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First Frontier IPA - To Øl

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First Frontier IPAFirst Frontier IPA

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, oats, hops (Warrior, Simcoe, Centennial), yeast.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

(Beer added by: bark on 03-08-2011)
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Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours hazy amber with a white creamy thick head, that slowly sinks into nice lacings.

S: Caramell malt with some sweetness to it, is overpowered by the floral and bitter hops, that holds pine, pineapple, grapefruit - very American in style!

T: At first sweet caramell malt but then the bitter hops kicks in followed by the floral - lots of piney and citric notes; pineapple and grapefruit mainly.

M: Body is medium and dry, carboantion is mild. Aftertaste lingers for some time and holds bitter dryness.

O: This is a great example of an American IPA - very nice balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 18:13:21 | More by Evil_Pidde
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-14-2013 06:12:35 | More by EastBay_Nick
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4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 19:42:43 | More by rarbring
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-01-2012 00:36:59 | More by fionn13
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

12-07-2013 19:21:43 | More by jooj8
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-11-2014 17:47:29 | More by Florya
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-18-2012 01:49:08 | More by MisledTitan
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-11-2013 14:21:29 | More by pkenkman
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:15:03 | More by mrand01
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:16:05 | More by Luchman
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 22:12:53 | More by daveytheformer
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 22:27:19 | More by StJamesGate
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 21:56:04 | More by dbrauneis
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:29:37 | More by AgentMunky
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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 15:39:16 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 21:39:34 | More by patpbr
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-30-2013 15:43:49 | More by innominat
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-27-2014 22:45:52 | More by Vanz
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-01-2014 15:14:34 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-01-2012 04:13:47 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 15:13:26 | More by metter98
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-19-2013 20:25:35 | More by RedneckBeerz
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-12-2012 21:42:26 | More by DSlim71
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 20:35:58 | More by WastingFreetime
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 07:11:08 | More by ngeunit1
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First Frontier IPA from To Øl
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.