Last Chance IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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776 Ratings
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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Knapp85 on 06-02-2012

Last Chance IPA, 5.9% ABV, is a full-flavored hop assault delightfully lacking in balance. We’ve added a combination of Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe® and Columbus hops to produce pungent aromas of grapefruit, pine and citrus.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every drop of Last Chance IPA to small, local animal rescue organizations. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home.
Have a glass and make a difference! Cheers!
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Ratings: 776 | Reviews: 133
Reviews by pvo:
Photo of pvo
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing - I almost wonder if I got a bad pack of it. The beer tastes bitter, but not in a hoppy way; more like there was too much yeast, or something along those lines. I'll have to try another one at some point, because most everything else I've had from Weyerbacher I've enjoyed.

But, I did really like the funding for shelters, and got to take a picture of my dog with the beer, so I'm happy to write it off as a charitable contribution.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

An amped-up IPA for a great cause: Portions of the proceeds go to small, regional animal rescue operations. Fresh and sessionable with new nuances that pop up sip to sip. This beer is just more proof that East Coast brewers do brew hoppy beer. Hopheads, support the cause and get some!!

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 5.9%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed pale amber, sticky lacing

SMELL: Orange zest, grapefruit rind, spearmint, oily hop, hint of breadiness, yeast, ripe pears

TASTE: Moderate-sized body, semi-aggressive bitterness, leafy, orange pith, faint mint, green tea, dried grass, apple pomace, bitter aftertaste, drying finish

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy orange color. The head was white, on the smaller side, and left a little bit of lace.

Strong citrus aroma, a little bit of pine. Some sweet malt.

A lot of grapefruit in the taste. It faded quickly, however, and gave way to some piney resins. Some caramel, some biscuit.

Moderately hopped, not too aggressive.

Photo of baw185
4.21/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a fresh growler of this from their brewery. Was very impressed.

Photo of Guden
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Fairly cloudy pretty orange color with a small head that recedes quickly but leaves nice lace.

S- Orange marmalade on a biscuit, with some lemon, thyme and a touch of fig fruitiness. Not entirely what I expect from an AIPA but not bad.

T- Up front is kind of a bland tartness with a little bit of the biscuit from the nose. Finishes long and smooth with strong piney bitterness.

M- Thin and crisp with medium carbonation. This is right where it should be for the style.

O- This is a very drinkable IPA with pronounced bitterness but not a whole lot else. The hops should be more pronounced in both the aroma and flavor to make this one anything more than drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco's Ardsley, NY location.

Pours lightly hazed medium amber. Lite tan head, leaves better then average high bits, blobs and streaks of lacing.

Fruity hop nose, melons, limes, pineapple and hoppy goodness.

Flavorful AIPA, more fruit, more fresh hop notes. Lime, honey and hopped up spice come shinin' thru.

Nicely done. Very enjoyable ale. Went great with some spicy cold noodles with chicken and peanut sauce

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very hop forward aroma with lots of grass, pine, and citrus esters. Big upfront presence of earthy, floral, herbal, and citrus hops. Hints of wet grass along with some pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. Pretty dank and bitter smelling. Some backing pale malt with hints of grains, cracker, and caramel. Very hop forward. A decent aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a very hop forward and earthy taste with lots of grass, pine, and citrus esters. Upfront earthy and floral hops with notes of wet grass clippings and dank pine resin. Weed like taste. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemons, pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. Background pale malt presence with notes of caramel, grains, and cracker. Really hop forward as expected. Pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat wet and oily. Bitter and fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a IPA. Very grassy, bitter, and hop forward but its nice.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper hue with white foam forming at least two fingers worth of head. Aroma has a muddled mix of hops a bit of dank earth and citrus notes but nothing really pops here, there's also a slight metallic "copper penny" note to it as well. Faint fruitiness from the malt base a bit of even keeled biscuit malt. Flavors more muddled hops a bit of dank, earthiness, with super high alpha bitterness in the form of citrus pith/rind. Not much sweetness to balance it out, maybe some pale biscuit malts. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils, even keeled well attenuated feel no residual sweetness carbonation cleans the palate with each sip. Lingering hops between sips, I like my more tropical/citric IPAs that have been out in number this still has a place in the DBF, but it honestly won't make my regular rotation.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium amber color, this beer is opaque and a bit ruddy. Some chill haze is present in the body. The off-white head never reaches a finger and doesn't stay well, though it shows some stubbornness in the foam as well as a little stick in the spotty lacing.
I really like the bouquet when it first comes out, a bit fruitier than the flavor but with all the pine and pith it has. It doesn't take long to fade, though, and a lot of it is lost.
The overall profile does have some fruity notes but is full of particular earthy, pine resin, and herbal notes. Malt backing is enough to add some balance with just a touch of caramel. At first the bitterness is too pithy and abrasive, but give it a chance to warm and it's a very nice IPA with an ample bitterness. Grapefruit is ample in the finish.
The feel is pretty good, and in this beer it's fortunate that it loses its crisp bite partly through, getting more nippy and softly crisp. It does retain the smoothness in its medium body, though.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 4/12/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 2 finger dense white head. Ample carbonation is visible in the body. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: As anticipated with an IPA the aroma starts off with hops. It is a blend of a soapy, fruity and earthy hop.

T: Quite a bitter IPA. Not as much hop flavor as their is hop bitterness. A bit of toasted of crackery malt in the background that balances it out somewhat.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a fairly crisp finish, isnt too sticky from the hops.

Overall it has the bitterness of a good IPA but is lacking a bit in the flavor department. Worth a try but not necessarily something I would have again.

Photo of BrettP93
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Must agree that its lacking in balance, strong citrus and floral aroma but found it very bitter, do like that the proceeds from sale support animal rescue organizations

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from very recent Oak Tree Liquor trip. passable IPA, I am ok with the understated carbonation. Decent drinkability. Right at the median, citrus hops not interesting but competent, with a nice malting that helps the drinkability. Light orange coloured body.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a thin, soft, loose layer of white head

S - faint malt, some pine, some citrus, musty, sweaty, and something akin to "homebrewy"

T - light malt, big hop notes - piny, herbal, spicy

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer, but it doesn't stand out as an IPA. The malt character is rather light and the hop character is spicy and herbal. The hop character reminds me of a few Americanized versions of Pilsners that I've had. This isn't a bad beer, but it's a beer that won't fit a category. It won't satisfy IPA lovers, it's too intense to be a pale ale, and it doesn't fit comfortably elsewhere. I enjoyed this beer and I think it's worth a try, but I think it won't do well in the IPA category.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a tulip glass at Grille 3501 in Cetronia, PA. Big hops here, but it's nothing like that old mess of a beer Hops Infusion that Weyerbacher made. This has a big, rough citrus punch with a bitter, peppery finish. There's a little apricot and juicier fruit in the aroma and flavor, but the earthy grapefruit rind dominates this rich and tasty IPA. Definitely worth a try for hop heads.

Photo of keithnemt
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

So so. Super orange taste and even more of a smell

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2-3 fingers of thick white head that has a bit of an off-sheen to it. This retains with a creamy ½ finger, which rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, piney and spicy, with some herbal tones and tropical fruit that come in off the sides. Juicy grapefruit sits at the core of this, while a touch of soft grains works with those notes of herbs and fruit.

The taste is zesty green citrus, spice and resins, which stretch out through the profile into a dry sticky finish. I ripe mix of tropical fruit, herbs and light neutral grains helps tame the hops down a bit but the finish on this is fairly assertive, with the spice and pine in particular really coming out as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness that gets even creamier the longer it sits on the palate. A little oiliness to the body and a relatively low alcohol feel helps as well.

This was decent. The flavor is mostly on the aggressive side with those hops but this remained mostly well balanced and the smooth body on this helped with the drinkability. I wasn’t blown away or anything by this but I could definitely drink more than one of it.

Photo of KTCamm
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours copper colored, foam to start, with none left behind. Grassy pine nose. Sharp open bitter. On the lighter malt side. Tongue scraping bitterness. Juicy taste.

Overall, I found it to be on the harsh side. All the other flavors fail to outstrip that.

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brassy hue with a fluffy 2 finger off white head. Lots of pine and grapefruit on the nose. Lots of hop resin. Super sticky lacing. Did i say lots of pine?

Smooth mouthfeel, medium and slick body. Mild grains up front followed by citric and breadfruits. Spicy and piney hop bitterness. A very smooth drinking beer with hop flavor through out. Would make for a good all day IPA but the bitterness grows even if it is slowly. Nice bitterness on a low ABV beer though. A smooth and easy drinker.

A step up front Hops infusion but it doesn't set itself apart from the crowd all that much where Hops infusion did with it's offensive (yet kind of cool) overly powering floral hop bitterness. Overall a good beer with some toasty malt notes that compliment the hop profile nicely. Plus it supports homeless animals, gotta love that.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Tarnished orange pour with a good clarity. Spongy head sits moderately about at a finger high with average rate of retention. Carbonation is light and spacious with some splashy lacing adoring the vessel.

S: Fresh orange peel with a brief touch of tropical fruitiness is first noted. Some freshly squeezed citrus, but unfortantely the experience doesnt last long with a quickly dimisihing aspect that might pass you by if your not quick enough to the glass.

T: Dry orange, grassy hops, moderate bitterness and only meh level of complexity. No bottling date so cannot confirm age but this comes off rather ordinary, Dry flowery finish with a slight metallic nature .

M: Medium bodied, warming bitterness, again nothing to write home about, its there, but dont expect any strong company. Smooth and slick texture wise, dry orange bite and flowery bitterness with moderate appeal touches the tongue.

O: Overall somewhat bitter but bland in its complexity and flavor. Rather dull enjoyment, wont give you any incentive to order another one, and seems quite disappointment from the fellows that brought you double simcoe ale. Low level entry ipa that is only moderately bitter with little support otherwise. Boring bland best concludes things here.

Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two plus fingers worth of big airy slightly off white colored airy froth comprised of big chunky bubbles... The color is a pale gold with a hint of amber undertones... Very clean and very clear... Couldn't be more translucent if it tried... Lightly carbonation with a couple of sluggish streaks and the occasional solo speed demon... Lots of sticking lacing on the side of the glass...

S - Whole cone hop resins... Floral and a bit piney... Perhaps some orange zest... Very little in the way of malt... Simple, straight forward, and rather unremarkable...

T - Some light orange zest to start... A quick hit of pale malts... The resiny hops then take center stage and reminds me of chewing on hop cones... A slightly bitter finish that has hop resins coating the tongue...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Starts a bit juicy... Some smoothness builds before finishing a bit bitter and dry...

D - Quaffable... Pedestrian and unremarkable are the first two words that come to mind... This beer has an undeniable home brew quality about it... It's not a bad beer, but I've come to expect much more from my favorite home state brewery... Given the extensive research and efforts that went into replacing Hops Infusion, this one serves as a bit of a let down from an otherwise marvelous brewery...

Photo of vandemonian
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last chance IPA is an IPA with an interesting malt profile but a disappointing lack of hop flavour.

A: Nice yellow colour and a good 2 cm head that lasts well. 4.5

S: Spicy weed. Hops. 3.5

T: Roasted malt with some unexpected dark fruit notes. Chlorine from the hops and not a hell of a lot of other flavours from them. Bitterness in the finish. Disappointing lack of hoppiness. It's a shame because the malt profile is pretty interesting. 3

M: Pretty low carbonation. 3

O: 3

Photo of buschbeer
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It is amber bodied with golden highlights. An inch of off white head settled to a thin veil.

S - I get a lot of resin with some floral and citrus hints.

T - That resiny bitterness prevails. This is a very bitter beer. I don't get much else.

M - It leaves a chalky feel on my tongue.

O - It tastes, as I expected, lots of bitterness. It is not my favorite flavor profile for the style.

Photo of Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 020613 and 060613.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head that retains well before becoming a thick sheet of surface foam. Fluffy, non-resilient lacing.

S- Piney hop aroma that has a bit of a plastic-y, medicinal fume to it.

T- The bitterness has little character to it as the plastic continues on into the taste. Still, easy to drink since the alcohol is so light. Not much malt going around, just one-dimensional bitterness.

M- Sharp and not so pleasant. Probably the main downfall of the beer. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- An IPA that's bitter just for the sake of being bitter. Quite underwhelming.

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite citrusy from the hops, which also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness and lend some hints of pine resin.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid IPA that isn’t that is nice and citrusy and isn’t that difficult to drink.

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4/5  rDev +14.9%

If you have not yet had last chance in the year 2014... I urge you to. Since Weyerbacher changed a few minor details on the hopping schedule for this beer it has transformed into a great drinking American IPA. Years past was malty and one dimensional. If you had rated this beer before as "run of the mill" give it another shot. Im sure you will not be disappointed.

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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.