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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 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 deadliest
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +3%
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

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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 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 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 MrHungryMonkey
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 07.01.09 in notebook while traveling to the great city.

Nose is nicely hoppy - very uber-American - citric, pine, pungent... almost body odor strength pungency... and spicy hot. Smells heavenly.

Pours dark yellow / pale amber with moderate clarity. Nice head. Looks good.

The hops plunge into a soft foamy sea of malt - creamy, sweet, and toasty/biscuit. Nice hands-off bitterness via hop. Clean hop flavor, amazingly clean for the strength of hop. Also amazing is the balance. Lots of hops, but the malt steps up to take it. Great mouthfeel. Tart and quenchingly sour. Slightly oily. Hop flavor follows nose and is more restrained and less pungent/sharp. Tastes great. Feels great. Great drinkability.

The first time I tried this I found it to be so pungent that I didn't like it at all, I'm so glad a gave it a second try. I wonder if it was my palate or the beer that shifted...

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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 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 obrike
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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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 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 Squelch
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight haze. Copper colored. Medium head.

Smell: Citrusy hops. Slight malty aroma.

Taste: Stellar balance between orange bitterness and malt sweetness. One of the best american IPA's I've had flavor wise. I attribute that to the freshness of having it on tap in Austin

Mouthfeel: Almost spot on. Could use a little more body. Carbonation perfect.

Drinkability: one of the better IPA's I've had. Great job

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Photo of brurevu
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden amber with plenty of hops on the nose. The taste veers more towards the citrusy hops, which could be why I like it so much. The (512) IPA starts with strong hops which gives way to a slightly sweet bready maltiness and ends with a good hop bitterness. It is a very smooth and well balanced IPA with a deep profile that makes this a highly drinkable brew. I can't hide that this is my favorite local core brew and IPA. Even better that it is easy to find on tap in Austin.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was a draught purchased at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, Texas. Pours clear pale-medium amber producing 1 finger of frothy, off-white, shortlived head that leaves a soapy wash of lace. Aroma is floral & citrus hoppiness with caramel malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt with orange, tropical fruits & floral hops, with moderately lively spice. Pine in the aftertaste. Starts sweet & slightly hoppy, balancing toward bitter hops/sweet malt in the middle where the spice kicks in, remaining fairly balanced into the finish but transitioning to a slightly sweet but mostly bitter hop bite & slightly astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily & lightly prickly with moderate carbonation & a drawing aftertaste.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Pour House while waiting for Harry Potter to start. Drank it with a friend while catching up.

I'm glad my friend was talkative and wasn't able to down her entire beer. This allowed me to pour some of hers into my glass and see what the head looks like. Big, beautiful creamy white that doesn't go away. I need better pours when I go out... The beer itself was a clear, dark yellow with a few red shades. Looks like tastiness.

I rarely can smell beers that well unless they're in my snifter. What I remember here is hops. Glorious citrus and piney hops.

This beer is like drinking grapefruit juice... and in a good way. Holy hell, there are a ton of hops in here. The one problem I have with this beer is that I had to chug a glass of it on my birthday... and that was pretty rough. Definitely lowers the drinkability, but it's not like that's the beer's strong point anyway. The malt backbone is solid, if unmemorable. The bitterness isn't overpowering. The mouthfeel is solid. This beer is just pure grapefruit hops... and I won't complain.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only one way to celebrate the opening day of the new Austin Ginger Man and that's with some local brews.

Like all their other beers, 512 IPA is something special. A beautiful coppery amber colour with a good two-finger head that lasts. Very floral and fruity in the nose with a good dose of pine that reminds me of being in a timber yard. The hops are fairly restrained in this beer but they certainly let you know that they're here on the palate. Good body with not too much carbonation.

I've had this on cask at the brewery and it's even better. Kevin and Nate know what they're doing.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.2/5  rDev +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!

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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 stinkydaddy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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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 JonathanL7890
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Brewery. Kevin and Nate put on a cask conditioned IPA just for our homebrew club. Life is sweet!

Poured a seven finger belgian style head of foam. Yes there were some foaming issues here. But no big deal. They weren't trying to serve a bar ful of people...
Smell: Quite a bit different than their regular IPA which I just had a pint of. The yeast is much more apparent than the hops here. More of a bready , yeasty character along with the Simcoe/ Cascade nose. Very nice aroma.
Taste: Nice hops , citrusy piney, along with the malty breadiness of this.
Moutfeel: Very creamy mouthfeel. Did I mention that this was poured out of a guiness tap -- sort of a poor man's sparkler?
Drinkability: tried to have another but the keg quickly ran out. I love IPA's and I love them on cask even more.
A wonderful beer. If you see it on cask DO NOT HESITATE!! Order 2 pints and you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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