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Half Court India Pale Ale - Cutters Brewing Company

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Half Court India Pale AleHalf Court India Pale Ale

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cutters Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Half Court is our celebration of basketball fever and the sweat it takes for success. A noble example of an India Pale Ale, this beer pours with a thick white head and hits you directly with the scent of hops and citrus. But be forewarned, we're just as hysterical about hops as we are hoops.

(Beer added by: jmarsh123 on 08-03-2011)
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mattknueven:
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3/5  rDev -13%

mattknueven, Sep 16, 2013
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acknight, Jul 11, 2013
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2.14/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Wash your mouth out with soapy hops that's the flavors I get here, horrible presentation cloudy orange copper hue light slightly off white head. It's like sucking on hop pellets, no balance ridiculous offering I will swear this brewer off after this, still has plastic and cardboard off notes in this one. How is this brewery going to survive? The absolute worst IPA I've ever had and I've been drinking them for over 10 years now. I am drain pouring this effort sorry guys I know you started homebrewing and made some beers your friends like but this is not craft beer, this is pure shite. I hope I'm being constructive and the most honest and humble way there's no way to call this a good or decent IPA therefor I've told the truth and this review is complete...now I have to go and brush my teeth.

WVbeergeek, Feb 15, 2014
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hydroplaner, Apr 24, 2013
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3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber, with minimal carbonation. Lace is small and erratic.

Aroma is mild -- definitely a pine and citrus hops vibe, but it's not overwhelming.

Taste is sharp and bitter hops, very much in a citric vein with plenty of acidity. Not bad, but not a notable or unique IPA, either.

secondtooth, May 06, 2013
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WoodBrew, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

freewill35, Jan 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

BigJim5021, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

wrentmore, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

kirkse, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

jsh420, Mar 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

hop_devil, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

enelson, Dec 20, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear gold color with a big eggshell head. Good lacing down the glass as I drank it.

Smells of citrus/grapefruit with some sweetness from the malt cutting through the hops. Some vegetal smells as well.

Taste citrusy but with a distinct sweetness from the malt and too much vegetal flavor. Finishes with a very sweet flavor. This beer could use a lot more bitterness. Also notes of oxidation in the finish. Finishes with a lot of wet band-aid flavor.

Mouthfeel is good and creamy. Very oily and probably lots of dry hopping on this one.

I'm always glad to see new breweries pop up especially ones so close to home. This is quite frankly a bad IPA, but check our their Imperial Stout. Much much better.

jmarsh123, Aug 03, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Bpierso1, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another random find at the local beer store; acquired as part of a mixed six pack. My first beer from Cutters Brewing Company, out of Bloomington, Indiana. Expectations are moderate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours about a finger of sudsy white head on top of a nice burnt sienna orange colored body. Some thin scattered lacing. Looks alright.

S - Smell is of faded bitter herbal / vegetal hops: pine, dirty earth, leaves, some creaminess, caramel malt, & some green apples.

T - Taste follows the nose, and seems to be a bit faded. Dirty herbal / earthy pine hops, resinous grapefruit / orange, dry bready malt, sugary green apple, and some caramel.

M - Feel goes down smooth enough, and lingers on the finish with dirty herbal / earthiness, and resinous pine / grapefruit. Very dry and bready on the finish.

Overall, more of a malt bomb it would seem, but that is more than likely because my bottle isn't all that fresh. Definitely a beer I would consider trying again, but it lies firmly in the middle of the pack.

Cutters Brewing Half Court India Pale Ale ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Dec 07, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clear ruby orange, some carbonation, two finger head, that doesn't last long.

S-Malt, malt, malt. Caramel, not much hops. Mainly just malt.

T-Like the nose, way to malty. Not much bitterness, some dirt and pine, but really lacking in hops.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-No bottle date, maybe it means that this wasn't fresh. But when you don't bottle date it is your fault for a bad review for an out of date product. That being said, it could just be a bad IPA.

rlee1390, Jun 15, 2013
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elkinbrown, May 05, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Sahara Mart brought to me by a friend (THANKS).

As an American IPA (14B) this beer scores well on all counts. Aroma is citrusy, lemony, fresh, and brought up nicely by great carbonation. There is no malt in the aroma but that's OK and it's fairly cold anyway. 10/12

Med-pale straw gold color is on the light side for this style but gorgeous, haziness is expected and the head is beautiful, creamy, lasting, bright white and dense. 3/3

The hop flavor is robust and lemony; the bitterness does a nice interplay with the subtle malt, the way an IPA is supposed to "balance," i.e. over-balance. Very clean and thirst-quenching, finish is clean and mildly bitter. 18/20

The body is medium light -- perfectly within specs for this style, and a big part of the overall refreshing charm. There are no oddities in the mouthfeel, no diacetyl, no astringency from the mash or from the hops. Just a little warming, which is consistent with the 6.3% ABV claimed. 4/5

Overall this gets 9/10 if a BJCP scoresheet were being used.

Linda (BJCP National)

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Half Court India Pale Ale from Cutters Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.