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Frankenlou's IPA - Seven Brides Brewing

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Frankenlou's IPAFrankenlou's IPA

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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1/5  rDev -69.3%

04-16-2012 06:12:37 | More by Frankieteardrop
Photo of loren01


2/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 04:13:23 | More by loren01
Photo of justwork


2/5  rDev -38.7%

09-19-2013 05:26:03 | More by justwork
Photo of theveganbrewer


2.13/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-10-2013 08:06:38 | More by theveganbrewer
Photo of demuzik


2.18/5  rDev -33.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:40:38 | More by demuzik
Photo of johnhenryconway

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

02-17-2012 06:08:53 | More by johnhenryconway
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2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

02-02-2012 05:37:06 | More by edwardkersh
Photo of velosuds


2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 06:15:33 | More by velosuds
Photo of FrogOut69


2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

04-11-2014 05:02:42 | More by FrogOut69
Photo of laxer8811

New York

2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

08-10-2012 01:10:55 | More by laxer8811
Photo of GreenCard


2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:23:06 | More by GreenCard
Photo of woemad


2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
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

Serving type: can

04-14-2014 01:11:42 | More by woemad
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3/5  rDev -8%

10-11-2013 07:09:00 | More by jakecattleco
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3/5  rDev -8%

05-08-2013 02:45:11 | More by leftoverburrito
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3/5  rDev -8%

10-23-2012 18:16:20 | More by sharpski
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8%

02-26-2014 02:44:57 | More by Zimm
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 00:41:53 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of Docer


3.13/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2012 00:37:04 | More by Docer
Photo of mactrail


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 19:02:08 | More by mactrail
Photo of boralyl


3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:29:14 | More by boralyl
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

08-16-2013 19:11:43 | More by JVan
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3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

08-13-2013 00:54:16 | More by anteater
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.26/5  rDev 0%
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.


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

Serving type: can

01-31-2013 07:06:17 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of robbrandes


3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, into a wine glass (fundraiser dinner, no choice on glassware!)

Pours much darker than i expected. Slightly hazy, amber color, robust head and nice retention. My glassware may have had a bit of a minimizing effect, but I was a bit underwhelmed with the aroma on this one. Nothing wrong with the hop characteristics, just need more of 'em!

Taste is a strong blast of piney hops, with a bit of citrus and a reasonable malt balance. However, if this is '105 IBUs', I suggest seven bridges check their calcs or re-run the AA on their hops. Unless the bottle I was served from was a year old, there's no chance it's even close to 105.

This would make a safe go to IPA for a summer afternoon, but there are tastier options out there for my fellow hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 06:30:31 | More by robbrandes
Photo of Fatehunter


3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-02-2013 02:48:50 | More by Fatehunter
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Frankenlou's IPA from Seven Brides Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.