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Woodchipper IPA - Fargo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 170
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Fargo Brewing Company visit their website
North Dakota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: THECPJ on 11-02-2011

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can at 51 degrees into shaker
Aroma of conifers
Head enormous (8.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/creamy, slooowly diminishing to irregular frothy layer
Lacing good – frothy curtains and some stalactites
Body light orange, clear
Flavor slightly bitter, somewhat melony flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4 (430 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
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! (642 characters)

Photo of MrUse
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (197 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
2.11/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is one of the blandest ipas ive had in a very long time... Id like to think its old but i dont know. So bland. Nothing in this beer pops. Its almost like a bad example of an english or british style ipa. (208 characters)

Photo of t2thebro
4.69/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical appearance of a quality ipa,
Orange hues and 2 finger head.

Outstanding smell. I didn't even have to hold it to my nose, cracked the can and the crisp citrus hops and sweetness of the malt flew at me.

Taste was outstanding. Citrusy refreshing hops at the start with a nice sweet caramel piney back end.

The mouthfeel was great unless you like the back end dried out. It goes down super smooth and then stays kinda wet which I took as refreshing.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer for a few reasons. 1. The very refreshing citrus beginning paired with the piney more earthy back end made it complex.
2. The oats added a velvety smoothness that did not dry it out.
3. My mouth was satisfied for a bit and then was begging for more.


Enjoy! (759 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of cans while visiting Dickinson, ND from the House of Booze. Poured not a Hampton Inn cup, thus I couldn't see the color or clarity all that good. Nonetheless, it pours a gold orange color with a large fluffy head that persists quite awhile. Smells sticky sweet with American C hops and some underlying malt sweetness. Tastes upfront hoppy, piney and citrus mostly, with a decent amount of caramel for malt backbone. Decent amount of bitterness involved. I personally prefer less caramel in my IPA's and a drier mouthfeel. This one is a little too much medium to full bodied. Still a very nice beer though and glad to have tried. Will definitely be finishing the rest in a day or two. (700 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a pale tan head, minimal head and lacing. Brassy in color and with very good clarity. Slightly-hazy (wheat malt?)

Nose is hop forward, but also sweet-fruity/juicy, with tropical fruit (maybe papaya and mango?) blending with the ale yeast character and a bit of the bittering hop profile. It's a pretty good nose, and definitely above average -- no off-notes that I can detect.

First sip is a big, bitter and hoppy bite, but one which is also punched-up with the fuity character. Bitterness lingers (rather dry), along with some of the yeast character. Pretty good so far.

Quite juicy and with a lot of that tropical fruit character on the second sip. Strawberry notes, both in the aromatic aspect and lingering alongside the yeast. This -the yeast character- is most notable as it is both expressive and yet restrained.

Pretty good mouthfeel and drinkability. Drinkability is especially good for the strength.

A pretty good IPA altogether (and I know that my rating will be low...) and worth a try.
No date code -- just a yellow dot/splotch on the bottom of the can. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Bravak
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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. (244 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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. (538 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (915 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of isaacsbolin
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into snifter. Thanks again Pidzik12! No freshness date.

A: Pours a murky dark iced tea color with two fingers of dense off-white head that slowly faded into a greasy and fuzzy film/collar. Sheets of sticky lace were left down the glass.
S: The nose is full of pine sap and oily hop resin mixed with juicy scents of sweet citrus and toasted malt.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of lightly sweet citrus, greasy and bitter hop resin, foresty pine, roasted grains and toasted malt. A bit malt heavy, but hops are juicy and potent enough.
M: Medium-full body, slick and greasy mouthfeel with a good dose of hop resin. Low carbonation, smooth.
O: A great hoppy ipa. Love the heavy greasy hop resin quality. Thanks again, Paul! (732 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (1,637 characters)

Photo of Kyle_Hanson
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good IPA, a little less hop forward than others. A little more malt than other IPA's, and quite a bit of grapefruit and wet hop flavor. It's a very good brew, one of Fargo Brewing's better offerings at the moment.

I have never had it from a can or bottle, so can't comment on that. (288 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At last, I have found a North Dakota beer. I've now had a beer from all 50 states. Thank you Brad!

The beer is golden yellow with a white head. Mild haze. The aroma offers pine, hops, resin. Hop forward with a sturdy malt body. Tasty with lingering pine notes. Well balanced and flavorful. A solid beer. (304 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of NorthWoodCommons
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a fantastic beer. Have had this multiple times and this is a beer that should blow up among the micro scene. It is a great beer to introduce people to IPA's AND it is a great IPA to kick back and relax to. It has a great balance of taste and content. Has a similar amount of hops to a standard IPA but what makes it great is the balance that is created for a smooth beer. Would recommend to anyone who loves IPA's. (419 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
1.56/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Dull copper body with particulates suspended. Haze level is high. Aroma is butterscotch. Pure butterscotch. Flavor is off. Butterscotch over-rides everything else. This is a flawed beer. I have heard good reports of this beer on tap, but this one is off. I look forward to re-reviewing a truer sample with less diactyl. (319 characters)

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