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Long Leaf IPA | Appalachian Mountain Brewery

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Long Leaf IPALong Leaf IPA

Brewed by:
Appalachian Mountain Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by anjah on 02-18-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, honey-gold coloring, with a fluffy, white head. Nose of strong citrus notes, subtle pine characteristics, and hints of bitterness. Flavors are citrus forward, with grapefruit and lemon, followed by pine resin and tassel notes. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a resinous and lightly peppered aftertaste. The finish is effervesced, slightly dry, and bitter. Refreshing and crisp beer.

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Photo of anjah
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is unfiltered and loaded with hops with an IBU of 75! The color is a nice hazy golden amber and an aroma that hits you like a brick. "An Anglo-American-style IPA, with a carefully blended floral and citrus aroma. A mouthful of hop flavor is complimented by a malty backbone, leaving you with a subdued lingering bitterness."

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Photo of humuloner22
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice beer from little old Boone NC! Happy to see a brewery just up the road a ways is making some good beer and canning it no less!

Appearance: Conventional IPA, some amber gold coloration more light than dark, fairly clear not much haze decent amount of head. Pretty much textbook for an IPA.

Aroma: Nice floral and fruitiness, not very resinous but solid in the nose. The malts balance it out fairly well and give it a clean nose.

Taste: This is a nicely balanced IPA, very good flavor and could be sessioned I believe. It has some bitterness that hits the front of the tongue but otherwise its pretty clean. Nice floral and some tropical notes, its does not have a piney resinous flavor that I was expecting from a beer called Long Leaf, named after the Pine. But I understand the nomenclature as well being from NC.

Overall: Its a good beer, the price point is spot on and it comes in tallboy cans! Can't go wrong there! I am looking forward to seeing what else this brewery produces. Not bad so far!

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a New belgium egg snifter.

Look: Pours a tangerine orange color with a good rise of head that takes a minute or two to deflate. Doesn't die down all the way, leaves about an 8th of an inch of foam and some clumps of big bubbles still trying to hang on. Head is just off white in color and lacey lace sticks to the glass where the head has retreated. The actual shade of the beer is very pleasing.

Smell: Smells of orange and tangerine first , after comes hints of pine and some notes of toffee and a little caramel sweetness. Overall sweetness of the aroma would make one think this is a fairly tame beer bitterness wise. Doesn't seem to allude to a tongue lashing soon. Very pleasing profile with a slight floral note at the end after a few good whiffs.

Taste: The taste is an abrupt plot twist from the aroma. At first I was thinking this would be a balanced easy drinking IPA , however after the first sip all bets are off. Sharp grapefruit bitterness and a large helping of sticky pine resin start things in motion. After comes a slight floral and woodsy character that fades into a touch of caramel sweetness, this doesn't last long though and soon a touch of mineral dryness takes over until the bitter dry finish seals the deal. The finish is long and bitter and leaves an after taste of white grapefruit. Although for sure an unbalanced IPA it is not to a fault. The hop character is well structured and not over the top.

Feel: Carbonation is a touch high being just a little fizzy , this aids in the perception of hop character but this jumps out at the beers only really minor flaw. Nothing to stop me from enjoying it by any means.

Overall: Honestly with Columbus , Warrior , Chinook, and Centennial hops in play with good proportions and a decent malt background you would think it would be hard to not make a good IPA. But lots of brewers use excellent ingredients and don't make amazing beer. This however is not one of those. This is a well put together , delicious and drinkable IPA. It has west coast style but still remains unique. An extremely good offering worth seeking out anywhere in North Carolina.

This beer does have to potential to be amazing, I hope to try it again in the future.

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Photo of mst934
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Enjoying on this cold day in Black Mountain, NC. Poured from a bomber sample from brewery into a snifter here at home. About an inch of head after the initial pour, disappears after a minute or two. Nice lacing. Initial nose of fresh lemon peel and orange. Medium bitterness at the end, large notes of pine (I think all this has been said before). Very crisp and bright. A beautiful golden orange hue. These guys are doing some big things. Just got the porter on tap where I work, and it's quality as well. Hopefully I can bring this one on soon too. Well done.

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial pint glass a clear rich medium golden with a sticky half finger white head that settles very slowly.Grassy and leafy hops with a tinge of citrus,a dryer bready malt base is detected as well.Dry and quite crisp on the palate with a aspirin-like hop profile along with some herbal and grassy notes,again a bready malt base.Not bad though a little sharp in it's aspirin flavor,I like the dryness and crispness of the beer.

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Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
1.93/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This tasted soapy. I did not enjoy in the slightest.

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Photo of Cpawsat
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mirthrandir
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingEdward
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleckpa
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stephen_Bailey
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dvmin98
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SLewis
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of 20holmbrew
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into Sam Adams perfect pint. Huge foamy head. Getting lots of pineapple and citrus aromas. Sharp piney bite upfront. Very nice mouthfeel. Overall it was a solid IPA.

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3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice rustic IPA. If you told me that I was drinking a hoppy lager I would not argue it at all. Solid overall but not what most hop lovers look for in an IPA.

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Photo of Ascanio2169
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fievel
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious can dating from what I can see.

Big bronze orange with a clear and see through appearance, and lots of rising pinhead fast carbonation in the middle. Head is large out of the can, thick and froth with off white color, four fingers, and big swiss cheese retention and clumping. Just wont quit, a classic aggressive looking IPA.

Hop angle seems to hit nicely with just a hint of possible greatness. Leafy and slightly minty herbal, matching with a nice soft malt sweetness in the body behind it. Extremely clean smelling, if I could say. Hints of chewy warm mint and leafy green like action, thick hop aroma, but also a bit simple. Very solid and impressive in its own right.

Palate finishes very noticeably bitter, which takes over first sips and flavors. Mid palate washes with a hint of fruit juice and matching treacle and honey like malts. Aftertaste and swallow bursts lots of controlled pint that hints toward lime a bit, and has lots of control with some of the balanced malt sweetness. Airy long lasting almost hop breathmint like finish. Wonderful solid body, almost into big juiced territory.

A very impressive IPA that goes for good qualities and just inches towards real greatness. Perhaps it's quality is just what is needed in the booming IPA realm.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Moderate vegetal hop aroma that has decent malt backing.

T- Good balance of slightly sweet malt and more vegetal hops. Bitterness is a touch on the milder side but the overall profile works well resulting in high drinkability.

M- A bit sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A decent, easygoing, middle-of-the-road IPA. Definitely not one for the hopheads per say but rather for those who like a less abrasive hop profile.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is dark gold, slightly hazy, and sports about a finger of fine white head with good retention and nice lacing. Not a crazy amount going on with the nose. I get some typical pine tree aromas, some lemon and grapefruit, and a hint of fresh toast.

Medium body with a firm, creamy feel and a nice hoppy flavor. I get toast and marmalade up front, then a well-balanced salvo of pine, citrus, and hemp-like hoppy flavors. The pine and hemp flavors seem to dominate, especially towards the back of the palate where they really take over the profile and leave a grassy, floral finish. The feel complements the flavor nicely and enhances the sticky quality of all that piney bitterness.

Overall, a nice American IPA. It has a little something for all hop fans. There's a solid malt backbone and a nice variety of hoppy flavors ranging from citrusy to piney to hemp-like. I prefer the citrusy IPAs, so I doubt I will buy this one again. Still, I enjoyed the entire 4-pack.

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Photo of 1424IpA
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Long Leaf IPA from Appalachian Mountain Brewery
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