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F5 IPA - Coop Ale Works

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82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 477
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 30.98%
Wants: 34
Gots: 110 | 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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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 477
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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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 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 MasterfulIdiot
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of FocusDave
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this as an extra in a trade from a nice fellow in OK. Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 3/7/14, so drinking it 4 weeks old.

A - Very dark caramel color with quite a bit of haze. Very little off white colored head with hardly any lacing.

S - Citrusy hop aroma with a slight bready, malty sweetness.

T - Well balanced piney and citrusy hop flavor with just enough sweetness from the malt.

M - Full bodied up front, but not syrupy. Finishes cleanly with just enough bitterness to make you thirsty for the next sip.

O - Very nice IPA from Coop Ale Works. I wouldn't mind drinking this pretty often if I lived in Oklahoma.

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Photo of jeagleton
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love Coop's F5.

When I'm home in Oklahoma, it's on tap at the bar I go to and everyone is drinking it.

the F5 is hopped with a combo of Columbus and Falconers Flight and while you might expect it (considering its IBU is 100) to be a bitter citrus bomb, it's a nicely balanced IPA. It tastes like sun in a glass--bright, hot, resiny, citrusy, and with a nice bite. This is a sit-down-and-drink-em beer as well as a drink-it-all-evening-and-dance beer.

I love it and will, on occasion, trade what I can get up here in NYC for a few super-fresh cans of this stuff.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours barely any head at all. Color is a dark amber/orange. Some lacing present.

Aroma- Big burst of grapefruit hits the nose at first, followed by some caramel malt.

Taste-Taste follows the nose with grapefruit dominating, but pine is apparent as well along with a strong malt backbone. For 100 ibu's this isn't too bitter at all.

Mouthfeel- This is a smooth beer, almost a creamy feel to it.

Overall- This is a great ipa thats on par with some of best like stone ipa and fw union jack. Not as bitter as I anticipated, but instead its much more pleasant and smooth. Definitely a must try ipa while in Oklahoma.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Hated this beer when I lived in Oklahoma. Now I've learned to love the hops and am happy to try this again.

A: Slightly hazy darkish red/orange/amber. Finger of bleached head. Head retention is moderate. Lacing is outstanding. Carbonation inches its way to the top.

S: Big dank grapefruit. Leaner citrus (lime/lemon). Noticeable malt in this one as well. Comes across as a sweet breadiness.

T: Huge hops. Mouth punch. A 100+ IBU single tier IPA is going to be bitter, and this one is. Hops contribute a definite west coast vibe. This one is grapefruit rind, pine needle, slightly floral. However, there is a persistent grain quality that carries from the mid palate through the finish. Finish is a floral and sopay bitterness that definitely lingers.

M: Medium bodied for the style. Fairly crisp, slightly creamy and very, very dry.

O: Good stuff. Used to live two miles from the brewery and never once tried the IPA. What a shame.

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Photo of hbensinger
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful light amber color with a hint of red. Thin but persistent head of foam with great lacing.
S: Strong floral and piney notes with a hint of citrus.
T: Big hop bitterness but well balanced with body.
M: Good mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
O: One of my absolute favorite beers from COOP Ale Works. I try to get my hands on it any time I can.

Serving type: bottle

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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 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 Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of B75Avery
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Go to IPA off of shelf when able to get. Plenty to be had on tap at local restaurants which is great! This brew is comparable to any west coast IPA. If you have never had this beer your missing out on something special. Oklahoma is stepping up in a big way with this 100+ ibu brew.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can a hazy copper with a thin, foamy head. Big grapefruit nose. Grapefruit carries over to taste, along with citrus, pine, malt and hops. Serious bitterness. Oily mouth with some carbonation. If you like big, bitter hoppy IPAs - and I do - you'll love this one.

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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 rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of thebigfriendly
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hands down this is one of my favorite IPA's. In moving to Oklahoma City from
San Diego back in 2007 I was highly disappointed with the OK beer offerings. F5 renewed my hope when it was released in 2010. It competes with any of the west coast style IPA's that I had grown accustom to drinking.

The hop varieties of Falconers Flight, Columbus, and Amarillo blend quite nicely from start to finish. I would highly recommend getting your hands on a few!

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Photo of quinlin
4.96/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- rich golden hue

S- citrus, pine, lots of depth, big bold hop character

T- huge bright hops that linger with just enough malt to round it out and add a bit of balance

M- snappy, dry, refreshing

O- great ipa, crisp, very drinkable, hops with a big hit, really nice depth of character. I need another one!

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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 DenverHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Wes Welker's Sports Bar & Grill, poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - golden, some carbonation, medium, white head. Very nice lacing!
Smell - balanced citrus hops and calming malts.
Taste - follows the nose; well balanced beer!
Feel - complex; nice malt backbone, but the grapefruit bitterness is the highlight!
Overall - nice surprise...wasn't expecting this type of quality from an Oklahoma IPA!

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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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F5 IPA from Coop Ale Works
91 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.