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Woodchipper IPA - Fargo Brewing Company

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84
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fargo Brewing Company visit their website
North Dakota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 11-02-2011)
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Reviews by ZAP:
Photo of ZAP
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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....

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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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bravak
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Dank pine greets the ol' sniffer...great aroma. Excessive caramel malts and kind of an out of whack hop resin taste lingers. It's like it wants to be a big beer but just can't. Almost cloying. In a crowded IPA market this one just isn't there.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Amber-orange with decent white head and lacing.

Smell: Somewhat traditional for an IPA, with citrus and pine.

Taste: The taste is a little unexpected after the aroma, as it is a mixture of bitter, sweet and tart, kind of like the brews Lagunitas makes. Most of the flavor is citrusy, but a touch of tropical notes.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Very good IPA, but there are a lot of those, so maybe not enough distinction to return to it.

Photo of German584
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Oelschlager
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Shawner
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of Vinmar
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of jwerner23
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

64 oz growler split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
Received 09/30/11, very well sealed, (reviewed 10-03-11)

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this elusive state tick that turned out to be brewed in OUR home state FOR them. Oy, what an emotional roller coasted. :P

A - Beautiful lightly hazy golden amber in color, a tall pour from the growler produces a pillowy off-white head with thick swiss cheese-looking lacing.

S - Light shreds of oak and pine come flying into this brew with little citrus notes from the hops as well. Heavily biscuity malt provides a big base with just a drop of butter hiding in the background.

T - Lots of biscuity malt and toast with slivers of caramel and a light pungent resin and pine with just a pinch of citrus on the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied with a slightly tacky, faintly bitter finish. Just a touch of dryness and a pinch of minerals on the back end.

O - A little odd in aroma and definitely mellow for an IPA, unless of course it's an English style, Woodchipper is a great inaugural brew. Malty but unique, there's just enough hop to give it some bitterness but for an American-style IPA it could use plenty more.

Photo of TooGood
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz picked up in a great trade with Jake65... Thanks buddy!!. Pours a pretty clear orange brew with a nice white head and drapes of white lacing.

The nose leans toward a biscuity maltiness balanced by a good citrus/floral hoppiness.

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice bitter follow-through on the finish.

Body and carbonation are both fine.

Thanks again Jake!!

3.75/3.25/3.5/3.25/3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of CraigTravor
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of NodakEric
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of DiggerDahl
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dizztracted
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Have tried to get my hands on this a few times while passing through ND and came up empty. Finally distributing to MN.

A: Amber brown, slight haze, not much in the way of head.
S: Crystal malt with some underlying citrus. Smells like the big, caramelly sweet IPAs that I detest.
T: Flavor skews toward malt. There's a little nuttiness and toast, but mostly a deluge of sweet caramel. Citrus and pine hops are evident midway along with a pretty decent punch of bitterness. Despite the initial sweetness, it finishes pretty dry.
M: Body is medium with low carbonation. Fairly smooth. No complaints here.

The first whiff told me what I needed to know and the flavor was pretty close. If you like plenty of crystal malt in your IPA, this is your beer. Mouthfeel is nice and it’s a well-made beer. Personally, I just hate this sweet, hop-tea version of the style.

Photo of Chizzzy
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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Woodchipper IPA from Fargo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.