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IPA - River North Brewery

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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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River North Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: StoneTSR on 05-06-2014)
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Reviews by DenverHopHead:
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can into a pub glass.
Appearance - a cloudy, bubbly amber that produces a nice fluffy off-white head. Lacing that covers the back of the glass!
Smell - definitely a more Belgian nose, some hop character, but the Belgian yeast overpowers a bit.
Taste - more of a Belgian red style, as opposed to an IPA, but enjoyable, nonetheless.
Feel - finishes off a bit bitter, but not the typical Belgian IPA.
Overall - I enjoyed this, though advertising as an IPA is misleading.

Serving type: can

06-07-2014 23:01:34 | More by DenverHopHead
More User Reviews:
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2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Pours slightly hazy copper red with a medium creamy light tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary malts with some banana Belgian yeast and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet cola caramel malts with lots of banana and some spice. It has a decent bitter finish but not much hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy texture.

Overall, a bitter Belgian. I don't really get much out of the hops other than bitterness.

Serving type: can

06-18-2014 06:06:27 | More by Beaver13
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3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is just like the bpr to me, maybe its even the same beer. ipa is a far cry from what this is, more of a belgian amber, with a ton of rich red malt and a highly ester based belgian yeast that carbonates the crap out of it and overwhelms any hop character the brewer intended. this is by far the least impressive river north beer to date. overcarbonated belgian yeast on red malt, thats the nose, thats the taste, and theres nothing more to it. i get over ripe fruit notes on the finish, too much, almost composting at this point, and lacking depth and integration. disappointing to me, i get only bitterness from hops, but little else in that regard, especially nothing near making this an india pale ale. one can was enough, now the other three will sit in my fridge for when i am out of all other beer. sad but true, this is a step back for a brewery who has been really hot with me and with their large loyal following. make a real ipa, or stay away from the marketable nomenclature. skip it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2014 04:13:55 | More by StonedTrippin
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-26-2014 23:53:18 | More by MarkyMOD
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-25-2014 06:58:30 | More by famous_mortimur
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-22-2014 20:58:23 | More by afsdan
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-13-2014 03:46:10 | More by Stillmakingnoise
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-12-2014 17:23:58 | More by Packard
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany in color, this beer looks a lot like a Barleywine, but with a bigger, whiter and longer lasting head. The lacing is strong, covering about 70% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Wow. This has a gorgeous aroma. The familiar smells of a Belgian beer are all here and in full effect; banana, clove, a slight hint of molasses. Underneath those Belgian aromas are the more traditional American IPA smells; a small dose of citrus with a touch of pine and grass to back it up. Complex and spectacular aroma.

TASTE: Much like the smell, the flavor profile is very complex. Two beers exist inside this can - an American IPA and a Belgian IPA and they are both vying for your palate’s attention. The American IPA provides a nice dose of spicy, herbal and slightly citrusy hops. The Belgian IPA gives it a strong malt backbone along with some delicious dark fruit and banana.

MOUTHFEEL: It is very rare that I say this, but the mouthfeel is one of the highlights of this beer. The medium body meets a somewhat medium carbonation to provide a nice, creamy and easy drinking beer. It is a little on the sweet side, but certainly not too sweet and the dry finish always serves to create more anticipation for that next sip.

OVERALL: Par for the course for River North – another Home Run. I’m still waiting to try a bad beer from them, but so far, no dice. This is yet another example of an excellent fusion of an American-style beer with classic Belgian yeast. Ultimately, the best way to describe River North IPA is with one word: sexy.

Serving type: can

05-06-2014 07:28:21 | More by StoneTSR
IPA from River North Brewery
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