Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Contraband IPA - Issaquah Brewhouse

Not Rated.
Contraband IPA
No picture.
Have one? Upload it now.
no score

Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 3
Hads: 7
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: n/a
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Issaquah Brewhouse visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 04-01-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 3 | Hads: 7
Reviews by Hopmodium:
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev n/a

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beardo
3.96/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SeattleAdam
2.98/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Sappy reddish amber, like a sunset but clear as day. Single finger off white head. Great retention.

S: Floral, almost like perfume. A little over powering but interesting. Dry cedar and hoppy and reminding me of a cigar box.

T: Taste follows the smell. Hop dominated upfront. Not much malt. Finishes bitter with overwhelming floral flavors. Very Belgium-like.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation. Very light.

D: I wouldn't order another one. The finishing floral tastes are too overwhelming and aren't balanced well with the bitterness.

I thought this was from Rogue in OR not the Issaquah brewhouse they own in WA. No matter either way. This tastes much like a Belgium IPA not an American IPA. (701 characters)

Photo of bifrost17
3.5/5  rDev n/a

Photo of ccrida
3.3/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at the Issaquah pub, Contraband is dark, bunt gold with a nice, tight eggshell head that leaves tons of lace.

Smell has some sweet citrus hops (which are sadly missing from the taste), lime. Not robust, but attractive.

Taste is very earthy, lots of bitterness. The hop flavor is stemmy. No resin, citrus, or anything else that I look for in a NW IPA. Not getting anything from the malt either, other then texture.

Mouthfeel is chewy, and bone dry. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok. Not really my taste in IPA, but if your a bitterness fien, and dig the woods vibe of European hops, you may find it to your liking. (632 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.62/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Though the entire bar at the Issaquah Brewhouse inexplicably smelled like boiled pasta, I was able to extract a piney, resinous smell from this otherwise low-intensity IPA. Contraband (must be a good story behind that name) is heavy with modest lace and sluggish carbonation. It is not deft on the tongue - not a beer that dances, but carries the somber weight of a full-bodied ale. It is deep amber with a sweet, piney hop flavor and a kick of zing bittering. Not bad, but I may have been served a tired pour. (510 characters)

Photo of tastymug
3.5/5  rDev n/a

Contraband IPA from Issaquah Brewhouse
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.