Professor IPA - Cranker's Brewery

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 73
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Cranker's Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: StoutHunter on 12-12-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 73
Reviews by carlborch:
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3.11/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden with a slight haze from the residual yeast. Two-inch, off-white, persistent head formed and settled at about 1/4 inch. The nose has distinct pine-notes along with citrus notes that may have overwhelmed the malt notes. Medium-light body, albeit a little shorter palate than expected. Nice hop flavors intermingled with pine and herbal notes towards the finish. The malt notes on the palate are also subdued by the hop flavors and bitterness. Nice carbonation level. Belgian lace does form. The ABV is not noticeable. In sum, very decent and a pleasure to drink, but not an IPA to seek out. (601 characters)

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3.2/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice to see a brewery up in BG getting their stuff out around the state.Pours into a standard pint glass an orange tinged lighter golden with a half finger white head settles pretty slowly.Boozed infused sharp citrus rind in the nose along with caramel biscuit malts,pretty big alcohol presence for the ABV.The flavors have alot of the same attributes of the aromas with sharp pithy citrus rind and sweet booziness playing a major role,some more leafiness comes thru in the finish.The mouthfeel is mellow and nice but the flavor and aroma profile I think needs a little tweaking. (579 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am at Cranker's Restaurant on 68th St.

It is at the 68th St exit on US131 south of Grand Rapids, MI.

I am quite impressed with this IPA.

Great Piney flavor.

Two finger head.

Really easy drinking beer.

Nice warm feel in the back of the throat.

I would buy it again. (276 characters)

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3.94/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev n/a

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2.75/5  rDev n/a

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3/5  rDev n/a

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3.69/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Cranker's Professor IPA a couple days ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. Cranker's just started bottling, I have been to the restaurant, but I've never had any of their beer, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is ok, but it's not eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden color that took on some amber hues when held to the light with a fingers worth of white head that quickly faded to a thin ring that left hardly any lacing. This is an average looking beer, the head and lacing were disappointing.

S- The aroma starts hoppy with some floral and citrus hops, the citrus sticks out the most imparting a nice mango, nectarine, and a slight grapefruit aroma. After that comes the malts which show up nicely and provide nice balance while imparting some grainy and sweet caramel aromas. This beer had a good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the hops which are a 50/50 mixture of floral and citrus hops, they stick out evenly but are slightly light for the style. Next comes the malts which have a lower amount of sweetness and impart some grainy and slightly caramel flavors. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness and a grainy and slightly floral hops aftertaste. This beer tasted OK, but it was a little too balanced for the style, I could go for more hop flavors.

M- Pretty smooth, very crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was pretty damn prickly. The mouthfeel was pretty average, it was just too damn prickly.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and a slightly above average example of the style, it was going in the right direction but it didn't have that extra hoppy flavor that It needed. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth and the flavors kind of held my attention but the prickly mouthfeel would prevent me from drinking a few of these in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was good and true to style. What I liked the least about the beer was the mouthfeel, it was just too prickly. I might buy this beer again, but I would much rather have a Two Hearted, it's worth a try if you really like the style. All in all this was a decent American IPA, but it lacked refinement, it's ok. I'll be interested in seeing what other brews Cranker's have to offer. (2,508 characters)

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3.8/5  rDev n/a

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3/5  rDev n/a

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5/5  rDev n/a

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2.68/5  rDev n/a

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3.79/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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1.75/5  rDev n/a

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4/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev n/a

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3/5  rDev n/a

Photo of GRPunk
3.12/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Oohhh, I can give .25's now. Sweet!

Bottle says "always decant Cranker's beer into a pint glass." Alright, it's going into my new Samuel Smith's imperial pint, a nice vessel.

A- 1-finger off-white head develops with a normal pour. VERY clean, golden body with really light carbonation. Head becomes a thin foam that leaves pretty good stick on the glass.

S- Hmmmm. Initially, there's a hoppy punch followed by a malty sweetness. Hops are citrus, grapefruit maybe. Malt/yeast is hard to place. Fruity? Tropical? After sipping, it might even be the aspirin-like component. Warmth brings more of the citrus and tropical fruits, getting quite pleasant actually.

T- Grainy, cereal malts. Aspirin, herbal, medicinal hops. Hops get a little biting.

M- Moderate body. Quite the hop bite.

O- It's my first experience with what I believe to be a pretty new brewery. Like some other startups, it's a little rough around the edges. Serviceable enough (Read: not a drain pour). Not something I'm going to rush out and buy either. I'd like to revisit their offerings in a few months and see where it's going. It seems to have potential.

I've long felt a college town in MI needs brewery. I'm glad Cranker's stepped up for Big Rapids. (1,226 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2/5  rDev n/a

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good sized pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, resinous/sticky, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good IPA. All around god robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,558 characters)

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Professor IPA from Cranker's Brewery
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