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Half Cycle IPA - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Half Cycle IPAHalf Cycle IPA

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 391
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 40.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AaronHomoya on 12-30-2010

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend over the Christmas holiday. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice orange color with a good white head and plenty of lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries some good notes of pine plus some orange and other citrus. Flavor has the hops, but not quite in the same bouquet as the aroma. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Good brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color with an inch or so of foam that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Pithy and piney

Taste: The pith assaults the tastebuds at the outset, with the pine and a bit of a fruity character developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the pithy bitterness dominates through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA for the hophead, this one grew on me; I would prefer a bit more of a citrusy character, but this was an impressive stab at the style

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy saturated orange, thin collar of white lacing around the edges. Thin surface skim. Rising trails of visible carbonation.

Mellow malt sweetness in the aroma, dried apricot and earthy green hop resin.

Tastes like a mouthful of raw dandelion greens. Uncompromising green bitterness, resiny and piney. Coats the tongue and remains too long in the aftertaste. Some toasty caramel malt under that. Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Overall it's ok, but not what I look for in an IPA flavor-wise.

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Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do love tall boy cans craft beers, esp IPAs, but doesn't look too great, but still my first beer from this brewery. Thanks to rudzud for leaving this with me.

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent spotty lacing, semi hazy honey orange colored beer.

NOse brings IPA, but so-so IPA hops, more like an IPA from 10 years ago. big earthy piney slight citrusy hops, a piney resinous forest floor like aroma that can be nice in moderation but a bit much on this one, a little candied orange peel and fluffy candy malts, also a bit of an herbal peppery almost hop oil like note.

Taste is even more out there, hops are there, but different hops than I'm used to, some herbal flavors, a little herbal tea, earthy pine forest floor, some candied orange peel, a bit of an oily pine. It also has some fruity flavors, hard to nail which fruits, but a weird blended fruit kinda thing, A bit of sweet almost toasty grainy malt base, mild sweetness, etc. Back end gets a bit more orange peel and zest like notes, chewy hops, etc. Finish is very bitter, little sticky but mostly dry, long bitter earthy piney hops, gets pretty spicy and chewy as well, a little herbal and oily too.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

overall OK, nothing too great, a bit overly on earthy herbal spicy piney hops, quite bitter esp on the finish that just doesn't go away, OK malt base but also not great. It's the style IPA that was good years ago, but these days with the great hop explosion I feel they could have made better hop choices for an IPA, although if this is what they were going for it's not bad.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow. A gusher? And it's an IPA? I think I got about 8 ounces out of the bottle, at most. Tastes okay. Kind of like a resin tone with the wrong kind of fruits mixed in. Perhaps this is a gusher because the beer is just bad. Either way, lame experience on all ends.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from CWBlues, thanks Cy! 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Unfiltered orange, voluminous and dense white head - tremendous lace and chunks of retention. Nose of orange, tangerine and lighter citrus, some piney/herbal that's peripheral. Light sweet malt character. Taste has more bitter citrus along the same lines as the nose, finishing grassy and herbal. Slight dank qualities. Bitterness is medium high, carbonation is fairly low. A serviceable, quite bitter IPA.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden/copper color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, yeast, sweet malt, slight alcohol, strong pine. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of resin-y hops, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, slight alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and strong pine. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma that is subtle but complex, but the body is not well blended.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was enjoyed at the Ale Emporium in Indianapolis.

It arrived a rich, unpolished gold in color with a soapy one finger head. The nose is soft, fresh, soapy with no bitterness and some spice. I dig it. The flavors too are fresh and spicy. It has some fresh hop esque soap to it as well as a moderate amount of onion. I didn't get the onion from previous experiences. The spicyness is its best characteristic and makes it somewhat unique. It drinks light and has plenty of carbonation. The alcohol isn't present at all. It isn't sticky either. Overall this is a decent local IPA and pretty enjoyable. I'd recommend trying it if you haven't already.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a thin one finger head that faded slowly to leave a small half finger blanket.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, light citrus and pine, faint honey, earthy malts.

T - Taste is more malt forward than hops. Very nice bitter light pine finish that seems to grow the more one drinks. Malts are sweet, lightly earthy, faint grapefruit peel and pine resin. Solid, but malty.

M - Mouthfeel is easy drinking, nice bitter finish. Solid.

O - Overall, a decent enough IPA, however, in today's world of hop bombs this really can't hold up at all.

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Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%

Brilliant deep golden beer with a lingering, frothy cream head. Aroma is floral, resiny, and piney, with a touch of grapefruit pith and bready malt. Flavor reveals resin dominance early, becoming very bitter and somewhat harsh after the bready malt subsides. Fairly solid beer until the finish. Too harsh for my liking. Lingering bitterness makes me want to drink something else.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh pint at the brewery.

Smells ashen, like roasted peat moss mixed with a fistful of piney, west coast hops. Neat smell, I guess, but a little unbalanced.

Tastes like it smells, only with some more herbal complexities. Pine nodes are almost overwhelming at the front end, but some wisps of earthen and toffeeish pale malts come in by the middle. The sweeter malts gain strength and this winds up being decently balanced.


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Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Bottle.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Bright floral and citrusy hops. Grapefruit and pine underneath. Hop forward, but also contains a pleasant caramel and crackery malty backbone. Really nice.

3.75 T: Tastes like it smells. Mild-moderate bitterness. Floral, citrus, grapefruit, and piney hop flavor. Caramel and cracker malt.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Surprisingly good beer. I had never heard of this brewery until I bought this beer, so I didn't know what to expect.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to jisom123 for sending a few bottles of this stuff!

A - Pours a medium amber color with a very dense, creamy head. mild but steady carbonation and a thick lacing ring.

S - Toasted caramel malt with pine and citrus hops, not much in the nose.

T - Some toasted caramel malt up up front that quickly gets knocked down with a healthy amount of spicy, piney, citrus hops. The spice portion of the hop flavor comes with some onion character and the bitterness is long and lingering. It's "just about" balanced but not so much to stifle the hops. Leaves a small coating of orange/mango at the very end.

M - Medium body and coats the mouth with some onion, pine, and grapefruit. Lots of carbonation on the tongue and slick on the end.

O - This is a solid IPA and I'm looking forward to cracking another bottle of this.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one out of a 16 oz can at Krueger's Tavern in Cincinnati, and hey, this one was pungent. Taste was super fresh out of the can with a lot of bitter grapefruit/pine going on. Don't think I've ever had a 100+ ibu beer at only 6% abv. Judging by some of the other ratings I had lower expectations on this one. Really enjoyed it though, and I'd be back for more if I saw it around. A great beer for a hop head like me who wants their lupulin fix but doesn't wanna get hammered at 2 pm on a Sunday.

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Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice reddish-copper with decent head and lacing. Nice deep scent, good malt backbone with nice citrus aroma. Nice two-row malt flavor with nice Crystal hit; excellent citrus hop finish, but slightly unbalanced with some pine at the end as well. Goes down well, except for the slight imbalance. Good IPA. (On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room)

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Photo of Treyliff
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/15, 12oz poured into pint

A-pours a murky Amber color with some orange hue and plenty of floaties swimming around, one finger creamy white head retains long after the poor

S- pine and citrus hop forward with a big biscuit malt backbone

T- pine and citrus hop follow the nose quickly followed by some fruity red berry flavor, big toasted malt undertone that finished buiscuity with more red fruit on the close

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- drinks more like a pale ale, but very drinkable

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Half Cycle IPA from Flat 12 Bierwerks
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