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F5 IPA - Coop Ale Works

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BA SCORE
92
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79 Reviews
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 460
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 101 | 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:
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 StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,331 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 russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Mc Nellies in Tulsa tonight.

Pours straw/gold colored with a pinky of ivory colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit, faint breadyness & a touch of pine, but mostly grapefruit in abundance

T: Follows the nose, also some mineral hoppyness & pine up front. A touch of juicy pine apple shows up as this warms, but soon gets ran over by grapefruit. Finishes with grapefruit lemony hop snap a whisper of biscuitty malt & a touch of dryness

Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation with pretty good balance, a bit too much grapefruit for me to go nuts over, but this will be in lot of hophead's wheelhouse

Great drinkability, not a perfect IPA, but dangerously drinkable. Coop needs to get this canned or bottled ASAP! (766 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is sunset orange with a frothy, off-white head. Lots of citrus and grapefruit right up front. Big time grapefruit and fresh hop presence. Profoundly bitter finish, with lingering tartness. Grapefruit rind, orange rind. Dry. Yet, the feel is somehow creamy and smooth. Well done. I hadn't heard of this beer and had no expectations. A solid beer. I'd happily drink / buy this again. (390 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 Zorro
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange colored ale with a medium sized white colored head. This is decidedly IPA Orange.

Smells strongly of pine and roasted grain. Scent of orange and grapefruit but this is a big piney IPA.

Starts out sweet and mildly woody with a strong pine and citrus taste. Medium level of bitterness and a strong citrus after taste. Strong but not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very good IPA. Truth is I drank this stuff on tap for a week when I had to do some training in Oklahoma City. (505 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Hopefully this is a better representation of Falconers Flight hops than the other beer I've had them in. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice very slightly hazy rich amber (like the rock)/honey hue with a good two finger off white head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas are pretty good here. Much better than the previous beers I've had with Falconers Flight. Big citrus (orange) and pine. Very faint grapefruit notes and very faint malty sweetness. Smells pretty darn good.

T - Taste is pretty solid. Pine is the dominant flavour here, nice and resinous. Malts are in the background providing faint sweetness and balance. Very nice lingering bitter finish that prevents any caramel malt sweetness from ever getting too noticeable. Tasty, but rather one trick compared to the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good, crisp and clean here with a good bitter finish. Dangerously drinkable.

O - Overall, a shockingly good IPA from Oklahoma. Wish the nose translated more in the taste. While this does not contend with the big west and east coast IPAs, if this was all I had to drink for a fresh IPA I would be quite content. Very nice. (1,209 characters)

Photo of markgugs
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,130 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 jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is sunset orange with a frothy, off-white head. Lots of citrus and grapefruit right up front. Big time grapefruit and fresh hop presence. Profoundly bitter finish, with lingering tartness. Grapefruit rind, orange rind. Dry. Yet, the feel is somehow creamy and smooth. Well done. I hadn’t heard of this beer and had no expectations. (342 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.
Appearance: The color of polished gold. Perfectly clear. Thin cap of tight foam.
Smell: Very citrusy, like an overripe orange. Maybe add a touch of pineapple to the fruit salad.
Taste: Nice, clean citrus. Dry and drinkable as hell. Very well balanced. A nice little bite on the back end, but it has the good sense to only stick around for a bit.
Mouthfeel: Light and mildly effervescent.
Overall: Outstanding west coast style IPA. The citrus character is presented perfectly, and the bitterness is well balanced. I could drink a pile of this stuff. (581 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 Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 16 oz can. Two pours into my glass. First pour revealed a clear yellow beer with a slight orange tint. Second pour dumped a bunch of yeast sediment into my glass, giving the beer a very cloudy pastel orange-yellow color. Forms a large fluffy very-off-white head. Good retention, but little lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasantly hop forward. Mostly citrus. Grapefruit. Maybe a touch of orange some lighter pine notes.

T: Taste is also fairly hoppy. There is a light pale malt base. Neither sweet nor dry. Then juicy citrus, orange, grapefruit, and grapefruit zest. A good bit of earthy pine resin on the back end.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: I've got to admit, I wasn't expecting much out of an IPA from a brewery out Oklahoma, but this is a very respectable IPA. Not overly hoppy, but certainly hop forward with a restrained malt base. (869 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Republic in okc. Pours a froathy white head with great sticky lacing. Great golden brown color. Smell is of piney fruity hops and a good amount of malt. Taste of bitter hops, sweet malts and fruity. Nice balance and very tasty and full of flavor. Overall a great IPA and worth getting if you see it. (309 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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? (942 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basic gold color with some yellow and orange. Thin but very clingy head leaves some solid lace on the glass. On the citrus side of the aroma equation but has a little resin in there.
Initial upfront taste is very floral and then malt washes over the palate.
Have to say these one caught me a little bit by surprise. little more complex than I expected. as it warmed up just a hint of booze showed to complete the hop, malt and alcohol triumvirate so dear to all of us.
really nice beer and good surprise from my Tulsa visit (523 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 portia99
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,507 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coop F-5, served in a pint at McNellie's in Tulsa for $4.50.

Appearance: Good frothy white head, about one finger. Good retention and lacing. Hazy malty-honey color, reminds me of Double Simcoe.

Smell: Piney, soapy, briny. Raw honey, clover, spice. Dirty puddles, sugar. YUM!

Taste: Flower Power! The smell does not quite prepare you for the onslaught of hops. Floral hops, pomelo. Malty backbone and a bit of cleaning product (you know, that "open window" smelll). BITTER!

Mouthfeel: Dry, astringent, hoppy. Water, please! Prickly, resiny. Full body and flavor, great carbonation.

Overall: A truly exceptional IPA. If this were made by, say, Green Flash, folks would be all over it. Drinkable, extremely tasty, a hop-lover's delight!! Well done, Oklahoma. (764 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 bonbini26
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RePUBlic in Oklahoma City

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head, decent lacing as you drink it. Great nose on this beer, with hints of grapefruit, pine, pineapple and sweetness. Taste is full of hops (shocked actually) citrusy, spicy, and sweet. Medium bodied with a nice hop aftertaste. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer after trying a few other local IPA's would definitely buy a 6-pack for my fridge, I hope this brewery succeeds in an area where craft beer is starting to spring up (520 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)

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)

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F5 IPA from Coop Ale Works
92 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.