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Batch 69 - Frankenmuth Brewery

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Batch 69Batch 69

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BA SCORE
81
good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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 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.

hosehead83, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of ChrisPratz
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

ChrisPratz, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Brenden, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Rifugium, May 31, 2012
Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ridgeline23, May 21, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

JohnK17, May 15, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Zaphog, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

iemailjack, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of twbeecher
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

twbeecher, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of bluHatter
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bluHatter, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

WastingFreetime, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

jzeilinger, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

EricCioe, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of hgromadzki
4/5  rDev +12.7%

hgromadzki, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

BMMillsy, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of WHOTH3MAN
4/5  rDev +12.7%

WHOTH3MAN, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of bootsdomino
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bootsdomino, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Gtg642, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of toyfull1
4/5  rDev +12.7%

toyfull1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of buddyvelt
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

buddyvelt, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of AlMarzo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

AlMarzo, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

warnerry, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of gphillips5300
4/5  rDev +12.7%

gphillips5300, Dec 11, 2011
Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.