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Last Chance IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 06-02-2012)
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Photo of ACinSC

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 16:32:37 | More by ACinSC
Photo of pvo


2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 22:28:52 | More by pvo
Photo of viverlee


2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:41:36 | More by viverlee
Photo of rodlavers


2.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:32:32 | More by rodlavers
Photo of Jimmys


2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 01:19:48 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Shanizzle


2.68/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:45:29 | More by Shanizzle
Photo of Pencible


2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:15:19 | More by Pencible
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New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 00:02:48 | More by JG-90
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 22:38:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:19:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:09:39 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 23:23:23 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 05:44:21 | More by CHickman
Photo of beerbully

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 21:23:10 | More by beerbully
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 23:51:28 | More by brentk56
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3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:50:12 | More by vandemonian
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3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 22:57:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
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."

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 04:30:47 | More by droomyster
Photo of kylehay2004


3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the tasting room in Easton, PA

A: half finger head on clear golden with orange hue body.

S: very aromatous with candied fruits, candy sugar and floral notes.

T: very floral and bitter hop presence. Very light on the malts. Crisp and almost a little watery. Malts are again almost forgotten here.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the hops in this one are almost to the level of a sessionale beer however they aren't complex enough or strong enough. In that case lack of maltiness makes the beer suffer as happens here.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 21:43:59 | More by kylehay2004
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New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:02:49 | More by jtierney89
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 23:44:08 | More by avalon07
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New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 11:42:18 | More by KTCamm
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy copper color with a off-white head that became a thin layer.

S - earthy/grassy and floral.

T - sourdough bread with earthy notes and citrus rind bitterness.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - it wasn't overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:53:50 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper with a frothy half inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, skunky hops, muted grapefruit, and fresh cut grass form the initial aroma. Onion and pine add complexity to the bready caramel malt backbone.

Flavor is initially very malty, becoming resiny and moderately bitter mid palate. Minerally hops are present throughout, with hints of muted citrus.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. There's a bit of astringency present.

Minerally and bitter, the flavoring hops lack somewhat in citrus character. Fairly bready and earthy, but not really enough complexity to merit a better score.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:59:34 | More by barczar
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 16:26:46 | More by buschbeer
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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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