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Half Cycle IPA - Flat 12 Bierwerks

Half Cycle IPAHalf Cycle IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

236 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.57%


Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AaronHomoya on 12-30-2010)
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jdhops

Tennessee

3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from The Filling Station East Nashville poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper, with a creamy off-white head. Pretty lacing.

S: Bits of citrus and pine, but nothing strong.

T: Hop forward and piney. The hop bite is short. Smooth finish that becomes dry but not bitter.

M: Medium feel. Carbonated just right.

O: A solid IPA that hints at more. More hop forward than expected, but those hops quickly give way to a smooth dryness. Very sessionable. Could pass for a DIPA for just a second, but then reveals itself as a just-fine IPA.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2013 04:46:41 | More by jdhops
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cnally

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been stopping by this place more and more, and this is one of the reasons why.

The body of the beer is a greatly vibrant orange color, and even coming from the growler it has a fluffy, sticky white head.

The aroma certainly attracts the piney hop one--aggressive from what I am guessing would be Magnum/Nugget families of hops. Low malt profile on this, barely a sniff of the base malt or any specialty.

The flavor more or less explains why they can get a beer up to 104 IBU while still selling it for $8 a growler. There is little backing malt profile, not to say that is a bad thing, but such a small part of the flavor comes from the lightly toasted base grain. This comes off like a hop juice, aggressive but not attacking--enough to make your tongue shrivel a little bit. In spite of the massive hop quality, it is drinkable due to the small semblance of a malt backbone.

The frothy, awesomely carbonated mouthfeel counteract the dryness from the hops. Feels a lot lighter than other hop laden IPAs.

You can tell they did their homework on this beer. It has so much hop profile it comes dangerously close to being overhopped. However, there is enough of a malt addition to make it pretty drinkable.

Serving type: growler

11-20-2011 00:01:28 | More by cnally
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ethan for sharing this one.

A - Golden colored beer with a bit of a white head that left some slight lace on the sides.

S - This beer smells a lot like pot. Pot with some pine in it. Not bad, but a little strange.

T - Lots of pine, some dank weed, nice bitterness. It's very different, decently good.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, if you're doing a run of IPAs this one actually breaks it up a little bit. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: growler

09-04-2011 04:54:06 | More by AgentZero
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mcallister

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid copper color with a three finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing around my tulip.

Amazing aromas burst from this. Dank, resiny, pine driven hops that lead into some tropical and citrus notes. A light biscuity, bready malt lies underneath with only a hint of toffee.

Considering the IBU to ABV ratio this is very nicely balanced and highly quaffable. The middle show very bready, toffee driven malts that than turn to that thick, piney, resiny, oily hop flavor and bitterness on the finish. Some lemon zest, mango, and pineapple with some grassy herbal qualities show as well. This is from a growler of about a week old. Mouth is only slightly thin. However I had this at the tasting room and was much more creamy and full in mouthfeel so take that for what its worth.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2011 18:36:04 | More by mcallister
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notalagerlugger

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at old pro's table in Broad Ripple and I loved it. Went to brewey and got two growlers gave one to my hop head friend now we go every Friday for growlers.

A-good light amber color and head

S-citrus and pine

T-light on the malt so not to get in the way of the great hops. Some non hop heads may think it is too hoppy or unbalanced. I say if you want malt pick from the 1000's of way too malty beers. It is like the DIPA hop slam without the sweetness or high alcohol only 6% most hoppy beers are 9-11% that can take away flavor and smell with booziness. When I do beer tastings I start with the more malty IPA's the finish with this beer as my tastebuds get saturated.

M- good medium

D-at 6% pretty good drink with bold food

Serving type: growler

03-18-2011 23:05:53 | More by notalagerlugger
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Tsigos

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice hazy golden color with about a quarter-inch to half-inch foam head. Nice lacing was apparent on the glass. The head dissappeared relatively quickly and the carbonation did not last very long.

S - Lots of pine scent here. Did not detect much citrus.

T - Piney hop flavor dominates. Very slight citrus or grapefruit bitterness. Good Taste overall but would have liked less pine and more citrus. Kinda reminds me of a blend between Dogfish Head 60 and 90 minute IPAs.

M - Thin mouthfeel. Carbonation disappeared quickly leaving it somewhat flat but this may have been the result of being stored for a day in a growler.

D - Piney flavor tends to coat your mouth. This would prevent it from being as sessionable some other IPAs. You may want a glass of water to go with it.

Conclusion - a worthy IPA that would probably pair well with something spicy like Thai food. Not sessionable like some other big-hopped IPA but would be a nice treat with the right meal. I would buy it again.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2010 02:11:19 | More by Tsigos
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mreatsum

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First time trying this beer. Poured from growler into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear rich copper with minimal head. If you can get at least a half finger head the lacing holds.

S: Nothing really sticks out, some citrus notes but that's all.

T: A little resin up front, getting that orange, grapefruit, mango citrus flavors. Not much hop bite to it. Pretty balanced, smooth and dry. I was expecting more of a bite, their website says 104.1 IBU. Maybe it's there but you don't taste it. Really sweet undertones.

M: Not bad at all, just wish it had more of a bitter bite. Carbonation is perfect.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Definitely will drink again. The more you drink the more the sweetness comes out. At 6% ABV it's perfect for me in 6 packs. Really true to the style of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 06:50:23 | More by mreatsum
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and honey + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer almost completely evenly and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, herbal, and pine hops over the top of slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of slightly sweet grainy malts which is quickly followed by a strong flavor of hops - aggressive citrus/grapefruit pith followed by light flavors of pine and herbal. Moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers is present.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not as well balanced as some of the other examples of the style, there is a lot more bitterness than there is sweetness from the malts. Easy enough to drink but a touch one-dimensional with the strong dominance of the citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 00:55:04 | More by dbrauneis
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cosmicevan

New York

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ssidetroller for the cool extra. Enjoyed from a batch 1 BT willie becher.

a - brew poured a semi transparent orange with lots of visible carb racing to the surface. The head was big and frothy and grew after the pour sat. Chunks of lace left on the glass...a bit much, but nice.

s - smell is a big earthy malt with a slap of hops over the top.

t/m - as the nose suggests a malt forward IPA with a nice hop blast on the back end adding some fruit but mostly bitterness to the finish. Super duper drinkable though. I could finish the entire bottle in one slug since it is so soft and easy drinking.

o - overall comes across as more of a pale than an IPA (in today's world of hop bombs). I really dig it and would have it again, but this isn't the kind of beer I look for when I crave an IPA. Great session-ish pale though for when you don't want the hop assault.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:42:27 | More by cosmicevan
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A very slight haze in a bright golden orange beer. A one finger white head.

S- Citrus, pine, burnt sugar

T- Big bitterness at first for this IPA. The hop profile takes over. Very citrusy, sticky and fresh. An herbal garden note and a lingering spice on the end. Malt bill is on the sweeter size but allows most of the beers focus on the Hops.

M- Medium bodied, on the bitter side.

O- A solid IPA and an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 22:30:51 | More by TwelveOunces
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EchoValley

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium amber/orange. Minimal head, but good lacing on glass and on top. Hoppy but not smack your tongue hoppy. Mouth feel is well bodied & refreshing. Aftertaste not overly bitter and doesn't last long. First offering I've tried from Flat 12, but will try more. Looking forward to their tasting room in nearby Jeffersonville IN.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 22:43:10 | More by EchoValley
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy gold, fluffy eggshell head is fairly immense and retains pretty much indefinitely.

Smells of light clover honey and fresh floral hops.

Tastes of fresh piney and floral hops and mild honey sweetness with some biscuit malt base.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A flavorful and fresh IPA with a clean flavor and a slightly richer maltiness than you might expect, drinks pretty easy and enjoyably. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:04:23 | More by Cylinsier
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kevdemers

Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Indianapolis on 2/7/14.

Appearance:
Hazy orange, nice hefeweizen look

Smell:
Faint orange, not strong but quite unique compared to other IPAs I have had.

Taste:
Pine resin, very strong bitter up front. Orange rind, bitter grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel:
Medium body, nice carbonation.

Overall:
Walks the fine line between "generic bitter" IPA and complex brew with the citrus notes. A lot of flavor here!

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 05:09:27 | More by kevdemers
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a slightly hazed orange color with two fingers of rich white head. Loads of sticky lacing left behind. Very attractive.

Aroma of light orange citrus, earth, and caramel malts.

Bitter hoppy notes of orange peeland grass along with some caramel maltiness.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

A good-but-not -great IPA from Flat 12 Bierwerks.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 22:04:38 | More by Monkeyknife
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louisanabeerman

Indiana

4.89/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

i've found my new favorite IPA. my father in law purchased a 6 pack at Kroger. he said it was $8.99 a 6 pack, which i felt was much more reasonable than some of the others out there. very crisp, clean, not too many IBUs. poured perfectly into my pint glass. love the color and feel on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 17:02:31 | More by louisanabeerman
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roger617

Indiana

3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass

A: 3.75 pours crystal clear with 1 finger of head. Light golden in color. The head reduces quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacin.
S: 3.25 the aroma is not overpowering. Pine is the dominant aroma, with faint citrus lingering in the background.
T: 3.5 pine in the front. I don't get much citrus with this one. This beer leaves a very crisp and dry after taste. The malt backbone is very fitting with the hop build.
M: 3.5 smooth, crisp.
O: 3.5 this is a solid flagship IPA for a brewery to have. For me to rate this higher, I would need more balance in the hop presence. The bitterness is great with a dry finish, but I get very little beyond the pine flavor. I wouldn't seek this out, but I certainly will have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:29:08 | More by roger617
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange color with a rocky off white head that leaves tons of lace. Pretty huge head but was an aggressive pour.

Aroma is citrus fruit pineapple, mango, grapefruit with hints of pine. Malt base is light.

Taste is nice hops bitter grapefruit/pine mixture dominating taste malt is only present to hold the hops. Pretty decent IPA hop forward with out being overly hoppy. Just not great enough to make on my usual IPA rotation.

Mouthfeel is medium with active carbonation, pretty much spot on .

Overall not a bad IPA worth having if you see it out. Might have again if i see it on tap that doesn't have one of my usual IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:20:40 | More by mntlover
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a thin half finger white head which slowly fades to just a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma of mango, pineapple, and tangerine is awesome. Some light pine underneath along with caramel malt but it is nearly all tropical fruit. The dry hopping really stands out in the nose and it is wonderful.

The flavor provides a huge citrus punch that was alluded to in the aroma. There is a little more malt this time with biscuit and caramel along with a high bitterness that comes close to, but does not exceed, being too much. The hop flavor fades midway through but the malt and bitterness continues on for quite awhile.

Overall, a really well-done beer from a brewery that I have never heard of and just appeared in my area. I'm looking forward to trying some of their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:03:26 | More by rangerred
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a cloudy copperish color with a huge off-white head on it. Nose is quite floral with some nice piney elements as well. Taste is somewhat bitter, but feels very light on the tongue, though slightly overcarbonated. I quite like the taste of this...

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 22:10:09 | More by maxwelldeux
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a touch of haze to a orange body with a thin ring of white foam supported by a few big bubbles working to the surface.

S- The notes of light toasted malt have a mineral quality to them with some caramel sweetness growing in the finish. A faint hint of green hops come through as it warms.

T- The dandelion greens hop flavor is all bitterness from start to finish for the first few sips. The dandelion milk bitterness stains the tongue as it lingers after each sip. There are some British hop qualities that come through as it opens and some watery malt notes try to fight its way in but the bitterness just dominates.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation in the finish.

O- The full bitterness dominates and stains the tongue with really no other hop character standing a chance. There are faint malt hints but they remain buried. This beer was all one sided with no other character and it was tough to get through the glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 21:23:51 | More by rhoadsrage
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ Flying Saucer in Nashville

A - Light orange/yellow with a ring of white head.

S - Grapefruit, orange and some caramel malt sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness with a huge caramel malt sweetness. Some pine and floral flavours with a touch of citrus. Low bitterness for the style.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2013 12:08:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Roman5150

Spain

4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle purchased from Beer Depot in Murfreesboro, TN, poured into tulip glass

appearance: light orange amber, small one finger white head that doesn't last

smell: grapefruit, earthy piney hops, citrus, applejuice, popcorn, and a slight hint of some cannabis sativa (seriously, this beer smells like bag of some dank buds, I can't explain it. other reviews have noted this as well)

taste: whoa, what did i just drink. quite possibly the most unique IPA i've had, its sort of like someone took a fist full of simcoe (not sure if used, but sure smells like it) hops and a small amount of english malt and punched you in the face. Very upfront, intense flavor. The malt is blended so well with the hoppiness that it tastes almost like one, i'm not sure if that made sense but that's the only way I can describe this beer. This is the definition of a hop bomb, yet it is so well crafted and balanced that the intensity is second to it's drinkability. The finish is very hoppy and bitter, and leaves a refreshing taste in your mouth.

mouthfeel: average amount of carbonation, very smooth and refreshing; not too heavy

overall: I will be buying this upon seeing it. It's a very good underrated hop bomb of an IPA, I was pleasantly surprised. This beer reeks and tastes like earthy piney hops, if that's your thing, you will love it. While it's no Stone or Two-Hearted, this beer can hold it's one with the great IPAs of this country. This is a well crafted beer that I had no idea what I was buying when I found a single bottle at my local store, and I'm fucking glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 04:43:25 | More by Roman5150
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-04-06 in Warsaw, IN

A - Mostly clear gold with a 3-finger pillowy white head with good lacing.

S - Naval orange flesh, white bread, hop floral.

T - Sharp simultaneous bites of tart citrus and bitter pine, dank, mild citrus flesh, little caramel malt. Taste is quite different than the subtler and sweeter aroma. Finishes very bitter; clearly unbalanced toward the bitter side.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Extremely prickly, resinous, tongue-numbing.

O - This is one of the bitterest ~6% ABV brew I've had. A bit too out of balance for me go give it a top rating but it sure gets your attention.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:49:42 | More by Tucquan
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy orange two finger head with lacing some carbonation

S-hops grass dirt, not much malt but lots of hops

T-very hoppy, grass dirt and pine, mild citrus. Ends with a sharp hop bite and slight bitterness

M-medium bodied, slight carbonation mild hop resins

O- A nice all round IPA, but with so many good ones out there it is difficult to revisit it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 21:29:36 | More by rlee1390
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--Dom--

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I believe this beer deserves a full review as it is rated terribly low in my opinion. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden-amber with 1 1/2 finger head, decent lacing. Smells of danky delicious piney goodness.

This beer is prettty darn good. Opens with danky resiny hops, not terribly complex but it works very well. Just straight up piney, doesn't mess around. Definitely more bitter than malty. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium body.

Overall, pretty outstanding IPA. In my opinion it's a great representation of a single IPA. Stays bitter throughout and still well balanced. Good work Flat 12.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 02:16:15 | More by --Dom--
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Half Cycle IPA from Flat 12 Bierwerks
85 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.