The Piper's IPA - Cellar Rats Brewery
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2.03/5 rDev -37.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Nice copper color, some orange / brown. Cloudy. Poured clean, decent one finger head, little retention, evident lacing. Looks inviting.
Not much here as far as aroma. Some hops, some pine.
Taste to me very disappointing. I love the layers and complex flavors in an IPA. Went from slight pine to bitter and alcohol. Mostly just bitter. Very one dimensional. No real character to experience here.
Bitter comes quick, but sticks around. Sharp in mouth, alcohol burn.
Overall disappointed. Just not a good example of an IPA in my opinion. Very little complexity, one dimensional, bitter. Not sure what the brewer was going for, but it did not impress me.
03-23-2012 02:55:56 | More by whiterabbit
2.23/5 rDev -31%
Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/5/12
Well, if this isn't dark as all get out for an IPA. Deep caramel brown on the pour. Hazy, dark copper and rust color once in the glass. The head hits the two finger mark. Retention is a bubbly skim and there is one large arch of lace.
The aroma is much too malty for an IPA; there is a strong caramel presence with a decent shot of candied sugars. Hints of toasted bread. Now, that isn't to say it's without hops (think orange peel, hints of grapefruit and some floral tones); they're just not very bold.
Well, it does taste better than I was expecting; I'll give it that. Hops come through better on the palate with a fair amount of pine bitterness and citric pepperings. The malt profile is a blend of dark bread and caramel; it doesn't taste bad per se, but it's too much for my preferences. The finish is dry and at times seems ready to cross into harsh bitterness territory, though ultimately the hop bitterness is kept in line, erring on the side of flavor.
The feel is on the full side for the style; a bit gritty, a bit sticky with resin and a bit slick with sugar and alcohol. Carbonation is well on the low end of moderate which makes the feel slow and languid.
Overall impression - This isn't too bad of a beer, but I think it would do better as an American Strong Ale instead of an IPA.
09-06-2012 06:16:24 | More by Ryan011235
2.3/5 rDev -28.8%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, pine, biscuit, orange, honey, citrus zest, and herbal spiciness. Really malty aromas here for an IPA, with ok balance. Taste of caramel, pine, biscuit, orange, grapefruit, and big herbal spiciness. Huge spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, pine, pine, herbal spiciness, and light caramel for a while. Quite a lot off balance with the flavors, way too much pine and herbal spiciness. Medium bodied with fairly elevated prickly carbonation; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Smooth to drink despite all of the pine. Overall this is not anywhere near what I look for in an IPA. I finished it though, so it wasn’t a complete wreck.
04-26-2012 03:49:10 | More by superspak
2.33/5 rDev -27.9%
12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Dark copper(?) with a modest head, but some attractive soapy streaks of lacing.
Smells chiefly of carmelized sugars and toasty malt with wafts of faded citrus and pine hopping. On the positive side, there's a nice piney bitterness that's accentuated by the ample carbonation and a nice grittiness in the oily, slightly boozy finish. Despite the dark hue, this stuff isn't overly sweet; the malt profile overall is kinda toasty and bready, and the caramel sweetness there kinda smooths out the sharp bitterness a bit. Not something I'd seek out, but It kinda grew on me.
10-10-2012 23:28:18 | More by PDXHops
2.4/5 rDev -25.7%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy, cloudy copper/amber, nice head, lacing, and retention. The aromas are faint and far from aggressive. There's some orange, caramel, and breads found in the nose. Flavors are rustic and earthy. Caramel and malts dominate. There's not much fruitiness going on except for some orange peel. The bitterness is definitely there, but not too enjoyable. It lacks floral aromas and flavors. There is some pine resin in the mix, which is a plus. But it's all malt, malt, malt, hops, caramel, malt, malt. Mouthfeel is nice, but it lacks body. It's medium-bodied, on the lighter side; decent amount of carbonation, more would be ok. This actually finishes pretty dry..
This isn't a bad beer, well crafted, but it's far from what I personally look for in the style. This isn't my kind of IPA.. but it could be yours..
03-11-2012 22:09:36 | More by BB1313
2.55/5 rDev -21.1%
Deep clouded ruby amber color with a deep thicket of off white light khaki tan head. Aroma has a touch of hoppiness, but way more caramel than your average IPA. Super caramel malts, and bread like yeast notes arise in the nose. Flavor has massive loads of bitterness, and sour notes...I think quality control needs called in. Upfront sweet caramel notes with a strong finish of plastic band aid, and bitterness from a muddled mess of hops. Mouthfeel is cloying with bitterness and off flavors, hot alcohol is just plain non-cohesive. Overall they need to go back to the drawing board on this sorry excuse for an American IPA, off flavors across the board I really enjoyed their stout.
06-03-2012 23:47:24 | More by WVbeergeek
2.93/5 rDev -9.3%
Another whim buy during my Ohio buying trip. This one pours s very cloudy deep reddish copper color with a thick and lasting off white head. The aroma is very sweet with lots of malt and almost off putting. The flavor follows suit. Very dissapointing and unpleasant. Will not be trying this one again.
02-21-2014 05:28:39 | More by lochef81
3.01/5 rDev -6.8%
I get it. If you’re not experimenting, you’re not trying. It’s not avant-garde. It won’t make the beer magazine cover. Still, I can’t wrap my head around these sugar-sweet IPAs.
STYLE: American IPA
LOOK: Root beer float head, it comes quick. Looks a lot like Buffalo Bill’s Alimony Ale. There’s a nice roasted color beneath it all, if it would just come down so I can drink the stubborn thing. It defines retention.
NOSE: Flat Christmas cookies. One-dimensional.
MOUTH: Brown sugar and gingerbread, especially on the lips. Malt for days, a hit of copper bitterness right in the middle. The texture is there, clinging in the right spots for the right amount of time. It just isn’t calling me back for more.
Beeradvocate Rating: 74
ratebeer Rating: 28
Hayward Abbey Rating: 72
01-11-2013 03:57:42 | More by viverlee
3.14/5 rDev -2.8%
This is the darkest "IPA" I can recall having ever seen. Ever. It's well into brown ale territory. If it was a blind pour and I was forced to guess, I might have said barleywine or strong ale.
Nose is muted. Flavor profile is quite malty with a minimal amount of hop influence. It's consistent, but this is nowhere near an American IPA. If I had to pick a style for it, is say English strong ale. If they had classified it as such, the ratings would be much higher I would imagine.
03-08-2013 04:06:40 | More by RblWthACoz
3.24/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy amber in color, with a decent head of light tan foam.
Aroma-Earthy hop notes
Taste-Toasted malt, earthy hops, underlying bitterness, and an off-putting tanginess that leaves things a bit out of whack. No freshness date apparent so don't know if that could be the cause. Would not seek out again.
09-09-2013 20:20:22 | More by hosehead83
The Piper's IPA from Cellar Rats Brewery
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