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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: 2
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 Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Tiernan, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of rorjets
3/5  rDev -16.2%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of MarkSansone
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MarkSansone, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of WhaleHopper
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?"

WhaleHopper, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of h4ger
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

h4ger, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

nh2032, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
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.

PicoPapa, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of atr2605
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

atr2605, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Milkysunshine, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Kendo
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.

Kendo, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of slim2043
4/5  rDev +11.7%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of andylipp
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

“Born on date” of 7-31-2012, consumed on 9/29/12, poured into a Corsendonk tulip (my standard taster). The six-pack carton states an ABV of 7.5%.

A – Light copper with a white head that recedes quickly. Left some frothy lace on the glass as I sipped.

S – Malty sweetness, a hint of alcohol. Some resiny hoppiness in the nose, but not much. Is this one beyond its prime?

T – Sweet malty start with wave after wave of bitterness. A slightly piney, but very resinous bitter finish that really lasts. The sweetness lingers as well. Plenty bitter, but not a ton of hop flavor. But even with all that bitterness the malt really holds its own.

M – A bit sticky with medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation.

O – Both my wife and I thought that the flavor profile was not unlike an aged barleywine, a la Bigfoot, just less boozy-and that’s not a bad thing. Still, I’ll wager that this one was more enjoyable 6 weeks ago. I’ll have no problem finishing the sixer, but I hope I have the opportunity to try a fresh one. At $13 for the six I was expecting more.

andylipp, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev -16.2%

jefftuck47, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of otispdriftwood
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My wife who always tries to surprise me, picked this up at a local store on one of her hunting and gathering expeditions. Simply put, it's a typical East Coast IPA, not overly citrusy or piney in taste or aroma. It's easily drinkable at 7.5%, which is noted on the six-pack. Perhaps an earlier version was 6%, but not what I tried. Overall, it's just another average IPA, nothing special. I would like to try it on draft, but probably wouldn't purchase another six-pack, at least not at $11.99. There are plenty of other better beers at the same price or cheaper.

otispdriftwood, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of hmph
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Robtobfest, thanks for the multitude of great beers and look forward to more trades!

A - wow, while not looking flat it comes out the bottle with relatively no head whatsoever but eventually ends with a small stream of bubbles and a sliver of a head, burnt orange with some amber to yellow hues

S - reserved as much like the appearance but again not bad, slight thick citrus hop juice smell, and a gentle sweetness to it

T - malty sweetness upfront that easily transfers to a more resinous hop taste, ends on a quick bitter slide with some additional sweetness

O - Really good beer, it looks and smells deceptive, hell it even tastes deceptive, but it has a complex range of taste notes it hits throughout not only the glass but within a single sip as well, well done beer

hmph, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - super clean crisp pecan brown color, with a half finger offrothy head that a careful pour prevents, and that fades to a ring in a minute or two, active small carbonation bubbles

S - sweetly hoppy, slightly citrine, some hoppy mustiness, rather nondescript, but crisp and
inviting

T - dry hoppy flavors of blended characteristics, typical pine, floral, or citrus don't stand out, slight mustiness persists, more of an earthy kind than a gross wet basement kind.

M&D - slightly bitter, without any malt sweetness to balance, uncomplex and unchallengeing, but enjoyable and easy to drink. On the sessionable side, a great BBQ beer.

sinstaineddemon, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of bootdown21
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

bootdown21, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

tedho21, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

JAHMUR, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
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.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of sailorastro
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

sailorastro, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

NEhophead, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev +11.7%

asparkoflife, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +11.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) from City Steam Brewery Café
81 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.