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Hurricane Deck IPA - Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Hurricane Deck IPAHurricane Deck IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%


Brewed by:
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-28-2011)
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beagle75

Iowa

2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Strong resinous pine and ground spices make for a classic, if dated, West Coast hops smell. Toasted bread and caramel are also present, suggesting a balanced double IPA rather than a simple palette upon which hops are displayed. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with savory crystal malt that cultivates an umami quality not often seen in a beer of the style. Hops aromatics are simplistic, following the smell closely but struggling to display focus on any particular quality. Some fruit develops during the middle, conflicting with the hops flavors that turn medicinal. The finish is moderately bitter, with relatively little flavor or character other than some latent mint that is likely lending the medicinal qualities. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, very resinous and sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This DIPA underachieves or otherwise phones in practically every detail of its sensory profile; even the tint of the beer is a shade or two more dark than the ideal. Taken all together, it is not a train wreck so much as something that sneaks across the palate never to be contemplated again. It is hard to imagine the makers of this beer looking forward to a glass of it at the end of the day.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 03:04:26 | More by beagle75
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mactrail

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A genuinely orange color in the globe glass. Enough foam and plenty of suds on the palate.

Taste is the classic big hop citrus rind mouthful. Rather sharp and acideic on the tongue. Orange peel aroma and grapefruit pith bitterness. Lots of malt, which just seems to jack up the alcohol content while the hop thugs horse around. I wish hops would get expensive again.

The slightly sweet maltiness makes a brief appearance. I can't find anything interesting to say about this beer. It's sort of watery for a DIPA, which is not a bad thing, and it does have a nice foamy mouthfeel. But my lips hurt. Can I go now?

22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:39:42 | More by mactrail
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ESPNman

California

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber, bordering on brown. Surprisingly dark for the style. Almost non-existent head, zero retention.

S - Think syrupy malts balanced out by very citric hops.

T - Much like the nose, heavy malts balaced out pretty nicely with a solid dose of citric, graprefruit-like hops. Not as big as other DIPAs.

M - Too flat for my tastes, decent feel in the mouth but nothing to write home about.

Overall - Yes, this is a DIPA. Beyond that, there's nothing too great about it. I'll try it again if I see it on tap, but this will not be on my to-buy list anytime soon at Whole Foods.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:31:11 | More by ESPNman
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Zorro

California

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

According to the bottle this is 8% ABV and 82 IBUs.

Deeply amber colored beer edging towards the color brown with a small off-white colored head. This is a hue I like to call bronze.

Smell is strong C type hops. Scents of pine and orange with a little grapefruit. Strong honey malt scent. Little bit of lemon and eucalyptus to this. Faint cedar aroma.

Starts out sweet with a woody flavor and a savory sensation on the tongue. Moderate amount of bitterness. Little bit of citrus but this is just plain woody tasting, like sucking on a teabag.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I feel like I wasted my money on this one. Not much here but a teabag flavored ale. I suggest you skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 04:03:18 | More by Zorro
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t420o

California

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Figueroa Brweing Hurricane DIPA

A- pour produces a 2 finger off white head resting on a caramel/amber color body. Good retention and lacing 4

S- very malty with caramel leading the way. Light bitter and citrusy hop smell pokes through but this isn't a good sign. It smells good but not the bold hop smells i was expecting from a DIPA that claims on the label it's made with hopheads in mind. 3

T- pretty much the same as the nose. Overly malty for a DIPA. Caramel malt is most prevalent. Light citrus and bitter hop taste but overly malty. A good beer but not for the style. Very prevalent alcohol taste for 8%. Drinks like a 10+% beer. Hops take a back seat to the malt which was quite disappointing to me.  3

M- great mouthfeel. Nice carbonation and body 4.5

O- eh. Won't have it again.  3

C+/b-

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:39:01 | More by t420o
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TaySuth

California

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber in color with a short but dense off-white head that dissipates just a little too quickly. Great lacing.

Smell: Moderate strength aroma with hops leading. Tangerine, floral, and a hint of grass. Minimal pale malt aroma. Nice but not amazing.

Taste: The bitterness hits immediately. Very strong but not the smoothest bittering. Hops taste floral, citrus, and grassy with a slight hint of pine. Just enough pale malt backbone but a touch more would have been better.

Mouthfeel: Just a bit under a medium body with nice carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer for the most part but would have liked to see a better tasting bitterness, a touch more malt, and a bit more heft in the body.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:39:12 | More by TaySuth
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy-sweet on the palate, Figueroa Mountain's big-boy IPA boasts a hearty malt body and a wrap of hoppy goodness to soak it all in.

It starts out honey-amber, slightly hazed and with a medium frothy cap to lead the charge. Though its crown soon colapses back into the glass, it manages to lace with a broken ring here and there.

And its honey appearances lean into aroma and taste as well. Its sweet caramelly upstart reigns in hop elements of citrus, tropical fruit, and tea-like herbs to add depth of flavor and aromas midway through the session. But a close of both sharp and citrusy bitterness fuses with more stemmy and broad bitterness making me think the beer is of both American and English origins.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer remains that way through much of its taste- not allowing much dryness or crispness to occur in its finish. Warm and semi-dry, it's a wonderful ale that balances a bit too much toward the malt for even an Imperiao IPA for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:23:24 | More by BEERchitect
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 04-15-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip glass
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Hazy, dark amber colored beer sits under a small cream colored head. A nice sticky lace is formed on the glass although the head fades quickly.

S: Aromas consist of citrus and pine hops plus tropical fruits, but are not very strong.

T: Big bitterness up front with hop flavors that I'd describe as woody and piney. Some alcohol warming is felt too.

M: The beer has a chewy body and average amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is bitter and try and maybe a bit astringent, although it seems to smooth out as the beer warms up.

O: A pretty good DIPA here but seems to miss the mark in several areas.

Thank you Craig for the try!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 04:18:53 | More by sommersb
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rawfish

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz format poured into an oversized tulip glass. Nearly no head forms above a copper/amber body. Poor retention with small dots of lacing and tight bubbles.

High malt character with interesting hop mixture. Toffee and caramel malt sweetness blends nicely with a fruity pineapple, pine resin, tangerines and grape bubble gum aroma some light grass sneaks in as well.

Caramel malt slightly grainy, hop flavor is rather unpronounced with dull throbbing of pine, earthiness and herbal tea. Bitterness is high and really breaks into the flavor profile early with interfering soapy dryness.

Medium body that gets lightened up significantly with active carbonation. Dries well but also has a soapy feel that gets in the way of discerning some flavors. Alcohol gets pushed aside by the bitterness.

A palate ruining IPA, good aroma but flavor profile is very average, the hops all got poured into alpha acid content and aroma leaving a weak earthy and pine flavored ale. The drying quality and the tight carbonation redeem this beer somewhat (only b/c I'm a sucker for active carbonation). A little more citrus could go a long way for this beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 07:06:52 | More by rawfish
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BucannonXC5

California

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Dec. 27, 2012
Price: $7.79
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber color with two fingers of off-white head. Below average lacing, average-to-below average retention.

Smelled a lot like their Hoppy Poppy IPA I had a few weeks ago. Got sweet floral hops up front, followed by caramel and toffee malts. Even a little bit of bubble gum in the nose. Worked nice together. Had me looking forward to the taste.

Tasted initially reminded me of Manzanita’s Chaotic, but not as strong. Still got the floral hops. Also Columbus hops coming through. Bitter finish, but not overwhelming.

Medium-to-light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long bitter finish.

A bit disappointed overall after having a few of their other beers (notably their IPA and brown ale.). Would probably give it another try, since I’m a sucker for DIPA’s, but still.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 08:09:04 | More by BucannonXC5
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whatthehull

California

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

A - a very nice deep red/copper, three finger off white/light tan lacing and some very sticky lacing

S - cinnamon, herbs, spices, fruity hops, smells of the tropics, very sugary like a caramelized brown sugar, pine, greens and wood

T - Very bitter up front, lots of spices, pine, soil, still very bitter in the middle, some fruity/earthy hops and more bitterness

M - Full bodied, medium minus balance, decent complexity, medium plus acidity and a very violently bitter start and finish

D/O - I LOVE BITTER and this beast is effing bitter. Has rad flavor lying underneath all that bitterness. Still very nice. The nose is lovely and the taste is the same just overly bitter. I do like this beer a lot, just missing the refreshment for me!

Final thought - great nose, just don't know if I want to pay $8 to make sure I didn't just get a bad batch. But the color and smell makes me think this is the top shelf of this ale

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 07:10:32 | More by whatthehull
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NICKV1117

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok...to begin with I must admit I was attracted to the great label and the fact that it is a "double" or "imperial" IPA. Pours well with a half finger of head and nice lacing all the way.
Color is a dark amber. Clear with medium carbonation. Aroma is typical for an IPA..strong hops with citrus, hay and grass. Nice mouth feel and bitter hoppy taste with a malty back
feel. All in all an above average brew, if not outstanding. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 06:01:20 | More by NICKV1117
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searsclone

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy butterscotch color with big, sticky tan head

Smell is faint smoke and grassy hops with a bit of alcohol

Taste is hop forward with smoke, alcohol, sugar and malt, with a nutty aftertaste. Very nice balance with well hidden abv

Mouth is slightly chewy, medium body with a dry finish

Overall, nicely balanced and extremely easy to drink. Definitely worthy a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 03:05:54 | More by searsclone
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a orange color with a white head on top. Very nice thin retention and sticky lacing. The smell of the beer is a bit on the dank side, some floral hops and citrus in there as well. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet up front, with a piney lemon flavor. The malts are a bit sweet. The mouthfeel is decent, good medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:52:08 | More by Knapp85
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johnnieoz

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber bought at the brewery.

We made a slight detour on a road trip - slight in the sense, that Figueroa Mountain BrewCo is off Route 101 in Buellton - after sampling this beer on draft at Duckie's in further north in Cayucos, CA. The draft version was delicious, so a stop in Buellton on the way back to LA was a no-brainer.

A: Clear amber brew with an off white crown of foam.

S: Serious citrus, coniferous hops.

T and M: More balanced here, the malt backbone brings this DIPA several notches above average. It finished smooth and clean too.

Overall, this is a great addition to the California DIPA scene, as was the Hoppy (single) IPA I tried last night. Look for it on draft, that was a treat and a half. I wish Figueroa Mountain the best as it makes it make further south into SoCal and beyond, as its famous Buellton/Paso Robles cousin FSW already has.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:42:06 | More by johnnieoz
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, honey, and alcohol. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and malt on the finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:54:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DoubleJ

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Figueroa Mountain mambo line continues with this Double IPA. There's no freshness date, but I don't see any sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Coming from the 22 ounce format, on to the beer:

Brilliant copper colored beer, topped by a low head whcih settles around the glass. Dots of lace decorate the tulip. The nse is a fruity delight. In particular are the tropical fruit, which include notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and mango. Love it!

Once again, this beer goes with the fruit. There's still plenty of mango and pineapple left over from the aroma that appears in the taste. The bitterness is resiny. There's a kick of passionfruit as well, and a base of toasted malts. It's medium bodied, and it's paired with a lower than average carbonation, and an 8% ABV that is hidden well.

Just a tasty beer; one more out of Figueroa Mountain. While I do recommend trying this beer, be aware that it goes for $9 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 20:45:54 | More by DoubleJ
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Retsinis

California

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer @ Figueroa Mountain in their tasting room, as part of a flight of their beers, back on Labor day weekend.

Review is from notes.

A: The beer is a rich brown amber in color, with a solid inch of off white head, looks a bit creamy actually.

S: Scents of mild pineapple, lemon, pine, and Hay.

T: Medium tropical fruit hoppy bitterness up front, followed by caramel, biscuits, and an earthy mineral quality.

M: Clean, crisp, great smooth & sightly mild dry finish.

O: Pretty decent. Above average. Not a whale, but FM is not yet a year old, and this is one of their better offerings. Funny this is for this style, is it depends on the hops used, if your going to just like one, or love it. Some love citra hops as an example, and if it's not in a DIPA, they don't like it as much. Anyhow, on the menu it in the tasting room, it mentions they used Columbus, centennial, Chinook & cascade hops in this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 01:29:48 | More by Retsinis
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LongBeachHopHead

California

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was told this was a double IPA. Served very cold at the tap room in Buellton.

A: a very enticing dark amber hue with thin head and nice carbonation
S: rich hoppy bitterness with a good malt presence. Light citrusy hops with pine and toasted sugar notes
T: very malty with hops to balance it. Rich citrus with a strong roasty malt backbone.
M: medium body with a nice coat on the tongue. Decent hopping that releases through your nose.

Overall: Not a blow your socks off double but very nicely done and when warmed up had a nice bitter bite to it. A bit strong to take home that day but will order it next visit for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 07:32:05 | More by LongBeachHopHead
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Nugganooch

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BevMo – Paso Robles, CA
Bomber into standard pint

A: Hurricane Deck pours a deep reddish-brown amber color that portrays great clarity. Brilliant and bubbly. Forms a massive thick tawny head with large formatted bubbles and some great stay. Never fully dies leaving a curtain of lace that looks like a mountain range silhouette.

S: Aromas open up with big pine and grapefruit. Sharp and pungent lemon zest qualities. Really nice nose here with some dank florals, fresh cut grass, and an underpinning caramel sweetness

T: Taste brings forth a bit more herbally spice than the nose. Followed with pine boughs and orange slices. Finishes with more of a woody earth and hemp note. Upper intensity bitterness with a soft sweetness of caramelized malts. This is quite tasty and balanced.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy with a moderate thickness that dances on the lighter side. Lingering sticky hop oils. Nice drying crisp finish.

D: A well crafted IPA that is intense, pungent, and hoppy yet evenhanded. Tasty stuff. Will definitely be picking this one up again.

Pleasantly surprised with this little Central Coast brewery. They are making some quality brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 14:21:32 | More by Nugganooch
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SenorBeaver

California

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an excellent beer. For a double it has a light body and a good hoppy Cascade, Centennal, Chinook and Columbus flavor. Some doubles are too sweet or thick in body. I can think of another brewery in Buellton who's IPA is the best out there; but their double is thick and sweet in the bottle. This is not the case with Double Deck. It reminds me ofm SteelHead Double IPA from Blue Lake near Eureka California.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:54:50 | More by SenorBeaver
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Rau71

California

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a off white head of about a finger and a half. Hoppy flavor all the way through with a solid malt backbone to balance this out. Very Smooth and drinkable for a DIPA. Mild malty and hop aftertaste without a big bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:16:47 | More by Rau71
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McStagger

California

4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now available in six packs! Bombers are great and all, but they are rip off.

A: Fairly dark orange hue. Almost bordering on a shade of garnet when held up to my desk lamp. The usual khaki foam, with about one and a half fingers worth. Pretty good retention, with the head softly receding. Leaving behind some nice lacing. Good clarity, with moderate to minimal looks on the carbonation. Bubbles are tiny.

S: Pretty big west coast aromas from the glass. Caramel and light toffee from the malt. Touch of cinnamon. Pineapple sweetness via the alcohol, some citrus. Not overloaded on grapefruit. Notes of pine needles, a bit of resin.

T: Mango and papaya flesh on the tip. Almost immediately overtaken by an assertive bitterness through the mid palate. Finishes oily and a bit astringent, with tangerine and grapefruit rind in the palate intermingling with a piney, almost ashen, bitterness. Finishes very dry.

M: Deceptively light, even given the style. The brewer did an excellent job in hiding the malt bill and the high abv.

O: I'm impressed. Smells like it's going to be all malt and tastes like nothing of the sort. An exceptionally bitter 82 IBU's, this is Fig Mountain's best beer to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 07:22:42 | More by McStagger
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DocJitsu

California

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper red with an antique white head. Head retention was noted to be excellent. Tangy grapefruit nose. Nice mouthfeel. Wonderful, complex DIPA. Malty up front, yielding to a rush of grapefruit, and finishes with a pine bitterness that lingers on the palate. Figueroa Mountain knocks it out of the park again!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 02:57:57 | More by DocJitsu
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OTB

California

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a fresh bottle at my WF. Pours a beautiful amber orange with a one inch cap that dissipates rather quickly with thin lacing a I drink down. Nice sweet tropical fruits with a hefty malt backing but not sweet, really impressive balance. The mouth is refreshing and quite pleasant. Over all a very nice effort from this new comer. Will try again. I don't know why the page describes it as an IPA as it clearly states on the label that its a DIPA.

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 00:55:50 | More by OTB
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Hurricane Deck IPA from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.