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Cruiser IPA - East Coast Beer Company

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Cruiser IPA
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East Coast Beer Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jtierney89 on 05-06-2013

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Wasn't expecting much when I looked up the BA score, but I was pleasantly surprised when I actually tried it. Not really an American IPA (more like an english IPA or bitter) but still quite good.

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12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Brewed in Rochester, NY, and with a twist-off cap - translated to beer geek, it means it's really from Genesee. Hear that sound? It's the sound of my expectations going right down the crapper.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark copper color. The head is a finger high (maybe a bit less) and off-white in shade. Retention isn't fantastic, and the texture looks a bit rough upon first pour. All told, though, this one looks good. (3.75)

Smell: Not that IPA-like, as expected. There are touches of apricot, marmalade, and citrus; other than that, this one is a lot like an ESB. Anyone who knows me knows I don't look upon ESBs that fondly. There are plenty of nutty, toasty, caramel-laden malts around, further creating the ESB illusion. It's called an IPA, though, and for that reason I'm lowballing the aroma score. (2.5)

Taste: Yep, this is no IPA. It attacks with some caramel malts first, before *trying* to show off some piny hops. Key word, trying. The finish, aside from some marmalade touches, is just bitter without any hop flavor. Even worse, there are some nondescript off flavors I'm also getting (when it comes back up, it almost tastes like flatulence). A stinker, pretty much. (1.75)

Mouthfeel: It's not quite as failure-riffic here. For one, despite the crap flavor, it's somewhat easy to drink. It's moderately crisp and dry on the back end. However, it also seems weirdly chalky - heavy, as well. What this serves to do is expose the negative flavors even more vividly. Carbonation is above average. (2.5)

Overall: As an IPA, this is just one big fat "no". Even as an ESB it's deeply flawed. With so many great IPAs on the market, there's no reason at all to even give this a consideration. (2)

2.13/5: Stay home, and drink something like Sculpin instead

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This beer seems confused between an American IPA and English IPA -- the malts are way too dominant to let any hop character shine through (and I had it fresh on tap). East Coast Beer Co should consider rebranding this as an English IPA, and brewing another more hop-forward beer to satiate hopheads -- of which there are many in NJ.

I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with at their new brewery in Belmar, but this wasn't the most promising start, especially considering Kane's IPAs are a ten minute drive away.

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Cruiser IPA from East Coast Beer Company
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