Battlefield IPA - Avondale Brewing Co.

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Battlefield IPABattlefield IPA

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avondale Brewing Co. visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Battlefield IPA is a new twist on an American India Pale Ale. Our master blend of west coast hops and the finest American and European malt distinguishes itself from many IPAs on the battlefield. A hoppy citrus and floral nose invites you to experience the perfectly balanced IPA. The natural bouquet of our hop blend and malt gives this IPA a victory all its own. You will agree the battle has been won when you reward yourself with our outstanding spin on the IPA.

(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 09-22-2011)
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1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

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2.34/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Draft in a standard pint glass from Johnny Brusco's in Jasper, AL. Absolutely no head, but that could be due to a bad pour. Very cloudy pale color. Practically no aroma- likely due to a poor pour. Fairly aggressive bitterness with little hop flavor. Very lackluster- one dimensional. Not awful, but extremely mediocre. There are no elements that one normally finds (and seeks) in IPAs- no citrus, no earthiness, no "dankness", no nothing. However, I'd much rather have this than fizzy yellow stuff. So there's that, I guess... There are much better beers (and specifically IPAs) that call Alabama home. Nothing to see here.

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2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A fairly bland IPA. Dominated by hops, but with little depth behind them. Appearance was fine, smell pretty good, mouthfeel unremarkable, and overall just fine, but nothing to go back for. However, I would happily drink it again if offered. There wasn't anything bad about it, but it seems to have been made as a basic beer to offer people year-round, and it does that. I guess I might consider it an IPA made for a city of Bud drinkers. Perhaps appropriate, but not great.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served on-tap @Bottletree Cafe, Birmingham, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a pretty typical IPA orange color. It looks a lot like Sweetwater IPA does in terms of shading and viscosity. A nice 1.5 finger-sized cap of white foam sits all pretty like on top of the body.

Battlefield's hop aromas were making their way to my nose as the glass was being presented to me. This has a delightfully assertive hop bouquet. It's focused -- grapefruit dominant with some orange, some grass-meets-lemon, some Pine-Sol -- but it is also quite intense.

The hop flavors are pretty intense on the palate too. It's fresh and vibrant as far as its hop flavors go. So why such a low score? Because there's no malt here to back it up. Now, it's true that I prefer a very unassertive malt bill in my IPAs. But this beer tastes hollow to me, like a bunch of hop flavor that dances around a circle but the circle is filled with nothing. This isn't hop juice, it's hop water.

There's a bit of that waterness on the mouthfeel, but Battlefield is mostly quite strong in this field. It has a nice, thin body that isn't too thin. Active carbonation helps things, too.

Overall, this beer tastes like my own homebrewed IPAs. The hop flavors are totally on-point, but there's a depth of flavor and of malt character that renders this beer hollow.

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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a small white cap, minimal bubbles and no lacing to speak of

S: Light citrsus and some breadiness

T: There is a nice breadiness upfront with citrus and very light pine resin emerging as I swallow. The ber has a nice, balanced feel and taste with a light to moderate bite on the end. Rather clean and enjoyable

M: Medium bodied, perhaps a tad bit undercarbonated and a light slickness

O: A pretty drinkable IPA

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Battlefield IPA from Avondale Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.