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Front Street Port City IPA - Front Street Brewery

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Front Street Port City IPA
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Front Street Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2006)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by GJ40:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

GJ40, May 23, 2014
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Photo of ewright
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the first pint poured from a 2 week old growler. There was barely any audible noise when I unscrewed the lid.

A: A moderate pour formed a decent half inch head with some rocky bubbles emerging in a fairly creamy looking head. The beer is a bit dark for an IPA, more like an amber beer in color. There is noticeable carbonation in the beer, which is making me feel better about the lack of sound.

S: There isn't much up front in the nose... faint toffee and citrus, but not much else.

T: Ahh, all the hops must have been added early on. There is a bracing hop bite right up front, with hints of orange and grapefruit. Good malt profile shows up later, with toffee and toast.

M: Very smooth with bits of prickly carbonation. Something in the aftertaste leaves just a bit of tongue-puckering.

D: A very drinkable, session strength east-coast IPA. I'd definitely get this one again.

ewright, May 04, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

PaleAleWalt, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

buzzy, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into a standard pint glass, golden amber in color with a decent layer of white head

s: lots of raw citrus rind hops on a benign body of pale malts - nothing more than a support structure for the grapefruit hop profile, nice and pungent

m: light-medium in body with a lively carbonation

t: much like the nose, a lighter pale malt body holds loads of citrus pith hop flavor, grapefruit, light metal, strongly bitter, unbalanced towards the hop end but tasty all the same

d: a little acrid or harsh at times, but a nice ipa that's easily drinkable

growler sourced from the brewery by a friend, enjoyed while camping streamside in the Pisgah forest

consumed again August 2012: very nice, solid ipa, scores similar

blackie, Sep 24, 2010
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4.16/5  rDev +18.2%

kegmans, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of jcran83
4.73/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

awesome IPA, these guys have done a great job of making a spot on IPA. perfect in golden color. the American hop variety was chosen perfectly. these guys really took their time with this. i'm glad to see this beer goes back to tradition, they have crafted this beer to taste, look, smell and feel like a traditional IPA and they have done it.

jcran83, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Mattyb79, May 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Ohiovania, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

kristougher, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, copper coloring with a thin, light, off-white head. Nose of grapefruit, resinous pine, and bitter notes, with a roast and sweet backbone. Flavors are hop forward, with pine tassels, tart grapefruit, and bitter overloading the caramel backbone. Mid-bodied, with a very bitter, piney aftertaste. Dry, bitter, almost astringent finish. Solid! I really like this beer.

GarthDanielson, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a one finger head that lasts. Some lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: nice floral hop aroma and some softer orange citrus is easy to detect with the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, some floral tones, and a soft but sharp bitterness arrives late. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp throughout. Aftertaste is surprisingly brief. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this beer went down quickly and it was a bit refreshing too. If on tap make sure you grab a pint or two.

Gavage, Aug 06, 2009
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

jaswilson2, Aug 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

RyanAU, Jan 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Brewsed, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DeadWalkerAir, Jul 09, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a deep amber gold with a white lacing.

Fruity citrus hop aroma with some biscuit malt undertone.

Fresh fruity hop flavor with some berry and piney elements along with biscuity malts.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice IPA well worth trying if you are visiting, especially enjoyable flavor on this one.

Cylinsier, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ncstateplaya, May 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Bamarooster, Jul 02, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a light amber color and a modest head that leaves little lace

Smell: Grapefruity aromatics

Taste: Fruity up front with a nice grapefruity flavor; after the swallow, the bitterness is somewhat pithy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Nice flavor but a touch undercarbonated

brentk56, Aug 12, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

OldhouseRecs, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bruindre, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

IheartTomorrow, Aug 11, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served pint at the brewpub this afternoon.

Poured a subtle copper color. Very much transparent. Head of white foam that quickly dissolved. Nose was essentially non-present. Picked out just a slight hint of hops. Flavor was very subtle for an American IPA. More akin to an English style with an amped up hop bill but not particularly bitter or powerful. Malts quickly overpowered any real bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.

I have a hunch this would be quite nice if served on cask and dry hopped.

MuddyFeet, May 15, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

ohtheguilt, Apr 09, 2012
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Front Street Port City IPA from Front Street Brewery
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