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Tap It IPA - Tap It Brewing Co.

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Tap It IPATap It IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 288
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Tap It Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 03-04-2011

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 288
Photo of jeff12hoops
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Impressive IPA from halfway between SF and LA! Excellent balance of bitter hops and citrus lightness without being too heavy or harsh. Incredibly smooth and a nice finish. Pours a golden auburn with minimal head. A great beer to make a night out of with a few glasses worth! (274 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg on tap at Harry's Hofbrau. Brilliantly clear golden amber with a clingy white head. Big bright citrus hop nose with some bready malt buried beneath. Floral aromas meet pineapple and grapefruit. Gentle bready malts hit the tongue first, followed by floral hop notes, grapefruit, pineapple. Nice medium-light body with gentle bitterness in the finish. This is quite good. Maybe not quite world class, but very well balanced and drinkable with some great flavors. (470 characters)

Photo of Mattoleary4
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I'm a sucker for all the citrus notes and flavors of this beer but I think it's a delicious balance of the power you want and expect from an American ipa and a lighter crisp floral bouquet beer that a lesser ipa can't provide. Fully endorse it. A lot of alcohol but I don't find it gratuitous at all. (306 characters)

Photo of dlbrockmiller
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at an event during a recent trip to SLO. It poured a rich amber color with lots of carbonation and a thick head. The smell was a strong citrusy/fruity/hoppy aroma with just a light malt and caramel smell. The mouth feel was rich and full with a malty caramel start and a citrusy hop finish with just a light bitterness. This is a nice crisp refreshing IPA. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to get my hands on some more! (440 characters)

Photo of soughtbygod
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy caramel amber with a nice thick cap of off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Citric and catty nose, exceedingly potent. It’s rather full-bodied for the style, but the matching full carbonation lends a certain fluffiness to the mouthfeel. Rather than swimming in caramel (my #1 pet peeve about east coast IPAs), it’s very bready with a dry, toasty, and sticky finish. I’ll admit I was pleasantly surprised by the hop character of this beer; there’s a mean, almost angry bitter streak running through it and the hop flavor is an explosive combo of pungent, earthy and grapefruit goodness. The touch of heat is a minor complaint (make that very minor; I killed the growler with alarming ease). A great choice for local hop junkies.

Overall impression: Trifecta joins Sweetwater as the second representative in my top-tier of east-coast IPAs. Well done, guys. (883 characters)

Photo of JeanDuteau
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cutting to the chase, this is a great beer. A golden beer with a good head that laces very well and lingers. You can smell the hops but also some sweetness that is very pleasant. Upon tasting, grapefruit and other citrus hits the tongue and really turns the bitter hops into something great. (291 characters)

Photo of Luddy37
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a single bottle of this in my build your own 6 pack here in the Phoenix area at my local Total Wine. I was pleasantly surprised by the simple, yet complex beer. The color was a true gold for this beer. The smell was definitely more citrus for my senses. For a 7.0 Abv IPA, the taste of this was probably one of the best I have ever had. The beer isnt that bitter but feels smooth and finishes somewhat lightly for an IPA. Overall, good brew. (451 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

At first I rated this lower, but upon trying some more IPA's, I went back and boosted the rating. It's really refreshing for an IPA, and great on a hot summer day. Color is slightly dark, but also nicely golden. Behind the bitterness is a sense of sweetness. Crisp. (269 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, 6-pack purchased from Total Wines and More Summerlin, NV, poured into 16 oz. beeker.

Clear deep gold body, several trails of small slow rising bubbles under 1 finger white head, fairly quick dissipation with thin ring retained around edge of glass. Tropical notes in nose, guava with some casaba melon (!), a bit of restrained pine notes. The fruit and pine are more in balance tastewise with good dose of grapefruit pith bitterness. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium. Needs to warm up a bit for pine and grapefruit notes to be fully enjoyed. IMHO this beer is ranked too low on BA, 2012 GABF Gold Medal winner in the most competitive category in history (200+ entries). I'd really like to try this on draft. Highly recommended for all hopheads. (772 characters)

Photo of azdback
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16oz plastic cup at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. A dark amber color, cloudy or hazy appearance. Lots of carbonation bubbles lead to a one finger head that is rocky and off white in color. Lace actually is sticking to this clear SOLO cup. Really!!

Smell is pretty citrusy and piney. Oranges, tangerines and yellow grapefruit. Some light sweet caramel malts. The nose gets a bit earthy as it warms but never overpowering the wonderful floral hop and lightly carmel malt flavor.

The taste is quite nice. I get the citrus flavors of tangerine and yellow grapefruit along with some pine resin and green hop cones. I love that they used Citra and Simcoe hops for this. As it warms the taste of the earthy pine and hop cones turns a bit to the earthy side of wheat, but not enough to sway my grade.

Mouth is, medium crisp carbonation with a long, dry bitter finish. Quite refreshing!

Overall, this is the best beer I have ever had at a sporting event hands down, especially a motor sports event. The 16oz. glass was $9 plus I tipped her a buck so this wasn't cheap to try, but worth it, to enjoy yet another great IPA from California. Not sure about the distro on this but I will be looking into it Monday. A must try! (1,229 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Light gusher upon opening. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, passion-fruit, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Awesome aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion-fruit, mango, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Decent amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, peach, passion-fruit, mango, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor complexity of citrus/tropical hops; with a nearly balanced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,363 characters)

Photo of amart79
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type bottle

A - Good sized head on a nice light golden color

S - great smell, tons of hops and citrusy notes hit you right in the grill. 

T - bitter hops right up front and almost a smoky after taste 

M - just what you'd expect from an IPA. Lots of carbonation and you can feel it on your palate 

O - picked it up at a pizza joint just because it was the only non generic beer and it was great. Really good local IPA, I was impressed.  (452 characters)

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap It IPA

Appearance: Two fingers of bone white head sit atop a very vigorously carbonated, crystal clear golden orange color. The head is pillowy and sudsy but leaves little lacing behind and minimal alcohol legs; thankfully, the retention is amazing. This is a pretty average looking IPA, with nothing that one will not find in any other quality offering from any other brewery.

Aroma: Pungent citus hop aromas in the form of grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and pineapple. There is lots of rind bitterness as well, and fantastic piney bitterness. There is a very clean malt bill backing up the hoppy star of the show, but it really is not very strong. More complexity would be great, but what is here is good.

Taste: Fantastic fruitiness in the vein of the aroma, and with a surprisingly sweet, mango-like edge, likely from the superb blending of the bready and caramel malts with the in-your-face tropical hoppiness. There is a bit of a yeastiness in the aftertaste, along with clear, pleasant astringency. This is a superb example of an IPA’s idea taste profile, and is a bit more complex with the malts than the smell would lead one to believe.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel starts off a bit thin, but it works relatively well with the plentiful carbonation to create a refreshing drink. The hops create astringency, as mentioned previously, and the whole beverage is quite dry in all senses of the word. It is nothing special, and a bit more thickness and stickiness would be preferable, but it works well with the taste.

Overall: This is a pretty basic IPA that succeeds through execution rather than flashiness, over-hopping, or imbalanced malty sweetness. I am not sure Tap It deserved to win any awards at the GABF, but it is definitely a solid beverage through and through. I would drink it again, but I would not actively seek it out. It would be nice to have on a hot sunny day rather than mid-winter in Wisconsin. If you are local to San Luis Obispo, support these guys; they probably have a great beer in them somewhere. 16/20 (2,045 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to SubpoenaDeuces for this one. Served in my Jack's Abby pint glass. No obvious freshness date, but I'm pretty sure this was bottled recently.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick cap, splotchy lacework. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Big mix of tropical fruits and citrus, with ripe grapefruit most preeminent. Toasted biscuit and light caramel malt backdrop. Fairly balanced for the West Coast, but still decidedly hop-forward.

T - The taste is similar, with tropical fruits, juicy citrus, and lightly sugary malts at the forefront. Perhaps a touch of earthy and zesty hops. Bitterness is moderate but sufficiently restrained.

M - Upper moderate carbonation supports a creamy medium body. Some residual oily hops linger on the palate following the dry finish.

D - It's a solid IPA. I can think of many better ones, but I can think of a lot more inferior ones. I'm a tad surprised this won a Gold Medal, but I suppose if you're looking for a textbook example of the style this would be a good choice. I crushed the 12oz bottle pretty quickly. (1,059 characters)

Photo of RonJohnson
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The haziness was a little disappointing but not terrible. The smell suggested a bitterness that we're come to expect with California IPAs - good pine and grass suggestions. The big surprise came in the taste. The beer was smooth and quite well balanced favoring the hops rather than the malt. Mouth feel was a little thin, but there was little, if any, astringency.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I could see drinking several at my local pizza parlor or barbeque. (463 characters)

Photo of camshew
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Vibrant orange color. Rich head that quickly fades

S: Juicy citrus fruit and pineapple

T : Crisp, bitter, earthy, and citric, with some malt. The flavor profile got even more complex and interesting as it warmed up.

M: Full bodied. On the bubblier side.

O: I liked it at the start, but was digging it by the end. Slightly sweet, sticky finish. Very solid, highly drinkable west coast IPA. (397 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1627th Review on BA
Bottle to Spieglau tulip
22oz

Purchased from The grog shop for $4.99
Paired with Thanksgiving lunch, Lamb, asparagus and couscous

App- A very deep orange. A bit syrupy looking with a top fading dark to lighter orange color in the glass. A nice big and puffy 2 finger slow receding white head was there and faded to a great amount of cling and lace that held up great.

Smell- A lot of heavy cream behind this one. A good hop profile with tinges of bitter and candy caramel. Fairly sweet and citrusy with a medium booze note from the 7%.

Taste- This was a nice IPA. I still am not sure how this was so highly ranked in the world of DIPAs from CA. However, it was drinking bigger than its 7% and it held onto the creamy profile, with deep creams, orange and bitter hops. Very layered.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A good amount of the candy like orange/caramel remains on the finish.

Drink- It was good and flavorful and actually had another bottle later in the weekend. Not sure how again how it was higher rated, but still flavorful and creamy. Id have it again. Like to see it on tap. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a local brew for me. I enjoy it. This beer has a nice look, light orange coloring, good lacing. You can smell the caramel malt , with slight fruit notes. With the taste, I got the sweet caramel malt, along with bitter grapefruit, and peach. Not much pine bitterness, or resin, some floral notes.

One of my first IPA's ever. Not the greatest, but solid. (362 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Aggressive pour leads to two fingers fairly quickly diminishing off white head. Translucent copper color. Bright carbonation. Moderate lacing. Head is very bubbly.

S: Bright, immediate citrus. Grapefruit, orange, orange juice, orange pulp. Background of caramel malt, with a touch of woody/herbaceous pine.

T: Good intro of malt sweetness. Caramel, bit of toffee. Juicy, citric hops take over. Again, lot of orange and grapefruit pulp, touch of the rind astringency, but not much. Soapiness in the back end with an herbal, drying finish.

M: Creamy, softer mouthfeel. Very lush and full bodied, but the carbonation saves it from being flabby or overdone.

O: I think the GABF gold is excessive, but this is a very good, "basic" IPA. Would not kick out of bed. (768 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Deep orange with a medium white head. Dissipates quite quickly to leave wispy lacing.

S - Citrus, Grapefruit, Pineapple and Bubblegum

T - Begins with lots of grapefruit and pineapple, then a touch of bubblegum. Eventually fades to a nice piney malty balance leaving traces of Bubblegum behind.

M - Very smooth for an IPA. Medium carbonation, finishes sweet. (365 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this at the gas station in Cambria right before the fireworks show. Pours a clear, golden amber color with a large, frothy, off-white head that takes some time to go down. Scent is quite fresh, with citrus hops and sweet caramel malt (not too much though). Nice pine aroma to this one...fresh hops. Taste is just as fresh as it smells. Citrus and tropical fruits mesh well with a tiny caramel malt backbone. A little bit of sweet honey as well. Piney, bittering hops with a sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly chewy. Drinkability is high. Overall, I was really surprised by this one. Definitely the best IPA to come out of Cambria/Cayucos/Morro Bay/San Luis/Pismo thus far (from what I've tried). When you head inland toward Paso is when you get the good stuff (FW) that make those neighboring beach towns not even be able to hold a candle to it. This one is solid though for sure. (920 characters)

Photo of LovingCup
4/5  rDev +4.2%

citrusy and piney. you know, an ipa. Moderate bitterness. Has some bready, sweet maltiness. It's got a good balance between "dankness" and just being an easy drinking ipa. It's mos def hop forward but not a palette wrecker. I think it's fairly sessionable for the style. For some reason I could see this being one of those "go to" ipa's for when nothing else is striking a chord at the store, despite the fact that it doesn't distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. Not mind blowing by any means but certainly a solid west coast ipa. Cheers! (548 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger head with great retention and lots of thick lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruit and light dankness, just what I want my IPA to smell like. Flavor is mild caramel malt, lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit, citrus and dank piney hops. Finishes with citrus rind, and piney bitterness. Good medium body with light creaminess. A well done Western style IPA with a nicely selected hop bill that delivers herbal flavors and good bitterness. Well balanced and flavorful. I'll look for more from this brewery when I'm back in So Cal. (659 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 9 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar, and a new Cali brewery's IPA to boot!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of aggressively puffy, tightly foamy, and marshmallow creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly sinks away.

It smells of sharp pine resin and mixed citrus pith bitterness straight out of the gate, with some mildly toasted caramel malt, dry toffee candies, and further soapy, lemony, and leafy hops following things up. The taste is more grapefruit, orange, and blended tropical fruit hop esters, neutered pine needles, lemon pudding, bready caramel malt, and a slightly perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is generally quite unobtrusive, and barely supportive in its quotidian duties, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather smooth, the hops pulling a certain gentlemanly absence. It finishes well off-dry, the faltering, but still agreeable hops keeping the staid malt honest to the end.

A tasty, fairly well-balanced west-coast IPA, the hops not quite up to palate-wrecking levels, and that's a-ok once in while, IMHO. Flavourful, with an AWOL alcohol quotient, easy to drink, and hardly the mess that all you Advent Calendar "open and drink the IPAs early!" naysayers were baying about a few months ago. Party-pooping morons, the lot of ya. (1,394 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First enjoyed this brew several times at the 2011 SLO County Brews & Bites Fest. Stoked to pick up a sixer now.

*Notes from Christmas Day consumption
12oz with pint glass

A: Tap It IPA pours a clear deep rich caramel color with a choppy one finger khaki tan head. Each sip leaves tracks of lacing upon the glass.

S: Smell is very floral and hoppy with some nice pine accents and a sweet pale malt aroma.

T: Taste has a caramel malt sweetness overall but with a great hoppy spicing. Citrus and pine notes. Definite dry hop presence creates a nice hempy and herbal component. Taste is very similar to Green Flash West Coast IPA. Just as enjoyable. Slightly sweet but rich and tasty with some nice balance.

M: Med body with good carbonation that lends to a lighter crisp finish. Slight sleek mouth coating of hop residues and malted sugars.

D: Rich caramel malt base with a decent dose of hops makes this one for a very enjoyable drinking IPA. I will definitely be seeking this one out again.

Would recommend especially if you are a fan of GF West Coast IPA. Very similar here. Slightly diff hop usage it seems but very easy going down. A bit steep on the price point at $12.99/sixer albeit still delicious. (1,212 characters)

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Tap It IPA from Tap It Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.