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(512) IPA - (512) Brewing Company

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 423
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 27.23%
Wants: 25
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 07-04-2008

(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.
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Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, on tap at Ginger Man in Austin on $3 Texas pint night. Clear, active, copper/orange, modest white head, spotty lacing. SMELL fairly sharp grapefruity hop presence mellows and blends with malty support. TASTE slightly skewed toward grapefrity hoppiness, but fairly balanced with a tocuh of sweet maltyness. Not overly bitter, but it lingers some. FEEL medium body, slightly viscous, drying bitter finish. OVERALL not especially aggressive, tasty, balanced IPA. Texas should be proud of this one.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz, Filled 5/5/13, Consumed 5/16/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Standard glowing orange color. Slight hop haze. Good carbonation still. Cap of slightly off white head. Sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Nice sweetness on the nose of apricot and maybe some peach. There is some pine hints. Some malts.

T: Up front, you get some pine like bitterness. Sweet apricot. Slight bitterness. Sweet malts. Dry close. Clean.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for the opportunity to try this one. Growler opens with a healthy hiss, and my pour (into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass) yields a substantial old lace head that recedes to a lasting half finger with a climbing collar.

Very dark burnt orange (almost mahogany) liquid with princeton orange highlights. Lightly hazy, good retention, soapy lacing.

Pleasing soft aromatics, with light pine, clay, and candied apple in the nose.

Hops are right up front, and while delicate compared to many West Coast IPAs, do not overwhelm the palate like some examples of the style. Moderate bitterness with a gentle herbaceous touch of evergreen, iced tea, and menthol along with an earthy resinous quality that bleeds into the malt bill quite well. Mostly pale malt throughout, though there is an underlying caramel quality as well. Finishes medium-dry with a faint toffee note returning in the aftertaste.

Slick yet a bit light-bodied, good carbonation overall.

Very refreshing and the alcohol is well hidden. Well balanced (though some hop fanatics may find it a bit sweet) and quite tasty ale.

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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Flying Saucer.

Served with 1 finger of creamy beige head. Good retention with some lace left as well. Color is a hazed amber orange.

Aroma; Fresh floral hops. Earthy and fresh. Bready malts at a minimum. Nice.

Taste: Floral earthy hops. A touch of onions. Bready malts. Light amount of fruity citrus.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends bitter and sticky.

Overall, a nice cask ipa. Bitter and creamy light it should be. Pretty drinkable. Ends a bit dry, but other than that it was pretty drinkable.

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Photo of roodie
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano, TX.

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy amber with a finger tall white head. The head dissipates quickly leaving a thing ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass only. Small amounts of lacing present.

S: Lots of hops - citrus, grass, grapefruit, and pine notes are present.

T: Complex flavors - grassy, pine, and citrus hops but not super intense. Well balanced and definitely not too hoppy. Proper amount of bitterness and a nice flavor profile.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation but slightly on the thin/watery side.

O: Very easy to drink, likely because the hops and bitterness are not too intense and over the top. Pairs very well with spicy food as both accentuate the flavors of each other.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1689th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

Plano, TX

App- Standard coloring of a deep DIPA. The oranges and yellows all balance out. A bit of a nice dense center with some darker center. A small 1/2" white capped head was there and left okay cling.

Smell- This was a nice and resiny DIPA. The hops are balanced with a good amount of dry grassy bitter and the citrus adds a layer of tropical fruit (Not much). This had a bit of a boozy note and not sure why with only 7%

Taste- I enjoyed this DIPA. It was more akin to what I am used to in So.Cal. A deep bitter and piney resin balanced out by the semi creamy malts. A bit herbal/grassy on the finish. Nice and semi-balance.

Mouth- A good and deep medium body and then more of a full medium carbonation. This one fills you up. A lot of the piney and resin remain on the back with some citrus.

Drink- I really enjoyed this. Made me think I was back in SD enjoying a good west coast IPA. Id have this one again when I come back to TX.

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Photo of GrayHam
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this as part of a flight of 5 Texas beers at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium in downtown Houston. Since it was part of a flight, I only got to sample 5 ounces worth, but I guess that's enough to give it a review.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/orange color with a small ½-finger of white head. Retention was OK, but it only left a moderate amount of lacing.

The beer was full of citrus hop amorma - both orange peel and apricot, with some vanilla underneath.

Mostly bitter pine flavored with a little citrus (grapefruit) mixed in. A fair amount of caramel malt adds some sweetness and balance.

Between light and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

It wasn''t my favorite IPA, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of jamescain
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of kennymule
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 64oz. growler from The Sugar Shack / Wholefoods, Sugarland, TX.
Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Poured fairly aggressively and ended up with about 2 1/2 finger off white foamy head that diminished pretty quickly. Color is translucent honey.

S: A faint apricot nose, not overpowering aromatics here.

T: Again, some apricot, citrus up front, followed by nice malt middle and dry pine finish,(not a bad thing.)

M: The carbonation is light to moderate with plenty of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice peppery finish.

O: Really nice IPA that hides the ABV(7%) well and is easy to drink. Another nice offering from our neighbors to the West of H Town.

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Photo of dgfair
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into imperial pint glass. Thanks to jenray for sending this one as part of the IPA DIPA BIF.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with an off-white head that leaves tons of lacing all over the glass. Would prefer a little more clarity, but definitely not bad.

S: Nice piney floral hop character. Not really much citrus here, but a very sweet light pine that has hints of wildflower honey and a slight bit of grainy corn that is not entirely pleasant.

T: Fairly upfront bitterness with not a lot of nuances to the hop flavor. It's a very nice bite though, just not overly complex. I pick up a little peppery flavor on the tongue and a slight metallic tinge at the end, not unlike an English version.

M&D: The mouth is a touch overcarbonated for me, but the drinkable doesn't suffer too much. This is a very easy drinking beer that would do the job for a hop fix and allow you to savor the unbiased bitterness.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a dark orange with a soapy off-white head that left minimal lace.

S- Pungent grapefruit, pine, and some light caramel malt. Pretty aromatic.

T- Big grapefruit and sweet caramel malt notes, quite a bit of soapy notes and moderate bitterness.

M- Soft carbonation, lighter bodied, and a slightly watery finish.

O- A decent IPA. I didn't care so much for the soapy notes in the flavor and the watery finish, but a decent drinkable IPA.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Beer pours a orange color, lightly hazy, with a finger of loose white foam head. Head dissipates a little after a few minutes with some minor lacing. A bit of carbonation floating up every now and then.

Nose is grapefruit and orange peel, and light pine hops combined with toasted malts.

Taking a sip, mainly bitter grapefruit pith, with the sweeter citrus and pine fighting to come through. Mid tongue, light toasted and caramel malt sweetness through to the dry finish with lingering grapefruit.

Light to medium body with gentle carbonation. Easy to drink IPA, but lacking the fruity hop flavors I enjoy.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Stubbs in Austin. Pours a cloudy golden orange with barely any head in my pint glass. Sweet light citrus aroma, but not much else going on. Big on the bitter pine, and really highlights that aspect of the brew. Medium mouthfeel with lower than average carbonation. A decent beer but a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at a bar in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $5.00 USD.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of nice creaminess and thickness. Decent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a semitranslucent semitransparent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Floral hops, peach fruit, apricot fruit. Pale malts. Cream. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. The apricot is a highlight.

T: Floral hops, pale malts. Peach fruit esters. Cream. Pilsner malts. Balanced and subdued. Has a low intensity of flavour for the style. Average duration and depth of flavour. Not real complex or subtle. I do like it, but there's really nothing remarkable about it. It's got good cohesion.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay, but it doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it. Decent presence on the palate. Decent body.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, hot, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable, sure. It's certainly above average and is a likable IPA, but it's not world class by any means. I'll plan to revisit it for a more in-depth review; I did expect far better given its current high ratings. Hides its ABV well.

Low B-

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Photo of EGreen
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nutty-woody aroma... (but somewhat inhibited from smelling right now). Mild caramel flavors with a not so subtle nuttiness. Very light on the hops.. Mild bitterness that dissipates rather quickly. I want hops in my IPA, not pecans. I was convinced that this wasn't an IPA, but the 'tender swears it is!

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Photo of campuschief
1.62/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Smells like wet dog...and tastes like it as well. It's on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston. Perhaps the lines were dirty or mot cleaned after the previous keg but this beer was undrinkable. I'll try again somewhere else. There's really not much more I can say about this beer.

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(512) IPA from (512) Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.