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Last Chance IPA - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Knapp85 on 06-02-2012)
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Photo of Durge


3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 06:55:59 | More by Durge
Photo of tobelerone


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:12:02 | More by tobelerone
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my my pint glass:

A: light golden yellow/orange colored body yielding a foamy white head was about a one finger head that puffed up as the beer settled, the puff just kept with the slightly dissipating head, interesting, nice show. Some light carbonation is seen through the clear body. Some spotty spider web lacing is left a bit here and there.

S: citrus, pine and hops all combined nicely together up front with some light sweet malt entering in the background.

T: sweet yet bitter showing a great combination between the sweet malts and the citrus, pine and hops.

M: light and smooth, leaning close to watery. The nice light ABV allows a nice drinkability.

O: this is a nice light American IPA displaying most of the nice typical attributes of a normal American IPA yet still shows a great drinkability and superior taste. I'd come back to this in the summer, but just too light for this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:25:16 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of DarkBeer

4.68/5  rDev +34.5%
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 -- http://weyerbacher.com/blog/2012/05/last-chance-ipa/

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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 17:12:51 | More by DarkBeer
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 20:22:33 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:22:20 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Guden


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 18:03:20 | More by Guden
Photo of DrDemento456


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Actually brimming with carbonation. Bubbles are small but flowing making the head fill and lacing super sticky. The 1/4 inch that sticks around, stays around.

S - Actually kind of lackluster. Mild pine/citrus and some malt balance. Didn't expect a hop explosion I just wanted more...

T - Well it's a smooth IPA so I am glad I got a six pack. The taste is kind of underwhelming though giving some piney hops, balancing malts, and some pine in the finish. Simple yet effective.

M - Quite good actually. The taste is good with a light to medium body and it is crisp. Has a good flavor overall.

Overall a pretty standard IPA maybe a shot above some of those overly bitter hard to drink standard versions but nothing to merit a second six pack. Pity since it's your last chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:35:11 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of BEERMILER12


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

Bottled 082812
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A: Pours a light golden color with 2 fingers worth of fluffy head that retains at about a fingers worth for a while

S: A good dose of grassy, earthy, citrusy, and piney hops (really wide variety) with a light malt backbone

T: Underwhelming. Starts of with very light grassy hops, but then develops into a good amount of bitterness and bready malts after probably a good 10 seconds. The flavor literally almost fades completely before coming back

M: A bit light for an IPA, with moderate carbonation. Seems a little watery

O: An easy to drink IPA with a great nose, but a little lacking in the flavor department. You really only get some lighter hops and bitterness. Worth it for the cause, but not for those craving huge hop flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 23:15:25 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy copper color with a off-white head that became a thin layer.

S - earthy/grassy and floral.

T - sourdough bread with earthy notes and citrus rind bitterness.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - it wasn't overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:53:50 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa, NJ. Poured into a Kozel (Czech Republic) beer mug.

A: The appearance is an orange-yellow hue. Pored a very faint white head. There is a little bit of lacing on the glass

S: There is a hoppy smell with notes of lemon zest, fresh cut grass, and pine

T: Hops are not as present in the taste. I can think of about 2 dozen IPA's with stronger hop profiles. The taste starts off as bitter but then leaves a sort of resiny after taste.

M: Medium to high carbonation. It's just a bit sticky

Overall I think that this a nice session IPA. I almost finished the bottle in about 10 minutes. However if you're a hop head, this may not be the IPA for you. This beer is decent and its proceeds go to a good cause, so no regrets at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 22:42:06 | More by abcdefghijkyle
Photo of jmarklan


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a lovely slightly cloudy golden with two fingers of dense white head.

Smells of tropical fruit, pineapple, spicy and peppery hops, and a touch of malt sweetness. Very nice aroma.

Herbal and piney hops take center stage, successfully edging out the other flavors. The hop flavor is good, but it seems a bit rough around the edges. Very subtle notes of pineapple and cracker.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. This drinks remarkably fast.

Overall: I would have liked a bit more pineapple and malt in the flavor, but nonetheless this is a solid beer from weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 04:50:33 | More by jmarklan
Photo of JayQue


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost clear copper color into a pint glass. Decent size slightly off-white head with better than average retention. Thin lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citrus hops. Not that strong but definitely noticeable Taste is fairly good, mild bitterness with a little malt balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Hot that much of a hops bite, fairly thin overall.

All in all an ok beer, but there are a lot better ones out there that are available year round too.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 03:35:33 | More by JayQue
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a hazy orange/amber pour with a finger of head which dissipated.
smells of spicy grassy hops, grapefruit.. hops and more hops!
a tangy citrus taste up front (not expecting that at all!) followed directly by the sweet backbone of the malts.. a bitter earthy hop finish.
a lighter medium body beer with a nice amount of carbonation. the bitterness from the hop finish causes almost a tart sensation on the back of the palate.
not bad at all for a year round ipa, but i was very confused when i barely tasted any hops! they're definitely there though, that bitter finish lingers for a good amount of time. i haven't even checked, but i also may have gotten a six pack that's been sitting on the shelf for a while. either way, still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 07:22:44 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:30:27 | More by metter98
Photo of drabmuh


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 20:54:38 | More by drabmuh
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A slightly hazy orange amber with a two finger ecru cap. Good retention with smallish sip marks lining the glass. The nose is of toasted biscuits, candied grapefruit, earthy hops, pine, ganja, and some floral notes. On the palate, a quick burst of candied grapefruit and floral hops greet you before earth, pine, and malt take over mid palate. The finish is pine and earth with a mild bitterness. Some grapefruit notes pop up. A very well-balanced east coast representation of the style. Medium feel, soft and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 13:16:14 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a bright orangish gold color with a large amount of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the surface, pours with a two finger head that is creamy and frothy and is a nice slightly off tan color, lingers beautifully before dissipating and leaving a ton of lacing all over the glass
S: great fresh hop scent with really bright notes of fruits, kind of citrus and kind of more islandy notes, very nice
T: interersting, that smell of hops seemed very fresh and bright, the brightness is still pretty much there in the taste but the freshness is what i would call more stale or even musty, not bad tasting by any mean but there is a bit of incongruity
M: medium carbonation tingle, smooth throughout, finishes with just the slightest dryness
O: what i would call an above average AIPA, nice hop notes, well rounded, nicely drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 21:42:47 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of Kegatron


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 14:33:42 | More by Kegatron
Photo of superspak


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 04:03:41 | More by superspak
Photo of tlazaroff


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas coming off this are moderate of flowers and light citrus. It smells good, it's just not very strong.

Beautiful opaque orange color topped by a just-off-white head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Oh dear god how wonderfully bitter. The bitterness is the first wave that hits, the second is a big floral punch that transforms into the third wave of juicy, fruitiness. It finishes with a lingering dry bitterness that completely satisfies me. Its medium bodied with carbonation levels to match. Wonderful beer, and it helps the animals too! What more could you ask for?

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 01:42:11 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of Brenden


3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium amber color, this beer is opaque and a bit ruddy. Some chill haze is present in the body. The off-white head never reaches a finger and doesn't stay well, though it shows some stubbornness in the foam as well as a little stick in the spotty lacing.
I really like the bouquet when it first comes out, a bit fruitier than the flavor but with all the pine and pith it has. It doesn't take long to fade, though, and a lot of it is lost.
The overall profile does have some fruity notes but is full of particular earthy, pine resin, and herbal notes. Malt backing is enough to add some balance with just a touch of caramel. At first the bitterness is too pithy and abrasive, but give it a chance to warm and it's a very nice IPA with an ample bitterness. Grapefruit is ample in the finish.
The feel is pretty good, and in this beer it's fortunate that it loses its crisp bite partly through, getting more nippy and softly crisp. It does retain the smoothness in its medium body, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 17:46:21 | More by Brenden
Photo of jwc215


4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 16:50:22 | More by jwc215
Photo of NoLeafClover44


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 7/15/12 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. It was less than two weeks old when tasted.

A - Pours pale orange with a thin, quickly dying head. The lacing is minimal.

S - The aroma is bursting with citrus hops and tropical fruits. Not much malt here, which is fine with me.

T - Big grapefruit tart and bitter hops. Some crisp cracker malt to balance. The finish is a bit dry, with good tangerine linger.

M - Very light and crisp with big flavor and tingling effervescence.

O - Weyerbacher was lacking a solid regular IPA in their lineup. This is a big improvement over Hops Infusion. Huge flavor for a beer that is as sessionable as this is. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:23:01 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear looking golden color with a nice white head on top; as it recedes it leaves behind some sticky lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with hops, both floral and citrusy. As it warms you get a little some of the light sweet pale maltiness and more more earthy/floral hoppiness.

The tastes begin with some dry caramel maltiness. Then you get the moderate and pronounced bitterness. Sticky herbal hops with notes of grapefruit peel. As it warms you get some of the woodsy, earthy tones, herbal tea and pine.

The mouthfeel is light in body with a medium amount of carbonation. Finish is light and drinkable, could be a solid sessional brew for some hopheads.

Overall it's a decent brew, nothing too special or delicious to make me reach for another however. I would never turn it down, but probably won't buy it in the near future. It needs either less malt to make it a fantastic session pale ale or more hops to make it a super IPA but right now it's kind of in the middle.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 17:09:11 | More by claspada
Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.