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French Broad IPA - French Broad Brewing Co.

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French Broad IPAFrench Broad IPA

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very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: GJ40 on 08-27-2011

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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Bogon
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I like this beer.

Perhaps I should explain that I'm a hop head. I'm perfectly fine drinking Green Flash Palate Wrecker or (to pick something more local) Olde Hickory Death by Hops.

French Broad IPA is not like that. That's the surprising thing. In this beer the brewers have crafted an amazing amalgam, a remarkable balance, so that the malt and the hops fuse into a single unified beverage. Very smooth, very tasty, and altogether worthwhile, if you call yourself a beer drinker.

It's orange, lightly carbonated -- other reviewers have done a good job describing the appearance. The aroma is an apt harbinger of the taste, almost like a perfume. My sample came from a 22 oz. bomber, poured into a glass Carolina tankard, whence the white and blue "UNC" logo has long since been effaced by the dishwasher. The low level of carbonation had me wondering whether the beer might be more fizzy at the brewery. The cap felt tight. There's no date on the bottle, but the beer tastes fresh.

Overall, I have to give this a high recommendation. If you're partial to IPAs, this deserves a tasting. Maybe even if you're not, this might be the right sort of brew to expand your horizons. I look forward to visiting the brewery in Asheville one of these days. The beer should be even better at the source.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanPoff
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper into stein. A finger to two of cream colored head, excellent retention. Excellent appearance.

S: Citrus and pine. Not a tremendously strong pine scent, but good.

T: More of a fruity, sour taste than I was expecting. A bit more on the fruit side than I like.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, and fresh.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

French Broad IPA makes a loud hiss, when the cap is popped, and the appearance is of bright, brilliant, somewhat opaque, deep orange, bubble streams, and some splotchy, thin lacing left on the glass. The head is medium and off white. The aroma is of a sharp, very citrusy, juice. Maybe, like tangerine? Taste is of the same thing, and the beer evokes Lemon Head or Sweet-Tarts. Bitterness is present, but relatively low. Mouthfeel is medium, and French Broad IPA finishes mostly dry and odd. Overall, this is a strange one, but it does improve with the drinking.


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French Broad IPA from French Broad Brewing Co.
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