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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

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:17:25 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 14:52:13 | More by peensteen
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

12-27-2012 15:48:28 | More by deapokid
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2012 17:17:06 | More by StonedTrippin
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sneaks2210

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-21-2012 03:00:04 | More by sneaks2210
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 06:02:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
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metter98

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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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-01-2012 00:36:59 | More by fionn13
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AgentMunky

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 01:29:37 | More by AgentMunky
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-18-2012 01:49:08 | More by MisledTitan
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 07:02:19 | More by CrazyDavros
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-07-2012 16:09:18 | More by aztraz
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-23-2012 07:06:49 | More by bsuedekum
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-15-2012 03:35:07 | More by GRG1313
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-23-2012 01:21:41 | More by BeerHunter76
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-20-2012 20:54:28 | More by Texasfan549
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 20:12:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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ColSanders123

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-18-2012 05:05:32 | More by ColSanders123
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StJamesGate

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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clifcox

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-14-2012 23:12:47 | More by clifcox
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-12-2012 21:42:26 | More by DSlim71
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shanblur

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 20:06:46 | More by shanblur
First Frontier IPA from To Øl
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.