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French Broad IPA - French Broad Brewing Co.

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French Broad IPAFrench Broad IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GJ40 on 08-27-2011)
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Reviews by Lovely85:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Lovely85, Sep 30, 2012
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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the new grading system here on BA.Poured into an imperial pint glass a hazed burnt orange tinged deep golden with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.The hops are not real big in the nose,there is some floral and leafy notes but the biscuit malt is almost as big.Citrusy and leafy hops have a good presence on the palate but they are not huge,a somewhat sweet caramel/biscuit malt base is pretty large.It's smooth and it has good hops it's just not as big as many American IPA's.

oberon, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tbryan5, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of juicebox
3/5  rDev -21.5%

juicebox, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A: amber color; clear with modest size off-white head. The head is exceptionally sticky and leaves great lacing.

There's plenty of grapefruit and orange in both the aroma and the taste. The malt is more evident in the nose, and implied by the tempered bitterness in the taste. The beer is, nonetheless, rather bitter, with a lingering grapefruit rind flavor in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not hidden at all.

M: smooth; very good carbonation level; medium body; semi-dry finish.

O: a solid if rather unremarkable IPA. Enough hop load to satisfy hop heads.

chinchill, May 10, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +4.7%

LXIXME, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Jonmoore89
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Jonmoore89, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of king75
4/5  rDev +4.7%

king75, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of Nathan50
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Nathan50, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale amber with a faint orange hint to it; big inch of white head that is thick, soft, and cloud-like; great retention

S - big orange, citrusy notes first followed by a solid floral aroma

T - faint bread, sweet, faint birthday cake, big hoppy character, citrusy, oranges, floral, bitter, lightly piny, bitterness hangs on the palate for a while after the swallow

M - lightly carbonated, medium bodied, smooth

This an enjoyable, highly drinkable beer. The hops are intense and the overall flavor is solid despite the below average malt character. I would have preferred a little more malt to lend some balance to the intense, flavorful hop character. Overall though this is one more solid French Broad offering.

tdm168, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

woodchip, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour an effervescent orange/amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & faint fruitty notes

T: Breadyness, grassy woody, & citrussy hops up front. Some caramel, dryness, piney & woody hops as this warms, some orange rind as well. Finishes with woody hops, a touch a of grainyness, mineral hops & caramel notes

MF: Medium bodied with fairly subtle carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy enough, kind of subdued as AIPAs go. If you like them balanced & drinkable this a good choice. Would drink this again when seeking that

russpowell, Dec 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

rworkman, May 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

rvajohn, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jtb0608, Aug 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Elicoleman, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber bottle from the brewery during the recent sabbatical.

A: The IPA is a golden orange tint, translucent. Sporting a white head, it is. Plenty of lacing too.

S: The nose focuses on caramel and biscuit, the malty side head and shoulders above the hops. As the citrus slowly emerges, it doesn't overtake the malts. Instead, the soft citrus plays a supporting role in the aroma.

T: The IPA is well balanced, perhaps a little closer to the APA zone. Caramel and biscuits, more of the latter, set up the citrus that follows. That results in grapefruit in a supporting role, a domestique if you will, to the malts. Not a bad pairing, the grapefruit providing enough pizzazz to remind you of an IPA. The ale is rather dry as well, pulling the sweetness out of the ale and leaving the biscuit with the last laugh.

M: Carbonated, nice malt lead in. The hops, though, could use just a little more juice to 'em. Best place to drink French Broad's IPA? In their funky brewery/tasting room - make the trip.

akorsak, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

4Socialanxiety, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

KevinGordon, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

LJWalker, Feb 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

psmithmkt, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark sunny orange color, off white head, nice lacing. Aroma of citrus and orange, light sweet malts, and Carmel. Medium to elevated bitterness, plenty citrus and grapefruit, light pine, caramel and nutty malts. Medium body, good carbonation, clean finishing. Drinkability is good. Overall, a nice ipa.

EgadBananas, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@ Barley's (Asheville)

Orange-amber hue with a fluffy head and some nice lacing. Candy-like hop aroma...Two Hearted like in a way. Floral, orange, and green with only a bit of malt poking through. Bitter, floral, juicy, and oily citrus hop flavors. Sweet, but not overly malty. Medium bodied, slick, and bitter with a little too much astringency which distracts a bit from the overall tastiness. Good stuff nevertheless. A quality, flavorful IPA from a brewery I need to finally get around to visiting next time I'm in the area.

wedge, Jul 21, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy burnt amber with a thick off white, frothy pillow like head. Thick gooey lace poured down the glass and lingered long after it was empty.

strong piney hops very much balanced against a nice mellowed malt sweetness. Smell did seem kinda muted though, could have been more full. slick, with not alot of carbonation. Taste was very bitter with a dry finish, but not llong lingering as I had hoped. Came off a little oily, with a lot of bitter piney flavor.

mikesgroove, Nov 27, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with some orange hues when held up to the light. Small pillowy white head. Deep caramel and pine aromas. Not a very complex aroma but both potent and pleasent. Taste better than it smells. Sharp citrus hop bite at the bigging with a sweet caramel hop finish. Bitterness lingers just a bit. Very balanced and drinkable. Sessionable. If you like your IPA's a bit more balanced then this one is for you. Slick oily mouthfeel. Kind of coats the mouth. This is a good standard offering IPA. It's not going to knock your socks off with the hops, but it's very drinkable and plenty flavorful enough to sit down and have a few pints over some good conversation.

wcudwight, Jan 16, 2012
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French Broad IPA from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.