1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Woodchipper IPA - Fargo Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Woodchipper IPAWoodchipper IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 18
Gots: 6 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CraigTravor
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

CraigTravor, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of PopnLoads
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

PopnLoads, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

LiquidAmber, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

PappyVans, May 29, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Chucker17, May 27, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

morimech, May 25, 2014
Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

MikeWard, May 22, 2014
Photo of Kam
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Kam, May 19, 2014
Photo of hardy008
2/5  rDev -45.7%

hardy008, May 13, 2014
Photo of isaacsbolin
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

isaacsbolin, May 13, 2014
Photo of kraticus41
3/5  rDev -18.5%

kraticus41, May 03, 2014
Photo of mfl620ks
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mfl620ks, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +8.7%

trxxpaxxs, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Shawner
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Shawner, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

scottfrie, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

sparx1100, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Czequershuus
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Czequershuus, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of billybill
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

billybill, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of ZAP
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

ZAP, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of dylntbrown
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

dylntbrown, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Kyle_Hanson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Kyle_Hanson, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Wobbly
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Wobbly, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of NodakEric
3/5  rDev -18.5%

NodakEric, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of thewimperoo
1/5  rDev -72.8%

thewimperoo, Nov 01, 2013
Woodchipper IPA from Fargo Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.