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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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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 woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of nzerbe
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of smutty33
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ManMoosePig
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of seplo
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Ograd001
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of TimRex
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rorjets
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MarkSansone
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of WhaleHopper
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
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?"

Photo of h4ger
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nh2032
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of atr2605
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of slim2043
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of andylipp
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of otispdriftwood
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) from City Steam Brewery Café
82 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.