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Vertex IPA | DESTIHL Brewery

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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This West Coast/Rocky Mountain-style India Pale Ale is back-hopped for a more intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma without the balance of caramel malts like our Midwest-style Baldock IPA. It has medium-high alcohol content, high fruity, floral and citrus-like American-varietal hop character, deep golden color and medium maltiness.

76 IBU

Added by Tucquan on 02-15-2012

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bought this since it was on close-out.

A Nice, deep amber with solid foamy 2 finger head

S subtle hops with strong malt backbone

T not as good as expected - hard to state why - a bit thin maybe? stale? somethings not right.

M creamy and thick

D maybe I got a bad batch - I would say not bad. (trying to give the benefit if the doubt)

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
1.92/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Destihl Vertex IPA has an extremely thick, spongy, mousse, white head, and an opaque, orange, highly bubbly appearance, which becomes milky, once the caked sediment in swished and poured in. This ale exploded out of the can. The aroma is odd- some sweet & sour sauce notes, and the same thing is present in the taste. Yes, bitterness is strong, but it seems harsh and oddly placed or out of sorts. Mouthfeel is heavy and pulpy. This beer finishes sloppy. I don’t know what the deal is, here. There are some tropical aspects, but it is almost like a rank fruit presentation.


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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, bottled on 9/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big apricot, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish golden color with nice thick head. Smell is of pine and fruit. Taste is slightly malty and is quite bitter going down. Not very well balanced. The bitterness seems to overpower the maltiness. Overall this beer is still highly drinkable.

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Photo of gman1602
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Copper-gold with a thick 2 finger white fluffy head that leaves a ton of lacing as I drink this down.
SMELL: Floral hops with a piney-citrus backbone. Hard to say but it almost smells....smooth
TASTE: Hoppy and bready at the same time. Super smooth, a different IPA experience from most.
FEEL: It's just smooth. The carbonation blends perfectly with the malt thickness to give a velvety smoothness that makes for a dangerous drinker.
OVERALL: This is a very good IPA, but it is different from most out there. Best way to describe the difference is: smooth. It all just blends together in a velvety IPA way. Worth trying, worth buying again. Would sip this in the summer.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy burn orange with 3 fingers of oily and sunday head that has nice cling and retention all the way down.

S - citrus hop overload, grains, malts, bread dough.

T - Hop forward, fruity citrus flavors - orange, grapefruit, hop resin, really smooth mouth feel - medium to full bodied.

O - This is a really solid IPA that pushes the limits of the hop experience - nicely balanced with just the right touch of malts. First offering I've had from this brewery and I'm impressed.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a bright orange with two fingers of creamy off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing left behind.

Juicy aroma of tangerine and floral notes.

Tasted of tangerine and baby aspirin upfront with light malt notes in the finish.Light-to-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This is a solid and under-rated IPA from Destihl.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer backlog here at Chez Woody is beginning to show some headway, partially thanks to my triage giving APAs/AIPAs/DIPAs priority. It is also furthering The CANQuest (tm) which was the underlying idea of their initial aquCANsition.

From the CAN: "Enjoy Fresh[;] Keep Refrigerated[;] Unfiltered"; "Support Flavor - Boycott Bland (tm)"; "This West Coast/Rocky Mountain-style India Pale Ale is back-hopped for a more pronounced hop flavor and aroma having fruity, floral and citrus-like Ameri[CAN]-varietal hop character and a pleasant bitterness, presenting with a deep golden color and medium maltiness ... solid! Cheers."

The Crack! was loud and reveled yet another brimful craft CAN, but I was reluCANt to CANduct an inverted Glug for fear of rousing any lees that may have formed. I must admit to holding my breath as three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head began to form, threatening to overflow the lip of the glass. I breathed a sigh of relief as it fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Nose had a metallic twang that caused me to wonder. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creaminess. The taste was earthy, perhaps from the malt, maybe from the hops, mayhap a product of the interaction of the two. I tasted fresh-picked tomatoes, soil/dirt, mown grass and a yeast-driven mustiness. Interesting and a nice change of pace from the really bitter IPAs that I have been drinking lately. Finish was dry, undoubtedly from the yeast having done its job. I CAN remember when there was speculation as to whether CAN-CANditioning was viable and I argued in favor of same. I would say that I was right.

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Photo of Moose90
1.48/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

12oz Can

A — Pours a deep almost dark amber color into the glass, little bit of sediment is apparent even with a slow pour. Light khaki colored head forms and doesn't leave much lacing behind.

S — Smells of rich sweaty malts, lots of grain and carmel, overly sweet and little to no hop presence. Any hops here are completely faded and dominated by sweet malts.

T — Tastes incredibly sweet, acrid, and bitter, just a total mess of flavors. This is just such a bummer.

M — Medium bodied, finish is long and sticky, lots of awful flavors linger around.

O — This was seriously a drain pour. Which is very, very, very, rare. Extremely malty sweet and just gross. No fresh hop presence whatsoever. Disgusting overall. I still like DESTIHL, their wild sours are pretty good, just can't stomach this one, really misses the mark.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a creamy white head. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, pine, some caramel.

The taste is of citrus/pine. Caramel malt comes through strongly, but doesn't overpower the hops too much. Some alcohol shows. It has a bitter-leaning finish.

It thins a bit in the middle, but holds together well overall.

A nice, standard American IPA. Hops break through the strong caramel enough, and alcohol strength, enough to fit the style.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery golden color with off-white head. Pine, floral notes, and light citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice hop bite.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First draw off the keg so I can't give the beer too harsh of a rating on appearance. It's a hazy amber brown with off white foam that laces nicely in glass.

Aroma is very nice peachy and floral more than citrussy as billed. Excellent.

Flavor follows aroma. Peach adds to slight malty sweetness that is more than balanced by hop bitterness. No flaws.

The aroma makes the beer an excellent experience. Great flavor and mouthfeel. I will seek this beer out again.

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Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome sudsy pour in the Troubadour tulip with plenty of lacing and a mid-amber color. Spritzy on the tongue. Inviting aroma of honeysuckle. Malty body, even a little sticky.

Fairly sweet to go along with the flowery flavors. Intensely orange flavored. You can tick off the fruits in this one-- mango, apricot, pineapple-orange, fresh figs. Overall this is on the perfumey side, but I"m not complaining. Moderate bitter aftertaste with a piney taste.

This is a broadside of fruity hops, and quite sippable. And why not-- wallow in the stuff! From the 12 oz can purchased at the Community Co-op in Bellingham.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this at the Bourbon Bacon Beer Festival in Fort Wayne, IN.

A -Light copper color. Nice white head with nice lacing. Mostly clear. A pretty typical IPA.

S - Good NW hops bouquet. Mostly citrus hop character with some pine, light floral, and herbal notes. Some malt but the hops sit high.

T - Flavor is good with the hops holding true. It's a nice IPA that has everything you would desire in an IPA. Light hints of malt and a subtle ale character that make gives it some balance but definitely tilted toward the hops. Nice moderate bitter finish make this a good drinking beer.

M - Moderate to light mouth-feel in the middle but the hops linger and the bitterness quenches. Moderate to light carbonation which is normal.

Overall, a solid NW IPA. This was a middle-of-the-road IPA but that being said I still enjoyed it. I'd recommend this if you are in the mood for an IPA but I would strongly recommend their "Hoperation Overload" instead of this IPA.

Glass- 4oz tasting glass

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Vertex from a can is good. The beer poured a slightly hazy amberish with thick head that is leaving much lace. The scent carries pine with hints of citrus. The taste is a decent balanced IPA....not too bitter....has the pine as the primary.. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I think this is a very good beer and sessionable.

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Photo of scottwestphall
1.22/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Worst beer I've had in a long time. Nothing about this tasted like an IPA (American or traditional English style). No hops and something that maybe tasted like malt... Maybe. Could only stomach 3 drinks before I had to dump it. It was absolutely awful.

I have a few more beers from the brewery, I am praying this was an anomaly.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can that Ipaid $2.99 for. Dark amber color, smells like malts and hops, more malty than anything. taste is very malty and bitter. Not sure why they have the words west coast on the can but if you like malty IPA's here you go.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Received from Kevin_Young thanks for the hook up on the beer.
Poured into a tulip glass. Light head but heavy lacing.
Cloudy light golden color. Medium carbonation.
Not an overwhelming IPA smell much more subtle than what I am used to.
Crisp with no real after taste. Not as much attack of the taste buds that you normally see in an IPA.
This was an ok beer easy to drink and refreshing but not very complex.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this can, enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is a clear amber shade with 2 fingers of white cream with good retention and fine bead. The smelll has a strong malt aroma with caramel scent and light yeast odor with gentle herbal and fruity hop smell. The feel is pretty mild with good body and moderate bitterness/carbonation with light sweetness and gently toasted accent in the semi-dry finish with light alcohol in the feel.

The taste has a very low hop flavor for the style -slight herbal taste with creamy and lightly vegetal flavor with slight astringent and almost stale aspect with a dry spice aspect and subtle sweetness in the finish. Overall I was expecting more of a hoppy pale beer but this is kind of dissapointing...I wonder if this is not a fresh can but not very interesting or drinkable in general

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

for all the hype around these guys coming to colorado, this is a pretty lackluster ipa, i mean, its good, its fine, but they must apparently be all about the sours, which makes me question their ability, such a bland ipa by craft standards these days. its copper in color, which is nice, and has a tall white head, but lacks a radiant hop aroma or flavor, too much balance, a trap a lot of these fall into. the thing i guess about this beer that makes it different is that its not overbalanced in the sense that sweetness from the grain balances hop bitterness, as there is neither one of those two common features present in much volume here, its more grain flavor balances a pale ale level hopping, you know? just understated and plain, although not sweet or bitter in the usual sense of both ingredients. these guys already have a lot of beer in the market, but i am not rushing out for more after this one.

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Photo of CotterEU
3.02/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really malty. Nice color. The smell is of the malts almost entirely. Some slight notes of pine and maybe a little lemon zest. Not blown away by the taste. Pretty average taste profile. Caramel malty sweetness and a slight bitterness in the finish. It kind of reminds me of old Dale's Pale Ale.

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Photo of stonecutter2
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Piney resin aroma, velvety mouthfeel on the crystal malt, with a citrus/grassy finish. Mild, clean bitterness lingers long after the sip with a grapefruit note.

A really enjoyable IPA that relies on pine, resin, and grassy notes and a satisfying linger of bitterness.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours clear copper gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet bready crystal malt with some piney hops.

The flavor is sweet doughy crystal malts with a little fruit and resiny grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. A little too much crystal malt and grassy hop flavor for me.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a Destihl tulip.
6.3% ABV, 76 IBUs

A - Vertex's bright clarity displays the deep copper color beautifully while it's eggshell cap of foam lays thick lacing on the glass for a sexy looking beer!

S - Destihl's Vertex IPA has such a pungent hop aroma, it's almost like taking a whiff from a bag of hop pellets; green and earthy with grass notes and floral attributes. A solid malt backbone provides some balance of honey sweetness with thick, golden toast.

T - Mango and honeydew escape the aroma but big hop fruitiness explodes on the tongue upon the first sip. Lighter earthy tones follow up but the beer's hop profile does a near 180 from its aroma. Malt 'balance' is still there, however; golden toast and a touch of light sweetness.

M - Smooth malt sweetness gives the beer a little beef to it before sharp and dry bitterness arrests the tongue on the finish - dead on for the style.

O - A really solid IPA, Destihl's Vertex brings the hop punch through and through with an in-your-face aroma, fruity flavor, and lasting bitterness on the tongue. Well done to say the least.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark golden orange with a single finger of off-white foam.

Biscuits, caramel, grapefruit, and rather floral.

Citrus, mainly grapefruit, caramel malts, herbal/floral notes, and bready/biscuit like character.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, biscuity, dry finish.

Overall, I was expecting more out of this IPA. Nothing to write home about, but well balanced and tasty nonetheless.

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Vertex IPA from DESTIHL Brewery
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