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Champion Reserve IPA - The Seven Barrel Brewery

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Champion Reserve IPA
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BA SCORE
87
very good

26 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 6.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Seven Barrel Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American style IPA, medium to light amber in color with a floral hoppy aroma. Meduim bodied and hopped to about 60 IBU's. It's brewed using British malts and generously hopped with a blend of Perle and Cascade. It's dry-hopped with Cascade for a fuller aroma.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-30-2002)
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
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80x2HopHead

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1%

12-27-2013 05:21:45 | More by 80x2HopHead
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1%

12-02-2013 00:55:59 | More by mjstacker
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BoldRulerVT

Vermont

3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint of this on October 30.
Nice reddy color, but zero head. I mean barely any bubbles at all.
Smell was pleasant, sweet but hoppy. Nice malts.
Taste was mild, not very hoppy at all but in balance with the malts.
Moutfeel was no satisfactory for me. I feel the beer was insufficiently carbonated, it was essentially flat. I struggled to find any carbonation at all.
This beer was disappointing.
While I was there they did not have any heat and apparently did not have any for a couple days. I wonder if this impacted the beer.
I suspect another visit down the road might yield a better pint of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 17:20:51 | More by BoldRulerVT
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-18-2013 20:22:03 | More by kjfinnerty
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Quafftastic

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-27-2013 16:24:29 | More by Quafftastic
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jtdolla911

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-25-2013 02:00:23 | More by jtdolla911
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-14-2013 14:56:53 | More by DrunkinYogi
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zahara15

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-14-2013 12:10:05 | More by zahara15
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1%

02-20-2012 15:51:14 | More by dunix
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub into a shaker pint.

A: Clear medium amber body with a finger of frothy white head. Good retention, rich lace. Solid.

S: Pleasantly hops-forward, with emphasis on citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Restrained but very nice.

T: Floral + fruity hops up front, some biscuity malt backbone in the middle, and crisp bitterness on the finish. Solid, tasty IPA.

M: Creamy, moderately carbonated medium body. Again, solid.

O: This is an IPA that just about any small brewpub would (or should) be happy to have as a flagship. I'm shocked to see the ABV listed here as being sub-5%, not because the beer tasted the least bit boozy but just because it so clearly emulated the flavors and intensity of your standard 6% IPA. I'd gladly drink this one any time.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 02:00:53 | More by woosterbill
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fairly transparent, but vibrant copper, and off-white head, left decent lacing.

S: Strong citrus hop notes, grapefruit, and a faint malt smell that plays nicely.

T: Solid hop presence, but not overly bitter. Very fruity, as in grapefruit hops. A caramel malt flavor balances the beer nicely, but the hop punch is solid.

M: Quite smooth, but on the thinner side for my liking.

D: It's a pretty good IPA, not overly hoppy or bitter, but enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 22:06:30 | More by mostpoetsdo
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Poured with very little head (bad bartender!), thus very little lacing (possibly a problem with the tap lines). Copper in color.
S) Good balance of hops and malt. Cascade? hops and caramel, peach, and apricot notes.
T) Sweet maltyness. Earthy citrus tones. Orange. Grapefruit from the middle to the finish. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Gritty. Bitter in the finish. Medium body. Fairly smooth.
D) Very west coast style. A delightful IPA

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 20:21:28 | More by u2carew
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap at the brewery in NH this American IPA was a hazy gold/amber color. The one-finger, cream-colored head displayed good retention and rather spotty lacing. The aroma was hoppy with grapefruit and pine elements and some pale malt. The flavors started with sweet malt then went into grapefruit before becoming very bitter with some pine and lots of herbal hops for the long, tongue-coating finish. You'd really have to be a hophead to like this one. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation excellent. Good hops profile but it lacked enough malt to balance it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 17:56:39 | More by thekevlarkid
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Brad007

Vermont

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a nice reddish copper color with a one finger head.

Aroma: subtle and hoppy. Malt shows through well. Bready.

Taste: Decent bitterness upfront. Not overpowering. Smooth. Bready. Drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and bitter. Mellow. Just right.

Drinkability: Very drinkable on a day like this. Solid.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 15:24:10 | More by Brad007
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Pencible

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was very typical of a micro-brewed IPA. It had a nice thick, white head and clear amber color. It smelled of pine hops, and tasted like pennies (due to the hops) with a bit of malt. Texture was moderate with light carbonation, and aftertaste that was mildly bitter. Overall drinkability was good.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 21:44:57 | More by Pencible
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hand pulled at the brewery on 10.13.2007.

Pours a very hazy copper with noticeable sediment and active carbonation beneath a porous, creamy white head. Ringed lacing with a decent hold. Bouquet of pine, citrus, and floral hops with whaffs of oily resin. Pine and light citrus flavors: lemon, grapefruit. Slightly oily with a mild astringency. At mid-sip, the pleasant hop tones fade and a slightly buttery, dark wheat and grain flavor presents. Moderate bitterness with a less than pleasant malted wheat aftertaste. Medium in body; smooth and a touch earthen. A decent IPA, with a few flaws in flavor.

Serving type: cask

10-14-2007 21:16:51 | More by NEhophead
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a thin, lasting head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of citrus and pine with floral notes.

The taste is of citrus and pine with floral notes with a sweet caramelish backing that ties the hops together nicely. Spicy hop kick in the finish.

This has traditional American IPA taste that is well-balanced for the style and easy enough to "session", esp. with modest abv level. A nice example of a well-made, easy-to-drink, IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 14:21:43 | More by jwc215
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger soapy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a very clean herbal hop and light grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a dominant herbal hop with highlights of piney and citric flavors. Low resin quality. Grainy malt bill blanaced out the taste.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very well balanced IPA. The clean hops make it an interesting change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2007 14:05:12 | More by plaid75
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, this worthy ale pours cloudy apricot amber, with an eggshell white, fine and tight bubble head. Pleanty o' lacing and fine sheeting. The pint I received was a nice looking brew. Way hoppy nose. Grainy, grapefruit infused, hoppy beer. Pleasant and quaffable, nicely crafted and well worth a try for anybody who's taste run on the lupulin side of things.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2006 00:41:45 | More by Billolick
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is served at Seven Barrel Brewery in W Lebanon, NH.

Appearance: The ale has an deep yellow, almost orange color with good lacing.

Smell: The ale has a big and bold hop aroma with a strong citrusy US varietal leading the way.

Taste: The ale's hop nose continues into the taste. The floral hops are strong and bitter from the first to last sip. There is a strong malt background that keeps the beer in check.

Mouthfeel: The hops are firm and very pleasing to taste.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable with a firm hop body that does not take the taste over the top.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 02:58:47 | More by akorsak
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to turn back and hit up this place on our way home from Waterbury, VT...plus the kid needed a feeding and I was itching for one more growler to bring home....BINGO!
Stopped in, grabbed a sample of this one, and said, "I'll take it!"
Pours a nice light copper color, cloudy in appearance w/ a full finger of fairly bright white head...reall fluffy and has impressive cling for this one being in my fridge for two weeks.
Aroma is really pleasant...a hefty dose of fruity hops w/ a sweet malt backbone.
The taste is more of the same...well balanced and the perfect bitterness for the style. A boatload of citrus hops dominates.
Carbonation is perfect...and the mouthfeel is decent. Not too thin and not syrupy.
Drinkability is very high...dangerous for 6% because I am halfway through the growler w/ no signs of slowing down.
A great beer from an unknown (to me) brewery...I love when a unexpected visit pays off.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2005 01:02:15 | More by warriorsoul
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Todd

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewpub.

Cloudy amber with tremendous lacing and head retention. Sweet and floral in the nose with notes of wet grains beneath. Smooth mouth feel, sweet pale malt flavors with bready edges, biting citric/rind hop character with a depth of earth, wood, herbal, pine, and touch of aspirin. Raw leaf on the palate with hop oils that come across about resiny. Oh yeah ... hoppy all around. Drying in the finish with bicarbonate and yeast lingering with herbal oils.

A delicious and highly drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2005 02:42:00 | More by Todd
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

Pours a nice medium amber with slight haze and a thin head. Has an excellent floral hops aroma with some light citrusy notes. The flavor was strongly hopped, with a nice bitter note and some accompanying dryness, tapering off to a nice mild hops finish. Very drinkable, and it just rolls over your tongue. Highly recommended, which is unusual since I usually don't care for most of Seven Barrels beers. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2003 16:08:03 | More by kaszeta
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-golden in color, and a touch hazy, this IPA has a thin, fine white head, and ok lacing. Grapefruit notes are evident in the nose, though on the mild side. Flavor was dominated by strong, citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. It was quite pleasant, but the hoppiness seemed to build to a peak, then just drops off and leaves you there. The back end was just gone. Quite tasty, but the finish could have been smoother. Still, a pleasant offering.

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

397

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2002 15:01:53 | More by Bierman9
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice rich IPA with a huge grassy aroma and a well formed medium body and flavor profile. Bold spicy hop profile with a nice bitterness qualify this as a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2002 18:19:57 | More by beernut7
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Champion Reserve IPA from The Seven Barrel Brewery
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