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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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CheeseheadNation

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 04:39:45 | More by CheeseheadNation
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:22:24 | More by liamt07
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 21:23:47 | More by jzeilinger
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Casedogg43

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 00:46:08 | More by Casedogg43
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AmitC

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:32:23 | More by AmitC
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 17:15:19 | More by StaveHooks
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 20:43:17 | More by BarryMFBurton
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 14:40:16 | More by secondtooth
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
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!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 03:08:27 | More by JDizzle
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dougdecinces


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Copying all my ratings over from ratebeer.com. I feel I should be represented on both sites. This is #1 of 83.

On tap at twenty tap. Hop aroma was nonexistent, but very good hop flavor. Grapefruit and mango flavors. Complex malt flavors. Sweet, bready, and biscuity all at once. Very well balanced. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 01:48:18 | More by dougdecinces
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aasher

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 18:53:13 | More by aasher
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 15:18:38 | More by Thorpe429
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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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LiquidBread219

Indiana

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

A= Pours Golden Yellow a little cloudy, Nice foamy white head with good retention some lacing.

S= Earthy and pine are the main part of the nose a little citrus hops. The beer really smell hop and it does kind of smell a little bit like pot.

T= The pine really comes through in the taste you have some nice bitterness but the pine does take center stage in this one.

M=Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation.

O= Overall, I really enjoyed this beer A nice Ipa from a smaller brewery would try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 20:17:51 | More by LiquidBread219
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langm12

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this is a great looking beer. Cloudy amber/orange with a thick fluffy white head. Great retention. So much lacing.

S - earthy pine, touch of citrus.

T - much like the smell. Good bitterness. Small bit of malt sweetness creeps in the end. Could benefit from a bit more balance but pretty good.

M - thick and creamy.

A very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 17:08:08 | More by langm12
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mynie

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

'salright.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 18:20:15 | More by mynie
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jisom123

Indiana

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

on tap 09/13 @ Dicks Bodacious BBQ Downtown Indy.

Good head retention. White foam hangs around low around the edge.

Smells like a delicious lawnmower. Nice and hoppy. Very little malt smell.

T: Nice balance of bittering hops. Kind of surprised they were there,; the smell didn't tip me off at all. They didn't skimp of the $$$ when making this.

M: Good smoothness that you would expect from a decent Craft Brewer.

The first time I tried this beer, was on opening day of the Flat12 Brewery last year.

As I recall, the bittering hops have gotten slightly stronger, which I like, but everything else is the same. My taste buds may be off since I was eating BBQ though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 18:55:13 | More by jisom123
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 03:10:22 | More by brentk56
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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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theRooster90

Indiana

2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off I wasn't impressed with this because it instantly smelled like marijuana to me!

A: A good looking amber golden

S: Weed! Smelled like very dank hops and weed. Which I didn't like at all to be honest.

T: Still had the week on my palate so it tasted like it as well...

M: Typical IPA mouthfeel with a clean finish but still had a lingering weed feel...

O: I'm sure pot smokers would love this but I didn't like it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 02:28:48 | More by theRooster90
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber/golden color. Smells very earthy to me. Lots of grass and hay, loads of hops, some citrus on the nose. Taste is very good. Very hoppy and earthy. Has a bitterness on the end of it that keeps me from being able to pound it. Mouthfeel was heavy for the ABV. Creamy, carbonated. A good sipping IPA IMO. Very impressed with my first experience with flat 12. This was my favorite IPA from an Indiana brewery not named 3 floyds. I really hope they bottle this bad boy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 14:26:16 | More by 1Adam12
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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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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tom Tap Room

A: Golden Straw with light lacing and no head retention
S: Straight pine with just a touch of malt trying to come through
T: The pine is the main focus here, but I sure don't think this thing is 104 IBU's. The flavor is all pine without much coming through.
M: Medium bodied
D: I wouldn't say no to one of these, but I wouldn't reach out for it either.

I think they have the base for a really great beer here, but it just hits one note for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 13:30:05 | More by TheodorHerzl
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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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JamesS

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 13:46:02 | More by JamesS
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