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Leather Lips IPA - The Tap Brewing Company

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Leather Lips IPALeather Lips IPA

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very good

392 Ratings

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 58
Gots: 11 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-05-2004)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

AJ01923, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BRYeleJR, Jun 16, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pub glass

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.

gestyr, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

SebD, Jun 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

DMB, May 31, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

somelikehops, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

alienlifeforcecube, May 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Davepoolesque, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

blknikon, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Tradtimbo, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mullen2525, Apr 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

PatGreer, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

JMBSH, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

DelicateDelirium, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Dizzy242, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Remdog, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

milkbone_underwear, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

seakayak, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

masshlx, Dec 16, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, well-balanced, bready and sweet. For a long time I wrote it off for some reason, and I'm sorry I dismissed it for so long. The saving grace is that I drank a lot of IPAs in the meantime that I can compare it to.

This is the kind of rounded, balanced flavor I look for in every IPA. Enticing smell, taste that starts out crisp and bready, opening into a nice hoppiness that's nicely bitter but doesn't overwhelm the taste buds.

These qualities are common to a number of my favorite IPAs, but this one stands out because it's 5%. You can drink more than two of these and still walk straight. In a day where IPAs trend ever upward toward and beyond 7% and 8%, Haverhill makes a delicious version that's not debilitating.

I first tasted it in bottles, but I can't wait for the next time I find it on tap!

ItsPete, Nov 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

kaelingirl, Oct 29, 2012
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2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle from Spleeb, consumed way back in September 2011. (This review notes backlog is getting outta hand...) Duvel tulip. Hazy golden amber with a massive foamy head that's in no rush to leave. Lots of soapy lace.

Citrus zest and pith aplenty in the nose, but also what appears to be newspaper? The first sip confirms the newspaper presence and also entirely too much carbonation; I reckon something went a bit wonky with this bottle. It's a shame, too, as the hop profile gives hints that it was pretty ferocious in the grapefruit department at some point. There's still plenty of astringent bitterness left behind, but that weird newspaper business seems to blunt the hop flavor. I'm inclined to give this one another shot down the road and update this review.

PDXHops, Aug 29, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have overlooked this beer many time because I tend to judge a book by its cover a lot. But this time I decided to give it a try.

A: Beer pours a cloudy/golden color with a 2 inch off white, soapy head that quickly fades and leaves some lacing.

S: Smell consists of honey and apricots up front, followed by some pine, citrus, grapefruit and clove on the back end. A very earthy smelling IPA.

T: Taste is a lot like the smell but I get the pine and grapefruit up front, which is accompanied by the honey and apricot on the back end. Has some subtle earth notes, but no real yeast feel on the aftertaste.

M: mouth feel is a tart and bitter flavor on the mouth but I like that in an IPA.

O: Strong version of the style with grapefruit dominating the flavor. Drinkable for those who can absorb a strong style IPA. I guess you cant always judge a book by its cover!

SouljaSaia17, Aug 21, 2012
Leather Lips IPA from The Tap Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.