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Last Chance IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

126 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 797
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 123 | 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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Reviews: 126 | Hads: 797
Photo of thebrood1987
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Resinous, grapefruity and herbal smells. It starts out with the bready sweet malt and the middle and end taste is a huge herbal and resinous bitterness. Its leafy and green tasting and sort of tastes like marijuana. Its a huge dry tasting IPA for a lower abv.

I've had this in the bottle and now on tap in a growler because of my friend Phil who works at my local Spirits Unlimited. In both of our opinion this on tap is far superior than the bottle for some reason. The leafy fresh hop taste comes through a lot more and tastes fantastic and it went from being an average IPA to an outstanding one. Definitely get this on tap and compare it to the highly rated IPA's on this site, you wont be disappointed. (708 characters)

Photo of DarkBeer
4.63/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This might be something that I will buy regularly. It combines Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Columbus hops, and has only a 62 IBU rating, so the bitterness is not overwhelming. There is a strong hoppy aftertaste that gives it a dry mouthfeel. However, I agree with other reviewers that this beer may need a better balance. I think the hops drown out the malt flavors, and that the malt flavors should be strengthened. On the other hand, it is a great beer if you want more hops, less malt.
It is an inexpensive IPA in the south eastern PA area. I purchased a case of 24 bottles for only $30 at the Beer Barn in Birdsboro, Pa.
Also, it's advertised that "Weyerbacher donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every drop of Last Chance IPA to small, regional animal rescue operations. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home." You can find which organizations receive the donations by going to this site -- http://weyerbacher.com/blog/2012/05/last-chance-ipa/

Very good tasting beer, although it is lacking malt, and your kitties and puppies as you buy it. :) I will definitely buy it again. (1,148 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/23/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to pound down for a whole evening. (779 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light copper. Little to no head and no lacing. It smells fantastic for the 5.9%. Taste is a little thin but the hop profile is there. Overall a decent brew. Nothing special but I can session on this. (199 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased from brewery... bottled 04/07/2014 - best by 08/07/2014... poured into a balloon)

A: fiery amber hued liquid, completely clear-filtered... the head seems rather loosely-structured for a well-hopped beer - it doesn't keep around too long, though a thin cap remains as well as some random bands of lace

S: barbeque-toasted wood, overripe juicy navel orange, mixed berry, sun-scorched grass... quite a potent intensity overall... mellow essence of booze in the back

T: spicy-herbal hop bitterness - biting hardest in the finish... "herbal" as in a bay leaf, "hard-biting" similar to the punch and menthol-like coolness of wormwood... the malts are light, clean, and smooth, retaining a bit of the toastiness from the aroma which also may in part be attributed to the Centennial hops, which tend to have a roasted-nutty, toasty character used in abundance... this is all about the assertive, stinging bite of West Coast style hopping here... certain notes of toasted-near-charred wood grain lingering in the aftertaste... like they say on their site, this isn't balanced - huge void of true malt presence

M: soft, fluffy wash of suds over a very dry, compact, and light-bodied malt foundation... definitely easy to knock back... delicate caress of mildly-warming booze

O: an aggressive, earthy-bitter, toasty, dry, hoppy beer that will pair very well with barbequed meats... what more can you ask for during the summer? (1,431 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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 (436 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with about two fingers of a head, and a good amount of lacing.

S: A true american IPA nose, citrus, and slight amount of honey and pineapple, splendid hops.

T: Really delicious brew, nice piney taste up front with grapefruit and citrus to wash it down, well balanced.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation and not to much booze.

O: Great IPA from weyer, truly enjoyable brew, had this beer at The stirling hotel in NJ, great stuff! (459 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a foamy off-white head that holds up well. Even lines of lacing stick to the glass. A beautiful looking beer!

The smell is of leafy, piney, citrusy hops with a caramel-ish background.

The taste is of spicy hops - piney/floral and grapefruity - wrapped in a caramel-ish and pale malt sweetness. It has an aspirin-like, slightly metallic, bitter finish. A touch of sweetness lingers as well. A nice taste, though not crazy about the aftertaste initially, though it improves as it progresses.

It has a creamy, smooth, slightly effervescent, body.

I love IPA's with big hop and malt presence, and this has it! It fits the style well.

By the way, it claims, on the label, to help animal rescue operations. That's an added incentive to buy it, I suppose! (778 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange amber color with a nice amount of off white head.

Nose has Plenty of pine and citrus notes with some fruit coming through.

Medium to full bodied that has quite the hop punch. Chewy caramel character with some toasted bread. Piney resin notes linger on the tongue and as this warms more caramel comes through.

Great dose of C hops to go with the simcoe. I am glad this was available here and it is interesting to see an IPA less than 6%. This is a session able IPA for sure. (499 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just tried this at my local pub, on tap, served in a standard pint glass:

Appearance: A hazy bronze mist of body with a small but creamy white head that leave loads of lacing on the side of the glass. Very pretty.

Aroma: I definitely get a woody smell on this one, and the hops come through with a hint of sweetness in the background.

Taste: There's a sharp bite on the initial taste, definitely hops driven, with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Some light to moderate carbonation on the tongue, bitterness at the back of the throat.

Overall: I found this to be an acceptable and even above-average American IPA. Given the vast number of IPAs out there, it's not the most flavorful I've ever had (Ballantine IPA is actually really hard to beat, although comparisons are kind of unfair here), but it does meet my expectations for what an IPA should be. Another reviewer mentioned that this batch has been tinkered with, an improvement over the previous incarnation. That might indeed be true. I didn't have a chance to try to earlier version. This one is definitely pretty good, though. (1,091 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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. (368 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, 6/04/13. Pours a cloudy orange, with a 2 inch white fluffy head, with nice retention and lacing. Smell is grapefruit, cut grass, tangerine, apricot, and pine. Taste is all of that, but resiny grapefruit is the main attraction and I like that. Body is medium large for its abv, plenty of life, definitely dry, and very drinkable. This is very nice and surprising that it is less than 6%. Fans of Smutty, Stone, and Two Hearted, should this deliciously dry IPA. (492 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery.

Bright shiny gold body. Good clarity, but then chill haze sets in. Four finger level snow white head quickly drops down to a table top.

Fruity aroma of grapefruit, orange, and apricots.

Starts with a big burst of sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Juicy fruits slide in from the side. Big bitter bite.

Solid smooth medium mouthfeel.

Well done west coast style IPA. Though I will miss Hop Infusion greatly. (439 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Westbrook Brewing snifter

A- pours up medium gold with an off-white one and a half finger head, fairly good retention and good lacing.

S - powerful citrus smell with some bready notes

T - kind of a dry maltiness with a bitter citrus finish

M - spicy carbonation, lingering aftertaste

O - I actually loved this. Lots of previous reviews haven't been as favorable, but I guess my palate is just different. (430 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas coming off this are moderate of flowers and light citrus. It smells good, it's just not very strong.

Beautiful opaque orange color topped by a just-off-white head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Oh dear god how wonderfully bitter. The bitterness is the first wave that hits, the second is a big floral punch that transforms into the third wave of juicy, fruitiness. It finishes with a lingering dry bitterness that completely satisfies me. Its medium bodied with carbonation levels to match. Wonderful beer, and it helps the animals too! What more could you ask for? (588 characters)

Photo of MattR2014
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I taste the citrus they were going for. Some malt balance n not sweet. Contrary to some other reviews, I enjoy this IPA very much. I won't the hoppy n citrus taste so I'm down with this brew. (206 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 7/15/12 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. It was less than two weeks old when tasted.

A - Pours pale orange with a thin, quickly dying head. The lacing is minimal.

S - The aroma is bursting with citrus hops and tropical fruits. Not much malt here, which is fine with me.

T - Big grapefruit tart and bitter hops. Some crisp cracker malt to balance. The finish is a bit dry, with good tangerine linger.

M - Very light and crisp with big flavor and tingling effervescence.

O - Weyerbacher was lacking a solid regular IPA in their lineup. This is a big improvement over Hops Infusion. Huge flavor for a beer that is as sessionable as this is. Definitely worth a try. (697 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of muddy honey coloring into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a billowing two and a half finger tall head of cakey, egg white colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Sticky, three-dimensional honeycomb lacing is left all around the glasses as it slowly descends. Haze is thick and swirly, with chunks of sediment noted to be bobbing about the glass. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is zesty and bright, giving grassy, earthy, and citric citra-esque hops, pale and lighter caramel hops, baby powder, juicy peach and nectarine fruitiness, moisturizing lotion emollients, waxiness, light wisps of booze, black pepper, basement mustiness, rustic carrot juiciness, spicy lemon juice, and a mineral-laden clay wateriness. Our first impression is that the hops have quite a bite, with flavoring that is otherwise to an extreme, perfumed, floral side that was not expected. As we sip, the taste opens with bittering hops of grassy, perfumed, floral, and grapefruity varietals, with chalky pale malts, lemon juiciness, table cracker dryness, soft banana esters, sweaty saltiness, black pepper, pretzel breadiness, and tangerine sweetness. The middle peaks with continued orange and citrus fruit sweetness, musty pale malts, sourdough breadiness, marjoram, dill, fresh mint leaf, cinnamon spice, and rumbly herbal hops. Washing through the finish are coppery metallics, sea saltiness, cardboard, pale malts, salted doughy breadiness, baker’s yeast, phenolic spice, ethanol airs, gummy spearmint, twiggy saps, dried grass, citric and grassy hops, and magic marker chemical bite. The aftertaste breathes of eucalyptus and suntan lotion, phenolic chemical, floral clover honey, newspaper inkiness, white sugar sweetness, toasted pecans, herbal and perfumed floral hops, lightly adjuncty rice starchiness, and chalky pale malts. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium, but frothy. Each sip gives surprisingly creamy slurp and smack, with hearty glug, foam, and pop on the back. The mouth is lightly coated, but quickly puckers into mild chalky astringency across the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its aroma. This component of the tasting was heavily flavorful and wonderfully representative of the hop bill within. It gave an array of varietals, including grass, florals, nectars, earth, and sweetly bittered citrics. These translated well into flavoring, but the perfumed qualities really take you by surprise, almost choking you up a bit at first. Again, this blends well with the inherent fruitiness and clean maltiness throughout, striking fresh and reproducible cords with each sip. The feel is soft, contributing positively to the experience. All in all, this is a tasty, sessionable, hop filled IPA that will satiated your taste buds and help you sip the night away. (2,888 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a mildly hazy gold, pillowy 2 finger head, nice retention.
S - Big earthy hops, huge pine scent, fresh hops, a little mint, orange peel, and some grapefruit.
T - Big time IBU but not overwhelming, its got a fresh earthy hop profile, i love the fresh mint flavor in this beer, you get some of the citrus but not much.
M - Bitterness can be a bit much at times, but it sets well and is rather refreshing.
O - For a decent go-to IPA, its a good selection, Its a very fresh tasting pine and mint style IPA, and for what its worth, goes to a good cause. (581 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus (grapefruit, orange, and apricot) hops along with some lighter notes of tropical (pineapple and mango). Slight floral aromas as well.

T: The beer has a light caramel malt body with lots of hop flavors. There is a solid presence of citrus hops including grapefruit, orange, and apricot. Additionally there are lighter notes of tropical hop flavors like pineapple and mango. There is a light amount of bitterness but overall this is pretty well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable, the hop flavors are very present without a lot of associated bitterness - this is probably the first sessionable AIPA that I have come across recently (the ABV is also low enough to be sessionable). Not an amazing AIPA but certainly a very drinkable one and I will be having a couple more of these in the near future. (1,207 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip glass.

Light golden with some touches of orange here and there. Alot of bubbles rising amounts to a inch of firm head, my glass got real dirty with suds. Smelling this, I knew two things. One, it is fresh. two, it's Weyerbacher, they know how to craft a beer. Scents include piney hops with tropics backed by sweet malt. The pine is large and I get orange and pineapple. The taste is the same with the pine and tropical fruit being dead center even split, neck and neck. Wait, the pine is a bit more overbearing and lingering. Feel is very light and easy drinking material, carby, semi bitey, and good. Drinkability was good as well. I would pick up a sixer of this in no time flat. I do think the body could use a slight boost to take this a step up, feel watery to me at some points. (823 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale copper hue with a clinging inch of frozen head. Looks amazing in a Weyerbacher tulip.

Resinous pine and pithy hops with a lightly toasted malt backbone. Not much sweetness in the nose. Slight tropical fruit note.

Tropical fruits, pine, and grapefruit pith with all sorts of vacuuming dryness. Dusty yeast offers a light white pepper note. Malts have that toastiness and a light caramel note. Hints of orange, papaya, and apricot. Great IPA.

Slick light-to-medium body with great drinkability. Lightly fizzed.

Surpassed my expectations soaringly. I always say it; Weyerbacher is the shit! (596 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber-copper color this IPA displays modest white coverage on top with decent striations of lace in retreat. The nostrils encounter a skunky lemon bread. A very nice blend of yeast and hop, sort of a pilsner-IPA idea. The taste buds enjoy a much more hop heavy citrus with a sharp bite that is followed by the skunky bread theme as you finish. This is nearly light bodied with a pretty aggressive carbonation that delivers a crisp, refreshing feel. At times some lemon cake sweetness sneaks through but for the most part this is a bitter bread IPA. Definitely gets the job done and will keep your hop hunger satiated! (625 characters)

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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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