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Last Chance IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by Knapp85 on 06-02-2012

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Photo of lyagooshka
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Medium to darker amber.

SMELL: Citrusy, with a hint of almost pine, but not quite pine.

TASTE: The bitterness definitely comes out from the first sip. While not harsh, it definitely contrasts with the fruity smell you perceive. But it does fade quickly.

FEEL: A bit heavy, though not thick.

A good beer for a great cause. A nice, hoppy IPA. The contrast between fruity/piney smell and hoppy bitter taste can be good or bad, depending on personal preference. When in the mood for a hoppy IPA, I usually get a 6, for the flavor, but also to support the cause.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap -review from notes.

The color is golden amber hazed shade with white head. The smell of hops is good but grapefruit smell with slight herbal and spice type aromas. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and balance of malt with medium carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is almost as good as the feel with slight tropical and citrus flavor with some bitter and herbal hop flavors which have a backdrop of malt to use as a foundation the yeast is clean in the taste and finish is semi-dry. Overall this is decent but not something I would seek out -worth a try

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: On the dark side for an IPA, nearly an amber.
Smell: A nice, rich malty-piney aroma.
Taste: A quality East Coast IPA. Not too aromatic, but floral nonetheless. A strong malty backbone to keep the whole thing going. Very satisfying.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

** 06/05/2015
Bottle to glass. Appearance: Medium yellow color. Small white head. Aroma: Light pine, grass, maybe a hint of orange. Taste is sharp pine...then some hops, alkali finish. Not too pleasant. Not my kind of IPA.

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Photo of hughesjbailey
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid, but not special, IPA from a brewery that makes some really special beers. Hops are laid back with more pronounced bready/yeasty finish though it does brighten up (sour citrus) a bit when it warms up.

And kudos to them for donating proceeds to animal rescue - thank you Weyerbacher for being a real part of your community.

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Photo of ppvora
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from chilled 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Brown and cloudy with a bit aeration (not much) and no head.

Aroma: Orange, honey, spice, and lots of hops!

Taste: Barley, hops, pine, very little fruit in the background. Noble hoppy taste, with a little bit of bitterness (pleasant).

Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, otherwise clean.

Overall: Weyerbacher is consistently turning out superb beers and this an example of that tradition. Excellent beer...I've already added it to my list of beers that I will buy and consume consistently.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a medium head. nose; light floral pine and citrus hops. taste; bready malt, piney hops, lemon zest and pith, and some sweet orange rind middle. medium carbonation and a medium, lighty oily mouthfeel from all those citrusy c-hops (columbus, cascade & centennial). very straightforward and simple, but makes an easy session and a portion of the proceeds go to animal shelters. xo

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled 18 August 2015. Best before 18 December 2015.
A: Hazy orange with very light head.
S: Piney, lemony, and slightly boozy. Pinesol-ish. Very AIPA. Hint of crisp, bready malt.
T/M: Tastes more like a pale ale -- lots of dry, pale malt with only distant hops that enter on the endtaste. Granted, those hops are irascibly bitter and very obvious, but they are backloaded and relatively brief. As it warms, more fruit flavors come out.
O: It's a decent beer, but pretty straightforward and uninteresting.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had in a 12 o bottle poured in a frosted glass while watching Sunday steelers game. A well balanced IPA with some lacing and a clean aftertaste. And that the proceeds go towards animal rescue is icing on the glass

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Photo of Gajo74
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy caramel color, small bubbly head and ultra thin ring like lace.
Sweet aroma; caramel, biscuity malts and fruit. (I detect pear) Aroma also has a citric feel that reminds me of orange or grapefruit peel.
The taste is malt forward at first with toasted malts and the hops mildly in the background. There is also a sour lemon like twang, and citric Orange and grapefruit peel taste. As the drink warms, the hops are more aggressive and feel piny. The finish us semi dry and the hops leave a bitter aftertaste. The body feels a little thin for an ipa, however, given the relatively low 5.9 % ABV, I suppose one could consider this a session IPA.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark orange with a half finger tannish white head and decent lacing a couple minutes into the drink. The aroma is malt forward, a lot of pale ale I suppose, then the typical average IPA citrus smells come through, in this one a lot of grapefruit orange and some kind of melon I can't put my finger on it, maybe honeydew, also the piney is there too. The taste is about the same as the smell first thing you taste is the malt, and then the pine/nut flavor, followed by the finish of the grapefruit and kind of some lime in the finish? I can't be certain. Mouthfeel is typical of N average American IPA, good carbonation, slightly watery. Overall just an average beer, I liked the barley ale withering idiot ao I figured I'd give this a try, plus helping out some poor animals and that's always a plus too. Good summer drinker I suppose though. 3.5/5

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA.

A portion of every purchase of these ones go to animal shelters accroding to the bottle. And as an animal lover, i figured why not help out. Also, bottle appearance and design will slightly start playing into my appearance factor since sometimes a good label sells a brew.

Look - Pours a very, very murky diluted sunset orange with a half finger of slightly off white head that quickly turns to cloud formations around the edges of the glass. Can't get a read on carbonation due to the swampy murkiness. Lacing manages to stick around fairly well despite the lacing head. 3.75.

Smell - Malt forward with some floral hoppiness. Slight traces of pine from the C-hops. Not much else going on here. Smells like a lighter version of a centennial IPA. 3.5.

Taste - Very floral all around with a moderate amount of malt to balance it all out. Pine resin in small to moderate forms depending on how warm the beer is. Not sure of the IBU's on this thing but I'd put it in the 70's range as it is a bit bitter. 3.5.

Feel - Medium, slick and sweet body with high levels of carbonation. The sweetness really sticks around amd coats the mouth. 3.5.

Overall - There really isn't a whole lot to say about this beer. It is very sessionable and would make a fine all day drinker. Overall it doesn't go beyond the call of duty in any aspect and there is nothing here you haven't seen before. No off putting or offensive flavors. All purchases go towards a good cause, so why the hell not?. 3.5.

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Photo of EMV
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at the Main Street Pub in Bally, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-transparent deep amber color. Nice off-white head and lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, grapefruit and freshly baked bread.

T/F: A nice dry IPA. Not super malty or high in ABV which allows the relatively aggressive hops to shine through. Citrus and grapefruit dominate, with some floral/herbal notes. A bit oily and slick on the mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

O: A nice dry IPA. In general I'm a fan of Weyerbacher and this one hit the spot.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of zdk9
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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%

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

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Photo of BethanyB
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A dense, dark amber body bears a creamy and resilient eggshell-colored head. The clarity is somewhat lacking.

Smell: Zesty lemon juice is slightly tempered by pale malt in the form of French bread. The lemon soon bursts open to reveal some tropical fruit scents, namely pineapple and passion fruit. These aromas are certainly hop-derived, but when compared to other IPA's, they're more fruity and hop-deprived.

Taste: Hop flavor succumbs to hop bitterness, although resin and citrus make a strong impression in the finish. There exists, in the mix, a flavor so earthy that, while interesting, is almost muddy. And it muddles up out what could otherwise be at least a slightly complex flavor profile. The end result is a hoppy, yet seemingly uninspired brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation create the ideal solid and springy foundation for a strong IPA. A bit more dryness caught be effective.

Overall: Not a bad specimen at all, but quite possibly a mediocre one. No standout positives or negatives are to be found.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Earthy, pungent, grassy. Some slight resinous astringency with a very green aftertaste. Overall it's too vegetal as if the hop extraction was too long and vigorous. Interesting but not something I would drink a lot of.

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Photo of MattR2014
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of BrettP93
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
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?

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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.