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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

59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 32.99%
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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 432
Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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 addmorehops
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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 ThE_MaD_HoPpEr
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
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 Act25
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Omnium
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > ST 2xIPA

A - Pours hazy gold, big two finger fluffy marshmallow white head, good lacing.
S - Smells great, pineapple, grapefruit, big earthy pine some some floral notes, a little darker bready malt.
T - Lemon, floral hops, some mild sweet malt, and finishes with aggressive pine.
M - Very dry and bitter.
O - Not bad, the aroma is the best part, its a good IPA, though I wouldnt want a bomber again, but a 12 would be ok.

EDIT: Got a newer bomber, aroma is still pretty good, ther'es some decent tropical notes in there but the bitterness was so overwhelming, what a shame because there's potential in this beer.

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Photo of JG-90
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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 jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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 TheBeerDrinker
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a nice dark oarange non-translucent with a one-finger white head with little retention but a little lacing.

Smell is strange. Maybe a little grassy and some weird smell I just can't put my finger on. It's a little funky. The smell is pretty sweet but not like anything I have ever smelled in an IPA.

Taste is a tiny bit bitter with the strange taste that follows the smell. The taste is better with a little noticeable malt backbone but just not anything I consider a good IPA. This is a strange one or else it is old as I got it as an extra in a trade.

Mouthfeel is about what I would expect with reasonable amount of carbonation.

Overall I would never buy this beer and would not suggest anybody else does either. Just a bad IPA unless it is old.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber in a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours an almost clear, slightly hazed, honey-orange color. The fluffy, 2F head is linen white in color and leaves heavy sticky lacing. Barely there bubbles.

S- Citrus hops with a healthy dose of grapefruit. A hint of alcohol. Some dry bread and malt.

T- Primarily grapefruit citrus hop flavor, dry malt.

M- Not much body. No sweets at all, yet not too bitter. A dry hop bite.

O - I may have found the only beer that I may ever believe can benefit from some sweetness. This brew really made me search for sugar. I didn't quite get this one, I guess.

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Photo of dank203
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours into ipa spiegalu/dfh glass slightly hazy, mostly filtered orange with sudsy white head. aromas of peach, mango, a bit tropical. flavors of lemon, citrus peel, caramel malt backbone, spice. good balanced clean IPA, not an A but definitely not a fail

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Photo of JoeM79
1.36/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Quite frankly one of the worst beers I've ever had the misfortune of drinking. It looked nice after the pour and went downhill immediately after that. Tasted awful, just flat out awful, to the point that it almost hurt my tongue and throat to drink it.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy orange in color with a finger of frothy head, nice lacing left behind. Smells sweet like candy with a tropical twist. The flavor is soapy and pine up front with a nice caramel background, sweet and then you get a wall of bitterness that lingers til the next sip. Medium body with medium carbonation. A nice ipa. Nothing too special but definitely not disappointed.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours copper with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrus hops and biscuit malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal, citrusy, piney hops, bready malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and grapefruity. Drinkable, nice IPA.

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Photo of 57md
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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 farrago
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barely a finger’s worth of wispy white foam, with lots of larger bubbles it dissolves rapidly to a thin surface coating, the lacing fares a little better with long, sticky streaks all along the glass sides. The liquid is shiny and fully transparent, an attenuated orange to then yellow color, only a few random bubbles visible. Very floral nose, violets and lilacs, orange blossom, gentle apricot to peach, apple fruit notes, segues to cut grass, salt, pepper and hard bread crust, there’s some funk in the hops yet it also has a cleansing purity to it, not much to be found by way of really sweet maltiness. Full-bodied, thick enough to be sluggish, not a lot of carbonation. The tangerine, orange to white grapefruit citrus a larger factor here, just outpoints the metallic earthy and herbaceous qualities, which themselves are formidable. The fruit lacks sweetness but there’s bite in the pineapple, papaya, nectarine, peach flavors. More grainy than processed bread, touch of peppercorns and pine cones. By the end unwinds enough that the floral dimension gets assertive. If you like your IPA’s on the bitter side while still mostly balanced, this should be in your wheelhouse. Wisely keeps it simple when it could get overcomplicated.

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Photo of IronLover
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 corby112
2.43/5  rDev -36.9%
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 JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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 FickleBeast
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into a large mug all at once.

Pours a very hazy orange color with a finger of fluffy foam. Large yeast chunks float throughout despite leaving the last half inch of beer in the bottle. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple.

First sip is quite bitter without a huge amount of hop flavor and a lingering harsh bitter flavor on the back end. This is extremely hoppy, but not the good kind of hoppy flavor. It has more hop bitterness than hop flavor.

Overall a serviceable IPA, but not something I'd rush to buy again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 wobblynoggin
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Neorebel
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brewery is very local to me... in Buck's County PA, so I am very happy to support them. Pouring County Line IPA reveals a very nice, sunny orange color, very hazy, with a lot of chunks of sediment and a very minimal head. The latter two attributes pull down the overall appearance unfortunately. The brew smells much better than it looks, with very bright citrus and floral hops delighting my nose. For the flavor, The brightness remains but is joined by an herbal aspect, that's a little grassy, piny, and intensely bitter. I am not picking up much maltiness here. The finish is sharp and dry, but overall it goes down easy. A very good beer, but somehow seems like it's a homebrew.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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 RonfromJersey
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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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County Line IPA from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.