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Category 5 IPA - Due South Brewing Co.

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Category 5 IPACategory 5 IPA

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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Due South Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: SaCkErZ9 on 10-29-2012)
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1.68/5  rDev -56.9%

drinkfella, Aug 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

user785335, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

kbuzz, Apr 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

homebrew311, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

TheBullsHorn, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Stevedore, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Sinnian, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

GOBLIN, May 26, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

dannyfayy, May 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Paincane, Friday at 07:53 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

mklisz, Aug 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ToadiesForCody, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Adamant40, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Thedrizzle, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

zekeman17, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

belljt33, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Monstro, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

chris1919, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

bcsbeer, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Sound_Explorer, Jul 03, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

anteater, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

SaCkErZ9, Oct 29, 2012
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Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.