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Frankenlou's IPA - Seven Brides Brewing

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Seven Brides Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mcallister on 02-18-2011

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Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2015-08-08
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. If there's a date, I don't see it. Brought to me by @mr-jj.

Pours hazy amber with a medium-large head that fades slowly and has a lot of carbonation. Smell is lemon, lemon rind, flowers and pine.

Taste is intense lemon rind bitterness with a surprising, slow, subtle sweet finish. But that lemon rind bitterness builds sip-to-sip, and that sweetness is delicate. If that was accentuated a little more, or the lemon rind bitterness was damped a little bit, this beer would have some serious potential. As it is, it's heavily overbalanced to the bitterness. Luckily, I do like the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice, fluffy, airy, very pleasant. Overall...like I said, this beer could be better. I like it, though. (761 characters)

Photo of BeerisGod
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is described on the bottle as a hop monster, for good reason. Golden orange color, ok white head with a little lacing when poured in a glass. Piney hop aroma. Hop forward flavor with a bit of a sweet malty finish. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but not close to being the worst either. (296 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.02/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

Pours a murky super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and funky along with malt, caramel, earth, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sour, funk, earth, dirt, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very poor beer that definitely has some infection issues going on, but there are still some hop qualities that come through if that means anything.

Serving type: bottle. (709 characters)

Photo of macpapi
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an amberish color with a pretty thick, fluffy, white head.

On the nose, Frankenlou's has a bit of a creamy pull to go along with hints of pine and a touch of citrus. On the whole, however, this is not a terribly strong aroma.

Taste is dominated by an over-the-top hop presence. Not a bad malt backbone, but the hops totally overwhelm any sense of balance in this beer. Astringency is a bit cloying on the palate. There is a bit of caramel and biscuit flavor, but these are totally overwhelmed by the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is sharp, biting, and overly bitter. Medium carbonation and a moderate-bodied beer on the whole.

Overall this beer packs a definite hop whallop. However, I'm not sure that it really accomplishes much in the areas of balance or drinking satisfaction. If all that you are after is sharp hop bite, then by all means this beer is up your alley. But if you want any sort of nuance in your beer, I would advise against this one. (971 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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. (264 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Frankenlou's IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pub glass.

Pours a copper/bronze color, hazy, with a creamy two-tone off-white and beige head.

The smell is a sweet candy aroma, caramel and toffee with a hint of pine.

Taste is also very sweet up front with a caramel malt flavor, followed by a bitter pine taste.

Mouthfeel is fairly full for the style, with a clinging character and a bitter sweet aftertaste.

Overall a fairly average IPA. It might be better in the winter season. It's just a little too sweet and cloying for this warm August afternoon. (581 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From Notes.
16oz. can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for…some money.

Poured a dark, hazy amber that took on a burnt orange shade when held up to light. Thin, sudsy head despite a somewhat rough pour.

The nose was of fruity and piney hops, in that order.

The taste was of tropical fruit juice and pine sap. There was nowhere near the bitterness one might be led to expect in a beer with a label that claims 105 IBUs.

Sappy, resiny mouthfeel. Very low level of carbonation.

Drinkable, but only just. Increased carbonation would help a lot, along with a more balanced flavor. There was way too much sticky sweet fruitiness (636 characters)

Photo of trentbent
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.52/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours the orange side of amber, hazy, with some edge head, minimal lacing. The nose does seem to be lacking a bit, clay-like, no real bouquet.

The taste does have a little bit of a caramel beginning, which hits for a second but then fades as the bitter hops starts to take over. However, it dies make a presence in this hop bomb. Orange rind, maybe a little grapefruit, light amount if pine. The beer does tend to mellow as it warms.

I enjoyed this beer as, despite the IBU of 105, there was more to the character. I would counter this with the fact that the IBU don't really provide a strong feel. (610 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of DrDaves49
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my redneck ball jar stemware...(coulda been my vintage beer mug) This was the first beer I've had out of a can for 30 yrs...I'll do a review on the bottle at a later time.

I had a pic, but don't see anywhere to upload it

A. Very nice burnt orange color with a semi-thick head one inch head. Poured at approx. 50 degrees.

S. This one I can smell!, loads of citrus aromas, lime, grapefruit maybe a little orange.

T. First sip was a jaw torquer, I knew instantly I was going to like this beer. Aroma combines with the taste....My opinion is this beer was balanced quite nicely, not to bitter, not to hoppy, not to malty. Just right. Has a semi-dry finish that left my mouth screaming for more. With 105 IBUs I found it quite drinkable. Maybe a little more alcohol burn might help.

M. Medium to heavy body, not what I expected from a can, just the way I like it. Palate wrecker? Not for me, at least out of the can. The first Frankenlou's I tried was out of a bomber into a vintage mug.
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O. This isn't a sissy beer and some may not care for it. For me, would I purchase again, absolutely!

Another post asked if you tasted any beers that were same or close, this one, to me was on par with Unita Hop Notch. I'll do a review on it also. It will definitely be one of my brews for some time to come.

Okay, a little backtracking....this beer doesn't age well. Almost my second drain pour. (1,406 characters)

Photo of theveganbrewer
2.18/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm going to be blunt. This is a terrible beer. I'd its because its old fine, don't distribute so much beer that you can't sell it before it starts tasting bad. Or but a canning date on the can so I can not waste my money on bad beer.

Appearance Its super dark for an IPA, 15srm! Are you kidding me?

Aroma- Something is off. Bandaids perhaps.

Taste- 105 IBU "with enough hops for three different beers." Not bitter, little hop taste, little to no hop aroma.

I jave to say this was one of the worst beers ive ever had. It was obviously old, but you could tell the new beer that once was was norhing good either.

Do not waste your money on this beer. You will be disappointed. (684 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a nonic, Frankenlou's IPA is dark orange with an off-white head that is thick and foamy, like sea-foam, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is slightly sweet malt and orange hops, with some butterscotch.

Taste is chewy malt, biscuit, with a very earthy hop flavor and a firm bitterness. I would have liked more citrus and pine hop flavor, as there's only a little sweet tangerine on the back-end before the IBU assault at the finish.

Mouthfeel is a touch thick malt wise, but it has a slightly watery feel as well, like a cask ale. Dry.

Drinkability is ok, this is not my style of IPA, but the malt is not as formidable as it looked, i just don't like the skew of hops away from west-coast flavoring towards earth and heavy bittering. (750 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.27/5  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. (840 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of demuzik
2.23/5  rDev -31%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As a fan of IPA's, this one has a long way to go.

The beer pours a dark muddy orange; little to almost no carbonation on the bottle I tried.

Smell is pleasant; christmas tree pine and spruce.

The taste is hoppy up front; loads of pine and spice. Shortly thereafter there is an unpleasant amount of 'boozy warmth' that seems out of place for the style; expected more in a hefty barleywine, not here. Nothing as far as a pleasant malt backbone or balance; the pleasant hop flavor quickly turns tongue-stickingly-bitter and doesn't leave. Too much tarry resiny aftertaste to entice another sip. If I hadn't blown $4 on this I would retire it halfway through as a DNF... (669 characters)

Photo of rluser
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of RedBiddy
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of boralyl
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 10.28.11

A - Pours a cloudy with a dark copper hue. 2 inches of creamy off-white head sits on top and slowly fades leaving some sticky lace.

S - Smells very resinous and piny with tiny notes of caramel.

M - Medium in body with sharp carbonation.

T - The taste consists mainly of an abundance of resinous, piny hops, as detected in the nose. The hops are relentless and stick to the inside of your mouth. There doesn't appear to be much of a malt body to withstand the hops dosage. Very bitter on the finish. This beer is like biting into a hop cone, a bit too much for me.

I love a hoppy beer, but this is a little too one dimensional, especially with the huge selection of hoppy brews in the north west. (718 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
2.81/5  rDev -13%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of loren01
2.11/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a nice clear orange color, nice sized head with a bit of lacing down the glass
S: My first though is...this can't be an IPA. Doesnt smell remotely of hops. It doesnt smell bad, kinda smells like a spiced up Altbier or something. Very malty/sweet smelling also some spiciness in there as well. Also slight vinegary sour scent....thats probably not a good sign.
T: Sweet malt up front followed by astringent crushed asprin.
M: Thick reisny full bodied pucker you up beer
O: This beer is pretty bad, I love hoppy IPA's but this is a drain pour sorry to say. I kinda wonder if this bottle was infected but I got it from one of the better bottle shops in Portland so you would think it should be fresh??? This is one weird beer. (733 characters)

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Frankenlou's IPA from Seven Brides Brewing
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