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Champion Reserve IPA - The Seven Barrel Brewery

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Champion Reserve IPA
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28 Ratings

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 6.6%
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: 28 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Todd, Feb 21, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Billolick, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

warriorsoul, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +1.5%

mjstacker, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

akorsak, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of u2carew
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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

u2carew, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ColdOneKev, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

plaid75, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of DaveR514
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DaveR514, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of 80x2HopHead
4/5  rDev +1.5%

80x2HopHead, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

jwc215, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of zahara15
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

zahara15, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

InspectorBob, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

NEhophead, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

beernut7, Jul 20, 2002
Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Brad007, May 16, 2008
Photo of Quafftastic
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Quafftastic, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of kaszeta
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

kaszeta, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of Longstaff
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the brewpub right off the exit on I-89 in Lebanon, NH. Even though its a little thin, I consider this the tastiest beer I have ever had. Reddish, almost purple in color and has a very fruity, hoppy nose (from dry hopping cascades?) that makes your mouth water. Except for my homebrew, I have never tasted anything like this in a beer. It almost tasted like grapefruit juice with lots of hop flovor and not much in bitterness. Some may not like their beer to taste like this but I think it is awesome.
This is a great place to stop in and grab a growler for only $7 on the way to Killington. They also make pretty good pub style food.

Longstaff, May 30, 2002
Photo of jtdolla911
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jtdolla911, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +1.5%

dunix, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

BoldRulerVT, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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


Bierman9, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

thekevlarkid, Feb 24, 2009
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Champion Reserve IPA from The Seven Barrel Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.