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(512) IPA - (512) Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 21
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
(512) India Pale Ale is a big, aggressively dry-hopped American IPA with smooth bitterness (~65 IBU) balanced by medium maltiness. Organic 2-row malted barley, loads of hops, and great Austin water create an ale with apricot and vanilla aromatics that lure you in for more.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 07-04-2008)
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5/5  rDev +22%

TerpBax, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mjl21, Nov 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

bbadger, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

glennj2k, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

koolk, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Beertracker, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

ATXRyan, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

PhatAtUT, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

Jdgarcia24, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

bentwookie, Nov 14, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden into a shaker pint. Good finger of foam that holds up even over time.

This brew has a big piney hop aroma that --surprise--comes across on the palate as well. Its reminiscent of a forest, with pine notes dominating. Some pine, some resin, a little chew. Sharp, clean finish. Crisp and refreshing. If I had a lawn to mow I’d make this my lawnmower beer.

elNopalero, Oct 03, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint with a Rudz Burger. Definitely a good combination.

Pours a hearty opaque amber, with a nice, creamy, one finger head that stays consistent throughout the whole pint, producing nice lacing. Has a nice hoppy aroma, but isn't too complex to me. The taste is as consistent with the smell, which is nice; hoppy, with a bit of a malty undertone towards the end. It has a nice, slightly carbonated hoppy bitterness in the mouth, which is pleasant.

A solid IPA. Not the best I've had, but I have been fortunate enough to be sipping some of the best the past few weeks. With that said, this is an IPA that would not put to the back burner, but would be happy to sip another.

FUNKPhD, Sep 02, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the gingerman in rice village

A: pours a amber copper hue with 1 finger of white head. Great lacing though the head dissipated quickly

S: some citrus and bitter hops. Enticing.

T: follows the nose but the hops are stronger and more bitter than the nose indicated. Nice

M: very smooth crisp and refreshing. Hops linger on the back of yor tongue making you reach for the next sip

roodie, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock.

A pretty rich orange/copper beer, served in a chilled (i didn't have the heart to send it back as the place was starting to get crowded for the Harry Potter movie) pint glass. Not much head, but a sustained ring lasted for the duration.

MMM...smelled really good. Tropical fruit right off the bat (mango, pineapple)..some resinous pine and a touch of sweet malt as well.

Taste followed smell...the initial mango topped off with pine on the backend...a decent amount of malt to even it out...but a definite hop smack to the pallate. Very refreshing.

Super crisp, sharp carbonation...I did not want to drink it quickly, but i kept finding myself reaching for the glass a bit faster after every sip..a true sign of a good, drinkable beer. The 7% is well hidden, can easily sneak up on you if you thrown back a couple too quickly.

A top notch IPA brewed right here in my own backyard (well, South Austin).

Great job 512!

obrike, Jul 17, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Draught House

I sampled this, Lost Gold, and Fire Eagle side by side. This was my second favorite, after Fire Eagle.

A: Nice, hazy golden/copper.

S: Grapefruit citrus.

T: A bit sweet, but nice balance.

M: A bit heavy due to the sweetness.

O: Nice IPA by a great local brewery.

GrayHam, Jul 07, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at the Draught house in Austin, TX.

Appearance: Copper-orange with a fluffy white head that fades into a lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Citrusy and floral, but dominated by the unmistakable aroma that is grapefruit. Just not complex enough for me.

Taste: Slightly malty background, but the usual high ratio of hops to malt, how I prefer my IPAs. The dominate taste, just like the aroma, is grapefruit. This in fact is the only IPA my girlfriend will drink, because it tastes like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: On the higher end of carbonation, but a nice dry finish and a lingering bitterness.

Overall: I like it but I would choose other IPAs over this one. It is just too much grapefruit for me, I like grapefruit juice, but if I want that I would drink it. I wanted an IPA, not a grapefruit juice.

jamescain, May 12, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BEST IPA in TEXAS BAR NONE!!!
OK....here we go. Where do I start. Thank God an IPA of this character exists in Texas (it's about time). The brewer must have been thinking
big state...big hop aroma and flavor. A nice amber hue greets you with a small head and backhands you with a hop slap, but the backhand feels so good, just like daddy used to dish them out. After you have finished sniffin the aromatics of this exceptional beer like cocaine it gets even better. Full mouth malty grain feel that hints at a substantial alcohol hop
bitterness that only the privy northwesterners get to experience on a regular basis. This hopped out beast makes me feel like I am camping
in Yakima Valley itself and to top it off, I just found out that it is orgasmic, I mean ORGANIC. A rock solid IPA form Texas that is my
cornerstone at the bar. Thanks 512. I think that a little bit of the
west coast made it out to Texas.

Amnestic, Apr 23, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, dull dark straw color, white head that sheets the glass nicely with slow melting lace.

S - Citrusy hops with slight tang of pine, some soapiness, and fresh dough.

T - Rich and fairly malty (all thigs considered) with lots of hop bitterness. More pine sap than citrus. Some tropical fruit goin on too.

M - medium thick body with quite a bit of stickiness. Moderate bright carbonation.

D - This one grew on me. Not especially refined, but with plenty of good qualities and obvious craftsmanship.

JTahoe, Apr 02, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the flying saucer, Addison. The beer is the color of iced tea and has the slightest haze. The cap is the color of whipped eggs and almost as firm. A solid raft of foam that has some lasting power.

The nose is an hebal citrus and sweet malt. A clean crisp smelling IPA that is nothing special but does have a solid scent. It does dip into a little mustiness but very minimally.

Taste is nicely hopped right from the get go. A citrus flavor burst followed by a slightly toasted sweet malt. The musty scent isn't carried over to the taste which is a bonus. The carbonation and hops make a nice acidic wash that really compliments the style.

That bitterness really finishes the beer well giving you a nice pucker after each sip. It has a little creaminess that really gives this one some nice body and balance with a carbonatied sizzle. A great feeling IPA but the taste is lacking. I find the flavors muted and boring after a few sips. A good beer but not my favorite. However it's solid enough to be one I'd order again and again. A nice satisfying IPA.

jbphoto88, Apr 01, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy dark orange color with a decent head that sticks a bit.

Smell: You get a good aroma off this one. A nice mix of citrus hops and some nature.

Taste: Great example of an IPA. When i review IPAs I look for a balance between the hop profile and the other flavors. This one is a good example.

Mouthfeel: Slick, goes down fast.

Overall: Great an example of the style. It's a good session beer for hop lovers out there too.

thatlongname, Mar 28, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Red's Porch.

Pours cloudy amber with a head that has below average retention and little lace. Aroma is balanced between the malt and hops where there is interplay between caramel malt and and earthy hops. More east coast than west coast style. Nice hop bitterness on the back end but light on the aromatic hops. Carbonation is a bit on the high side. Medium body. Hop profile is less interesting than the 512 black IPA.

LittleDon, Mar 17, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on- tap at Valhalla.

A - Slightly hazy dark orange-amber. Forms a thin, off-white foamy head that doesn't stick around.
S - Strong piny hops, citrus, and other dark fruits. A moderate malt backbone rounds out.
T - Piny hops with a slightly nutty taste in the peripherals. A bit of caramel joins the bitter aftertaste.
M - Medium-bodied and a little oily. The moderately high ABV is almost completely unnoticeable.
D - A great standard IPA - good example of the style. Incredibly tasty and drinkable, this is one of my favorite session IPAs.

NefariousR, Mar 02, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass

A: Medium amber. Half-inch white head with some stick. Impressive, considering I opened the growler yesterday. Head fades to a thick layer of lace.

S: Citrus and pine dominate. There's pale malt in there too, but the first impression is all West Coast hop.

T/M: Slightly sweet and malty up front, with a citric and resiny bitterness in the middle. Finish is a slight lingering bitterness backed by toasty malt. Slight medicinal alcohol as it warms. Feel is substantial -- bordering on DIPA territory. For all the West Coast hop in the aroma, this actually turns out to be a more balanced, East Coast-type interpretation of the style.

D: I think Dogfish Head has the trademark on "session IPA" with their 60-minute, and it's deserved. But the (512) IPA could also be a contender for that label. Only potential problem is the ABV.

MurphyMacManus, Feb 20, 2011
(512) IPA from (512) Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.