First Frontier IPA - To Øl
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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by patpbr:
4.04/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-13-2013 21:39:34 | More by patpbr
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a thick white head that fades to a good amount of lacing.
Smells like flowers, pine, and grapefruit citrus. Sweet caramel malt kind of lurks in the background. Couldn't really ask for a lot more.
Tastes of super resinous pine, very floral, sharp citrus and a pretty dominant metallic bitter flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Long lasting bitter aftertaste.
Overall is an excellent beer. I went and bought another the next day.
07-24-2011 22:12:53 | More by daveytheformer
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
08-02-2014 03:57:46 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
01-09-2012 00:27:37 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
09-11-2012 07:02:19 | More by CrazyDavros
3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
04-24-2012 20:12:02 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-11-2012 15:13:26 | More by metter98
3.13/5 rDev -17%
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.
01-06-2014 11:40:19 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
10-26-2011 20:50:52 | More by stearns16
4.4/5 rDev +16.7%
The beer is very clouded, orange, a pale yellow head, good lacing and some curtains.
The smell is citric and floral, as should be! Grapefruit, pine resin, hay and flowers. Some toffee notes.
A rather small initial sweetness, caramel, brown bread, soft citric aromas, grapefruit, bitter oranges, some flowers.
Medium carbonation, a good body, soft and oily, a dry finish.
A clean, nice, flowery IPA with a good balance.
04-16-2011 19:42:43 | More by rarbring
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
10-08-2012 21:56:04 | More by dbrauneis
3.56/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
02-17-2014 23:42:33 | More by GarthDanielson
First Frontier IPA from To Øl
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