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F5 IPA - Coop Ale Works

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 26
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: bump8628 on 04-11-2010)
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F5 IPA from Coop Ale Works
91 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.