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Honest Lawyer IPA - Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Honest Lawyer IPA
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.99%
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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Photo of Icehouse57
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orangeish, amber sunset in mid-summer is where this beer met me. Beautiful color, typical of an American IPA. A slight haze persisted, but it was very slight. Possibly protein chill haze.. but only a touch.

Nice head, which persisted throughout the last drink.

Very pleasant aroma... Hoppy, slightly citrus... with tones of grapefruit. Most definitely Cascades in there as Aroma/Flavor hop. Possibly, even Amarillo.

Taste was bitter, though not over the top. EXACTLY what I look for in a good IPA. Malt was well balanced, particularly throughout the middle palate. Hints of caramel malt make their presence known for just a second, as an afterthought almost.

The beer finishes as it started, with one exception... almost a juiciness in the hop, as though a handful had been squeezed over my glass. I don't know if the hopping regimen has changed or not, but it seems to be somehow "juicier" lately.

Mouthfeel was typical for an IPA. Nothing particularly good or bad about it.

In summary... If you haven't tried this IPA recently, and I do mean recently, give it another try. My guess is the hop regimen has changed with more late addition hops, instead of the early, bittering hops. This has led (if I'm right) to a "juicier" IPA. Not quite as juicy as say.... Alpha King, by Three Floyd's... but juicy nonetheless.

A fantastic effort!

Icehouse57, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, it was an orange/red color with a one-finger head. It was foamy and left some very nice lacing.

S - It smelled of hops and grains.

T - It tasted of strong hops (possibly Cascade or Saaz). The malt flavor compliment the great hoppy flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is by far the best of the four beers that I've tried at Court Ave. It had such a hop presence that it seemed more like a DIPA. Very good.

zeff80, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of jt31914
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev +9%

lionnusmb, Jun 07, 2013
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Ejayz, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

cosmic-ray, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, according to the brewer and mine eyes; head is beige with an orange tint and lasts for a good bit. Lots of lace. Well done.

The nose is bracingly hoppy, that ad copy about 20 lbs. of hops may in fact be the truth. Lots of pine mixed in with the usual citric factors. Malts are caramelized, not too strong, and leaves the Honest Lawyer pretty well balanced.

The flavor is definitely one-sided on the hops, but so are the best IPAs in the world. Lots of pine attacking the palate, with a fullness and dimension of character from what I suspect is a Cascade sort of hop. Definitely West Coast in style.

The finish is fruity with a long-lasting pine finish; the body is medium to thin, and is the place where I would look to improve this beer if I were brewing it. Overall a pretty great job.

BretSikkink, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of palmdalethriller
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Joey-bags1990
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Joey-bags1990, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Beerislivingproof, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Lundgren, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

MarshMan71, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

AnitaBrewski, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

arnold931, Oct 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BalancingBrooms, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken a few weeks ago…

Served in a pint glass; hazy, coppery-bronze in hue with one finger of beige/off-white foam resting lazily onto of the liquid. Respectable head retention. A soapy cap lasted the entire consumption, tons of subsequent organized webby lace. This is a very attractive looking beer.

The nose is pleasantly hoppy, I wasn’t expecting this. It is citrusy with a kiss of pine and a nice caramel malt underbelly. Moderate potency, chatty… inviting but how can it not be? Damn, I like IPAs. I can’t wait to take a sip.

The palate is lacking a healthy malt profile, should I blame the Iowa abv restriction? I mean, more malt equals more alcohol which results in more yumminess? I detect piney, citrus hops but they are oddly thin tasting. It has caramel bready malt notes at the back. In a lot of ways this beer reminds of Spilker’s Hopluia (but slightly better). It is weakly fruity at the finish, bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a solid IPA.

Medium/medium-light in body, low but natural carbonation, ordinary (okay, kind of weak) but workable mouthfeel. I’d like more maltiness to aid the body heft.

Tasty, drinkable… I am enjoying this quite a bit. It is freaking me out though how much this tastes like Hopluia! Well, at least there is another year-round beer at Court Ave. that I like. I enjoyed a couple of pints of these at the brewpub, these sloppy notes were taken while quaffing. Worth a try.

bditty187, Jul 07, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

styleisking, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

RelentlessLefty, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

NathanFink, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

harpus, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

SortaAmbivalent, Sep 08, 2013
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Honest Lawyer IPA from Court Avenue Brewing Company
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