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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: 29 | 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
Photo of Bighuge
1.56/5  rDev -57%
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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Photo of Beerlover
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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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 maximum12
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Photo of GeezLynn
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Chaz
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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!!


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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 Kyle_Hanson
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks.

A bright copper body that is clear and has tons of white head and amazing lacing. Citrus and grapefruit hops on the nose with an underlying malt presence. The body has an enjoyable biscuity quality too it with notes of honey like sweetness. Light citrus hop flavour in the body. The beer though is hurt by an underlying "butter-y" flavour that detracts from the beer. Through the pour, the bitterness builds well. An enjoyable IPA with decent malt background, though a little light on the hop flavours, oh yes, and save the butter for the bread.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: copper orange with 1 finger offwhite head

Smell: pine, hops, resin, caramel, bready, malts

Taste: was a little mellow for an ipa more of a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Overall: glad to finally get my hands on a beer from north dakota. Decent beer but not over the top.


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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 scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

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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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Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of sweetwillyrolbar. Thanks so much for the elusive state tick Andrea.

A: Pours burnt orange mostly clear. Small amount of off white head. Decent retention with some lace remaining.

S: Mild citrus hop profile. A touch of pine with some bready malt rounding things out.

T: Again citrus hops dominate. A decent amount of resinous sticky hop flavor sticking to the tongue. Soft pale malt balances things nicely.

M: Medium to light body with an average amount of carbonation.

O: A very nice first effort from FBC. I hope they keep it up. ND is a thirsty place.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of McConnoisseur
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a Pilsner style glass. A very nice amber color, with a great two and a half finger head. It has a nice hoppy smell with just a hint of what seems to be a citrus fruit aroma in it as well.

At first taste it has a very clean flavor, after letting it sit in your mouth for a moment or two a hint of citrus hits the tongue, and has a very nice full hoppy aftertaste to it

It feels slightly above average in how it feels in your mouth, it leaves a bit of a dry feeling on your tongue after drinking but during drinking it feels very smooth and somewhat creamy.

Overall I enjoyed the beer quite a bit, I am fairly new to beer tasting, especially reviewing beer, but I truly enjoyed this microbrew's excellent IPA.

Cheers and Godspeed,


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Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of isaacsbolin
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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