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IPA - Tailgate Beer

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IPAIPA

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BA SCORE
67
poor

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 48
rAvg: 2.45
pDev: 29.39%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tailgate Beer visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HalfFull on 06-08-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 48
Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
1.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I picked up a can of Tailgate Beer's IPA last week for $1.45 at Boyne Country Provisions. I needed one more beer for my mixed six pack and sine I've never head of this brewery I thought I would give them a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks ok, but it's slightly cheesy looking and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a very hazy darker golden color that took on more of a golden amber color when held to the light with a about a fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some rings of patchy lacing behind. This was a nice looking IPA, but i wish it had a little more head.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness has that has a weird rock candy like aroma and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a slightly grainy, stale malt, caramel malt and higher amount of sweet malt like aromas. Up next comes an apple cider like aroma. This beer didn't have a good aroma, there were no hops and the stale and sweet malts seem to dominate it.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that still has that weird rock candy like flavor to it and it's followed by the malts which impart the same crappy aspects that they did in the aroma with sweet and stale malts seeming to stick out the most along with a good amount of caramel malts in the back ground. Up next comes the weird apple juice flavors that sticks out just a little more than it did in the aroma. On the finish there's no hops and just a very light amount of bitterness that's hardly noticeable with some more sweetness and it had a stale malt, sweet malt and apple juice like aftertaste. This wasn't a good tasting IPA at all, there were no hops and the malt base was a mess.

M- A little smooth, not clean, a little cloying, a little sticky, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, a IPA shouldn't be sticky like this.

Overall I thought this beer sucked and I thought it was a bad example of the style, it was just bad all around, there were no hops to speak of and the malt base was just one big mess, it didn't make for an enjoyable beer. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was a little smooth, not clean, a little cloying, a little sticky, a little filling, and the taste did not do a good job of holding my attention, half the can is enough for me and I don't think I would want to suffer through drinking a full one. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was the only aspect that wasn't bad and it was the only aspect that was true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma and taste, they were both bad all around and there was no bright side to any of it. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I would for sure turn this down and I would tell people to steer clear of it since it's just a bad beer all around. All in all I absolutely disliked this beer, I don't like to hate anything, but this might be it. I don't know how a brewer can make a beer like this and have no problem releasing it to the public as an IPA, it shouldn't be released as any style, it just bad, end of story. This beer made for a bad first impression of TaIlgate Beer and I don't think I'll be trying more of their beers anytime soon. I'm pretty sure this is the worst IPA I've ever had. This one needs some major work guys, in fact you might wanna throw away this recipe and go back to the drawing board, better luck next time. (3,642 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of VelvetExtract
1.6/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-Pours a hazy scorched orange. Huge, voluminous head. Bubbles rise frm the base of the beer to feed the foamy afro. Thick, sporadic lacing blotches.

S-Grimace inducing. Sweet and soapy. Honey and...soap. Oh yeah! There is also an abundance of...honey and soap.

T-Holy horseshit Batman! This is one of the worst beers I have ever slurped! Venom! Metal and sickening sweetness with a hint of remedial hops. Like sucking on a penny covered in that frightening green rust. The fact that I bought a six-pack of this makes me want to assault someone. Asswater.

M-I hate you Tailgate. Sticky and clingy.

O/D-In contention for the title of the prestigous "Worst of the Worst" award. Absolutely insulting. Quite easily the worst beer I have had yet. At least the plethora of bad Macro brews aren't pretending to be craft beers. In terms of this beer: IPA = Imbibing Pungent Asswater. (880 characters)

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +60%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can calls it Session IPA
(Served in a dimple mug)
This beer pours a nice slightly hazy bright copper body with a thick lumpy cream that has some good lacing with each sip. The aroma of soft green hops has some mint like qualities and some more woody hop flavor in the finish. The taste has a sweet toffee malt note that takes on more of a crystal malt flavor as it opens and the finish has a slightly pungent yet soft hop flavor.

This is a nice easy drinking IPA but the malt sweetness is a bit stronger than the hop profile with is more pungency that hop flavor. (572 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

355ml can. San Diego?!! Say it ain't so!

This beer pours a clear medium golden amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, thinly caked off-white head, which leaves some decent snow rime lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of musty earthy, sort dead leafy hops, a rising Halls citrus mentho-lyptus, grainy pale malt, and a wee twinge of black pepper. The taste is mild orange and pine resin hops soaked and denuded of their bitterness potential, semi-sweet caramel-tinged pale malt, a 'soft' rubbing alcohol astringency, and a further hard water deposit scum essence.

The bubbles are fairly active and frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and rather pithy in its attempt at smoothness. It finishes on a drying trend, sure, but one as equally boozy and hot as it is hoppy.

What you get when you cross a session IPA like Bottle Rocket with Minhas' brewing ethos, so no surprises here - each side draws the other in - but remember what happens when you add a negative to a positive? (1,003 characters)

Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -59.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The Tailgate IPA is ok...nothing fantastic about it. The beer poured a hazy copper with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent carried a subtle lemony pine. The taste was a fairly evenly balanced beer nothing over whelming. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with ok carbonation. Overall this beer is ok...compared to others in its class it probably doesn't deserve a passing grade. (399 characters)

Photo of bmoraymond
3.94/5  rDev +60.8%

Photo of HalfFull
2.08/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can poured into a pint glass. Clear and golden in color, metzah.

Smells like the Hefeweizen.

Tastes like the Hefeweizen.

Wow, no bitterness and no hops.

This 'sesssionable' IPA offfers just a slight hint of bitterness but mostly a critric close. So I guess there is a bit of hops in there. (294 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of DanE
2/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of HoneyLamb
3.5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of Krisp09
1.06/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not an IPA...terrible!! Malt profile dominates and has awful undesired flavors. This brewery should be ashamed for putting this out. (133 characters)

Photo of tbone64
3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of goforbrian
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Reidrover
2.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6 pack from Grocery Outlet,Salem $4.99 All i can say this is not an IPA but its an enjoyable hoppy macro lager type thing from the can. Good for tailgating ,fishing and camping. I enjoyed OK. But if you want to start someone on an IPA not a good one.
I drank straight out of the can( of course). (295 characters)

Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Jersh67
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.47/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 01 Dec 2012 (yesterday):

It was a banner day for The CANQuest (TM) as I visited Percy Street Barbecue on South Street in Philly! They claim to have the largest selection of craft CANs in the country and I would find that hard to dispute, especially given that I found three new ones myself.

From the CAN: "Award Winning Craft Brew!"; "Session-Style India Pale Ale"; "The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race, Baseball's Homerun Race of '98. Let's face it. Americans are no stranger to an arms race. Enter, craft beer, Breweries everywhere are are dumping hops in by the pound, abandoning moderation, leaving dedicated hophead tailgaters with few options for responsible drinking, We bring you the session-style India Pale Ale. Session-Style means moderate alcohol content. This is your chance to enjoy a full flavor, aggressively hopped IPA - without melting your face off. Handcrafted with Cascade and Magnum hops, this IPA is influenced by IPA City, USA (San Diego) and perfected for tailgaters around the world. rab this bouquet of liquid hopped glory and enjoy full flavored drinking, not sipping."; "The Official Beer of Tailgating (TM)".

Once more, the Crack and even the Glug were out of my hands! This is why I prefer to review my CANQuest (TM) beers at home. We were faced with a finger of tawny head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy amber. Nose was softly hoppy, kind of like taking fresh hops in my hands, rubbing them together and inhaling. Very flowery, kind of grassy, definitely a mellow scent. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was a mellow hop flavor, along the lines of an English IPA. That is not to suggest that it was terribly malty, either, just that it had a more muted hops profile than usual for this hophead. Finish was like my humor: dry and bitter. Let's go tailgating! (1,848 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
2.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fatty Tallboy (24oz) with a standard pint
11/16/12

A: Tailgate IPA pours a light coppery straw gold with great clarity. Streaming bubbles produce a big rocky crème foam that stays for a good length of time leaving behind thick chunky webs of cling.

S: Smells of old crusty bread and stale hops. Grainy pale malts are at the forefront which is not what I was expecting from an “aggressively hopped” IPA. Hardly any aroma hops here. What is present is a light floral mix of pine and dried citrus accompanied with an old vegetal quality.

T: Tastes of faint pine and orange citrus with a grainy bread malt profile. A bit grassy and vegetal. Malts seem German in style like a Kolsch or possibly even adjuncts are used here as some Lagers and Cream Ales do. Hops are stale and muted with a lower level of perceived bitterness. Real bready with some floral spice to it. No alcohol detectable. Has an odd twist of some vanilla and clovey phenols towards the end. This is not great by any means.

M: Feel is light and watery at times. There is no hoppy resinous linger and the finish has some crisp carbonation but remains somewhat wet.

D: Pedestrian Pale Ale. This comes off as a glorified BMC product and I could see it appealing to those fans. Really is almost Adjunct Lager like. I would say only slightly better. Definitely drinkable with a 5% ABV but I guessI was expecting something a bit tastier from a package that touts Hoppiness. Should have set the expectation bar lower given the cheap price on this one. My scores seem generous here. (1,549 characters)

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
2.75/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of BuzzFee
2.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jgunther71
2.5/5  rDev +2%

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IPA from Tailgate Beer
67 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.