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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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BA SCORE
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91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Mersh

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-08-2013 12:44:15 | More by Mersh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:41:47 | More by jlindros
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2013 05:00:11 | More by DrunkinYogi
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

04-20-2013 20:04:44 | More by woodchipper
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 04:03:01 | More by cbutova
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

04-19-2013 19:53:33 | More by kaelingirl
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nzerbe

New York

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-18-2013 11:41:07 | More by nzerbe
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smutty33

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-12-2013 15:43:14 | More by smutty33
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ManMoosePig

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-11-2013 00:51:29 | More by ManMoosePig
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seplo

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

04-08-2013 00:10:32 | More by seplo
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Ograd001

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

04-06-2013 13:30:49 | More by Ograd001
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BGsWo22

New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

03-23-2013 18:18:35 | More by BGsWo22
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TimRex

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-28-2013 16:17:19 | More by TimRex
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 17:29:43 | More by KTCamm
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Tiernan

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-10-2013 18:06:02 | More by Tiernan
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rorjets

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.2%

02-10-2013 01:23:55 | More by rorjets
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MarkSansone

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-08-2013 00:08:09 | More by MarkSansone
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WhaleHopper

Connecticut

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
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-16-2012 04:02:54 | More by h4ger
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nh2032

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-06-2012 02:06:23 | More by nh2032
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

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
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atr2605

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a copper/soft amber with an off white head with decent retention
S-bit of grapefruit and orange, fairly low aroma
T-lots of citrus bitterness up front followed by a strong malt backing but not overly sweet. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness
M-medium, feels a tad thick for my liking
O-not a bad brew, pretty solid ipa. Look forward to trying some more styles from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:09:56 | More by atr2605
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-07-2012 23:44:12 | More by Milkysunshine
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Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-27-2012 21:41:21 | More by Kendo
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slim2043

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.7%

09-30-2012 19:07:12 | More by slim2043
City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) from City Steam Brewery Café
81 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.