City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) - City Steam Brewery Café
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4.44/5 rDev +24%
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.
05-20-2013 13:55:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.96/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
04-28-2013 20:41:47 | More by jlindros
3.65/5 rDev +2%
12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness info that I can find
Pours fairly clear lighter almond amber, fine bubble off white head, goes to a fine collar and nice scattered low lacing.
I get mostly some sweet malts in the nose
Full bodied IPA with more then ample malting (can we talk-its on the sweet side)
and some (not enough) hops in the finish
I really dont like sweet IPAs
This one could use more hops
Malty and a bit on the boozy side.
Meh, not my favorite IPA....worth a try if you like strong IPAs that are on the malty side
07-31-2013 23:12:30 | More by Billolick
3.74/5 rDev +4.5%
On tap at the source.
Comes to the table a solid golden amber with a decent head that leaves lots of lace on the way down. Smells of bitter citrus and earth with lots of caramel maltiness to back it up. Old school aroma reminds me of Harpoon. The flavor follows the aroma with lots of grapefruit and lemon pith with hints of pine and a bit of caramel and brown bread to back it up. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Nice old school IPA I enjoyed it.
08-18-2013 23:06:24 | More by johnnnniee
4.33/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
07-11-2010 03:34:17 | More by Durge
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
Reviewed from notes. Had this at the Marlboro, MA festival.
A - Poured a nice slightly hazy honey/orange hue with a light one finger white creamy head that fades to leave a thin blanket with light lacing.
S - Fairly average aroma here, light citrus and grapefruit. Nothing special.
T - Taste is much better, more of those nice floral, fragrant hops screaming Cascade and Centennial. Nice grapefruit, super faint tropical. Really solid.
M - Mouthfeel is good with a very nice amount of carbonation.
O - Overall, a solid IPA in an oversaturated market.
06-12-2013 18:45:20 | More by rudzud
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
08-04-2012 21:56:48 | More by VelvetExtract
2.93/5 rDev -18.2%
Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, hazy, amber in color
Smell: pine and citrus hops with light caramel
Taste: grapefruity citrus hops dominate with piney and earthy hops along with bready caramel
Mouthfeel: Bitter with light sweetness and a dry bitter aftertaste, light body, high carbonation
Overall: An average IPA that is on the bitter side but true to style. Not bad, but nothing distinguishes this one from countless other IPAs I have had. I will pass on this in the future.
01-02-2014 15:27:15 | More by tigg924
3.73/5 rDev +4.2%
A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to a goblet. The body of the beer is orange in color with some haze to it but not that much. A foamy white head forms to about one finger in height with great retention. Nice coat of lacing all around the glass.
S- Really not the most fragrant of IPAs. Hard to get much out of the glass besides some orange citrus juice/zest and caramel malts backing that up.
T- The flavor profile of this IPA is mostly citrus forward with some bitter pine, resin like notes as well. Orange, lemon zest and grapefruit mostly come to mind. Providing balance is a light caramel sweetness and cracked grain hints.
MF- Moderately thick body with both a creamy and a bit of an oily feel. Carbonation is at a moderately high level but the creamy feel helps it to be nice and smooth. Bitterness in the finish is fairly high.
Enjoyable IPA with a good citrus zest and pine flavor for the most part.
04-20-2013 04:03:01 | More by cbutova
4.01/5 rDev +12%
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.
03-12-2014 03:50:12 | More by StoutHunter
3.81/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed a single in a mix a six.
Pours bright amber with light layer of white foam. Patchy top. Laces well. Caramel malty smell. Toffee too. Taste is a firm bitter hop - lots of pine like oils. Grapefruit too. Rich full mouthfeel, excellent flavor.
Good stuff coming to bottles from this Hartford brewer.
02-24-2013 17:29:43 | More by KTCamm
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
A: Poured from the growler into a pint glass. Body is coppery-amber with a 1-finger white head. Leaves some decent lace on the side of the glass.
S: Not terribly strong in the nose - some grapefruity hops is about it.
T: Definitely a lot of bittering hops in this one. Some bready caramel malt for foundation, but then a big hit of hops - grapefruit, pine needles and lemon. Finishes with both a juiciness and a minerally bitterness, which is a neat trick. Heat felt on the way down and into the belly; I would've guessed this was about 7% ABV, maybe a hair under. BA says 6% but I see another reviewer said 6.6% - which seems right to me.
M: Call it medium in heft, carbonation is appropriate. Maybe a tad bit slick.
O: Solid IPA. Never heard of this brewery before today; a friend showed up with a growler and it's solid.
10-27-2012 21:41:21 | More by Kendo
4.23/5 rDev +18.2%
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.
03-26-2012 23:29:35 | More by Gambrinus1184
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
Dark amber color, with low carbonation and small head, as expected for a cask beer. I expected some aroma, but there was none really to speak of. Very nice round mouthfeel as the hops bitter hits the tongue. Hops is accented with fruit and flowery undertones, and then the bitter returns and lingers in the back. The hops flavoring is less than I expected for an IPA, but this is still a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.
05-13-2003 03:58:14 | More by far333
3.58/5 rDev 0%
On tap at the brewpub on 01/18/2012.
Served in a tumbler.
Dark copper with a bit of sedimentary haze. Creamy white head with decent retention which leaves ringed lacing down the tumbler. The hop aromas and flavors are bright, oily, and pronounced; however, it also has a lemon solvent-like character that is borderline off-putting. Medium bodied; a bit slick, but it works with the hop profile. An interesting IPA with a few aroma and flavor flaws, but nothing too offensive if you're not drinking this as a session IPA.
01-19-2012 20:41:05 | More by NEhophead
City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) from City Steam Brewery Café
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