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Category 5 IPA - Due South Brewing Co.

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Category 5 IPACategory 5 IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

DNICE555, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

theschmooz, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

yankeej13, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

my_knew_craft, Jul 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Huntor0, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Sound_Explorer, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

homebrew311, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

MikesnoHSL, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

TheSamKuehn, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

JohnParadee, Jun 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of jshusc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jshusc, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

rudzud, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GOBLIN, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ADTaber, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tommyguz, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jeg518, May 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Thedrizzle, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

dannyfayy, May 09, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

jlindros, May 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

mta11c, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Bwagner1122, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.