4 Seasons IPA - Voodoo Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I picked up a 12 oz bottle of this brew a few months ago and poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature the other night.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy copper hue with fizzy eggshell white head of about 1.5 cm foaming up and fading slowly to an edge layer.
The aroma is citrusy and earthy with grapefruit rind dominating the beer. There is some caramel candy malt buried in the nose.
First sip reveals a bit of sweet caramel and then rolls to some rind and earthy herbal notes. Lingering flavor is a little bitter but not astringent, does dry the palate a little. No hint of alcohol on the beer and very easy to drink.
Texture is smooth and carbonation is gentle rolling across my palate.
A well made IPA from the home of Allegheny College, my alma mater. WEll done VooDoo!
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 02:26:10 | More by sulldaddy
3.51/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2013 06:12:40 | More by BEERchitect
4 Seasons IPA from Voodoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.