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Inukshuk IPA - O'Dempsey's

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Inukshuk IPAInukshuk IPA

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79
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the table a particularly cloudy, dark ruddy-colored body with a fizzled, off-white head.

Smell: Pale malted barley with hints of caramelized sugar and lightly toasted bread. Citrusy, faintly floral hops lead by a scent of oranges (while the flavor generally embodies a basic lemon flavor, though that's just one drunkard's opinion).

Taste: Bready, caramel-coated maltiness with a soothing sweetness to it. On the taste, the hops impart a lemony character, with lesser, lighter hints of oranges and grapefruit. Very minute underlying earthiness. Medium-plus bitterness. Tastes of whole-grain bread and cooked lemon on the back half. Bittersweet, creamyish finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's definitely a slight heft to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good India Pale Ale swelled up with maltiness and residual sugars, though, admittedly, that's not generally desirable to your average hophead. As for me, I appreciated the near-chewiness of the brew and felt it was well suited for the approaching Autumn.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 19, 2010
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
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 16, 2012
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 Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

tdm168, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
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
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

rolltide8425, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

glid02, Sep 27, 2010
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
Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

avalon07, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of jophish17
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

jophish17, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Brent, Dec 05, 2011
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
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

thatoneguymike, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

Metalmonk, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Gatordaddy
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Gatordaddy, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -12.3%

ncstateplaya, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

buckyp, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Zach136, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

MDDMD, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

GABrew, Apr 03, 2014
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Inukshuk IPA from O'Dempsey's
79 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.