Gus - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Stinkypuss on 06-30-2012

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy amber copper body with a big off white head, looks nice enough but it's time to take a smell. Aromatics quality citrus, grapefruit pith, crushed aspirin the label states three hops Columbus, Centennial, and Palisade. Caramel malt adds enough fresh baked bread sweetness to balance out 100+ IBUs. The best by date on the bottle is June 2014, but the hops here are muddled. The beer hits the palate with full force abrasiveness, a bit of a sour/tartness. Hop pellets, sourdough bread, alcohol sits on the palate with a muddled wallop of hop resins, pretty harsh mouthfeel/flavor combos. I love IPA, this Gus IPA has the right components but doesn't execute with specific hop flavors the way I perceive hops from some of my favorite IPAs. Overall I will keep being loyal to the crew at Full Pint, I know they are great brewers Shaun/Garrett/whoever else helps these guys brew. Artwork is awesome it's like a reincarnated Stevie Ray Vaughn (I've never met the guy, but I guess they have a house bluesman named Gus), pretty cool.

Photo of Roguer
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate off-white head, hazy, juicy orange brew with lemon yellow highlights. Good retention and nice lacing.

Strong malt profile amid pine and citrus hop aromas, but it doesn't come across as stale - a bit faded perhaps, but not stale. Pale malt and grains with a hint of toasted malt.

Hop profile is a bit juicier and more tropical fruit-oriented than I would have guessed. Star fruit and mango, amid pine and a bit of citrus peel. Malts are pale and grainy - like the aroma - with a sweet finish.

Extremely long wet and sticky finish. Little sting, but very lively.

The age of this beer is unknown, so rating it requires a small leap of faith. If this is an older bottle, then I'm impressed at its drinkability. If it's relatively fresh, then it's a fairly mediocre - but OK - IPA.

Photo of Vaskotronic
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange citrus IPA with a light pine finish

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this beer similar to their TriPA except a bit more balanced.

A - A very dirty amber brown color with just a 1/4 inch of head that fades to a ring. Very little lacing.
S - I agree with others this beer is a very malt forward IPA. Baked sourdough bread and some muddled hops. On the plus side it doesn't have any ethanol smells so it must be balanced.
T - It has a good hop taste but mostly pellets but whatever I didn't expect "fresh hop" Other than that the bready malts are quite tasty and it even has some lingering hops in the finish.
M - Body is decent more medium bodied for this IPA.

Overall this really should be listed as a DIPA any beer over 7.5% is beyond regular IPA requirements. For what it is though its quite good but nothing to faun over since more balanced DIPA's are available.

Photo of woodychandler
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77. Here is another one that came to me without an existing pic and I had to await approval before proceeding. The backlog is not entirely my fault.

From the bottle: "Shake off your blues double time with our new IPA! Dedicated to our resident bluesman, Gus. He has been here since the very beginning so we thought it was fitting to slap him on a label!"; "Beer Nerd Stats: Malts: Maris Otter, Honey, Amber Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Palisade O.G. 17.8 IBU 100+ Alc. 8.0% by Vol."

I was anxious to get started after taking a break to watch some telly so I began with a heavy-handed pour. This got a pseudo-cascade going which produced two dense fingers of tawny head with great retention. Sticky lacing was starting to appear even as I typed. Color was an orangish-amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with loads of floaties in evidence. Nose was pine-y, but with an odd sourness. Hmmm. "Lot 455 Best By AUG 2014" so freshness should not be an issue. Mouthfeel was medium. I got some initial fusel alcohol heat and I was beginning to doubt whether it was really an AIPA as opposed to a DIPA. Look at those Beer Nerd Stats! There were loads of hops, but they were overwhelming both the malts and my taste buds. Am I supposed to be impressed? I was just finding this more of a chore to drink than a pleasure. I usually do not dun an AIPA for being unbalanced, but this was just too much, for me, for the style, for the unsuspecting consumer. This needs to have its recipe revisited with a jaundiced eye to see if it can either be tweaked or redesignated as a DIPA, as appropriate.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and chunky orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus to grapefruity hops. In the taste, a dryness of orange citrus rinds. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. A nice mellow, dry citrus rind flavor in an IPA.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Full Pint : GUS

LOOK: Pours a copper color with a slight off white head and plenty of lacework.

SMELL: Caramel, leafy hops, light toasted malt aroma and a bit more hop.

TASTE: Robustly malty, with roasted nuts, toffee and caramelized brown sugar. There is a mild but very present hop character, with a light bitter, herbal, earthy flavor and a mild citrus undertone. Yeasty twang with some fresh baked bread flavor and buttered biscuit.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Fairly smooth and easy drinking.

OVERALL: A pretty solid IPA, decent look feel and smell, right among the average east coast IPAs, comes off alittle English. Not bad.

Photo of DesignPanda101
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

As someone who doesn't normally drink IPAs. This beer is very good. Goes down smooth, yet has a very distinct Hoppy flavor. If your ever in the Pittsburgh area I highly recommend it.

Photo of ONUMello
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by 9/2014 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orangeish-brown with a one-finger head
S: A bit sweet with orange juice, brown sugar and pine sap notes
T: Mostly pine here, followed by orange zest and a bitter finish. Little if any of the sweetness from the nose. Bitter finish
M: Fairly full-bodied. A bit thick. Bitter again
O: I expect IPAs to leave my palate feeling refreshed from the hops but this just feels heavy

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Always unnerving when an IPA pours such a dark amber with brown tones. The beer is kind of tangy. There is an odd citrus tone to things that shows too much while not showcasing any desirable hop character.

There are a lot of IPAs out there worth trying. Unfortunately, this ends up not being one of those. Too many good beers out there to try instead of wasting time with misses.

Photo of Jwale73
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to HopFace for the opportunity to try this one. Best by Dec 2014 printed on the label. Served in a shaker pint. Pours a hazy orange hue with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head. Nose expresses candied citrus, rind and malt. Taste follows nose; however, there's a bit more rind bitterness in the flavor profile as well as ethanol. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation and some residual alcohol heat. Overall, not bad but a bit lacking in balance.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on hand pull in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of malty smells with lots of citrus hop mixed within. A strong caramel and biscuit aroma are the malty base with a light level of roast tagging along. Along with these smells are some orange aromas and a bit of a grassy and pine hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and caramel flavor mixed with a bit of orange and grapefruit hop. As the taste advances the grapefruit grows slightly more potent with the orange fading some, but being replaced by some other sweeter flavors of toffee. While the sweet toffee comes to the tongue it later ends up fading with the end result being a somewhat drier flavor. As the toffee fades more hop comes to the tongue with both a pine and herbal flavors both joining the profile. These mix with the grapefruit and more bready flavors of the beer to leave a nice somewhat drier and citrus heavy but rather balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as it may be expected for a cask brew. For the malty flavors and the thick hop, the feel was rather nice and it really allowed the hop flavors to be detected on the tongue.

Overall – A pretty good and robust citrusy and slightly drier IPA. On cask, the brew is really quite nice and drinkable, making it somewhat dangerous at 8.0% abv….

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Seems I've been "Ticking" all of SomethingClever's brews today.

Photo of Boto
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Mad Mex: This one pours a hazy slightly orange color. There was a small off-white head that left some lacing. It has a very nice hop nose. Definitely pine and citrus notes, a nice blend of the two. Maybe some biscuit too. The taste is very good. Good hop bite, with a nice body behind it. Piney, earthy, maybe some biscuit and a hint of orange. Very Good.

Photo of Seejae
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale orange in color, this IPA jumps out with a bite, but offers little complexity. Good beer, but very few notes.

Photo of thecheapies
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber brew with some haze. Sticky lacing. One finger head. 3.5

Pine and grapefruit. Light biscuity malt. Not intensely hoppy, but nice. 3.5

Spruce hops with some rigid bitterness. Evergreen and pith. Smidge of orange. Malts are small, pale, and biscuity. Cut the bitterness back a bit and you'd notice some sweetness. Medicinal flavors are a little overwhelming. A bit strange. 3.0

Lighter carbonation with a body that just doesn't quite stand up to medium. 3.5

Okay IPA, was expecting a fruitier flavor. 3.5

Photo of TheStBernard
4.86/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This may be Pittsburgh's best IPA, outside of Hop JuJu. Try it immediately!

Photo of Omnium
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils

A - Cloudy orange with half a finger of soapy white head, small lacing.
S - Tons of orange, caramel malts, a little toast, a little dank pine, sweet mango, pineapple, orange candy.
T - A decent mix of malt and hops, bitter dank pine, sweet caramel malt, fresh orange juice, grapefruit, orange marmalade.
M - Sweet clingy, but not overwhelming.
O - Very good, best IPA that they've brewed yet, I hope this will replace TRIPA, because its three times better that one.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, golden tan with a 1/2 foamy head, sticky lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, lemon, pine, a little sugar aroma. Malt backbone with some bready notes.

Taste - Big bite of grapefruit and lemon with strong caramel malt backbone. Has a sour flavor much like a raisin or green apple. Some bready malts along with some sugars add a little sweet kick. A little alcohol warmth comes out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sour hops really coat the tongue. Palate gets more sour fruits, bready, caramel malts and some added sugars. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and sour.

Overall - Decent beer, has plenty of flavor, but a little bland. Straight up sour hops and some malts, nothing more. Easy to drink for being 8% and enjoyable, just nothing spectacular, though I wasn't expecting a world class dipa here. Worth a drink.

Gus from Full Pint Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.