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Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

Not Rated.
Batch 69Batch 69

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BA SCORE
81
good

152 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmich24 on 04-19-2010)
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EricCioe

Montana

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my sister for sending a box of Michigan beers I've not had before.

This pours a clear but particulate-laden medium gold with a steady stream of bubbles rising up and keeping a thin, tight white head afloat, along with some lace. On the nose there is a big note of grapefruit and maybe pineapple, with evidence of a dry, doughy malt base underneath. In the mouth the doughy base expands too much for my tastes, riding over the nice citric note that the nose indicated. The body is medium but sits too heavily without a payoff in the finish.

Overall, this is a nice IPA that could be better if the big citric presence on the nose carried over better.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 04:16:13 | More by EricCioe
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hgromadzki

Michigan

4/5  rDev +13%

02-18-2012 22:58:56 | More by hgromadzki
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours a light clear golden color with a fluffy white one finger head. Aroma of light pale malts, nice floral hops, and a bit of lemon peel and other citrus. Flavor follows the taste closely, with light sweet citrus and lemon peel, nice pale malt sweetness in the background. Super easy drinking, light bodied, slightly dry and plenty of carbonation. A very nice IPA that is pretty easy drinking and a good style representation. Nothing super special just nicely made.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:11:22 | More by BMMillsy
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WHOTH3MAN

Michigan

4/5  rDev +13%

02-06-2012 18:08:29 | More by WHOTH3MAN
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-31-2012 03:30:25 | More by bootsdomino
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-30-2012 00:56:51 | More by Gtg642
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toyfull1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13%

01-08-2012 14:56:00 | More by toyfull1
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buddyvelt

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-03-2012 23:59:58 | More by buddyvelt
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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice bronze color-as I expected.

Smell - Sweet and a strong sense of hops.

Taste - Biting and strong. Impressed it lasted throughout the bottle.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and with nice carbonation throughout.

Overall - I very legit way of carrying on the Frankenmuth tradition.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 17:02:51 | More by
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-29-2011 09:11:41 | More by AlMarzo
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warnerry

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 2/12/11

A - Pours a somewhat hazy deep golden brown with three fingers of pillowy off-white. Nice rising carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing.

S - Subtle citrus hop aroma. Overall, aroma is underwhelming.

T - I don't see a freshness date, but believe this is pretty fresh. Hops are definitely the dominant component of the taste. Mostly citrus with some pine. Decent amount of malt to balance.

M - Medium mouthfeel with some lingering bitterness.

O - Certainly not a bad beer, but compared to other available IPAs, this is a little underwhelming and doesn't really stand out.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:40:49 | More by warnerry
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gphillips5300

Michigan

4/5  rDev +13%

12-11-2011 20:14:16 | More by gphillips5300
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an old school IPA. Served at a good temp. Head was foamy, frothy, off white, Aroma was hop, malt, resin, wet grain. Flavor is similar, hops seem to me to be Cluster and Cascade, carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor. Ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 05:39:57 | More by drpimento
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jz989

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-02-2011 16:15:51 | More by jz989
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-27-2011 04:09:39 | More by StoutHunter
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jaxray8

Ohio

4/5  rDev +13%

11-21-2011 03:16:22 | More by jaxray8
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brewpubbung

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

11-19-2011 20:54:53 | More by brewpubbung
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to semibaked for throwing this one my way. pours a hazy apple cider hue with a nice two finger head that leaves pretty stunning lace. the color and the haze is a bit funky, but looks nice.

aroma is somewhat subdued, with notes of caramel apple, lemon zest, and touch of floral spice and a bit of doughy yeasty bread.

flavorful with doughy bread up front with herbal hops, floral hop notes, with hints of straw, tobacco, and leather. strong, with some substantial alcohol esters. reminds me flavor-wise of a strong double ipa... not necessarily a bad thing.

mouth is pretty creamy, a touch slick, but ample carbonation helps smooth everything out. body is moderate, and lingering bitterness is clean and pleasant.

all in all, very enjoyable... a touch on the strong and overbearing side for an ipa, but that doesn't mean it wasn't delicious - just not quite what I was expecting. If this one were local, I'm sure I'd be drinking it fairly regularly.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 20:57:59 | More by djeucalyptus
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Hazy, dark yellow body with a bit of orange tint. 2+ finger head that dissipates to a solid foam cap with lots of lacing. Looks very good.

The aroma is a little understated overall, but presents definite hop notes of citrus and pine. Solid caramel malt aroma in the background.

The flavor continues in the manner of the aroma with the citrus and pine hop flavors. Not terribly complex as the sweet malt balances the hops in a similar fashion to many East Coast IPAs.

A bit of astringency in the mouthfeel that detracts a little overall. A good effort. Seems fresh but dating on the bottle would help me determine if anything that is detracting from higher scores is due to age.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:55:39 | More by FanofHefe
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Massive head, hazy amber.

SMELL: Citric, spice, biscuity grain, yeast, pears.

TASTE: Hop bitterness, grainy, yeasty, dried hay, herbal, astringent, fruity, dry.

Raw comes to mind, a bit more yeast character than I was expecting. Hop bitterness is at a fine level but the hop character on a whole is blindly flailing at the palate. Decent for the style though does not come close to the benchmark for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 03:33:50 | More by Jason
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N8dietz is the man. Thank you!!

Hazey and pale copper and bronzey, brass color and a light tan head that is a monster after the pour. Lots of sticky, dough like lacing, good bubbling, and a thick foam head that retains for all twelve ounces. This beer looks great, except I think its a touch over carbonated.

Resiny bittersweet aroma of biscuits, toasted white bread, caramel, orange peel marmalade, and bitter grassy citrus.

Lots of sweet and bitter orange peel flavors from the hops that combine with teh sweet toasted caramel malts for a well balanced, resiny palated AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 20:29:48 | More by scruffwhor
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hehehe. Batch 69. Insert joke here.

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- This is one sexy looking beer. A normal pour created a 1-1/2 finger, foamy, khaki head. The body is a golden-copper that sports light carbonation. Initally clean, but rich, it clouds nicely after dumping the yeast about half-way through the glass. The head sustains at about 1/2-finger and leaves some quality, sticky rings.

S- Solid hops up front, creates an earthy/citrus aroma. There's a definite sweet, malt backbone. Some warmth brings out more of a nice, grainy quality and more grassy/piney hopping. It has some great components, just a little muted.

T- This beer is quite flavorful and fresh. My first sip left me with the impression of a lot of herbal and grapefruit hops mixed with sweet, bready malts. A more carful sip presents those hops up front with toasty malts through the middle. It's almost like toasted Hawaiian bread. Hops become tobacco-like toward the end. The hopping creates a, nearly, bone-dry finish.

M- Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Significant hopping creates a pleasant bite. I'd like to call it "lively."

O- I was very, pleasantly surprised by this beer. I've enjoyed the German styles from Frankenmuth (including their Munich Dunkel last night). I didn't know how they'd do with "hoppy." Full flavors make this more of a sip and enjoy sorta' beer than a session. I would not hesitate to buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 20:49:29 | More by GRPunk
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sweett3k

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think the bottle I received is a skunked one. The one I sampled feels and smells more like a wheat beer. Looks unfiltered and cloudy. Smells wheaty and an aroma of bananas. Taste like a homebrew gone bad. Not impressed at all. I am a big fan of Michigan beer but Frankenmuth, Please do not sell this brew again!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:56:50 | More by sweett3k
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Another6Pack

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label indicates this is an American IPA; style listed on Ba at the time of this review is APA.

A: Great start - golden copper pour, nice 2-3 finger head that resembles billowy white clouds.

S: Modest hop nose that hints at an IPA.

T: Nice bitterness throughout that is accenuated by the carbonation. Hops zing across the back of the tongue rapidly at the start and finish.

M: Pretty well carbonated, yet still manages to coat the mouth and keep your taste buds entertained for several seconds after each sip.

D: High marks here also - down to about 2 ozs left in the glass by the time I finished this review.

Relative review: if Flower Power tastes like a milder version of Two Hearted, then Batch 69 is a milder version of Flower Power.

Fine effort from the folks in Frankenmuth.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 21:16:54 | More by Another6Pack
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david131

California

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy medium-orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head. Leaves some nice lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Citrus, pine, mint, and caramel. Smells a bit old school and generic, but not bad.

T- Citrus, mint, a touch of fruitiness, pine, and caramel. Tasty.

M- Nice body and amount of carbonation. The lasting bitterness is pretty nice.

D- The bitterness is kept in check, but overall this just seems a tad uninspired. Solid, but I must say that I am spoiled if this is just okay.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 05:31:39 | More by david131
Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.