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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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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

pknyc, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of mttaylor1066
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%

I see that others have rated this lower than I do. Not sure why. I think this is a robust IPA with only a small deficiency on the nose.

I like the substantial body on this beer and the color is right in the IPA range. There isn't a lot of hoppy fragrance on the nose. But, on the other hand, the Czech hops don't make much of an appearance in this brew.


mttaylor1066, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of tigg924
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.

tigg924, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of jmacs2
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

jmacs2, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of brewzip
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

brewzip, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Rob_Arrieta
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Rob_Arrieta, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Duffman79
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Duffman79, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Enriquehopnog
1.25/5  rDev -65.1%

Enriquehopnog, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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
Photo of MisterFuzz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

MisterFuzz, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Ecxeeder616
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Ecxeeder616, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

socon67, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of tim6298
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

tim6298, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of jbarletto
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jbarletto, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of jwps214
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jwps214, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
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.

johnnnniee, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of BRYeleJR
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

BRYeleJR, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Lamdawg420
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Lamdawg420, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Thads324
2.56/5  rDev -28.5%

Freshest keg on tap at the brewery:

Pours a lovely deep amber with copper hues. Pillowy white head that never dissipates fully. Solid lacing.
Aromas of super sweet caramel and toffee. Some grassy floral hops and a very small hint of pine and citrus.
Taste starts watery, then very sweet. Lots of caramel and toasty toffee. Very sweet sugary flavor. The hops start in the middle, solid bitterness but no discerning flavors really. Very muddled. Too much going on for one hop to shine through. Just not good at all.
Mouthfeel is medium, heavily carbed, good drinkability.

Not something I want more of. I struggled to finish the pint. I've seen this in the stores for 11.99 a six pack. You'd have to be pretty high to think that's a good deal when mediocre ipas of the same ilk are less, as are much much better ones.

Thads324, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Billolick
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

Billolick, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

doremite, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Dizzy242, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Shawnspl, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of twigfarm
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

twigfarm, Jul 23, 2013
City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) from City Steam Brewery Café
81 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.