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

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Tell Tale Heart IPATell Tale Heart IPA

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 177
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 29.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | 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:
Beer added by: AdamBear on 02-28-2013

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".
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Photo of brogger00
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite ipas of all time. I used to live in Baltimore and drank this about 4 time per week, I love it. Absolutely fantastic and well balanced ipa that is without a doubt worth a try if available.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

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Photo of Ploohblaah
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew packs an immense amount of hop flavor and bitterness while balancing with an intense malt backbone. High esters blend well with malty hopness and you can tell you are drink a strong brew with every sip.

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Photo of Mises85
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of ChiChi
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of traviskurowski
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid finger plus of clean white foam, dense and not delicate in appearance, no dimpling but not the best retention ever, the lacing takes the form of sheets which slowly roll down the glass sides. While clear there does seem to be an extremely fine particulate inside the liquid, the bubbles are sparse and loosely aggregated, if that word is even applicable, close to coppery red but really more orange to yellow away from the core of the glass, pretty in a simple fashion. The nose is noticeably sweet and leans heavily on pink to white grapefruit, tangerine citrus, close to the exclusion of all else, flowers, peach, pear, apricot fruit, could be considered herbaceous but the lack of bitterness does not support, albeit has a nice cleansing sensation in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, taut with some push from the active carbonation, while there’s still all that grapefruit, orange citrus and white pit fruit, the grassiness, pepper and toasted baguette help tilt things back towards the center. Conversely, caramel, molasses, pine and coconut bring it back to the sweeter end of the spectrum. Dry yet with minimal bitter bite, curious to know what the IBUs are. Its friendliness wins you over, why not enjoy rather than parse and quibble?

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Photo of rjd722
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my spiegelau IPA glass, deep amber-copper appearance with a two-finger foam. White and frothy, leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is full of what seems like mosaic hops; slight spice, some citrus, and strong malty hops. Taste mirrors the aroma, there is a full, spicy, malty, bitterness that rolls through to the mouthfeel. Solid IPA, no doubt will revisit and support this local Bmore brewer.

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Photo of scbeerman
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a couple other reviewers have noticed, freshness is absolutely critical with this beer, possibly more so than any other beer I've tried (including some like Stone Enjoy By and Sculpin). Fresh bottles are quite a treat.

The first thing you notice when opening this beer is the extremely strong aroma of tropical fruit and citrus - I can pick out mango and orange but there's a lot more going on here. The smell fills the area to the point where I've had people notice from 10+ feet away. Not as much pine as some, but an excellent start.
Pours a deep amber color with hints of red and a moderately thick, cream colored head. Nice looking beer.
The taste is where the difference in freshness become noticeable. Fresh bottles are a pleasure - tropical fruit and floral notes over a strong backbone of malt, but not too sweet. Some pine is present, just enough to give it that IPA bitter finish. With older bottles the bitterness disappears and is replaced by excessive sweetness in the finish and possibly a metallic note. Buy fresh! Watch out for the alcohol - no hint of its presence in the taste but it's sneaky at 7.3%.
Overall one of the better IPAs I've had actually. Not as much of a hop bomb as a lot of West Coast beers but it's a great, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a smooth finger of creamy off-white head. This soaps the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral and piney with a fresh green citrus character and a touch of spice. Light herbal and tropical flavors hang on the edges, where they mingle with a mix of bread and caramel from the malts. The hops have a nice fresh power to them in the nostrils. The taste is similar, with a fresh and zesty citric bite, while dank herbal, sweeter tropical and tangy malt flavors run throughout. Resins and spice linger in the finish. Feel is medium bodied with a soft, creamy and even a bit oily carbonation that is extremely smooth feeling. This was a pleasant surprise and it’s nice to see another well-made and local IPA on the market. I’ll definitely be returning to this.

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Photo of droomyster
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden honey colored body with a small white head with decent retention. Aromas are very citrusy with strong whiffs of pineapple and caramel. Tastes great! Bright zesty hops up front with a nicely sweetening malts with caramel flavors come through on the mid-palate before a zesty, piney, resinous finish.Nice balance, This is everything you look for in an IPA.

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Photo of charlzm
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed at NoBar in North Hollywood, CA on December 19th, 2013.

Beer is a clear golden/amber with a creamy, one finger off-white head. Awesome sheeting.

Aromas of pine and caramel malt.

Flavor is deceivingly balanced between moderately sweet caramel malt and restrained pine and pepper hop character. Slight alcohol flavor. Well modulated bitterness doesn't linger too long.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a little prickly bite.

Nice to have a deceptively strong IPA with balance and drinkability.

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Photo of gopens44
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one looks all over the place in reviews. Maybe there's a lot of older, not so fresh ones out there? Dunno, but the one I experienced actually shocked me.

Typically when I pick up an IPA that hasn't received a ton of lip, I expect a biscuit or watery or wickedly off-balanced drain pour. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised right from the pour. Coppery orange under a very professional grade crème colored head with champion level lacing that stayed present throughout. Nose was a little faint but what piled through the head was piney, grassy and a touch citrusy. First pull presented the same very solid grassiness that was present in the aroma. Balance was good and finished a touch piney.

My only knock on this was a bit of a cloying sweetness on the tongue that hung around for a bit. Otherwise, I'd be more than happy to have this one again.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus, some pine. Taste is good, piney hops, some citrus, a bit of malt, lots of flavor here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality and refreshing beer.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tall glass. no bottle dating that I could see.

Poured a beautiful coppery amber color with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Deent carbonation, good lacing. Head weakened but retained in some form to the end.

Got a good waft of hops from the nose.

Tasty beer indeed. The hops punch you around a bit, then a more citrusy wash, finished off with some calming mango at the end. How'd they do that?

Mouth was a bit above medium.

Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Went down really well too, a bit dangerous for a 7.25. Can certainly reccommend this one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at a pub in Baltimore but I forget which one.

Nice creamy fizzy head, light lacing, clear honey orange color

Nose nice floral fruity hops, light grassy hops too, hint of malt, little fruity slight tropical fruit

Taste light fruity hops, big malts sweet candy like malts light toasty caramel, fair spicy hop bitterness, earthy chewy hops, grainy earthy malt thing too. Finish is semi sweet sticky, caramel malty grainy flavors, long fairly bitter spicy earthy hop lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb

Overall not bad, nice nose but the hops turns a bit boring on the flavor. Nice bitterness, decent beer.

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Photo of themind
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hey, this is a decent brew. This small brewery can kick out some decent beer. I had never heard of them and received the four Poe's as a gift. Well all I can say, is this is pretty good. Hoppy with a middle of the road malt backbone.

Bottom Line: Lets explore some more brews from these guys.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Clear, deep straw/gold color, with a thin white head that dissipated rapidly.
Citrus fruits predominate up front, with a decent dose of hops bitterness that persists throughout the tasting experience. The bitterness is tempered by a lingering malty sweetness - too much sweetness for me. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is too thick for an IPA - I want my IPAs to be refreshing and astringent; this beer is not.
Seems more like an English IPA than an American IPA.
Overall, an unusual IPA that is good in some respects but misses the mark in others.

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Photo of hophugger
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium-deep gold color with a nice semi-off white head of a about 3 fingers. Head disappates very rapidly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is hoppy and full of citrus but seems to have a little background of something off, like metal or the likes, very faint, but it is there. Taste is full of hop bitterness, pineapple and I would guess there must be some Mosaic hops in ther, very distinct. Miuthfeel is good, slightly bitter, and beer has apretty clean finish....Overall, a very nice IPA, and one that is definitely worthy of being called such...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice citrus forward hop aromas but the flavor is a bit too sweet in my opinion.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Real good looking IPA. Deep caramel brown amber, with a hint of lighter orange and red, with plentiful small carbonation rising from the middle. The head manages a solid three to four fingers thick, aggressive and clumpy, bright but a lighter shade of tan. Swiss cheese retention and thick on top, with a glowing dark body. Very impressive looking.

Aroma is a bit mixed. Hints of some juiced sensing fruit and citrus hinting towards orange, but also some off putting dirt and earth quality. It's an odd mix, very good and sort of poor. Strikes down the middle as ok, with a mild caramel sweetness. Not sure where this might be leading.

Palate is actually a much better improvement. Juiced bodied and hop citrus orange in the mid palate, with a real light icing sugar sweetness. Finishes thick and rich, with a hint of caramel, and a good accent that leaves a very soft if hardly noticeable bitterness on the aftertaste. Chewy and almost leafy hops in the mix and slightly minty breath finish too. Honey like lip smacking coating as well too.

Overall actually very solid, but the aroma is really off putting to a degree. This could be something really solid but something in the bouquet mix gives the impression the beer has a problem.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - two finger white foamy head, really nice lacing, carbonation bubbles, color is between ruby and orange

S - hops, pine, citrus, malt

T - big citrus hops, piney like the smell, very mild bitterness, alcohol is masked fairly well

M - medium bodied, not too dry but not too sweet, light carbonation

O - Tasty IPA here, citrus hops but really mild overall. Drinkable and very nice from start to finish.

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Tell Tale Heart IPA from B.W. Beer Works USA
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.