(512) IPA - (512) Brewing Company

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 410
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 24
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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(512) Brewing Company visit their website
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Uncle Billy's in Austin.

The beer pours an orange color with a rather large white head. The aroma is citrus hops. The flavor is citrus hops with some nice caramel malts to add a little balance. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. (257 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks for answering my call for this one!).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, and all around floralness. Tastes of citrus, pine, floral, lighlty earthy, and some caramel. Had a lighter sweetness to the bitterness. (320 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Robert for this one. A very generous thing to do. Shared at Lost Abbey.

A: The pour is a golden amber color with a big white head and some spotty lacing.

S: A nice bit of sweet tropical fruits and citrus on the nose along with a substantial caramel malt base. A fair amount of grapefruit notes and subtle pine.

T: The flavor tends toward the sweet side initially, mostly caramel and some brown sugar. The hops come shortly after and have a nice bitterness to them. Some slightly bitter and slightly sweet grapefruit, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Kind of heavy and chewy for an IPA.

D: For a sweeter IPA, I found this one to actually be quite drinkable and enjoyable. A very nicely balanced beer. (752 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at Opal Devine while sitting on the patio. It was served in a standard pint. The beer is a hazy dark peach with a thickish beige head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is of pinesap and background notes of bread dough.

Nicely bitter with pine, citrus and something earthy in the finish. This is a solid, well put together IPA.

The mouth is oily and slick. Nice effort and it goes down almost to easy! (408 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/28/2010

A growler shared by womencantsail, thanks Andrew. My notes are brief on this one as I was reviewing on my phone with the glass in my other hand while trying to juggle and talk at the same time. The beer appears dark amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is completely unlike a San Diego IPA, but nice nonetheless. It's well balanced, exhibiting notes of rich and sugary caramel malt alongside aromatic grapefruit and pine. You can tell this is pretty damn fresh. The flavor displays the same balance between hops and malt, with sweet caramel malt, pine resin, and sugary grapefruit with a touch of orange pith. The mouthfeel is sticky and fairly dry. A nice IPA. (677 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Austin. Suggested by MiguelMandingo. Great choice!

A: Pours a hazy amber color that leans toward coppery. Two fingers of creamy bubbles form a great head on the beer, which retains well and leaves some lacing down the sides.

S: Having cut my teeth on West Coast IPAs, I'm enthused to smell something different. It's still citrus-forward, in grapefruit, apricot, and orange rind varieties; but unlike WCIPAs, it has a substantial earthy and grassy aroma beneath. Normally I don't like that, but the overall effect is like smelling a freshly mowed garden, and it's mouth-watering. Definitely some caramel and bread in there, as well.

T: Leads off with citrus; it gets slightly floral in the mid-taste before moving on to a big grassy and earthy profile. There is caramel, bread, and perhaps toffee underneath, but the hops definitely take center stage.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering earthy bitterness, but nothing too sticky.

D: I'd love to have this again. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While in Austin I was able to enjoy a glass of this at the Whip In.

I am very glad to see that the state of Texas is discovering the use of hops in their beers. This version was pretty nice.

The beer is a hazy light amber with a finger of off white head that leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Aroma is fruity, some yeast

Flavor also brings a fair amount of fruit flavors with some citrus/lemon and even a touch of peach. Fairly bitter, but not extremely assertive.

Prickly light carbonation, pretty nice. (506 characters)

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This brew produced an awesome 2 finger white foamy head. A really decent amount of lacing gets left behind as the head dissipates. Great head retention. What makes this IPA somewhat unique is that it is a hazy orange copper color, translucent - not transparent like a lot of other IPAs. This does not detract from the brew in any way.

Smell - This is a pretty interesting smelling IPA - fruity and hoppy. Citrusy and apricot-y. Grassy and herbal hops. Caramel and toffee malt build. Definitely stands out as a Texas IPA.

Taste - Delicious. Malty with notes of toffee and caramel with herbal hops. Lots of hop flavor and decent level of bitterness. Green, herbal hop flavor. Fruity with a thin apricot-y without being over the top. Interesting and unique IPA.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel here. It has great carbonation - prickly and lively. Oily and slightly sticky. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Damn good. This is a great IPA that sticks out from the crowd. Flavorful with a great scent. (1,005 characters)

Photo of stinkydaddy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a – strong C-hops. Grassy. caramel bleeds through. smells great.

a – off white head lingers and laces. beautiful orange/copper. no detected haze.

f – strong hop flavor without puckering bitterness. excellent malt backbone for what seems as an aggressively late hopped beer. some caramel sweetness. grassy.

m – well carbonated. medium body. maybe a bit of astringency but very slight.

o – this is what an American IPA should be. great hop flavor from late additions. strong dry hopped nose. enough gravity to balance the IBUs. (543 characters)

Photo of Duttonic
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 09/16/10. On-tap at Dancing Bear in Wacko.

A- Deep amber, sticky, one finger dark-white head, lots of lacing.

S- Caramel, toffee, mild hops, floral, faint alcohol aroma.

T/M- Medium/thick body, bitter, semi-sweet, and chewy.

D- Solid IPA. I wish (512) would start bottling/canning some of their beer, because this would be in my fridge at least once a month. (373 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous, cloudy, glowing burnt orange color with smallish head. Smell is fruity, hoppy and strongly of dried apricot. Taste is fruity, hoppy and big on the dried aprictot flavor. Very flavorful and moderately bittered. Big hop flavor and with less bitterness. Medium to full body with soft to medium carbonation. This is a really well made IPA with big apricot flavor that drinks well. Easily my favorite 512 beer so far. Well done! (441 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing the growler...
Appears a hazy, dark orange toned amber with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild collar and film.
Smell is of citrus, orange, herbal, creamy vanilla, and fresh dough.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with citrus and caramel standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, bitey, juicy fruit bubble gum found in the finish. (380 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of jzm2500
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a beer tasting event at the 512 brewery a couple of weeks ago. After waiting in line in 95 degree heat for an hour, this brew was PURE. BLISS. Pour was subpar (barely any head) as the servers were zooming around trying to keep everyone's glasses full. There was still a bit of lacing down the glass though. The beer was amber in color with a nose of grapefruit and moderate hops. It had a medium body with smooth carbonation. Prominent flavors are grapefruit and hops up front, fading to a warm maltiness and moderate bitterness lingering on the palate. Hops are definitely there, but not overdone. In my opinion, this was a perfectly balanced IPA.

This is an immensely drinkable and refreshing brew..just what the doctor ordered for a hot summer day. It may have lacked a little in complexity, but this may just be because I guzzled it. More please! (866 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In cask at The Flying Saucer in Houston. Very nice beer.
Served in a pint glass the beer was a hazy amber color with a thick off-white head.
Strong citrus aroma, sweet malt, and a sense of something floral.
Grapefruit and orange taste, sweet malt, and a hint of pine.
A balanced, mellow beer. Certainly not a hop bomb.
Easy to drink. (333 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Flying Saucer on 4/7/14

A-Slightly cloudy gold with thin white head. Decent lacing.

S-Hoppy and sweet aroma of orange and grapefruit.

T-Hoppy but not overpowering. Orange, grapefruit and pine.

M-Very smooth medium bodied. Clean finish. Great carbonation.

O-Overall a great IPA (298 characters)

Photo of Riccymon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a pint with the wife at yesterday's (512) spring open house.

This IPA was served a pretty hazy orange color with a good two fingers of white head. Expecting loads of hops, I was immediately surprised by the out-and-out fruitiness in both the nose and taste. I'd compare the fruit taste to the "passionfruit" flavor I've tasted in green teas, juices, etc. Also tasted a floral note in the beer, which had me thinking rose hips, somehow. The hops are still there, however, and provided a light, welcome bite in the finish. (512) IPA was medium-bodied and left my mouth feeling pretty hydrated. On the whole, the beer was unique, delicious and drinkable! (659 characters)

Photo of Hopine
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPA. This is absolutely the best Texas beer i've had. The bartender says that 512 is in a class by themselves in TX. This IPA has a Northern CA feel and smell to it. If you like what comes from the northern coastal area you'll like this one. To the eye it looks like a typical IPA/Amber, but the nose and taste are first class. Slightly bitter but that's why it's not a BIC brew. (389 characters)

Photo of obrike
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (963 characters)

Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit and piney hops

T - Follows the nose with citrus and piney hops would like it better with more citrus

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is one good ipa that I'm really enjoying if 512s other beers are this good they'll do just fine worth finding to try (393 characters)

Photo of darleys
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy copper color.

Smell - Immediate strong aroma of citrus. Also had an aroma of tea.

Taste - Very interesting hop character. Strong citrus taste reminded me of Odell's or Hopslam. Fairly bitter. Hop character was extremely unique.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Excellent IPA with lots of character that I hope does not change too much moving forward. (381 characters)

Photo of NefariousR
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of deadliest
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange body with 2 fingers of creamy head.

S: Citrus and more citrus. Faint alcohol.

T: Heavy sweet citrus. Orange and pineapple. Big time flavor for a non-imperial IPA.

M: Well carbonated and creamy.

D: Great drinkability, pint was gone before I realized it. wanted another but had more to try on tap at the Whip-In in Austin. (343 characters)

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the flying saucer in Austin several times now, finally getting around to a review.

A: Slightly hazy copper with a half inch or so of head that hangs around for a few minutes. Some lacing.

S: Floral and herbal notes stand out on this to me. Also, citrus and pine. Malt doesn't really come through, it's definitely overpowered by the hops.

T: Excellent balance. Citrus and pine, and the malts really shine through much more than they did in the nose.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty solid.

D: Very nice beer, I really enjoyed it. Sure seemed fresh. (582 characters)

Photo of jstuffings
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at 512's Grand Opening.

The color was vibrant orange with a thick white head. Excellent lacing on the glass. A strong citrus aroma was present in the nose. The taste also had a tangy citrus element to it. The mouthfeel was exceptional. Very smooth and full-bodied.

I can't wait to try this again at one of the fine drinking establishments in Austin! (366 characters)

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(512) IPA from (512) Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.