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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 cyclonece09
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours well into a .5 glass cylinder. Hazy, amber orange, modest head, with brief retention but great lacing. Thin head remains through the hour.

S: Aromas of hops citrus, malt, a bit of piss. Good stiff nose. Pissy smell subsides after a few minutes.

T: Tastes follows the smell, the overall citrusy hops, hop forward, then mildly balanced with biscuity malts. Nice bitter-sweet arc. Was good with tomatoes sauce and sausage. Good back bone of bitterness, pine, tingle, and fruit without being alcoholic. Refreshing. Gladly want to try again.

M: It feels light to medium-bodied, crisp on the palate, moderate carbonation. Refreshing, satisfying, lighter than most IPAs. Sessionable. Definitely would like another.

O: Solid IPA - citrusy, tingly, good example of the style, good introduction.

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Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Pencible
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a mildly hazy gold, pillowy 2 finger head, nice retention.
S - Big earthy hops, huge pine scent, fresh hops, a little mint, orange peel, and some grapefruit.
T - Big time IBU but not overwhelming, its got a fresh earthy hop profile, i love the fresh mint flavor in this beer, you get some of the citrus but not much.
M - Bitterness can be a bit much at times, but it sets well and is rather refreshing.
O - For a decent go-to IPA, its a good selection, Its a very fresh tasting pine and mint style IPA, and for what its worth, goes to a good cause.

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Photo of neophilus
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tawny colored brew, very hazy with a light white head and nice lacing as it quickly falls. Very little aroma, some clean fresh baked bread scent with a hint of pine hop resin.

Crisp up front with a solid bite from the hop bitterness. Metallic resin hop flavor. Flavor almost like a clean copper penny. Hints of malt sweetness are swept up by the incredibly dry finish. The finish is as sharp as the first sip. Aftertaste lingers with some medicinal spicy resin hop flavor.

Nothing offends, and it brings the IBU's, but I've been spoiled by IPAs drenched in citrus-tropical flavors. The aroma is totally lacking and I was hoping for more defined hop flavors. The beer is so dry it could cut your tongue. A poor man's Torpedo isn't a bad thing, and you're helping shelter animals so that's a big plus too I guess.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured into oversized snifter from the bottle. Slightly hazy orange body, in low light room, and an off white head. Cap rises to about one finger and has decent retention. Small ring deposits nice lace patches.

S- Hops, deep caramel malt, cereal and cracked grain notes make up the bulk of the aroma. The hops have a grapefruit/orange feel with some floral as well. Hops fade over time.

T- Really big cereal grain and cracked malt feel makes itself known along with the edgy citrus hops. Hops lend lemon zest, orange and big grapefruit notes along with some floral and pine hints.

MF- Moderately carbonated body with a fairly creamy, silky feel. Medium bitterness level in the finish.

Pretty nice IPA with good citrus hops and more malt than most modern IPAs. I like how the malt works here with the zesty hops.

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Photo of droomyster
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
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."

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Photo of vandemonian
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of CHickman
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | 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.

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Photo of viverlee
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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 CloudStrife
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 4/12/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 2 finger dense white head. Ample carbonation is visible in the body. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: As anticipated with an IPA the aroma starts off with hops. It is a blend of a soapy, fruity and earthy hop.

T: Quite a bitter IPA. Not as much hop flavor as their is hop bitterness. A bit of toasted of crackery malt in the background that balances it out somewhat.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a fairly crisp finish, isnt too sticky from the hops.

Overall it has the bitterness of a good IPA but is lacking a bit in the flavor department. Worth a try but not necessarily something I would have again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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 avalon07
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange hue with a bubble white ring of head, about 1/2 inch tall. Some lacing occurring here as well. The aroma is quite nice, with an appealing "grapefruit" type of hop-forward scent. For the taste, this is a west-coast style IPA with a barrage of dry pine-y hops. This is for hop heads that like more bitterness than citrus esters in their beer. Practically no malt backbone. A "Two-Hearted Ale," this is not. This is medium-bodied and feels relatively light as it coats the palate. With a lower ABV it's easy to put away a number of these in one sitting. As long as you know what variety of IPA you're getting into with this one, it's definitely a quality bew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Gosox8787
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.04/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mostly clear amber with quick fading white head, think ring left with fair splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: light grapefruit, grassy, muted caramel, slightly steely. Taste: simple but intense flavors of lemon peel, grass, pine. Oily throughout with a drying finish. Quite hoppy, but not terribly interesting... Bottled 12/05/12.

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