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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

66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 457
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 31.7%
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 tone77
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Samp01
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours hazy golden yellow, a medium lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, grapefruit some yeast and biscuit malt. Taste is citrus tangy grapefruit, tropical fruit notes, yeast and bready notes. A medium palate with moderate carbonation. Finis is tangy grapefruit with tropical fruity notes, some yeast biscuit malt and mild bitterness on the end. A nice very drinkable IPA. try it you’ll like it.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

LBI 7/22/15

Pours orange yellow with a foam head. It actually looks like soap suds bubbling with ok retention.

The smell is a little malty which makes me think it could be a little pays it's prime. There is a decent citrus nose that also finds its way through.

The taste is good. Some fruit and citrus but the malt is there as well. Perhaps a little bit too much.

The feel is a burn out. Kind of harsh on the tongue.

It's an ok IPA but nothing to be excited for. I'll drink them if offered but probably will never buy.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%

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 woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

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 Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 +12.1%
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 +23.7%
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%
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 -6.7%
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 +11.9%
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 +9.3%
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 -26%
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 -12.1%
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 -2.6%
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 -64.9%
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 +1.5%
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 -5.9%
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 -1.5%
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 -6.7%
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 +4.1%
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 -37.4%
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 +3.1%
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
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.