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Walking Man IPA - Walking Man Brewing Co.

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Walking Man IPA
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU 64

(Beer added by: HiroProtagonist on 04-26-2004)
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Reviews by slaintemhor:
Photo of slaintemhor
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

Had this on tap in August of 2009 at Walking Man Brewing in Stevenson, Washington. The colour was medium amber with a thin off-white head. The aroma was quite malty but had plenty of hops to balance that out. On the front of the palate there were hops with plenty of bite, followed by loads of grapefruit skin and pith and a rather lengthy finish to round it all out.

slaintemhor, Feb 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance – This ale is pure orange in color with a sharp clarity and is topped with a soft, pillowy white head.

Smell – There is a light floralness to the nose, but mostly this one is all about the citrus hops. Bringing up the rear is a lovely malt base. It’s very lightly toasted with a bit of sugar and mates just right with the hop profile.

Taste – The flavor here is juicy sweet (as Sméagol would say). The beautiful citrus hops from the nose came out just fine at the taste. The complex malt base showed up as well.

Apparently the brewer uses Simcoe. This is the first I’ve had it in full force. It gives the ale an incredible, pure, smooth citrus flavor. I guess it’s like the difference between drinking orange soda and freshly-squeezed orange juice.

Mouthfeel – This one was medium-bodied and very smooth without the clumsiness often associated with overly-complex efforts at the style. There was a bit of dryness at the end making this a well-rounded IPA.

Drinkability – The phrase “session beer” is thrown around a lot on this site, but this is THE session beer for hop-lovers. It’s big but not over-the-hop. It has a nice dryness but it’s not “bone dry”. Lastly, the smoothness of this ale is beyond reproach.

Comments – The self-discipline and restraint that skyhand showed in waiting for me to come over was astronomical. A more dedicated BA one could not find in the PacNW. My pint of this incredible and unique IPA was well-appreciated. Thanx!

Update – I was able to hit this on-tap at Brouwer’s Café on 8/13/05 when they rotated out all of their Belgian taps for IPAs. I thought the malt balance was a bit bigger but otherwise was similar to my last review. I made a few minor tweaks in the ratings which resulted in the Overall score going up a few small notches. I really wished they bottled so I could squirrel away a few cases.

RoyalT, May 27, 2004
Photo of Thrasher
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%

Well, Hiro said it: this is an outstanding beer in every way. Poured from a growler that was filled at the brewpub, it's maintained its creaminess, and put forth a small, tight head despite the fact that I first opened the growler nearly 48 hours ago. Handsome tawny orange, with an absolutely perfect hop nose. Strong sweet grapefruit notes, with fragrant flower blossoms. There is a big fruity sweetness to this beer, perhaps from malts, but the hops buttress it and bring it to the next level. The malts are rich, lightly smoky, with gentle nourishing bread flavors. A ton of hops, but not overly bitter, and wholly subtle in a way that most beers can only dream of being. The balance is just about perfect. Mouthfeel is soft, very fluid, and not at all sticky when you're thinking about all the hop resin involved. Some hopheads may find it a bit too slippery, but to me it aided drinkability to no end. Walking Man is a small and entirely local brewery, but if this beer was to get widespread distribution, it would be a fantastic success. In the meantime, I will try not to gloat, but I am secretly cackling and rubbing my hands together with glee that I am drinking this beer and you aren't. Nyah nyah.

Thrasher, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

On tap @ the Walking Man Brewing Co. (Stevenson, WA) on 8/25/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with an off-white head. This retains with a thin yet rich creaminess, leaving back a cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral, citrusy, and a touch dank, while being dotted with notes of pine and spice here and there. Underlying malts add a bit of a stiff toasted graininess underneath.

The taste is grapefruit and pine, which is rather quickly balanced out by a hefty dose of caramel sweetness that has some toasted feeling edges to it. The finish is leafy feeling, and a bit raw, with lingering dryness and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp feeling pretty much the whole way through the swallow but there is a bit of underlying slickness to get this relatively easy. Alcohol seems well hid for the most part, with only some light warmth coming out in the finish.

This was pretty decent but it ultimately left me wanting more (especially following their much superior Pale Ale). I liked the fresh citrus flavors and bitterness that this brought to the table but it seemed to get cut off way too fast at times by the amount of malt activity that was going on and could have ended up using a bit more definition overall. I was just expecting much more of a well-rounded effort from this.

Kegatron, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

Picked up a growler of this just before pulling into Portland yesterday after my cross country move.

Poured into pints, my wife and I enjoyed the whole growler at home. The appearance was very nice. About a half finger of head say atop the orange-gold nectar that awaited my consumption. The liquid itself was cloudy but had no particulates floating around inside. Lacing was visible from top to bottom.

The smell was appropriate for the style albeit a touch muted. There is PNW citrusy hops dancing around as well as some green grass and honey malt. The classic floral hops really dominate here.

Taste was good stuff. Big floral hops, great hop citrus, and sweet malt backbone make this a solid thirst quencher. My wife polished off a 6-pack of Torpedo last week and commented that this is a lot less bitter. She's right. The heavy bitterness of some hop bombs doesn't show up here but I never miss it.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as far as IPA's go and really made this a treat to enjoy as my first beer, in my new home, in my new town. The growler I picked up from Walking Man will be getting refills in the future and will likely see this IPA in it again. Highly reccomended example of a PNW IPA.

hopsbreath, May 16, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

hayduke, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

draft at Brouwer's

a: served in a standard shaker pint, walking man is an amber-copper in color, sporting a finger's worth of off-white carbonation that retains well and leaves good lacing

s: the nose opens immediately with a formidable mixture of resinous pine and grapefruit hops brushed onto a structure of caramel malts, grainy, toast, nice start

m: moderately carbonated with a medium body, a little sugar weight

t: malty flavors with deep toast, caramel and toffee form a solid malt backbone, dark pine hops meld with flavors of bitter grapefruit - strong and lingering long, deep and rindy, dig the huge hop profile

o: a great ipa, loaded with huge, complex nw hops while maintaining easy drinkability

blackie, Apr 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

rrock44, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Ribsandwhiskey, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

claspada, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

SMITHAND, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bluckbeyes, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.93/5  rDev -6%

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear copper-orange with a decent cap of white head. Aroma of citrus and floral hops, subdued malts, and a touch of funk. Good combination of hops in the taste, citrus, pine, flowers, some caramel maltiness came through with a bit of wet cardboard. Medium body, bitter finish, and drinks just fine for the style.

Rifugium, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

amnesia85, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of garthwaite
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Enjoyed from a 1/2 gallon growler presented courtesy of skyhand. Pours a hazy dark orangish amber with a thin, creamy lookin white head. Initial scents when pouring this growler were all hops & quite a delightful array of em at that - definitely big citrus, but complimented by fresh floral and subtle pine. When I get down closer to it, I pick up more hops, but also some sweet fruity esters & subtle but wonderful floral, earthy notes. Once in the mouth the flavors were very well rounded as they seemlessly introduce the palate to a full range of mildly biscuity, sweet-fruit malts & big citrus hops that just quite simply tasted fantastically delicious. Finish is silky and relatively dry & leaves your mouth delightfully bittersweet. Make no mistake about it, this is a big, intensely bitter, & hugely hopped IPA, but it is so well crafted & the flavors so well integrated that its drinkability levels are absolutely off the charts. Thanks must go out once again to Kim for sending me this outstanding treat.

garthwaite, Jun 07, 2004
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Been a long time since I've had this beer. On tap at the Red Hot last night.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, and seems unique to walking man and the NW. The beer smells as if it will be quite dry (which of course it is), with very little citrus evident. Otherwise, I get some light balsa wood, burnt toast, pepper and light honey. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this dry IPA, and I'm impressed by how well the hoppy bitterness seems to blend into the flavor profile. There's some noticeable, underlying bitterness, but it doesn't seem to overpower or dominate the flavor profile. The beer is quite dry otherwise, and has something of a soft, creamy mouthfeel. The beer comes across as if it's no nitro (it wssn't), with almost completely unnoticeable alcohol.

Always an interesting beer to try, though not made in a style that I typically care for. Was very happy to find it on tap at the Red Hot last night.

John_M, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

On-tap at the Big River Grill in Stevenson, Wa... a couple blocks from the brewery.

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Nice pacific northwest hop nose... pine & citrus.

T: Bitterness is upfront & assertive throughout. Lots of PNW pine & citrus, with some light bread & fruity esters to back it up.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Derek, Oct 15, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

jtosch, Feb 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Kopfschuss, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%

08/11/07- Had at the Bistro IPA Fest.

Presentation- Via the tap into taster glasses.

Appearance- Light orange in color with a larger creamy looking head and good lace markings.

Smell- Really quite scentless. Dug in very deep and came up with a touch of toasted malt and some off in the far distance fruity hops.

Taste- Orange and lemon hops come through more than the minor grapefruit flavor. It also seems to have a nice light roasted malt base. Niether one really jumps out at you. Both are there, but neither assertive.

Mouthfeel- Seems a bit higher carbonation level than average. Light hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- I was excited to try this one, but was kinda let down. Not boring, but just there. I guess it's sessionable, but not enough outright hop flavor for me. Reminds me of Russian River's base IPA. Would like to try it in a bottle if I can ever find it again.

GClarkage, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of sprucetip
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

From notes. Lightly hazy, golden/amber, moderately active, white head and decent lacing.

Grainy, some esters, citrus and floral hops, light malty sweetness. Good balance.

Alot like the nose but with some moderate bitterness as well. Influences are well balanced, and it was the best IPA of the day, on a Columbia gorge brewpub tour.

Viscous, rich, pleasant texture and clean finish.

Balanced, easy drinking, tasty IPA. Respectful of the Pacific Northwest style.

sprucetip, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%

Walking Man IPA was served from a 22 oz. bomber a day after it was filled off the tap at the Walking Man Brewpub. The beer was a hazy and richly vibrant orange hue, and was topped by a fine and sticky off-white head that spoke of hoppy goodness. A tantalizing crisp, juicy, and robust hop bouquet presented an array of citric, floral, and fruity notes...grapefruit, lime, musky orange, melon, field flowers, and a perhaps a fleeting hint of strawberry ester. The taste was just as amazing as the nose. A delicious grapefruit-orange citrus body with just the right level of bright maltiness danced on my palate as a fresh, aromatic grassy sweet pine-resiny hoppiness rose up leading the way into a rounded and satfisfying bittered orange-peely finish that left smattereings of juicy lingering citirc and floral sensations. The flavors were very robust and developed, but at no time did it become overpowering or off-kilter in any way. The body was masterfully composed for the flavors and personality of the beer. Despite the explosion of rich juicy flavor, the amazing balance of this IPA made it supremely drinkable. This IPA, if it ever gets into a bottle, will be hugely popular with the BA crowd...it is easily comparable with the best of the best IPAs. For me, perfection. This is a beer I could drink everday, forever.

HiroProtagonist, Apr 26, 2004
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a beautiful clear amber with tiny bubbles climbing up. Dense, compact 1/2 inch head on this. Aroma is hops, but it's not any one thing screaming out, it's a refreshing change of pace. It's not an attack of citrus hops, nor is it an attack of piney hops. It's a little bit of both, and it works well together. Taste follows the aroma. Hops are there, but they are restrained a bit, and blended, and lots of different flavors going on. Perhaps a touch of minty hops? The balance of the malt and the hop varieties are outstanding. Mouthfeel is good, I find the carbonation to be a bit distracting, perhaps a touch overcarbonated, but the body is nice. This is up there as a new standard-bearer for IPA's in my book.

Thanks to my good friend Skyhand for this growler of great beer!

deejaydan, Feb 17, 2006
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Walking Man IPA from Walking Man Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.