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Inukshuk IPA - O'Dempsey's

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Inukshuk IPAInukshuk IPA

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: allthatAles on 09-14-2010

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 89
Photo of atlanta
2.38/5  rDev -32.8%
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! (711 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.46/5  rDev -30.5%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (1,894 characters)

Photo of ectomorph
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of HerrBob
3/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of argock
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,104 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of slatetupelo
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange/amber color with a thick white head that leaves decent lacing. This beer is opaque.

T - This isn't a very hoppy tasting IPA, there is a malty sweetness to it. There are some citrus notes reminiscent of grapefruit. Very mild bitterness, nothing to write home about. Overall, this is a really average beer. It's not as bad as some are making it out to be, but I'd purchase other IPAs before this one.

EDIT: The more I drink the more bland it tastes. (479 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
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.  (930 characters)

Photo of turnerk3
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is strongly hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit, typical of a high-quality IPA. It pours a hazy, barely translucent dark honey golden with a fair off-white head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves a little lacing. Flavor is nicely hoppy, barely bitter, with hints of sour citrus, honey and malt. Texture is quite smooth and not too fizzy but still pleasing. Overall, a decent IPA worth a try. (410 characters)

Photo of FATC1TY
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 10-23-10

Bottle poured a soupy murky orangish brown with a bit of foam that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles around the surface of the glass. The aroma isn't very overwhelming, hints of various fruit, grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon, nothing really stands out though. Flavor wise, its a whole different story, lots of citrusy flavors come through, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, along with a rindy sort of taste. Its medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. This is a very interesting bottle, from the looks of it, its not very appealing, but taste wise, its pretty enjoyable. The citrus rind taste prevents me from rating it higher, but overall not a bad beer. (694 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (535 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by Dec 27, 2010.

Pours thick (for an IPA) murky orange, almost opaque, with a two finger foamy white head that holds very well and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

Aroma is of moderate to good strength and features citrus, oranges, pineapple, somewhat grassy and floral with a bit of bready, caramel malt.

Flavor is citrusy hops, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, with some malt sweetness. Moderate bitterness, moderate sweetness, finishes mostly dry.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied for an IPA, slick, oily, medium carbonation.

Pretty serious IPA here, mostly because of the body as it is not a bitter bomb or a pungent punch to the nose like some others. Pretty darned good overall, and always good to see new quality brews being brewed here in Georgia. (779 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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... (1,184 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate during a local beer takeover.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with floral and light citrus hops. Also present are hints of indistinct light fruits that I'd attribute to the yeast.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the pale malts hold more sway in the flavor profile than they do in the aroma. Pale malt flavors with hints of breadiness kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops turn more toward citrus flavors, then carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure I'd be interested in another.

Overall this was a solid beer but there are a few tweaks that could be made to make it a better beer, namely crisper malt flavors. Not worth avoiding but not worth seeking out either. (1,061 characters)

Photo of weezyfart
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this IPA. It's had a hazy burnt orange color to it that makes me daydream about running hops through my juicer and pouring it into a glass. The aromas aren't overexaggerated, just stylistically sound. The palate has a sturdy balance of hops and pale malts and the finish is bittersweet.

Is this beer worldclass? No. Is it better than many other IPAs trying to shoot the moon? Yes! (399 characters)

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