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Homefront IPA - Left Hand Brewing Company

Homefront IPAHomefront IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 9.75%


Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JMBSH on 07-13-2013)
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ediaz

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-22-2013 20:40:03 | More by ediaz
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timontheroad

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11-21-2013 05:33:07 | More by timontheroad
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11-17-2013 21:27:13 | More by jschott75
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11-17-2013 03:55:00 | More by buckyp
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JuicesFlowing

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4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:51:49 | More by JuicesFlowing
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oberon

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:05:37 | More by oberon
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Brenden

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 22:21:51 | More by Jadjunk
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Gmann

New York

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 23:39:04 | More by Gmann
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hopkrid

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

09-18-2013 21:29:02 | More by hopkrid
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Florida9

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:00:15 | More by Florida9
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bcuz7

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

09-11-2013 23:14:17 | More by bcuz7
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Homefront IPA from Left Hand Brewing Company
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