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Shotgun Willie IPA - Peekskill Brewery

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peekskill Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our tribute to Willie…Shotgun Willie IPA’s aromas of cantaloupe and gooseberry come directly from New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin Hops. Rye and wheat contribute to a distinct dry grain flavor. Pouring pale straw in color with full hop character, this is unlike any IPA you’ve had before.

(Beer added by: Billolick on 12-12-2011)
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Reviews by DavidBart:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

DavidBart, Oct 27, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

32oz Growler

A big huge thanks to Mark for grabbing me this growler. Thumbs up! Shotgun Willie is light. Straw golden as it pours but becoming more apricot as it fills the glass. The head is wispy and pure white. A hard pour produces a short crown that settles to an island with a fat ring surrounding. The foam leaves sheer, but coating, lace down the glass. Looks pretty purty.

I could smell this beer the second the top popped on the growler and it's slam packed with fruit. Tropical notes run from front to back and in commanding style. Papaya, passionfruit, mango, and pineapple all have their specific nook. White grapes also play a part, though minor. The malt profile is pale with a soft sugar cookie sweetness. My mind may be playing tricks on me but there's even a mild spiciness from the addition of rye. A minor peppery alcohol bite brings up the rear. My mouth is watering.

The flavor profile is as jam packed with juicy fruitiness as the nose led on. Ripe pineapple is first and foremost. The white grapes are constantly on the periphery while passionfruit and mango pop in the middle through the finish. The malt profile adds enough sweetness that it makes me think of natural tropical fruit sweetnessof the variety the hop profile brings. The rye spice is is there but soft and in the back. I'm a big fan.

The weight is moderate with a luxurious mouthfeel from the wheat addition, soft and velvety like the fat girl we always liked but never admitted to... Anyway, the carbonation is on the low side of the spectrum which makes for a slow mover, which works perfectly in this beer. The finish eventually dries out and a moderate bitterness lingers with the tropical remnants.

While Chief has made some great beer in the past at Ithaca and as much as I like LeBleu and Brute, if I had to reach for one of his creations to keep me company, Shotgun Willie is near the top of the list. Let me mention that I get weak in the knees when there's a well made Nelson hopped IPA, so take this as you will, but I could drink this all day long. It's dripping with juiciness, it luxurious, it's insanely drinkable, and most importantly it's flat out delicious. Thanks again, Mark!

joe1510, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed two fresh pints of this one on tap at the brewery.

One of the first brews created by the new brewer, Jeff O'Neal of Ithaca Brewery fame.

Pours lighter tangarine, under a frothy off white head, that leaves generous webs of lace and sheeting

Fruity and pungent hopped up nose.

This is a hoppy, fruity, big and bold IPA, that curreently is tasty quite fresh. Melon, grapefruit, berries, hops, some pepper on the back end, a lot going on here and its all good stuff. Hoppy goodness, fruity intrigue and complexity....no doubt this is the best beer I've ever had from PBC. Bartenders were saying they have been selling a ton of this stuff, it's easy to understand why...

Billolick, Dec 12, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

virinow, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Griffith, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

chrishiker1409, May 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Ralphs66, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

pjkelley82, Mar 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Dylanjf, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

mcintire78, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

campfirebrew, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Chugs13, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

WeisGuy, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

pknyc, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

JoeBloe, Oct 06, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy tropical fruit hop aromas.

The taste was likewise balmy with elements of pineapple and grapefruit. Soft round malts detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual bitterness.

Overall a smooth and tasty utter hop bomb.

plaid75, Oct 11, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the PB. Poured into standard pint. Slightly cloudy orange/golden. Nice head with lacing retention.
Smells of bitter fruity hops. Taste is of a nice hop bite with citrus and fruit. You really get the hop flavor without it being too bitter. Its a very mild IPA, but full of flavor. Really tastey. I cant wait to have again. Great brew.

DrinkSlurm, Feb 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Syracuse12, Jul 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

anticipation23, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Hirshi, Jan 27, 2014
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Shotgun Willie IPA from Peekskill Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.