Last Chance IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 790
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 116 | 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: 123 | Hads: 790
Photo of viverlee
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

STYLE: American IPA

ABV: 5.9%

LOOK: Sudsy copper and gelatinous. Not more than a bubble or two of carbonation and no head to speak of.

NOSE: An English IPA vibe. Much less American than expected. Some floral, piney hops are there, mostly overshadowed by leather and pavement if that makes sense.

MOUTH: Harsh. Astringent. And a too-long finish for what it is. Pulling myself together – petals, soap bar, one-way road, grapefruit rind.

Beeradvocate Rating: 80

ratebeer Rating: 78

Hayward Abbey Rating: 76 (512 characters)

Photo of pvo
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of ACinSC
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass, moderate bubbly (not very foamy) head with little retention. Smelled lemony with some grains. Taste was extremely bitter (can't say I didn't expect it) and the mouthfeel was too grainy, almost like my tongue was being attacked. Aftertaste ... was just awful.

Overall it felt like I was drinking carbonated (lawn) grass extract.

Note to all potential brewers of imitations: If bitterness is the only thing people remember about a beer, it's probably a sign that some of the other characteristics need to be amped up a bit. (544 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A. Decent light orange, slight golden, coloring. Thin white head, not much lacing.

S. Nothing spectacular, not much hop profile I can discern. Smells pretty average.

T. Average, some hops, but again nothing special. Tastes like a bitter lager.

M. Watery, crisp, I'd say refreshing but I'm not a huge fan of the smell or taste, here.

O. Glad I tried it, but won't flock back to this one any time soon. (454 characters)

Photo of Shanizzle
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I should have tried this beer before buying the case. Damn you PA liquor laws! I like hoppy beers, but this one lacked the backbone that provides even a hint of balance. I think for that reason, it left a lingering unpleasant aftertaste. I'm happy that my purchase may have helped out a stray dog. (297 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into flying dog tulip. no bottled on date.

A: clear blond/orange. very clear. white head. good retention and lacing.

S: lemon. minty. a little bit of gin/herbal. reminds me a bit of a saison. or this was brewed with sorachi ace hops.

T: terribly bland start. bubblegum. a little metallic. minty. a bit tired. not sure when this brew was bottled but this body definitely didnt hold up well.

M: average carb on a pretty light/medium body.

D: like i said above, i believe this couldnt have been the freshest example of this brew from weyerbacher. hopefully it was better at one point, however ill probably never know. (636 characters)

Photo of Pencible
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with a bit of off white head.
S: It smelled like rusty pennies with lemon rind and a bit of sugary bread.
T: It tasted like very bitter lemon rind and wax, with a bit of copper hops. It had a harsh and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Poor light body.
D: This was not an enjoyable IPA. The scent and taste were totally one dimensional bitter with no real flavor or character. The body was weak, and the finish was really rough. This beer was not easy or fun to drink. Not recommended. (549 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Last Chance IPA a couple weeks ago for $2.19 at Holiday Market. I liked their Double IPA and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, I like the design and the idea behind it, it's also eye catching. It poured a poured a muddy orange and light brown color that took on a slightly brighter hue when held to the light with a finger and half worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that left some spotty lacing behind. This beer doesn't look that great.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and it's the green onion and green hops sticking out the most with some garlic like aromas also showing up along with some citrus rind hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts with the sweet malts really sticking out the most and there's some caramel malt and doughy yeast showing up in the background. The aroma was just wasn't that good I thought the green onion hops were too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the exact same hop profile that they did in the aroma with green hops sticking out the most by a lot. Up next comes a little bit of dough yeast that leads right into the malts which impart some grainy, light caramel malt and sweet malt flavors that are a little watery. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a watery green onion hop aftertaste. This wasn't a good tasting beer, the malt base wasn't good and the hop profile wasn't much better.

M- Not too smooth, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and this wasn't a good example of the style, while it didn't really have any off flavors or aromas it pretty much had all the aspects that I don't like in IPA's with a weak malt base and an overly green onion hop profile. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, crisp, not too filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is more than enough for me, no way I would want another one. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't great, but it was still the best aspect of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the weak malt base and the hop profile, those two aspects really hurt this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it at all, it's very easy to find a better IPA. All in all I was let down with this beer, their Double IPA was pretty good, so I was expecting some good things out of this beer, but in the end it just wasn't that good and I expected more from this brewery. It's now my least favorite Weyerbacher beer and it's for sure below average for the style. I appreciate the cause behind this beer, but the beer itself just isn't good, better luck next time guys. (3,187 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color. The head is a one finger white color with poor retention.

S: This seems to take the herbal/piny route as far as hop profiles go. There is a hint of grapefruit peel as well, but this is mostly pine. Underlying that even further are some biscuity malts and some Simcoe cattiness. The aroma isn't quite my cup of tea, but it's alright.

T: Again with the piny hop profile to start. The hops come across as being generically bitter with no real hop flavors aside from a vague grapefruit finish. Only truly distinctive flavor note I can pick up is green tea in the midtaste. The finish gradually becomes a bit like - dare I say - Windex after some sips. It's not particularly good, but it's mild enough where I don't really sweat drinking this too much.

M: I enjoy the crisp dryness of the body, but the texture squeezes far too much hop harshness out of the flavors it seems. The lingering aftertaste is very resinous and oily.

O: Apart from their solid Imperial Pumpkin Ale, I haven't been impressed by Weyerbacher's offerings - this being no exception. I hate how most middle-of-the-road IPAs (like this) are all about generic bitterness instead of complex hop/malt interplay. Meh. (1,259 characters)

Photo of JG-90
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Glass

A - Pours a large, bubbly head. Clear yellow-light amber color. Moderate-heavy lacing down glass

S - Lots of pine, hops, a little citrus, and a little malt

T - Sticky/resin, a ton of hops, and water (a lot of water). Kind of tastes like if you mixed a ridiculously hoppy DIPA 50/50 with straight water. I like overly hoppy IPA's but this is strange with all the water taste. Still very drinkable though, but i find myself wanting to drink it fast as opposed to slowly

M - Light bodied and watery

O - Looks and smells good, put the watery taste and mouthfeel is definitely not my thing (607 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dingy amber-hued body with a small, altogether brief, whitish head.

Smell: Pine and paper, soapy resins, citric citrus, grasses and muddy, muddled yeast cakes. Oh, some weak toast and pale malts.

Taste: Pale malts, a snap of grains, and a moist mealy quality. Low, short-lived sweetness. Citric orange, resins, tropical fruits, and grassy hops backed with an earthy yeastiness. Moderate bitterness. Hint of shredded mint leaf. Bitter, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Uninteresting, a bit disappointing. Just keep telling yourself "it's for charity, it's for downtrodden animals." Think of the animals! (738 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Served chilled. No bottle date readily apparent.

Appearance: Medium orange with a bit of a hazy body. Not much head but leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Bitter piney hops dominate the aroma. A touch of citrus in there as well. Pretty straight forward overall, with just a touch of roasted malt.

Taste: Bitter pine and some juicy citrus notes upfront. Not much in terms of malt in there. The hops are pretty one dimensional and really contribute some bitterness and not a ton else.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a bit watery, and lacking some carbonation. Easy enough to drink.

Overall, a pretty forgettable, one dimensional IPA. The hops don't really bring anything besides some strong bitterness and a touch of citrus. Not one I am likely to revisit. (818 characters)

Photo of beerbully
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass

A-Copper color slightly lighter than a penny. Thin white head with decent lacing

S-Faint citrus aroma, a bit metallic, aroma is very faint and barely detectable

T-Unsweetened greatfruit dominates the flavor not picking much of anything else up, a bit of a funky after taste

M-Slick, thin, Oily

O-a bit dissapointed in this offering from weyerbacher. (379 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that does a surprisingly good job in the lacing department

Smell: Grainy and grassy with a lemon Pine-Sol aspect

Taste: Very grainy malt flavors are joined by grass and a lemony/piney character, in the middle; the lemon builds into the finish, along with a minty and soapy aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure what the brewery was going for here but this just doesn't cut it for my palate; reminds me of some of the mediocre beers I had from Weyerbacher about 10 years ago (569 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a copper color with zero head or lacing to speak of.

S-Citrus hops, resinous, piney.

T - Hop forward, with some malt balance. Resinous, bitter finish.

O - Meh IPA - decent, but doesn't do anything to stand out in a field of great beers. I will not try this again. (278 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very slight chill haze. Dark gold. Head is bright-white and drops to an almost non-existent head with a slightly larger collar. Some nice rings of lacing stick around.

Smell: Floral and leafy. Small pale malt sweetness. Some biscuity notes as well. Herbal with a touch of yeast. Grapefruit rind. Mild pithy bitterness. Cereal grains. Orange and gummy candy. Almost like a flowered Jell-O. Pretty mild overall.

Taste: More leafy than anything else. Solid hit of caramel malt sweetness. Biscuit dough, cracker snap. Herbal and floral in good measure with some bitter grapefruit rind. Oily without any of the associated slickness. Vaguely earthy. Some lingering bitterness. Slightly spicy with enough character to be interesting.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Slightly dry on the finish with a juicy element to the middle of the sip.

Overall: Your last chance has a 50% success ratio,

A decent IPA, pushing the boundary of English IPA. An odd hop profile with a solid malt backing. Needs a bit of refinement, but it's absolutely drinkable as it. (1,079 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy gold orange color with a big 2 finger foamy white head that was packed with all different sized bubbles and faded very slowly; the head was so thick you could run your finger through it, and it dissipated slow leaving good foamy lacing that coated the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of piney hops, hay, earthy tones, floral hops, malt, wet bread, biscuit, herbs, grains, and peat moss. Smells more like an English IPA, as the hops fizzle out after the initial burst and hoppy whiff. Not a memorable aroma, bordering on forgettable.

Tastes like it smells, with piney hops/pine cone, hay, grains, earthy tones, light floral hops, malt, orange peel, wet wheat bread, biscuit, herbs, and mild spices like pepper and coriander. There’s only a hint of caramel sweetness, as the leafy herbal taste and feel seem to dominate the palate and coat the tongue with an oily hop residue. Balance is good, but the hops are a bit too tame for an American IPA, so this didn’t really excite me that much.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light and almost flat carbonation, a medium body with a lot of bready malt notes, and a slightly bitter finish that is grainy with some subtle sweetness. It goes down easy, but really lacks any real IPA punch to make it fun to drink.

It was decent overall and some people may even consider this a session beer. It’s not flavorful enough to be a session beer for me, and the herbal and grainy combo just didn’t work here – it was balanced, but it was balanced mediocrity. So damn average that it seems below average. (1,583 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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 (480 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a cloudy orangy amber. There's a lot of sediment spread throughout the liquid. A bit of head with tiny light bubbles.

S- Grassy, lemony, nice and hoppy, some caramel

T- Grassy in a fresh way, also overall the taste is almost stale with some dustiness. A good amount of hops.

M- A little lingering sweetness, but overall on the light end of the spectrum for an IPA.

O- Maybe I've been too indoctrinated with higher power IPAs but this one doesn't quite do it for me- it's a little too weak and light. (512 characters)

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

A very well balanced IPA with wonderful hoppy aroma and taste. Pours a decent head and it is copper amber in color. Some elements of peach and caramel. Overall a very nice beer. (178 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a small white head with decent retention. Aromas are primarily reminiscent of grapefruit with a bit of honey and English muffin notes as well. The taste is unrelentingly bitter from start to finish, with a bit of graininess and whisper of apricots and on the mid-palate. The grapefruit flavors dominate the hop profile, with a small hint of pine on the finish. As far as IPAs go, this beer strikes me as needing a stronger (and more interesting) malty character and a greater depth of hoppiness (more citrusy or floral notes) in order for me to call it "good." (599 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of malt, heavy hops, and a little bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (a lot of harsh hops), some citrus, and a helping of malt in the finish. As it is with so many beers, one ingredient can dominate a flavor and throw it out of whack. Here it's the hops. There's a certain harshness because of them.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but should have been better. A very uneven beer. (635 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/16/12

Deep honey-amber color; shiny and lazy. Two fingers of white head aren't inclined to stay, dropping to 1/8th inch layer. Not much lace.

Lemony and herbal hops take charge of the aroma; dry biscuit and crackers account for the malt notes. Grapefruit, tangerine and orange peel emerge as the beer warms up. Hop flavor is tilted toward the herbal, leafy variety. Citric zest peppers the edges. The malts are pretty well clean and don't steal air time from the hops. This is quite dry. The feel is on the light side of medium and carbonation is has a modest pep. Resin builds on the finish.

Overall, this is a really easy drinking beer; looks like it benefits a good cause, too. (710 characters)

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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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