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Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA - Austin Beerworks

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Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA
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92
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 09-27-2013)
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Reviews by wagenvolks:
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4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

wagenvolks, Sep 27, 2013
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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.

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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.

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Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA from Austin Beerworks
92 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.