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Haymaker IPA | Mankato Brewery

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Haymaker IPAHaymaker IPA

Brewed by:
Mankato Brewery
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by garymuchow on 12-28-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 99
Reviews by MidwestMaverick:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeH
3.45/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.32/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigAl18
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of troyvar
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased as a pick six, from Total Wine in the Twin Cities, the only IPA, the others were all Scotch Ales. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams taster...light copper color, filtered clear, nice creamy head that doesn't last too long, same with lacing. Smell is pure IPA, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium light, hits the back of the throat with authority... This is one I'll have to find more of.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of davidhoff
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very bready. Not my cup of tea.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Haymaker IPA from Mankato Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.