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Woodchipper IPA - Fargo Brewing Company

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Woodchipper IPAWoodchipper IPA

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 24
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: THECPJ on 11-02-2011

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 179
Reviews by ZAP:
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bravak
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass.
Beer is a beautiful, clear light copper color with a pure white head that leaves lots of lacing.
Decent aroma with lots of citrus up front and maybe hints of grass and herbs.
Taste threw me a bit. Nice orange and grapefruit up front but a lingering bitter that hit my palate a touch unpleasantly. A little bit of onion lurking in the background.
Mouthfeel is thin and a bit sticky.
Overall, not bad but just didn't hit me as a great combination of hops.

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Photo of MrUse
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am very impressed with this beer. Has a nice pine smell. The hops and malt balance nicely in this one. Has a nice finish, not dry, just refreshing. I will definitely be purchasing this again.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” cream colored foam cap.
S: The aromas are below average in intensity but include fruit, spice, biscuit, graham cracker and hints of anise.
T: Has moderate levels of malt character with big fruit flavor – especially melon. Hop driven beer with hop flavors and bitterness slightly above average.
F: Medium to a little less on the carbonation, medium body.
O: An easy to drink American IPA with character.

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Photo of moundbz
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of German584
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oelschlager
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of johnyb
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shawner
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of nuebs
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Snow81
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vinmar
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Schwegler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of jwerner23
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into Fargo can glass, no canning date

A- pours a hazy amber color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top

S- mixture of piney & citrus hop aroma, with a bit of juicy tropical notes. Underlying bready malt

T- juicy tropical hop notes up front gives flavors of mango, guava & fresh cut grass. Hints of pine and resin kicks in mid-palate, followed by subtle underlying toasted malt. Citrusy hop finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- plenty of lush tropical hop flavor, while remaining very balanced and drinkable, very good!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a pale amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of fresh hoppy citrus notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by fresh citrus notes with lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Noting to write home about but quite enjoyable for the style.

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Woodchipper IPA from Fargo Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.