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First Frontier IPA - To Øl

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First Frontier IPAFirst Frontier IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

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 Bloodbuzz99
2.46/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Bloodbuzz99, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of bark
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pale yellow head is very high, firm and compact. The liquid is almost clear (the beer is bottle conditioned), the colour is pale amber. Lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy, fat and bitter with some grapefruits, but also some stale-earthy notes and a hint of sour milk.

The taste is bitter-sweet with some hoppy-citric flavours. The bitterness is quite light for an American IPA. Some earthy flavours that make me think of tree sap, almonds and ripe flowers. The aftertaste is hoppy with hints of sap, a stale sweetness and a bitterness that borders to sour. Almonds in the finish.

The carbonation is light, the bubbles soft and small. The liquid is thick and sticky.

bark, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of timmy2b
3/5  rDev -20.4%

timmy2b, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of hellhammermario
3/5  rDev -20.4%

hellhammermario, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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.

GONZALOYANNA, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Houser
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Houser, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of stearns16
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

stearns16, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

aztraz, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DrBier, Friday at 08:37 PM
Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

windypete, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

BeerHunter76, May 23, 2012
Photo of clifcox
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

clifcox, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, May 01, 2013
Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

cbnz, Today at 11:04 AM
Photo of SoPeL
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

SoPeL, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

durlta, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

deapokid, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of GarthT
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

GarthT, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of MarkJBurch
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

MarkJBurch, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 20, 2012
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First Frontier IPA from To Øl
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.