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Northwest Passage - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 24.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: edbeered on 04-02-2009

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 134
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden-hued, edging on tangerine in tone. Nice 1/4 " cap of rocky, snowy white foam.

Aroma: sweetness, then bitter, loads of citrus, very pithy grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pickled prickly pine, in there, too.
Quite nice.

On the tongue, a blitz of bitterness, a blast of buoyant fruit, bouncing on the palate, swimming in the mouth, but overall well-behaved...if needing more malt sweetness to tie it together. Says the guy who loves a great big double IPA. But this isn't one. Or is it. We're told it's 115 IBUs. No argument, it's terrifically bitter, and yet, only 6.5%.
Here's a tasty IPA you can drink, if you have a great tolerance/taste for hoppiness, ...but may grow weary of, if you need more comfort that malt brings. Especially if you plan to have more than one. That's my worry, that this is a one and done kind of IPA.

I like this one, and I'm glad FE's first IPA is so solid, but it'd be great to have one a bit more balanced. Something with this hop profile, yet more malt backbone could be a viable alternative to Furious, or any other local IPAs. What local IPAs?
My point.

i will continue to enjoy this!

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Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from growler into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with thin head but nice lacing.

Smell: Mostly citrus and some pine. Smells very bitter and dry.

Taste: Very slight sweetness in the beginning, but the hops quickly reign supreme. Citrus, grapefruit, pine and spice noted. Very bitter finish.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body, pretty smooth, and exceedingly dry.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, but also too bitter with enough taste to back it up.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a beer mug after a pleasant day at the parents' new cabin.

A-A bright, moderately hazed amber brew, topped with a minimal off-white head which reduced relatively quickly to scattered remnants.

S-It seems quite approriate for an American-styled IPA: explosive, maybe even overwhelming hop aromas taking hold of my olfactory sensors, letting go for only the briefest moments to allow any semblance of maltiness through. Thick hops, resiny, herbal, and earthy, are in the spotlight here, and boy do they shine.

T-This tastes exactly how I would expect it to, based on the smell. Enormous hop characters of the resiny and herbal persuasion take charge of this flavor, quickly followed by a very aggressive bitterness (I think I read somewhere this one is approaching 100 IBU?). As I continued to enjoy this brew, I was able to pick out some malty nuances under all of the hoppiness. Finshes bitter and hoppy, just as it began.

M-Carbonation was appropriate and consistent for all the growlers of this beer that I purchased, on the level of medium carbonation, almost prickling. This beer is probably relatively moderate bodied based on its malt backbone, but the hops and hop bitterness catapult this guy beyond a malty moderate body, adding dimensions of pucker, dry, and twangy feels... perhaps a little too hop-puckery, at times.

D-Very good drinkability. One of the best brews from Flat Earth, I think, and one that I look forward to having more in the future.

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Photo of edbeered
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's always nice to introduce a new beer to the BA community, and especially nice if it's a keeper, like this one is. Served on tap at the 2nd anniversary party for Flat Earth Brewery at the Muddy Pig in St Paul, it apprears a clear amber color, with a frothy white head and ample white lacing lining the glass. The smell is faintly of hops. The taste is in-your-face hops with a mild malty flavor for balance. The hops taste is of the earthy variety with a faint whiff of pine. What's especially appealing is that this tastes completely different from the dominant IPA in this market(Surly Furious), yet stands up well against it. One can follow one with the other and truly appreciate the variety of flavors available to a great IPA. The carbonation is about right(it has been an issue with Flat Earth beers)and the mouthfeel is almost tart. This is a terrific American IPA and may be the best yet beer from Flat Earth. Right now it's only available on tap or in growlers. Hopefully they'll bottle it soon.

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Northwest Passage from Flat Earth Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.