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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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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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two plus fingers worth of big airy slightly off white colored airy froth comprised of big chunky bubbles... The color is a pale gold with a hint of amber undertones... Very clean and very clear... Couldn't be more translucent if it tried... Lightly carbonation with a couple of sluggish streaks and the occasional solo speed demon... Lots of sticking lacing on the side of the glass...

S - Whole cone hop resins... Floral and a bit piney... Perhaps some orange zest... Very little in the way of malt... Simple, straight forward, and rather unremarkable...

T - Some light orange zest to start... A quick hit of pale malts... The resiny hops then take center stage and reminds me of chewing on hop cones... A slightly bitter finish that has hop resins coating the tongue...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Starts a bit juicy... Some smoothness builds before finishing a bit bitter and dry...

D - Quaffable... Pedestrian and unremarkable are the first two words that come to mind... This beer has an undeniable home brew quality about it... It's not a bad beer, but I've come to expect much more from my favorite home state brewery... Given the extensive research and efforts that went into replacing Hops Infusion, this one serves as a bit of a let down from an otherwise marvelous brewery...

Serving type: growler

07-22-2012 02:29:44 | More by philbe311
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Billolick

New York

4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
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

Serving type: growler

06-28-2012 01:48:28 | More by Billolick
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argock

Virginia

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
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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
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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
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pvo

Virginia

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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

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
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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
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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
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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
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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
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Mojo

Alabama

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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KTCamm

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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Suds

Pennsylvania

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
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 22:10:36 | More by SawDog505
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utopiajane

New York

3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy light amber with an orange blush. Has a subtle glow. About a fingers worth of white foam that fell fast to a thin film on top and an island of big bubbles. Soapy lace. Nose is fresh. Melon, caramel malt, hop floral and underlying spice. Tangerine and grapefruit. It's full of citrus and smells sweet like a hop punch. In the glass the malt smacks of a little brown sugar and soft earth. Taste is grapefruit up front with all that sugar and herbal citrus. Dry grain and a little pepper. Finishes with pine, an assertive bitter and some resin. Body is light but sticky.

This is a lively beer. Crisp and has plenty of rousing hop bitter without being too aggressive. It's dynamic and while it could have used a touch more bread the malt was as sweet as possible to keep a good balance between the ever expanding hops. They take you on a fabulous ride form grass and perfume to citrus fruit delight and a terrific bitter. There's a bit of excitement in the drink and a colossal aftertaste that lingers and makes your mouth water.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 12:36:45 | More by utopiajane
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57md

Pennsylvania

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
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A - Good clarity, copper color. Off-white head holds an adequate cap. Plenty of lacing clung to the glass.

S - Pine bomb. Has some underlying biscuit malts. Resiny hops, some solvent-like aroma.

T - Pine hops show bitterness very early. More of a toasty malt dimension underneath the onslaught of bitterness which gives sensation to my whole tongue. Some sweetness midway and finishing up with a lasting wallop of resiny pine hop flavor.

M - Medium body, medium to medium-light carbonation. Finishes dry but has sweetness in the taste.

O - Some haziness to the brew but nice appearance overall. Aroma showed little dimension and was putting off some harsher alcohol. Little sloppy going sweet mid palate. Too hop heavy (blasphemy!) from being just resiny to the point of unpleasantness. Could use more body but feel was descent.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:30:11 | More by Jparker37
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 020613 and 060613.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head that retains well before becoming a thick sheet of surface foam. Fluffy, non-resilient lacing.

S- Piney hop aroma that has a bit of a plastic-y, medicinal fume to it.

T- The bitterness has little character to it as the plastic continues on into the taste. Still, easy to drink since the alcohol is so light. Not much malt going around, just one-dimensional bitterness.

M- Sharp and not so pleasant. Probably the main downfall of the beer. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- An IPA that's bitter just for the sake of being bitter. Quite underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:16:58 | More by Immortale25
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barczar

Kentucky

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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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy yellowsh straw with a small white head. Smells of flowery hops with slight piney tones. Tastes of earthy hops, water, and some grain, little bit strange. Beer is a little heavy on the carbonation, but still for its light body is very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:49:48 | More by cyclonece09
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: The Last Chance pours a bright, opaque orange. The head is small, but the bubbles are very small and well organized – very nice look. The head dissolves fairly quickly into a thin cap. The lacing is absolutely gorgeous, covering about 60% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Pleasant aroma of citrus, spice and a little fresh cut grass. The citrus leans towards the orange end of the spectrum with a little grapefruit behind it. Would be 4.5 or higher if it were a little stronger.

TASTE: The grass from the nose comes through big time and is backed up by more green in the form of mint. A small wave of bitter grapefruit takes the middle of the sip before menthol crashes over it and takes charge for the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: The tiny bubbles from the head provide a nice tickle to the palate. The body is on the lighter side and it is a very dry beer, leaving the palate thirsty for that next sip.

OVERALL: The minty thing is a little weird at first. I have had plenty of IPAs with a hint of mint, but not this intense. That said, it is a nice combination with the grassy character. I would reach for this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 05:17:50 | More by StoneTSR
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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.