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Walking Man IPA - Walking Man Brewing Co.

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
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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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

pdxbeerdrinker, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Walking Man, menu noted 7.2% abv.

Aroma: Mild yeast note, good sugary base, light grassy hop brought to you by the letter C.

Appearance: Hazy amber orange glass held a thin head that left curtains of lace.

Flavor: Nice C hop pine note but it had an acidic burn to it. I think it might have been exacerbated by the strong yeast note. Also, my glass struck me as being a bit stale.

Mouthfeel: Oily, low carbonation, medium body.

Overall Impression: Nice beer. The stale note and the yeast element cost it some points in my book.

HardTarget, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

jtosch, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler that djbreezy picked up from the brewery. Pours a copper orange with a small white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is hay, pine, tangerine, and grasses. The taste is somewhat malty up front followed by a pinch of pine and some citrus flavors. Mouthfeel is that distinct Walking Man weight. Very drinkable esp at 7%, above average overall.

squaremile, May 25, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Kopfschuss, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Oakengroves, May 20, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Parkway Tavern Tacoma

A: Nice deep orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Citrus, caramel

T: Grapefruit, orange peel, floral and caramel. Nice amount of hop oils and alighter to medium bitter finish

M: Malts, medium bodied for a single IPA, caramel

D: Good IPA and def worth a try

barleywinefiend, May 25, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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  rDev -4.3%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

DrBier, Friday at 09:56 PM
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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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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

CoryR, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

shelby415, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Walking Man’s IPA is built of customary visual properties with a soft head of big soapy bubbles, striated lace, and a slightly clouded light amber body. Carbonation is light and the mouthfeel is informal. At 7.2% ABV, this is an IPA of above average strength. The aroma is bright and hoppy – inviting but not overpowering.

This is a clean beer with bold hop flavors that still allow for a welcome flourish of malty sweetness. A wayward hint of banana plays a confident cameo role.

I drank a pint of this on-tap at the brewpub in Stevenson. It's a fine beer, but I don't see what the hoopla is all about.

RedDiamond, Apr 11, 2005
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

BlakeMatt, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

SJbigtuna, Jul 13, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

GrantBrennan, Yesterday at 02:47 AM
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Walking Man IPA from Walking Man Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.