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Northwest Passage - Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: edbeered on 04-02-2009)
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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-16-2012 03:59:03 | More by inbierveritas
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

01-11-2012 22:28:45 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

01-01-2012 18:15:19 | More by millelacsmark
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2.5/5  rDev -30%

12-27-2011 01:53:39 | More by ALifeWellWasted
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

12-22-2011 01:39:43 | More by HoistinBrews
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5/5  rDev +40.1%

12-17-2011 01:03:19 | More by ErikMP
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4/5  rDev +12%

12-14-2011 18:13:34 | More by null
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Kind of a watered down dark copper color, if that makes any sense. Nice head retention.

S- Very interesting smell, much like furious, but with a spicy note to it.

T- Very good flavor. Starts off with slight citrus and pine, moves into a biscuity spicy flavor and finishes very bitter if a little bit sweet with citrus notes. Fantastic. I actually put this up with some of my favorite IPAs.

M- Very good level of carbonation and a great drinkability.

O- I liked this beer much better this time around. Good job fellas.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:33:48 | More by PerHops
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3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass; Note, according to my tour of Flat Earth Brewing, this beer supposedly has the highest IBU of any beer in the Midwest

Appearance - Clear Dark Orange Color with a mild amount of carbonation; it's unusally clear for an IPA. The head is around 2 1/2 finger width and very fluffy and foamy and leaves behind some very sticky lacing

Smell - Very Strong Piney and Floral Hops Smell. The citrus and grapefruit smell in particular are also pretty strong here as well. Even with the glass sitting 2 feet from me, I could still smell it. The aroma in general packs quite a punch!

Taste - There are quite a variety of flavors at work here. On one end, you have very strong piney and floral hops upfront and leaving behind a very bitter impression on the palette. On the other end, you have a spicy flavoring with a slight hint of sweetness, which sort of balances out the bitterness The aftertaste is that of a bitter floral hops flavor.

Mouthfeel - The overall body is fairly light and feel of this beer is surprisingly smooth and creamy. It's surprisingly easy to drink as well for an IPA!

Overall - All in all, it's a decent IPA. Those who like their beers hoppy will find alot to enjoy here. The flavor is slightly off balance in terms of flavor, but it's still a good IPA that's pretty easy to drink as well!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:25:56 | More by NuclearDolphin
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4/5  rDev +12%

11-29-2011 03:17:47 | More by morecoldbeer
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3/5  rDev -16%

11-24-2011 00:02:52 | More by jenray
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4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of fresh grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pine resin, and more grapefruit. The taste is similar to the aroma with a strong bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:52:04 | More by KarlHungus
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4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours light bronze with good white head that fades out quickly. Nice lacing and takes some time to fall.

S: Hoppy scent with a heavy honey scent. Almost smells like pineapple too.

T: Dry crisp hoppy start. Bitter finish that is not too overpowering.

M: Good carbonation and great blend, long lingering flavor.

O: Great IPA with the sweet scent and notes. I would do again for sure and would recommend giving it a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle 3.99 1pt6oz

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 23:13:52 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppered colored ale that's straw gold around the edges with stark white head that lingers nicely. Big hop nose with grapefruit under grassy spice and fresh mowed lawn. Clearly lots of hops--115 IBU by the website from a combo of Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade, & Columbus (according to a Four Firkins description). Clearly, northwest hops seems like a great idea. Sharp hop bite, but not overwhelming. Chewy from hops, and the grassy notes continue in the mouth. Can feel the acid linger on my tongue. I like it quite a bit, but can see where it might put off those that don't like chewing on hops. Mouthfeel seems a bit light, but that's what let's the hops shine through. Very nice beer for a fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:19:51 | More by FightingEntropy
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2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 09/22/11
*Bomber to pint

A: Pours a dull brassy pale color with a soapy one finger head. Fizzin' out some sparce lace.

S: Smells of sweet bready malts and has a sort of spice hop spiked nose. Honey grahams.

T: More bready with a honey sweetness. Slight citrus/pine hop flavs but pale malts really dominate. Touch of a spicy clove like flavor that I would almost expect with a Belgian yeast. Slight metallic aftertaste.

M: Lighter body with a bit of a creamy mouthcoat and a nice refreshing crisp finish.

D: Refreshing and light but bit run of the mill for me in regards to flavors.
Overall a honey-bread and clove spice combo lacking in the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 18:03:27 | More by Nugganooch
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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to dormant BA markhvizdak for picking this up in a blind locals-for-locals trade. 115 IBUs of Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade, and Colombus? Yes, please!

A: Clear, fairly dark amber body under an inch of frothy ecru foam that shows good retention and leaves plenty of lace. Quite nice.

S: Spicy, vegetal hops with just a touch of caramel malt. Pretty solid, but nowhere near the hop explosion I was hoping for based on the bottle's description. It's also nowhere near as terrible as some of the reviews would suggest.

T: Kind of a muddle of flavors, with spicy hops, bready malt, caramel, and bitter grapefruit all swirling together in a bittersweet melange. The bitterness absolutely dominates everything else on the finish, delivering complete mouth-drying palate destruction. I love the intensity, but it could be much, much more elegantly deployed.

M: Soft, moderately carbonated, mouth-filling medium body. Quite pleasant.

O: I enjoyed this beer, and found it to be an impressively potent IPA in terms of sheer hop bitterness. That said, I'm disappointed in how poorly the flavors of all these terrific hop varieties came together in the end. The potential is all there, but the execution is sadly lacking.


Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:29:16 | More by woosterbill
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2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flat Earth seems to offer their various bombers at a reasonable price around here, so I picked one up for a random sample.

A mild pour resulted in a mountain of head that took a good 4-5 minutes to subside until there was any possibility of drinking. Color was light golden yellow. Smell was slightly resinous and a bit bready, okay I guess, but very mild. Taste was weakly malty, watery and yet bitter, but not bitter in a flavorful sort of way.

I drank the 1/4 of a glass of liquid that accumulated from the 4" of foam. Then made another attempt to drink a bit more, but it just wasn't good, or worth it. Drainpoured. There was some sedimentation on the bottom of the bottle. Perhaps a bad bottle. No freshness date that I can see.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 19:48:23 | More by JackieTH
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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my very large Old Style glass (something like 26 oz glass).
Seems like classic old style hops as the aroma reminds me a lot of the early IPA's I used to make in the 90's. Sometimes sharp and biting, along with a grassiness, that evolves to a sweetness, fruitiness with citrus. Pale malt base. Evolves nicely.
Kinda' cloudy. Opened with a sharp pop and poured with large head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Bitterness is pretty sharp. There are a variety of flavors going on in here, some real tasty, some standard and some I'm not so sure about. It again reminds me of some old home brew I did while extract brewing (and I wasn't that good). Seems like some off flavor or staleness on the hops. I like some of the malt flavor. Touch of sweetness and a solid good base. Very long finish of a mixed bitterness of grapefruit, in part.
Body is moderate with appropriate carbonation.
In sum, despite some good qualities, it's a rather average beer. Worth trying, but not much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 01:14:24 | More by garymuchow
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3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with definate orange hues. There is about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. Carbonation can be seen rising to the top.

S: Strongly hopped beer, not much malt sweetness to balance but it is such a nice grapefruit and citrus hop bitterness aroma.

T: Unlike the aroma, there is a little sweet maltiness. There is not much balance but this is such a nicely bittered beer.

M: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this is a great beer

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 21:54:12 | More by happygnome
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a tint of orange and lots of rising bubbles. Mild pour gives a huge four finger head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus and floral hops with grapefruit, orange, and lemon with some herbal pine. This is backed with a solid base of bready caramel malts.

Taste: A mild sweetness from the citrus fruit hops up front is mixed with a decent amount of piney hop bitterness. This is backed up by a good amount of caramel malts and a little more bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a higher amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A solid version of an IPA from Flat Earth. Solid mixture of grapefruit sweetness and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 02:19:35 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Penguin3200


3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had in a bottle poured into my darkness tuplip. This one holds teh IBU title in Minneapolis for an American IPA and the bitterness is a bit overwhelming.

Pours deep amber golden color, with minimal head and good lacing.

Smell is resinous and very northwoods piney.

Taste is similar with a biting astringency of pine sap and up north coniferous sap. Very disjointed and not intergrated like the likes of the finest IPAs.

Mouthfeel is rough with the piney sap crushing taste buds. It is drinkable, but could be much more balanced.

Overall a decent IPA, but not memorable or int he usual rotation.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:03:16 | More by Penguin3200
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear deep golden color, almost amber. Nice two finger white foamy head. Left layered lacing as it slowly receded. Left a good half finger white frothy head throughout. Nice.

Smell: Sweet and floral Citrus and Pine hops up front, with just a hint of malt beneath it.

Taste: At 115 IBU's, this one delivers on the hops bite right up front. Citrus and pine hops with a high bitterness factor that gives way to a smooth and not-so-bitter finish. Quite a feat for a beer this high on the IBU meter. Really clean and refreshing taste, with loads of hops up front to make even the biggest hop-heads out there satisfied. A really good IPA that tastes more like a Double IPA to me.

Mouth feel: Light-to-medium body with a good crisp carbonation to match the hops bite up front.

Drinkability: This is by far my favorite Flat Earth beer so far. Really great hops bitterness and flavor. Tastes more like a Double or Imperial IPA than a standard American IPA...and that's a good thing for a hop-head like me!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 22:55:53 | More by ChopperSmith
Northwest Passage from Flat Earth Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.