Professor IPA - Cranker's Brewery

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Professor IPAProfessor IPA

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cranker's Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StoutHunter on 12-12-2012

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by carlborch:
Photo of carlborch
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of wortslosh
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - burnt orange with a healthy white head that remains as a thin crown.

S - pine, orange peel, malts, caramel.

T - Piney and citrus hops, caramel malts, medium bodied. Dry aftertaste.

O - This is solid IPA - easy drinking. Good mouthfeel.

Notes - Happy Thanksgiving - 2013

Photo of Alextricity
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. No bottling date.

Appearance: Simple looking black label with a portrait of a person that I should maybe possibly know but don't. Not especially fancy, but it's decent (muchlikethebeeritself*AHEM*). Slightly hazy yellow color with about three fingers worth of a soapy kind of head. It dies down slowly after awhile, but a finger's worth sticks around the whole time. Lacing's patchy.

Smell: Soapy hops. To be more specific, piney hops. Malt spiciness is also there. It's alright, but somewhat odd at the same time.

Taste: That soapy hop flavor is strong on the front, and then a surprisingly large amount of bitterness on the finish. There's a nice malty taste on the finish, but there's still a lot of bitterness in spite of that. Rather dry and unbalanced. I've had worse IPAs, but this isn't exactly that great. The carbonation is about middle-of-the-road with a pretty light feel.

Forgettable IPA. I've had a few Crankers beers, and really, all of their beers have been rather average-at-best. If you want to try a beer from the brewery, try out their coconut porter.

Photo of foamfinger
1.88/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was hoping for more here. This beer very much reminds me of a light lager in its appearance and mouthfeel. I don't get much of an aroma here at all. The hops are there but are almost an afterthought; its far too bland for the style. Overall, a very disappointing effort. I will agree with the previous reviewer that this is a very drinkable beer.

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Professor IPA from Cranker's Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.