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River Water IPA - The Front Brewing Company

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 18
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 44.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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The Front Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BillRoth on 10-20-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 18
Photo of sporklift87
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From can to snifter. One finger peppery light tan head, fades quick into medium film. Translucent amber. Medium-light strength floral hop aromas with red apples and bit of watermelon. Tastes much brighter and fruitier than aroma. Bitterness kicks off followed immediately by candy-like flavors. It reminds me of the red vines with notes of taffy and bubblegum. Feels medium-highly carbonated and fairly thick. Makes my tongue feel sort of like I've been eating taffy, actually. Not my style of flavors, but I respect it for its uniqueness. A good try, but a bit over the top with candy flavors. However, I understand why some would like it a lot more than me. Cool throwback can, but I don't like that it creates two things to recycle.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from cool riptop can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed, deep golden-orange color with a huge head of fizzy off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma hits you with a great showing of a grapefruit citrus hop smell which has some sweeter citrus fruit (tangerine and orange) aromas mixed within. Along with these citrus based aromas comes some light bready smells as well as a moderate showing of a pine aroma, overall producing a rather smooth and present smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a rather strong showing of a grapefruit hop. As the taste advances it initially sweetens as some orange and tangerine as well as a little bit of apricot fruit work their way onto the tongue. All the while the grapefruit, gets even more potent in nature and brings with it some other hop tastes of pine and earth. With the sweeter flavors losing power at the end of the taste, and all the hop increasing theirs, one is left with a somewhat crisp mixed hoppy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is medium bodied with a rather mid-level carbonation. For the mix of danker and citrus hop as well as the bready and the sweeter flavors that are there at times in the flavor profile, the feel is rather nice and creates a rather easy sipping IPA.

Overall – I very much enjoyed this brew. It has a very nice blend of hops balanced by a good level of malt and some lighter sweet flavors. Quite nice.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a newfangled can that removes the entire top of the can so you can smell the beer- pretty cool! This might be just the thing for camping and rafting...

The aroma is rather subdued from the can, but definitely more than you would get from a standard can. You can smell some hops suggestive of citrus. As the can empties, you can slosh the beer around and get a pretty good nose full. It's quite easy to drink from the can. The flavor is also quite subdued for an American IPA but it's still pretty tasty. Light citrus and just a touch of juniper berry meld well with a very malty base that suggests a touch of molasses and maybe a little ginger.

A moderate pour into a shaker pint yields a frothy one inch head that proves fairly sticky. The beer is a hazy amber with sediment that floats around for awhile before settling. Carbonation is on the high side. The aroma isn't much more than sniffing from the can. Nevertheless, the overall flavor is quite good, with a nice balance between malt and hops. A creamy, sudsy mouth feel leads to some lingering orange pith on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

This beer is nicely balanced with nice hop flavors, but without insane bitterness. Kudos for the cool can! I hate trying to suck beer through that little hole and this new opening harkens back to the Schmidt "Big Mouth" and Mickeys grenades type of bottle, which was an awesome innovation that unfortunately never quite caught on. I think canned craft beer, especially with this large opening, will sell like hotcakes in the summer months.

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River Water IPA from The Front Brewing Company
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