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Inukshuk IPA - O'Dempsey's

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Inukshuk IPAInukshuk IPA

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 23.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: allthatAles on 09-14-2010

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 90
Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass tulip. This is a copper colored beer with a medium sized white head.
The taste is pretty good with a nice caramel flavor;
The aroma is big on malt and caramel with maybe some citrus in the background.
The Palate is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A pretty solid IPA, I would drink this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

O'Dempsey's "Inukshuk IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, contracted through Thomas Creek Brewery, date code is illegible

Notes: Hazy deep amber-copper beneath a rocky head of light khaki that holds very well and leaves some thin streaks of lace. Good appearance overall. Limited aroma with light to medium caramelish malt that's infused with floral and herbal hops. The flavor is the same with the addition of some light pine/mint. Solid bitterness. Some yeastiness, and a mild apple-like fruitiness. Dry, lingering finish.

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Photo of argock
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from little sister Tami.

A: Light copper with 1-2 fingers of off-white, foamy head with decent retention and some webs of lacing down the glass.

S: Very malty and caramelly with some light citrus and pine notes. Too malty for an Am IPA.

T: THe flavor is more reminiscent of an English IPA with big medium crystal caramel malty notes that equal if not overwhelm the light orange citrus and floral hops notes. There is a touch of pine in there too. Overall though. this is way too slanted to the malt for the style.

M: I would not call this thin at all -- the feel is above-average for the style with a fairly sticky mouthfeel with lowish carbonation and medium-dry finish. Not bad for a malt-dominated beer.

O: I think this beer would score a lot better as an English IPA or Imperial Amber or some other style -- this is way too malty to be an Am IPA that competes with the likes of Two Hearted, Alesmith, Alpine Duet and Nelson, BR Racer 5, etc. Not a bad beer but they took balance a little too far.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one came out of the cooler at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "Beer to Die For"; "We chose to use these balanced rocks for our label to symbolize the balanced nature of our IPA. These sculptures are known as Inukshuks and are erected to represent hope, friendship and hospitality. While we want it to symbolize how balanced our IPA is, we also really like that Inukshuks symbolize hope, friendship and hospitality as well. Why not have an Inukshuk represent both concepts? O'Dempsey's Inukshuk IPA combines a bitter hop bite and citrus notes with a huge amlt backbone to achieve a balancing act for your senses. Enjoy." Too much repetition.

My gosh, it is humid today! I am sweating, the bottle is sweating, I don't know what it takes to cool down at this point. I popped the cap, began an uncaring pour that I only cared about when it threatened to overflow the glass, and then backed off. The pseudo-cascade produced about three fingers of rocky, tawny head that teetered and tottered and then fell like Humpty Dumpty in a big crash. I will say, though, that the resulting lacing was fabulous. Color was a deep, dark-gold (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and while I wish that I could tell you that this summoned Midas, Mammon and Croesus, I can't. You see, given an afternoon of golden AIPAs, they NEVER left! The nose had a very biscuit malt character, so I am unconvinced that this is an AIPA. Mouthfeel was medium and the malt was really the guiding light in this one. It should either be changed to an EIPA or suffer according scores when reviewed as an AIPA. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The flavor was more towards biscuit malt with just enough hops to give it a mild tang on the tongue. I just found this to be profoundly boring, as long as it is identified as an AIPA.

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Photo of Florida9
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma is a mixture of pale and light caramel malts along with some lighter citrus hops. May be a touch of citrus zest. Taste is more of the same. Light sweetness with an appreciable, but not overbearing malty backbone. Sweet citrus and sweet orange hops. There is a mild green apple jolly-rancher quality to the beer as well. On the lighter side of medium in body. Lighter bitterness. Moderate carbonation. A fairly average, run-of-the-mill IPA.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber hue with a small off white head. Aroma and Taste is of floral citrus hops, yeast, fruity notes with caramel malt. Palate is a medium body, nicely balanced malt and hops with good carbonation. Finish is caramel malt, yeast, fruity with floral pine hops for balance. Overall a good nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into hort tumbler glasses; drnk at 45-55 degrees over 10-20 minutes.

Clear, deep amber with good retention of a cottony head.
Smells like a French Sauvignon Blanc more than a beer—grassy, minerally, and volatile nitrogenous bronze.
Malt is the foundation of the taste experience atop which sits metal, nutmeg, orange, and as it warms, toasted lentils and beans.
Not much impressive about the mouthfeel, but late in gulps, the rear-tongue burn is welcome. Salty pretzels give this beer more appeal.
Overall, it is not representative of the style. But there is a winey richness that keeps one quaffing. It is also more boozy than the 7% ABV would predict.

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Photo of chinchill
2.46/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.
Looks fine, but has an odd sour/sweet aroma that's a bit musty and funky. {No other signs this bottle was bad]. The flavor is better but lacks any semblance of fresh hops and is insufficiently hoppy for style. The flavor is only very slightly bitter and is quite earthy. Medium body and proper carbonation.

O: Avoid; PLENTY of better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Mojo
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a light copper. There is a one finger head, with not much retention, but absolutely beautiful picture perfect lacing left on the glass. The smell is pretty weak, but what is there is very citrusy and floral. Tastewise, I'm feeling the love. It's not near as hoppy as some IPAs, but it does have a nice blend of sweet and the grapefruityness on the finish. I like the mouthfeel. It is good and carbonated. Overall pretty good. An easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of TSJ4000
4.63/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Here is an iPa that is still pale. It's color is just a touch amber. The nose isn't terribly potent but what is there is good citrus piny hop love juice. The beer is crystal clear and has a perfectly balanced hop presence throughout the palate. This is a damn good IPA. The hops are great and fresh and refreshing in this beer. Not over the top orangey or grapefuity either. This beer is also still American IPA, imo. It is not English by any means. Balanced on the finish too with hints of the maltiness. This beer is not drying or too hoppy for the palate. Overall I think this is a great everyday 6pk of some kick ass IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of grain (not a lot, but certainly there), malt, some citrus, and a moderate amount of hops. A pretty solid flavor, though not overly spectacular.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A generally well done (with some rough patches) beer that's definitely drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint a clear medium golden with a thin wispy white head atop.Faint leafy hops and sweetish biscuit malt in the nose,both are light and unassuming.Dryinsh with only muld caramel/biscuit sweetness on the palate but where are the hops?Just faint leafy hops wich really play a small role on the palate.A very average to even below average ipa in my mind,it would be hop-light even for an English ipa,I wouldn't recommend this sad to say.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour. On tap at Taco Mac (Alpharetta, GA). 5.25. Served in a pint glass. 

Clear deep gold with a quarter finger off white head. Consistent lacing. 

Orangey citrus, fresh cut grass, mild spice and sweet bread. Pretty standard. 

Crisp citrusy hops lead. Other usual suspects follow: grass, spice and biscuits. Like the nose, pretty standard. 

Feel is medium to light with moserate carbonation. Long dry bitter herbal hoppy aftertaste (not at all bad, though). 

I'd remembered liking this more when I had a six pack about a year ago. Perhaps there was a recipe change when they started contract brewing with Thomas Creek instead of Atlanta Brewing. There's absolutely nothing wrong going on, but there's nothing to make it stand out in a world saturated with great IPAs. I'll most likely have it again (& even enjoy it) but will not go out of my way to find it or request it over multiple other, better Atlanta IPAs. 

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - translucent copper amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - bread, fruit, faint alcohol

T - bread, faint citrus, herbal, alcohol, faint fruit

M - medium bodied, a bit of alcohol warmth, smooth, well carbonated

This is a very malt forward, bready version of an IPA. The hops are present but in no way overpowering. There's nice balance with just a little alcohol in the finish. Overall, a decent IPA if you want more malt than hops.

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Photo of turnerk3
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very nice orange color with fairly white head. The half inch head lightly holds on to the side of the glass. Fairly clear, but there is a very slight haze.

S: Of course, the malts are not too prevelant. The hops come across as being more floral and herbal. Not the typical grapefruit or piney that most IPAs have.

T: The taste is much like the smell. It is much more herbal in taste, but the flavors are still well balanced. It comes off as a good IPA that just missed something to be a great IPA.

M: Great carbonation (even out of a bottle) that allows it to lightly cover the palate. There is a touch of hoppy bite that lingers as expected. However, relatively smooth for the style.

O: Basically what I took away from this brew was a slightly different, but typical, version of the style. It definitely has a different taste than most other IPAs, but, as was previously stated, it just missed something to make it an exceptional IPA.

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Photo of raszputini
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous golden, with a light head that dissipates pretty quickly. No sediment whatsoever. The nose is pretty complex, with a variety of citrus fruit notes, as well as citrusy hops. The taste was somewhat surprising, as I was expecting a BIG IPA hop monster, but the hops are actually pretty understated for an IPA. There's a solid malt backbone that is more pronounced than most. Notes of orange, grapefruit and tangerine. The ABV will surprise you as the drinkability and absence of big hops would make you think it was a little more sedate. I really enjoyed it and will drink again.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An absolutely clear golden. No floating sediment. 1/2 a finger of head, a little bit of sticky lace left on the glass

S - Dried fruits, peaches, tangerine. Definitely has some citrusy hops in this brew. But smell is fairly faint. Maybe I have had too many dry hopped brews lately

T - Citrus hops up front, nice malt backbone. Pretty tasty.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation level.

O - An average IPA. The 7% ABV is well hidden, which makes it pretty drinkable. But definitely would have no problem drinking this one again

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Photo of FATC1TY
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, from a bottle.

A: Copper/Orange, slighly cloudy, 1 finger head that laces the glass pretty well, looks good, very attractive beer.

S: Citrus right up front, floral, piney. Grapefruit sticks out pretty well.

T: Pretty close to what it smells like. Citrus and pine, bitter all the way through it, but balanced enough to hold it together with a slightly sweet finish. Not ultra balanced, but it's enough to keep it together.

M: Medium body, kinda of chewy. Decent amount of carbonation which helps with the bite.

Overall: Pretty decent beer. Looks great in the glass, has some sediment, but I don't mind it. Easy to drink, no hint of the 7% ABV to it at all. I'd have a few of these if someone offered.

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Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For me this beer failed to cross the bar into American IPA territory - landing firmly in pale ale qualities. Moderate hopping, with some vague grapefruit notes. A touch too sharp at the finish and somewhat lacking in malt support. I'm surprised to see this logging in at 7% abv, as it did not strike me as being quite that high. A bit more sediment than customary for the style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inukshuk IPA is another beer I bought at Vulcan Beverage here in Birmingham, AL. The appearance is good. Light copper color that was cloudy that has small floaties. There is a thin white head that seems to be lacing nicely. The smell includes fresh hop, spice and pine. The taste is very bitter from start to finish. The bitterness is in teh form of grapefruit/apricot. The mouthfeel is ok, a little too much for me...one is enough.

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Photo of Paincane
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes:
A: Orange gold color with mild lacing when poured into pint glass. Floaties galore in this beer. Sediment everywhere.
S: Citrus, floral hops aroma.
T: Tastes like its nose. Very pleasant hops bitter finish.
M: Crisp with a kind of chewiness that I can only attribute to the sediment floating around the glass. Moderate carbonation.
O: Extremely drinkable. If you freak out about floaties, then don't bother with it. I enjoyed it and will look for more.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in recent trip to northern GA. 12 oz bottle, part of a mix 6 pack. I have never heard anything about this beer, figured since it was local I had to try it. Poured into a glass tumbler from the cabin I am renting.

A- Not too good. Nice color, but there is seriously A TON of shit floating around in this glass and pretty cloudy. Kinda worried about the flotsam and jetsam in here.

S- Smells pretty good, nice citrus and floral hoppy notes.

T- Well, the flavor somewhat redeems the dirty appearance. Nice citrus notes and a solid hop character. I actually like the flavor of this very much, glad I picked it up.

M- Very nice, very crisp and clean and no stinging aftertaste.

O- Nice, I'd definitely have a few of these.

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Photo of suspect
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Big thanks to my buddy Audi for bringing this up from Atlanta.

A: Mostly clear (some haze) mostly gold color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1.5 finger head. Lacing is good and steady throughout the drink. Little floaties hanging out in the glass.

S: Fruity hops are faint along with the bitter floral hops. Some sweet malt on the backend as well but nothing too over powering. Not poor smelling either, a very nice, overall smell.

T: Flavor here is really nice. Wonderful hop presence with nice sweet malt balance. Slight yeast flavor here as well but not throwing off the balance. Nice hop-bitterness and fruit-malt sweetness adds up to a nice and full IPA flavor. Really nicely done.

M: Exactly what you'd expect from an IPA in the mouthfeel. Hop-oil coating the cheeks and a slight pucker from the bitter. Medium body and well carbonated. Aftertaste leaves my mouth begging for more.

O: I was skeptical going in here but I came out a believer. This is a really nice IPA and one that I'll be happy to drink more of. Too bad it's not readily available here, I'd be all over it. Atlanta - consider yourselves lucky.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a medium head that fades to a swirl and ring. Smells slightly sweet and grainy with a modicum of citrusy hops. The taste is also a bit on the sweet side with slightly subdued citrusy hops as well. A little thick and grainy in the mouth, this could use a bit more work- needs to be cleaner, smoother, and hoppier.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed-over peach-orange color, with a thin head of small, dense bubbles. Pretty standard looking IPA, maybe cloudier than the norm, but that's cool by me.

Lots of tropical fruit in the nose, things like pineapple and mango come to mind. Some peach too, even a very mild salty/mineral flair, although you're hard-pressed to find any real malt presence. But I'm okay with that. You're not gonna find much hop presence in an Irish Dry Stout are you? Time and place for everything and all that...

Flavor continues on the bright and fruity path, peach, orange and mango being the most dominant, with an almost-acrid citrus rind bitterness all the way into the (fairly dry) finish. Saltiness remains a trait, but does not overwhelm in the manner of a west coast tongue ripper. As with the aroma, malt is once again distant, so this is clearly for fans of very hop-forward IPAs who don't mind missing out on the malt. Crispy on the tongue, though round enough to keep from feeling too prickly.

I like this, found it refreshing if a bit unbalanced, in terms of hops-to-malt ratio. Definitely one to try once, although it's not gonna set the beer trading network on fire probably...

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Inukshuk IPA from O'Dempsey's
81 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.