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First Frontier IPA - To Øl

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First Frontier IPAFirst Frontier IPA

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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

spycow, May 01, 2013
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, May 20, 2012
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 GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

zeff80, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

biboergosum, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 18, 2012
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
Photo of dbrauneis
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DrBier, Sep 19, 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 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 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.

Evil_Pidde, May 14, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bsuedekum, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
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?

Cyberkedi, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

deapokid, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
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.

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.

AgentMunky, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
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.

StJamesGate, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
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.

ngeunit1, May 17, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jenray, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

aztraz, Aug 07, 2012
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First Frontier IPA from To Øl
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.