Walking Man IPA - Walking Man Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
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.
04-27-2004 01:12:03 | More by Thrasher
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.
04-26-2004 05:37:01 | More by HiroProtagonist
4.8/5 rDev +14.8%
Arrived a burnt orange color that was slightly cloudy. A amber orange hue through out, there was a soft fizzy head with good retention and lacing.
The nose has a great hop note. A good citrus aroma with a light floral finish. Hops dominate the nose and right along the West coast lines. Some orange and a light catty aroma but not over the top. Some minor malt notes with a hint of toffee and caramel but hard to come out versus the hops. The yeast is clean, not much coming out.
The taste is right on par with a west coast IPA. There is more of a citrus and pine flavor with a hint of orange and lemon zest on the back end. Nice lingering hop notes with a bit of stickiness. The bitterness is just a touch much leaving an astringent finish. But a very distinct hop note that really lasts through the taste. The malt is a bit under balanced but ok for an IPA. Some caramel sweet notes but mostly malty undertones. Some minor yeast notes but for the most part very clean.
The body is moderate to light and allows the hops to really shine. Some astringency on the back end but ok. Overall a great IPA that is fairly under the radar and a classic example of a west coast IPA. Very tasty.
04-28-2010 22:29:58 | More by Oxymoron
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.
06-07-2004 22:32:16 | More by garthwaite
4.72/5 rDev +12.9%
This may be my new favorite as far as IPA's are concerned!
Had this one on tap at the brewery in Stevenson, WA.
The bar maid presented me with a full pint of a wonderfully orange brew with just a bit of white head topping the pint. Nose was marvelous, citrus blast up the nasal cavity with pineapple and mild pine tone in there as well. Taste is killer, all my taste buds we popping with hoppy-bitterness which then faded into the malty background. Mouthfeel is medium/full, great carbonation and a dead on dryness - not to dry to like some other IPA's. Overall this is an outstanding IPA from a small town brewer which you gotta love! So far only available on tap or in to go growlers. For local HOP heads this brew is worth the drive!
09-19-2008 16:25:32 | More by SickBrew
4.72/5 rDev +12.9%
I pour from growler to glass and the brew is cast in an appealing ripe peach shade, slightly hazy, with a good thickcap of creamy white foam atop. Looking good so far...Smells great, too! Excellent nose full of the usual grapefruit-y, citric, orange, lemon, dribbles of pinesap, peach, apricot, very fruity and pleasant.
Mmmm, great bittering blast bombards the palate at first sip, a puckering, wince-inducing, "mmmm-Wow, that's hoppy!" kind of bite, that sticks in the craw for a while, before mellowing out. Mellow, that is, until next it meets the mouth. Fruity flavor is flush on the tongue, and everywhere, very bright and lively, with a slight sour kick way in the back, a contribution from the never-ending citric quality. Really tasty, with enough of a hop attack to keep my tastebuds, always anxious for pleasurable stimulation, ever-so satisfied. There's an appreciated tangible texture, too, a juicy-fruity-ness that just sweet and delicious as they come.
Medium to full bodied, with a long, hoppy, ultimately dry, and unrelentingly fruity finish.
One minor caveat: not too hoppy, but not malty enough. Still, it's very hard to complain about a brew this fine. Quite a tasty, tickling, tenacious rendition of the classic West Coast IPA style, though I feel this one really stakes it's own ground and creates it's own class...these Simcoe hops are somethin' else!
I would, if possible, choose this delicious number over almost any other IPA made..."almost"...;^ )
06-26-2004 10:10:52 | More by feloniousmonk
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!
02-17-2006 21:41:17 | More by deejaydan
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. Its 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 Ive had it in full force. It gives the ale an incredible, pure, smooth citrus flavor. I guess its 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. Its big but not over-the-hop. It has a nice dryness but its 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 Brouwers 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.
05-27-2004 19:44:14 | More by RoyalT
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
On tap in a 4 oz sampler glass at the Walking Man pub.
appearance - bright amber/orange in color, streaked lacing on the glass, some retention
smell - huge and diverse hops on the nose, citrus, resin, earthy
taste - earthy and resinous grapefruit/citrus hops, with a malt backbone that only complements the hops, true NW style
mouthfeel - well carbonated, slightly dry finish, slight bitterness
drinkability - excellent all around IPA, good session beer for 7.2%
From the brewery:
Our flagship ale. Full of Pacific Northwest hops, English, German, and American malt. Versatile, drinkable, delicious. 2006 World Beer Cup Gold Medal.
05-23-2010 00:40:22 | More by djbreezy
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
Clear pale gold colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention and some lacing.
Fresh floral hop aroma with some great citrus notes. Very good.
Crisp malt with a big dose of floral hops. Great bitterness. Very crisp and well balanced.
Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.
A really solid ale. Good flavour and balance and all of the punch expected of an IPA.
10-11-2011 04:36:58 | More by dgilks
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured a deep orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of loose off-white head. Aroma dominated by grapefruit and caramel with just a bit grass.
Moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly resinous mouthfeel. Solid caramel malt backbone up front but not too sweet; good balance with the grapefruit and orange hops.
Not overly bitter, sweet, or anything else -- just a nice, balanced, easy-drinking IPA (ABV is completely masked).
11-28-2010 16:38:42 | More by grittybrews
British Columbia (Canada)
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.
10-15-2009 04:36:01 | More by Derek
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
On tap in Skamania Lodge dining room, Stevenson, Wash., 14 July 2009
a: cloudy, medium copper color; modest creamy head, as delivered.
s: citrus / floral
t: citrus hops bitterness balanced by toasted malt
m: dryness noted / medium bitter finish
d: very drinkable, a nice NW IPA
07-15-2009 04:28:30 | More by PapaJ
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.
04-29-2010 02:44:07 | More by sprucetip
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.
05-16-2010 15:52:19 | More by hopsbreath
Walking Man IPA from Walking Man Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.