Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA - Austin Beerworks

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: wagenvolks on 09-27-2013

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by nsheehan:
Photo of nsheehan
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Heavy Machinery Wet Hop
Austin Beerworks
16oz can to Duvel tulip
7% ABV
Canned about a week ago?

A – Somewhat clear and translucent, but also slightly absorptive. Color depends on lighting a lot, but a kind of coppery-gold.

S – A quite grassy hop smell, with a bit of dankness and hop spice. I’m also picking up some slight citrus and pine, I’m pretty sure a sweet pineapple for the citrus. I like it but it’s not amazing.

T – Kind of grassy tasting, with a bit of hop spice. There’s a nice, fresh hoppiness to it, but it’s also muddled and kind of…just grassy.

M – Funny feeling, there’s some carbonation but it kind of falls flat on the tongue. At first it feels watery, then it ‘thickens’ after a few seconds. Not really liking the mouthfeel.

O – Not impressed; a good IPA but not great.
4.25, 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.75; 3.73.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ThickNStout
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks Reid!). No canning date. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours orangey gold with a finger and a half of near white head that creates a nice cap and leaves copious lace.

Smells of floral hops and citrus.

A good bit of sweet citrus hops in the taste. Mandarin, grapefruit, naval orange, slightly floral and a nice bready sweetness. Very little alcohol bite.

Slick medium body with peppy carbonation. Bittersweet citrus finish.

I appreciate the sweet orange citrus here but was surprised at how little bitterness was present. Still a nice wet hop. It may not be my favorite but I was happy to try it and recommend that fans of wet hop IPAs give it a shot if you come across it.

Photo of Theortiz01
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank: 09/27/13

First let me state I drank from the can and from a glass, and while normally I enjoy drinking from glassware, I actually preferred this in the can.

Beautiful light orange, clear, white creamy head that had to be aggressively poured to get a one inch head. Not much head retention. Carbonation was a little less than preferred. Otherwise, my only small complaint.

Smell was pure bliss. It's that great citrusy hop aroma you get from great beers like Heady and Pliney. I want someone to make an air freshener with this smell. Its one of the freshest smelling beers I've had, and for good reason since it was distributed straight from the brewery on the same day of consumption.

Taste was light sweet malt, citrusy, a little grapefruit, and then a fair amount of bitterness. Not a pungent overwhelming bitterness, but a tad more than balanced, right in my wheelhouse. Good luck finding the 7% alcohol, as it's definitely well masked. It drinks like a sub 5%er. I was surprised at how fast I slammed 16oz, as I never wanted the taste to go away.

Mouthfeel was pretty much spot on for my enjoyment. Right about what you'd expect for the beer style.

Overall, Austin Beerworks has been killing it with these Heavy Machinery releases (these guys don't know how to make a bad beer. This one was no different. When I want an IPA, this is exactly what I look for. Great job guys.

Photo of brurevu
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Austin Beerworks has been absolutely killing it with their Heavy Machinery IPA series. I had the Black IPA at the brewery and the Double and Half IPA’s in the can and they have all been phenomenal. Now we have the Wet Hop IPA that is loaded with Centennial hops and is super tasty. The beer poured a deep gold with a full white head. There was a great hoppy aroma that was full of citrusy goodness. The taste followed those citrus notes with a great citrus flavor full of grapefruit that finished a bit dry but leaving a nice bitterness on my tongue. It was light, refreshing and thoroughly tasty. So far these Heavy Machinery IPA’s have all been excellent and I can’t wait for the next iteration.

Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

32 oz brown glass Lone Tree Brewing grumbler with screw-top cap acquired a couple days ago at The Growler Room in Austin, Texas for $8.00 USD and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current ratings (92); I haven't had enough from this brewery to really have an opinion on them. Reviewed as an IPA because it identifies as such in its name.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated (in spite of the fact that I'm serving it from a grumbler).

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a half finger wide head of beige colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Poor frothiness. Tilting the glass yields some light lacing, but it doesn't really stick as much as it should. Head retention is poor - maybe 30 seconds at best.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears undercarbonated.

Pretty standard fare for the style; not unique or special. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Definite floral hop presence with a kiss of lightly resinous grapefruit and accompanying fruity esters. Not piney or nectary. Caramalt, pale malts, pilsner malt. Has some malty sweetness, yielding a rough balance between sweetness and bitterness. A bit unrefined, but a generally appealing aroma. Above average in strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. For a wet hopped IPA, I anticipated a bit more depth and complexity - especially in terms of the hop profile. It's pretty one-dimensional judging by the aroma. Still, I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Overdone hop bitterness is present throughout, and goes untamed in the third act, betraying a crude imbalance. Lavender, caramalt, pale malts, pilsner malts, flowers. Plenty of heavily floral hop character. Also a bit of grapefruit, but I wouldn't call it citrusy per se. Hop character is overwhelmingly floral and lacks a multifaceted or diverse profile. It also feels muted overall, lending it a flat bland taste. Imbalanced and by no means gestalt. Lacks complexity and subtlety. Comes down slightly on the sweet side for the first two acts, then shifts abruptly into the aforementioned unwelcome bitterness. It'd benefit from more of a resinous build.

Depth of flavour is quite shallow. High intensity of flavour. Average duration of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Mf: One of the sharpest, most stinging textures I've come across in the last year. Assaulting and brutal on the palate. My upper lip registers noticeable pain when the beer contacts it. Has a biting vicious presence on the palate. Not at all soft or approachable. Overcarbonated (even from a growler). Nice thickness and body. Unrefreshing.

Not oily, gushed, hot, buttery, astringent, or boozy.

Dr: The stinging mouthfeel and imbalanced flavour profile reduce drinkability. Still, it's pretty downable albeit a bit numbingly bland. I hate to see breweries follow the trend of overhopping beers without regard for balance or subtlety, but I wouldn't call this a bad beer. Certainly a misguided one. I won't be getting it again and I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. As much as I wanted to love this beer - and justify supporting a local brewery - ultimately it's a tired trend-chasing IPA that won't stand the test of time. I wouldn't want another one, but I'll have little trouble finishing the growler. I suppose it could be priced worse. The wet hop gimmick is a good marketing trick, but I imagine as this beer is tried by more out-of-state reviewers and as it becomes more available, the rating will drop from its current point (92). Ultimately, this is pretty average stuff if we're being fair.


Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with Cyde. 16 ounce can into signature pint glass; no canning date but was just released. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus hop notes with a fair malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor complexity of citrus hop; with a fair amount of malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent wet hop IPA. All around great complexity of hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Fuzzycranium
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Gotta love the trend of seasonal beers using the same upc and can. Smart move only having to change the name on the cardboard box!

The flavor of the hops was as though I were tasting more of the entire hop flower. Almost a sweetness among the hop/resin/aroma.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Snagged two four-packs of this a couple weeks ago, finally got around to trying/reviewing it. Shame on me for letting it sit so long- heh. The last couple releases of heavy machinery have flown off the shelves in the area, that Double IPA from June has my hopes high for this one. Chilled 16 oz can half-poured into a 12 oz tulip.

Look- Pours a hazy light amber with a finger and a half of dense off-white head that falls quickly, leaving some very nice curtains.

Smell- Pungent at first, sweet, mild tangerine and resin that fades quickly in the glass. Sticky, sappy, herbal, floral, powdery. Better from the can, actually.

Taste- Strong biscuit carries a snappy hop-tea flavor. Golden graham cracker and plenty of C-style hops. Light sweetness and punchy white tea with dried lemon zest. Bitterness is assertive, but. Decent, but kind of one-note.

Mouthfeel: Gritty, medium body, light carbonation comes out on the sip, juicy, almost slick thereafter with a lingering lightly dusty feel. Easy drinking, invites another sip, even, but doesn't have that quench I'm looking for.

Overall- Hmm.. Don't know quite what to make of this, but I'm not as impressed as I've been with some of the others in the series- this one brings to mind both Fireman's 4^2 and Heady Topper, as odd as that is. Something of a middle ground. Not bad, I'd probably get it again if it were regularly available, but could use a handful and a half more citrus or something fruitier to take it over the top.

Photo of johnnieoz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz tall boy can w/o a canning date.

A: Clear, amber with a creamy, white head.

S: Somewhat lacking in this department compared to other wet hop IPAs I've had. Still, the grassy aromas eventually emerge as the beer warms.

T: Bountiful herbs and grassy, floral hops. The malt backbone brings them home in a winning fashion.

M: Perfectly chewy and coating on the palate.

O: A second (or perhaps third, never tried the Black IPA) stunner in the Heavy Machinery Series from Austin Beerworks - the Double IPA being the other. You could easily have two of these and be a happy camper for the rest of a late summer evening.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz, Sept. 2013

A: Looks like a pretty standard pretty IPA. Nice bright orange color. Off white finger of fluffy head. Leaves some sticky lacing.

S: Nose is really nice. Nice grapefruit and tropical fruit. Orange and citrus. Sweet malt backbone.

T: Nice punch of hops right up front. Not overly bitter but pleasant. Getting that orange marmalade, citrus fruits, grapefruit, pine, etc. Nice backing of malts in the back side. Finish is dry and refreshing.

M: Medium bodied.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Austin Beerworks has been nothing but consistent with their hoppy releases. Fire Eagle is one of my go-to IPA's in the Austin area, and the Heavy Machinery series has been on-point thus far. Wet Hop IPA is the 4th to be released, presumably in a rotating seasonal series.

Bright orange-golden hue shows a bit of haze from the wet-hopping. Big, fluffy manila cap of foam retreats slowly and leaves behind some nice lacing. The aroma blasts the nose with huge whiffs of fresh, dank Centennial hops. The malt bill smells sweet and bready with a bit of caramel. Very reminiscent of Bell's Two Hearted ale, just with a slightly different malt profile.

Flavor is outstandingly good. Huge Centennial hop flavors from late stage and wet-hopping. Malt balance is there with a bit of heft; alcohol is nearly undetectable for 7%. Clean, crisp, juicy throughout much of the sip but with a nice drying bitterness that keeps you wanting more. Overall, this is hands-down one of the best IPAs to be released in Texas. Need more!

Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA from Austin Beerworks
92 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.