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Atwater Salvation IPA - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Salvation IPAAtwater Salvation IPA

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BA SCORE
71
okay

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 23.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: weeare138 on 12-07-2005)
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Reviews by sopor:
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sopor

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light-brown/honey colored ale with an average white head. Smell is sweet and toasty with just a bit of hops. Slightly sweet, buttery, and... salty? Malt is quickly taken over by abrasive and rough, but no overpowering, hops. Neither malt nor hop is a good flavor to me, which is pretty bad b/c I love IPAs. Just not my bag... Mouthfeel is right on target, nothing more. I will likely avoid this beer, but it's still flavorful and so a MUCH better choice than BMC...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 14:40:29 | More by sopor
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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Virginia

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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thatdavegy

Michigan

3/5  rDev -0.3%

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Ohio

3/5  rDev -0.3%

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zenwatts

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-11-2012 16:11:29 | More by zenwatts
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tarrbaby

Indiana

1.75/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The carbonation was the worst I've ever seen in a IPA, or any beer for that matter. Very bitter without any hint of citrus or malt backbone at all. Very thin consistancy. I'm a hophead and always looking to try new IPA's. I hope the other Atwater offerings are better than this one. Worst IPA I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 23:05:17 | More by tarrbaby
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Bighuge

Minnesota

1.43/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottle bomb. Got a gusher. Pours me over a half glass of rocky and gaseous froth. Body is a milky looking copper. Volcanic amounts of carbonation rise through the body to support the epic head. Nose is plastics and phenolics. And sugary caramel malt. Hugely gaseous in the mouth. Flavor is astringent and bitter. Bitter in the bad way. Not good. Atwater is not one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 04:47:09 | More by Bighuge
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I poured two ounces of this beer, and my entire pint glass was filled with foam. This is the second Atwater beer I've tasted, and both have done this. This is very annoying, and alone would cause me not to buy there beer again. So now, fifteen minutes after I started to pour this beer I am finally about to drink it. The aroma is of chemical, with hints of citrus, but there chemicals really dominate. The aroma is of citrus and grapefruit, with the chemical thing from the aroma not being present. Still it has not complexity to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with too much carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 19:29:12 | More by KarlHungus
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david18

New York

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad IPA from a not so bad brewery. It's not among my favorites but a very solid beer for the style If I lived in the area I'd drink it a lot but not as good as the colorado and california beers I look for when they're in the New York Area.

Good color, average appearance, good taste, decent mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2009 22:13:56 | More by david18
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gatornation

Minnesota

1.02/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

whoa..this is the worst ipa i have ever tasted..it poured a light orange color with a huge fluffy head the smell was bitter like iron and minerals the taste was worse it had a metallic bitter iron taste no hops no grapefruit no sweet malt back bone just awful ..the mouthfeel and drink ability are 0..this is the worst beer ive ever tasted i took 4 sips and then drained the bottle..something i almost never ever do

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 21:57:43 | More by gatornation
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jsh420

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours copper orange with a a 1+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of apples pears some malts

taste is bitter sweet fruit up front with a very dry finish

moutfeel is light refreshing crisp

drinksability is ok - i think i got an old bottle since it tastes like apples but all in all its good

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 05:34:33 | More by jsh420
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Florida9

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear amber in color with some minimal sediment. Good foamy head with decent amount of lacing.

S: Strong smell of bready malts and overwhelmingly yeasty. Something is not right here: Bread is good and yeast is good, but this isn't good.

T: Not surprisingly there is more yeast funk in the flavor with some light malts and a strong, unpleasantly bitter, grapefruit finish. Typically I enjoy a nice, strong, hopped up bitterness, but this bitterness is harsh, slightly astringent and, just not very enjoyable.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

D: No.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 02:25:06 | More by Florida9
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a10t2

Colorado

2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Brown 12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz pint glass. The first 20 oz pour was 100% foam. After pouring that down the drain, the subsequent pour was 95% foam. This is just ridiculous. Frankly, I'm surprised a beer can be carbonated to this level without the bottles exploding. After 20 minutes, I managed to get perhaps 8 oz of beer into my glass. The rest of the review proceeds from there.

A: Retention and lacing are, of course, wonderful. The beer is an ever so slightly hazy golden/orange. The part of the pour that is actually liquid looks nice. Brownish specks come out at the end of the pour; can't be sure if they're yeast or something less pleasant.

S: Earthy with pine, some citrus, and just a little alcohol. Actually very nice for an AIPA.

T: Ordinarily, this level of carbonation would scream "infection" to me, but I can't taste anything definitive. Background bitterness is evident, with cardboard-y oxidative character and harsh solvent alcohol taste. Reasonably pleasant hop aftertaste once you get it down. Maybe a hint of a brettanomyces flavor.

M: How is this still carbonated?! Mouthfeel is actually good for the style.

D: Given that more than half of my experience with this beer involved trying to pour it, the drinkability is out of 2.5 rather than 5. That said, it is not the worst beer I've ever had, so it gets a 1.5.

This is my fourth bottle out of a six-pack and I've given up on it. Atwater initially replied to emails and indicated they would give me a refund, but I haven't heard from them in months. I will certainly never be trying another one of their beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 06:37:47 | More by a10t2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kumquat orange with a surprising amount of gentle snowfall yeast amidst a few trickles of slowly rising bubbles. The head is ivory in color and picks up a hint of pastel tangerine from the beer beneath. Plenty of persistence and loads of good looking lace pull the appearance score up to its final perch.

Salvation smells nothing like an IPA because it smells nothing like hops. Using Cascade for dry-hopping should have done *something*, but the only thing noted is a little caramel malt and a whiff of butterscotch. Warming actually makes it worse, not better.

Why did I think this Atwater Block beer would finally be the one to be good? These guys have let me down too many times in the past for that sort of optimism. Despite having a claimed 67 IBU's worth of bitterness, Salvation is not a good IPA. Not even close.

ABB beer always tastes skanky. I've alluded to the possiblity of Detroit river water in past reviews, but it may be an especially crapilicious house yeast strain (assuming they use the same one for the entire lineup). How this brewery manages to survive in one of the best craft beer states in America is dumbfounding.

The malt base (tastes like a mixture of pale and caramel) isn't sturdy enough. A moderate amount of buttery diacetyl doesn't do the flavor profile any favors. The hops provide a little bitterness, but they come up significantly short on good, fresh hop flavor. A bit of grapefruit rind... yadda, yadda, yadda. I've had better homebrewed IPAs.

The mouthfeel is actually decent given the slightly lower than usual ABV. It's light-medium and has a fair amount of creaminess thanks to spot-on carbonation. Other than the look, mouthfeel is the highlight.

Salvation is yet another in a long line of Atwater Block ales and lagers that fails to reach the standards of acceptability... much less quality. I've had too many bottles over too much time to think that a bad batch here or there is responsible.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 13:16:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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biker30x

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint a light hazy orange with a medium firm head that left sticky lace throughout. No noticeable scent on pouring but the first sip offers a surprisingly strong nose of apple juice. This is supported by a strong apple juicey flavor with over-carbonation substituting for a strong hop backbone. A rather off-Belgian profile that isn't exactly bad, it just isn't right. The finish is masked by the fizz of carbonation but is a weak flavor of hops and a stronger yeast aspect of bread and fruit. There are far better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 13:14:53 | More by biker30x
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours light gold in color with a huge, four inches of head that doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. Smells like a light lager. No sign of hops anywhere. Maybe a Pale or a Helles, but in no way is this possibly a IPA. Taste is a bit skunky and highly carbonated. Don't know what's going on with this beer, but it is not good. Pretty big on the mouthfeel. That's about the only positive thing I can say about this beer. Now I know.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 17:44:06 | More by FtownThrowDown
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a orange-yellow with medium thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Strangely enough, this beer had no perceptible nose or taste. Mouthfeel was full and fairly tingly, due to the hops, the finish pleasant, and it was smooth drinklng. Bbut again, it was hard to like of dislike too much. Kind of a ho-hum beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 23:35:38 | More by kimcgolf
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albern

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is better than the C+ listed. It is quite Belgianesque with a yeasty and frothy head that overflows the glass. It is a murky yellow amber color with a head that is amazing. The beer is loaded with carbonation and it has a prickly yeasty feel to it that reminds me of one too many Belgian ales. The carbonation makes it such that you can't drink more than a sip at a time without having an overpowering efforvescene in the mouth. The hops tend to dry the beer out more than is warranted. There is an orange burst to this beer, some vanilla flavors, especially in the nose. This is a medium bodied beer, a slight bit syrupy. I just can't get beyond that yeasty prickliness, the orange and maybe slight clove taste, and the vanilla in the background. This beer is better than a C+ if only because it is not quite an American IPA anymore than it is a Belgian Blonde, but it does have hybrid characteristics of both.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:42:34 | More by albern
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PEBKAC

New York

4.2/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

August notes. Some people hide their piggy banks in mattresses or cupboards, I seem to find beer notes sandwiched in between old issues of Sports Illustrated. :)

Gentle overflow into my Ommegang glass. I did just rinse it, so maybe it's just a little warm. Golden yellow, a touch of chill haze, with an over eager "stiff peaks" egg white head.

Initial whiff is a bit minerally, lemon/lime sharp bitter sweetness, a bit peppery, with a cloudy cotton candy sweetness surrounding it.

Peppery, with strong banana phenols. Obvious bubblegum & honey tracks lay down an easy base of operations. The hops arrive mainly in grapefruit, as well as in a softer lemon/lime rind mix then I'm use to. Aftertaste is gentle with tropical fruit, a mix of more pungent phenols, & a basic grazing of malt, getting a bit dry, with a peppery & corriander-like spiced finish. A very juicy beer overall.

Carbonation is slightly sassy, but very easy to enjoy. Extremely light & carefree.

Not really a beer I'd label as an IPA, but it's not important. :P

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 07:36:10 | More by PEBKAC
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like golden sunshine, vibrant, well carbonated, maybe a bit too heavy, but the solid, desne white head is the clumpiest foamy head ever! It's like deep mountain peaks from a topigraphical point of view. Very slow retention, and there's foam left over even whenthe liquid is gone. Very sticky.

The nose has a pleasant but strange vanilla-malt aroma, herbs under that, all-spice, hay and wheat fields...light fruity hops. Nice but strange.

The english malts give a sweet, dense flavor, full-bodied IPA feel and flavor with herbal, piney, slight pineapple, more herbal than fruity though. a pretty unique balance with a bold malt edge.

At least it's got a unique quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 23:19:30 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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nowise

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I spied this on clearance at the Kenny Road market for $10 a 24pk and said, wow this must be awful or outdated or both. Fortunately, I can use the bottles for my homebrewing efforts so I picked up a case. Besides, everything tastes better after you have been primed with some good beer and for 10 bucks... what the hell.

A: Yep, looks like beer. Real pretty white head that sticks around to the side of the glass and on top of the beer. Pale orange with an obvious yeast suspension and some yeasties lingering at the bottom of the glass. Not sure if that is intentional....

S: Boiled grains, malt extract, maybe some corn. Basically smells like driving by the Budweiser plant here in Columbus.

T: Taste is not good. I will definitely +1 to the reviewer who said it tastes like an extract brew. In fact, it tastes surprisingly like the first homebrew I ever made. This is not a compliment for any commercial microbrewery. Bitter, but no hops flavor, and not much else going on at all here. This could be an old bottle but from reading previous reviews, I assume it doesn't matter.

M/D: Feels like your average beer. Not to heavy, not too light. Goes down surprisingly smooth. For all its faults, I find that I can quaff a few of these with no problem. And at 6%, it gets the job done. Hand and fist above your typical macrobrew and hey... the price was right! I'll keep these in my closet for an emergency supply or something.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 23:52:59 | More by nowise
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