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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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 macpapi
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of dshansen1184
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of DrBob
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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 RJLarse
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of woemad
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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 Zimm
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of cjgiant
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Kylemif
3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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 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 jakecattleco
3/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

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2/5  rDev -37.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of DrDaves49
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Greels
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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