Woodchipper IPA - Fargo Brewing Company
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Reviews by ZAP:
4.23/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-A little darker than most in this class but perfect head and nothing wrong with the look except it is more amber/cherrywood than most.
S-Aroma jumps out of the glass...one of those beers you can smell as it sits there and you are not paying attention to it...a lot of juicy citrus and tropical fruits...
T-Loaded with juicy citrus (tangerines,oranges) and tropical fruits (mango, papaya)....malt is just as impressive as it adds a slight toasted malt impression....really nicely balanced with a lot of flavor..
M-ABV is 6+ish but drinks like a full flavored APA..carbonation is perfect...
O-This is a great IPA...I love it...I have not tested it out in blind taste tests at this point but I am confident it would do very well..with that said if you are looking for a tight, bitter, dry IPA this is not it....
Old review when contract brewed (2/19/13). Rating=3.16
A-Slightly hazy golden..nice frothy white head.
S-Kind of a unique aroma...overripe fruits....thinking cantaloupe, oranges, tangerines, pineapple...very fruity but more of an odd overripe fruit aroma...
T-Hop forward IPA with good fruitiness but also a bit of butteryness to the maltiness....perhaps that is what was adding the odd "overripe" dimension to the aroma.
M-Firm medium body with a somewhat raw jagged bitterness on the finish
O-I liked this better the first time I had it on tap in Fargo a couple years ago I think. I got this six-pack in Detroit Lakes and it might be a ittle old although I don't think they've bottled this one for long. Better than the Brainerd Brewing IPA but still rough around the edges with an odd flavor/aroma dimension.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 04:37:42 | More by ZAP
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3/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Yet another entrant into the already overpopulated shelves of the Twin Cities, this one from just up I-94. 12 oz. can split with my wife.
Pour looks good against a fading sunset: clear orange until the bottom, when sediment shows to cloud the show a bit. Tons of caramel is the first smell out of the gate, never a good sign with an IPA, but after a vigorous shaking there's some piney bitterness, too. Which wins out? Lessee.
Woodchipper IPA is the kind of beer you just mindlessly sip while doing something else, which is precisely what I've been doing for the last several minutes. It tastes like beer. Beer with caramel malts, beer that has had several hop vines waved in it's general direction to give it a touch of bitterness, beer with a touch of toast, burnt pine.
There's a place in the world for beer that you don't have to think about, but I'm cranky & my glass isn't one of those places. One of the more featureless beers I can remember. Straight mediocre.
Serving type: can
07-13-2014 02:17:57 | More by maximum12
3.91/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with a thin cap of light khaki foam with good retention and lacing. Good aroma of caramel and pale malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus and grassy hops. Flavor starts with caramel malt, mixed tropical and orange family fruit with grassy and citrus hops and develops an interesting bright lemon flavor as it finishes with lemon citrus and a good lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied with some light creaminess. A nice West Coast style IPA with C hops and a good flavorful malt body. The very lemony citrus in the finish is welcome and makes this one stand out for me. Thanks to my friend Jerry for bringing this back from his home state; I was so desperate to try something from the Dakotas that I would have happy to drink anything at all brewed in the state. What a happy day to get a well made and distinctive IPA. Well done Fargo!
Serving type: can
06-01-2014 04:16:08 | More by LiquidAmber
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Clear, dark amber with one finger of head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.
Aroma is a combination of citrus, tropical fruit, and caramel. Nice hop aromas but it smells a bit artificial because of the abundant caramel malt.
The flavor conflicts the palate with a big dose of malt sweetness up front and abundant bitterness in the finish. Tastes a bit like a sweetened citrus drink. Notes of caramel, oranges, and grapefruit.
Rather full bodied IPA. Nice crisp carbonation pairs well with the body.
A good IPA and nice it is available in cans, but unfortunately it is not good enough to make its way into my IPA rotation. Just too much caramel malt for my tastes.
Serving type: can
05-25-2014 20:31:35 | More by morimech
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On draft at the Beer Place in Perham, Minnesota.
nice looking pint, clear golden coloring, good white head, moderate carbonation.
Not to much on the nose (but my nose is crap anyway) but was getting some hops.
And here are the hops, nice, sweet, a touch fruity. Enjoying this
Mouth was around medium
Overall, a nice pint indeed. Little sidebar here, earlier on my visit up north, I'd grabbed a 6-pack of this in Minnesota close to the ND border. Didn't look too hard for a date. Got to where I was staying and poured one. Ahhh! cloudy, muddy, no hops, bloody awful. After closer examination, a thin vertical line on the can revealed March 2013!! 15 months on. So very glad I got to taste it as it should be. Good one Fargo.
Serving type: on-tap
05-22-2014 20:31:41 | More by MikeWard
3.96/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This pours nicely out of the new cans. Perfect heady and lacy IPA.
The smell is strong enough for an IPA but not overtly-complex.
Taste is the weak rating here for me, citrusy with a bit of pine but overall the bitterness takes over too soon.
Good mouthfeel, don't mess with the carbonation here.
Overall I love this brewery and this beer is a flagship for them. Only way I could make this beer better is if the bitterness didn't pronounce itself so quickly and let the citrus and pine smell come through.
Serving type: can
05-13-2014 22:12:50 | More by isaacsbolin
Woodchipper IPA from Fargo Brewing Company
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