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Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmich24 on 04-19-2010

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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 43
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brilliant gold, 2” rocky foam cap
S: grassy, piney floral nose, some malt
T: starts with some rich malt, some spice herbal, spice almost basil, grassy, long bitter finish
F: Body medium light, carbonation medium.
O: A good but not spectacular IPA

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly average ipa, not much to it

Photo of mchegash
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
An incredibly bright and vibrant orange color. One to two fingers of head. Moderately hazy, with particles visible throughout the beer. Visible rising carbonation is sparse-ish.

Smell - 4/5
Thick, sweet, slightly alcoholic malts. Hop presence is minimal, maybe some mellow citrus notes. Not what a typical IPA smells like, but I prefer malts over hops any day.

Taste - 3.5/5
Dark sugary slightly alcoholic, slightly fruity malts. Some light pine hops. Overal flavor is okay.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, crispy and smooth and different points during the sip. Slight bitterness. Carbonation is moderate-light.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was not a bad beer, but nothing special. Was not very IPA-like.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

Not your usual IPA here, not as clean as expect either but still a decent sip. Hops are a bit brash and come across as perhaps too much though we are hopheads so we can take a bit of punishment. Enough malt to balance it out for the most part, the lively yeast left a trail of nuances for the palate to figure out or be confused with. Worth a try.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.9%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale copper color, good clarity, sticky lacing

SMELL: Citrus, mint, earthy, caramel, herbal, evergreen, browned apples, musty yeast, estery

TASTE: Creamy, medium bodied, very bitter, semi-astringent, caramel, dried grass, yeast, herbal, minty, citrus rind, tropical fruit, mineral, semi-dry bitter finish

Photo of joe12pk
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Clear gold-orange. One inch white head. Minor retention. Nice light lacing.

S - Pine and malt

T - Let stand for 5 minutes. Starts with sweet malt, with citrus and grassy hops. Ends in a bold, dry blast of pine.

O - An excellent IPA that exceeded my expectations. Well done, Frankenmuth!

Photo of Hiker3943
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little too dry for my taste. Purchased at a local Kroger for $9.99 a six. I was going to pickup a six of Belgian White. However, showing loyalty to a Michigan brewery I decided to try
Batch 69 instead. Need to drop the price to be more competitive.

Photo of patre_tim
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow gold with a slight haze, little carbonation, 4 fingers of slight yellow head with great retention. Lots of yeast particles, some carbonation.

S: Spicy, lime peel, some pine, some dankness, some must, slight sweetness. Green curry, onion.

T: Sweet maltiness, some candied orange, some pine, some pineapple, a deep hit of bitterness. White grapefruit pith.

M: Thick heavy syrupy body, with some resinous quality, medium low carbonation.

O: This brew is quite well done. I went to the brewery today, in Frankenmuth . Well done. Its my first by this brewery, not a perfect brew, but worth a try.

Photo of Emnmarko
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a hazy amber/ copper colored with a creamy two finger off white head. Talk about hang time, this head doesn't know how to quit. After five minutes there is still a one finger head. 10 minutes reveal a decent cap that remains until the final swallow. Ironically the lacing from it is light. Huh.

S- Modest hop bitterness with lemon, pine and juicy tropical fruit notes. A sweet malt presence backing it up.

T- Right away there is a battle for supremacy of my glass. The subtle bitterness in the nose is re-enforced with a powerful flavor bomb that brings out the citrus, pine and tropical fruit. Not to be outdone however the sweet bready malts step it up as well. Somewhere in the middle the malt flavor gains ground and takes the lead. But in the end the bitterness pushes back and in a bittersweet stalemate, Peace resumes. There are no losers here.

M- Medium bodied brew leaving a buttery/waxy feel.

O- This brew is a perfect example of a Midwest IPA. Bold hop presence with a strong malt backbone. I've had this beer before and I don't think I cared for it as much as this go around. Maybe they tweaked the recipe, maybe my pallet. Good overall and I will enjoy this one again.

Photo of EricTKole
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Again on draft while visiting their brew pub in downtown Frankenmuth. Very nice 1 finger head with a light brown to yellow color, somewhat hazy. Good floral nose with plenty of scents of hops to go along. Plenty of sweet to go along with good not overpowering but ever persistent bitterness. Mouthfeel was good to above average had plenty of body and as much as people seem to beat this beer up I felt it could stand up to a lot of the smaller to mid sized breweries year round IPA's that I've had. Overall a nice beer that I will probably seek out from time to time and definitely have when I return.

Photo of carlborch
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy, golden-amber pour with a 1-inch off-white, creamy head. Early release of carbonation. Sweet malt and hops in the nose. Grainy and grassy nose. Belgian lace forms. Lingering bitterness on the palate after initial citrus, followed by some metallic notes. Medium-light body. ABV is not noticeable.

Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, undated but purchased arlier this month near the brewery.

Pour is hazy with a high level of visible carbonation. The amber body is topped by a proportionate and durable off-white head.

Both the aroma and the flavor reflect a slightly skunky element that is subtle enough to possibly be part of the hop component. In any case hops have citrus, pine and herbal aspects. Solid malt base. Mildly bitter finish and aftertaste are better.

Medium body with crisp, lightly aggressive carbonation.

Photo of barczar
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a frothy cream head that leaves thick lacing as it dissipates moderately.

Pine, resin, toasted bread, and caramel malt form the initial aroma. Underpinnings of citrus and soap add complexity. Floral hops emerge late.

Flavor is fairly malt dominant, sweet and caramelly throughout, with bitter hop notes drying out the finish a bit. Diacetyl butterscotch and phenolic plastic surface mid palate. There's a subtle grapefruit flavor beneath, and the finish is resiny.

Body is pretty light, with moderate carbonation, fairly harsh astringency, and substantial alcohol warmth.

The resiny hops and grain astringency are overwhelming. Malt character is far too sweet, and flavoring hops are somewhat lacking. Too astringent and hot for my liking.

Photo of Moish
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Capone's. This is my first experience with this IPA (and brewery) and, judging by its other reviews, is under appreciated. It is a solid, session type IPA with a fresh, crisp taste that I enjoyed and would have again without hesitation. It may be lacking in complexity but is tasty nonetheless.

Photo of CHickman
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy yellow gold color with a tremendous 3 finger foamy off white head that faded extremely slowly, had tons of huge bubbles in the head, as well as lots of bubbles racing up the brew like a 7-Up, and it left good foamy lacing clinging to the sides, leaving rings as it went down.

Smells of malt and grains, followed by herbs, tea leaf and light floral hops; reeks of an English IPA with a hint of citrus in the nose. Weak aroma for an American IPA.

Tastes like an American IPA with grapefruit, lemon, orange, citrus hops, pear, caramel, malt, roasted grains, piney hops, tea leaf, herbs, floral hops, and biscuit, which had bready notes and some sweetness. Well balanced, smooth and easy to drink with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, almost buttery slick and smooth, with average carbonation, a medium body that’s almost chewy and slightly bitter finish that’s a nice mix of grains and some sweet citrus. Hats off to my brother for bringing this beer back from Pennsylvania, this was a nice above average IPA that was very easy to enjoy.

Photo of GiantMidget
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a variety pack bought at Wegman's in Collegeville PA.

After reading the reviews on here I wasn't sure what to expect.

I'm an IPA guy, so I had high expectations, and I can honestly say that this impressed this hop lover.

Poured into a beer mug, good off white head with nice lacing.

The pine, citrus and almost honeydew like scent permeated the nostrils as soon as I poured.
The flavor not overly dominated by the hops but dry enough to make me wanting more.
Little bit of bitterness on the tongue but that complements so well.
It's not overly unique in the world of IPA's, but with as many 'near misses' and unimpressive ones that I have run into, I'm happy with this one.
Nice ABV as well for a traditional American IPA.
I'd recommend giving it a try and don't assume that the lower rating by the brothers is the be-all-end-all.

Photo of pweis909
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Golden with a drop of orange, brilliant clarity, and persistently lovely foam with lucious lacing.

S - Initial aroma was citrus, tropical fruit, pine, floral nectar. I was reminded of many things... Nice complexity, but not intense as my perceptions of American IPA style. If you handed it to me and called it a pale ale, I'd consider 5.0 here.

T - Here's where I was a bit let down. This beer, while not technically flawed, is too sweet for an an American IPA.

Photo of AmitC
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my second beer from Frankenmuth. Not disappointing but not exciting either.

Bad thing: the appearance. I guess i am drinking it a lot late or something, it has some hazy yeasty thing floating around. Makes it look bad. Otherwise the color is pretty standard, a little on the lighter side for an IPA. Little head. Not enough lacing.

Smells good. Hops are very prominent, more citrus and floral types. Standard stuff here.

Taste is comparatively much better, looking at other things. A lot bitter than expected. Citrus hop flavors. The taste stays, lingering on your tongues for..ever. A goody thingy. Bitter upfront, a bit relief later. But not for hop haters.

Feel is very medium bodied. Decent enough carbonation. Doesn't hurt.

Good drinkable beer. Could have scored more if had appeared a little better. Try it. IPAs - a single bottle is never enough.

Photo of Alextricity
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow color with a nice creamy head that lasts forever. Starts with a huge head that goes down to about a finger. Lacing is fantastic. Really good looking.

Smell: Hard to explain. It's definitely a burst of hops. The only way I can say it is "bright hops" in the aroma. There's something I can't put my finger on. It smells nice though. Flowers and spices, I suppose? Also a trace of the alcohol as well.

Taste/feel: Much like the smell. Hoppy, floral tastes with a dash of spice. I actually really like it. It has a sort of "off" taste I suppose that I can't pinpoint, but there's definitely something about it that keeps it from being a stellar beer. I still like this one. The feel of it is very appropriate for an IPA -- medium, mildly carbonated.

I was sort of surprised. The reviews had me thinking this would be a very average beer ... but it's really not. It's an above average IPA, with an interesting amount of floral character. Would very gladly have this one again. Nice job, Frankenmuth. More proof that Michigan beer is some of the best out there.

Photo of buschbeer
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It has an amber color with gold highlights. It has yeast suspended in it. Two inches of off white head weakly cling to the glass.

S - It is not very aromatic. I get some caramel malt and citrus hops.

T - I get a blend of caramel malt and citrus hops. It tastes more like an APA

M - Moderate

O - It's a decent beer. It's not one for hopheads though. It's kind of a weak IPA.

Photo of Lemke10
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as part of an M&M 6pk from Woodman’s East in Madison, WI in fall 2012.

Pours cloudy amber, orange color with a slight white head. The scent is light with citrus, wheat, and hops. Flavor is fairly bold when it hints the taste buds; however the after taste is what really gets you. You go from a really wet, wheat taste into a dry, crisp, hoppy finish. The bitterness is a little too much in my opinion and might turn off some drinkers. However, I will give kudos to anyone daring enough to throw that many hops in a brew. Definitely an above average beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After an uneventful evening of not so memorable beers, this one comes in to save the day. Nice on all ends. Full flavor profile with good hop character showing through. More earthy with salty tones and a very mild citrus edge. I can dig this. This is a new brewery for me and this is a good beer to start on. I hope that the others I have follow suit to this one.

Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a nice bright white head of frothy foam.
Aroma-Subtle floral hop note
Taste-Floral, piney hops, fresh flavor, lingering citrus-rind bitterness. Refreshing and pleasant, a nice interpretation of an American IPA.

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep amber color pours to a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very nice veil of lace that coats all across the top and clings all the way down.

S: Very nice floral hops up front with some citrus tones and very mild dark fruit aromas.

T: Very bitter from the get go. Hops bitterness just pops ya in the mouth. Alot of bitter citrus rind at the end with some spice and pine flavors coming thru as well. Aftertaste is hops bitterness and rind.

M: Medium carbonation works well with the bitterness and lets the flavors stick around for awhile.

O: Very hoppy and bitter beer. Moreso then I normally like but its not unenjoyable. Would like to try it on tap.

Photo of Brenden
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear amber-yellow, maybe even just verging on amber but not quite that dark. There's persistent bubbling activity, though the head never rises more than one finger and recedes fairly quickly. It does, however, retain a sturdy layer that drops a ring and some patches of lacing.
I like the aroma, though some might dislike that the bready malts vie for prominence with the floral and citrus notes (not so much pine, as advertised, though a whiff is there). The hops do win out, though.
The flavor profile is interesting, and after I get past the spritz on the tongue, I get an interesting sweetness in there along with a pithy sort of bitterness. It also gets very minty, too much so for the profile to work completely. It does seem a little muddled. As an IPA, this one's middle of the pack until it's fine-tuned.
As mentioned, there's a spritzy feel in this beer's light-medium body. They may have overshot refreshing, as it never fades off and, while smoothness does come in, it's a little too filling; these two contradictory things combined don't work, though it's not terrible.

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a hazy amber color with a small cap of white head that left a bit of lacing on the glass. Didn't get much from the aroma, basic scents of citrusy hops and caramel malts. Taste of toasted grains, light citrusy hops, somewhat bitter and a bit metallic. Not really bad, but nothing really great in the world of AIPAs. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable, but nothing to get excited about.

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Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.