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County Line IPA - Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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County Line IPACounty Line IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 458
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 31.52%
Wants: 14
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +14.5%
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 -3.4%
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 -2.3%
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 +7.5%
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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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +9.8%
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 +2.1%
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 +1%
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 -7.8%
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 +12.1%
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 +15.2%
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 +12.9%
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 -5.9%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.8%
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 +3.1%
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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Photo of justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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 +3.4%
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 brother_rebus
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 drtth
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” fluffy white head that shows some retention but while drinking the beer it settles into thin layer and a ring of foam. Sipping leaves a ring, some patches and leggy lacing on the glass which mostly slides back down the side of the glass leaving lots of small speckles. The color of the beer is a hazed golden orange.

The aroma is filled with pine and resin backed up buy a touch of citrus (grapefruit) and some bready malt.

The flavors show off a well balanced blend of hops and malt where neither dominates the other and the malt backbone provides a nice counterpoint to the bitterness and flavors from the hops. As expected from the nose the hop flavors include a mix of pine, resin, grapefruit and malt sweetness. But for some reason I don't understand there are occasional sips which are all bitterness with no other flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium to light with a gentle smooth crispness. The finish begins with some malty sweetness but then becomes bitter, resinous and citric, fading into that dryness that invites another sip. However, during the drinking of this beer the carbonation seems to be pretty weak by about half way through the beer, causing the mouthfeel to lose some of that crispness.

Overall this is a nicely drinkable beer that I think I’d be happy to have again and probably will so I can revisit this review, but that said, so far its not quite good enough to earn a place in my regular rotation as it would have to beat out such things as Founders Centennial, Bell's Two Hearted or more local competition such as the Evolution Lot 3 or the Victory Hop Devil.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA
12 oz. can
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Very, very hazy orange amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white that drops steadily to a thin but full surface covering, leaving behind some fairly impressive lace.

Aroma: Citrus and bready malt combine with some resin and pine. I'm not sure what it is that makes it this way, but it comes off almost like an old grapefruit.

Flavor: Far more aggressive than the aroma suggests. Nicely balanced blend of malt and hop flavors rather than just hops dancing across a thin layer of biscuit. Apricot comes into the hop mix, and pine seems to dominate the citrus (at least to start with). There's also a tropical fruit thing happening (pineapple, papaya, soft mango) which takes it away from your usual "citrus-pine" IPA profile. Solidly bitter. Dry finish as might be expected, and a little harsh in fact, with some resinous hop character lingering a little too strong for a little too long.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that leaves it gently crisp and then smooth across the palate.

Overall: The 5 hops chosen for this IPA work well together, but at the same time they seem a bit muddled. There's a little bit of everything everywhere, but not enough of just one or two things to give it a focal point. At least it's unique.

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Photo of HopHead513
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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 WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks very nice. A glowing gold with a substantial head.

Smells like very fresh hops. Pretty green, with a noticeable sweet malt.

Tons of bitterness. Part grapefruit and part hop oils. Some lemon rind and bready malted barley round it off. Balanced, but both very distinct.

Body is slightly chewy and resiny.

A very nice IPA that offers a little bit of everything, but plenty of Centennial hops to go around here.

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Photo of Valleyview06
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hit you in the face IPA. Style is a pine forward hard hitting hop bomb, crushes the palate.

Reminds me of SN Torpedo, which is a good thing.

Solid choice when seeking something other than a citrus bomb.

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County Line IPA from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.