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Leather Lips IPA - The Tap Brewing Company

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Leather Lips IPALeather Lips IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

401 Ratings

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 58
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-05-2004

he brewing process by itself contains enough Nugget and Chinook to satisfy the most seasoned hop head. But we couldn’t leave it alone. Once fermentation is complete we add a massive hop bag to the bright tank that is bursting at the seams with whole cone Centennial for an aroma that you just can’t get any other way. High fives all around.
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Ratings: 401 | Reviews: 297
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at The Tap, the beer was served in a nonic pint. The beer is a light, clear, caramel color with a filmy, low profile, white, clingy head. Nose of light caramel backbone, with subtle resin and peppery hops notes. Flavors are malt forward, with a caramel and toffee sweetness and grapefruit tart highlights. Subtle spice and floral hops notes, too. Smooth, mid-bodied, with a tangy sweet and subtle bitter aftertaste. Clean, slick, slightly dry finish. Completely drinkable IPA, with an English lean on the style.

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A: Pours a clear gold with 1 finger of fluffy white head that fades to a coating on top.

S: Citrusy hops with a bit of malt

T: The hops are dominant with a heavy tilt towards grapefruit. There is a malt backbone but it is subtle.

M: Light bodied and refreshing. No carbonation bite, in fact it seems lightly carbonated.

O: This truly is a delivery system for hops. Nice and bitter with the hops flavors and aroma being showcased. I would buy again.

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Darker golden color, respectable clarity, smallish 2/5" head on it, white in color.

Aroma was hoppy, but not massive, usual old school c hop culprits I suspect. You can tell this is one of the recipes that has been around before the explosion of proprietary hop strains.

Good bitterness first in the taste, hefty but not palate wrecking. Solid biscuity malt that is actually a tad heavier than the color would lead you to believe. The bitterness is no doubt complimented heavily by the Nugget hop. Good usage of it. Mouthfeel is bitter, and drinks heavier than 5% would make you think.

Leans more grapefruit than pine. Bitterness really is the #1 discernable attribute of the beer, moreso per se than 'flavor' hops. Its a little nondescript and generic in that sense. Don't expect a lot of complexity or flavor and you'll be fine, its plenty drinkable if you can handle 60 ibus.

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Leather Lips IPA from The Tap Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.