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Superfly I.P.A. - Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Superfly I.P.A.
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90
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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oaken Barrel Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 12-02-2004)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Rich O's near Louisville KY. Excited to see it available, even more excited after sampling my first sip. Very citrusy and spruce-ey to the nose with a maple syrup malt aroma behind. Flavors allow the sweet vanilla and caramel malt to remain noticable, but allows the hop flavor to dominate--going from grapefruits and oranges to grass-ey and pine-ey with some mild spices thrown in--ginger and pepper. Bittered for effect, but without that 'bite' in the back of the throat. Sweetly pronounced alcohol doesn't create a drying sensation, rather lands a juicy moistness to the mouth. Very easy drinking for such large hop flavor. Good job Oaken Barrel!

BEERchitect, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer during a visit to the Oaken Barrel. Pours a light amber color with a moderate head and decent lacing and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a little caramel, and some pine and grapefruit hints. The taste was a good push of malt with good tones of hops towards the back end. It is a nice hybrid between a true English IPA and its Western counterparts. The mouthfeel is medium to full with subtle carbonation. Very good beer.

WoodBrew, May 27, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant bright red color with a big bright white head. The aroma is loaded with citrus. The taste is a wonderful blend of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and amply carbonated. Overall, this is a great IPA. One of the best I've had to date.

KarlHungus, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of Brent
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some complex hop notes - tremendously floral, with clover blossom and honeysuckle aroma, overlaying some reserved citrus flavor. Moderate malt, a little sharp and acidic toward the finish, which was clean. Overall this is nicely done and quite drinkable.

Brent, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

MSandahl23, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of kmpitz2
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass. The beer comes out a amberish golden color wtih 2 fingers of head that fall to a finger that won't leave. The nose is full on grapefruit hop, with a caramel background, maybe a touch of biscuit as well. The taste is nice. Its almost a combination IPA APA. There is a lot of good citrus hop in there, but also a touch of the dirty hop I want in an APA. What a nice beer. The feel is moderate to thick, with a medium carbonation that makes it nice. The drinkability is pretty good on this one as well. I really like this beer. I read on the website that they may be offering this beer year round soon. That would be a good addition.

kmpitz2, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

Served in a shaker pint, the beer is dark copper with a skim of off-white head. Sheets of lacing as you work your way through the beer.

It has an aroma of pine and caramel malts. It is an old school inviting smell.

Nicely bitter, some pine based bitterness some semi sweet malts for balance. I liked how the bitterness becomes more concentrated mid glass.

It is slightly oily and a bit mouth coating.

All-in-all, a solid ipa that hits the right notes for me.

Redrover, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

zonker17, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a growler that kmpitz2 brought. Pours a light amber color with a moderate head and decent lacing and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a little caramel, but a whole lot of pine and grapefruit hops. Lots and lots. Too much for my nose. The flavor is much the same. Tons of hop flavors and bitterness. This is very well made, but just not my style.

clvand0, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of JamesS
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Oaken Barrel Brewing Company's restaurant/brewpub, Monday, April 6th, 2009.

Came to the table a very nice dark copper color, becoming lighter as you looked down the glass, with some very nice head and lacing. Very deep scent, strong hops with a light hint of malt, mostly pine in the aroma. Deep hop flavor, hits the tongue right away; strong citrus hop start, finishing with a strong pin hop finish; the bitterness stays in the mouth a long time, with just enough malt balance to keep it from being too much. Goes down well, smooth and crisp, with just a tiny iota of initial harshness at each drink. An excellent IPA.

JamesS, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler....thanks for this surprise Lukafer!

A- Poured a light hazed golden copper color. One finger white head that has terrible retention and dies down almost as soon as it rised. Nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice floral hops in the front end of the aroma. Some light caramel malts mixed in with a light toast aroma. Some light citrus and piney hops toward the backend of the beer.

T- Nice bitter hop bite with a light floral hop in the front end. Good caramel malt backbone under the hops with a hint of toast. Citrus hop in the middle turns into a big bitter hop bite on the backend. Alcohol is a apparent on the ending but the bitter hops kill it off.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lacking but nothing that made or breaked the beer. Hops and more hops crushed the palate and well into the aftertaste. Drying on the palate with each sip. Flavors overall were blended well but still a little one sided with all the bitter hops.

D- This was a interesting beer that I enojyed a lot. Oaken Barrel seemed to be a little lack luster to me but this beer has given me a new hope with them. Very good and I shouldn't have split the growler because I was sad once it was gone.

alleykatking, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mpayne5, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jmarsh123, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev -1.5%

LJWalker, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Oxymoron
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on location. I hope this beer wasn’t named after the movie. At first glance the pour is a amber to red hue that is semi-cloudy. A good fluffy head that lasts through most of the sample and decent lacing.

The smell is light for an IPA. A good malt base with limited citrus and grassy smells.

The taste is much better with a good balanced IPA flavor. The hops are balanced well from bittering and flavoring. A good citrus bittering that leaves a touch of earthy notes and somewhat piney tastes behind. Mixed nicely with the grapefruit with the same piney aftertaste for a more noticeable earthy taste. The malt is basic but matched well with the hop taste. Good blend.

The body is light to medium grade. Maybe too light as it leaves a watery taste. The texture is good and easy to drink. No real oily taste at all. Overall this was a better then average IPA.

Oxymoron, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this because it seemed the most "extreme" of the beers offered at Oaken Barrel. The menu promised 100+ IBUs, and while it was bitter, it certainly didn't strike me as THAT bitter. It was a successful marketing strategy though, as I did order it.

Color was pretty orange with lots of fluffy white head. Aroma was very hoppy with a minimal amount of fruitiness or sweetness. Aroma was decidedly hoppy, but a dry un-sweet kind of hoppiness. Flavor was more dry bitterness, not unlike Avery Maharaja. Pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I had this on-tap at the brewpub.

BeerBelcher, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev -1.5%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev -1.5%

captainbearcat, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jamison85, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

robwestcott, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of biggred1
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for the kind hook-up.

Clear, copper with a rocky eggshell cap that leaves plenty of crusty lace on the glass. The aroma is excellent with plenty of piney and citrusy hop notes with some caramel cube malt. Big, fresh hop flavors of pine sap, grapefruit rind and a tobacco-like spiciness with a toasty caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. I dig this beer and I believe that the brewers at OB are really starting to get the beer flavor dialed in on this one, this may very well be the best IPA from Indy.

biggred1, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

freewill35, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of NateMac13
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

NateMac13, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

HumanParaquat, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

tdmccarthy, Dec 03, 2013
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Superfly I.P.A. from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.