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Day Tripper - Indeed Brewing Company

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 590
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 24.2%
Wants: 43
Gots: 101 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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Photo of VashonGuy
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is definitely closer to an IPA than an APA, as far as I'm concerned. And that's just fine by me. It's full of hoppy goodness (I've had IPAs with a tamer hop profile). There's a good bit of malt as well. Day Tripper is nicely balanced, and easy to drink. It's not very bitter. A very well crafted and interesting beer.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that died off fairly quickly. Lacing was few and far between, but messy where it did appear.
The smell started with some piney hops bursting into a big citrusy punch of hops. Light caramel malts do show themselves.
The taste was mainly sweet with a light bitterness that's somewhat grassy yet citrusy to ride in underneath. Light malts are there as well.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a decent sessionable feel around it. Carbonation felt right as an APA.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good APA. I'd have it again if I could trade for it. Good stuff

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a rich straw with an expansive head. The aroma leads with a strong pine note, followed by mango and passionfruit. The tropical fruits come through more in the flavor, pairing well with the pine and hint or caramel. The mouthfeel is halfway between thick and thin, and only slightly astringent. Overall I feel like this is a solid, dry, American pale. Hop foward, plently of bitterness - just what I am looking for in a solid, everyday pale ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

maybe my least favorite of the beers i had from indeed on this trip. its not a bad beer at all, but for me fell way more into the ipa category than the american pale. it reminds me of something anchor would make, like the liberty ale, with a richer bolder grain base and body, and then hopped to high heaven with a focus on bitterness. its less european and less well refined than most anchor beers ive had, but thats what comes to mind. the hops are astounding in this, good, but almost overdosed, like a shot of pine cleaner in the mouth, its almost burning on certain parts of the tongue, and the bitterness lasts a long time, i can even feel it going down. i do not dislike it, but its way intense, and even seems a little spicy as a result, just a lot of hops here with no real balance to check them, slow drinking for me. i like the flavors though, its the feel that suffers most i think from this, but i can see the appeal, very northwestern, and will please the guy who cant get enough hops. i personally thought it was the least appealing of indeeds lineup, but still a worthy brew if you like to blur the line between pale and ipa.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Day tripper pours a hazy golden color with a small lacing head. Big fresh hop aroma. Taste is hoppy, earthy and spicey. Nice body good flavors. Overall not bad.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy golden amber with 2-3 fingers off-white head. Good retention, leaves a bit of lacing
Smell: sweet citrus, dank/weedy
Look: moderately sweet maltiness, citrusy, lightly tart, bittersweet finish.
Feel: medium body, moderate to light carbonation; pretty smooth.

Overall: I think of this as kind of an ipa-light - not a session ipa, but a lower abv full flavored ipa. Although bitterness is pretty moderate there is tons of ipa-like hops character and the malt provides a perfect balance.

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Photo of BryGuyFlyGuy
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is currently my favorite. It has a great taste that even non-IPA friends enjoy. Not too thick like other IPAs but a smooth thickness. Piney, citrisy-bitterness, hint of floral, and hint of honey. Lingering taste in your mouth that leaves you wanting more. Great with dinner or just low key hang out beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint with dinner while visiting the States. Nice fruity pine on the nose with some sweet citrus notes. Flavour profile is much the same boasting a solid pine and sweet citrus flavors alongside a mild bitter finish. Caramel malts linger with citrus rind. A tasty brew, easily sessioned and something I will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of pagriley
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into snifter, about 6 weeks old.

L - pours slightly hazy copper / orange with fluffy white head and heavy lacing
S - Grapefruit, honey malts
T - Honey sweetness with some pine and astringent bitterness - almost an English style IPA
F - Heavier feel for a pale. Nice chewy malts with fine velvet carb

Overall a borderline English IPA cross over, but very nice. Not a quaffer of a pale ale, but a dinner time sipper that I am greatly enjoying

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Photo of dfried
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is just a great all around brew and has become one of my go to beers. Orangish light amber color and white head. Some floral notes and quite a bit of citrus in the aroma and flavor from the hops but the character some describe as "onion-like" from Summit hops adds a special sharpness, vibrancy, and crispness to the hop flavors that I love. Additions of some moderately toasted malts to the grain bill adds an extra dimension to the flavor which keeps the beer interesting. Alcohol is low enough and the beer is dry enough to provide for a high level of drink-ability.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found this at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. I didn't notice at the store that the can was a bit past date--about two weeks past, as of today. We'll see how she held up. Poured the 12 oz can right from the fridge into my pint glass.

L: Pours a light honey amber with about a half-inch of eggshell head that drops pretty quickly and leaves a film that sticks around and leaves a bit of cling. Moderate visible carbonation in this crystal-clear brew.

S: Bright, fruity nose, with particular notes of apricot and citrus rind. Some other grassy hop notes above a cracker malt underside. Very pleasant and relatively assertive aroma.

T: Not nearly as much fruit in the taste as there was in the bouquet. A subdued apricot/stone fruit flavor and some more assertive grapefruit rind over dry cracker malts. There's actually much more of the bitter rind flavor throughout the taste on this one. Even at the front, you begin to get that hop bitter at the sides and back of the tongue. The middle continues the grapefruit rind theme, with a bit of spicy/peppery quality coming through. The back end is hoppy all the way, with grapefruit rind leaving quite a bit of bitter.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, it feels a bit watery, but not to its detriment. Bright, smooth, effervescent, and decidedly bitter in turns. Clean-finishing, but not without bringing the bitter first.

O: I'm a big fan of Indeed's brews, particularly their Let It Ride IPA. This one is somewhat reminiscent, in that it brings very big bright hop flavors all the way through the taste. With a relatively low ABV, this one drinks like bigger beers while remaining pretty easy to put away. Have to try to find this one fresher.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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".

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Photo of rab53
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of MNAle
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.99/5  rDev -26.2%
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

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Day Tripper from Indeed Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.