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Honest Lawyer IPA - Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Honest Lawyer IPA
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Court Avenue Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our west coast India Pale Ale. Brewed with huge doses of hops (almost 20 lbs. per batch). This beer features loads of piney, citrusy, hoppy flavors and aromas. Floral and grapefruit notes throughout. This bronze colored beauty is highly recommended by the brewer.

(Beer added by: WeisGuy on 06-09-2006)
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3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Had as part of their tasters rack at the brewpub.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color.

Smell: This was surprising. Almost no hops in the aroma. A lot of caramel malt, but no hops to speak of.

Taste: Ah, there they are. There are the hops. This is a classic example of a hop bomb. There were some complex flavors here, but they were hard to pick out.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, very dry at the end.

They stated on the menu, almost bragging, that they used 20 lbs of hops for this beer. Clearly too much. Expecially with the aroma, it really sneaks up on a guy. An okay IPA, but I don't think I will order a full pint.

AlleywayRover, Jun 18, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

had this on tap at the brewpub, looked great.

Whoa, citrus in the nose like crazy! The smell is incredibly in your face with citrus. It is slightly overpowering.

Lots of floral hops on the first sip, with not enough of a malt backbone to support all of those ibus. I also would have liked a thicker body and mouthfeel as well, as it was rather dry - probably just my personal taste with that one though.

palmdalethriller, Aug 03, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

One of my favorites (if not my favorite) from Court. It nearly tastes like a double IPA. Fresh hop and citrus flavor balanced by nice clove and coriander notes. Smells of hops with a dark amber color. Not overly drinkable, but extremely smooth and wonderful tasting. The key thing I noticed about Court's beers was that even if I wasn't a huge fan of the taste, they all had a great mouthfeel (very smooth).

jt31914, Jun 12, 2010
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2.85/5  rDev -22.1%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From a growler to a standard pint glass. A friend brought this growler back to me and it sat for about 2 weeks before I could dive into it.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep orange color with a thin off-white head that didn't stick around for too long.

Smell: Slight citrus aroma but more in the grassy hops arena.

Taste: Same as the nose, but kind of flat. Perhaps it sat too long?

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied in feel. A little carbonation and sticky. Not too shabby.

Drinkability: Again, this might have more to do with the length of time this beer sat, but I didn't find this a very drinkable beer. Kind of flat and tasted a bit off. Not sure what that was. Overall, decent nose and mouthfeel, but lacking in the taste category.

nsmartell, Nov 01, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

"I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer."

--Will Rogers

Gleaming topaz with bright tangerine trim. Despite an increasingly elevated pour from the growler, no more than a thick disk of golden beige foam was created. On a good note, it has an appealing texture and doesn't fade too quickly.

The nose has a pretty significant toasted and caramel-like character. Light crystal and dark crystal malts were used, according to the brewer. He rattled off the hop bill too fast for me to remember them all, but here is a partial list: Columbus, Ahtanum, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe... and at least three others. Better to concentrate on just 2-3 varieties, methinks. Too bad the hops aren't anywhere near as pungent as they should be in beer of this style.

Here are my Honest Lawyer IPA first impressions in a nutshell: malt flavor is generous, but malt sugars aren't. Hop bitterness is generous, but hop flavor isn't. Suggested fixes would be to use a higher percentage of pale malt (personal preference), use more malt and find some way to unlock more hop flavor. Harvest Ale 2007 and Drunken Frog IPA are proof that this brewer knows how to brew good, hoppy beer.

Warming helps a little, just not enough. Flavors include well-toasted bread covered with bitter grapefruit pith, orange zest, pine oil and bitter black tea leaves. An estimated IBU count of 60-ish tastes and feels more like 90-ish due to the lack of malt sugar support. I can't imagine too many non-hopheads buying this brew a second time. Or even finishing the pint.

The body/mouthfeel is midway between APA and IPA. It starts out as the former, then hangs on long enough and delivers just enough viscosity to be considered the latter. Carbonation that is on the low end is right about where I like it.

Honest Lawyer is not the beer that I was hoping it would be. Some of my dissatisfaction has to do with design choice and some has to do with the fact that the alpha acid to hop flavor ratio is too high. Here's hoping the brewer continues to tweak and is able to come closer to some of his earlier successes (see above).

BuckeyeNation, Aug 11, 2009
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Honest Lawyer IPA from Court Avenue Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.