City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) - City Steam Brewery Café
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4.48/5 rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Rich mahogany coloring from draft at the flagship brewpub. Have seen in bottles but this is first taste. Doesn't resemble typical American IPA. Pronounced hop aroma and malt, and taste has a nice malty semi-sweet backbone to underscore the hops. Not overly bitter, but a nice balanced ale and unique offering for IPA style, which is too often becoming "How many unbalanced IBU's can we stuff into this glass?"
Serving type: on-tap
01-02-2013 18:47:05 | More by WhaleHopper
4.44/5 rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On-tap 5/20/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts with a nice strong hops presence. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA worth drinking for a whole evening.
Serving type: on-tap
05-20-2013 13:55:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.33/5 rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Reported this day at 6.6% ABV this cask treat shows a clear, medium copper color with a decent white cover, especially for a cask ale, and nice streaky lacing. The aroma is a solid grapefruit hop with a pleasant caramel bread balance. Nice. The flavor comes on with much the same, a clear grapefruit tang that's grounded with a sweet nutty malt idea. It's bready but largely about the hops, without being super bitter. A nice blend that is both mellow and bitter as well as a tad sweet. Really nice and highly drinkable. Unusually well carbonated with a smooth but crisp medium bodied feel, hard to believe it's a cask ale. Not highly complex just damn good, could drink these for a long time while enjoying my hop quota. Love it.
Serving type: cask
07-11-2010 03:34:17 | More by Durge
4.23/5 rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint at City Steam Brewery Cafe in Hartford, Conn.
A: Beautiful clear, reddish-orange and amber in color with a thin, one-finger head of sparse, white carbonation. Lacing is minimal, but I can't get over how clean, clear and inviting this IPA looks.
S: Loads of citrusy, resinous and piney hops to go along with some toasted grains carrying toffee-like sweetness.
T: A quick hit of caramel and toffee-like malts up front, then a wallop of bitter, citrusy and herbal hops descend around mid-palate. This gives way to some more dextrose flavors before hitting a crescendo of sweet, piney and bitter, fresh-cut-grass like hops.
M: Medium-full bodied with very light carbonation on the palate but a steady, smooth drinkability despite the moderately high ABV.
O: A really nice, fresh tasting and clean American IPA. It doesn't have all the character in the IPA world, but it scores major points for its balanced, bitter approach, superb clarity and excellent drinkability at 6% ABV.
Serving type: on-tap
03-26-2012 23:29:35 | More by Gambrinus1184
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A-What an interesting pour. A dull, dimly-lit amber color. Very cloudy. Head is almost nonexistent directly after the pour but a cluster of fat bubbles rise from the upper quarter of the beer and birth a nice head…then the head dies off. Interesting lacing squiggles too.
S-Heavy citrus. I need to get better at recognizing my hop varietals because the nose of this beer is pungent with an all-too-familiar hop aroma. Lightly spicy clementine flesh hops. Grains and a caramel malt base. Juicy hops. I am quite interested.
T-Fresh and juicy and ripe with hoppiness. The hops stress citrus much more than any other fruit. Resinous pine sets in after the citrus. Hops are also a bit herbal. I truly enjoy the hop bouquet here. Malt is a secondary element here. There is some balance but the hops wield a coercive edge over the sweetness and I love it. Very interesting flavor. I have had IPAs like it before but it is oddly unique.
M-Exceptionally resinous for a non-imperial IPA. Carbonation is not intense but vibrating and consistent. Has the body of a DIPA. Full and round and enjoyable. Finishes with a bitter coating that lasts.
O/D-Seen this one all over the place. Love the label art. I wasn't' impressed by the $12 sixer price. But I went with it and I was very happy with the result. Its unique! I don't have the vernacular to truly explain why it is unique but its a gem. I really liked this beer. Its damn bitter too.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2012 21:56:48 | More by VelvetExtract
4.03/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Growler straight from the source. Pours a translucent brownish orange with no head. Almost no lacing. Aromas of sweet grapefruit, pine and citrus. The taste is more of the same. Sweet and bitter grapefruit along with pine and citrus. Some malt and caramel as well. Grapefruit at the end. Good amount of bitterness throughout. Lightly carbonated. This beer has a nice balance of bitter hops and citrus. I've had this beer a few times, bottled and at the brewpub, and I got to say it is best fresh from the brewpub. Overall, one of the best IPAs CT has to offer.
Serving type: growler
11-15-2012 03:13:54 | More by PicoPapa
4.01/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got a bottle of City Steam's Innocence Ale last week in a trade with @Motozappa, Thanks a lot! I've never heard of this brewery till Motozappa mentioned it and I'm interested to see what this beer is all about, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.
A- The label looks really nice, it's got a nice design to it with a provocative librarian in the middle and they even recommend it to librarians, I think it's pretty eye catching, I know if I saw this on the shelf it would catch my eye. It poured a orange color that took on slightly golden hue and it took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with two fingers worth of dense looking off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a good amount of spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer, I really liked the color and the head and lacing weren't bad at all.
S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness and it's followed by the hops being the first to show up and they impart some light floral and light piney hops aromas with the citrus and fruit hops sticking out the most with some nice grapefruit and citrus rind aroma with a nice and slightly lighter juicy aspect in the background. Up next comes the malts which impart some caramel malt and bread crust like aromas with some lighter sweet malt aromas in the background along with a very light amount of doughy yeast. This beer had a pretty good aroma, the hop profile was nice and it had good balance to it.
T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart some nice caramel malt and bread crust flavor with a slight grainy flavor in the background along with a very light amount of doughy yeast. Up next comes the hops which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but there's also a light spicy hop aspect and the citrus rind hops seem to stick out the most, but not by much. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a grainy, caramel malt and citrus rind hop aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, it had nice balance to it and it wasn't overly bitter.
M- Smooth, clean, a little crisp, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it was true to style and it worked well with this beer.
Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of an IPA, the description on Beeradvocate says that this is a traditional and old school IPA and I think it fits in to the category well, instead of fancy hops it relies on balance and I like that. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little crisp, not too filing and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, if I had another one I would drink it and I think two or three of these would be the prefect amount for me. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, it was pretty much perfect and neither aspect was too overpowering. What I like the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't any aspect that was lacking. I would buy this beer if I ever had the chance and I would recommend it to people who like simple and drinkable IPA's. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, it pretty much delvered everything that It said it would, but I'm not sure this one will be the talk of the librarian community. This beer made for a good first impression of this brewery and I hope I can try some more of their beers. Good job guys, this was a very solid IPA and I hope to try some more of your beers in the future.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 03:50:12 | More by StoutHunter
3.96/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice large fizzy slightly fluffy head that rises up to the tip of the tulip glass, and fades back at a med pace for a bit, then slows to a crawl some nice retention, leaves some nice soapy lacing, a hazy sediment laden unfiltered bottle conditioned slight amber hue orange colored.
Nose is big and hoppy, nice citrus, light grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas, fairly fruity, despite more than 2 months old the hops are nice and fresh, and a faint amber malt underneath that, that start to get a bit of a candy amber malt aroma as it warms.
Taste starts with some sweet amber malts, not really caramel but a light candy flavor. Then into hops quickly, a big wave of Centennial/Cascade hops with spicy chewy hop character, a little leafy, with just a touch of grapefruit and citrus, and some bitterness at first. Tons of fluffy carbonation cuts through and keeps the hops from bombarding the tongue too much as the bitterness ramps quickly, but carbonation gets in the way a bit too much as well. The sweet malts attempt to balance but the hops run away with it. As it finishes it's semi dry but a little sticky, light amber malts disappear quickly as the hops get quite bitter, spicy and chewy mostly with a little leafy and touch of citrus lingering for quite some time.
Mouth is med bodied, lots of carbonation and perhaps a bit too much.
Overall not bad. A nice big dosing of Centennial hops I believe, or at least a Cascade varietal, with nice spicy chewy hop flavor, nice citrus grapefruit aroma, and even a little leafy, with quickly ramping bitterness. Decent malts as they attempt to balance but don't quite do so, still an enjoyable IPA.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2013 20:41:47 | More by jlindros
City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) from City Steam Brewery Café
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