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S.O.S. - Cody Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cody Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-08-2007)
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Reviews by Wamesit:
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orange amber. Thin slightly off-white head with solid lacing.

S - Sweet candied fruits, piney hops. Strong fruit esters, some citrus, light sweet malts.

T - This is a true hybrid flavor right from the get-go. The strong IPA hops are in unison with (rather than competition with) the dark fruit/flower yeasty flavors of the Belgian-style.

M - Medium, lush.

O - Interesting, delicious, and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:41:18 | More by Wamesit
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-16-2014 02:38:37 | More by Fettpopps
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New Hampshire

3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange with white head. Not a lot of retention and decent lacing.

S - Strong sour citrus flavors

T - Nice citrus hop with earthy malts. Typical Belgian style orange yeast flavors without any of the banana flavors.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Somewhat sticky and resinous.

O - I do the Belgian IPA hybrid and the flavors in this are nice and balanced. Not a bad beer but also not too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:35:17 | More by JAFoley
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New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

A- Thick and hazy burnt orange color, 1-finger fluffy white head. Head tapers but remains a solid film on top of the beer, lots of falling rings of lacing. All making for a pretty cool looking pour.

S- It smells more Belgian ale than IPA to me. There are hop aromas but the smells of banana, pear, spices, and mild yeast make up a subtle yet undeniable Belgian Ale blend.

T- The citrus comes out here. I pick up some mineral flavor and what I call, if only slightly, pickle juice. The Belgian stuff is there, too.

M- A complex mix that has good body and feel. Good carbonation, spicy hop zip.

O- The abv, 5.5%, rounds out this brew nicely, allowing it to shine.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 21:46:12 | More by NiceTaps
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-05-2013 02:32:42 | More by luvbier
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

09-29-2013 16:24:02 | More by HattedClassic
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -33%

08-24-2013 19:12:02 | More by Carpentiere
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4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice big fluffy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice soapy spotty lacing, pillowy head, slightly hazy honey orange color.

Nose brings a really interesting Belgian beer aroma, a light Belgian golden malt and a sweet candy reddish malt, faint esters, with a light fruity aroma, and into a lemony aroma, some from hops and some from yeast I think, fruity but slightly grassy hops, slight lemongrass but a light pear apple like fruit, light floral hops and floral yeast characters, slight herbal earthy aroma both from hops and yeast characters. Hints of grapefruit and citrus hide in teh background but I can find them. Quite floral overall and pretty nice.

Taste in pretty much what they call it, a blend of Belgian and East Coast American IPA. Hops bring a combination of earthy slightly spicy characters, little earthy and herbal as well. Fruity flavors are great, like I'm biting into a peach, great peach character somehow, then light tangerine, hint of grapefruit and other tropical fruits that i can't put a finger on. hops keep up with bitterness and get fairly bitter and bring a nice grassy spicy flavor. Then into Belgian flavors, light Belgian malts not really golden just Belgian somehow, and light esters and fruity flavors from the yeast, and quite floral as well. That slightly tropical fruit realyl keeps nagging at me, I wish I could nail down which fruit it is. Finish is dry and quite bitter, a nice spicy slightly earthy and grassy hop lingering, with a bit more of the tropical fruit, peach and tangerine like flavors lingering, with light Belgian esters and floral yeast additions.

Mouth is med bodied, nice carb.

Overall fairly impressed, it's quite a tasty beer, with lots of nice fruit characters, esters, Belgian yeast additions, and the American hops add a nice twist to it and bring a nice bitter quality but don't overpower it and get too bitter. I bet most people that rated this low either wanted more hops, or less hops, this seems to take a nice middle ground that balances with the Belgian characters well, and great fruit flavors and aromas. Quite tasty, my fav from Cody so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:20:15 | More by jlindros
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

04-26-2013 00:30:10 | More by Satchboogie
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3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

nice and clear copper color with a slightly off white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
aroma is very bready with not much hop character.
the taste is a lot of grapefruit and caramel/toast but slightly muted by the yeast. there is a lingering bitterness that is a little annoying.
not sure cascade was the right fit for this beer but im glad I tried it. not bad not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 21:23:25 | More by MRsojourner
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New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 17, 2012.

It pours a copper-amber color and about medium in tone and cloudy. The small head does not last long.

Floral hops and grapefruit esters highlight the aroma but not much in the way of Belgian sugars. The yeast can be picked up though.

Medium body.

On the other hand, the taste starts out with a noted malty and sweet character for the first second and then this hop bite kicks in at the end coating the back of my throat for an extended period of time. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:55:25 | More by puboflyons
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-12-2013 21:52:06 | More by JessxSpikes
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, dark copper colored IPA with a huge eggshell colored, foamy head that leaves a minefield of lacing. The aroma says mineral citrus with some soapy clove. A little different but it grows on you with that Belgian personality. The flavor is dominated by yeast though a shy clove-citrus hop sneaks through. Again, I pick up a mineral idea with some deep wheat and a pleasant hop subtlety. This stuff is medium bodied with a light but frothy feel. I wish there was a bigger hop presence rather than the yeast-heavy personality, but overall it grows on me and it works. I am now encouraged to try more from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 07:25:39 | More by Durge
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-30-2012 21:14:26 | More by CheekyBroad
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a 3 Horses specialty glass.
A: Beautiful burnt amber colour with relatively high transparency.
S: Hoppy, with some breadiness, and a pretty strong citrus zest.
T: Really a nice sipping Belgian. A bit spicy and yeasty, with just enough hops.
M: Spicy hop bite makes for a crisp, refreshing drink.
O: Incredibly drinkable, and reminds me of tripels. This is the kind of 22oz bottle that one could enjoy a couple of in a row, though. Stimulating to the senses and very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 12:19:41 | More by PatriotsRule
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle.

A: hazy, dark amber poured with tiny bubbles
S: medium nose, saison quality with bitter hops
T: medium bodied, good balance between roasted malt and IPA (Cascade) finish with spicy Belgian hops mixed in
M: quenching, well-balanced, not overwhelming bitter hops

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 02:00:15 | More by wisrarebeer
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-03-2012 00:07:51 | More by AdamP
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-01-2012 04:26:30 | More by mbs11
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-08-2012 02:51:29 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

06-28-2012 02:29:26 | More by ILiveOffHops
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Dark burnt orange in color, pours a small white head, heavy internal carbonation, hazy throughout

S: Moderately fragrant, citrus, coriander, lemon zest, wheat, even has a bit of a buttery quality to it

T: Moderately flavorful, nice IPA elements and Belgian elements at once (hence the style), citrus smoothed out by a buttery/wheat Belgian aspect, at once simple and complex

M: Incredibly smooth, light in the mouth, excellent finish, light citrus aftertaste, not lingering or overpowering

O: A great example of its style, nice look, flavorful and smooth, certainly worth a try

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:39:48 | More by MatthewWilde
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle taken home from ACBF. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Cody's S.O.S. Belgian IPA pours a deep orange, with a little bit of clarity. Two and a half fingers or so of cream colored foam coalesce atop the beer, before fading a bit on the quick side. The lacing is fairly sticky though. The nose is spot on for a Belgian IPA, with a bit of candied sugar sweetness giving way to big fruity bubblegum aromas. The flavor profile has a touch of caramel joining sugar as a sweet malty backbone for the beer. Next comes just gobs of fruit, apples and pears from the Belgian half of the beer, and some mango and grapefruit from the hops. A light bitterness and some clove come in for the finish, and just really clash with the rest of the brew a little too much. The mouthfeel is just off, both in body (too full), and carbonation (too dull). All in all I was pleasantly surprised by Cody's intepretation of a Belgian IPA, it's very solid.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 03:34:20 | More by axeman9182
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

06-01-2012 00:15:07 | More by Wizzman
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a hazy dark copper/brown color with two fingers of white head. Not great retention, and only a little bit of lacing.

Smell is like a BPA (but how we Americans do them which generally falls sadly short of the originals)- pale pilsener malt sweetness, a faint smell of resiny hops and faint smell of Belgian yeast.

Taste is semi-consistent with smell; fuller malt profile, more resiny hops, a little bit less yeast, and a slight caramel taste. Nice.

Mouthfeel is also good- more consistent with an IPA being light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated and a good amount of resin. Better than many other Belgian IPAs but as a previous BA said, not Houblon Chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 23:05:06 | More by Hopdaemon39
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer itself to be a Belgian Style Ale/American IPA hybrid and that's a pretty good way to describe it except that it doesn't clue consumers into the deliciousness they are about to experience. Pouring from a Hitchcockian label yields a nearly clear brew with a perfect head. Pumpkin, and atumnal spices waft from a nicely lingering foam. Nutmeg and clove tickle the tongue on the first few sips and paves the way for a warm toasted maltiness. Although the beer finishes a bit more thin than it starts out it maintains good carbonation throughout and provides a subtle aftertaste of roasted marshmallows.

I will definitely get this hybrid again in the fall when it's flavors are more seasonally appropriate (it's spring now) and look forward to more from Cody Brewing Company.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 18:23:45 | More by Maximusmaximus
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S.O.S. from Cody Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.