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County Line IPA | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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County Line IPACounty Line IPA
BEER INFO

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.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Cloudy golden-yellow pour into an imperial pint glass, with a finger or so of fluffy white head that retained fairly well and left stratified layers of lacing on the glass. Aroma is hop-dominant at first, though a bit muted, and as I drank more and delved deeper into the glass, a very uncharacteristic caramel malt aroma came to the foreground; interesting and unexpected for the style. The taste reflected the aroma, starting with a typical blast of citrus/pine hoppage up front, and giving way to a sweeter sensation mid-palate, as if the malts had time-release action. Bitter finish, medium body, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Pretty nice overall.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's a nice clarity to this one. Good head. Strong and consistent hop tones, but not obnoxiously so. Salty, piney, with tones of citrus. Solid flavor, though not overly flamboyant. More a punch in the mouth than a graceful ride. Funny that I've never heard of this brewery before.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

They only recently began CANning this one and when a buddy dropped a CAN off for me, I sent it off to the mighty JenRay! I knew that The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop had an upcoming Neshaminy Creek event and that I could reload on CANs at that time. Sure enough, The CANQuest (TM) abides!

From the CAN: "Five Hop India Pale Ale".

Of course it was brimful on the Crack! and I celebrated with an inverted Glug because that is how I do. This created two fingers of puffy, bubbly, tawny head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose smelled like fresh Dank or five hops, I am unsure which. Jeezus! The hops were buck wild. Mouthfeel was medium. The power of the hops was on me immediately in the mouth. Just five hops?!? It felt like 300. It was about as close to saturation without going overboard as I have experienced in a while. It was cool mint, menthol and pine. I could use this as mouthwash. Actually, I have. Man, was this a hophead's wet dream, but it was totally unbalanced, so it would not be for everybody. About four weeks ago, my old buddy, Ken and I went on an IPA binge and he would have really dug this. Today is his birthday. Onward! Finish was so frickin' dry that I had to reach for my asthma inhaler. Great googly moogly. No playing around here.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark hazy orange color with a 1/2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and pineapple are detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, piney bitterness, grapefruit, pineapple, a hint of peppercorn, and a hearty bitterness create a nice IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the pine, grapefruit, and bittereness linger inthe mouth a long time.

Overall: an easy to drink and satisfying IPA. Well balanced and enjoyable.

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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 tone77
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, citrus, some pine. Taste is very hop forward, bitter, pine, citrus is much lighter then the smell would indicate, finishes dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of corby112
2.43/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with a strong grass/soil presence.  Some dirt and pine needle followed by grapefruit, faint citrus and a strong malt backbone.  Caramel sweetness with hints of toffee, bread and biscuit.  

Medium body wih a strong wheat/witbier character.  Tastes more like a hoppy American wheat beer than an IPA.  Lots of bready yeast along with zesty spice and a strong lemon presence.  Dry, bitter and earthy up front but this is quickly coutered by the peppery spice, bread and zesty lemon peel.   There's a strong bubblegum character as well before heavy malts come in on the back end with hints of toffee and caramel sweetness.  Astringent with an unpleasant lingering medicinal quality.  Very dry in the finish.  An odd interpretation of the style with lots of lemon/citrus and wheat beer character clashing with the intensely earthy, dry hops.  

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy nectarine orange shows up a dense cadmium orange with a vibrant rush of carbonation. A two finger bone colored head is persistant in stay. Heavy foam lace deposits.

S: Tropical fruitiness upfront, freshly squeezed citrus juice, fresh green hops, and fresh orange with just a minor hint of white peppery flair. Bready, lightly toasted malts add depth.

T: Sweetly toasted grains with a bready nature, dry citrus, and grassy hops. Dry orange & peppery flair. Deep malted, toasted dry with a dry tropical-grassy hop touch. Sweet flashes upfront turns to a semi-dry of grassy hops on the close. Nice tropical orange zestness comes on the swallow with a hint of acidity.

M: Bready, full bodied, with some sizzle from the carbonation. Malty textured, semi-dry hop twang leave.

O: Good presentation and transistion of flavors, tropical, grassy, citrusy, orangey with varying degrees of complexity backed by a deep sweetly toasted malt base. Nice fresh burst of tropical hop twang on the swallow with a very good recommendation. Defiinitly not a one trick overly (dry) hopped pony, but something with a nice spectrum of flavors, both fresh and dry, tropical, and grassy, as well toasted sweet.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%

650ml bottle. No bottling date, could be old or new. Poured into a unlabeled snifter 9/1/2014.

A- Darker caramel-orange body, two finger white head with decent retention time and a thick collar. Thin, wispy lines of lacing persist on the glass. [3.5]

S- Toffee, caramel and pine are the predominant aromas, mixed in with a little bit of pineapple and citrus. [3.25]

F- Sweet toffee up front, not quite so much the caramel but it's there. Transitions over to a citrus and pine finish. The pine is a sap-like flavour that complements the caramel quite well. Not sure what the "five hop" designation on the label is talking about, but it must be 5 different kinds of piney hops as there is a ton of it. It is what it is, a pine-forward IPA. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, resinous and dry at the same time, well carbonated. Bitter resinous pine finish. [3.5]

O- A pine-forward IPA. Nothing complicated, but nothing off about this Philadelphia local IPA. Interesting to try, won't be going back to this as it's not local to me. [3.5]

Final score: 3.5625

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +9%
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 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 Darkmagus82
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a medium amber color with a one finger white head. The head faded rather fast to leave a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was rather light overall. It consisted of some sweet caramel and fruit smells with hints of citrus and piney hops mixed within.

Taste - The taste starts out of sweet fruits and a grapefruit hop flavor. The beer has a creamy bready flavor that is persistent throughout the taste, which when combined with the sweet fruit creates a nice base flavor for the brew. As the taste advances further the grapefruit hop fades to more tastes of a earthy hop mixed with a good caramel flavor. Toward the end, a bit of resinous pine hop comes to the tongue leaving a bitter, but very balanced and fairly sweet, flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is average to just below average. The creamy body was quite nice for accentuating the hop flavors with the creamy body feel enhanced by the lighter carbonation. Both the body and carbonation made it a slower drinker, while even only at 6.6 % abv, and actually quite enjoyable.

Overall – This was a nice tasting, slightly sweeter, but very balanced IPA. This is one I could see myself drinking on multiple occasions. Rather tasty.

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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 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 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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Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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 sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

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 justintcoons
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 micromaniac129
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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 DaveHack
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods in Glenn Mills, PA

16 Oz

Pours a hazy, bright golden color. Large white fluffy head. Lots of sticky lacing clings to the glass leaving evidence of just how much was drank at each taste.

Smell is strangely missing? There is a faint citrus hop aroma...but not much, I'm confused by this.

This beer, despite the lack of aroma, has a big flavor. This could even be on the low end of a 2x IPA. It is only 6.6% too. Pretty solid. There is a solid hop bitterness and dank hop flavor. I've heard people refer to some IPAs as marijuana IPAs...this one fits.

Very resinous in the mouth. Creamy and loaded with sticky hop oils.

This is a pretty damn good beer. It is with a try for sure. Very nice to have this as a semi local.

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Photo of 57md
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy straw color with over a finger of head that enjoyed some lengthy retention. The nose had light citrus notes. The flavor had a relatively solid hop presence, but the malt profile left something to be desired. The finish was dry and bitter.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$4.50 bomber from Abe's.

A hazy bright yellow body, seems like its glowing at the center. Three fingers of pure white foam with bubbles of all sizes. Attractive stretchy lace.

Strong lemon and grapefruit aroma. Somewhat too lemon, it's a little off putting.

An opening note of malt sweetness is washed away immediately by gushing citrus. Lot of lemon with some grapefruit mixed in. Bitter snap at the swallow. Clean finish.

Light plus mouthfeel is satisfactory.

An ok IPA, not one to rush back to, but not so bad to not give the brewery more chances.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
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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County Line IPA from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.