Spring India Pale Ale - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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4.28/5 rDev +16.3%
Bottle courtesy of a generous trader. This brew puts me at 49 states. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours orange without much of any head. Not impressive, coming from a hard pour. A good swirl or two won't raise a head either. The most I can get is a bit of a thin collar. The nose really ups the ante from here with a large amount of citrus hops. Tropical notes there as well. I would guess there's some Citra in this. Taste falls off a bit, though not too much. Great tropical notes begin to overwhelm the citrus, though there's not too much bitterness going along with the hop taste. Feel is a bit thin and undercarbonated. Bitterness is fairly low. Drinkability is quite high. Really tasty and I'm glad I got to try this one out.
02-23-2011 00:41:44 | More by Thorpe429
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
Choc has been doing some very good things. Their seasonal brews are turning out to be quite nice.
A: A cloudy golden color. Decent head on initial pour nice lacing on the glass.
S: Strong with citrus coming through and some nice grassy notes.
T: Good hop presence at first sip. Last through most of the glass though it does seem to finish on the weak side. Would expect it to be a bit more assertive at the end.
M: Very good. Nice bitterness but not astringent.
D: Very good, maybe to good. I see a fair amount of this in the beer fridge during the spring.
Over all a decent brew. I think it might be closer to an APA vs and American IPA but so are a lot of other very good brews.
03-06-2011 04:01:37 | More by xtalman
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
P: 1/2 in of off white head that hangs around a bit. Thin and airy. Cloudy yellow gold with yeast floating at the bottom. Similar to weak brewed tea
S: super clean tropical fruit hops, yeast esters, toasted grains. Crisp and clean aroma. Soft wood in the background.
T/M: taste follows the nose with a healthy dose of tropical fruit hops, great sloshy body with a bit of thickness to it. Great carb level with a nice toasty grains and a peppery bite. Finish is dry with a linger of timidly smoked orange peels.
O: A fantastic spring IPA that is crisp, clean and full of well balanced flavor. I love the burst of bitterness with the subtle spicy grains. A spring favorite for sure.
04-29-2012 03:09:42 | More by Hopswagger
4.13/5 rDev +12.2%
Served with a clear golden amber, with a medium off-white head. Smells vaguely of pine trees and grapefruit peel. Taste is amazing passionfruit and grapefruit flavors, followed by a bit of bready malt, and a sweet candy finish. Lowish bitterness for an IPA, but nothing bad. Mouthfeel is rich, medium carbonation. Overall I like this beer. It isn't extreme, but a solid IPA that I plan on getting again.
05-19-2011 01:58:20 | More by tronester
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
Today I found this 12oz bottle in a box I was about to re-use to ship some beers. I think its from wrigley1, but I honestly don't know for sure.
It pours a light orange color, hazy with a nice poofy foam. The aroma is very nice, very fresh smelling for an IPA that's been in my basement for an indeterminant time. Lots of citrus and tropical fruits, not much malt, excellent.
The citric flavors are big in the taste too, with some bready malts making themselves known more than anticipated from the aroma. More flavorful than bitter, I could really drink quite a bit of this stuff. Extremely high drinkability, this was beyond my expectations.
Carbonation is about average, maybe a tad on the low side but that works in my opinion. Excellent, very glad to have tried it, and absolutely recommended.
06-12-2011 23:01:42 | More by TurdFurgison
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a 2.5 finger foamy head. Sticky lacing patterns, big and small.
S - Fresh cut pine needles, juicy grapefruit oil citrus, floral honeysuckle. Very green and pungent hop aromas.
T - Clean grapefruit, mandarin, and mango mixes with a soft floral bouquet. Bitter pine comes in strong and sticks to the sides of the tongue. Sweet pale and malt layers underneath the full flavored hops. Has a some tart strawberries along with a green apple-like acidity. A honeysuckle sweetness starts in the middle and stays through the bitter finish. Dry on the aftertaste
M - Smooth and lush feel. Moderate carbonation.
Awesome nose! Loads of fresh hop flavor. Citrus, pine, floral, and tropical. It was very surprised by this one. A little light in the malt category but I didn't mind.
02-19-2011 02:41:54 | More by StaveHooks
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks Wade for this brew! What a great surprise. Had right from bottle...but I did pour a sip out to get a color profile...
Nice golden brown color. Smells of fresh hops and malts. Taste is very mild hops and lots of malts. Nothing amazing here, but it is a very nice IPA. Very mild, sessionable, drinkable, and easy. I wish it was a bit more fruity or sweet, but overall it is a really nice session IPA...which is scary due to its ABV.
05-23-2012 02:51:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.81/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours out to a frothy head that persists and laces well. Color is a cloudy orange-gold due to bottle conditioning (forgot to decant). Aroma is piney, herbal , and citrus hop notes with bready malts. Flavor is spicy, tangy hops up front with a resiny bittersweet finish with a sweet malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium with appropriate carbonation. Overall a very good AIPA.
05-28-2014 23:33:23 | More by EagleTalon
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
Review from notes, had this 2 weeks ago
Pours a semi hazed apricot with a finger of pearl colored head. Some floaties toward the end, very good head retention & lacing
S: Grapefruit & a touch of pineapple & a bit of orchard fruit
T: Follows the nose, nice grapefruit pop, some breadyness, a touch of pear up front. Some grainyness once warm, along with apricot, woody hops & more grapefruit. Fizzles a bit on the finish, although some grapefruit, pineyness & a kiss of booze are detectable
MF: Medium bodied with form carbonation, a touch grainy with pretty nice balance
Drinks pretty easy, a good take on the style, would not hurt my feelings if this was a year round offering...
03-10-2011 22:43:46 | More by russpowell
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
12 oz bottle poured in a glass
A - Pours fairly cloudy amber with a 2 finger white/off white head.
S - Grapefruit citrus and piney hops are definitely out front with somewhat of a malty/floral aroma as well.
T - Grapefruit, lemon, possibly mango..all very present. The bitter hops punch through for that typical IPA taste. Finishes very floral...I taste the malt a little more I expected. Nice though.
M - Crisp and Smooth. Moderate carbonation...not too much. Nice and clean.
My buddy and I had been looking for an IPA from Choc and low and behold...their Spring selection. It's not my favorite but a solid IPA. I wish they offered this more often than a Spring Seasonal.
05-16-2011 02:46:34 | More by audiodav
3.68/5 rDev 0%
Another bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!
It pours a cloudy peach colour and isn’t shy with the foam; 2 fingers easily and I’ll check on the lacing later. It seems a lot of the brews from OK turn out cloudy rather than clear but that’s fine by me.
It has a pretty big nose of citrus. The grapefruit is there and nicely done with some hints of pine and a smaller hint of malt.
The taste is quite bitter but I don’t get a lot of citrus accounting for it as I did in the smell. More of a grassy even aspirin like bitterness. There’s some malt here…I get some sweetish notes from time to time and some notes of bread. Not a bad tasting IPA, it’s just a bit “messy”, if I can use that word.
Medium body with medium carbonation, I like the mouth feel and it’s easy enough to drink. I think this is a good example of the style.
04-15-2011 19:04:16 | More by Bitterbill
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
A- Pours a pale orange with half a finger of head. The carbonation seems somewhat high for this beer, but for some reason it doesn't come out in the head.
S- Caramel, sweet orange, softened pine wood. Certainly hop forward.
T- There's quite a bit of citrus- lime, orange, lemon tangelo, combined with a bitter dusty, dirty piney, hop flavor. Some sort of non specific sweetness. The dirtiness is starting to get on my tastebuds nerves- it's mineral to the extreme.
M- Bitter. Strong carbonation. Right level of syrup/ stickiness.
O- There's some good stuff going on with this beer. I don't know if the mineral/ dirty bitterness is intended or bad aging, but I don't like that aspect of the beer. Otherwise not bad.
08-17-2011 04:39:23 | More by zdk9
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
I bought a single bottle of this at Highland Package store in Birmingham, Alabama. Not bad at all. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a healthy head that is pure white and leaves some lacing. Gentle hops in the nose, mostly floral, but with a dose of clean sweet malt, some waxiness and and a bit of bitter citrus. Similar in the mouth with a bit more grassiness and a bit of meatiness in taste. Fairly dry and grainy, but overall there is a gentleness and floral subtlety to the beer that makes it seem a bit more of the English style than the American- but with an altered hop profile that still keeps things somewhat restrained. Fairly nice.
08-31-2011 20:46:17 | More by Georgiabeer
Spring India Pale Ale from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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