Category 5 IPA | Due South Brewing Co.

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very good
30 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
323
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
30.41%
 
 
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11
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Category 5 IPACategory 5 IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 10-29-2012

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Photo of Buck89
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice burnt orange. Hazy. Nice off-white fluffy head with good retention. Aroma surprisingly faint, with only trace citrus and some caramel. Taste is bracingly bitter with surprisingly little citrus or orange. Some faint pine and dank. Clean finish.
Overall, I wonder if this is old - no date stamp seen on the can. Plenty of other good alternatives out there.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I am currently snowbirding, the legacy of woodychandler lives on. This beer is another from him. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops. Taste is pine, alcohol, some tropical fruit, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer, but not as good as I expect from this style.

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Photo of Donsolo420
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of mabermud
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

THis one was just ok for me. It had a solid mouthfeel and good hop character, but the balance was off and it didn't quite give me the juiciness I expected.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reasonably fresh can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark copper, slightly hazy color with a one finger white head. Smell is big malty sweetness, citrus, fruity hops came out as the beer warmed a bit. Taste was big malty caramel sweetness followed by some citrus hop flavor followed by some bitterness. The feel was medium with some decent carbonation. Overall, a solid DIPA that was a little too malt forward for me. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of senglish7
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grapefruit nose. Very fruity and malty taste. Mostly smooth with slight bitterness left on the tongue. Overall a solid IPA. I'd love to compare to category 3

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a small chalice, color is an opaque copper, head is off white and thin then dissipating to a ring and some lacing.

Smell is heavy citrus, a big wallop of citrus, juicy hops; subtle and clean malt presence.

Taste is very fruity, heavy citrus and grapefruit rind, some mild earthy hops then cleaner toasted malts

Mouthfeel is crisp and lingering bite from those strong dank hops.

overall, a solid and heavily citrusy IPA, way different than others i've had, but I'll look for it again.

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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

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Photo of kell50
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a 12oz can from the Viera, FL Total Wine. No freshness date. Poured into a screw top Mason jar mug with handle.

A: Beautiful deep orange. Huge fluffy, chunky head with wispy lacing.

S: Dank hops, orange zest, overripe peach, mango. I'm also picking up a bubblegum sweetness.

T: Super hoppy. Citrus juiciness, slight malt, and some herbal notes on the finish.

M: Big chewy brew. Medium carbonation, sticky consistency. Hop oils have attached to my tounge. Not a beer to gulp down.

O: Impressive IIPA from a can. Aggressively hopped without much malt balance. If you're looking for a hop bomb look no further.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My (usually) local, in-person trader, tone77, has taken to flying south for the winter, having proven to be a nomadic snowbird. His return is also the harbinger of the arrival of CANs from the southern regions, which brings a renewed level excitement to Chez Woody and The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Hand Crafted Ameri[CAN] Ales"; "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."; "Drink Fresh. Drink Local."

I Crack!ed it open and stared, mouth agape, into the vent. I CAN't understand how they got it this full without anything untoward happening when I opened it! Brimful hardly begins to describe it. A light Glug later & I had a finger of foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose brought a 1-2 punch of dank hops & caramel malts and I recoiled from not being prepared for the onslaught! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was big on minty, pine hops, underlain with grapefruit-citrus bitterness and shored up by the aforementioned caramel hops. Still, there was some heat to this one and an intake of breath following a sip really brought forth the mintiness. Whew! The finish was dry, but cool, very minty and quite refreshing. Only the (relatively) high ABV prevents me from reCANmending this as a regular thing. If you CAN get one, give it a try, but beware, a Category 5 is nothing to take lightly!

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Photo of zookerman182
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter, canned on

A- pours a murky golden-orange color with a thick and creamy two-finger white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- very fruit forward aroma with some mint and dank pine aroma, also picking up a woodsy tartness, reminiscent of an American wild ale, strange enough

T- fruity and tart with notes of tropical hops, mint and earthy herbal flavors. There's a fruity tartness that kicks in mid-palate and continues through to the close, leaving a linger of grassy hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- I'm not sure if this was an infected batch, but it worked for me nonetheless. It's like a cross between an IPA and a sour, interesting

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Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clear amber, finger white head fades slowly leaving some lace. Sweet fruity aroma. The taste is sweet and fruity as well, but mid sip is countered by some pungent resiny hops, piney with grassy notes and some citrus peel. Alcohol comes out in the swallow. This is a really solid tasty IPA, will be hitting some more of this up next time I'm in Florida.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with "canned on" dating

Pours heavily hazed dark orangy amber, and leaving a load of fine lacing all up and down the glass.

Softly citric nose with grapefruit, pineapple, mango and general fruity goodness.

This is a big and bold, fresh tasting "imperial" IPA (according to the can), loaded with more citric fruits and hoppy goodness.

Pleasingly carbonated and easy flowing in the mouth. All in all a terrific brew. Happy to see more and more quality craft created in Florida.

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Photo of jp11801
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
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