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Last Chance IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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127 Reviews

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 809
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 33.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 126 | 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: 127 | Hads: 809
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from very recent Oak Tree Liquor trip. passable IPA, I am ok with the understated carbonation. Decent drinkability. Right at the median, citrus hops not interesting but competent, with a nice malting that helps the drinkability. Light orange coloured body.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite citrusy from the hops, which also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness and lend some hints of pine resin.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid IPA that isn’t that is nice and citrusy and isn’t that difficult to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
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!

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Photo of oline73
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a very little bit of off white head. Turns out this one could use a little more carbonation. You can pick up some hops in the nose, but there isn't anything particularly special about it. The taste is bitter from the hops. Reminds me a bit of grapefruit rind, but the juicy citrus notes aren't really there. Bitterness crushes the tongue in the finish. There is some bready malt behind the bitterness, but the bitterness dominates. The finish is dry.

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy foamy head fades at a decent rate with soapy lacing, mostly clear nectar orange color.

Nose fresh hops, light grassy leafy hops, little spicy earthy, faint pine, a bit floral, just a touch of malty grain underneath.

Taste starts with some bitter hops, little spicy and faint earthy, again leafy and grassy but then starts to get fairly spicy and very bitter. Very light malt base that barely exist. since there is no base, the hops go rampant, earthy slightly herbal leafy hops keep getting more and more bitter, long spicy bitter earthy hop finish that borders astringent, feels like I have a mouthful of pellet hops.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad but hops get a bit too crazy as it's pretty much just bitterness after a while, with little actual hop character. A bit more malt to balance would have been nice, or more hop character later on the boil rather than mostly bitterness.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2-3 fingers of thick white head that has a bit of an off-sheen to it. This retains with a creamy ½ finger, which rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, piney and spicy, with some herbal tones and tropical fruit that come in off the sides. Juicy grapefruit sits at the core of this, while a touch of soft grains works with those notes of herbs and fruit.

The taste is zesty green citrus, spice and resins, which stretch out through the profile into a dry sticky finish. I ripe mix of tropical fruit, herbs and light neutral grains helps tame the hops down a bit but the finish on this is fairly assertive, with the spice and pine in particular really coming out as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft crispness that gets even creamier the longer it sits on the palate. A little oiliness to the body and a relatively low alcohol feel helps as well.

This was decent. The flavor is mostly on the aggressive side with those hops but this remained mostly well balanced and the smooth body on this helped with the drinkability. I wasn’t blown away or anything by this but I could definitely drink more than one of it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the nose on this off the initial pour; too bad it calms soon thereafter. A nice sweet fragrance replaces it. It was elegantly hoppy and floral while it lasted. Flavor profile is earthy in a muddled sense. Mild hop spice going on. Wouldn't mind some more definition on it honestly. A nice drinker.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/12/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good amount of spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, mango, grapefruit, wet grass, hay, herbal, floral, pine, dankness, and light caramel. Ok aromas, but they seem really odd to me; something’s off, and wet grass is all I have to describe it. Taste of pine, grapefruit, herbal, floral, wet grass, hay, caramel, orange zest, earth, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, grass, floral, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Some good hop flavor balance; with prominent and crisp bitterness. Slightly weird flavors like the aromas. Light amounts of cloying bitterness and hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a crisp and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is an ok IPA. I don’t know how they hopped this, but there are some odd notes in the flavors and aromas. I certainly had no real issue finishing the glass though.

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Photo of jwc215
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a foamy off-white head that holds up well. Even lines of lacing stick to the glass. A beautiful looking beer!

The smell is of leafy, piney, citrusy hops with a caramel-ish background.

The taste is of spicy hops - piney/floral and grapefruity - wrapped in a caramel-ish and pale malt sweetness. It has an aspirin-like, slightly metallic, bitter finish. A touch of sweetness lingers as well. A nice taste, though not crazy about the aftertaste initially, though it improves as it progresses.

It has a creamy, smooth, slightly effervescent, body.

I love IPA's with big hop and malt presence, and this has it! It fits the style well.

By the way, it claims, on the label, to help animal rescue operations. That's an added incentive to buy it, I suppose!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack the other day, it was cheap enough to purchase, not bad enough to pour out but not good enough to ever buy again. A mediocre IPA of the highest order, not a repeat.

Beer is amber and mostly clear with a white head of small and medium bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, meh.

Aroma is grainy, malty, mildly hoppy, earthy hops.

Beer is medium to light in body and hoppy on the finish, not impressive, a little malty a little grainy, mildly bitter on the finish, I love IPAs just not this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden yellow to orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus (grapefruit, orange, and apricot) hops along with some lighter notes of tropical (pineapple and mango). Slight floral aromas as well.

T: The beer has a light caramel malt body with lots of hop flavors. There is a solid presence of citrus hops including grapefruit, orange, and apricot. Additionally there are lighter notes of tropical hop flavors like pineapple and mango. There is a light amount of bitterness but overall this is pretty well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable, the hop flavors are very present without a lot of associated bitterness - this is probably the first sessionable AIPA that I have come across recently (the ABV is also low enough to be sessionable). Not an amazing AIPA but certainly a very drinkable one and I will be having a couple more of these in the near future.

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Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint. The brew pours a golden copper with a frothy finger of white head that sticks around for awhile and gets revived with a light swirl.

The smell is primarily grassy to herbal and piney with a very faint floral note. A toasty grain inclusion provides the backbone of the aromatics. Overall it is well rounded and "ok" but I was expecting a little more brightness from the nose considering this was a fresh arrival at the local store.

The taste is herbal and grassy with some hint of straw and herbs. There is some pine quality from the hops that produces a little bit of resinous feel before the onset of the toast grain. Overall the flavor here is middle of the road, I wasnt a big fan.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is somewhat fresh, crisp and mildly refreshing with a dry resinous finish. The bitterness really is the star of this show and to me it was lacking a bit of balance. This isnt something I could drink multiples of.

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Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and complex malt aroma that boasts of pale and biscuit malts along with a mild floral hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with a solid hop character. It's light and easy drinking, yet pretty ordinary. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but not a top notch IPA.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a thin, soft, loose layer of white head

S - faint malt, some pine, some citrus, musty, sweaty, and something akin to "homebrewy"

T - light malt, big hop notes - piny, herbal, spicy

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent beer, but it doesn't stand out as an IPA. The malt character is rather light and the hop character is spicy and herbal. The hop character reminds me of a few Americanized versions of Pilsners that I've had. This isn't a bad beer, but it's a beer that won't fit a category. It won't satisfy IPA lovers, it's too intense to be a pale ale, and it doesn't fit comfortably elsewhere. I enjoyed this beer and I think it's worth a try, but I think it won't do well in the IPA category.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip glass.

Light golden with some touches of orange here and there. Alot of bubbles rising amounts to a inch of firm head, my glass got real dirty with suds. Smelling this, I knew two things. One, it is fresh. two, it's Weyerbacher, they know how to craft a beer. Scents include piney hops with tropics backed by sweet malt. The pine is large and I get orange and pineapple. The taste is the same with the pine and tropical fruit being dead center even split, neck and neck. Wait, the pine is a bit more overbearing and lingering. Feel is very light and easy drinking material, carby, semi bitey, and good. Drinkability was good as well. I would pick up a sixer of this in no time flat. I do think the body could use a slight boost to take this a step up, feel watery to me at some points.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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