Belt & Suspenders - BuckleDown Brewing

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87
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.43%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BuckleDown Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-05-2013

Loads of Crystal and Sterling hops lead the way in producing huge citrus and pine aromatics. Hoppiness is supported with a clean, slightly biscuity malt backbone.

65 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by NewGlarusFan:
Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Buckle Down,

A) Clear, dark yellow with a slight orange hue, good amount of nucleation and a two finger white head.

S) Citra fruits, a little piney, honey melon, malt, biscuit, Cascade for sure is used. Hoppy happiness.

T) Juicy, doesn’t leave the mouth dry more citra fruits, resin towards the back of the throat, malty finish.

M) Crisp medium carbonation doesn't leave the palate dry.

O) A solid IPA. Very good!

More User Reviews:
Photo of jwalter381
1.28/5  rDev -67%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

All I can say is huge diacetyl bomb.
I don't know why some of these breweries rush their beers out and not taste them during the process.

Extremely off putting beer.
I've tasted diacetyl in pipeworks a few times but this diacetyl was the most over powering by far

Photo of gormanv
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not as hoppy as I like'm.

Photo of VitoFerrante
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a ton of buzz about these new comers to the over crowded Chicago craft beer scene. A friend of mine grabbed a growler and headed to my hotel room with a few IPA glasses. The pour was an awesome pale color with tons of aromatic character! Lacing and carbonation were spot on! Then the flavor hit! WOW!!!! This beer holds its own to other top shelf APA's or American IPA's from high quality breweries in the region. Floral. Citurs. Pine flavors. Anti-Hero, Zombie Dust, Daisy Cutter... you have a new kid on the block so beware!!!

Photo of KevChiTown
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just about average. The hype on these guys made me really excited to try it, but it just wasn't a knock out. Woulda liked a bigger hop punch. Still a good beer.

Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Buckledown is a fantastic small batch brewery, but this American IPA is not my favorite. I think, though, it isn't meant to be more than a simple IPA -- nothing complicated or imaginative. It's an IPA and nothing more. If I saw it in someone's friidge, I'd be happy, but if I saw 8 other Buckledown brews, I'd pick almost ever other one before this selection.

It has a great look .. plenty of head and lace and a great looking IPA and the smell and feel is great, but the taste is the worst part of this brew -- and that, ultimately, means more than anything.

It's above average, but not spectacular.

Photo of swfan1963
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Color is medium-dark golden, with a small head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine, with a little sweet malt. Taste is bright, fresh grapefruit and pine resin combo, with the pine resin dominating, and a subdued sweet, bready malt background. The bitterness lingers for quite a while. A very enjoyable IPA, and thankfully the brewery / tap room is only 10 minutes from where I live so that I can stop by often for a growler.

Belt & Suspenders from BuckleDown Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.