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Haymaker IPA - Mankato Brewery

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Haymaker IPAHaymaker IPA

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mankato Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Center Street Series #2.

(Beer added by: garymuchow on 12-28-2012)
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Reviews by Ilafan:
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Ilafan

Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 04:24:38 | More by Ilafan
More User Reviews:
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-26-2014 03:12:31 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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Ubik19761

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-22-2014 23:10:16 | More by Ubik19761
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lwillitz

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 17:02:07 | More by lwillitz
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Richardbcoffin

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-01-2014 15:46:04 | More by Richardbcoffin
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MoyaHoya

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-27-2014 16:38:55 | More by MoyaHoya
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ricelaker

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-16-2014 13:24:40 | More by ricelaker
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tbone64

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-02-2014 00:12:09 | More by tbone64
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-31-2014 20:10:44 | More by mmulebarn
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

05-10-2014 22:17:39 | More by capuchinpilates
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MidwestMaverick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

03-26-2014 00:22:37 | More by MidwestMaverick
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%

03-25-2014 14:28:15 | More by DaveMiller
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t2thebro

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 03:49:54 | More by t2thebro
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DougKapple

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

03-21-2014 03:05:59 | More by DougKapple
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

02-12-2014 03:04:52 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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koes0024

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-02-2014 14:02:31 | More by koes0024
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maximum12

Minnesota

1.83/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:29:09 | More by maximum12
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-29-2014 16:05:41 | More by Whiskeydeez
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elec

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-22-2014 04:13:44 | More by elec
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 23:20:29 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-15-2014 04:41:18 | More by mattmarka1
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Cooper

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-12-2014 00:01:50 | More by Cooper
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-05-2014 19:20:37 | More by sgttibbs
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

12-29-2013 07:49:04 | More by zestar
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kguard

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-24-2013 16:31:54 | More by kguard
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Haymaker IPA from Mankato Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.