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Bootjack - Icicle Brewing Company

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87
very good

50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Icicle Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 06-19-2011)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nestled in the heart of Washington state's Yakima Valley Iceberg Brewery celebrates all-things-Yakima with the tenacious grapefruit taste and piney bitterness that this hop variety allows.

Upon the pour, the beer casts a dark honey, amber-bronze color with a mildly hopped haze. Capped with a stark white head, the beer retains its creamy foam stance extremely well and decorates the glass with artistic patterns of lace.

Deep malt aromatics of toast, crusted bread, and butterscotch sculpt the bulk of malt complements. But the storng hop rebuttal waltzed in with grapefruit citrus oils and fresh picked pine needles. The overall scent is heavily hop-balanced but with toffee malt aromas that are typically reserved for American Amber Ales.

And those firm malt underpinnings show up front with a terse toffee sweetness, but then drier malt complexities of baked sweet grain, bread crust and dry buttered toast. Heading into the middle palate, sharper hop taste of grapefruit peels, pith and pine resins set in and govern the dryish bitter taste to finish. The taste is a simple hop-forward dialogue of lupulin dominance and malt support.

Medium bodied throughout, the early sweetness is soon supplanted by dry grain textures and smooth carbonated creaminess. Alcohol and hops dry the beer evenly for a smooth fade to finish. A quick and refreshing aftertaste of pine is only slightly interrupted by a mild oily film.

I rather enjoy that Icicle Brewing explores the bolder and more masculine end of the IPA range with it's nearl-Amber attitude. But its a slighly oxidized caramel-malt taste and mild buttery diacetyl note that keeps the beer from what it should be. It's close to Troeg's Hopback Amber if it could get over the hump.

BEERchitect, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -22.9%

rab53, May 26, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to okcomputer for grabbing this for me. Shared with Nancy & Jim, Amber and Greg. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured an attractive orangeish gold color with a fluffy whitehead that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was full of pine and floral hops built on a solid malt base with a citrus tang on the finish. On the tongue the story was pretty similar, the gentler hops in the front and middle, crisp citrus on the finish.

The body was on the full side of average for the style, a bit more than medium. Drinkability was good, this growler is going down quickly and we all agree that another growler wouldn't be a bad thing at all. Overall, a very nice example of the style from this new brewery. Worth a trip over the Cascades for.

beertunes, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brew house.

A - Served a clear dark orange with a small light tan head that moves to a small clump in the center of the glass.

S - Not much here. Mostly bready malt and some very slight orange peel.

T - Again not a whole lot here. Malty, bready, sweet toast, bitter orange peel.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Pretty average with a orange malt forward taste.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, at the brewery

appearance: served in a logo shaker pint - a sight for sore eyes indeed in the fiery leavenworth sun. bright golden-orange body, light creamy white froth

smell: fresh cut grass, bright citrus

taste: exceeded expectations - a very well crafted IPA - floral notes, bright citrus - tangerine, grapefruit, lemon. nice bready malt balance.

mouthfeel: light, crisp, pretty on-point for the style

overall: very solid, hit the spot on a hot day after a long hike

dirtylou, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a clear, medium golden amber with a fine three finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of bready, mildly caramel malt, light pine and citrus hops. Flavor is very nice bready malt, grapefruit and other citrus, piney and citrus hops; nicely balanced. Nice medium mouthfeel with some creaminess. A nicely made IPA that is not intensely hopped, with a great blend of hops flavors and a well chosen malt body. I'm a fan of good malt support in my IPAs and this one delviers. The hops seem somewhat subdued, but I wouldn't be surprised that this could be an old bottle; I bought it on a trip from a small store with some suspiciously out of season beers. I will definitely seek this out fresh when I'm in Yakima next time. Another case where it is to the buyers' AND brewers' benefit to date the bottles of time dependent beers.

LiquidAmber, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint at the brewery. Gold with small white skim and light lace.

Smell is lightly hoppy, skunky and some sweet citrus.

Taste is fairly bread malt, decent bitterness and a piney hop flavor.

Mouthful is a little sticky, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a solid IPA. Nice nod to the English style with the bread malt base, but firmly west coast with the pungent, resinous hops.

ccrida, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of blackie
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitcher at Munchen Haus, Leavenworth, WA, review entered from notes. Served in a shaker pint, Bootjack is a deep amber in color with an attractive, lasting white cap. Enjoyed this one immensely and it proved to be a great way to end a wilderness induced beer fast. Deep, resinous dark pine and oily citrus hop character works over a full, rich caramel malt body. Lots of grainy flavors, touches of toast. Hops come through extremely aromatic and flavorful. Moderate, sticky body with a smooth, lively carbonation. Full, satisfying bitterness to finish. Loved the balance of big malt and hop flavors.

blackie, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

twelveinches, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

strongaf, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bumchilly25, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

CoryR, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hopmodium, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

brandon911, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap twice over a weekend in Leavenworth: once @ South, once @ a pizza place whose name I forget.

Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a big sudsy white head, leaving behind nice rings of lace that signify a well-built brew.

Aroma is pure hops: pine, citrus, tangerine, orange.

Taste follows nose. Piney, citrusy, tropical. A blend of pale biscuity and caramel malts bind everything together. Dry with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, refreshing, drinkable.

Overall just a tasty IPA, one I'd be happy to drink every day. Leavenworth is lucky to have this brewery.

draheim, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mc4z, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Jones' Radiator. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold/bronze color slightly hazy. Creamy white head.

Smell is a faint caramel malt aroma.

Taste is a nice caramel pine flavor. Unusually mild and sweet for the style.

Mouthfeel is a medium to full body. Lighly carbonated. Like a cask conditioned ale.

Very drinkable IPA

RJLarse, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jmccraney, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Erik-P, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Braz
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at South Bar and Grill in Leavenworth. Really nice golden color with a big foamy head. Aroma is strong pine, hops with a hint of floral notes. Nice hop flavor and a great body. Nothing overdone with this beer. I think even a non IPA fan would find this drinkable if not even a bit enjoyable. Very nice clean beer, very refreshing.

Braz, Dec 19, 2012
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Bootjack from Icicle Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.