F5 IPA - Coop Ale Works

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F5 IPAF5 IPA

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 443
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 36
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bump8628 on 04-11-2010

A straightforward malt body supports the distinctive bouquet of Columbus and Falconers Flight hops that impart citrus, grapefruit and pine notes characteristic of the West Coast style. F5 is a belligerent hop reckoning.

100+ IBU
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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange color with 1 finger white head that quickly dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained, there was some lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: pine resin, citrus and bread.

TASTE: initially sweet for just a moment and then the hops burst onto the scene, nice pine resin hop profile that really lingers, there is some grapefruit citrus and bread.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: this is a very good traditional IPA that would appeal to anyone who enjoys the style, I would definitely buy this again. (685 characters)

Photo of itshartshaped
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the grapefruit, citrus aroma and taste. Crispy. This is such a great Oklahoma beer that I can have locally on tap at one of my fave pizza places, Hideaway. Pairs nicely with their high end pizza. Sorry I'm deprived of drafts here. This is definitely low on the bitter scale, which I like. Very smoothe. So.. get your own 4 pack (no sharing), pace yourself, its a delicious porch pounder lol. (398 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: The beer is a slightly hazy orangish-copper color with a very thick, foamy cream colored head. The head takes a while to settle and leaves thick bands of foamy lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Really strong citrus notes coming through with a lot of pine on the back end.

Taste: 100 IBUs of pine, cedar, grapefruit rind, on top of a malty base. The finish is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and creamy.

Overall: This is excellent if you want lots of bitterness and a thicker feel. Not much in the way of tropical fruits -- a lot of grapefruit and pine. (597 characters)

Photo of halfgermanhalfirish
4.96/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have tried well over 100 IPA's and most of the popular, highly rated ones from Dogfish, Goose Island, Founders, etc., etc. This little brewery in Oklahoma makes the best one, hands down. It delivers a classic IPA smell and taste that is off the charts. All IPA's are bitter and for a lot of people (including myself) they can be a little to harsh....not this one. You get the hoppy bitterness but it has an amazing smoothness and mouthfeel that adds a level of drinkablity that most IPA's don't have. Pay no attention to the negative reviews on this beer.......if you have a FRESH can there is no way it will disapoint. (626 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium frothy white head that goes to a film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet tropical and citrus fruit with some crystal malt and piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit with dank and resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, decent fruity resiny IPA but a bit watery. (371 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a tangerine color with a small, rocky white head. Aroma is faint but has grapefruit, slight citrus, and earthiness. Taste is more pronounced with pine, grapefruit, earth, and slight citrus with bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and plays well with the bitter finish. Overall a pretty decent west coast ipa, would love to try it fresher as it has about 3 months on it. (389 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.11/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received this beer as an extra in a trade. Not sure when this was canned. I am not getting anything in the smell/taste categories, so I am thinking this has to be extremely old given the other ratings. Drain pour. =/ (216 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard English pint glass.

A - 3.75 - Poured a slightly hazy, clear orange-gold color. Formed about a half finger of slightly off white, quickly dissipating head. Weak head potential and retention, whispy lacing.
S - 4.5 - Grapefruit rind, light orange, an earthiness such as rain water, hops and pine.
T - 5 - Bitter biased. Slightly sweet mix of orange and pineapple upfront, fades into a neutral rainwater and pine earthiness, finishes on a quite bitter grapefruit rind and hops ending. Long finish, bitterness resides on the palate for quick some time after a sip.
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/thick creamy mouthfeel.
O - 5 - I was surprised at how good this was. Lately I've gravitated from the sweet tropical IPAs to the more savory and bitter flavors, and for an IPA to give my seasoned and desensitized palate a good bitter punch in the mouth is something impressive and uncommon for me, that being said, this is an amazingly good IPA and I highly recommend it to fans of the more bitter and savory IPA style. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Evahflow
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated can into a tulip glass

A- Amber, filtered clear, standard ipa with some caramel malts thrown in, inch of head that stuck around a few minutes

S- sweet malt,lights scent of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple. Doesn't shoot out of the glass but after a couple sniffs it comes on stronger

T- grapefruit, orangest, citrus zest, pine, pineapple, subtle malt sweetness, standard west coast ipa fare done very well

M- medium bodied, fairly dry, very soft bitterness, nothing harsh about this beer, very drinkable

O- I got this can as an extra and liked it a lot. I wasn't expecting much but it kind of reminded me of what I love about IPA's. This wasn't one of the best ones I've ever had but it was damn good and very drinkable. I'd definately drink this one again (788 characters)

Photo of tikk
3.22/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a standard ipa, filtered and amber. Smell of light hops, not over powering. Tastes, bitter and piney, not floral, too bitter for a balanced ipa. Feels very smooth and almost too watery. Decent ipa, not outstanding imho. Would pass in the future (256 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, the mighty JenRay has come through with a real find for The CANQuest (TM)! I am hoping that, as a hophead, this hits me like an F5 tornado! My alma mater high school is the Home of the Red Tornadoes and a path between the two buildings is named "Tornado Alley".

From the CAN: Lots of tiny iconography, including the recycling arrows, the outline of Oklahoma, crossed stalks of barley, a hop cone, a dripping open tap, a partially filled flask, a wind turbine, a skull & crossbones, a tornado (!), a pop-tab to a CAN and a filled pint glass.; “A straightforward malt body supports the distinctive bouquet of Columbus and Falconer's Flight hops that impart citrus, grapefruit and pine notes characteristic of the West Coast style. F5 is a belligerent hop reckoning."; "India Pale Ale"; “Wind Powered”; “Keep Cold [-] Enjoy [-] Recycle”.

A pint CAN CAN be problematic when doing an inverted Glug, but I was inspired by the loud Crack! and decided to give it a go. This produced two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention before I had to back off to prevent overflow. The hops aroma filled the room! Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = 11) with NE (or OK)-quality clarity. When I leaned in for a whiff, my sinus cavity filled with a grapefruit-pine admixture and my mouth began to water. At the same time, my hops monkey on my back began to screech and howl and I knew that I was more than ready for a hophead fix. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was all grapefruit on the tongue and in my mouth! Bitter? Hell, yeah! But not as astringent as some that I have CANsumed in this vein. 100+ IBUs, according to the CAN! The finish evinced a cool, dry mintiness, like being in a pine forest during a snowfall. Get the sensation! I should have held this until tomorrow, which is Hula in the Coola Day (01 Febrewary, annually). I would definitely put some of these CANs in my cooler! (1,920 characters)

Photo of AmericanMechanic
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: 16 ounce can poured into a snifter glass. Half finger head slowly dissipates with decent lacing. Body looks light-medium light with a cloudy light Amber orange color. No sediment however

Smell: A lot going on here strong pine citrus and earthy hops are the first thing to get the nose followed by subtle biscuit and malt

Taste:A lot like what it smells like a mild malt initial taste followed by a pleasantly strong and respective hop presence just like the smell lots of earthy plenty of Piney hop taste that stays with you for about five seconds after swallowing

Feel:for the complexity of the flavor mouthfeel is rather light making this extremely bold and flavorful IPA that can however make a great session beer

Overall: I was very pleased with this beer. as a resident of Oklahoma and knowing our crappy beer laws I was actually really impressed to see Oklahoma produce such a fine beer which of course we have to purchase at a liquor store. If you like IPAs with plenty of hops and not so much malt give this one a shot it will not let you down (1,062 characters)

Photo of Baconnuts
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Solid brew. Drank it straight out of can so based look on other reviews. A very light IPA in terms of hops I think the caramel sweetness covers it up. Finish is very nice, complicated but just a little bitter and full like I enjoy. A perfect starter IPA for that friend you have that hates them. A solid beer that I will drink again as well. (341 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy orangey amber with a thick but short lasting white head. Some soapy lacing. The aroma is light and fruity, with some floral notes. Has a nice darkness to it but not so overpowering as to be unpleasant. A nice thinner weight to the body and a smooth mouthfeel and finish. (290 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a can. Reviewed 9/1/14.

Color is hazy amber-orange with a thin white head. Good lacing. Smells piney with some dankness. Flavor is piney hops with some caramel. Finish is bitter and lingering. Body is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a solid IPA, but not too memorable. (317 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -12%

Can. Poured a bright amber color. Off-white head. Creamy consistency. Sporadic lace. Aroma is heavily hopped. I get a lot of grapefruit, candied citrus and pine. More West Coast IPA smelling. There is also a sweetness that coats the hops. It tastes pretty decent. Straightforward hop presence that donates flavors of citrus and sharp pine. The malt provides plenty of body and backing. The bitterness exhausts my tongue after a while but I find that enjoyable. Has plenty of body. Medium carbonation. It's another decent IPA in an over saturated market. (553 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Pint can poured into a pint glass. Fridge temp. No canned on date.

Pours hazy orange amber with almost no head. Small amount of fine slow carbonation. Smell is piny and floral.

Taste is much more interesting than the aroma. Pine throughout. Honeysuckle sweetness up front. Floral.

Mouth feel is flattish. Overall, this beer tastes pretty good, but could improve significantly in other areas. (395 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -4.3%

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation, and a one finger head.

S-Some citrus, good deal of earthy notes as well. Mild malt and some caramel.

T-Starts with a mild citrus before lots of earth and pine. Bitterness is in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, a nice hop bite with some carbonation.

O-A solid IPA worth trying if you get the chance. (337 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass from a 16 oz can.

Pours a nice hazy and slightly muted orange color with some amber/copper hues. Nice white head forms up that is dense and sticky. Leaving a nice lacing as the brew goes down.

The aroma is wonderful. Dank piney notes with some great citrusy backbone that rounds out the pine notes. Faint malty biscuit notes give the brew a slight bready and mildly sweet aroma.

Flavor is pretty awesome. There are citrusy and dank notes of grapefruit, tangerines and orange peal. Nice dank piney resinous notes envelope the palette and travel along the whole sip. Delicious notes of biscuit malt take a true back seat to this West Coast style hop bomb. The body and mouth feel is nice light medium with a great bitter finish that leaves the palette wrecked :) (783 characters)

Photo of dcescott
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being out of state, I picked up a 4-pack in Ardmore, OK. I like IPAs. This one tasted like the brewers shoved a pine tree into each can. Nothing wrong with that! I'd recommend the cans, but would like to revisit F5 on tap to see the difference.

If you prefer 100+ IBUs, pick up an F5! (285 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay tall boy cans. Thanks to Matt for tossing this one my way. A sticker on it says 8.10, perhaps a best by date? Perhaps that was the price (although odd at 10 cents), not quite sure.

Pours a decent 1/2 finger foamy frothy head that fades at a med to slower pace, decent lines of lacing, a semi clear slight chill hazed nectar orange color with a bright reddish hue,

Nose starts with some hops followed quickly by a sweet candy like malt, juicy toasty base malt with a touch grainy notes. HOps are not as strong as I expected initially, but definitely plenty there, a bit piney, hint of resin, with some mild citrus and grapefruit like notes, a little pith, and some spicy piney earthy forest floor like notes.

Taste brings a bit of malt to start, a juicy but big malt base, mild sweetness, fluffy creamy malt feel, with a little caramel note and grainy taste, and chased with a touch of alcohol as well. Then hops, quite bitter but not overly, candied orange peel and pine mostly, some earthy pine forest floor notes, a little spicy as well and a little resin, with some light citrus, and a bit of grapefruit pith and bitter grapefruit notes. Finish is dry-ish, with a little sticky sweet candy malt lingering, a hint of booze, quite bitter as it ramps with spicy piney hops mostly, little candied orange peel lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, decent carb.

Overall good but not as great as I hoped. Booze actually comes through a bit when it shouldn't, quite bitter as expected, hops have less of the grapefruit and citrus than I expected, and more piney and earthy spicy, not really what I'd call the original definition of "west coast IPA" even though that doesn't really apply anymore, but not quite there either, perhaps not as fresh as it could have been, but still a decent IPA and drinkable, I'm just nitpicking things here. (1,852 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Last of a 4-pack picked up while in Oklahoma City, got pretty lucky with this random choice.

Appearance - Dark copper orange, off-white head. Thick ring, slight cap remain.

Smell - Good amount of peach, grapefruit, and earthy hop to be had, but also surprisingly malt-forward, which works here. Reminds me of dried apricots soaked in caramel, or something.

Taste - Taste is a little hoppier, leaning more towards piny and resiny, with citrus, pineapple and melon there as well. Malt presence is still pretty nice, tons of sugar cookie caramel. Provides an ample backbone, without any bleh cloy to it.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, decent amount of bitterness, great carbonation, pretty easy drinking.

Overall - Hop profile more-than-satisfies and blends well with big caramely malts. (783 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass. The lquid is a darkish translucent golden orange. The pour produces a significant three-finger off-white head that takes several minutes to die down, and leaves lots of lace as you drain the glass. Tons of bubbles rise up through the liquid. Classic IPA appearance.

Aroma is citrusy hops, with hints of sweet malt underneath. Orange zest, sugar cookie, etc, etc, etc. Wonderful!

Flavor follows the nose - citrusy hops well-balanced by bready malts. Maybe a little bit of mint in there. Finish is pretty bitter and drying (maybe a little too much for my taste), but the aftertaste is pleasantly citrusy, creating a nice counterpoint.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, little bit oily, with heavy carbonation - to style.

Overall, super well-executed IPA. Really well-balanced, but just tongue-shredding enough. (835 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At Upper Crust in Edmond. Served in a shaker pint with grapefruit garnish, which I quickly discarded. Pours to a generous head that leaves symmetrical lacing all the way down. Orange-gold and hazy. Aroma is grapefruity, piney hops and not much else. Flavor is a rush of the same hop characters that are balanced by a subtle malt backdrop. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sugary. Alcohol warmth is evident. Overall a very good AIPA. (432 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, firm flat white head, with excellent retention. Saw a few floaties while pouring. Brew is a hazy gold. Nice thick and layered lacing.

Hop aroma drifted over from the pour, carrying citrus and floral notes. Huge grapefruit citrus and tropical fruit present in the nose on closer inspection: a truly classic IPA aroma. Hint of honey, and some biscuity malt profile is noticeable but not strong.

Taste is a balance of the two hop flavors most noticeable in the aroma: first, sweet tropical fruit like mango; a huge hit of ruby red grapefruit; then finally a little bit of sweet dankness and pine. Malt balance is there, as well, with a dry biscuity finish, corn, and dry, chalky wheat. Citrus peel and pine resin on the finish.

Very nice overall balance, for a very smooth finish. A little grainy on the malts; lively with little sting; no alcohol presence; medium-light, for a drinkable, gulpable IPA. Semi-dry finish.

This is a very good, classic single IPA, and a massively bitter one, at that. It's not mind-blowing, and I don't think it's bringing anything unique to the table, but it could absolutely be an appropriate every-day IPA. (1,154 characters)

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F5 IPA from Coop Ale Works
92 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.