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Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of bluHatter


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Giant big foamy head that lasts and lasts. It'll take a while to pour this stuff. In fact, it's a gusher. The brew is a thick cloudy orange.

S: Orange meringue, lemon, some hops. Very pleasant.

T: Strong crisp hops, a little burnt citrus, very bitter on the end.

M: Loads of carbonation, medium bodied.

O: So far this is my favorite from Frankenmuth brewery. This is a serious IPA with a bite, but it's got some real pleasant qualities that definitely make it worth another try.

03-24-2012 02:27:51 | More by bluHatter
Photo of SpartanHistory2013


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

03-18-2012 22:57:59 | More by SpartanHistory2013
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Dark golden semi-hazed color with a three finger head that recedes back to a half finger cap in about two minutes, medium levels of lacing. Pretty good looking beer here!

S, T. For an IPA, the overall flavor/aroma spectrum seems correct but needs some amplification. Everything is just somewhat too faint overall. I get some caramel malt mixed with mostly grapefruit peel and a sub-component of spice, florals, and herbals. Good balance, just...needs some amplification because as it is I would consider this to be an APA, not an IPA.

M. Medium body and carbonation levels with a pleasantly crisp dry finish.

03-12-2012 18:38:37 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of jzeilinger


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

A - Pours a tawny copper gold color with good carbonation and a thick foamy head. Color is on the lighter side for an IPA and bright.

S - Lemons, a little grainy, earthy, and light citrus/pine.

T - A distinct doughy caramel and grainy malt base underneath that comes to the forefront between midway and the end before getting beat down very quickly with a bitter zing of citrus grapefruit and some pine. Bitter pine and citrus up front, doughy malt in the middle, and then the hops come back to finish it out.

M - Body is on the thin side of medium.

O - The best aspect of this beer is the bitter bite at the end and a lingering dry finish, things are a little messy on the palette.

03-11-2012 19:59:04 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of EricCioe


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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


3.81/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-03-2012 23:59:58 | More by buddyvelt
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

12-31-2011 17:02:51 | More by
Photo of AlMarzo


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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


3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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


3/5  rDev -15.5%

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


3/5  rDev -15.5%

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


4/5  rDev +12.7%

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


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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


3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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


3.3/5  rDev -7%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

07-25-2011 20:29:48 | More by scruffwhor
Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.