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Inukshuk IPA - O'Dempsey's

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Inukshuk IPAInukshuk IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Dempsey's visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: allthatAles on 09-14-2010)
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1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

jophish17, Dec 06, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

blacksheep3, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Gatordaddy, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of atlanta
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had a six pack in my fridge for a month. I just couldn't get thru an entire bottle. (thus the bad drinkability rating) Gave my brother one and he finished it but didnt want another. The appearance is shocking. (thus the bad appearance rating) I would return this to the bartender if I ever got served a beer this thick and murky. Where is the brewing skill that went into this?
While there are glimmers of a good tasting beer in the taste, its overpowered by the yeast, which is not delicious by any means. Clearly been dry hopped, but so badly that there are bits floating around in it. This is a beer that needed to be filtered.
I have had alot of unfiltered beers and I know it doesnt need to look like this!

atlanta, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of chinchill
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

chinchill, Nov 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

akttr, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of oberon
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

oberon, Jul 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Madfish85, Nov 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

lucasj82, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of ectomorph
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with what I'm guessing is the Best By date of 12-27-10 into a DFH glass.

A - Murky and dark orange body shows a small off white head that recedes quickly leaving little in the way of lacing.

S - Faint hops citrus and floral notes with a hint of fruit esters from the yeast.

T - medium up front bitterness with a less than stellar hops flavor in the finish. Some pineapple and grapefruit notes. This brew has a mild solvency to it which seems out of place for the ABV. The hops flavor seems muddled and confusing. Low malt sweetness or caramel which is OK, but this comes off as biting and a bit harsh.

M - Medium bodied and dry this one does have a crisp finish, but there is a tinge of hot/solvent booze here.

D - Low. This one has lower bitterness and the flavor and bite of it are off putting to me.

ectomorph, Oct 08, 2010
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3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a very cloudy pour and when the empty bottle is viewed through the opening, like a telescope, the bottom of the bottle is opaque. This really doesn't bother me like it appears to bother some. What really will keep me from buying this again is it's absolute average in every way taste. It claims to be balanced. When I think of balance a simple example is salt & sweet, like beer nuts where both tastes are noted but balanced. This brew is balanced like water - not salty, not sweet as in not there. In beer terms it is not balance by hops or malt - you just do not notice either. To be fair it has a very pleasant taste but not what you expect in an IPA at all. So well balanced maybe that nothing is noted enough to object to but neither enough to be enjoyed.

HerrBob, Oct 29, 2010
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

dsshuck, Dec 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Jonbw, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Brinks, Mar 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

ncstateplaya, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

cjgiant, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

WoodBrew, Sep 13, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown glass bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

Pours a cloudy deep orange-gold; quite obviously unfiltered. The pour produces a solid finger of creamy off-white foam that shows wonderful retention, lingering forever and leaving behind some long legs of lacing on the walls of the glass.

Nothing profound going on in the nose, with faint notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple and papaya.

Medium-bodied with a pleasantly prickly carbonation. A touch sweet at the open, with a touch of bread and caramel; a moderate hop bitterness follows, carrying with it citrusy notes of grapefruit, lemon and pineapple. The bitterness and hop character fade away again going into the finish, where bready, somewhat grainy malt notes reappear, lasting a while afterward with a slight alcohol warmth creeping up in the chest as the beer warms.

Overall, nothing mind-blowing, but a very solid IPA that's a bit of a departure from a great many of the other IPAs on the market. Somewhat reminiscent of fellow Atlanta brewery Sweetwater's take on the style with the sort of East-meets-West mix, though it doesn't quite pull it off in a way that Sweetwater's example does. Could use some polishing, but this is certainly an interesting start.

superdedooperboy, Oct 08, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

jaswilson2, Apr 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

bongobeer, Aug 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

kmos27, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Florida9, Apr 12, 2014
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Inukshuk IPA from O'Dempsey's
79 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.