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Frankenlou's IPA - Seven Brides Brewing

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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Photo of leftoverburrito
3/5  rDev -7.4%

leftoverburrito, May 08, 2013
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev +8%

shelby415, May 05, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

ccrida, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Fatehunter, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of demuzik
2.18/5  rDev -32.7%

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...

demuzik, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Vancoubeer
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Vancoubeer, Nov 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

sharpski, Oct 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

bumchilly25, Oct 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Adidasakh, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

laxer8811, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of rluser
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

rluser, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

muchloveforhops3, May 21, 2012
Photo of Frankieteardrop
1/5  rDev -69.1%

Frankieteardrop, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of EspressoGuy
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

EspressoGuy, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Docer, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

jtosch, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

johnnyboy76, Feb 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

johnhenryconway, Feb 17, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +12%

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.

RedBiddy, Feb 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

edwardkersh, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of boralyl
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

boralyl, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

Sargully, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of GreenCard
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

GreenCard, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of loren01
2/5  rDev -38.3%

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.

loren01, Aug 01, 2011
Frankenlou's IPA from Seven Brides Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.