F5 IPA - Coop Ale Works

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 465
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 30.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 106 | 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 Ryancthomas7
2.11/5  rDev -48.5%
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. =/

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Photo of tikk
3.22/5  rDev -21.5%
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

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Great color typical of a good IPA. Off the charts IBUs and you certainly get that with the smell and taste. Not for the faint of heart, but not smothering. I get piney notes on the smell and the distinct grapefruit bitterness of a good IPA. Not one of my favorite IPAs but that could be because the IBUs were a bit strong for my taste.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.73/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can, shared by Doug at our recent HF tasting today, 10/22/2013. Poured into a Founders' snifter.

Pours a clear straw body, with a nice 1cm white head that dissipates slowly. Good lacing and retention. Not much else to describe here.

Smells awesome. Lots of grapefruit, citrus and pine. A little bit of bready malts in the back. But this is definitely a very hop aromatic beer.

Taste really doesn't back up the nose. Mostly a toffee bready maltiness with a lot of non-descript bitterness. Not that great, to be honest.. which is disappointing given the aromatics on the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, mostly just a non-descript bitterness. Not the most outstanding mouthfeel on an IPA, but by all standards its pretty solid.

Decent, solid even, IPA that has a fantastic aromatic component but fails to live up to that aspect in terms of the flavour and mouthfeel. That's all I have to say about this brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of jordanimal
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out from a 16 ounce can. Has an orange/gold hazy appearance, smell of hops and pine in your face. The punch of pine and hops hit you on taste first followed by citrus and more pine. Has a lighter mouthful and the finish retains a lot of the oily hoppiness and pine that slowly wear down your tongue.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is like the nice little christian girl you've known for years, always thought was pretty cute, but way too nice for you. then, one day, after too many india pale ales, you find yourself with her, and she performs unspeakable acts upon you, to your utter astonishment and delight, your mind is blown, and she's not such goody goody after all. not that such a thing has ever happened to me, it hasn't, but this beer is a good proxy for what it would be like if it did. I've had a million india pales, love them all for the most part, so you don't expect to be floored by one on a last sunday early afternoon. f5 is all of that. rich hazed over pale bronze colored with a lasting inch of dish soapy white fluff. the nose is beautiful, floral tropical hops, like new zealand varietals, I'm expecting a soft and delicate hoppy beer, but nope, one sip and i realize this is a 100 plus ibus of hardcore bitterness and assertive hop punch. my first beer from coop sort of wiped me out, palate wrecker status. so hoppy and bitter, resinous, west coasty. tasty as heck, but unfortunately the fruity hop notes from the aroma don't translate to the taste at all. feel rules though, big and fluffy, well carbonated and robustly bitter. the aftertaste is a little much for most people i imagine. this was an adventure to say the least.

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Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an Idle Hands tulip. No date on can, but I am told that this is very fresh.

A - Pours a hazy, medium amber color. Seemingly very low carbonation with only a faint attempt at forming a head with what appears fizzing away quickly.

S - Big piney hop aroma...practically completely dominates the aroma. Lower level grapefruit and tropical mango make an appearance. Malt base is faint and consists of a bready and low caramel aroma.

T - Piney hops dominate. Medium high level crisp hop bitterness comes on and lingers well past the swallow. Grapefruity hops hand around in the background, just making a small impression. Malt is very mild contributing a lightly sweet caramelly flavor.

M - Quite piney/resiny with a strong bitterness that comes on mid-sip and lingers far past the swallow. Body is medium and carbonation is quite light...not still, but lacking vibrancy and managing only a faint tingle on the tongue. Detracts a bit, especially since I feel a healthy carbonation is essential in a good IPA for bringing out all of the hop qualities in full force.

O - Good IPA overall although far from perfect. The very low carbonation can take the blame for any negatives to be found...a lackluster, headless appearance (even with a somewhat aggressive pour), and a somewhat dead mouthfeel hurt the overall score of this beer. Flavors are typical west coast IPA with a super piney flavor throughout - very solid and tasty. Amp up the carbonation a bit and this could be a real winner.

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Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a pint at the newly opened rePUBlic Gastropub in OKC.

A-Slightly hazed golden kissed copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a film and left decent webbed lace.

SHop forward (slightly) with notes of orange zest and pineapple with lighter tropical notes of mango and papaya. Backing sweet caramel malt comes in on the backside.

T-Assertive bitter orange rind notes are accented by tropical fruit,pine spice and a hint of musty herbs. A pleasant caramel malt sweetness balances out the bitterness but doesn't dominate the hops. Finishes with a drying astringency.

M-Medium bodied fairly sharp with good lingering hop bitterness.

D-Good stuff. Certainly not a West Coast hop bomb but also not a sweet, malt forward brew either. While I wasn't blown away by F-5, the beer, like I would be by it's namesake - the whirlwind behemoth - I found it to be a pleasing, hop forward American IPA. I wonder if Mr. Fujita would concur?

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light hazed light orangish golden color with good carbonation leaving a moderate white cap, bubbles and some lacing

S: Nose is pine needles, orange zest, grapefruit and whiffs of tropical fruits

T: A nice blend of pine, grapefruit and orange peel upfront which is consistent with the taste until the finish. As it finishes out I pickup some vegal, onion and grassy notes which really throw me for a loop in a GUBNA sordove way. It has a light booze presence and seems to pretty oily as well with mild hop bitterness from start to finish

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated, barrage of hop oil, citrus and vegal notes sit on the palate for a while

O: Pretty good and no major complaints from me.

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Photo of markgugs
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra beer courtesy of trade with okbeerlover. 16oz. can poured into a NEBCO tulip

A: Poured vigorously into my glass, this produced a huge, dense head that gave way to rings of sticky lacing. Color is fairly typical-yet-enticing Arnold Palmer iced tea in style.

S: Somewhat lacking and definitely doesn't give away the massive hops that are contained within. Slightly sweet, smells fresh.

T/M: HOPS! Truly a west-coast style IPA, and one that's done very well at that. Profile here on BA mentions grapefruit, citrus & pine, but the to me it's ALL pine with lingering grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Not quite out of balance, but the hops overpower everything else. Malt is on the moderately-burnt toast side of the spectrum. Perfect carbonation, so mouthfeel is about what you'd expect.

O: I will stop just short of calling this one-dimensional because it's still immensely drinkable, and I don't typically care for unbalanced, overhopped IPAs. So this isn't that. It is, however, a very well-crafted west coast IPA, and as long as you enjoy a pine/grapefruit-heavy hop profile, this will be right up your alley.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One that I have had on tap numerous times in the Tulsa and OKC area. Great anticipation on the can release.

A- Immaculate looking amber colored IPA. 1.5 finger white head that has a solid amount of retention. Soapy lacing. Reminds me of a hoppy amber.

S- NW hops with a malt back bone that really stands out. Citrus and strong pine, but the biscuity malt base takes a back seat to nothing.

T- Hop city with enough malt to put up a reasonable fight. Grapefruit and pine galore. Ton of IBUs, but not really pounding you to death with bitterness.

M- Mid body near full. Not overly dry. Drinkability is respectable. Very little alcohol noticeable.

O- I certainly prefer it in a can over on tap. Not sure why. There is a lot of local hype with this one, and i will say it is maybe the best OK IPA along side Atlas from Marshall. A true delight for hop heads, but one that can still be really respected even if you are not.

$8 for 4 pk of 16 oz cans

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 :)

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Photo of Evahflow
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of Chico1985
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of dcescott
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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!

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F5 IPA from Coop Ale Works
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