1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

First Pull IPA - Brainerd Lakes Brewery

Not Rated.
First Pull IPAFirst Pull IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
72
okay

46 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 24.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brainerd Lakes Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shadow1961 on 09-07-2010)
View: Beers (3) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by gatornation:
Photo of gatornation
gatornation

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up a single as part of a mix sixer

A- pours a clear copper color with an off white that settles to a fresh ring little to no lacing

S- was malt and toffee with some pine and bread

T- was bitter pine first with some sweet toffee malts

M- medium carbonation crisp and bitter

O- its an ok IPA , it was fresh but lacking in hops for me it was more bitter than anything else without alot of flavor

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 21:36:30 | More by gatornation
More User Reviews:
Photo of mpipe
mpipe

Minnesota

2.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light amber

Aroma: Budwiser/Miller/Coors. Nothing going on.

Taste & Mouthfeel: They can call it last pull. Terrible. Watered down citrus and hops. It has a strange taste I can't quite describe. Maybe a wheat IPA?

Final Word: Yuck. Pass on this one. This proves an average homebrew does not make good microbrews.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 22:18:38 | More by mpipe
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-09-2014 17:10:58 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

11-22-2013 04:15:44 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of LXIXME
LXIXME

New Mexico

2.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clearish well carbonated deep honey golden colored beer.

Very light aroma of what seems to be a light soapy citrus.

Light taste of what seems to be a cross between citrus and darker fruits, as if apricots meet pineapple and they end up dividing the light taste equally.

A lighter aftertaste without much dryness or tastes of the beer remaining with this lighter medium bodied beer.

A much lighter taste than I was expecting with this Minnesota IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:40:08 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Oelschlager
Oelschlager

North Dakota

3/5  rDev +1%

09-06-2013 03:20:05 | More by Oelschlager
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
tuckerlikesbeer

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -49.5%

08-14-2013 16:34:11 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. What is it with Minhas and Minnesota - can't newfound brewing 'agents' there find a more agreeable (and local) contract brewer?

This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy pale beige head, which leaves some decent spectral webbed lace around the glass as things drop away.

It smells of somewhat biscuity caramel malt, wet forest floor flora - mostly rotting pine - and an astringent mouthwash booziness. The taste is unpleasantly acrid pine needles, subdued, wet bready malt, a cheap vodka alcohol heat, with some growing orchard fruitiness that soon starts to be suggestive of by-gone yuk-a-flux.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, the body an ok medium weight, with only a twinge of pithy clamminess, and smooth enough, I'm manning up to say. It finishes well off-dry, the touched caramel malt suffering little guff from the nearly inappropriate 'hops'.

Gah. Again, not a wholly complete hot mess, but not an IPA of any known stripe either. Given the Minnesota connection, how is this not the same thing as the Tonka Preservation IPA?

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:00:08 | More by biboergosum
Photo of mnphish
mnphish

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

06-14-2013 18:19:13 | More by mnphish
Photo of Jabartheljr
Jabartheljr

South Dakota

3/5  rDev +1%

05-03-2013 00:23:14 | More by Jabartheljr
Photo of Eric908
Eric908

South Dakota

3/5  rDev +1%

04-07-2013 03:25:58 | More by Eric908
Photo of jamiecoppin
jamiecoppin

North Dakota

2/5  rDev -32.7%

03-10-2013 17:43:16 | More by jamiecoppin
Photo of TonyBaloney
TonyBaloney

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

03-07-2013 16:58:23 | More by TonyBaloney
Photo of GFG
GFG

North Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

02-08-2013 21:09:59 | More by GFG
Photo of MN_Beerticker
MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

12-24-2012 03:18:57 | More by MN_Beerticker
Photo of largemouthdmb
largemouthdmb


3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

11-11-2012 00:39:26 | More by largemouthdmb
Photo of Pat316
Pat316

Michigan

3/5  rDev +1%

11-06-2012 22:04:12 | More by Pat316
Photo of fuzzcherry
fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

10-12-2012 05:10:30 | More by fuzzcherry
Photo of Johnhaley1989
Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

10-05-2012 18:48:35 | More by Johnhaley1989
Photo of bigbeers84
bigbeers84

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

08-25-2012 07:48:36 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. Meh, this tastes like an under-hopped homebrewed IPA. Yes, there's a bitter citrus kick in the finish, but the it's too bland up front and there's only a hint of hops in the aroma. This would be a fine beer if you called it an amber ale or extra pale ale, but this doesn't have near enough hops to stand up to any great American IPAs. It's decent summer beer, and inoffensive, but I'll pass on having a second.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:49:00 | More by tempest
Photo of Hopstout
Hopstout

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

07-24-2012 02:39:25 | More by Hopstout
Photo of inbierveritas
inbierveritas

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +1%

07-01-2012 00:22:25 | More by inbierveritas
Photo of KarlHungus
KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color with amber hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of butterscotch, pine resin, grapefruit. There is enough hop character coming through in the aroma to keep the butterscotch from running riot. However, it is still too strong, and does take away from the beer. The taste is similar to the aroma. There are some nice grapefruity, piney flavors, and a firm bitterness, but there is still a more than noticeable butterscotch character that greatly detracts for all the good things going on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, I would like to try this beer again as I can sense it might be quite good if not for the diacetyl.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 03:05:33 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of jimmah120
jimmah120

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a slightly hazy orange-gold with a big, impressive, fluffy head. Smells like lake water mixed with earthy hops. Maybe a touch of pine and crackers as well. Taste is biscuits, pumpkin, earthy pine, melon, and lemon. Taste is very middle-of-the-road, but enjoyable. It;s like a mix between an english and american IPA.

Neat, bitter, and not overly hopped. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 06:59:37 | More by jimmah120
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
First Pull IPA from Brainerd Lakes Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.