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French Broad IPA - French Broad Brewing Co.

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French Broad IPAFrench Broad IPA

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
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 sweett3k:
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Came to Ashville , NC and walk down into the Bier Garten. Nice atmoshpere in an artsy fartsy town. Decided to try the local brew. The first. One is this IPA. Pours out of the tap a little flat with smaller head and some mild lacing. The best thing about this beer is its stong caramel smell. Hoppy and alcohol come out in taste makes you wonder where that caramel aroma went. A great way to start your trip.

01-10-2012 18:43:16 | More by sweett3k
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

01-09-2013 14:39:48 | More by oberon
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-22-2013 23:51:46 | More by tbryan5
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

11-13-2013 23:40:21 | More by juicebox
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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5%

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.

05-10-2012 01:02:31 | More by chinchill
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2013 18:46:38 | More by LXIXME
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-29-2012 20:00:36 | More by Jonmoore89
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-25-2014 00:31:52 | More by king75
Photo of Nathan50

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-01-2014 03:03:27 | More by Nathan50
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

04-27-2012 22:41:21 | More by tdm168
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-01-2014 02:12:28 | More by woodchip
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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

12-24-2011 05:14:43 | More by russpowell
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

05-22-2014 14:25:39 | More by rworkman
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-01-2013 02:08:21 | More by rvajohn
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-22-2012 21:17:48 | More by jtb0608
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

07-15-2012 15:57:42 | More by akorsak
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-29-2013 04:01:12 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-16-2013 18:11:23 | More by KevinGordon
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-27-2014 00:37:49 | More by LJWalker
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-22-2014 23:29:00 | More by psmithmkt
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

07-26-2013 02:48:17 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

@ 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.

07-21-2012 18:26:30 | More by wedge
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

11-27-2011 05:27:46 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

01-16-2012 04:11:40 | More by wcudwight
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-03-2011 23:49:21 | More by tclapper
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French Broad IPA from French Broad Brewing Co.
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