IPA - River North Brewery

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35 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River North Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StoneTSR on 05-06-2014

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive head on the cloudy red-amber brew in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Plenty of lacing. Appealing nose of leather and flowery hops. Winey hint with the malty mouthfeel.

Slightly sweet, certainly not sugary. It tastes like it wants to be a DIPA, but the sharpish sensation is in another dimension. It tastes smoky with a bitter campfire burnt taste on the edges. Warm malt with a mineral tang. Bitter aftertaste, though not really bitter for an IPA.

I think this is a quite drinkable brew with a leafy intensity. From the 16 oz can purchased at Wilbur's in Fort Collins.

Photo of Moose90
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz Can Served Into Tulip

A – Pours a deep ruby amber, quite hazy, big tall white head forms and leaves great thick lacing behind it.

S – Smells intensely yeasty and hoppy, quite dry and bitter.

T – Juicy hop notes, lead way to a greatly complex yeast characteristic.

M – Medium bodied, perhaps a bit thick, but OK.

O – A really nice and yeasty Belgian IPA.

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body appears a deep copper-orange hue with a thick, foamy, off-white head; clinging rings of foam on the glass marking every sip. The aroma is a tame orange/lemon/pine scent. The flavor has a zesty, tart/citrus character with a decent hop bitterness underneath things. Medium bodied; crisp and dry finish.

Reading some of the other reviews, I was anticipating a rather lackluster IPA. The bitterness and hop zing of a good IPA are there although the malt component keeps a tad too much in the background. Also, I initially wondered where the aroma was, but after allowing the beer to sit and open up a bit, I found some very satisfying hop aromas greeting my snozz (although not as bold and impressive as a west coast IPA). So, all things considered, this is a distinctive enough and enjoyable beer.

Photo of aratcliffe
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, Belgian-y, intriguing. Not strongly hopped like I thought it might be. But it's possible this can is a touch old.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Well balanced Belgian Red IPA with grapefruit notes.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

IPA from River North Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.