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Front Street Port City IPA - Front Street Brewery

Front Street Port City IPA
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.86%

Brewed by:
Front Street Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2006)
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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.

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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.

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Front Street IPA, on tap at Front Street Brewery. Enjoyed on my last trip to Wilmington.

Appearance: Arrives a light golden in hue, spot on color-wise, really - not too dark, not too bright. The head is about one finger high, rocky, with admirable retention, and after fading leaves a good thick ring with nice crunchy lacing dripping along the sides of the glass, a foamy collar, and faint surface dusting. What one expects from a highly hopped IPA.

Aroma: Cascade herbal and citrus notes warmly greet the nose, a little faint though gradually intensifying as this one approaches room temperature. It's probably more herbal than citrusy, and at least more herbal and grassy than pure Cascade would suggest - perhaps there's some Amarillo here, though it's a little less leafy than Amarillo. There's an underlying canned sugar syrup sweetness to the proceedings, too, slightly roasted, though it blends well with the fruityness of the hop profile.

Taste: Mild bitterness greets the tongue, enhanced and amplified by the relatively dryness of the body. Dashes of grapefruit and orange mingle with tobacco and hints of mint, though the hop profile is somewhat pithy rather than juicy, again likely in part because of the dryness of the crackery, roasted base.

Mouthfeel: Bright and fluffy, amplifying the bitterness again above the levels I imagine it's present at (IBU-wise). It manages to remain fairly smooth and even despite the carbonation levels, to its credit.

Drinkability: An above-average IPA, though it doesn't really differentiate itself from the slew of other above-average IPAs out there (is that a knock against it?) or particularly excel in any one category. If I could take any single beer at Front Street and choose it as my "After Work Friday" beer, this would be it. Quite quaffable.

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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

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Deep orange gold pour into FSB pint glass. Thin head. Very nice sparse lace.

Nose feels a bit dirty and unfinished. Very earthy with weak grapefruit.

Deep hop taste all the way through. Extremely bitter finish. Oily. Very nice hop taste with citrus and tad bit of pine.

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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.

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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.

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Smell: Grapefruity aromatics

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Served pint at the brewpub this afternoon.

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