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Frankenlou's IPA - Seven Brides Brewing

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Seven Brides Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 02-18-2011)
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Reviews by GreenCard:
Photo of GreenCard
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: coppery gold-brown, slight haze, big layer of spongey yellowy foam with good retention

Aroma: a slightly soapy hop scent with caramelly malt and a bit of roast

Flavor: medium malt sweetness that was surprisingly prevalent for the first few sips; dries out a bit for a hoppy semi-dry finish; THEN the hop bitterness starts to build up until each successive sip begets an evermore throaty bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, astringency

Other comments: I expected more of a punch in the face with hops (given the 105 IBUs). This was more like hops grabbing me by the throat. I bought two 22oz bottles of this thinking I would bring one to my brother in law in Florida so he could try a NW beer with a boat-load of hops, but I don't think I'll bring this. Distinctly underwhelming and poorly composed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sargully
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of GilGarp
3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint-sized can served chilled into an imperial pint glass.

Frankenlou is a dark amber color with considerable hazyness. It even has bits of floating hop or yeast residue. The head is thick and creamy but settles to a thin layer leaving little lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy in a Pacific Northwest kind of way. It has lots of pine and and grapefruit but not much in the way of the fresh citrusy west coast variety.

Flavor is incredibly bitter right off the bat. It has more sweetness but it definately proves its 106 IBU claim on the can. After the first few sips, it starts to mellow a bit but it's still bitingly bitter. Some caramel malts and toast but mostly dominated by hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Not really balanced at all.

Overall a good IPA if you really like your bitterness but not much for hop flavor and aroma. Maybe it needs some more late hop additions.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin head but good retention, hazy copper colored body.
The aroma is all lemon and grapefruit. Bold and standard.
The taste is mild at first, almost watery, then building bitterness to the end.
Lower carbonation and medium body.
A normal IPA in the big world of IPAs.

Photo of trentbent
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didn't think this was a 'hop-stew' as another reviewer said, though it's a little dank. No freshness date on the bottle as far as I can see. Picked it up on my way out of Portland in the airport.

A- this is probably the darkest looking IPA I've ever seen. It's almost mahogany and cinnabar. Nice off-white foam that takes its time settling, and fair amount of clingy lacing.

S- It smells of cinnamon and pine, some lemon cleaner citrus as well; generally dank, also notes of caramel and chocolate. Really, there's a lot going on in this beer. It's a little bit out of control, which is what others might not like, though i can dig the thickness.

T- It tastes of some boysenberries, lemon, cherry, lasting piney bitterness on tongue that can be unpleasant and heavy with the alcohol bite that follows.

M- crisp and a little heavy, it's almost like a hoppy strong ale.

O- This feels like a sort of experimental brew, not focused on balance at all, so good to try if you're just trying to see what-all hops can do in whatever setting, which I am at the moment.

Photo of Docer
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filled up a growler of this at Plew's Brews for $7.

- Quite the dark amber/copper color, rather clear, and a fluffy spotty thin head with bubbly lace about the glass.

- Some sweet caramel malt aromas, brown sugars, molasses, grassy and earthy hop aroma with a touch of pine and citrus. Overall not too bad.

- Quite the malt forward IPA. Lots of sweet caramel grain, husky bready barley, bitter grassy hops, light candy but a little phenolic and metallic.

- Medium bodied, syrupy, and overall well carbonated. Bit sticky and chewy in the finish.

- Overall this brew needs some fine tuning. It is a bit too far of the mark for the style with my taste at least. There is a metallic rusty bandaid-like flavor which tells me there may be too much chlorine in the water that was used.

Photo of Spikester
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with almost no head. Few lacings.
Smells like pine pitch with a touch of fruit.
Big whack of piney hops, some leather, a bit of grapefruit. Some sweetness from the malts.
Mouthfeel is just OK with fairly low carbonatiom.
Overall a very bitter hoppy beer with a less than stellar hop selection. Lovers of bitter should like it though. I like a bit more variety in the hop flavors.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pounder can picked up tonight at Brewer's Haven.. Poured into my HotD goblet.. nice off white head sticks around for a while.. the brew is slightly hazed light amber.

The aroma shows minor citrus hops and too big pale/slightly lesser caramel malts.. Should not smell this malt forward.

Good hop bitterness up front but gets muddy with the hops on the flavor.. only decent citrus and some background floral hops.. odd hop bite comes back on the finish.. not very balanced... I see the bones, but there is very little linkage at this point.... the thicker malt sorta makes things seem less than fresh.

Seems too thick.. too much residual maltiness...

IMO this IPA needs to be dialed in a bunch.

3.5/3.25/3.25/3.25/3.25

There are a lot of Seven Brides brews hanging around in Boise right now... I will try and scope them out when I can.

Photo of rluser
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a cold 22oz at the grocery. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy orangy with a bright white head (maybe a bit of color, the lighting at this table is suboptimal). Decent head retention, fading eventually to minimal. Nice lacing -- approaching a good tripel.

S: Piney with perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Someone made snickerdoodles? A good hop aroma.

P: Smooth mouthfeel with substantial body. Somewhat sticky,
but surprisingly self clearing for a beer of this size. After 12
oz, 1oz of water felt sufficient to clear my palate.

F: Quite sweet and very bitter. Few other dimensions. Perhaps with the nose in the glass some hints of citrus. The bitterness lingers and lingers.

O: This is a tasty and appealing beer although not of grand complexity. It certainly showcases American hops and should appeal to hopheads. Rather easy drinking for a beer this big.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a decently shimmery dark honeyed hue with a creamy tan two-finger head that has impressive retention and leaves some nice lacing.

aroma is earthy bitter hops, some pale malt, and more hops. hints of pine, honey and more hops.

taste is pure bitter hops. tastes like liquid hop extract, pine needles, a touch of grapefruit pith, and some honey. as the label proclaims, this one is bitter... but at the sacrifice of substantial and vibrant hop flavor. as it warms, more honey and caramel malt comes through, as does more alcohol heat and more bitterness.

mouth is full and thick with a touch of creaminess and just enough fervent carbonation to prevent it from being cloyingly syrupy.

If you like pure liquid bitterness, this one is pretty solid. but if you're hoping for some true hop flavors, this one is unfortunately significantly lacking.

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass; enjoyed on its own without food first then with a tasty sandwich.

A: dark honey with orange hints;full head
S: some nice fresh hops (grapefruits), fresh bread; pleasant but not complex
T:simple, one dimensional, some bitterness and alcohol on the finish (quite warm); pleasant but not that interesting. Bitterness lingers; not at all noticeable with food. This beer actually tastes much better with food.
M: good, pleasant
O: a nice beer that I enjoyed much more with food than on its own. As a matter of fact, it's really good with food.

Photo of Adidasakh
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of velosuds
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Paid $3.99 on sale at local grocer.

A-Clear copper amber with about a one finger, off-white head with modest retention and lacing.

S-Citrusy hops and caramel malts. Faint aroma is too malt dominant and more like an APA. At 105 IBUs and 7% ABV this beer is enigmatic. And, not very good.

T-This is bitter. Just bitter. Don't care for this.

M-Is difficult to discern beyond the overwhelming bitterness. What the Frankenlou was the brewer thinking? I should probably rate this lower, but I am a homer.

O-This is not good at all. Almost a drain pour, since giving me heartburn.

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Roth's Sunnyside store, S.Salem.$3.99
This appears to be the same beer..but it is 7% and a regular IPA.
Quite dark amber for the typical IPA, with a gorgeous creme coloured thick frothy head.
Hoppy hoppy aromas of course it is 105 IBUs.Spicy,herbal type mostly.
Extremelly bitter,piney hop flavour far more than the nose let on.After the first sip though the tongue becomes aclimatized and its a very nice long piney delicious bitterness.Malt is very strong also but no enough to balance the hop.
OK mouthfeel..not the greates but far from bad.
Overall a very hoppy IPA from 7 Brides. Good stuff if your a hophead.

Photo of vkv822
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

22oz into SN IPA Glass.

Dark, amber red with a thick, foamy off white head and spotty lacing.

Resinous hops, lightly boozy, hints of citric hops, and a solid caramel malt backbone.

A well done IPA. Nothing particularly memorable, but not poorly executed either.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Frankieteardrop
1/5  rDev -68.9%

Photo of DrBob
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of jtosch
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Vancoubeer
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jakecattleco
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Dark reddish-orange amber color in the wine glass. Plenty of spritz. Sharp and harsh sensation. After some sipping it gets to be really, really bitter. I guess the word for the hops is "insane." I thought hops were expensive? But it's essence of hops, or more like hop stew.

I can't think what makes this even slightly likeable-- I won't go so far as to say it's drinkable-- but it does have an expansive flavor of hops across the spectrum. I think this should be called gratuitous hopping. "Why? Because we can!" It's like waggin' your weezer in public. Not that there's anything wrong with that. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Chaos in Eugene.

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JVan
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of RedBiddy
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You know how it is when you you experience quality and everything you compare afterwards just doesn't seem to quite measure up? This is what I get from Frankenlou's. A very fine IPA no doubt. Nice appearance, great frothy head, a scent that reminds me of hiking through old-growth forests, a bitter-sweet taste that makes me want to pucker for a kiss, an aftertaste that is the QRS heart rhythm that is preparing you for the next taste. All that this beer offers I truly appreciate but it just doesn't quite get me to the level of my first, and longest lasting, IPA love - Lagunitas Maximus.

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Frankenlou's IPA from Seven Brides Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.