Ways And Means - Port City Brewing

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 04-16-2014

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Fun beer, never had anything like it before to describe it

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a wispy white head.

The aroma is floral with some grassy and citrus hops. It's fairly light in the nose.

The taste is of a sweet honey malt. The beer is offset with grassy and floral hops. Some nice citrus notes. Drinks bright

Moderate feel with soft carbonation. Great balance with a slightly bitter finish.

Drinks very easy yet is quite flavorful.

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange citrus, which also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA isn't that bitter but has a nice appearance and aromas of citrusy hops. It can be considered as sessionable.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a Dogfish IPA glass:

The beer pours a nice bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself has a nice copper color to it. However, the giant globules floating around everywhere makes the appearance look uglier than sin and then some. I'm not talking about little floaty particles that might have been missed because of its size in the filtering, but giant, sludge like globules that make one think that it's infected (Which I thought it was and tossed two of them from the six-pack.)

The smell is fairly nice and unique for a session ipa. The beer as very strong rye notes with slightly weak citrus hop notes. The two notes work pretty good and make the smell nice and refreshing.

The taste is also pretty nice and refreshing. Strong rye notes bolstered by an almost lemony citrus. Very good and very refreshing without sacrificing the strength of the flavor.

The mouthfeel is decent for a session ipa. The beer actually has a bit more weight on it than is normal for a session IPA. The carbonation bite on this beer, however, is very good and gives it a nice refreshing feel to it.

Overall, a pretty good beer if it weren't for the giant globules of sludge at the bottom, which turn what could have been a pretty decent rye session IPA into drain pour.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose of Rye, spice, sweet fruit, caramel, blood orange. Taste light sweet fruit juice, floral, rye, hops, light spice.

Photo of mkbeirne
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rye works very nicely here. It gives the beer more mouthfeel than you typically find in a session IPA, which is definitely a plus.

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is a blend of citrus and rye. Taste is even better, great citrus flavor, hoppy with a touch of spice from the rye. This one rivals All Day as my favorite session. Well done Port City!

Photo of delta490
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-tinted amber with a nice creamy off-white head (about one finger's worth). the head has great retention and leaves nice thick lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is euqally well-done, with nice big orange citrus and pine hops notes dominating. The taste closely mirrors the aroma, with just enough of a malt back-bone to hold the whole thing up and cut some of the hops. Given its robust flavor and aroma, you'd expect a heavier bodied beer, but this one is surprisingly light, but not too thin. All in all, this is a big-flavor session ale.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA. The beer is cloudy and golden hued with a small white head. The aroma offers citrus and hops amidst a bready, malty body. Light bodied. Nice flavor. Easy drinking with minimal bitterness. Decent. A nice beer for a Spring day.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with lots of ugly sediment floating around. The head is a finger high, and off-white in shade. Retention is good, but the texture is a bit rough. Little to no lacing sticks to the glass. Not very attractive looking. (2.5)

Smell: A good amount of rye appears first and foremost. There are also hoppy hints of lemongrass and pine, with some additional spicy touches that accentuate the malt backbone. As it warms, more lemon appears. While it lacks the tropical fruit explosion I prefer in an IPA, the way this comes together really intrigues me. (3.75)

Taste: And it comes together interestingly as well. Like the nose suggested, it's more of a small rye beer than a session IPA. As the initial wave of rye malt gently subsides on the palate, some notes of lemongrass and pine help finish it off. I like the flavor of this in general; it certainly isn't the typical session IPA. If it had some more layered depth, I'd give it a higher score here. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Very lively, crisp, and dry finishing, which makes it go down easily. Despite that, it's body pre-swallow is fairly full (for the style). So it's substantial like a bigger beer and drinkable like it should be - that's a successful mouthfeel in my book. (4)

Overall: This definitely stands out among its session IPA peers. The rye malt is the star of the show, the hops serve as a balancing feature, and it's wonderfully dry and crisp in spite of the maltiness. This isn't my all time favorite small IPA, but I certainly enjoyed it enough to drink/buy it again. (3.75)

3.6/5: Its ways and means are different than the stereotypical session IPA, but it still gets in my belly at the end

Photo of cjgiant
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: translucent golden with a nice head, decent lacing.

S: I really don't get much, but being at a bar may have some effect. Probably not enough to be able to tell the smell isn't strong. What I do get is bread and for some reason a light lemon smell.

T: pretty much one dimensional, but a good dimension. Bready, I get the rye malt characteristics, but otherwise an indistinct but clean bittering counterbalance. This taste pretty much sticks around a bit, fading fairly slowly into oblivion.

M: nice carbonation to add some feel, the body is decent on this one, as well.

O: I liked the beer in its simplicity, and have always enjoyed a rye beer. Not sure it's quite an IPA, maybe APA is better suited. Being in the 4% range, maybe it's a new style of session IPA, and I'd say it at least acts like one, in many fashions. If so, I think it's a well-balanced one, and more enjoyable than most of them.

Ways And Means from Port City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.