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Refuge IPA - Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bsuedekum on 10-20-2013

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by laglocal:
Photo of laglocal
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best beer I have ever had brewed in Arizona. Appearance near a translucent light amber with an eggshell white head that lingers. Smell is of hops and a bit of bready malt. Not overwhelming in the nose like Dos Cabezas DIPA. Citrus hits the palate first with a bit of malt in the middle and finishes with a crippling herbal bitterness from the organic Simcoe hops. Mouthfeel is perfect. This beer is one of my favorite IPAs and I would liken it very much to the Row 2 Hill 56 that won over my heart at good ol RRBC. Bravo

More User Reviews:
Photo of CRStromante
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smooth and bright. Nice caramel color, and even from the growler it was very effervescent, bubbled right up the pint glass, with a fairly full head. It is a very nicely balanced IPA, very hoppy (Simcoe!) but not in a palate-wrecking kind of way, and the bitterness pleasantly fades to a warm sweetness. I like the grapefruit notes of the first sips. It isn't very malt-forward, at least not to moi, which I liked. It has the personality of a happy little smiley face, if I were to personify it. I'll have to try it on tap next time.

Photo of stephens101
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bubbly tan head clears out quickly leaving little behind but a dark, amber brew. A few skinny lines of lace work upward.

Unique, earthy and resinous notes reach out to the nose, followed by sweet notes of caramel and ripened fruit (thinking apricot and nectarine).

Tastes paradoxically smooth with the bitter and sweet melding nicely, but thankfully never losing its pungent nature. Plenty more fruit to go around on the palate, a bit musky, and some spice at the end. Medium bodied with a welcomed, warming alcohol heat.

Sure IPA's are dime a dozen these days, but when you sift through the wanna-be's and mediocre ones to find a treasure like this, it makes it all worthwhile, and you realize the adventure is half the fun.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

On draft at AZ Wilderness.

Light copper body with a small off white collar. Aromas of tropical fruit and hop resin atop a supporting biscuit malt bill. Light and refreshing. Hop forward. Mango and oranges. Solid.

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Refuge IPA from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.