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Half Court India Pale Ale - Cutters Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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swihart

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 20:54:41 | More by swihart
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ademiles

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right when opening the bottle you instantly smell the amazing aroma. It pours a nice golden color. The taste is amazing. The bitterness is very well balanced in the beer. It's definitely there but it's not as dominant as you'd normally expect from an IPA. Certainly plenty of flavor. It's definitely one I could drink every day. Half Court IPA easily makes my list of top beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:49:08 | More by ademiles
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Ryan_Graham

Iowa

4.51/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It pours golden brown with a solid head that retains. It has a truly pungent smell of citrus and hops. The citrus comes through HEAVILY in the flavor. Its sweet and sour taste gives this beer a lot of character. This beer is really worth a try. Going in, I really didn't expect much, but it surprised the shit outta me. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Try this beer. Do it.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 04:09:38 | More by Ryan_Graham
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langm12

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden wheat color with a good finger of eggshell head that disipates fairly quickly. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way down. Not a typical IPA look but very appeasing.

S - Pineapple and Mango with a bit of malt sweetness. Some earthy tones.

T - Great citrus flavor up front, pineapple, mango, grapefruit followed by a mellow malt sweetness. Hop bitterness runs throughout without overwhelming. Nice balance. Not typical of the IPA style but very tasty none the less.

M - Oily and full bodied. Carbonation adds a good kick.

Those looking for a typical IPA may find themselves a bit disappointed with this one. However, those looking for a good beer will likely enjoy this one. A tasty, easy drinker with enough quirks to stand out. Another good brew from the Bloomington upstarts.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:52:11 | More by langm12
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acknight

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

07-11-2013 04:57:01 | More by acknight
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

01-21-2013 04:05:26 | More by MSandahl23
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scott2269

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

06-30-2013 00:54:55 | More by scott2269
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unfurld

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not being a fan of IPAs, I was skeptical about liking Half Court. But, I found it easy to drink and well balanced. I liked the citrus notes, and thought they balanced the bitterness of the hops quite to my liking. It was drinkable without being bland or one-dimensional and it was well worth the purchase price.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:57:58 | More by unfurld
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WKyle

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A few notes before I begin; I didn't actually pour this one as I didn't expect it to be my first review, secondly I am not a huge IPA fan.
As mentioned above I did not pour this one out so I can't say much for it's appearance.
It smelled marvelous definitely citrusy (maybe lemon?) and hoppy but not overpowering.
My suspicions were confirmed on first taste. This IPA starts with a crisp citrus flavor, possibly orange or lemon peel and a slightly sweet taste, but ends with the hop of an IPA. The hops are not overpowering but make for a great bitter end that lingers smoothly. This beer is very smooth and is thicker than I expected with a great mouth feel.
Overall this is a refreshing IPA with a good taste and mouth feel. I would highly recommend it.

Feel free to add comments or suggestions to my first review! I take criticism pretty well (or at least I'd like to think so)

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 05:14:42 | More by WKyle
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brewfus

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma on this beer is phenomenal. I personally like IPA's with a larger malt characteristic but I was totally satisfied with this brew. Very crisp and clean, good example of the style. It is nice to find an IPA that has plenty of flavor and but at the same time has a high drinkability. I could drink this beer all day and night and never want anything else. Good Job Cutters!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:16:18 | More by brewfus
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AmitC

New York

4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very decent IPA.

Pours a deep amber color with some persisting head. Slight stickiness. Some bubbles.

Nose is grassy and earthy. Good mix of hops. Medium strength. Some malty sweetness is also apparent.

Taste: A well balanced taste. Nothing very bitter. I would say lack of floral, piney or citrus hops. More usage of grounded, dry hops. Good malt backbone. After taste is slightly bitter.

Mouth feel: A more thick bodied IPA compared to other IPAs. Not to say that the feel is thick bodied, but it is very much medium feel. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:05:17 | More by AmitC
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cleonile2000

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.9%

10-07-2012 03:27:48 | More by cleonile2000
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-02-2013 11:59:40 | More by rbmjr1
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emwild12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-25-2013 18:25:06 | More by emwild12
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RCLOHR267

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.9%

06-02-2013 20:01:38 | More by RCLOHR267
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BTFU

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.9%

06-01-2013 13:43:27 | More by BTFU
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.9%

04-10-2013 13:36:29 | More by neckbracesub
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Benjamin_Casey

Indiana

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-08-2013 03:52:21 | More by Benjamin_Casey
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4/5  rDev +14.9%

07-15-2013 01:34:50 | More by Arsenal0328
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drewsefs

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark golden IPA. The head left on the glass after i had a few drinks was amazing, really gave me a warm feeling (and that's not just because of how much i was drinking). The taste left lingering in my mouth afterwards

When to drink: An august day, a light breeze rolling by, this IPA would really warm you up. Suggested meal, a pizza or some really good theater popcorn.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 04:17:05 | More by drewsefs
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JackStraw

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber purchased this weekend at Bloomingfoods into pint glass; no indication of bottling date. I talked to one of the brewers at Beerfest last weekend, and they are still hand bottling/labeling everything at this point.

A - 6-7 srms, golden orange, thin white head that dissipates quickly, a bit hazy and cloudy

S - nothing overwhelming, floral and citrus with a bit of grass and a little perfumey smell with just a touch of malt

T - definitely more balanced than a lot of other IPAs I've had recently, with both a citrusy orange taste along with bitterness and hint of malt in the initial taste. Medium-dry finish with some lingering bitterness

M - smooth clean and a little oily, could have use a little more carbonation.

O - This is one that grows on me the more I drink it; a very balanced and drinkable IPA that plays more on subtlety than overbearing hop character. I'd like to try this on tap and compare. Overall a very nice, drinkable B-town IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 00:14:41 | More by JackStraw
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hydroplaner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

04-23-2013 23:59:31 | More by hydroplaner
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freewill35

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

01-14-2014 00:18:10 | More by freewill35
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wrentmore

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

06-25-2014 11:56:54 | More by wrentmore
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kirkse

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

06-17-2013 13:14:46 | More by kirkse
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Half Court India Pale Ale from Cutters Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.