Woodchipper IPA - Fargo Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.76/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
09-15-2013 02:04:55 | More by Huhzubendah
1.55/5 rDev -57.8%
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.
03-11-2013 04:13:04 | More by Bighuge
3.39/5 rDev -7.6%
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!!
09-02-2013 05:46:09 | More by JohnGalt1
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-02-2011 20:55:17 | More by THECPJ
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
12-11-2011 20:19:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.91/5 rDev +6.5%
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!
06-01-2014 04:16:08 | More by LiquidAmber
4.23/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
12-22-2013 04:37:42 | More by ZAP
3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
07-13-2014 02:17:57 | More by maximum12
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-25-2014 20:31:35 | More by morimech
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
03-17-2014 00:55:00 | More by scottfrie
4.4/5 rDev +19.9%
pours out a hazed deep golden colour accompanied by an ivory white head a quarter inch in girth. spotty lace. citrusy aroma...lemon and grapefruit pith with mango and kiwi highlights. smells really inviting. the flavour profile leans heavily on the the tropical fruit flavours the hop bill provides, and repeats what the nose already foreshadowed. pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon-lime with kiwi and mango. it's a juicy fruit bomb alright. on the other hand, there is a leafy, woody, herbal undertone that adds another layer, providing depth and hop complexity. the pale base maltiness just does enough to hold up this hop bomb. there is a bit of alcohol spice that melds well with the hop bitterness...lingering longingly on the tongue. finishes dry with a touch of blistering bitterness. the taste is quite impressive. this IPA has a sturdy body on it, paired by a lip smacking, tongue tingling luscious mouthfeel. drinkability is really nice...this sixer must be really fresh becasue the hop profile really seems to burst in the mouth.
overall...colour me impressed. i had this one time before on tap awhile back it didn't seem as good as this sixer is today. i would definitely recommend this for all the hop heads out there. good stuff!
01-28-2013 22:44:17 | More by budgood1
Woodchipper IPA from Fargo Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.