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Flagstaff IPA - Lumberyard Brewing Company

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Flagstaff IPAFlagstaff IPA

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very good

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 27.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lumberyard Brewing Company visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Phelps on 12-06-2010

90 IBU
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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 147
Photo of bigbelcher
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A really great tasting IPA out of a can on a hot early summer afternoon. Since I drank it out of the can I really can't tell much about the appearence but the aroma and flavor were fantastic. Aroma of light citrus hops. Flavor nicely balanced with hops and bitternes. Thank you sir, may I have another, and another?

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Photo of ioconnor
4.91/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer reminds me of flagstaff. It is cool, refreshing, wit some bold, but smooth citrus/melon tasting hops. The best way to drink this beer is on draft. Golden amber color, slight caramel flavor. Slight, frothy head. It has a skunky, danka smell too that reminds me of Flagstaff. Cheers.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can to pint shaker

Pours crystal clear light reddish gold, small finger of off white head. Style appropriate film of bubbles after that lays over. Some sticky lacing all the way down

Aroma is big on hop notes of pine, grapefruit with some hints of caramel and bread.

Flavor also initially blushes grapefruit and pine, nice sweetness in the middle that hints of warm danish, orange and pineapple, and finishes with the bitterness you'd expect of 90 IBU

Mouthfeel is light for the style and refreshing

Well medaled big brother to last year's GABF Pale Ale Gold, Knotty Pine PA, I often struggle which to grab. More often, I grab the IPA. Gorgeous appearance and while the hop profile of pine and citrus isn't exactly ground breaking, it is artfully done. As far as Arizona beer in general (Valley) distribution goes, definitely in my top 5, and an argument could be made for #1

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Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came to me in a trade with sKafifer and he has the eternal thanks of The CANQuest (TM) for his CANtribution to the madness.

From the CAN: "It's all about altitude!"; "Pack it in, pack it out!" It does not, however, mention it as "Flagstaff IPA", but simply as "IPA". So be it!

The Crack released a cloud of grapefruit esters and my hands began to shake in anticipation. The Glug was marvelous and resulted in two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was, well, grapefruit! I love a good smelling AIPA and this was like air freshener for my kitchen. Seriously, I need to open some doors and windows around here. That or run some of the bodies out of my basement and down to the Susquehanna River ... But I digress. Mouthfeel was full, very hoppy on the tongue with an unexpected pepperiness. Have I mentioned my hops addiction? It used to be all-CANsuming, but now I am on a maintenance program and a beer like this really scratches the itch. Finish was bone-dry. If you are on a hunt for malt, don't bother here, but if hops trip your trigger, you will be in business.

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Photo of AzrialLoSt
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a pint on draft at the Raven Cafe in Prescott AZ for $3.50 during happy hour.

Appearance: A very clear, nice bright golden color with a good two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves great spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bright piney hop that is not too over powering but also not wimpy. Hints of citrus and a honey like sweetness are present as well.

Taste: Again, Bright hoppy flavor that doesn't kick you in the teeth like some IPA's. It follows the nose well with hints of the orange peel like citrus and bitter that leaves its mark on the back of the tongue without destroying the pallet. A tad grassy.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation helps the slow warming in the throat from the 6.1% ABV and the bitterness is right on spot for the smooth texture of the body.

Drinkability: With the smooth body and pleasant amount of bitter this is a great session beer even at the slightly higher ABV. Highly recommended for those who are not the biggest hop heads.

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Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark golden leaning towards amber.. 1.5 finger head.. leaves nice lacing.

s: big citrus notes, pine, danky ganja, sugar coated pink grapefruit.. sweet floral hops to round it out.. some bready notes..

t: prickly hop bitterness upfront.. resiny pine needles, big grapefruit bitterness, strong citrus peel..floral hops as well! finish has some bready notes to even it out.. but this is pretty much a hop bomb!

mf: prickly carbonation with a medium body.. maybe just a tad bit too carbonated for my liking. but still has a nice creamy body.

o: nice hop bomb.. hop heads won't be disappointed.

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Photo of RobM77
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at their brew pub in Flagstaff, a day after I had two pints of it at the Arizona Biltmore, also on tap. Very good, a solid IPA.

The hop taste in this one to me was mostly grapefruit and pine, more on the grapefruit side. The aroma and taste compared well to each other. Rings of lacing all the way down the pint glass as it disappeared.

90IBU beer, and it tasted like it. Rather crisp and enjoyable.

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Photo of Phelps
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made with a blend of English and American hops, this beer won bronze medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup in 2010. This one was enjoyed on tap at Robbie Fox's Public House, poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a perfectly clear light copper with a one-finger head of very long-lasting foam the color of white chocolate that never seems to really leave. Nice horizontal layers of lace decorate the glass as I go.

Smells bright. There's absolutely tons of bright pine, dank weed, lemon, lime and orange peel. In the background there's a lot of biscuits, some honey and oodles of citrus. Absolutely fantastic; I want to bury my face in it.

The flavor follows the aroma well, which is great. The bitterness is enhanced, transporting flavors of orange peel to my tongue. Mint and even a tiny bit of basil make appearances. It's grassy, dank, fresh, and exceptional.

Medium, peppery carbonation mildly assaults tongue before hefty bitterness takes over upon the swallow. Creamy body, nice and smooth.

An unexpected treat. Lumberyard seems like a fairly new brewery, but it looks like they're poised to make quite a stir. Along with the awards this IPA's won, the Imperial Red took gold at the 2010 GABF. I don't agree with most of the decisions beer judges make, but I agree with this one.

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Photo of Auraan
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice clear amber, with thin white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a bit of lacing. Quite nice on the eyes. Scents of grapefruit and pine. A nice IPA scent. Flavor is very pine forward, very much a big hit of pine resin. Grapefruit pith is the secondary flavor, with a bit of a tiny floral hint in the finish. The bitterness level is quite high, befitting the beer's 90 IBUs. There is a tiny hint of malt present, but overall it's pine, a hint of grapefruit and a tiny amount of floral hops. A nice piney hop bomb. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. About what is standard for the style. Overall this is a good IPA, with a nice pine forward character and a nice high level of bitterness. Well worth trying.

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Photo of nickfl
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger if white foam on a clear, golden-amber body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves excellent lace.

S - hoppy notes of tropical fruit with mango and orange dominating.

T - bready malt with orange and pine hops up front. Some peppery mango in the middle and light toffee balanced by moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - a better than average ipa, the aroma is beyer than the flavor, but it is drinkable and well made.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big off white head slowly settles to a quarter to half inch froth covering a clear light caramel golden colored beer.

Citrus and pine hops aroma come through nicely.

Slight bitter hops coming through in citrusy and light pine hops tasting beer.

A dry slightly bitter dry aftertaste with a bit of the piney and citrus aspects of the taste stinking around with this medium bodied beer.

Pretty good tasting IPA for a six pack cans, usually better IPA's come in bombers or stuff like that.

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Photo of azdback
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Bright, clear orange color with a lot of carbonation bubbles. They all rise to the top to create a soapy looking head from the side of the glass but from on top it appears very frothy. It is about two fingers and bright white in color. Lace is looking pretty sticky at first and in the end stays in great looking spots and rings.

The smell is of very fresh leafy, green hop cones. Believe it or not, it's kinda reminiscent of Abrasive (we'll see). Bright citrus and hop oils fill the nose also. As it warms I am getting a bit of sweet malt. Great!!

The taste on this one is pretty bitter. Pink grapefruit with orange pixie stick? A bit sweet on the lips. Not a whole lot more that that.

The mouth is bright, just like the rest of the beer. It is very refreshing but not watery and empty like that description suggests. As I slow down on this one it mellows a bit. Still a bit dry/chalky in the end.

I have enjoyed this for many months on tap at my work but never have I been sober enough to review it. Now that Lumberyard has bottled this I have the chance to indulge all I want at home. So I'm gonna review the first one I crack. I do think it is a little bit better on tap, but overall I highly recommend this to anyone passing through Arizona.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at 1702; February 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a clear, copper-gold color that is topped by a pale, wispy head. The nose is nice and hoppy with notes of lychee, ripe tangelo zest, concentrated bright peach, a backbone of pine and herbal notes. There is a touch of cracker like pale grain character if you really dig around in the nose.

The beer has a clean bitterness to it up front, but ti gets a bit herbal and green as it rolls across the tongue. My second sip has me noticing a bright, amply fruity note that contributes flavors of peach, lychee and a huge tropical fruit note. This beer is quite nicely hoppy and satisfying. This is a bit low on the bitterness scale for an IPA, or said more correctly, it could be much more bitter considering it is an IPA. It is nicely quaffable with a light-medium body, with just enough heft to carry the hop fruitiness. The malt is purely a supporting character here with a touch of biscuit like grain, a touch more cracker character and just enough sweetness to keep things moving.

This is a nicely impressive beer that I wasn't expecting to be so tasty and enjoyable. I really like the bright fruit character that is backed by the clean malt character; in fact I especially appreciate that the malt character is so clean and restrained (especially on the crystal malt side of things).

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can flown back from Phoenix in my suitcase. If there's a date, I don't see it. Served in a snifter.

Pours clear golden with a slight bronze hue, moderate head, medium carbonation. Head fades to small at a medium pace, and then stalls there. Smell is nice, piney and juicy, fresh and bright.

Taste is light on the juicy brightness, and strong on the piney bitterness. Nice refreshing beer on a hot day, interesting and good. Definitely better than a lot of IPAs.

Mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Overall, surprisingly solid beer. I haven't been that impressed with most AZ beers.

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Photo of Prager62
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had it on tap at the brewery and decided to buy a bomber to go for a review. No apparent bottle date, abv. listed on the bottle is 6.1%.

Look- Pours a clear deep amber color with a very generous amount of creamy white foam.

Smell- Pine, grapefruit, floral esters, and malt.

Taste- Pine, bitter grapefruit and caramel malt in the finish. There is a floral quality that takes over as you work through the bottle.

Feel- Oily and quite thick with a bitter dry finish.

Overall- A quality IPA with a good balance of hop bite and malt sweetness. I'll definitely seek this out next time I'm in Arizona.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: A Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Price: Est. $5.99
Purchased: May 16, 2013
Consumed: May 28, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a copper orange murky color with 2-3 fingers of khaki white head. Thick, white, foamy, layered lacing on the sides. Very good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a pleasant mix of citrus hops and floral hops. Citrus was grapefruit, lemon, pine and tangerine. Sweet sugary floral notes. Some sweet caramel malts as well.

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the smell, but still pretty decent. Floral hops really come through. Citrus is orange, tangerine, orange rind and some grapefruit. A little bit thick and grainy.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Slightly bitter, but long finish. A bit heavy.

This beer was much better than I anticipated. I would definitely have it again and probably seek it out.

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in early October for $4.49. Been sitting in the big beer fridge since.

Beer poured a clear amber-orange with a smallish white head.

Nose is a nice dose of citrus hops.

Taste is hop forward, grapefruit rind dominates with some hints of mango. Malts are lightly present, there to keep those hops in check.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth on the palate.

Overall this is a nice ipa, truly representative of the style. I will not be shy to turn this one down when available!

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed fully to my phone at Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park, CO.

A- Can pours with a golden body that has a fairly hazy appearance. A white cap rises to one finger with pretty good retention. A frothy ring and island remain atop the brew and lace begins with sheets and ends with drizzled spots.

S- Stone fruits and lemon oil citrus hops jump out of the glass in a strong hoppy aroma. Notes of mango, tangerine, lemon zest, grapefruit and pine. Beneath this is slight cracked grains and bread hints.

T- A slight shift occurs compared to the aroma but the stone fruit forward hop theme remains the emphasis. A slight sweetness gives the mango, melon, tangerine and apricot notes a pulpy feel. Pine strengthens with citrus zest bitterness and floral notes as well. Yeast remains mostly clean and slight cracked grain hints poke through.

MF- The body is pretty much on the light side maybe a shade towards medium. Overall texture is frothy and creamy but not quite chewy. Finishes lightly bitter.

Fairly impressed by this after having a few rather below average brews by them. The hops are bright and flavorful with a nice stone fruit and melon flavor as the highlight.

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Photo of Gatch
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Lumberyard Brewing in Flagstaff, AZ

A: Clear, clean, copper-yellow with a pillowy, white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Good balance of malt and American hops.

T: Piney, dry, American hops. Great flavor. Malt in the backbone to balance it out.

M: Good carbonation. Good hop flavors.

O: Solid IPA. Awesome brewpub in Flagstaff.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Phelps in the Tickers BIF for this one.

A: Light straw yellow color with a medium haziness. One and a half finger rocky white head with awesome retention and lacing.

S: Big citrus hops. Pineapple mainly, with some grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and orange. Very nice caramel malt backbone coming through.

T: Caramel upfront. Then citrus hop flavors, same as in the nose. There is no bitterness from the hops at all, but awesome flavors. Then the malts come back big. I want some bitterness in my IPA's.

M: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess. Slight dryness.

O: This started out with so much promise. Awesome aroma but failed in hoppiness. Still tasted good but no bitterness. A little thin.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not only was Flagstaff IPA consumed with dinner, but doubled as a drink while I did my second homebrew! With 22 ounces, there was plenty to drink. On to the beer:

Not only is the head thick, but it holds much of its thickness well. Lots of lace ciricles around while below, a pale orange brew with copper hues and a clean body rest. Its aroma brings notes of pine, vague citrus fruit, light tangerine, and modest caramel base, though in terms of hop intensity, it's mild. Same in the taste as well. It comes across more of a "mild" IPA in terms of hop presence. Highlighting the taste are tree sap, some resin, burnt sugar, and a modest citrus note. Despite the mild hop presence, the beer did seem to have an oily texture while being medium bodied. Mild IPA or not, I still found pleasure drinking the bomber.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, hops. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, not a lot of balance, some fruits are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall if you like bold hoppy beers, you will like this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark amber in the Duvel tulip. Plenty of foam with a spritzy mothfeel. Nice aromas of resiny hops. Mellow and fruity flavors with some sweetness to start.

Fruity flavors and plenty of hops. Starts out with some distinct bitterness, and there is more in the afteraste, but it's all quite drinkable. A clean hop flavor that covers the aromatic bases with some piney woods and a touch of flowers. Warm with a reasonable amount of malt.

A pleasant and quaffable IPA that doesn't reach for the extremes, while being a big hoppy drink. From the 22 oz bottle bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

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Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pour is a clear orange with a huge, rocky off white head and massive lacing.

S-Moderate citrus with a lot of rich caramel malt. Not my favorite IPA aroma.

T-Good blend of grapefruit hops and caramel and bready malt. Pleasant.

M-Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, lingering bitterness is nice.

O-A very solid IPA.


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Photo of bitterbeerguy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An extra from a trade a month back- thanks for the brew, Paul.

Pours a nice orange color with subtle hints of red. White bubbles very present, even though it is a month old. I was impressed how the bubbles showed up out of nowhere.

Aroma is a little disappointing- I was expecting a more powerful smell. Traditional IPA smells with just a hint of caramel. I have to admit, that there is a slight sour smell- my guess is this beer simply sat in the fridge a little too long.

Taste is heavy in the lemon flavors- almost no grapefruit. I am surprised how much nut character I can pick up for being an IPA. Hints of alcohol in the background. A little thin compared to the typical IPA, but not too bad.

Not my favorite IPA of the season, but I am guessing fresh from a bottle is much nicer.


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Flagstaff IPA from Lumberyard Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.