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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

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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pjsikorsky

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-03-2013 12:07:12 | More by pjsikorsky
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pschie1

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-03-2013 00:27:30 | More by pschie1
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-28-2013 01:10:04 | More by Rifugium
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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-27-2013 02:51:55 | More by smithj4
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metter98

New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus.
T: Lie the smell, the taste has some hints of initial sweetness from the caramel malts that is followed by notes of caramel malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable maltier version of an American IPA that is quite drinkable.

05-27-2013 02:44:22 | More by metter98
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-23-2013 21:14:35 | More by buckyp
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dan027

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.9%

05-17-2013 02:54:28 | More by dan027
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Bamarooster

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

04-26-2013 22:00:02 | More by Bamarooster
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Pours a nice clear ruby red with a huge and fluffy tan head. Head fades slowly with great head retention. Nice heavy lacework to boot.

S: Nice juicy citrus with a sweet bready malt backing it up.

T: Again with the citrus up front. Oranges primarily. Decent amount of resin with it. Caramel sweetness balances it out nicely. Mainly resin and a little grapefruit and pine in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, quite nice for the low ABV.

O: A relatively simple yet very flavorful IPA at only 5.9% ABV. Almost has a candied orange flavor to it at times. Nicely balanced but with prominent hoppiness and bitterness (especially in the finish) nonetheless.

04-24-2013 02:08:40 | More by Dope
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - big orange citrus aromas with some caramel to balance it out.
t - caramel and toasted bread up front with a bitter citrus bite to finish.
m - bubbly and effervescent. i would have liked a little more weight to it.
o - solid IPA and flavorful.

04-18-2013 20:27:09 | More by GPHarris
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-12-2013 21:14:58 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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NoCurse2012

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

04-11-2013 00:25:00 | More by NoCurse2012
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csparace

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

I'm in Asheville on a bit of a break when I stroll into a gas station to find this, along with tons of other local bombers for only $4. Seems fresh, although there is no bottled or best by date. Serious score in my book.

Appearance (4.25) – Pours a light golden amber with a two finger head that fades at a medium pace. Loads of carbonation coming to the top. Beautiful lacing as I drink. Wow, even more beautiful as I get down lower.

Smell (3.75) – Tons of hops in the nose. Hints of lemon and grapefruit. Slightly sweet to the nose.

Taste (4.00) – Load of hops is confirmed. Has a huge crunch to the front. Grapefruit is confirmed. Has a malty finish that isn't so intense. Hops stay throughout (which I love). You get a slight bite at the very end of the finish, but overall I think its masked well.

Mouthfeel (4.25) – Great carbonation amount. Very refreshing with a lovely crunch on the front. Lips are slightly sticky.

Overall (4.25) – Great IPA. Not very complex but still good. I got a ton of hops in mine and absolutely love it. I'm really happy about this IPA.

03-29-2013 00:29:04 | More by csparace
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-26-2013 16:56:25 | More by RichH55
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CMOrak

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

03-25-2013 23:03:43 | More by CMOrak
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

Received this as an extra in a trade from Onenote81. Thanks Jon! Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my tulip glass.

A - A vigorous pour produced a golden orange color brew with a massive, fluffy head that almost toppled over the edge of the glass. The head was pillowy like an IPA cloud, with some tremendous bubbles, some of which were almost the size of a dime. Nice retention and incredible lacing as I drink.

S - Citrus, primarily orange, comes to mind as I smell, with an aroma of a grassy hop quality as well. There's also a more substantial malt backbone than I was anticipating, with a nice caramel note.

T - Starts very sweet, like a caramelized orange slice. The malt takes over after that, with some breadiness sliding in. Also a bit of a spicy note on the finish, like an orange zest.

M - Medium bodied, with a dry finish. Drinks a little boozier than the 5.9% that is listed.

O - A very solid IPA. It's hard to tell how fresh this is (no bottle date), but there wasn't really the full fruit basket with this one for me. However, there was a big orange presence, with different orientations showing up throughout.

Thanks again John!

03-19-2013 03:07:08 | More by wyatt13
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Bopol

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-09-2013 17:51:31 | More by Bopol
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mtnbikesage


2.75/5  rDev -28%

03-04-2013 23:09:58 | More by mtnbikesage
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baklo

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-16-2013 16:12:57 | More by baklo
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2013 18:46:38 | More by LXIXME
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Gu3mom

Georgia

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%

At our house, we use a 10-point scale. For this particular beer our ratings are as follows:

Her - 6.5 Nicely creamy head. Only medium carbonation.
Him - 5 Way too hoppy / piney.

Overall, drinkable but a far cry from a top choice; we hold out for brews that are at least a 7 on our scale. Cheers!

02-07-2013 19:12:58 | More by Gu3mom
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rvajohn

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-01-2013 02:08:21 | More by rvajohn
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hink29

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-26-2013 01:04:58 | More by hink29
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-16-2013 18:11:23 | More by KevinGordon
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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
French Broad IPA from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.