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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

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 GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of NoCurse2012
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of csparace
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CMOrak
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of wyatt13
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

Photo of Bopol
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mtnbikesage
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of baklo
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Gu3mom
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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!

Photo of rvajohn
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of hink29
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  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.

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz, no date
Deschutes tulip

A: Pours a clear light amber color. Two fingers of slightly off white head. Seems like nice carbonation.

S: Getting some fruity hops but also some balancing bready malts.

T: Tip of the tongue, piney hop bitterness. Not over powering. Pleasant. Mid mouth, like the color would show, you get those balancing sweet malts. It's not crazy over powering either way. Lingering bitterness the tongue, but a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied.

Photo of Lethargy99
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in snifter. Off-white head that lingers well. Minimal lacing.

Smell is sweet malt with hints of muted citrus.

Taste is sweet malts, caramel, orange rind and grapefruit. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied.

Overall good example of the style.

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of RyanAU
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy citrus hop with a light sweetness.

The taste offered elements of pine and tropical fruit as well as a moderately sweet pale malt and a touch of diactyl.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA going in many different directions.

Photo of wceaton
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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French Broad IPA from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.