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County Line IPA | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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County Line IPACounty Line IPA

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TheFightfan1 on 06-11-2012

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Photo of TTen
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA

A: Clear copper with an off white head. Retention is fair. Not much active carbonation. 3.75
S: Citrus and pine. A little catty Simcoe. Really resinous and prominent hop aromas. 4.5
T: Follows the nose. The bready and caramel notes from the malt come through and then give way to the piney, juicy hops. Bitterness is assertive but not overly aggressive. 4.5
F: Body is light to medium and the finish is dry. 4.25
O: Really liked this one. Hops came through very well; in fact, it could stand up to some DIPA's with regards to hop character. Malt still there to balance it out but definitely a great mix of hops and definitely hop forward! 4.5

Canned on 4-18-2016

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep gold with a nose full of pine. Bands of off lacing left behind. A bit of sweetness and caramel aromas. The taste is sweet with citrus, caramel and a bitter finish of pine. Nicely balanced with a light to medium body. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The County Line IPA from Neshaminy Creek is good and definitely worth a try. It poured a orangish copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has orange peel and touch of bitterness. The taste is bitter through the drink with sweetness being faintly present. There is a nice citrus spice to add to the hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was quite nice.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a bar. Poured into pint glass. It pours a golden-amber color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of floral hops, citrus, and pine needles, with a whiff of caramel. The taste largely follows the nose with lots of pine, grapefruit, and hops, as well as malt. There is no evidence of tropical fruit but there is a slightly sweet caramel finish. This ale is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Its ABV of 6.6% allows for easy drinking. Overall, this is a well-crafted and enjoyable IPA. It's not comparable to the stars of this style but it's more than acceptable.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden-amber, aroma is semi-dry citra hops, flavor doesn pack a huge wallop, mostly citrus rind, medium malt backbone, finishes with a fairly bitter sting

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Photo of KTCamm
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/22...pours bright clear gold, some light gets through. Bright floral grapefruit nose, some pine. Taste is a light malt, slightly citrus, closed by a sharp pine bitter. Oily mouthfeel Very sharp. Quite tasty. Another NCBC winner.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a snifter: pours a clear amber gold with a half finger of head that recedes to a ring leaving traces of lace throughout. Grainy aroma with a faint citrus tail. Malty flavor. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear golden color with two to three fingers worth of white rocky head. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, and pine. Taste is similar with citrus, grapefruit, light tropical fruits, and piney hops. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, no date

clear golden color, white head, good lacing. nice well rounded hop aroma. taste is hop dominated, just enough malt flavor to balance. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew surprised me. I had spotted it many times in bottle shops but passed it over until recently some friends talked it up. This will now be one of my " go to " brews that will always be in my fridge right next to All Day IPA. Just a wonderful beer. Nice fruity flavor, smooth as can be. Excellent brew. Underrated IMO.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA 12 oz. can (no date gifted from teddy) poured into a nonic pint

A- 1-finger khaki head develops atop a golden-orange body that has a slight haze. Medium-heavy carbonation. The head sustains at 1/2 finger and leaves really nice sticky webs.

S- Fresh and hoppy. A lot of pine and and grapefruit. A sweet, malty backbone hints at brown sugar.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, it's bold and hoppy. Things start out leafy, get a little spicy/herbal, and end up as a grapefruit zest. The malty backbone is there, but not quite as balanced as in the scent, kind of sweet and doughy. After half a glass, the hops get a little medicinal, like chewing aspirin.

M- Medium body with moderate-heavy carbonation that provides a tingle. Sustained head means sips are though a nice foam. Good, hoppy bite. Very dry.

O- A solid IPA that's well on the hoppy side of balanced, knocking the drinkability a touch. I could see buying it once in awhile if it had MI availability, but I'm not going to go out of my way to make that happen.

4.25 4 3.5 3.75 3.75

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Photo of dacrza1
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: December 13, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: celebrating a rare Browns win... APPEARANCE: picture-perfect amber body that has the slightest haze; small, sporadic bubbles...head is sudsy, swiftly settling into a small ring akin to a New England rock wall...sparse smears of clouds... AROMA: grapefruit, spice and pine in a pale ale intensity; secondary notes of cracker, buttery spice, and more citrus--lemon, melon... PALATE: intense and full-bodied, with a buzzing presence in the the teeth and a coating, thick aftertaste--definitely a bitter IPA in its strength... TASTE: spruce and pine early, with grapefruit, mango, and other citrus-like flavors (including lemon); malts are on the backburner, with slight cracker holding down the fort... OVERALL: Another win in a break-pack rebox from Country Liquors in Hope...this IPA encourages steady sipping while working its hop-heavy magic...nice to have the first beer from a never-before-experienced brewery hit as this one has...

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Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-12-12 from a very fresh 12 oz can

Rich, tropical, pine and floral aroma. Taste is hop forward with white grapefruit flesh, grass, pine. Very dry. Tastes great.

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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After giving this one just a lazy number review, I was so impressed that I had to come back and give it its dues.

A doughy bubbly off white head reaches about an inch and a half before it starts turning rocky and leaves paint brush strokes of lace behind. Body is a deep amber hue. Nose is zesty with musky hop notes. Enters the mouth with soft piney notes. Waves of bready malts carry resin based hops all over the mouthfeel. The finish is nicely dry and grapefruit based. This is a very solid IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Radome
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz can in a goblet.

L - Crystal clear with a medium copper color. Head is thin and wispy; pure white with good lacing

S - Strong hops aromas dominate: woody, earthy and slightly herbal, but definitely US varieties. Low, bready malt balances the aroma.

T - Strong, clean hops flavors with pine and earthy notes. A healthy kick of hops bitterness. Low bread in the background.

F - Medium body, lightened by the strong hops bitterness. Low carbonation. Low alcohol presence.

O - This is a clean and well-built IPA with a great hops presence, but some malt balance.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random can grab while in Philly.

A- 12oz can poured into a snifter with an almost clear deep golden body and a thick, creamy cap rising past a finger high. Pretty good head retention leaving a foamy ring behind. Several small sheets of lace with sparse spots beyond that.

S- Citrus hop notes in the foreground with a touch of tropical fruit, floral and pine hop tones following up on that. Hop centric with just a slight hint of caramel and yeast bread.

T- Emulates the nose and also the label art. A battle and balance between citrus hop flavors like grapefruit and bitter orange and resinous pine, floral and earthy hop notes. The combine seamlessly with a moderately sharp bitterness. A touch of mango and peach juice shows itself in the finish with hints of pale cracked base barley, cereal grains and yeasty bread.

MF- Frothy and slightly creamy overall texture in a medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation comes in at a moderately high level. Lingering slightly-aggressive citrus peel hop bitterness.

Gets more interesting with each and every sip. I like the choice of hop balance with a heavy dose of citrus making way for pine and then a hint of stone fruits. Considering the label it seems like mission accomplished to me.

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Photo of thebeers
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a thick and fluffy yellow-tinted head that leaves behind decent lacing. Nice piney, resiny aroma with grapefruit and some tropical fruit notes in the background. Strong hop bitterness right out of the gate, but without much malt backbone, making it pretty easy-drinking for such a hop bomb. The mouthfeel is quite thin, except for a little burn at the end, the cause of which is tough to pinpoint (doesn't seem like alcohol). This one starts off really strong, but without any real malt balance, the taste didn't do it for me. Folks who like all hops and nothing else may appreciate it more.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Wiffler27
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +12.3%
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 BranfordBound
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a liquid pine tree, really resinous and sappy with generally little sweetness. Reminds me of when I first tried hoppy IPAs. When cold you can get some citrus notes out, not sure of what hop combo they are using. Overall a tasty brew but the body gets a bit heavy and the bitterness can be a bit much.

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Photo of NateTheHappyOne
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 clake
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Appearance is a rusty orange with about a finger and a half of head that dissipates slowly. Smell of oranges pretty much dominates the nose for me. Taste has a hint of orange followed with an onslaught of pine. Shouldn't be much of a surprise based on the looks of the can. Reasonably carbonated leaving behind that nice piney feeling. Overall, a solid IPA especially when you have that piney craving. Only complaint is the lack of dating and not knowing how long it's been sitting around.
(reviewed on 8/9/15)

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep hazy golden with orange tinge, big off white head and tons of lacing everywhere. Aromas lend toward citrus with some grapefruit zest, pulpy bitter citrus, and wet pine needles. This is incredibly hoppy. I can't pick out a definitive malt profile in the taste. I get a hit of big grapefruit up front which goes bitter and ends dank, resinous, wet pine needles. Perfectly carbonated, coats the pallet with sticky resinous hops. This was a must try for me. Extremely hoppy and showcases the bitter, resinous and pine flavors. It was very good but not my favorite flavor profile.

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County Line IPA from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
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