So Folkin' Hoppy IPA - The Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: johnnnniee on 06-03-2013

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by alaimoa:
Photo of alaimoa
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Flatbread in Portland, ME on 2/26
Pours an amber with no head to speak of. Smells of earthiness, dirt,toffee. Taste similar but with a name using hops in it I would have thought more IBU. overall a bit bland with the same earthy hops with the bready and caramel malt profile dominating. Smooth yet not quite what I had hoped for.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

So raw and rustic, yet put together well enough to be presentable and drinkable. Meaning this is really good beer. Not your typical IPA, but rather a very well balanced one that focuses on all aspects. With a beer like this, Funky Bow has a lot of potential.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 8.3%

LOOK: Deep brassy hue, epic lacing

SMELL: Minty piney hops, fallen apples, caramel, earthy, toasted bread, yeast, hint of alcohol, rustic

TASTE: Extremely smooth, chewy body, very malty, grassy, bready, nutty, grainy, balanced hop bitterness, minty, spicy, orange rind, evergreen, blond tobacco, yeast, ripe apples; finishes semidry and hoppy

Photo of teffcity0331
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty. Strong smell, tasty, bitter, maybe a bit to bitter of an after taste. Would recommend. Would buy again. Another good beer from a great state.

Photo of GurgglyBurgglers
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Straight from the can on the way to the grocery store. Hops abound and just enough malt to provide great balance. Super clean, however a tad bit too bittah' for my palate. Crazy good value though. 6 pack of cans for $10.99 clocking in around 7%? Hell yea. Drink all day long at those prices!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%

From a 12oz can

Pours a golden amber color with a decent sized foamy head, fades at a decent pace but leaves a lasting cap throughout the drink, minor lacing on the glass.

Smell has a rich caramel malt backing with a strong piney hop aroma at the front, hints of grapefruit.

Taste starts off with a hit of piney hops, quickly balanced with the caramel malt and finishes with a rather dry bitterness from the hops again, grapefruit aspects throughout, body is medium with a slight resiny mouthfeel, carbonation is medium but at times can be sharp.

Photo of illpass78
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass on draft at Flatbread in Portland, Maine. Served in a nifty snifter.

Look: Pours a slightly hazy orange/yellow with a thin white head that shows good retention.

Aroma: Smells of lemon, grapefruit, hops and grass.

Taste: Nice citrusy, lemony IPA. Good hop character and solid malt base. A wee touch of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Slightly light of body, but that helps aid its approachability. Good beer to pair with yuppie pizza, as I did.

Overall: Really solid IPA, this. Not a game-changer, but doesn't seek to be or need to be. Would recommend to anyone who likes U.S. IPAs.

Photo of soccerman7
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thank you Dan! Poured in a pint glass.

Very nice and smooth IPA. Piney notes with citrus and the malt sweetness to back it up. Easy drinking and very balanced, not a hop bomb. Definitely a solid beer and something I would buy off a shelf.

Photo of wfairfld
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber pour with sweet caramel maltiness and dank earthy piney bitter hoppy bite that fades to a lingering medicinal finish.

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of clumped yeast showing up in the glass. Even though it is a can, it looks like this was bottled conditioned, Belgian style. Nice lumpy lace from the spots on the glass, but the head settles quickly to a thin layer of larger bubbles. The liquid is a dirty light-brown. It looks a lot like my homebrews, but it doesn't have any of the yeasty flavors or smells.

There's an interesting blend of smells in this one: I detect some sweetness from non-fermented malts. Mild floral and bittering hops. Some earthiness and toasted crystal or biscuit malt. Complex.

The flavor is more direct and simple. Starts with a semi-sweet, lightly toasted malt base and finishes with a chewy biting hop bitterness. The aftertaste is short for the style, but appropriate. The body and carbonation are average.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Little Tap House in Portland.
Comes to the table a medium copper with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to a cap with a moderate amount of lace on the sides of he glass. Smells of caramel, earthy hops, and a fair amount of mineral water. The flavor follows the aroma quite well and adds a hint of butterscotch. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bitter mouthfeel. Decent beer but reminds me of almost every other ipa from Maine.

Photo of PriorDoubleDark
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Thin beer, ok but there are better selections available.

Photo of Kraj30
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a bit underwhelming.. wanted more hops not sweet malt

Photo of Dufmandinga
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can. Not bad but nothing outstanding. Amberish color. Sweet malt with subtle hops and a descent amount of bitter. Not much aroma.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a ring of lace around the glass

S: Some citrusy and piney hops up front, along with a solid maltiness. Fairly straight-forward, but definitely solid

T: Follows the nose. Hops follow suit, giving off some citrus notes with a hint of pine. Malt stands right beside the hops, providing great balance. Finishes with some bitterness and earthy tones

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch prickly

O: A very solid and easy-to-drink IPA. It has great balance and doesn't destroy your palate. Glad they started canning

Photo of Dbrag
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hop flavor and smell

Photo of scotorum
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single on a recent trip to Maine. Canned 4/27/15 so less than two weeks old when it was consumed last Saturday evening.

a: Hazy amber, half finger white head receded to thin surface foam.

s: Medium strength citrus and pine.

t: A very sweet caramel malt base countered with moderate piney bitterness.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A pretty solid hoppy IPA as advertised, but the hop bitterness seems a bit at odds with the almost cloyingly candy-sweet caramel malt, and the hops don't seem to offer much in the way of flavor themselves.

Photo of BrianHamann
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Easy drinking with a pine kick at the end. Refreshing for a mid strength IPA

So Folkin' Hoppy IPA from The Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company
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