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Haymaker IPA - Mankato Brewery

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Haymaker IPAHaymaker IPA

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83
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14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 22 | 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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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 89
Reviews by Ilafan:
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4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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! (848 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of MrUse
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeH
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear amber with a slight chill haze under a 3” white finely bubbled foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: grassy hop aromas over biscuit.
T: Citrusy, fruity with some caramel on the back. Hops going all the way through. Medium hops but provide a nice accent. Very grassy background from the hops – like a fresh mowed lawn. F: Medium body, creamy, medium high carbonation.
O: Very tasty hop forward beer that does a nice job balancing the hops with the malt. (479 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.32/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Shawner
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Bierstein82
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigAl18
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (789 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of olmane
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of DougKapple
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This falls in the category of a hopped pale ale, so it certainly does not have the hop presence of Founders Centennial IPA or Surly Furious. (140 characters)

Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Haymaker IPA from Mankato Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.