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Half Cycle IPA - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Half Cycle IPAHalf Cycle IPA

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85
very good

68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 387
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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Flat 12 Bierwerks visit their website
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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 387
Photo of louisanabeerman
4.88/5  rDev +29.4%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of roger617
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.76/5  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... (260 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (1,573 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of --Dom--
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-20-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: A big whoosh when I pop the cap and a huge glass of foam tell me right away we have an over-carbonated beer. The massive white head, while annoying, does leave a super amount of lacing and head retention. The beer's color is a hazy yellow.

S: Aromas are mostly of hops, both piney and citrus, with a bit of yeast spiciness as well.

T: Big hoppy, West-coast style IPA bitterness, with the tartness of grapefruit. Not really any hint of malt.

M: Crisp mouthfeel and very much over-carbonated, the body is medium. Finishes with the same big hoppy bitterness as noted in the taste.

O: Overall a highly bitter IPA; not very balanced so not a very interesting take on the style in my opinion. (855 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from zrab11 (sweet extra!). No bottling info. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a clear orange hued gold with a quarter finger of off white head.

Smells of fresh citrus and pine and a sweet inviting almost birthday cake aroma. Nice.

Taste is bold and bitter with grapefruit, papaya, pine and citrus rinds. A hint of sweet cake is the only concession made to malt balance and I'm just fine with that.

An oily medium light body with a nice light carbonation. Long, dry, bitter grapefruity aftertaste.

This little guy packs a huge bitter hoppy punch considering that it's only 6% abv. It is a tasty gem that I'll happily enjoy anytime it's offered and specifically request in future trades. (716 characters)

Photo of Swik
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop head, so again take with a grain of salt

Appearance, usual ipa golden

Smell, hop hop hop

Taste, wonderful although they don't list hops used if I had to take a guess I'd say galaxy/citra and along with the citra taste comes the zombie dust comparisons and I gotta say in my own opinion it's damn close with a lil more hop complexity, where the dust has a very sweet tropical fruit punch to your tongue this one leaves it straight scorched,.great job flat 12 this one will be on regular rotation in my fridge! (515 characters)

Photo of Jayman931
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice Golden brown color. Nice big head that lingers and nice carbonation
A:Great Hop Smell....
T:Citrus and Grassy....Creeps up on ya! And keeps coming! 100+ IBUs Very nice
M: Good...what you would expect from a 6%

Think I am gonna have another :) Cheers (258 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head that has a bit of lacing. Huge, bright grapefruit aroma with a faint sweet malt in the background. Radiant gold color. Starts with a very bitter (and surprisingly) intense pine flavor that almost reminds me of gasoline. It subsides briefly to have a medium-high pine citrus, with mostly bitterness in the finish. If you let it sit a bit, the malt does come through, and the pine sap bitterness subsides into a really pleasant hoppiness.

Holy hell was this unexpected. 104.1 IBU's at 6% ABV. This is an absolute kick in the tongue, which isn't my thing, but maybe it's your thing. I like my hops floral and intensely aromatic, but without such bitterness. Maybe a little bit of pine, and citrus is always nice, but I just don't dig such an aggressive pine profile. If you like to lick sticky pine sap, and you crave bitterness, head over to this one. (882 characters)

Photo of CheeseheadNation
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking amberish orange, poured into my FFF Teku glass. Very little head and lacing.

S - A good amount of citrus and pine. Little bit of tropical fruit with some earthyness to it.

T - Pretty much tastes like it smells, which is a good thing.

M - Light-Medium bodied with slight carbonation. Very drinkable.

Flat 12 makes some solid beers and I expect for them to get better with time. This is solid IPA and is definitely worth a try. (447 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of Casedogg43
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had a bottle, had a pint yesterday!
This IPA is terrific!

A: Hazy orange that is cloudy with a nice off white head.

S: Citus, hops, piney. Smells large

T: way hoppy. Smooth and balanced with a hint of sweet and malts. Like it

M: Mouthfeel big for IPA. Hops linger just right!

O: big fan. Now that's it in bottles, will keep some in the fridge! (353 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Golden brown color.

Pours with a huge head. Big for an IPA i think.

A lot of carbonation bubbles. Quite bubbly for an IPA.

Smell : Huge hops. A bit of citrus.

Taste: Well the bitterness grows on you with every sip. First sip - does not feel that bitter going in, after taste is a bit bitter. And then it just keeps on getting hoppier.

Loved it just for this.

Decent alcohol content. Would have been a 'killer' of a beer for me if it had the strength too of a DIPA. A bit oily, a bit herby.

Serves my purpose.

Loved it just for the bitterness 104 wow.. My palette and my neck felt it real well. (615 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden straw color with 1 finger of white head that dissipates pretty quick. Vertical streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - Dank concentrated herbal hops, some floral. Smells like cannabis. Not getting much else.

T - Follows up the nose with crunchy herbal hops, dried pine needles, floral purfume, dry cereal malt barely shows up but doesn't stand a chance against the hops. Finishes bitter and very dry.

M - Slick and oily feel, medium carbonation that drops off.

It's good for 1 pint. The dry herbal hops just wreck your palate. Good if you're in the mood for an herbal hop bomb. (601 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here’s yet another beer bottled by the local guys at Flat 12 – hopefully this is a sign of more to come from this brewery.

A: Short tan head – light tan in color and fizzy in texture – with a slightly hazy, golden-amber body. Only a small film of rough retention and a few big strings of retention remain after a brief moment.

S: Dank, resiny hops engage the senses with ferocious intensity – hops, hops, hops. Huge pine and grapefruit make this beer reek of oily astringency, with a small amount of caramel malt peeking through.

T: These bitters are as tight, spicy, and piney as they are in the nose; it’s a resin powerhouse. IBUs are in full form – loads of juicy hop oils at every turn – with an earthy groundwork of biscuity malts and grains. The balance is skewed to the hop front, but it isn’t so aggressive that it makes it tough to drink. There’s only a tiny shred of alcohol to it, and even that only ends up augmenting the spicy intensity of the hops, pushing them into a dry, resiny aftertaste. Bordering on DIPA boldness, even with some moments of oniony ultra-hops.

M: Slickness and oily fullness abounds, but with noticeable carb that keeps it from being overly drinkable. Rounded on the edges, though it would be better even smoother.

O: This is one big beer, almost too big for its own good. I remember having this on-tap and not liking it that much, but this time, this hop-bomb hit the spot – and even though it has the same fundamental big-hop balance as their Amber, I liked it. I don't think I'll ever stop enjoying that type of palate. (1,585 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber, with a thick 3-finger head. Attractive wall of lace.

Nose is pungent pine hops, with some tropical citrus. Very nice!

Taste is strong and bitter with assertive hopping and deep pine and citrus notes. With a big, bold, and sticky mouthfeel, this West coast style IPA finishes dry. Quite a surprise and an excellent IPA! (340 characters)

Photo of JDizzle
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer on multiple occasions and it keeps me craving for more.

A: Pours bronze orange that is cloudy with an off white head that is impressive.

S: Huge HOPS upfront with little malt on the nose. Really piney and citrusy. Great smelling IPA. Smells heavier than it drinks.

T: WOW, really comes off like a DIPA. Not sure why, but I feel like I am drinking a 10% hop bomb without the high ABV. Super hoppy with bitter pine and sweet malt on the finish. I really love this beer!!

M: Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Good carbs and great finish with a nice lingering bitterness that is not too harsh on the enamel.

One of my favorite IPA's ever!! (659 characters)

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Half Cycle IPA from Flat 12 Bierwerks
85 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.