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Irie IPA - Tighthead Brewing Company

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Irie IPAIrie IPA

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very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tighthead Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A malty and complex IPA which supports the generous amounts of Chinook, Centennial, and Colombus hops. American Ale Yeast ferments this beer cleanly allowing the dank hop qualities to shine through.

134.1 IBU

(Beer added by: elginirishpunk on 11-10-2011)
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Reviews by blackcompg:
Photo of blackcompg
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass at ChiliU in Libertyville, IL...

Appearance - Came with a bout a finger of eggshell head, the body is a clear light straw amber, and left some pretty decent lacing after the session.

Smell - Lots of tart citrus, grapefruit and orange peels, pale malts.

Taste - Lots of sharp and bitter citrus peels/zests/pits, especially grapefruit, orange and tangerine. There's a whiff of bready malts at the center that just ever so barely balance the powerful citrus hops, but is crushed by more hops in a moment. The finish is bittering citrus peels and piths, with a bit of piney, resiney hops, and they remain long into the finish. Alcohol is perfectly hidden, no way does this seem like 7.8% ABV...careful ;o)

Mouthfeel - lighter side of medium, carb is also medium and pretty smooth, still providing enuff of a scrub to pave the way for the bitter/drying side of the hops.Very drinkable and satisfying.

Overall - If you like your hops citrussy and bitter, then this is your huckleberry - potent and powerful citrus hops here, but barely any sweetness to balance - this is a puckering ipa, there is no mistaking the 132 IBU rating here. I personally think a bit more sweetness would go a very long way, but to each his own - overall still an excellent ipa, and extremely pleased that this is brewed about 10 minutes from my home.

blackcompg, Oct 01, 2012
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The glass arrives with a puffy convex dome of head rising above the rim, with a deep saturated orange color to it. A ton of sudsy lacing sticks to the glass, and the head never dissipates for the duration of the glass.

Aroma is pungent with candied orange peel, light vegetal hop funk, and a light note of eucalyptus woven in also.

Flavors of bitter grapefruit and orange rind, some lingering orange flavors, and bready caramel malt. Dry finish. Medium bodied due to the malt content, medium carbonation levels. Clean and drinkable, though i'd guess it's pushing the high end of the abv spectrum for an IPA, maybe close to 7%. Reminds me a bit of Two Hearted with a bit more caramel malt to it.

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Poured from a 64oz growler into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to the Dood for making the trek with daddy!

A: Pours a clear, bright copper orange. Capped with one finger of off-white foam. Carbonation is quite lazy. Not much in the way of lace is left behind.

S: Grapefruit peel, bitter orange, tangerine, and lemon zest. Healthy helping of toasty malt. Heavy on the citrus with notes of pine towards the end.

T: See above. Taste follows the smell, exactly.

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I look forward to trying more of Tighthead beers but don't
Think I will go out of my way for this one.

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Irie IPA from Tighthead Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.