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French Broad IPA - French Broad Brewing Co.

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French Broad IPAFrench Broad IPA

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
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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Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

KevinGordon, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

BigGingDrinker, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

inlimbo77, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Lethargy99
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Lethargy99, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Falcone, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

TrappistJohnMD, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

AngusOg, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of RyanAU
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

RyanAU, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

plaid75, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of wceaton
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

wceaton, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%

A - good amber color, good lacing good carbonation

S - Lot's of citrus with a sweet malty

T - Excellent hops through and through, good malt sweetness, some pine and citrus as hop character

M - Good carbonation and Medium-bodied.

O - Solid IPA, I really enjoy buying a bomber of this whenever I am in Asheville!

jtd1969, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Lovely85, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

nickfl, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of TheSeeker61
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured a 1/2 inch head with mild carbonation. Head dissapated to a ring but had good lacing. Had a malty hoppy nose but the taste wasn't as malty as the nose which I liked. Taste had the grapefruitty hoppy california style with a malt backbone which was certainly appreciated. A medium light mouthfeel which could have used more body. Overall a nice IPA which I will do again.

TheSeeker61, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
3/5  rDev -21.5%

lupercmda, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

16oz growler from Beverage World. Served at around 40F.

Pours clear copper with a one finger off-white head that recedes to a light cap with large foamy bubbles on the ring, leaves some webs of lacing behind. Fairly dark for an IPA.

Aroma is primarily grapefruit, some orange, a little pine, with bread and caramel malt underneath. Simple. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is grapefruit rind, earthy hops, bit of pine, decent caramel malt backbone in the middle, good bitterness on the finish, minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, little sticky, moderate carbonation, feels a little watery at times?

Average IPA. Decent grapefruit kick and that’s about it.

elgiacomo, Aug 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jtb0608, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

sansho, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

My first bottle from this brewery; a bomber that pours a clear, amber body with orange tint. Nice light tan, two-finger head that dissipates into a creamy cap and leaves good lacing. Looks great.

I knocked the aroma down a notch only because it is more malt-forward than hop-forward. But, it's not bad: caramel malt dominates, but some citrus hop notes follow.

The flavor is a touch better than the aroma, with some solid light citrus and pine resin hop flavors out in front of the sweet maltiness. It's actually a very good blend, in the east coast sytle of the IPA.

Light to medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. I like this brew and would definitely recommend it.

FanofHefe, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of swh1972
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

swh1972, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of penguinboat
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

penguinboat, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, Jul 15, 2012
French Broad IPA from French Broad Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.