Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA - Austin Beerworks
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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by wagenvolks:
4.59/5 rDev +10.3%
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!
Serving type: can
09-27-2013 18:31:31 | More by wagenvolks
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
Serving type: can
10-30-2013 03:01:26 | More by ThickNStout
3.28/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
Serving type: can
10-19-2013 08:01:54 | More by Lawl3ss
4.04/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
Serving type: can
10-16-2013 01:05:56 | More by johnnieoz
4.2/5 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.
Serving type: can
10-11-2013 04:06:51 | More by superspak
4.11/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
Serving type: can
10-07-2013 16:48:44 | More by inlimbo77
2.93/5 rDev -29.6%
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.
Serving type: growler
10-07-2013 03:29:38 | More by kojevergas
Heavy Machinery Wet Hop IPA from Austin Beerworks
91 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.