Missouri Mule IPA - Piney River Brewing Co.

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Missouri Mule IPAMissouri Mule IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piney River Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 12-07-2011

Missouri mules hauled hundreds of wagons across the West and packed supplies in World Wars I & II. For decades, mules were also the most reliable Ozark farm hands. Like a Missouri mule, you can rely on our handcrafted India Pale Ale. This IPA packs a hop explosion that will not let you down.

70 IBU
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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 10
Photo of hophead723
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this here in town a lot and they are never fresh, but finally I found a fresh one today. Poured from the pint can into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy orange-amber that doesn't play with the light. Head is white and lacing is strong.

Smell: Classic pine, buiscuity malt, honey like sweetness.

Taste: Bursting with very piney hop bitterness and complex flourishes of fruity, floral deliciousness.

Feel: Very satisfyingly smooth and thick in nature with a complex coating aspect that diminishes little over time.

Overall: Excellent. I would love to have this one on tap!

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, slight alcohol, sweet malt, and slight floral aromas. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, hops, citrus, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pine. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, feel, and body.

Photo of Flatlands
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised by some of the low marks this beer is getting as it really hits the mark for me. I like an IPA that has some bitterness to it along with the hops and this one does it! I travel to Springfield MO for business so I'll stock up each trip!
A-This beer deserves to be poured in a glass, but you gotta love the full pint cans. Hello other brewers? Love live the big cans.
S-Not bad but could use a little more, still, very nice.
T-This is where the bang happens. This is piney but not too crazy. It's a great hop bang with a solid bitterness, it has a borderline Belgium flavors.
M-This is not a watery beer. I drink this one slow and enjoy!
O-This is not your typical IPA so maybe that is why it has some lower scores. I really enjoy this beer so I encourage you to search this one out.

This one will be a staple in my fridge. Thanks Piney!

Photo of Zandercole
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving type: Pint size can poured into standard 16 oz beer mug. No 'best by' date on can.

A - This IPA pours a beautiful amber color with a ton of carbonation. About a finger and 1/2 of thick head that retains well 'til the end. This beer is a joy to look at.

S - Very earthy. Detected notes of strong hops (the strongest I've smelled from any beer...ever). Very floral with notes of grass, orange, various other fruits and again, hops. Not the best I've smelled, but still not unpleasant.

T - This is hit and miss for me. It seemed as though some sips tasted different than others while drinking the same beer. This beer is harsh to say the least. On the back of the can it says that this beer is a hop explosion that won't let you down...They mean it. It's a hop explosion, but almost too much. Needless to say, I was a little let down. It's hard to taste anything but the hops.

M - This beer is bitter, and left my palette feeling dry, but not quenched. A little unpleasant.

O - This beer is not terrible by any stretch, however, it's just not for me. I enjoy IPAs very much, this one will not stay on my list. Certainly worth trying though if you really like hops.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel malt and grass, with not too much else going on. The flavor is similar, with caramel and toffee. There is also a little bit of grass from the hops, as well as some butter notes which take away from the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from these guys, if I like this I will buy their amber...

Pours amber with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Above average head retention, average lacing

S: Grassy & piney

T: Lemony, grassy & catty hops up front, along with some butterscotch sweetness & some breadyness up front. Honey malt mixes with pineyness, minty & more catty hops. Finishes catty with sharp pineyness with a touch of bready sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, balance
is a bit skewed by the sharpness of the hops, not unpleasant, but could be better

An alright IPA, the hop mix isn't really wowing me. This isn't really selling me on the idea of buying their amber...

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a one-finger, white head of sudsy foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very piney/resiny with a good dose of citrus. Some burnt toast maltiness was present, too.

T - Very piney and grassy with a strong bitterness. Quite a bit of yeastiness made is seem slightly unbalanced. It has a nice caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. It's nice to have a good, local IPA in a can.

Photo of wages
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's a full pint can that I poured into a full pint Bass pub glass. I (accidentally!) let it breath for about 15 or 20 minutes. Still very cold to the touch. Just figure that's worth noting. :)

Appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours well, and only after fully poured does the head swell up and then holds for a while. Has a beautiful orangish red color with a very faint transparency. Looking closely, you can see thousands of tiny tiny bubbles. I wonder how it would appear in a snifter?

Smell - 5/5 - Big citrus/pine aroma perfectly balanced by a big malty smell. Very inviting!

Taste - 5/5 - Follows the expectations of the aroma. Spicy piney citrus hops coat the mouth as the malt tantalizes the tongue. It's hard to imagine more hop flavor in a 7.5% IPA ale.

Side note: I've had this beer on tap at the brewery where it does taste even better, as taps usually do!

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - Wonderful tiny bubble carbonation adds to a refreshing sensation. The body is medium (but not heavy). The hops linger for a long time in the mouth.

Overall - 5/5 - A truly wonderful IPA, among the very best Missouri has to offer.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kinda reddish, pretty clear with a fair head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is malty, caramel malts are accented with nice piney, grapefruit rind and floral hop notes.

Taste is somewhat of a malt bomb at first, really good tasting caramel malts, followed up by a bold, bitter hoppiness. There's a little bit of sweet fruit too.

Mouthfeel is great, very rich and bold, smooth, and full bodied. Bitter aftertaste is really nice.

Overall I really like this beer and certainly plan to buy it again.

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour – fills the glass with a dark amber, reddish-auburn color with a soapy head that quickly dissipates leaving a perfect ring around the inside of the glass and some specks of lacing.

Aroma – caramel malts, Tootsie rolls, sweet oranges, lemon, pineapple juice and some floral hops.

Taste – That first sip hits the back of your palate with a wave of bitter sweet citrus that is followed by big malty aftershock. Very balanced with a great body and flavor profile. Some nice tropical fruit notes pop up from time to time as this one settles a bit. This ends with a bitter finish and just a kiss of sweetness. Nothing is too out of balance and I'd say a conservative take on a style that is often taken to extremes will serve this brewery well. Well done Piney River.

Overall – This seems to fall somewhere between a hopped up amber ale, a malty IPA and a strong pale ale. Wherever it lies in the beer style spectrum its certainly a worthwhile brew and is definitely making hop-loving outdoorsy folks happy down in the Ozarks!

Missouri Mule IPA from Piney River Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.