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Cliff Jumper IPA - Country Boy Brewing

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Cliff Jumper IPA
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BA SCORE
86
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 01-24-2012)
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark almost brown in the center, the color was lighter orange around the edges. The head was stiff and bubbly but was gone in seconds.

The scent was mostly malt and pine, subtle but aromatic, I enjoyed the aromas just wished they were stronger.

The taste followed the nose with a rich malt flavor and floral piney hops. The description given by Country Boy is that a single hop is used and produces citrus flavor. If I strain I can get a tinge of lemon so I wonder if my palate is simply not as suited for this IPA.

The feel is silky smooth with limited carbonated feel to make this a great beer for a hot July day.

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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Tap

Pours clear amber with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and a good sheath of lacing down the glass.

Lots of citrus/pine hops on the nose along with a hefty caramel backbone.

Starts out with some citrus hop flavor and a touch of resin, but didn't really explode at the front of the tongue the way I'd like. Definitely a hefty caramel backbone on this one and the sweetness is perhaps a tad bit high for an IPA. Finishes more balanced with caramel and resin.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit chewy, but no lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

A standard IPA for those who prefer more balance. It wasn't bad, but I feel the balance leans heavier toward malt and I found the initial flavor burst and lingering hop bitterness I expect from IPA's absent on this one. Still one I'd reach for again, but not if there are better style choices.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune to be given a half of this for the kegerator. Pour was golden amber, with an immediate resinous hoppy nose. Hopping was a little brusk, assertive but not overpowering. Initial hops are the slightest touch raw, then pulling back to reveal some faint mango with pine in the forefront. Malt contributes a reserved bit of sweetness late, before the finish wraps up with firm bitterness. I would have guessed a lower ABV, and the beer drinks well.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Country Boy Brewing in Lexington, KY for $4. Tapped from a Creative Wooden Carved Tap Handle (they all are like this here) into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Big huge complexed hop aroma! Tons of resin and citrus fruits all mixed together. Strong with a hint of the ABV.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger of creamy head that has great retention. Has a dark copper body with a semi-hazy background. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Huge hop flavor with sweetness to back it up. Complexed once again with and bitterness level was out of this world high.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Chewy, but then finished a bit dull. Not much hop lingered afterwards.

Overall Impression- Another great IPA from a local brewery! I wish these IPA's could have different characters every time but a good IPA is a good IPA. Won't be picky here!

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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a tight, clinging white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuit, minerals, and caramel give way to a citrusy hop scent.

T: Maltier than expected, with notes of cream, caramel, biscuits, and minerals first to emerge. These notes are quickly chased by traces of pine, spruce, lemon peel, lime zest, bitter orange, grass, green apple, and grapefruit. The finish is bitter and clipped with a delicate blend of grass, biscuit, caramel, and citrus flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium, smooth, and dryish. Carbonation is delicate, but firm enough to let you know that you're drinking an IPA. Alcohol is extremely restrained, and in fact, it's not really noticeable at all. This ale could easily sneak up on you.

O: A nice, easy drinking IPA that is tremendously refreshing on a hot day. Compared to the brewery's other takes on this style, Cliff Jumper is not as resinous or fruity, but it is remarkably mellow and balanced. I could see this being a good gateway IPA for aspiring hopheads.

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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep golden peach color with a solid half inch cream head that lingers, leaving a ring of foam around the rim.

Aroma is heavily grapefruit-forward, with orange, mango, and pineapple adding complexity to this fruit salad of a beer. Resin and pine carry into a hint of sweet, bready malt. Floral hops emerge as it warms. After another round, acetone became evident in the aroma, as well.

Grapefruit, apricot, and orange hop flavors are HUGE in the flavor, with mango and pine emerging, supported lightly by bready malt into the decidedly bitter, spruce and onion finish. Initially, a hint of acetone came across. There's enough hop presence to remove nail polish, for sure!

Body is a bit light, with moderately high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, a hop explosion in both flavor and aroma. Best ipa they've created so far. Think they've almost got the recipe nailed down! A little more body...

Update: 7/31/13 Hop bill must've changed dramatically. Aroma lacks citra character, and resiny bittering hops dominate flavoring hops. Fairly harsh. It's a shame, because this was a fave. I didn't alter my original rank to suit.

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Cliff Jumper IPA from Country Boy Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.