Haymaker IPA - Mankato Brewery
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Reviews by Ilafan:
4.06/5 rDev +14.7%
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!
07-27-2013 04:24:38 | More by Ilafan
More User Reviews:
3.44/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-30-2013 21:47:29 | More by LukeH
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
06-25-2013 18:16:23 | More by bsp77
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
05-23-2013 20:56:07 | More by morimech
3.76/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
05-14-2013 16:25:39 | More by mdwalsh
3.16/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
01-15-2014 23:20:29 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Haymaker IPA from Mankato Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.