Last Chance IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 807
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
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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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -8.1%
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 -9.8%
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 -10.4%
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 -27.5%
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 +1.7%
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 CloudStrife
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +4.8%
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 avalon07
3.31/5  rDev -7%
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 +5.9%
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 +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 Gosox8787
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -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 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 beerthulhu
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
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 -1.4%
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color. The head is a one finger white color with poor retention.

S: This seems to take the herbal/piny route as far as hop profiles go. There is a hint of grapefruit peel as well, but this is mostly pine. Underlying that even further are some biscuity malts and some Simcoe cattiness. The aroma isn't quite my cup of tea, but it's alright.

T: Again with the piny hop profile to start. The hops come across as being generically bitter with no real hop flavors aside from a vague grapefruit finish. Only truly distinctive flavor note I can pick up is green tea in the midtaste. The finish gradually becomes a bit like - dare I say - Windex after some sips. It's not particularly good, but it's mild enough where I don't really sweat drinking this too much.

M: I enjoy the crisp dryness of the body, but the texture squeezes far too much hop harshness out of the flavors it seems. The lingering aftertaste is very resinous and oily.

O: Apart from their solid Imperial Pumpkin Ale, I haven't been impressed by Weyerbacher's offerings - this being no exception. I hate how most middle-of-the-road IPAs (like this) are all about generic bitterness instead of complex hop/malt interplay. Meh.

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Photo of JG-90
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Glass

A - Pours a large, bubbly head. Clear yellow-light amber color. Moderate-heavy lacing down glass

S - Lots of pine, hops, a little citrus, and a little malt

T - Sticky/resin, a ton of hops, and water (a lot of water). Kind of tastes like if you mixed a ridiculously hoppy DIPA 50/50 with straight water. I like overly hoppy IPA's but this is strange with all the water taste. Still very drinkable though, but i find myself wanting to drink it fast as opposed to slowly

M - Light bodied and watery

O - Looks and smells good, put the watery taste and mouthfeel is definitely not my thing

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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 Durge
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber-copper color this IPA displays modest white coverage on top with decent striations of lace in retreat. The nostrils encounter a skunky lemon bread. A very nice blend of yeast and hop, sort of a pilsner-IPA idea. The taste buds enjoy a much more hop heavy citrus with a sharp bite that is followed by the skunky bread theme as you finish. This is nearly light bodied with a pretty aggressive carbonation that delivers a crisp, refreshing feel. At times some lemon cake sweetness sneaks through but for the most part this is a bitter bread IPA. Definitely gets the job done and will keep your hop hunger satiated!

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Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super animal lover christmasing near Easton so why not grab a sixer?

Lovely looking beer; stunningly clear dark gold; snowy white head with average retention. Patches of lacing clinging to the glass here and there. Dry hoppy aroma; citrus, oniony hops with a mere hint of crackery malt.

The flavor is also quite dry, with little maltiness and no sweetness; moderately bitter, hops have citric, salty, oniony qualities, light spiciness, dry finish. Vaguely metallic aspect mars the flavor somewhat, unfortunately.

Medium light body, medium carbonation. Not bad, not the tastiest hop combo I've come across, but its different than so many others on the market now and that definitely counts for something.

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Photo of DarkBeer
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This might be something that I will buy regularly. It combines Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Columbus hops, and has only a 62 IBU rating, so the bitterness is not overwhelming. There is a strong hoppy aftertaste that gives it a dry mouthfeel. However, I agree with other reviewers that this beer may need a better balance. I think the hops drown out the malt flavors, and that the malt flavors should be strengthened. On the other hand, it is a great beer if you want more hops, less malt.
It is an inexpensive IPA in the south eastern PA area. I purchased a case of 24 bottles for only $30 at the Beer Barn in Birdsboro, Pa.
Also, it's advertised that "Weyerbacher donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every drop of Last Chance IPA to small, regional animal rescue operations. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home." You can find which organizations receive the donations by going to this site --

Very good tasting beer, although it is lacking malt, and your kitties and puppies as you buy it. :) I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy orange color. The head was white, on the smaller side, and left a little bit of lace.

Strong citrus aroma, a little bit of pine. Some sweet malt.

A lot of grapefruit in the taste. It faded quickly, however, and gave way to some piney resins. Some caramel, some biscuit.

Moderately hopped, not too aggressive.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer poured a hazy copper-orange color with a two finger off white head. The head fades slowly over time only leaving a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavies of a citrus hop mixed with some fruit aromas - a mix of tangerine, apple and pear. With these aromas are some other lighter hop aromas of a pine and earthy nature as well. Overall it’s a rather nice nose.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter fruit sweetness and a lighter citrus hop on top of a bready base. Quickly after the initial tastes some pine hop flavors come to the tongue. While it starts out more subtle, the pine quickly grows stronger, all the while the sweeter fruit flavors begin to dwindle. At the end of the taste the pine, now quite strong, is accompanied by an upsurge in a bitter grapefruit citrus and some earthy hop to in the end leave a nice fairly bitter hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to just above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Not bad for the flavors, but nothing too exceptional.

Overall – A nice drinkable, bitter piney hoped IPA. A little more sweetness to balance out the pine may have been nice, but its not bad overall. Both for the taste as well as for the animals that it benefits I would recommend giving it a go.

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Photo of Guden
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Fairly cloudy pretty orange color with a small head that recedes quickly but leaves nice lace.

S- Orange marmalade on a biscuit, with some lemon, thyme and a touch of fig fruitiness. Not entirely what I expect from an AIPA but not bad.

T- Up front is kind of a bland tartness with a little bit of the biscuit from the nose. Finishes long and smooth with strong piney bitterness.

M- Thin and crisp with medium carbonation. This is right where it should be for the style.

O- This is a very drinkable IPA with pronounced bitterness but not a whole lot else. The hops should be more pronounced in both the aroma and flavor to make this one anything more than drinkable.

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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.