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Homefront IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Homefront IPAHomefront IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JMBSH on 07-13-2013

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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber with an awesome label.

A - A copper reddish brew, with full clarity and lots of head and sticky lace left on the glass

S - Bitter hops and spices

T - A grassy piny IPA, fairly well balanced and tasty

M - Thin bodied, lots of carbonation, bitter aftertaste

O - An average IPA, but its for a great cause and was worth the buy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an imperial pint glass a deep russet brown wich was a little unexpected but a full one finger off white head made for a good pour.Aromas of citric hops and doughy malts,the hops win out but just barely.Flavors to me are more sweetish and malt tilted with the maple really coming thru as well as some drying nuttines and sweet biscuit dough,the hops come in late providing some citric aftertones but to me this is not an IPA by any means.This is a good beer but not what the label says it is by any means.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

beer pours amber with a nice head. aroma was inviting. however, the taste is metallic. there's a nice bitterness. it doesn't have much characteristic beyond that.

i'm disappointed with this brew. it advertizes that it's an "ale brewed with spice, aged on maple bats with spice added". i was hoping for a little more. it's very one dimentional for an ale brewed with spice. stick with the 400 pound monkey for a nice IPA from Left Hand.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark orange color with almost a light brown kind of edge to it. The head is a pale yellow, one finger tall and fluffy. It takes some time to fall to a foamy island, which in turn deposits some mostly patchy lace on the glass.
This beer is nicely hoppy (surprisingly so after I'd heard some mixed reviews), a strong backbone of bitterness showing off the hops with just a little balance from some bready and slightly sweet malts. The focus is on pine, a touch of pith with a rawness to it. There's a citrus zest (orange) note to it also, and a somewhat drier ghost of something woody flashes in and out, slightly stronger in the finish. There's an earthy must with a very light note of something almost like black pepper. A little hint of alcohol sneaks into every sip.
This beer has a medium body, plenty crisp while also plenty smooth. It's semi-dry and remains so from beginning to end. The hint of alcohol keeps it from getting sticky while it leans toward the sweeter side.

Photo of Gmann
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color with a smallish dense tan head that quickly settles into a light ring. Nice color but not much else.

The aroma is of a musty hop blend. Some faded orange and apricot notes. The maple provides some sweetness. Not sure what spice I am supposed to pick up; I guess I pick up some pepper. Overall, the aroma reminds me of a candied IPA.

The aroma is sweet, bitter, and hop spicy. The hops are musty and bitter. Light pine and resin provide the bitter and an apricot note provides some sweetness. The hop profile is quite peppery. The maple provides some additional sweetness, which the beer needs, but doesn't add much to the flavor. Again, not sure what spice they added.

The feel is moderate. At first, beer has a nice balance between sweet and bitter but the bitter comes out and finishes the deal. Nice active carbonation helps keep the malt body in check. Bit of a chalky dryness in the finish.

Quite a bitter IPA. Maple doesn't seem to do all the much and I still don't know what spice they used. But if you want a solid bitter only IPA, this ain't too bad.

Photo of jfmorey
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber poured into a tulip glass
Her nice amber with a good head and lacing
Taste is very full with piney and citrus hops balanced by a sweetness and spicy notes
Overall a very good effort which would not disappoint fans of the IPA style while offering more to anyone that appreciates strong ales

Photo of Greywulfken
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: in a pint, deep amber and clear, tan head a few fingers high, laces left behind...

S: malty maple trees and leaves, woodsy and earthy and mild

T: malts up front, earthy and musky, sweet hints of maple syrup, smooth and mellow, mild bitterness and some subdued orange pith and vague sweet, chewy nut

M: very smooth and creamy, faint bitterness, modest carbonation, light-medium body

O: I enjoyed this, but bear it mid this is no hop-bomb IPA or the like - it is a good autumnal ale, to me a little reminiscent of the darker amber-colored IPAs - drinkable, nice malt flavors; didn't get much "zest" from the orange, although it probably melded in with everything else, and any spices used presented a very light autumn/winter holiday flavor that I found very enjoyable. A decent beer to have once, but nothing that I'd return to.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Left Hand shaker pint.

The beer is a solid copper color with a finger of tan head that dissipates to a bubbly film. Light lacing remains initially.

The aroma is a rich combination of piny hops, faint spices, and a subtle sweet maple syrup that adds a delicious balance.

The taste starts out with a bitter hops, piny and sprucey, then malty and sweet with just enough maple syrup to make it perfectly balanced. The finish is faintly spicy.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, medium to heavy.

Overall, I like what they do with maple in this. Woody, spicy, with a touch of sweetness.

Photo of Gavage
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a short 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: light citrus and floral hop aroma is mildly aromatic.

Taste: caramel, soft orange, mild bitterness, and some fruitiness creates a mildly interesting IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: straight forward IPA that is easy to consume but not overly flavorful.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Deep gold with some reddish highlights, nearly clear, with just under a finger's worth of whtie fluffy head but relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Pine and citrus hops up front, over some biscuit malts with modest caramel or toffee character, and some spice and melon hops. I get nearly no wood (bats) aroma.

T: Pine and citrus hops again, and some biscuit malt sweet presence that fades before the swallow. A bit of alcohol burn, then a thin metallic unpleasant flavor with mild bitterness on the finish. No wood character at all to be found here.

M: Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation sensation, moderate alcohol presence.

O: I don't know if this was a bad bottle or not. But I've had Cigar City's bottles of Homefront the last couple years and it's been quite enjoyable, and quite superior to Left Hand's brew. No wood character, the metallic flavor, and hops that lack a good flavor profile all lead to a beer that doesn't meet the standard. I wouldn't seek this out again.

Photo of JMBSH
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now I have to say I had it a bit on the warmer side. The bottle says to have it between 40 and 50 F and it is maybe a bit more then 50. That being said...

A - Lots of head. A light pour gets me 2-3 finders of head. A lot of lacing going on even think in places. Reddish orange color with little visible carbonation.

S - Grapefruit/orange scent is fairly strong.

T - Smells of grapefruit but the taste is very much piney/grassy. Spice is supposedly added in the form of orange zest but I only get that in the smell. The taste is much like most IPAs I have had. Maple bats were also added but I don't know what is anything they add to this brew. I sure don't get anything maple like.

M - Sticky IPA feel. Lingers for sometime.

O - First off, thanks to the different companies/businesses that donated materials and ingredients to a worth while charity. But as a beer, it is just like any number of IPAs I have had. A good sticky, grassy IPA. Interesting to have but not something I would seek out for another try.

Photo of Florida9
2.66/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark chestnut in color. Very clear, surprisingly clear. Forms a modest white head that reduces down to a bubbly surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is metallic; like smelling a handful of pennies. There is a slight aroma of pine along with a touch of skunk.

T: Well, apparently the taste didn't want to be outdone by the aroma because it isn't any better. Deep caramel malts with very little sweetness. And then there is the metallic twang, almost like I touched my tongue to a 9-volt battery. Earthy. Pine resin on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Metallic twang. Lower carbonation.

O: Wow, this beer really sucks!

Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Operation homefront provides assistance to the families of service members overseas and our wounded warriors at home. Homefront IPA is brewed by craft brewers to support that effort. Left Hand Brewing Co. is proud to express our gratitude to our service members who think of others before themselves and put the needs of our nation before their own." Brewed in the style of an American IPA and aged on maple (baseball?) bats with spice added. This beer is a one-off collaborative brew.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fluffy off-white head of a foamy consistency over a maple-orange body with moderate carbonation and high clarity. Retention is above average and lacing is very light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Aromas of biscuity caramel malt, a touch of bready rye grain, peppery and citrusy hop varietals produce a mellow aroma and a mild bitterness. Some citrus zest is somewhat discernible, spices are difficult to locate as they can't permeate past the malt and hop profiles- if anything, they further complement the aromatic density of the earthier hop notes. I didn't pick up on anything that alludes to maple bats or wood-aging. It impacts the aroma subtlety if at all. Potency is medium high. 3.75

(Taste) The thing that is most notable about this IPA is the general lack of sweetness, possibly sacrificed to the wood-aging. Despite this impact, the beer has enough specialty malt character to still make a name for itself and still keep it drinkable. A mild biscuity grain malt bill meets a subtle hop bitterness and a lesser hop flavor- very little citrus nor orange peel are to be found. The remaining hop character is a faint herbal hop, not as exciting as the ingredients predicted but still enjoyable nonetheless. The beer finishes quite dry with a clean wood note, an unsweet grain bite and a lingering peppery hop note. Not surprisingly, this highly experimental beer project comes with its caveats: expect a very dry and less sweet IPA, which may be in favor for the session IPA crowd and an underwhelming citrus hop flavor performance. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, mildly arid with a flat silkiness from the carbonation. Finish is notably dry, not overly so, balance is bitter over sweet. Body is medium for an American IPA, medium overall. Alcohol presence is moderate, not as well concealed under waves of hop flavor nor a sturdy, complex malt or wood profile. I enjoyed the carbonation of this beer as it didn't distract from the main focus on the subtle flavors. 3.5

(Overall) The flavor of Homefront IPA reminds me greatly of a hoppy lower ABV American Pale Ale, such as the Terrapin RecreationAle I had a few months back. The body isn't as dry as one may expect, but this isn't bursting with citrus juiciness either. I was a bit let down by the Maple wood, which didn't do much for the flavor aside from drying it out. Perhaps they were left whole in the aging process, but fortunately it didn't negatively impact this beer. This is an IPA for sessionable IPA fans who want a more earthy and herbal hop profile as their choices. At a reasonable price, I might seek it out again. 3.5

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Homefront IPA
3.58/5.00

Photo of katan
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brown, extremely clear color. Must be highly filtered. Off white head, well retained.

S - An american hop nose, mostly on the piney side. I'm detecting just a hint of the maple, lightly sweet.

T - Starts off with light sweetness but then adds in some citrus hop notes. Mid-stream brings in a bit of the more earthy side, a little more dank. Bitterness is there but not overpowering. Then in the finish is when the maltiness really comes back in. Nutty even, and a little bit of maple.

M - Moderate carbonation, a relatively light body. A little sticky sweetness shows up as it builds on the tongue.

O/D -An interesting beer but not one if you are one of those hop heads. I prefer my IPAs more hoppy, but this beer has some interesting side flavors. A bit filling, perhaps from the carbonation. ABV is managable and to style.

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Homefront IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.