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Tell Tale Heart IPA - B.W. Beer Works USA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
B.W. Beer Works USA visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Your first experience with this IPA is the citrus bouquet from its rocky white head. The initial taste is subdued but gradually becomes intense without any harsh bitterness. The Heartier the Better.

50 IBU

Formerly called "Tell Tale Heart Ale".

(Beer added by: AdamBear on 02-28-2013)
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am really digging these guys' beers and since The Friendly Greek allows me to purchase singles in addition to mixed sixes, I am now on a mission.

From the bottle: "It never skips a beat."; "'I paced the floor to and fro ... but the noise steadily increased ... I must scream or die! ... and louder, louder, louder! 'Villains', I admit the deed! ... tear up the planks! ... here, here! - it is the beating of his hideous heart!'"; "The Tell Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe".

I was ready for a beer, and specifically an IPA after a tough morning campaigning, Nothing like a solid aggro pour ro get things started. The Old Lady took me to task during my visit as she feels it a) stirs up the lees and b) creates too much head. If the bottle reads "bottle-conditioned" or if I can see lees, I will employ a gentle pour. Her too much head = my release of esters for a better sense of the nose. Nothing wrong with head in my book and if it takes time to settle, then so be it. I am old and patient. Speaking of head, how does two dense, tawny fingers with great retention sound? It looked like the top of an ice cream float and French Vanilla and tawny are pretty close in my book, although tawny has a more orangish cast where French Vanilla is more yellow. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was reminiscent of taking hop cones in my hands and rubbing them together, releasing an oily, floral quality that can be difficult to describe. This was citrusy in an oily way that caused my mouth to begin slavering. Hophead Alert! I am more than a hophead. I am a hops junkie and while I (mostly) kicked the habit sometime back, beers like this make me pop with sweat in anticipation. I tied off, felt for the vein and then went for a deep, long draught before falling back in ecstasy. I felt a wash of caramel, grapefruit and anise/licorice over my lolling tongue as I struggled to untie the hose and remove the needle. The mouthfeel was thick and viscous and it lay on my tongue like it had passed out and it was up to me to send it on its way. Heavy, sticky lacing had already begun to appear in my glass and pink elephants began to appear in my kitchen. Say, who let Murph the Surf on my ceiling? Groovy, baby. Far out, man. Dig this heavy scene. Me and Ed were kickin' it, rapping about his lousy end and how I am ripping him off for an homage to The Old Lady entitled "Ms. Deborah Lee" as opposed to "Annabel Lee", but he nodded in assent. Soon, I was on the nod and the fuzz was banging on my door as I flopped around on the cold tile floor in a state of ecstasy that only humulus lupulus can bring me to. The stunning dryness of the finish left me gasping for breath, like a fish out of water or an asthmatic without his inhaler. The Old Lady keeps telling me that I am overdoing it with the inhaler bit anyway, so I am cutting back. On my asthma medicine. To what did you think that I was referring? Hops?!? Ha ha ha. I will give up my hoppy beers when they siphon them out of my cold, dead mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:34:20 | More by woodychandler
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Cook82

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

02-28-2014 19:29:20 | More by Cook82
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3Birds

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

03-24-2013 21:18:54 | More by 3Birds
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theleechster

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

06-21-2013 00:49:02 | More by theleechster
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

04-25-2013 04:30:29 | More by fuzzcherry
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

12-20-2013 14:00:06 | More by bigeyedfish89
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

11-24-2013 02:29:33 | More by mquinn919
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Mises85

Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap in a pint glass. Might have been served a little bit colder than I would have liked.

Appearance: Definitely much darker than I would have expected for an IPA. Amber brownish.

Smell: Some citrus but mainly guava and tropical fruit, some malt sweetness.

Taste: mango, cracker maltiness, citrus, pine

Mouthfeel: thick carbonation with a touch of creaminess.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. Definitely one of the least hoppy IPA's I have had although a very solid beer and would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2014 01:18:14 | More by Mises85
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-transparent amber with a nice cream colored head. Lots of bubbles.

S-fairly decent scent of herbal hops. Quite sweet smelling. Decent scent, has some aged weeds to it.

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of weedy hops and sweet grains. The bitterness and hops last awhile and the sweet grains, similar to a sugary biscuit continue to linger. The flavors are fairly bold with out any flaws.

M-creamy bitter carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-I actually really like this. It's a unique IPA, it's not trying to like any other existing IPA. Definitely has an old world style to it, similar to an English IPA, but the bitterness continues to be strong. I would absolutely recommend this little curiosity to anyone. I look forward to trying other beers from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 04:12:24 | More by AdamBear
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ChiChi

Maryland

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful Raspberry/Amber color to it. Lines the glass nicely with a soupy sudsy trace and the carbonation stays consistent throughout. What impressed me the most was the smell. Strong citrus sweet smell. Tasted Sweet Hops with hint of citrus. This beer was a nice discovery. Would compliment seafood well.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:47:43 | More by ChiChi
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-28-2013 21:57:11 | More by dcbeers
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-01-2013 01:31:57 | More by buzzy
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mkbeirne

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-30-2013 03:30:09 | More by mkbeirne
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-10-2013 06:36:24 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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MattSharpless

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-17-2014 18:52:03 | More by MattSharpless
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-17-2014 16:11:13 | More by jacewg
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-05-2013 02:07:34 | More by zekeman17
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LoudRed

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-26-2014 01:07:20 | More by LoudRed
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

06-08-2014 00:26:43 | More by wertschy
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-26-2013 00:04:55 | More by oriolesfan4
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-12-2013 04:03:15 | More by TheNightwatchman
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Mississippi

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-16-2014 03:01:55 | More by Mississippi
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traviskurowski

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great spring/summer IPA. A nice , easy drinking American IPA (unexpected lightness for a 7.2). Overall, could use a bit more complexity for a rich hop/malt experience---but in the hot months, such "bigness" isn't always desired. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 17:04:47 | More by traviskurowski
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in standard thick ale glass.

A: copper amber color; ok head; decent carbonation, lacing
S: very hop forward, but not too aggressive; bit of pine; more bubblegum; inviting
T: very delicious and malty; sweet; strong in the finishing hops; medium complexity

What this beer lacks in sight it makes up in taste--wow, really good, esp. for the low 7% abv range.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 04:37:49 | More by Arithmeticus
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, poured into tulip tasting glass.

Less than a fingernail, but with lacing that lasts on the glass for a while. Clear golden amber with bubbles streaming up the glass like it was a snowglobe.

Nose is cut grass and bready florals. Some grapefruit and and melon.

Taste is pine, grassy and bready. Definitely less citrus and more coniferous forest tasting than most IPA's i have tried. But there is grapefruit and melon. Some mint, some malts too.

Very dry, not overwhelmingly bitter or hoppy, but just enough. Medium-low carbonation. Finish is dry and clean - no charring. The flavor profile is citrus to start, but as it oxygenates it gravitates to the pine quickly.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

06-25-2013 00:33:20 | More by SlothB77
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Tell Tale Heart IPA from B.W. Beer Works USA
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.