Category 5 IPA - Due South Brewing Co.

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Category 5 IPACategory 5 IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

241 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 12
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Due South Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SaCkErZ9 on 10-29-2012

The most powerful IPA in the Due South Category series, the Cat 5 is big on hops and big on flavor. Clocking in at 8.5% ABV and 96 IBU’s, the first bands of malts will make way for the surge of hops on the palate. Designed for the true hophead, this is not a beer for the faint of heart.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 241 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by SaCkErZ9:
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another specialty release from these guys, this one follows an oft used theme here in Florida; Hurricanes. They already make a Category 3 and Category 4, each with increasing alcohol and hops as the category increases (you know, like in a hurricane Saffir-Simpson scale). Of all of the Category's they make, this was probably my favorite.

More of a hop forward beer than the others, this was right up my alley. A little dark in color but full of citrus and piney hops in the aroma. Flavor was packed with pine resin and oil with plenty of bitterness. Caramel malts give a decent backbone but didnt drown out the star of the show, which was the hops. Not quite up to the level of the big boys, but a very decent beer in any regard. Well done.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SomethingClever
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap poured into sniffer


A: nice head light Amber colored looks like it is going to lace well great clarity 


S: very fruity peaches mango maybe some pineapple 


T: very juicy so fruity it's lush with the fruit flavors just a lot of citrus and stone fruit 


M: nice medium body with a pleasant sweet linger on the tongue


O: This is an amazing fruity DIPA seek this out you will be smiling from ear to ear outrageously good 

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Pungent, Rind, Bitter, Warming

One brewers IPA is another’s Double IPA, so from that we’ll take the brewers word that this is just an amped up IPA. This beer stinks, a good stink at that of pungent hops. The hefty malt base is big enough to hold up to this onslaught of hoppiness and even alcohol. A massive brew for drinkers with venturesome palates.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 8.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Leftovers. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange. Hazy. Nice white head and great lacing. Retains very well.

Smell - Pine and pithy grapefruit hop aroma. Musty with some caramel sweetness.

Taste - Brighter citrus just for a moment. Orange becomes grapefruit which becomes piney and grassy. Builds into a musty bitterness, eventually overpowering a slightly sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Quite bitter. Medium heavy body. Weird malt flavor at the very end.

Overall - Pretty good hop flavor, but a rough finish.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Got two 12oz cans in a trade. Pours a hazy golden color. Lots of sediment. Smell is loads of citrus. A little herbal. Some pineapple too. Taste is a lot of orange and grapefruit. A good malt backbone to balance things out too. I get some pineapple and mango in the finish. Bitterness isn't too harsh. Mouthfeel seems about right, maybe a little sticky. Overall this is a great DIPA. I'm surprised this has flown under the radar for so long. This is the second offering I've had from Due South and enjoyed them both. I suppose they don't get as much recognition because of Cigar City. I'd like to see this brewery grow and distribute more widely.

Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay IPA in can thanks to joshtahan (Reddit). It tells me to drink it fresh but doesn't give me a date... really?!

Head riles up and I have to pour carefully, eventually settles at a nice creamy frothy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, soapy bubbles on the sides with nice lacing but lighter than expected, very hazy murky reddish orange color.

Nose decent hops, pretty big hops and seem mostly spicy and earthy, some mild citrus and candied orange peel, a little fruity, ruby red grapefruit, mild pith and plenty of citrus like juice, some sweet candy malts, little toasty reddish malt.

Taste brings candy malts out front, caramel sweetness, with a little toffee and syrupy candy uh syrup. Then hops come through but mostly drowned by the malts, a fair spicy hop note with fair bitterness, little rind and candied orange peel, into light pith and just a hint of ruby red grapefruit, and even a touch of melon rind fruitiness. The back end gets fairly bitter and eventually very bitter on the finish as it starts to dry off. A touch of booze comes through with mild warmth and some spicy hops, more orange peel, candied orange, little pith too, but also a bit sticky and syrupy feeling. Eventually booze gets a little hot and very slightly feusel.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, syrupy, lighter carb, some warming then a bit hot booze.

Overall meh, it has some nice hop characters but the malts are just way too sweet, syrupy, and booze cuts in too much for only 8%. I'd be curious to try the Cat 3.

Photo of zookerman182
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy orange color with a one finger head
Aroma is resin, pine and alcohol.
Taste is a nice balance of malt and hop bitterness. Some pine.
Mouthfeel is pushing full. That's what I love about this beer.
It leaves a beautiful bitter flavor that coats the mouth.
I really like this beer

Photo of Paincane
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Deep golden hued brew, tan head, great lacing. Loads of citrus notes in aromas. Hefty malt base leads into herbal dry hoppy finish.

Photo of jp11801
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock solid DIPA from Due South after a shakes start the retooled cat 5 is pretty damn great. Love the hop profile , mouthfeel and overall flavor. Great job!

Love the grapefruit flavor and oily hoppy mouthfeel. Tastes fuller tan it looks, deceptively smooth and will sneak up on you.

Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into snifter. Pours a hazy darker gold with generous and creamy white head and great retention. Heavy lacing left behind. The smell pretty heavy on malts with caramel evident among grassy and earthy hop profile. The hops have moderate strength. The taste is a bit sweet with heavy malt presence again. The hops have smooth and mild bitterness. The finish is a touch on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is heavy for style and moderately carbonated. Overall, not my favorite IPA. The hops and malts don't strike a great balance and this is just too sweet for the style.

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber verging on apricot; the modest head is firm but doesn't make much lace

Smell: Cracker malt, a touch of caramel and a wallop of sugary tropical fruit esters

Taste: As in the aroma, the sugary tropical fruit (pineapple, pink grapefruit and mango) flavors dominate, with the cracker malt building along with some caramel; the bitterness takes over, after the swallow, in a herbaceous fashion and adds a nice balancing touch to the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat sticky; moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA verging on a DIPA; perhaps a bit too sweet, but the herbal bitterness does a good job of keeping the sweetness in check

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Don't really know what to say about this DIPA. It's a lot to say the least., a lot of hops, especially grapefruit flavors, with a big amount of malts, overpowered by the bitterness, and then the booze, finished with some more hops and strangely some acidity. It's a chewy beer. The beer has a lot of things going on, you could say too many, but, any hophead would love to have this in their fridge. A decent representation of the style.

Photo of mabermud
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I like that this IPA is murky and has an anchor on the front denoting an unexplored part of the ocean, just due south of there. The body is brownish/orange. A good deal of floaties and particles. The head is white, nice, and fluffy. The aroma is a little off. Some hops, orange, and staleness. The taste gets mixed reviews. Chop Chop. It is missing the "Zing." The flavor is a mish mash of stuff. Nothing stands out. Some hops and other fruit. Now, the mouthfeel gets an "A". This is where they have success. Creamy mouthfeel. The right amount of carb at the right time, in all the right places. If you couple this mouthfeel with some of those IPA teetering on the brink of greatness, this would bring them over to the other side.

Overall - I bet this would be very good on tap. Maybe I received a bad can. I would re-visit this in the future.

Photo of TheosTheories
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow my first category 5

A- looks great, deep orange that's pretty clear, nice one finger of white head and beautiful lacing

S- big hop profile! Nice grapefruit, a wet piney note, balanced by a sweet malt undertone

T- juicy grapefruit, citrus, pine, dank, nice bitter bite, with a nice sweet caramel malt backbone

M- mouthfeel is great, perfect amount of carbonation, medium to almost medium full body.

O- overall a great DIPA. Pretty much exactly what I want in a DIPA. Nice big tropical hop profile that's balanced by a light malt sweetness. Bitter and dry, but finishes nice and smooth. Taste very fresh, I can tell they use an insane amount of hops in this one. Great brew!

Photo of Stevedore
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can of unclear dating, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 5/17/2014.

A- Slightly hazy orange-amber body. Two finger effervescent white head, good retention- drops into a thick film that sticks around for a while. Sticky lacing.

S- Pineapple, floral hops, toffee, biscuits. Yeast spices. Malt backbone is quite strong here as this smells particularly sweet despite the strong hop presence.

F- Pine, citrus, floral hops are strong here, with an even stronger toffee and caramel malt backbone that helps cut the hop sweetness quite a bit. the combination isn't the best, but it's certainly not bad at all.

M- Medium body that's on the verge of syrupy, good carbonation, with a bitter floral finish that is especially strong but not unexpected given the amount of hops that show up at the beginning. Slight booziness, which is a bit surprising.

O- Solid DIPA, nothing special or mindblowing but well-constructed and balanced. There isn't a ton of oomph behind the flavour profile which seems a bit muddled.

Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange hue with a one finger head that fades rather quickly to leave a thin thin blanket and no real lacing.

S - Aromas of faint tropical notes along with floral notes. Fair amount of sweet malt too though.

T - Taste is not bad, just, again maltier than I like. More of the nice tropical notes, pineapple and grapefruit, however, even strong caramel malts. Powerful bitter finish is nice. Alcohol is relatively noticeable too.

M - Mouthfeel is decently carbonated, but, relatively boozy. Nice strong bitterness. Just...I'm used to 8%+ IPAs to still be crushable, instead this one is more of a sipper.

O - Overall, maybe I'm spoiled but yeah, in the world of hoppy beers this one simply does not stand out of the pack.

Photo of phishterrrrrrr88
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

fantizzletastic

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very good DIPA...the smell is absolutely perfect..the taste, however, leaves a small amount to be desired...mouthfeel is a smidge over carbonated but overall very impressed with what due south is doing and i would buy this any day if i had the chance

Photo of Donsolo420
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My beer had black shit floating around in it. I emailed the company and they said it was the bottom of the batch and it shouldn't have made it through the distribution process but it did. And I was stuck drinking it. Fine. Whatever. I still don't want black flakes floating throughout my beer. I drank one and returned the the other 3 from my 4 pack to ABC. I like the taste but not the funk in it

Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy copper color with decent clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Awesome lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, grassy, caramel, toasted,

Taste:

Mouthfeel: Smooth, quite the sipper, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and light tingly bitterness.

Overall: Ugh, this was my last Due South can of beer. A road trip back to FL might be in the near future.

Photo of thegerm87
3.04/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not for me I guess.

Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.