Rochester Mills Cornerstone IPA - Rochester Mills Beer Co.
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Reviews by LilBeerDoctor:
3.55/5 rDev 0%
Reviewed on 6/21/2010. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy orange brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, sweet bready malt, and floral hops. Flavor of citrus, sweaty hops, caramel malt, and floral hops. A malt-forward IPA vs. a super hopped IPA but it was still a good drinker.
12-23-2010 23:32:53 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.78/5 rDev +6.5%
Gotta love a canned IPA (or any canned beer, for that matter), right? Cornerstone IPA pours somewhere along the lines of a bruised orange peel and/or rustic amber, about halfway along the clear-opaque scale. A bouffant, dingy-white head grows big and fluffy and leaves towering sheets of lacing and plentiful webbing on the glass during its descent.
The aroma's pretty potent... actually much more potent than I was expecting for some reason. Piney, citric hops all the way, with extra helpings of brash pine needles, grapefruit peels, and some ashy, peppery background spice. Malts seem to provide a hefty sweetness without actually contributing much to the aroma itself, aside from maybe a pinch of biscuits.
I'm picking up a mildly soapy aroma far off in the distance (and no, it's not from washing my glass). While undesirable, it's not heavy enough to kill things for me. At least not yet. The pungency on the nose is impressive, my standards are higher now than they were before. Don't know whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, but I guess we'll see.
The first sip isn't nearly as bitter as I thought it'd be, especially after the pine-needle, pungent hop assault from the aroma. A nice, bready malt base is laid out, first and foremost with plenty of sweet undertones to combat the greens. Hops add an intangible juicy and fruity aspect to this one; heavy on the oranges and tangerines with some lighter mentions of citrus.
A more leafy and spicy side of the hop starts working the back of the tongue late in the game, finally hitting with a little bitterness to balance the sweet. Overall, this beer actually has great balance, and drinks more like a pale ale than an actual IPA, aside from the heavier, stickier mouth feel. Carbonation is good and helps the flavors to come alive. The aftertaste is crowded with oranges, some faintly tropical fruits, and a hint of crisp, cracker-y malt.
My expectations were naught for this one and it actually proved to be quite enjoyable. Isn't that usually how things go, though? Not sure how old this beer is, but the hops are vibrant enough in flavor to make me believe that it's relatively fresh. A little more bitterness wouldn't hurt, but the balance is nice and it drinks easier than 7% ABV. Overall, not a bad 16 oz. canned IPA choice.
07-06-2013 18:38:02 | More by tectactoe
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
A_Cloudy amber with a thick,frothy head.Gobby lacing up and down the glass.
S_Hops,floral,and pine. Pretty mellow.
T_Hops,floral,pine.Earthy/grassy hops followed by a soft malt bill.Really balanced not as much bite as most IPAs but definitely not lacking in flavor.
M_Smooth,thick,creamy and full bodied. Really coats the mouth.
D_Exceptionally drinkable IPA.
08-19-2010 15:37:38 | More by nickadams2
4.09/5 rDev +15.2%
This beer pours from the can a clear medium-dark orange. Initially, the yellow-tinted head sits a very creamy two fingers high. Retention is very good, and it takes the entire session to settle, and never to less than half a finger of dense, rocky foam. The lacing forms in rings where the beer settles for any length of time, webbing between the rings.
Plenty of hops in the nose balance with sweeter malts notes. Pine, flower and candied citrus rind meld with toffee and bread for balance and a good complexity. It's good, so I wish it was stronger.
The taste is equally hop-forward and balanced. The malts provide more candi sugar-like sweetness, similar to dried tropical fruits and apricots as it blends with the hops. Citrus, breads, and a touch of jam just in the finish make for a unique profile. Alcohol keeps a muted but consistent presence the whole way through.
The body is medium and the feel as focused on smoothness as much as crispness. A tea-like something sneaks into a nicely lingering finish.
08-12-2013 23:54:04 | More by Brenden
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured from a can into a pint glass, thanks Erik!
Thick and creamy off white head after vigorous pour, fades to a small cap that will stick around for most of the beer. Color is hazy amber with orange hues. Smell is floral hops complimented by some sweet malt and a hint of alcohol. Flavor follows smell, but adds a bit of citrusy hop character. Noticeable dry hop in the finish as well. Mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation, good finish. Very drinkable IPA with great hop characteristics. I would certainly pick this up if I saw it on the shelf.
09-09-2010 20:23:38 | More by nkersten
3.98/5 rDev +12.1%
I live a few blocks from the brewery, and have been drinking this beer weekly for around 10 years. The recipe has changed with each new brewer, but the recent incarnation is certainly their best.
As people before me have said, this beer is all about the hops. Very intense hop bomb bitterness with a big delicious citrusy flavor that makes it incredibly quenching and quaffable. There is not a lot of malt support, but the beer is intentionally designed as a hop showcase. My personal opinion is that it would not be as good if they upped the malt bill.
Easily the Mills best beer, and one of my favorite American IPA's of all time.
12-03-2008 15:24:12 | More by ChuckVee
3.28/5 rDev -7.6%
a - pours a deep copper color with a one-finger ivory head, retention around the edge with minimal lacing, quite hazy
s - very light aroma, caramel and biscuit malt with a subtle piney hop aroma, not much alcohol detected
t - lemon and pine hop notes up front, moderately bitter, significant caramel and biscuit malt, finish is lingering pine, lemon rind, light cola and caramel, light boozy heat
m - medium-bodied, moderate to light carbonation, pretty dry overall, light alcohol warming
d - not harsh on the palate, but not that interesting either, gets a bit boring halfway through the pint
Not too bad of an effort overall, but nothing I'll likely revisit. Worth buying a single if you see it in the store, but don't go out of your way for it.
09-02-2010 00:26:22 | More by WeisGuy
2.99/5 rDev -15.8%
Poured this undated 16 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. The body was a hazy copper/gold. with a creamy yellowy head. Sediment settled.
The smell was flowery. Slight malty syrup. Bread and apples.
The taste was muted. Gentle bitterness and slight fruitiness. Could be old??
The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied with a slickness. Lightly carbonated.
07-22-2014 18:54:43 | More by Cresant
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
A- hazy orange with about 1.5 inch off white head. Rings of clingy lacing
S- fresh hops prevail grassy, citricy, grapefruit
T- hop forward with very nice balanced finish. I'd classify this as AIPA. Finish leaves some malty sweetness lingering and drawing me toward another sip.
M- feel is fuller and creamier than expected.
I- a nice pleasant surprise as this beer exceeded my expectations in nearly every aspect. I will definitely look for this one again.
07-26-2013 13:36:14 | More by Donnelj
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