New Zealand IPA - Zipline Brewing Co

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New Zealand IPANew Zealand IPA

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Zipline Brewing Co visit their website
Nebraska, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MinorThreat on 03-08-2013

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle with 2/11/14 date on the bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A good-looking, copper and orange colored body and some mild carbonation rest in my glass. A finger-thick head forms and has a marshmallow-like foaminess to it. It retains well but doesn't leave too much lace as it eventually dissipates.

Citrus is present on the nose, but it's pungent and somewhat muted, not nearly as explosive as other great citrus-heavy IPAs. The same can be said for the sweetness and malt profile. Everything seems a bit stale almost, which may be due to the months of age on the beer. I start to get some grapefruit peel too, but there's still and odd smell that seems to stifle the aroma overall.

Some interesting flavors emerge from this, particularly at the finish where I get some bubblegum. Citrus is there, but still is not as explosive and tasty as I'd like, but it's all pleasant enough. The malt is pretty quiet and offers some toasty flavors and sweetness.

It's an easy-drinking beer leaning more to the sweet side of things. The bitterness is hardly present aside from the citrus peel dry bitterness that pops in and out. Bodywise, it's about medium thickness with a slight creaminess from the malt.

This beer is very accessible, but it won't impress the hop fiend. It's a respectable beer and could easily be a go-to for Nebraska folks really, so I think it's good, not great.

Photo of Originalredman
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic take on a IPA! Does a nice job of mixing up the different varieties of hops and it is extremely drinkable. Limits the amount of bitter you sometimes get from other IPA's.
They have a great Porter, Belgium, and a Copper Alt.
If you are into craft beer this is definitely a great place to get your fix.

Photo of siskiyoucellar
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

from a 12oz bottle

pours smoothly with a small effervescent head, copper-gold highlights, very pretty

nose is rather minimal, lightly floral with a hint of malt

taste is pleasantly robust after the nose, floral hops on the tip of the tongue, sweet solid dark caramel foundation yet still very refreshing, excellent balance of hop bitterness, easy finish

mouthfeel is very nice, light yet substantial

overall an excellent IPA enhanced by its NZ cred

full disclosure - reviewed as impartially as possible from a sample given to me by the brewers

Photo of MinorThreat
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler

A-Golden Straw with pillowy white head and nice retention

S-spicy tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, guava

T-huge tropical fruits, loads of mango, starfruit, peppery spice, delicious.

M-Vibrant and lively co2 volume. Really nice

O-Really nice beer. An exceptional take on a NZ IPA, bright, fruity and clean bitterness. I will be seeking out again and again

Photo of Jbird1985
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an under rated brew. The New Zealand hops create a fantastic bouquet and flavor profile of juicy tropical fruits. Not a crazy hop headed beer. If you are looking to get into the IPA category it is a great transitional styled IPA. I LOVE a great IPA. This one fits in because it is not a West Coast hop oil bomb. Its an awesome New Zealand styled IPA.

Photo of TheChrisK
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Only got about a 1/4" head from it.

S: The nose gives a hoppy and slight tropical notes. This more indicative of an American IPA.

T: Very hoppy and slightly bitter. The bitterness grows towards the bottom of the glass.

M: Medium feel with a smooth yet strong following.

O: Not bad. My first NZ IPA but again, felt more like an American IPA.

Photo of Russ_Guill
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours with a great copper/golden color and minimal head.

The aroma is sweet/caramel with citrusy hop notes.

The taste is very complex. It starts off crisp and bitter, then follows with great citrus hop flavor balanced very well with sweet maltiness. Lingering grapefruit flavor afterwards.

Medium mouthfeel but very refreshing.

Overall, a great IPA that continues to impress with each drink.

Photo of Bear1964
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (new to the brewery) into a Pint glass gave the standard look of a IPA...not a lot of head or lace but a great color, aroma was such a mix I couldn't pick out the fruits but it smelled different in a good way. The taste was sweet with a slight bitter backed by pit fruit and a mild tang, very tasty with some malt coming through as well. Crisp with nice carbanation that still allows the flavors to come through, overall a great twist on the IPA style and its nice to have this brand in bottles because their taproom hours are limited...I do love their Growlers!

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: copper color and hazy with medium carbonation, less than one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a broken layer of foam that lasted throughout, a good amount of lacing on the glass, very nice looking beer.

SMELL: sweet, citrus and flowery, subtle.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, sweet, citrus and then a mild but pleasant hop profile, understated. This beer is a milder version of the IPA style. The 6.8% alcohol is well disguised.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation for the style.

OVERALL: this is the first beer I've had from this brewer, very drinkable but definitely less bitter than most other IPA's I've had. If you like a more subtle and milder IPA this is a good choice.

Photo of Sintech
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Zipline Brewing very well done

Photo of ScrewBud
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - Light Amber
S - Nice fruity aroma
T - Doesn't live up to the smell. Initially has some flavor but fades very fast.
F - Mouth feel of a lawn mowing beer.
O - Hardly can call this an IPA. Nebraska has better beers.

Photo of mynie
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sixer purchased in Iowa. A "bottled on" date is clearly visible, and this one is exactly a month old.

Pours pale red with a white, lacey head. Smells balanced and nicely tame. No giant citrus bursts or anything, but a firm maltiness that's spiced bread against red, ripe fruit nodes from the New Zealand hops.

Tastes like it smells--balanced and not-American. And that's not bad, because sometimes it's nice to drink stuff that's not American. Starts bready with a strong streak of black pepper, moves into a middle that's like a Hostess fruitcake, ending on black pepper yeast and malt.


New Zealand IPA from Zipline Brewing Co
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.