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City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) - City Steam Brewery Café

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City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA)City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA)

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
City Steam Brewery Café visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Be forewarned: One too many of these babies and you'll be seeing double! This traditional IPA is anything but what the name suggests. Bookended between a lush abundance of sweet malt and bitter hops, this fine American INDIA PALE ALE is made for (and approved by) serious beer drinkers! Our third and most recent bottled offering, it is available in stores throughout Connecticut. Brewed to a gravity of 18 Plato, it boasts an international menagerie of expensive hops, including CTZ, Zythos, East Kent Goldings, and, oddly enough, Czech Sazz. Our Brewmaster sazz you need to come in for a taste.

(Beer added by: far333 on 05-13-2003)
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

JAHMUR, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.44/5  rDev +23%
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 20, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/14/13

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.

jlindros, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Billolick, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

johnnnniee, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

vfgccp, May 31, 2014
Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Trashcat, Thursday at 07:32 PM
Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Durge, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of rudzud
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rudzud, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

VelvetExtract, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of tigg924
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

tigg924, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

cbutova, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of StoutHunter
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

StoutHunter, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

kaelingirl, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

KTCamm, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Kendo, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +10.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

far333, May 13, 2003
Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy copper amber color with a little bit of clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, caramel, and grassy hops.

Taste: Tangerine, grapefruit, orange, grassy, and lemon/lime hops followed by caramel malts and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little bitter, a little creamy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice IPA from Hartford. A new reason to stop there when driving on 84.

Flounder57, Nov 17, 2013
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City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) from City Steam Brewery Café
82 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.