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Last Chance IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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Ratings: 545
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 Georgiabeer


3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. A bit disappointing- I was expecting more from this IPA. Pours a little hazy with a grainy head, but excellent lacing with well defined rings in the glass. More grain in the aroma as well as a dash of citrus. The taste is similar- very dry, quite grainy, quite grassy and floral with just a modicum of citrus. The mouthfeel is grainy and mouthcoating. I'd say this beer is flawed by an inefficient sparge- just too much grain here and it overwhelms everything else.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2014 17:10:29 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap n a pint glass.

Golden orange color with a 2f white head, fat lacing
Mild hop aroma, some herb and flower.
Malty with light hop flavor.
Medium feel with a mineral taste finish.
The beer's look was its best asset. That's too bad because it comes in at a drinkable abv.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2014 02:19:17 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of 57md


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

Appearance is copper with a finger of head that enjoyed good retention. There is a distinct fresh hop nose to this offering. The malt and hop flavors combine well throughout and the finish possesses a solid hop bitterness (perhaps with a bit less punch than the smell would indicate).

This is a very drinkable and solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2013 12:00:06 | More by 57md
Photo of smcolw


3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that lasts. Lots of spots for lace. Golden color with a touch of haze.

Fresh hop aroma. In a word, floral.

Harsh bitterness and dry are the initial impressions. Below average body with high carbonation. The finish is stark and peppery. Short aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 01:22:20 | More by smcolw
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2013 17:53:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
Photo of thecheapies


3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 04:40:04 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last Chance IPA
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 5.90 %

Pours a clear orange sporting a soapy head with plenty of lace. Aroma of floral resiny hops and hints of tobacco. In the taste, moderate and pronounced bitterness and quickly become very herbal. Sticky herbal hops with notes of grapefruit peel. Woodsy, earthy tones, strong herbal tea, pine, juicy malt, caramel, and coming off very fresh tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a drying hop bite. Overall, a pretty solid IPA good for sessions, as it is easy to have a few.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2012 22:04:24 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 21:33:03 | More by thedoubler55
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2012 18:24:47 | More by tempest
Photo of nrs207


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

Figured I'd review this after having samples this weekend and last weekend after last week's release.

A - Golden yellow with a nice frothy head, even though it was served in a 3.5 ounce plastic mouthwash cup.

S - Really nice citrus, grapefruit, pine. Awesome west coast smell. I really have no idea whatsoever what the other reviewer was talking about when they said it was more of an English IPA. There's no way in the world it has any resemblance to an English IPA whatsoever.

T - Really nice grapefruit, citrus, and pine to follow the nose. This is really delicious for a 5.9% IPA. This is going to be my sessionable IPA.

M - Nice carbonation. Smooth, but the carbonation is definitely present. No alcohol presence. Nice dry finish.

O - This is a really solid east coast interpretation of a WC IPA, and is one of my favorite single IPAs. I'd certainly seek this out when it is bottled next month. This really solidifies all of Weyerbacher's offerings. Other than Hops Infusion, all their offerings were very good. The only detriment to this beer is that it's relatively thin. At this ABV, I'm not surprised.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 04:06:33 | More by nrs207
Photo of Knapp85


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

Grabbed some samples of this at the release party about a week ago. The beer poured out as a nice clear looking golden color with a nice white head on top. The lacing is a little sticky leaving behind some sure on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy, floral and citrusy. Definitely an IPA for sure. The taste of the beer to me seemed to be more along the lines of an English IPA instead of a West Coast American one. Some dry caramel malts balance this one out. The mouthfeel is light and drinkable, could be a solid sessional brew for some hopheads. Overall it's a decent brew, I'll be having it again once it gets bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 03:50:29 | More by Knapp85
Photo of argock


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pinot noir wine glass. Bottled on 02/10/14 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $1.99.

A: Crystal clear orange-amber with 1-finger of nearly white, small-bubbled head with good retention and plenty of lacing all over the glass.

S: Mosaic-y hops aroma with a lot of berry and melon aromas mingling with some floral and lemon-lime citrus. Maltiness is crackery and bready. No yeast or alcohol component. Great nose overall.

T: Unfortunately the flavor doesn't measure up to the nose with the maltiness falling flat, flabby in nature, which doesn't mesh too well with the floral and minty soap-like hoppiness. No alcohol or yeast esters though. Something happened with the combination of caramel malts and hops which really didn't work. Not horrible, but the soapy aftertaste is a little astringent and a little tough.

M: Drinks a little more like an amped-up APA than an IPA with a smaller body than it should have and softer carbonation.

O: Pretty disappointing beer from Weyerbacher overall -- there is a recipe or fermentation problem with this beer, as it has a soapy quality -- probably mor eint he hops-malt combination that is not working.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:33:19 | More by argock
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 ChainGangGuy


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 mvanaskie13


3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom pint glass, color is transparent gold, head is light tan, good thick presentation, large bubbles in the foam, no real lacing.

Smell is mostly hops, nice lemon, light citrus, grapefruit, blended well with the earthier notes of pine and grass.

Taste has more malt presence than the nose, hints of munich/vienna style malts otherwise clean, hops are not overpowering but subtle, clean flavors of lemon and citrus with light pine and grass.

MOuthfeel is well balanced, pretty dry on the tongue, touch of lingering malt flavor but not sweetness, nice bittering balance.

Overall, a very pleasant and drinkable ipa, flavors are subdued but it dries out nicely with good lingering flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:01:27 | More by mvanaskie13
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 08:00:00 | More by MattyG85
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 brentk56

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
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 18:18:37 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of TheBrewo


3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:34:57 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Mojo


3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 23:33:20 | More by Mojo
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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
Photo of Suds


3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sunset gold in color, with a little haze and a frothy white head. The aroma is fruit-forward...peach and underripe strawberry...and a bit of background malt. the taste, tough, is all hops. Grapefruit, pine, lemon peel, and wood...hoppy and somewhat astringent. Nice, with just a touch of malt in the hind-taste. The beer is medium-full in body and has a respectable drink ability.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:37:41 | More by Suds
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-04-2013 01:38:13 | More by thebrood1987
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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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