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Single Malt IPA - Blackfoot River Brewing Company

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blackfoot River Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Just like Single Malt Scotch, our Singlemalt I.P.A. is brewed from 100% Crisp Maris Otter floor-malted barley - no specialty malts, no blending. This is our interpretation of the American/NorthWest India Pale Ale style. Singlemalt I.P.A. is generously hopped with Northwest-grown Simcoe and Cascade hops. This is our best-selling and most-beloved beer and is golden in color, with a medium-bodied malty backbone and full of hop flavor.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-15-2009)
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Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco del Sol in Helena. Enjoyed 14 June 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours hazy yellow-orange. Brought with no head, but leaves nice lacing.

Smell is herbal, wheaty, with a little shot of citrus zest. The malts feel clean and fresh. The hops are primarily grassy and herbal, but do provide that light citrus burst.

Taste is smooth and clean, mellow with perfect malt/hop balance. Has a really nice grainy sweetness - quite tasty and drinkable. Again, the hops are mostly grassy, but do add just the right amount of bitterness. They're just strong enough to add some sizzle to the beer.

Mouthfeel is the low point. Medium-bodied, a little flat, pretty watery, and lacking any of the resiny stickiness I like IPAs to have. Finish is especially watery, without the lasting bitterness that most IPAs have.

Tasty stuff. A mellow, balanced IPA. No flavors that really pop out, it just feels good. None of the characteristics are especially impressive, but the beer just ends up tasting really good. It drinks like a session IPA, really smooth, despite the ABV. Everything is clean. So many IPAs have little off flavors at the edges, and this has none of those. Another thing I really like it is how the bitterness is present, and obvious, but restrained. I wonder, though, if it might be better without the hop presence, as the malt is showcased really well - mellow, smooth, and clean (kinda wheaty/grainy).

More User Reviews:
Photo of DoubleSkunk
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't know where the 'single malt' comes into play, but here it goes anyway...

This beer appears a hazy light apricot hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which renders a thin ring of lace around the glass as it quickly fades away. It smells of grapefruit and orange hops, and caramel malt. The taste is sweet citrus, and bready caramel. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and fairly creamy, and it finishes smooth, with a soft malt and hop play date.

A very drinkable IPA, almost cask-like, fresh, and quite enjoyable.

Photo of Diggy
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Brandt
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours out a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a one finger white head

the smell is of citrus hops both grapefruit and orange as well as a subtle malt character

the taste is again of mainly orange and grapefuit citrus hops along with a more green hop matter type flavor (maybe dry hops?) and the very faintest of malt flavors along the edges

this one finishes with a firm bitterness and a good mouthfeel with the med body of this beer. the hop florals hang in the nasal and in the mouth after the beer is gone. this is a wonderful west coast style IPA and really puts the hops to use.

Photo of drinkin-beeers
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: golden hazy look, nice light head that really lasts throughout

Smell: sniff sniff, love the cascade and simcoe hops very fresh and natural, not overdone

Taste: once again these two hops couldn't be better together or balanced any other way. hop forward but not overpowering. mixture of floral, piney Northwest hops

Feel: medium body, doesn't let you forget what your drinking. keeps your buds yearnin for more

Overall: had this beer on tap from the brewery and on tap around town since i moved to helena more then a year and a half ago. hooked since the first sip. by far my favorite IPA/any beer. Very well done couldn't ask for anymore then that

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy medium yellow/orange with a small layer of white head

S - Citrus, pine and a fairly big malt sweetness.

T - Pine, grapefruit and a good bitterness from the hops is met with a fairly big caramel malt backbone that adds sweetness and balance. Fairly balanced overall.

M - Medium body. Lightcarbonation

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4th Brewery on Toby and Brenda's Big Montana Beer Adventure... We hit Blackfoot River about 10 minutes after they opened.

Poured into a standard pint while I talked shit about SmellySell for not hooking up with me while I was in Helena :-)

Very pretty sorta thick looking hazy honey golden orange brew.. good head and nice lace and cap for the entire glass..

The aroma is very fresh smelling... I love it already.. Very Citrusy with about as much balanced pale maltiness..

Flavor is oooohhh soo fresh... great crisp bitterness followed by pronounced pale malts that push forward the citric hops.. lite graininess.. with the citrus finish with a slight fruity hoppy element.. pineapple?.. simcoe?.. amarillo?... I should have asked, but this is a great IPA that I could go rounds with until it caught up with me... My only complaint would be the finish seems to die off really fast.

What amazes me about Montana Breweries is that they all seem to have taprooms... You can only legally have 48 oz's of beer per day at any taproom.. This encourages people to come in.. have a beer or 3... and inevitably they leave with growlers. Just in the 45 minutes or so that we were there, we saw at least a dozen people come in and just get their jugs filled... Young men and women... tourists.. but what was most amazing was the number of Elderly women who came in and talked beer with the pretty ladies behind the bar... This would NEVER happen with this frequency in Idaho and I make no inference that I have ANY idea about the complicated workings between MT breweries/brewpubs and the liquor board .. but I swear.. Montana has waaay more breweries/brewpubs than anybody outside of their state would expect.. and judging by the professionals I spoke with, they are okay with that... The laws may seem archaic to me/us, but they work and to an outsider, they are making more people drink better beer.

Edit: Justin... You suck :-) Next time amigo.

Photo of Patrick_Miller
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of dovahkiin
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GeezLynn
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Blackfoot’s best-selling beer for awhile now (although Steamboat was arguably the better beer).

A:Cloudy straw yellow with a soft white head.
S: Fresh hops soft peachy, grassy, with some bready malt underneath.
T: Same as aroma, mild grassy/fruity hops ( somewhat peachy/tropical) . Plenty of bready malt contributing balance and a bit of sweetness. Maltiness is really apparent on the back end. Finishes with a mild lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Extremely soft mouthfeel for the style.

This is a nice, nuanced beer, but I’ve always preferred the punchier Tumbleweed as far as MT IPAs go.

Photo of Laura11
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Mikexw
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beergil
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of haydukeqc
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap... many, many times. beautiful hazy golden pour.
Great hoppy aroma, but not over the top.
Well balanced taste with great hop coverage.
Smooth, medium mouth feel.
This is by far the best IPA in the state, it is smooth, drinkable, and nothing to be laughed at.

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 4oz sampling glass at a brewfest (this review is from notes written on a napkin):

A: Very nice, orange/copper color, with a thick head that lasted and laced decently.

S: Very different and interesting. Definitely picked up on citrus (grapefruit/pineapple/mango), but also picked on on oakiness, vanilla, and dare I say, whiskey. The person pouring the glass was a dopey distributor, not a brewery employee, which was regrettable, since I really want to ask a bunch of questions about this brew (e.g. "Single malt?" Did you use sherry casks from overseas, or oak?", etc.). Couldn't wait to take a sip.

T: Ditto the aroma. Not a very hoppy ipa, nor a very citrusy ipa, but a nicely-balanced ipa, with a certain oaky creaminess and smooth aftertaste that has hints of whisky. Would love to sample more of this.

M: Nice, full-bodied and creamy, with very subtle carbonation.

D: Don't know how sessionable a whisky-flavored beer is, but am willing to experiment ;-)

Well done.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an American shaker pint glass at brewery.

A: hazy light orange, tangerine. Faint light cream or white head. Average.

S: nice citrus blend, orange, grapefruit, light lemon. Some floral notes. Malts in the background on this one. Nice.

T: Taste starts where smell leaves off, but then the malty flavors kick in. Bready notes come forward by mid taste. Faintly bitter finish. Good, but hops lose focus a little in mid taste, knocking this down a bit.

M: a little chewy. Medium carbonation with a slightly heavy mouth feel. Heading towards DIPA category without big bitterness to back it up.

O: solid IPA, enjoyable, but there are better to be had, although perhaps not in Helena.

Photo of EricCioe
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brooks & Brown last night when we won trivia night. From notes.

This pours a hazy gold with a one finger offwhite head that leaves some sticky but not chunky lace on the way down. On the nose there is obvious citric notes, mostly orange and grapefruits rinds, but there is also a malt backbone that is at the same time substantial and unobtrusive. In the mouth there are citrus rinds and a pleasant, unusual grassy note. I like my IPAs on the dry side but this does a great job of integrating a bready note underneath the citric bitterness. The body is medium with a long bitter finish, not overwhelming.

Overall, I go back and forth between this and Draught Works Scepter Head IPA being the best in state IPA. It's great to have both available. Well worth seeking out. This is certainly the less bitter of the two, but the balance here is pretty admirable in the fact that the backbone is different than standard caramel or pale malt.

EDIT - I was a judge in the 20th Garden City Brewfest and this won the IPA category handily. I also had a dry-hopped version on cask at the brewery a month ago and it was similarly incredible. I wish this were bottled so I could send it out and get the word around about it.

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Single Malt IPA from Blackfoot River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.