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Woodchipper IPA - Fargo Brewing Company

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Woodchipper IPAWoodchipper IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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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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1/5  rDev -72.9%

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1.55/5  rDev -58%
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.

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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2.52/5  rDev -31.7%

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.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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 Chaz
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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