First Frontier IPA - To Øl

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First Frontier IPAFirst Frontier IPA

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very good

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 03-08-2011

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, oats, hops (Warrior, Simcoe, Centennial), yeast.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.
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Photo of kitch
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle dated best before 1st October 2016 and poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly hazy golden orange with a huge cream head that dissipated slowly leaving lots of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Piney hops with some pineapple and citrus grapefruit. Light caramel malts to finish.

Taste: Flavours follows the nose with citrus grapefruit and caramel dominating followed by a piney hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: This IPA is worth a try. While not at the top of its style, it is still very refreshing on a hot summer day. (600 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 11.3 oz bottle in a snifter. This AIPA pours a lightly cloudy light orange color with a fantastic head of off white foam that dissipates to a thick layer and ring with AWESOME lacing. Nose of light caramel, moderate citrus notes of pineapple, green apple, and earthy piney hops. Flavors follow the nose with light citrus and caramel notes to the front that fade into a sticky, piney, bitter hop profile that is well rounded by the malts. Moderate carbonation sears in the hops while maintaining a smooth and lightly sticky mouth feel with a bitter pine hop aftertaste. Nice

Cheers (603 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, some old-seeming and pandering western expansion photo imagery on the label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, stocky, and shiny ecru head, which leaves some layered streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of bitter orange cream, pine needles and petrichor, biscuity pale malt, restrained caramel, faint tropical fruit - maybe a touch of pineapple and kiwi - and further leafy, musty, and perfumed floral hops. The taste is gritty pale malt, chalky caramel, muddled forest greenery - the pine fused with leaves, twigs, and musty undergrowth - sharp citrus notes, both domestic grocery aisle and more far-flung in origin, a bit of white pepper, and a perfumed floral essence that does well to stay even and noninvasive.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, barely kicking up a fuss for anything beyond the initial outburst (head - amirite?), the body a decent medium weight, and more smooth than I might have been expecting, given this particular hop-bill, but a wee bit clammy too. It finishes off-dry, just a smidge, as the now biscuity malt flails about, in the face of some seriously lingering, world-spanning hop bitterness.

Good stuff, the hops are large and in charge, even as the malt does well to play the supportive secondary role, for the most part. Any effect from the 7.1% ABV is generally sublimated into the floral character, as noted, and is a real bonus as such. I can take or leave the marketing angle here - the beer speaks well enough for itself. (1,552 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, sediment filled, copper-gold coloring with a tall, frothy, dense, chunky, off-white head that clings all over the glass. Aromas of tropical fruit forward, rich and sweet, with some subtle cedar notes. Very fruity. Flavors are a roast and sweet balance forward, almost like a tropical fruit jam spread on toast. Butterscotch in the backbone, with some pepper spice and grassy highlights. Very light bodied, with an almost astringent finish. The aftertaste is tartly sweet, with a more citrus based lean in the fruit characteristics. Interesting brew. (610 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Shaker glass. Enjoyed @ Freiburg (Barcelona). Brass color, chill haze appearance. Off-white froth creates a creamy crown that leaves a rocky top & a wide ring on sides while dissipated. Aromas of gentle citrics & resins. Malty upfront, subtle funky & spicy touch. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Hints of chocolate in the middle rounded by citric notes & orange juice touch provides an astringent sensation. Sweet/bitter finish. Pineapple & resins arise on the aftertaste. ABV well masked is just shown as a kind heat into the finish. (547 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet caramel and bready malts, piney, grapefruit, citrus, and grassy hops.

T - Sweet caramel and bready malts, piney, grassy, grapefruit, citrus hops, some resiny bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter, dry, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Good IPA. Nice balance. (382 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured orange in color with almost 3 finger foamy aggressive head.
S - Citrus and grapefruit, floral
T - Slightly bitter with grapefruit, citrus and pine. Caramel malts.
M - Medium body and a dry finish.
O - True to style but not over the top in any ways. On the expensive side. (284 characters)

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow, I love big ipas but this has no balance. all bitter and no taste. Palate buster. If you like lagunitas beers, you will like this. Oily and resiny, what i envision drinking Pledge to be like. Will not be back again, should have stuck with Burton Baton and Hopslam. (268 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy ornage colour, 1.5 fingers of rocky white head, good amount of lace here as well. The nose up front is all concentrated citrus, orange and grapefruit, piney hops are also present, also a fairly big sweet malt note is there as well. Taste has lots of pine and citrus hops, dry hoppy bitterness throughout, a bit of malt leaves a slight sweetness, finishes with more hop flavours. Light-medium carb, medium body, quite oily. Pretty good IPA, especially if you like them with more hop bitterness than hop flavour, quite drinkable. (532 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a treat this was to find on tap down at j. ryans in syracuse. listed as a mikkeller collaboration, this powerfully bitter ipa pours creamy hazy looking sunset to burnt orange in color, brightly glowing golden undertones, and two inches of fizzy white topping that last the whole pint. the nose is similar to say i beat you, invasion ipa, or green gold from mikkeller, and very similar to the final frontier from these guys. its like their interpretation of the american style has to have this nose. big and bitter as hell, resinious but not sweet like some of the west coast bombs. theres more yeast character than the american made ones i think, not quite belgian, but bright and spicy, hinting at a rye malt base. the only sweetness in nose or taste is a light floral honey essence that appears for just a brief moment in the finish. the flavor is bitter throughout, but like a rolling crescendo that climaxes in the finish, where a fat fistfull of IBUs dominate the palate. love the yeast and hops teamwork in this beer. the mouthfeel is nice too, brightly carbonated and aggressively bitter, which leaves the mouth clean and dry shortly after each sip. the body is right on medium, and the alcohol is not detectable at all. i could make an all night session of this, very complex hop bill, and overall a beer that really comes together well. i liked this nearly as much as the final frontier. (1,401 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a very cloudy burnished orange colour, with an immensely frothy head of yellowish beige. The head collapses relatively quickly, leaving a scattershot decay of bubbly lace. Body is solid, although the carbonation rushes through it very quickly. The cloudiness is a little excessive, as, it seems, is the carbonation, but we'll see how it goes...

Nose is solid and fruit-forward, with big, although not particularly sharp, citrus and tropical notes. Some guava and pawpaw come through but the basis is in rubbed peely grapefruit and lemons. Some mild caramel sweetness underneath skews off the citric sharpness to add a mild menthol aroma. When you inhale long and hard, there's a piney or dark green vegetation character to it as well. It's strong and solid, all up.

Taste is a little thin: surprising, given the body and the ABV. Hops lead the way, with a resiny, slightly peppery and really quite bitter flavour right from the start through to the back. I don't mind bitterness, especially of course in an IPA, but there's very little sweetness or malt to balance it. The only suggestion is on the very back, where a faint toffee character lingers, trying to pretend it was there the whole time. Ultimately, it ends up bitter for no reason.

Overall, this is a slightly sub-par IPA for me. The aroma is good, and gives fair warning of the amount of hops in the beer, but overall it just doesn't make the grade in many areas. (1,488 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color with some amber hues and has lots of particles visible floating in suspension along with a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that hardly died down and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a moderate to high amount of bitterness along with hints of caramel malts. The grapefruit flavors and bitterness linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some hints of crispness and dryness. A moderate amount of carbonation is present.
O: This is a very hop-forward IPA that masks its alcohol very well. (726 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark golden orange in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized very thick patch in the center of the beer with a thick (3/4 finger tall) layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops and a light to moderate amount of pineapple/tropical hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt flavors with just a hint of sweetness. Significant flavors of grapefruit/citrus hops with just a hint of pineapple/tropical hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer with a wonderful hop profile (both smell and taste) - I could easily have a couple of these though it fails the sessionability test for me. I would definitely get this one again. (1,043 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Stamped 792112.

A: ALmost three fingers of fluffy head. Good retention, sticky lace. Opaque, flat, yellow brown.

S: Chives. Which is not necessarily what I wanted to smell, but there is also some nice citrus fruit, piny topnoes, and malty base.

T: Mmm. The foretaste is astringently hoppy (presumably from the Warrior?) before a slender malt presence manages to make itself noticed. The remainder of the maintaste is a stereotypical (and tasty!) American IPA. The Simcoe from the smell is more citrusy orange in flavour, especially on the lingering aftertaste, which is herbally (almost medicinally) bitter and mandarin oranges.

M: No complaints here.

O: A classic IPA. If you like the style -- and I certainly do -- you're certain to appreciate this beer. Drinkable, if a little heavy on the pine/citrus hop thing. Recommended.

Notes
Tagline: "We all got pieces of crazy in us, some bigger pieces than other."
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, flaked oats, hops (Warrior, Simcoe, Centennial) and yeast
ABV: 7.1%

Brewer's description: The thing about First Frontier is the hops. Easy… This is an IPA "the American way", no sticky-sweet malt profile, just the real deal potent and aromatic hops. The result is a refreshingly dry, fresh and bitter IPA, heavily dryhopped with the three American hop varieties Warrior, Simcoe ,and Centennial, dealing a punch of citrus, peach, and grapefruit from the deepest of our hearts directly to ya face. Just added a bit of caramel malt; merely to harness and balance the alcohol.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium. (1,633 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows resinous hops, grapefruit, overt caramel and sweet crystal malt.
Very hoppy flavours, more resinous notes but mainly in regards to the bold, almost aggressive piny bitterness. Loads of sweet malt underneath to balance things out.
Body seems a bit too thick and syrupy. (317 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy dark amber with a fairly thick golden-buff head. Strong, hoppy aroma has firm yeasty and sour fruity notes, the latter mainly apple with some orange. Flavor is quite hoppy and bitter, and has notes of citrus, yeast and fresh-cut wood. This is a rough and rugged IPA! Lively texture has good body and lots of fizz. Can you handle this one? (378 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops is interesting. Taste is a mix between some citrus and pine hoppy notes with some lightly unrefined cereal notes. Body is quite full with good bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Overall, I though this was OK thought the balance between the cereal and the hops is a bit off. (416 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky pale amber with piles of deeply crevassed beige head and lots of trails. Dank herbal cannabis nose - deep and lovely.
Some mango and bread kicked to the curb by tangerine, sticky resin and pine sap.
Orange sorbet ending and scraping bitter linger. Medium, super chewy, creamy and oily.

Wow - can't remember last time I got a hop dose like this from something outside the US. Simcoe always brings some funk, Warrior heavy bitterness and Centennial the citrus. The student beats the master! (Little Mikkeller in-joke there.)

Superior IPA. (546 characters)

Photo of shanblur
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on a recent trip to St. Louis. 13 printed on bottle cap. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. A - Hazy orange with some brown highlights. Thick foam from the pour leaves patchy lacing. S - Citrus and piney hops mix with some sweet malt. An earthy presence. T - Piney hops predominate over citrus with a hint of sweet malts. Nicely balanced. High level carbonation. A good IPA (386 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average IPA, an expensive one, perhaps more so than it was worth. 1.5X an IPA in bitterness, and that was still well malted. Tasty citrus flavour, refreshing, and good drinkability. Enormous head in my Sam Adams glass. Not outstanding but worth a try. (260 characters)

Photo of Luchman
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold/orange color with a thick and fomay white head.

S: Sugary sweet lemons, grapefruit, and pine with a grassy/earthy tone.

T: Sweet citruses and pine with a nice bitter bite. Little caramel malt, but its there to balance, as well as some earthy notes and hay.

M: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Ends slightly dry with a crisp bitter bite.

O: I like it. I definitely came into it thinking it would have more of Belgian character to it, but it turned out to be a very nice IPA fit for the American style that is very drinkable. (567 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours semi-hazed light golden color into my tulip glass, fluffy two finger head that leaves really nice lacing for an IPA.
S. At first I get a bit of the caramel malt peeking through that gets covered up by a nice pine resin scent mixed with a heaping dose of floral hopping tones.
T. It certainly comes across as an American IPA feel. Juicy pine and grapefruit peel mixes with a caramel malt that finishes mostly dry with an extended citric / herbal Simcoe finish. Actually, I was hoping for something a little less by-the-books since it is a European idea of what an American IPA is, but they nailed it so well that it comes across as standard. So than the question becomes: Why bother with the extra cost of an imported beer if I can drink this domestically? I suppose if a person was in Europe, it would be worth trying this brew to experience what one of the better American IPAs taste like, so I won't mark it down on reviewing for that.
M. Crisp, light, refreshingly carbonated. Nothing wrong here. (1,030 characters)

Photo of mrand01
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Cap reads "24/09/13"

A: Pours with about an inch of tight off-white head. Amber/caramel/orange in color, and very opaque. Lots of residual lacing.

S: Citrus hops, caramel malt...that's about it.

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, some pine, caramel. Nice crisp taste.

M: Crisp, light to medium bodied, prickly carb.

O: A solid example of an American IPA from overseas. I'm impressed...it seems most breweries overseas don't live up to the IPAs we make here in the states, but this one can hang just fine. (546 characters)

Photo of stearns16
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A foreign IPA with an American twist to it.

Right off the pour my entire Stone pint glass filled with a massive white head - it went down quickly but left traces all over the top of the glass.

Has grapefruit/flowery scent but more of a malty taste at first sip. After taste is dry and very bitter.

Overall, a decent IPA - wish it had been a little fresher. (359 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a three-finger, foamy, white head. It was fairly long lasting and left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - Big grapefruit aroma up front with some other citrus fruits, too.

T - It had a strong grapefruit flavor with some sweet tropical fruit flavors. It had a nice caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty beer, however, it is really pricey at $8.99 for a 12oz bottle. (500 characters)

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First Frontier IPA from To Øl
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