
From 12/18/11 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one. 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.
a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with spotty lacing, one inch of white head, and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of sweet fruits, floral hops, fruity malts, and some light citrus hops. Nose is a tiny bit too sweet for me, and not as nice as the taste is.
t - Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, and light sweet fruit and bready. Not as sweet as the nose and more hops than the nose.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 8% ABV.
o Overall a decent DIPA from Voodoo. Nose is a bit sweet and malty, but the taste is much better. Would give another shot.
12-20-2011 18:23:37 | More by mdfb79
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
22 ounce bottle - no freshness date. It says on the label that they make one for each season (though web said that they will do two for now - if I read it right.) I assume this is the "winter" one.
Pours hazed orange amber/copper with a fluffy/pillowy white head. Some patches stick. Subsequent pours pour all head that slowly descends. Annoying. First pour fine, second half annoyingly head.
The smell is of caramel, medicine (cat pee?) with leafy, floral, herbal undertone. A spiciness mixes in, but caramel malt rules.
The taste is herbal/earthy, slightly metallic with caramel/toffee - towards chocolate. Malty and sweet in the middle, going to bitterish in the finish. Bitterness rounds out the sweetness (would prefer other way around). There is a medicinal tone to it. Alcohol warmth shows, though not to the 8% listed here.
The feel is pretty creamy, though overcarbonated. A salty, minerally dryness lingers.
Malty with a leafy bitterness in the finish. I suppose I could see where they were going, making a maltier IPA for the winter, but don't know that I appreciate it. I can slowly finish it, but wouldn't look for more. Too many brighter, hoppier, tastier IPA's out there.
02-26-2009 23:42:45 | More by jwc215
3.45/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a big 3" merangue-like head that lasts for quite a while. Some spotty lacing develops during the session.
Smell: surprisingly little aroma here as only some citrus and hints of floral hops rise from the glass.
Taste: bready malt, caramel, lemon zest, grapefruit, honey, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.
Mouthfeel: crisp to start, a bit softer and lightly dry at the end. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long with the grapefruit and bitterness riding the tongue.
Drinkability: decent beer that is a bit heavier almost like a Double IPA. Worth a try.
01-24-2009 18:46:01 | More by Gavage
3.45/5 rDev -7%
From a bottle with no freshness dating (but a silver cap instead of gold if that means anything) into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears fairly clear due to a careful pour and emits 2 fingers worth of creamy slightly off-white head. The cap holds strong but as it fades it leaves a thick webbing of lace all about the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation support the cap with large sized bubbles.
The aroma is earthy, herbal and citrusy with a slight pine and grapefruit character to it as well. The aroma is not bold by any means but it is decent. There is a light caramel malt sweetness in the background which adds a nice compliment to the brew. As it warms, it picks up a fruity indication of alcohol. It lacks any "brightness" of hop character so I suspect this isn't the freshest of offerings. However, for what it is, it isn't that bad.
The taste includes a hoppy moderate bitterness upfront tasting herbal and a little leafy/green. A bit of residual sugar flavor is noted tasting somewhat caramel-like and fruity with alcohol. It lasts inside the mouth balanced well between caramelized sugars and a lingering grainy taste mixed with some herbal to clingy and oily resin-like grapefruit rind bitterness. Enjoyable but nothing fantastic.
This is a medium bodied brew with ample carbonation that is lightly prickly on the tongue. It is balanced well but a bit of a disappointment. I really wish I knew the age of these offerings prior to spending the money and picking them up. Reading the label, I was expecting them to be fresh and hoppy. What a sad surprise to open one up and get this. I don't know if I will ever buy an IPA again unless I see a clearly defined bottle on or best by indication. To this brew's credit, it is fairly drinkable for not being what I expected and the alcohol is hidden quite well.
01-06-2011 03:06:18 | More by stakem
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-02-2010 00:47:12 | More by akorsak
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
A: Pours a hazy dark golden orange to brown in color with some light amount of glowing when held up to the light and some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall foamy very light beige head that reduces to several medium sized dense thick patches with a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: There are some light aromas of caramel malts and biscuit malts. There is also a moderate presence of hops in this beer including (in order of strength) earthy, citrus, and pine/resin.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with a combination of biscuit and caramel malts with very light amounts of sweetness. Then the flavors of the hops really come out - starting out with a light pine/resin, followed by a stronger citrus, and finishing with a pleasant earthiness.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with dryness throughout.
O: For a fairly big American IPA, the alcohol in this beer is well hidden making it fairly easy to drink though it does have an unusual mouthfeel. An interesting concept for this beer, evolving the recipe over the four seasons to have a beer that is appropriate for the weather (all the while being an American IPA in style).
09-06-2012 01:17:45 | More by dbrauneis
4 Seasons IPA from Voodoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.