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Haymaker IPA - Mankato Brewery

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Haymaker IPAHaymaker IPA

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mankato Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: garymuchow on 12-28-2012

Formerly Center Street Series #2.
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by Ilafan:
Photo of Ilafan
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friendly neighborhood barkeep gave me three bottles of this beer because she couldn't sell it at her tavern (they drink a lot of Bud Light and Miller Lite there). Coupled with the fact that this beer hails from Mankato, MN (aka Wannabe, MN), I was not expecting much from this. However, The Land of Mass Hangings has done a nice job with this IPA.

First off, the label color scheme and artwork is fun and attractive. The taste is quite hoppy with hints of bitter fruit (grapefruit, perhaps?). Quite satisfying to my palate due to lack of caramel overtones that some newer beers are trying to go for (blech!). The pour was tan/red and was smooth. The smell was not strong but pleasantly mild.

Overall, I say thumbs up to Haymaker IPA. Nice job, Mankato! Now, can we do something about renaming your crappy city college Minnesota State? Come on!

More User Reviews:
Photo of LukeH
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with one finger of head. Deep, coppery amber color. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Mostly malt and caramel, some pine.

T: Pine with a hint of grapefruit, then some biscuit like maltiness, a touch of sweetness, then finishes with more pine and leaves some lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied, a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall: I personally like a less "balanced", more hop forward approach to the style, so this wasn't for me. The hops were definitely present, but there was a little too much malt for me. However, I could recommend this to someone who likes malt with their IPA.

Photo of bsp77
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich amber with decent off-white head.

Smell: Sweet biscuit and caramel that reminds of the trademark New Belgium aroma (not what I am looking for here). Sweet citrus as well.

Taste: Not quite as New Belgium-like as I feared, but it is fairly sweet. Caramel, biscuit and citrus are all here and on the sweeter end of the spectrum. Luckily, the finish is more spicy, piney and slightly bitter. Ultimately, it comes across as balanced and drinkable.

Feel: Tingly carbonation that is quite lively and works well. Medium body. Finish is fairly dry.

Overall: Not what I am looking for in terms of an IPA fix, but this is a tasty, enjoyable ale nonetheless.

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haymaker IPA pours a clear copper color with just one finger of head that had decent retention before settling to a thin cap. A little bit of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

More caramel malt in the aroma than American hops. The hops do give off subtle citrus and pine notes.

Much more hop forward in the flavor. But still hard to believe the 92 IBU claim. Tastes very balanced with quite a bit of caramel sweetness. Definitely not West Coast in style. Notes of citrus, pine, and aspirin.

A little bit fuller bodied than most American IPAs. I attribute this to the large malt bill. But even with this malt the ABV is still around 6.5%. Good texture.

An IPA that is not going to get the beer geek panties wet, but I like the balanced approach and reasonable price for a six pack.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good, though not very much of a traditional IPA taste as far as I'm concerned. Mouthfeel is really great, perfect carbonation. I also like the way the taste lingers on the tongue. Aroma is good, but weak, though I have a partially stuffy nose.

All in all, not something I'm going to seek out.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber in color. Little head that leaves a sticky lacing on the glass.

Malty and hippy aroma, mostly grassy. Fairly balanced.

Beer starts malty, a little toast and caramel. Finish is slightly bitter and hop lingers for only a few moments in the aftertaste. Fairly balanced beer.

Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Not very IPA like with all the caramel malt, but it is tasty and very drinkable. There is a little bit of buttery diacetyl that becomes more and more apparent with each sip, but otherwise flawless.

Photo of JackieTH
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Orange-amber beer with a finger of off white foam that was very persistent, decent clumps of lace. Attractive..a good start. Smell is slightly pine and citrus but overwhelmed by caramel malt with an almost earthy-soapy character. Taste opens with a rather lackluster and non-descript sort of bitterness. Perhaps there is some citrus flavor but its watery and lost in a rich, caramel malt backbone. There is earthiness, sweet through the middle and a tiny bit of spice. A hint of pine and some further watery citric bitterness surfaces again into the finish and it actually finishes rather clean and slightly bitter. Body is lighter medium and falls apart across the tongue.

This beer is a balanced malty IPA not my favorite style of IPA, although the biggest problem is lack of any solid hop flavor and watery bitter character and that's not going to play well against the Sculpins of the IPA world.

Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery.
Big frothy head with a slight greenish tint to the tan. Mostly clear and a darker amber.
Fresh hop aroma with a notable citrus. One or two hints of hop oil, especially at first.
Hop forward flavors with an apparent yet quite smooth bitterness that moves to a long semi-dry finish. Malt certainly is a background experience with this one and seems quite simple.
Just a tad thin and carbonated nicely.
Another solid drinker. Not stellar, but certainly nothing to sneeze about either. Could easy put a couple of these away.

Photo of maximum12
1.88/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sorely lacking hops in the fridge, picked this up as part of a mixed sixer to scratch that bitter itch. 12 oz. bottle that mentions the "malt base". Huh. I might not have picked it up had I noticed that tidbit. Split with my wife.

Words aside, the beer pours like an amber which, if it has an abundance of malt, I suppose makes sense. Smells like a red too - not a redhead, that's different - caramel squares that have been aged on pine lumber.

Haymaker also tastes like a red. Caramel is all over the beer. There's a decent edge of pine, but it tastes treated, almost metallic (my wife's description, & it's an accurate one). Very sweet. Resiny in the mouth. Any beer that you're "one and done" after six ounces probably isn't a brew I'm going to be seeking out again.

Hungh. A malty IPA with a bit of copper twang in the throat? Not a very good beer in terms of taste, depth, or drinkability. Two ounces might have been enough.

Photo of heytomcat
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the taproom. Very cool space. Could use a few more chairs though. This beer is at the high end of the bitterness scale but if you like IPA's with a punch (Ha, get it?), this will do. Great beer.

Photo of lwillitz
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - cloudy body of orange amber topped with 3 fingers of khaki foam; moderate amount of rising carbonation; thin patches of lace

S - grain/malt/caramel, herbs, spice (pepper, etc.), pine, citrus

T - caramel sweetness, pine, hint of lemony citrus; a solid bready backbone complements the complex flavor from spicy and herbal hops

M - slick, chewy full body; medium/high carbonation; smooth and refreshing

O - Haymaker is a solid IPA and one of the best brews available from MB.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Haymaker pours a copper color with a big lacing head. There are mild earth and hop aromas. The taste is more balanced, some earthy notes, a noticeable hop flavor. Nice body good flavors. Overall its a bit lighter, and the earthy flavors are a bit off, but overall its nice and simple.

Photo of t2thebro
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz pour.

A- nice caramel amber color. Two finger head, nice sticky lacing

S- nice solid grain build caramel malt blends with spicy earthy somewhat herbal hop smell. Resin, tabacco, pine, and pepper.

T- pale caramel, herbal hops and some pine, finishes with much of the same with a bit of woodyness. Pretty forward flavor, average grain build for an ipa, moderate bitterness and loads of earthy spicy flavor hops.

M- missing a bit. Not bad. Not great. Average.

O- I'm a fan of spicy earthy hops. This beer is good but missing something special. Some smoothness would help a bit.

Photo of Dlug84
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i'll have to try it again to make sure

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Haymaker IPA from Mankato Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.