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County Line IPA - Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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County Line IPACounty Line IPA

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very good

60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 433
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 32.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheFightfan1 on 06-11-2012

Our search for a location to start this brewery took us across much of Lower Bucks County, many times traveling down the well known divider between northern Philadelphia, southern Bucks, and Montgomery counties, County Line Road. One of the original names we thought of for the brewery was that of County Line Brewing. We don’t know how or why we didn’t settle on that name, but in recognition of our location so close to Philadelphia and that potential namesake, we decided to pass the name on to our flagship IPA which comes in at 6.6% ABV and is chock full of Warrior, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. It’s got a bready malt backbone to counter some of that hop bitterness, but not so much that this five hop combination won’t put a smile on your face. Dry hopped for nearly two weeks, County Line IPA has a lingering hop bitterness showing a complexity of resinous pine notes, citrusy lemon, and grapefruit that many IPAs on the East Coast lack.
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Photo of bobfinkenaur
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had never heard of this brewery before tonight. On tap at TJ's Restaurant in Paoli, PA.
Poured cloudy for an IPA…which I really like! The malt and bitterness were very well balanced. Aroma was good but not that pronounced.
The most unusual and interesting thing about this beer was the flavor. Started like a traditional IPA but ended with a subtle sweetness that lingered for a long time on the pallet.
We need more beers like this. I would almost describe it as a hybrid beer between an IPA and a Double MaiBock.
Bottom line this beer tasted extremely fresh and flavorful. I will be back to TJ’s tomorrow for another!

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Photo of ThE_MaD_HoPpEr
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Makes me want to drive across the county line to get some more. This is a very underrated IPA on Beer advocate. It tastes great out of a can or bottle. Have not had it on tap yet. Very refreshing with just the right amount of hops and citrus. Nice floral aroma and crisp finish.

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Photo of HopHead513
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best 12 oz IPAs in a can you can find on many NJ shelves these days. Met one of the founders at Cloverleaf Pub in Caldwell NJ the other day and told him to keep up the good work. Dales Pale Ale used to be my go to (and I still love their Deviant), but this County Line IPA is legitimate.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber beer, just about clear, off-white head as-big-as-ya-want-it

S: wet orange citrus and bright green flowers

T: sweet pine and juicy orange, well-rounded hop bitterness, understated malts and crisp, tight hops

M: soft, smooth and creamy, with a bit of carbonation's fuzz; fuller and richer than most IPAs, particularly for the low abv

O: I was braced for an underrated beer and it is - for an IPA, one of my very favorites - reminds me of some of the big-name, higher abv DIPAs out there in terms of flavor and feel; great nose; delicious from first crack of the can to last outta the glass. Must try.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden yellow, looks like a light beer with a solid white head.

nice citric hop aroma, pretty good smell.

the taste has a great balance of hops/malt. has a hop bite but also a malt undertone, if that makes sense. some pine as well.

the beer goes down smooth but has a thick-ish bitter and dry finish. also has a spicy finish.

considering it's a brewery within driving distance of me, i like this. i would love a fresh growler of this! good solid beer, no complaints here. another ipa i may consider a new go-to

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into nonic pint

A: great clarity nice light straw amber color pure white head but disappears quickly

S: pure resin bomb sticky piney hops a little bit of the caramel hops

T: such a nice piney resin taste then some of that maltiness that doesn't make the beer too bitter

M: Oily and slick with a nice coating but not over the top heavy

O: Excellent IPA it drinks like a DIPA. Very smooth not too bitter huge resin and pine in the taste its quite good. Second time having this beer and my opinion has not changed great IPA. Very reminiscent of Resin from Six point

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Sampling a 22 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper color with creamy yet large head of 5 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. The foam recedes slowly to a sturdy surface layer and leaves tight lattice after each sip.
Aroma is grapefruit rind and pine branches with a little herbal tea mixed in. A 5 hop IPA seems accurate here with a wide range of scents on the nose.
The first sip reveals an average body with a smooth texture and very fine gentle rolling carbonation.
The flavor is briefly grainy malt with just a hint of sweet toffee but rolls very quickly to a hop dominant finish.
I get a dry citrusy and pineapple finish that leaves a lingering bitterness on my palate, yet I dont feel like this is a complete palate destroyer.
I dont get any hints of alcohol and dont think this is a double IPA by any stretch.
A well made and complex American IPA, doesnt seem "west coast" and I enjoy the variety of hop characteristics that I pick up. I would try this one again and folks in eastern PA should give it a shot.

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Photo of addmorehops
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unbalanced in a good way for us hop heads, - just right body for 6.6 ABV, not sticky, great hop kick start to finish, lingers. West coast if you had to describe the hop assault, but leans east coast pine on the tongue.

For those of you who give a ratsass, it looks and smells good. Also had it in cans - great!

Keep em coming NCBC

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Photo of RJQ3
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent New IPA with great Hoppy upfront bitterness, pine & citrusy notes and a clean finish. Was really surprised by this one! Neshaminy producing some great brews.

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Photo of JG-90
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

County Line IPA pours a very cloudy, dull, golden orange color with a large head and good retention with average lacing. Smells of pineapple, earthy hops, lemon, and tangerine must.

Taste starts with pineapple, then a bready and musty orange, with a pineapple, lemon, and light tangerine finish. Feel is chewy with a nice amount of creaminess, a bit below average carbonation for a beer of this ABV.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange in color with a finger plus of head at pour. Head retains well and even after 30 minutes there is a nice film on top. Solid lacing.

S: Fresh hopped - I'm getting more kitchen spice and vegetable. Maybe a hint of citrus. Really nice.

T: Again the hops are dominant but not the same bitter bite from some IPAs that is craved. Still very good. I get some celery.

M: Medium to light bodied. Nice beer for a hot day.

O: Well done.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the Iron Abbey in Willow Grove, PA. The appearance is a golden yellow with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of citrus and hops and the flavor matches the aroma. A very flavorful and hoppy beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear medium to dark orange color with very large carbonation bubbles and a super thin white lacing ring (initial pour was a healthy looking one fingered head). The bottle has a massive amount of sediment so pay close attention when pouring unless you don't mind dregs.

S - Aroma is predominantly hoppy with citrus notes (oranges and grapefruit), there's some off aroma blended in that's hard to pinpoint what it is. Overall aroma is slightly juicy, but faded.

T - A little bready caramel malt up front that quickly is buried with an assertive amount of hops: oranges, grapefruit, floral, pine, with borderline passion fruit hop presence and a LONG lingering bitterness

M - Medium body and gentle carbonation, slightly sticky on the lips from the malt.

O - This beer is aggressively hopped and is something I'd definitely buy again. Would like to visit the brewery for a growler fill (if they do that), a solid IPA and I think more deserving than the current (82) score.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Edit 11/25/15
The more I have this the more I like it. And there is a balanced blend of both pine and citrus in the taste. It varies depending on my mood and what I've already drank or eaten but this one has pretty much become my go to.

Hazy light orange, small but thick head.

Resinous hops in the nose and some prevalent caramel malt. Piney

Taste is up front wallop of piney hops. Really sappy and resinous and not much citrus. Pine cone with a touch of sweet malt balance, enough to not make the pine too overbearing. Different from the hop profile I prefer but this tastes pretty good. Nice bitter bite. As the pine eases off, some sweet sugar cookie appears. Bit this is all about piney and dank hops. Unbalanced in a good way for me

Medium carbonation and medium body. Long finish but not syrupy.

I usually lean towards citrus hop profiles but the piney profile of this one has me intrigued. The whack of pine eases off some as the taste buds become accustomed and it becomes an enjoyable IPA. A lot if flavor packed in and remains flavorful throughout. I'll seek this out again for sure along with whatever else Neshaminy Creek has to offer. Nicely done.

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this brewer a lot. BA is under rating them. One of my new fave IPAs in cans and brewers - Along with Cartons of NJ.

Appearance: pours a apricot hazy body with a 1" head that lingers and laces and bounces back!

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and pineapple - 5 hops! are present. Plentiful aroma.

Taste: Starts immediately with the hops... piney bitterness, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, black peppercorn, and a long finishing peppery bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very nice and original. It's medium bodied. Crisp and the dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste. Big beer.

Overall: A must try.

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Photo of billsmorrison
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA, more of a West Coast feel but has all the comforts of home. This IPA's malt complexion is a bit halted by the hops yet still has its place in the flavor. Its straw color is perfect to go with a hint of siltniess to it. Good IPA and great price.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my growler filled at the brewery in Croydon PA.

Poured into a tulip a nice crystal clear golden color with very thick retention,leaving soapy white rings all throughout the tasting.

Nose has a bit of everything. Very sweet caramel malts, and a nice candish like secondary. Nice dose of bitter and fruity hops, very aromatic stuff !

Wow and amazing flavorful beer. Very sweet and candy like at first, but the hop profile that kicks in is quite impressive. A beautiful hop twang and citrus rind go hand and hand and leave the palate thirsty for more. A little hot alcoholic kick finishes this bad boy up.

Mouth is medium bodied with excellent carbonation, and a excellent balance. In no way too watery or to thick.

So great to have an IPA that tastes so good brewed so close to home. I am glad to know that I will be drinking this one for years to come I just hope they start making enough to support my habit. Lol.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good IPA with only the visual aspect lacking.
Has a lighter amber color with some haziness, a quick fading head.
Aroma is quite hoppy though not as pronounced as West Coast styles. The hop bouquet has a desent citrusy and pine notes, standard.
Drinks dry and tart with a good hop bite. Hops have a piney taste maybe some citrus. Malts balance out nicely sweetening out the taste. Finishes bitter.
A nice beer with good flavor.

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Photo of wobblynoggin
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very golden in color for such a hoppy elixer. Some lacing, and medium head. If you didn't taste it you would think it was a Pils.

S - I smell hops, lemon grass, or maybe just lemons...

T - From the looks of it I did not expect such a hop punch. Taste is consistent through swallow, finishes with a lemony citrus note.

M - Smooth - not as sticky or syrupy as other IPAs or double IPAs - this is so close to a double in taste, but not mouthfeel - I like that. Bridges the gap between a weak IPA and double very well.

O - Solid, refreshing, and certainly affordable for under $5.00 a bottle. This is a great summer option, especially for hopheads that want some hop hit, but don't want a syrupy double IPA.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep hazy golden yellow. Minimal to no lacing. Thin rimjob head. Pine resin hop smell. Medium to heavy malt body. Hoppy. Almost sweet. Pine taste. Not a huge frontal bite. Malty smoothness with a hoppy light finish. Delicious beer. One of, if not the most similar beer to Heady Topper that Ive had. Akin to the nectar of Bacchus himself.

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Photo of NateTheHappyOne
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3/23/15 - poured in a tulip glass / had one from the can

The look is a light light-orange with hazy particulates throughout when held up to a light.

The smell is of dankness, hopwise a lot of pine and lemon. Some people have said this is unbalanced; I agree with those who appreciate the balance being further thrown toward the hops and pine-y flavors here. There is some almost mild-cheddar potent stank here, but I don't mean this beer smells or tastes of cheese. Just that it tingles the nose headily as a cheese or dank herb will.

The taste builds nicely. This I find important when dealing with an IPA that has a traditional enough flavor profile, that you would like to drink a few of at a time. With some citrus and a lot of pine and sappy notes.
In full bursts of stanky pine you receive lemon, farm table/biscuit bread lightly in the background malt. In the middle of each sip there is often a taste of lightly sugared lemon peel, like a maple candy with lemon zest that overwhelms the sugary aspect.
Finishes pleasantly with a deeper descent into the herbal Dank tastes and a slight increase in malt presence as you drink.

In the mouth, it refreshes, accompanies the tastes of the hops nicely, and goes down with a medium-to-high carbonation level. This makes it a great beer for taking large and small sips of, appreciating the flavor in differing ways each time.

Overall I love this IPA! For goodness sake, go get some where and when you can. I met the fellows in charge of this brewing effort. They are very nice, humble and happy to be making such good beer. I feel obliged to mention, this is the closest taste I can remember to their offering, The Shape of Hops to Come, which will come out again in July.
When IPA's are focused on one flavor only, that can be boring. This beer is more on one side of a spectrum, but truthfully by my taste, doesn't ever bore you through a session. Enjoy fruitfully and often! I have a fresh batch and I have to say as others have, it is underrated on this site as the whole brewery seems to be expect for SoHtC...
Cheers, Neshaminy Creek!

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Photo of IronLover
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apricot yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a thick white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left sheets of sticky lacing on the glass. Herbal hop overtop pungent citrus hop aromas with sweet caramel and bready malt notes beneath. Medium bodied with a slightly oily feel down the middle, rolling carbonation on the edges and a tangy crisp bite at the finish. Herbal hop flavors up front that are quickly overcome by pungent citrus hops with a tangy bite through the middle. Bready malt flavors beneath. Pine hop flavors are introduced near the end as this finishes dryly with a lingering pine citrus and pine hop aftertaste.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I believe this beer has gone through some recipe changes since May 2013, so it deserves a re-review.

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy gold with 1+ finger of creamy, white head. Good retention with light carbonation.

Damp grass, dank greens, pine, grapefruit, and biscuit.

Pink grapefruit, pine, and damp grass. A bit "woodsy." Dry biscuity malts. Finishes with pine needles and grapefruit zest.

Medium bodied, crisp, and off-dry with a moderate bitterness.

Much closer to the West Coast style than I remember. Very quaffable.


May 8, 2013
22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance 4/5
Pale golden yellow with 2 fingers of white head. Good retention with very low carbonation. Hazy with tons of yeast sediment towards the bottom.

Nose 3.5/5
Lemon and pale candy sugar. Hints of pineapple and papaya.

Taste 3/5
Very fragrant lemony aromas. Lemon Pledge, lemon meringue, lemon juice and lemon zest. Orange zest, grapefruit and florals. Thin malt backbone made up of breads and candy sugars. Finishes with zests, fruity esters and dried pine needles.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall 3/5
Well balanced and remains on the drier side of IPAs. Citrus zests, pine needles and florals. I'd really love to see this one ramped up with different hop varieties.

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Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid IPA, I received it on a trade. Cheers man!

Appearance: Hazy light golden hue decent amount of head retention.

Nose: Resinous hops lots of floral character. Not a bad aroma, pretty text book in regard to IPA's.

Taste: Nice bittering hops tastes kind of earthy and floral. Not a bruiser but a little bit unbalanced in regard to the malt/hop ratio. Otherwise pretty decent.

Overall: Not a bad beer its slightly above average in regard to IPA's but its not anything that will blow your mind.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week at Joe Canal's in Woodbridge. I never had anything from these guys before and went into this with thinking that this was going to be similar to all the other America IPA's that were currently out there. While this didn't blow me away, it was one of those beers that quickly warmed up to me, in more than one way. It was just strong enough, just easygoing enough, and just well-crafted enough that I had to pace myself while drinking it and if there was a textbook example of this style, I would be hard-pressed to find an East Coast version that was better than this!

The pour to this was good, with a cloudy dark apricot hue, sufficient head, and lacing that was visible after the first few sips of this. Lots of pine, earthy hops, and tropical fruit in the nose. All of those were in the taste as well and with the right amount of carbonation, were able to shine through in a nice harmony. Nothing stood out too much and the bitterness was mild, allowing this to go down relatively easily. The mouthfeel had just enough resin in it to make this feel like a West Coast offering, without seeming too heavy or waxy.

The alcohol was present here but not overpowering, adding to the strength of this beer without detracting from the subtle notes. With so many IPA's out there, this isn't the best choice but sometimes, it's good to have a beer that you can enjoy and polish off without getting wasted or overstimulated. This was one of those beers that fit that bill and probably the closest to a session that I could find for this style. It straddled the line nicely and is worth seeking out for any hopheads that want to kick back with something that will easily grow on them!

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County Line IPA from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.