Day Tripper - Indeed Brewing Company

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534 Ratings
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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 43
Gots: 85 | FT: 3
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Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sacrelicio on 08-14-2012

Regionally grown American pale malt is blended with rich European malt to produce a lighter bodied beer, bright in color, with a taut white head. Then there are the hops - four pounds per barrel to be exact. Willamettes, Cascades, CTZ, and Summits give this brew a citrus punch and spicy character.

45 IBU
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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 89
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery and several places around town. Also had from a bottle and can.
L: Pours brilliant gold, very rocky persistent 2” white foam cap. S: Floral herbal hops, spice light malt in the background.
T: Starts full and malty, a touch sweet, and then the hops burst out, some orange, citrus, no grapefruit rind. Dries on the finish.
F: Creamy, soft in the mouth, medium body.
O: Very pleasant, hoppy pale ale.

Photo of mtomlins
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Pushkinwow for the can.

Pours copper in color with 2+ fingers of dense, creamy head with good retention and lots of lacing. The smell is mild but tasty featuring toasted malt, bread and pine and citrus hops. The taste is powerfully hoppy with pine tar and spicy American bittering hops and balanced with a nice malt backbone. The mouthfeel is smooth and round with good carbonation and very easy to drink. Overall, I was impressed by the full flavor of this lower ABV beer; I checked the can a few times to verify it.

Photo of tb4475
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Decent easy drinking pale ale.

Photo of BrewRaider
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A tasty pale ale in the West Coast-style. A good session ale with a lot of flavor but without the high ABV of an IPA or DIPA.

Photo of CraigP83
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not so pale pale ale, dank hop smell. Extremely hoppy, bold bitterness. Tasty but I wouldn't be able to knock down to many in a row

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very tasty, very hoppy, that's a rich mellow-golden color but hardly mellow in flavor. A bright, though very light, aroma—coupled with the aforementioned mellow-gold, almost browned-butter appearance—don't really prepare one for the blast of hops that follow: there's a lot of bite, with elements of grapefruit pith and nasturtium, all of which is dusted with notes of freshly-cut summertime grass. The biggest issue, however, is that all these nice notes are very ephemeral: the hops are potent, expand in strength with every moment in the mouth, and eventually reach a bittering pitch that predominates, derailing a lot of the complexity of this APA.

Don't get me wrong: it's a good pale ale—a bit more than the standard-issue hop-blast, but unfortunately a bit less than the paragon of this hyper-hoppy APA sub-style (which I would say is Daisy Cutter). But it's maybe not *quite* "outstanding".

Photo of rab53
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pale semi-cloudy yellow like an American Pale Wheat Ale.
Going in blind, I thought this tasted like a watery "session IPA". Sort of bland.
Mouth-feel was decent. Just nothing here to get excited about.

Photo of ThickNStout
4/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz can from Justdoit1234 (thank you!). Canned 09/05/14. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours pale amber straw with a finger and a half white head that lingers, leaving some healthy clumps of lace.

A nice, simple nose of citrus, grass and vague sweetness.

Taste follows the nose. Oranges, cracker, grassy, herbal mint and a mild spice. There is a pronounced bitterness but not too much.

Light body with frisky carbonation. The finish sits bitter on the tongue. Orange peel, mint and cracker.

Day Tripper is a solidly constructed pale ale. A healthy dose of hops on a subtly sweet malty base with dangerous drinkability in a can?! Can't go wrong here.

Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Vigorous pour from a can, produces decent head that holds for a minute and dissipates before too long. Beautiful apricot color.
S: Holy Dank Tropical fruit. Wow...delicious.
T: Follows the nose...dank bitterness comes in waves, sweet and pineapple and other tropical fruits in the middle, then more dank bitterness. This is the boss. Nice bite to the hops, but not overwhelming. There is some crackery malt there, too.
M: Just about the right carbonation. Refreshing and invites easy drinking.

Overall: A really great beer. A staple in my fridge that I really never seem to get tired of, and I often reach for instead of Furious. Hard to think it isn't an IPA (though when I've tasted alongside of their Let it Ride, it makes sense). Comparable to Daisy Cutter, though that is a little more dry to me and this has more ripe fruit.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a hazy amber color with a two inch head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Dank tones along with tropical fruit

Taste: After a hint of biscuity malt, the hops take over, bringing dank piney flavors; in the middle, the tropical fruit comes through, with papaya being the most prominent element; bitterness builds, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A refreshing APA (verging on an IPA) that is nice and dry, like I prefer the style to be

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Can
$10.99 6-Pack
Keyport Liquors - Superior, WI

Canned 9/8/14

Day Tripper is a goldenrod libation when backlit and takes on the color of apricot when not. Moderate haze permeates the body with a couple floaties because I got a little overzealous on the pour. A soapy white head rises to a finger, falls slowly to a cap and leaves behind some humpbacked lacing on its way down.

The nose on this beer is flat out glorious. Big notes of perfectly ripe pineapple are vibrant up front. Apricot and papaya follow closely behind. A soft green herbalness runs the periphery and pine brings up the rear. Those tropical fruits dominate and I'm digging it. A crackery malt base lays a welcomed foundation and just enough sugar.

Damn, this is a delicious beer! It's not quite as vibrant as the nose but it's not far off and still brighter than 95% of pales on the market. Big ripe pineapple notes, again, kick it off. Sweet papaya and apricot notes hit in the middle before pine combines with pineapple on the swallow. Crackery malt again adds the base. Jammy notes pop up here and there. This beer is like crack to me.

The body weighs in at medium with a velvety luxuriousness. Carbonation runs right in the middle of the spectrum. It's easy drinking and smooth with a soft bitterness that lingers long after each drink. A touch of residual sweetness balances it well and keeps it easy drinking. This beer goes down dangerously fast.

Day Tripper is one of my favorite pale ales on the planet. I honestly can't get enough of this beer. It's juicy, pine-y, a little bitter, and ridiculously drinkable. I would love to see this available around Chicagoland but in the time being I will stick to Daisy Cutter.

Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a mostly clear gold with a generous 3 finger head that retains very nicely and leaves a ton of lacing. Nose is floral with hints of spicy hops, notes of pine, and tons of bready malts. Taste pretty much matches the nose. Herbal floral hops up front with moderate to light presence paired with strong grainy malt bill. The bitterness is mild which makes this quite drinkable. The body is light and well carbonated. This is a very drinkable pale with a nice mix between malt character and hops.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can sealed on 6/30/14 into an IPA glass and enjoyed over 25 minutes with and without pizza, salad, and wings.

The appearance is a rather hazy amber-cream that supports a thick cap of matching texture. Retention is good; thick sheets of lacing and stubborn islands on top make the head a part of the drinking experience deep into the glass.
Pine resin is powerful in the nose, accompanied by nice round fruit--honeydew, and papaya sprayed with lime. There's clover in there, too, dusted with pollen and sawdust. So much going on for an APA, but a bit imbalanced. With warming, it starts to smell more like yellow cake with blood-orange icing.
On the tongue, it starts almost toasty and smoky, then narrows down to a salted biscuit austerity before getting halfway through. Lemon zest pairs with the carbonation to open a late space for chewy hop oils to slide out from under pineapple and fade into a tart, dry finish. Higher temperature brings out too much tar, early and persistent in the flavor--so keep it cool and quaff unless you have barbecue or good fish to eat alongside.
In the mouth, it feels clean, rather juicy, and just nicely livened by the bubbles. Astringent on the tongue and hard palate; doesn't linger much anywhere else. With all those hops and possibilities for emergent flavor, I want it to hold on more...but then I remember I'm drinking a 5.4% APA and I simply reach for another smooth mouthful.
Eventually, I get beaten down by the bitterness of the aftertaste without food. But, it's a great match for eats that have any residual sugar or savory grill flavor. And on its own, it's still quite a creation--bursting with hops, layered with enough interesting flavor essences that I keep reaching for the glass. Although it wears a different label, I'd add this to my list of favorite session IPAs.

Photo of MNAle
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice aroma, not overpowering, very nice overall. Just the right amount of hop bitterness for a pale ale. Well balanced. I enjoyed this one a lot. Somewhat hard to find, though. Would buy it again.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

If this is an APA then I'm Cookie Monster. This beer is hop heavy for any style and waaay too much for a pale ale.

Light copper color, mostly clear. Soapy head, nice lacing

Aroma is loaded with hops. Just shy of resin. Pine. Some citrus. Rustic vine. No malt to speak of

Flavor. Flavor? Not much underneath the massive hop bite. Pine and bitter orange peel.

This beer has far too much bite for its own good. It hides the flavor, but maybe that is the point.
To style this beer fails. Overall, it's a hop bomb with no balance

Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy lemon-amber with snowy trailers.
Stunning resin, papaya, pine sap and flower nectar nose.
Lean and salty Italian breadstick with huge lemon zest, nettle, Seville orange rind, and nectar hops.
Sugared grapefruit and pineapple end and severe bitter linger.
Clean, light more than medium, bone dry, slight cling.

Willamettes, Cascades, CTZ and Summits

Some fruit, some juice, but ultimately a clobberingly (for the strength, and for 45 IBUs too, actually) bitter citrus fest. In a way it’s a minor miracle that they managed to pack this amount of hops into a 5-ish% beer, and if I were looked for a true IPA at low ABV, this would be it. But at the same time, if I’m looking for 5% beer, do I want something this harsh? Doesn’t show the deft balance of Let It Ride, and so is a bit of a letdown (especially after that nose) that way.

An IPA in APA's clothing.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Inch thick head. Golden orange color. Great lacing.

Smell - fruity citrus up front. nice biscuit finish.

Taste - maltiness up front and then lots of bitterness. not much citrus in between and then a nice malty finish

Mouthfeel - quite crisp and bitter

Overall - pretty decent pale ale and glad I got to try it.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can (canned on 4/17/14) into a Bell's tulip. The beer is a murky burnt orange color with about a finger of off-white head. The nose has hints of grapefruit, marmalade, fresh toast, and a touch of bready sweetness.

Medium-light body with a firm feel and a balanced flavor. Some toast and marmalade notes up front and a nice hop explosion at mid-palate providing a nice rye-like spiciness that lingers a bit on the finish. Not as citrusy as I hoped it would be. More of an amarillo- or cascade-like hoppiness. Still, very refreshing and appetizing.

Very nice beer. Reminds me a bit of Sierra Nevada's classic Pale Ale, but with a slightly more pronounced malt backbone. Not my favorite style, but darn tasty.

Photo of Ri0
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can (canned on 4/17/14) into a Bell's tulip.

A - Dark rusty orange color with big 3 finger off white head. Thick collar and excellent plush lacing.

S - Good notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, caramel and bred.

T - Bready with some caramel sweetness that transforms into a hop whallup on the palate. Not as citrusy, but there are notes of pine and grapefruit. Classic west coast style with a good malt backbone.

M - Medium to light body with good carbonation and a bitter, resinous finish.

O - Terrific canned IPA that is very west coast in style with the hops and malts that are used. Easy drinker with great flavor.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy golden orange with a white, persistent, soft head. Great retention and lacing.

Grapefruit and spicy hop profile in the nose with som biscuit.

Really bitter. Grapefruit, fusel spice, and buttery.

Crisp and dry mouthfeel. Soft light body.

A very pleasant surprise. I'd never heard of this brewery and caught this one at the airport, paired it with mahi tacos with a jalepeno salsa. Easily drinkable and quenched a hop craving.

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden color, with massive amounts of head. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, and candied citrus fruits. The grapefruit taste is up and front on the tongue with the pineapple and melds into a giant melon rind bitterness and the finish melds into a resiny spruce type character. A lightly bodied with some nice carbonation.

Just a very well executed pale ale with plenty of flavors and plenty of punch.

Photo of koutkid41
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small half-finger of white foam that fade somewhat quick. Hazy golden color.

S: Light dankness that has a candied mango, tangerine type aroma and slight onion in the background. Very sweet fruity aroma with a sturdy caramel backbone and maybe some breadiness. Very pleasing.

T: Upfront a burned kind of breadiness. Then fades into a caramel and fruity citrus appears. Then some pine appears and fade. A little different, nice.

M: Nice carbonation, medium body.

O: Really nice pale ale, glad to have tried this one. I would say this was a nice gateway beer into Indeed Brewing.

Photo of GilGarp
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can served chilled into a goblet.

Dy Tripper is a pale golden amber with a slightly hazy appearance. It has tight white head with good retention and some sticky lace.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy with great citrus notes. It's more hoppy than most pale ales but maybe not quite as much as a good IPA.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter for a pale ale. It has initial sweetness but has a great bitter bite from middle to end. The hops are fresh and citrusy with a hint of grass.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body and nicely carbonated. Bitterness is more in line with an IPA but malts are that of a pale ale. This leads to a slightly out of balance pale ale but most hop heads won't mind.

Overall an excellent beer, whatever style you want to call it.

Photo of KFBR392
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brownish amber color. Light head of about half a finger on the pour and was present while drinking. Below average active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is airy, floral hops. Tropical fruits mesh with with a slightly nutty malt body. Accents of caramel and toffee added by the malt as well. The hop tones have a bubblegum sweetness that is very inviting and refreshing.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt presence with some piney bitter hop tones picked up on the front. More of the lighter floral hop tones pick up in the body and toward the back end. Sticky, resinous malt wears on the palate throughout drinking and provides a full body. The finish is continuing bold malt and some medium bodied bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Heavier on the mouthfeel then the aroma would lead you to believe. Thick malt layers the palate. Hops bite throughout.

Overall: A hoppy pale ale but definitely keeps itself in the realm of being a pale ale with a big malt presence. Takes a toll on the palate though, certainly not the easiest drinking pale in the business.

Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a goblet.

A: Hazy, light amber color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and prolific yeast particles hang suspended throughout the column.

S: Grapefruit is the dominant quality, although some biscuit is also detectable. Very clean, with plenty of volatile hops oils.

T: Begins dry, with bright mixed citrus hops aromatics and fairly soft and refined pale malt. Acidity is assertive, yet well-matched to the bright fruity qualities. The middle sees the emergence of herbaceous spice and restrained crystal or Belgian aromatic malt chewiness. Bitterness is strong for the style in the finish, with ale esters that linger on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer comes across as a dry-hopped Sierra Nevada pale ale might. Assertive but predictable, this APA is what West Coast-style IPAs were striving for some time in the past.

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Day Tripper from Indeed Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.