Vendetta IPA - Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

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Vendetta IPAVendetta IPA

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kojevergas on 11-01-2011

Vendetta IPA is the taste of sweet revenge. Aggressively bitter with a cutthroat convergence of Citra and Amarillo hops, this Vendetta won't soon be forgotten.
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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by BeerAficionadoMCMXC:
Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- This beer's got a share of haziness but it's minimal. The color is golden brown; maybe it's SRM is 10. The head retention is good, no better.
T- The taste is clearly hopped with slight cereal taste, but well balanced.
O- It's an IPA with a perfectly balanced hop addition. Love Citra and Amarillo!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

One of the best looking heads this year, trail of lacing is awesome to track as well. Nearly clear pale amber color. Hoppy aroma of tangerine zest, fresh grass and hemp seeds ... hint of biscuity grain as well. Semi-pungent pulling hop bitterness, fresh graininess with undertones of biscuity grain. Yeast, ripe apples, melon rind, tangerine pith, powdered aspirin and some warmth. A lot going on but still drinkable. Hoppy finish that ends dry.

This is a big IPA ... not too far off from being a DIPA. A whole lot of fun to drink, very "West Coast".

Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours darker amber, and murky. Medium tan head, stays for a bit, then going to a very tiny bubble film and all sorts of high, fine and coating sheeting and lace.

Piney hop and grapefruit nose.

Resin and pine infused hoppy brew. I also get some slight grapefruit character, some smoky peat and maybe a bit of chocolate malt.

Tasty and complex APA, worth a try. Glad to able to enjoy this one via a fresh growler pour

Photo of Monika1
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Just to malty for my taste

Photo of timc100
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nothing too special, aside from the head upon pour. Crystal clear amber, a darker looking IPA, with a very substantial puffy white head. As it settles the head becomes less attractive - spotty lacing, uneven retention.

S: Not very pungent - takes a big swirl and the nose all the way in the glass to get the aroma. Really nice hop pairing. Some tropical fruit astringency in mango and pineapple, resinous grass and some pine, bitter grapefruit rind. Also getting some pilsner malt.

T: Really nice. Not incredibly bitter, very balanced. Getting a lot more malt than the nose predicted and less fruit astringency. Decently resinous and grassy. Very tasty.

P: Medium bodied, a little low on carbonation. Finishes dry.

O: Really enjoyable IPA at a reasonable price. Not aggressively cirtra and amarillo, but a nice balanced combo. However, I did not have the freshest bottle.

Photo of crowsoup
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm writing this while wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, so please excuse any failed plotting...

A fantastic pour that is slightly darker than expected, with a thick, tan/beige head on its shoulders. Visually inciting my desire to get it in my mouth pronto...

A bright yet bitter front end with a flowery finish, nicely balanced with a medium carbonation. There is no revolt here. Sure it occupies the taste buds, but only for an appropriate amount of time.

This is a fantastic and drinkable beer. You might not write home about it, but you'll definitely have another while thinking about how long it's been since you last wrote home. Another fine offering from Speakeasy.

Photo of socon67
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber with thin bubbles floating to the surface. Sticky webs of lacing around the glass. Foam is tan and retains well.

S - Scents of pine resin, Sweet tangy citrus, and a gentle hoppy aroma.

T - Good drinking IPA. Citrusy sweet and a hoppy bite that hits the back of the tongue.

M - Great balance for the style. Raspy bite is not overbearing. Medium body.

O - Just a good deomestiv IPA that is easy drinking. Not necessarily one to seek out, but certainly a beer that most will enjoy.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Vendetta IPA from Speakeasy is Goood! The beer poured a hazy orangish with foamy white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent carried a nice pine hop with subtle citrus flare. The taste was a very well balance between the bitterness of the hops and sweet malt. Toward the end...the bitterness prevails....but that is what makes it good. The pine and slight citrus are present throughout. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer...would want more on the nose tho.

Photo of Barleydine
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super tasty shocker beer from the back of the fridge. I bought it on a whim and I feel I lucked out. It is pleasantly crisp with a nice citra after taste. It's my first beer from Speakeasy and definitely not my last. I'll be addition was well worth it....

Photo of Greywulfken
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: medium amber beer with an inflatable head (i.e., as big as you want it to be) of dense off-white, traces of lace linger, head persists all the way down

S: doesn't lean too far in either hop direction - balance between the pine and citric types, subtle malt background

T: mellow bitterness, smooth maltiness, hints of pine resin and barley grain

M: medium weight and carbonation, smooth, slight bittering effect, clean finish

O: a serviceable IPA, well-crafted and all, but relatively indistinct from its competitors

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- dark amber color, nice size head, nice lacing

Smell- strong hop and malt smell

Taste- some hops, strong malt flavor for an IPA

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok. I think it would have been better with more hop flavor in it. It was a little bit too malty for an IPA.

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Ales & Lagers pint glass

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy golden off white head that settles to a firm layer that hangs around and laces well.

S: Bright citrus, tropical fruit, pine, caramel malt sweetness, and maybe even a bit toasty.

T: Fruity up front, kinda strawberry and a little melon, peach, tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit, citrus, tangerine, for the first half, then grapefruit, pine and peppery spice dominate the second half, with some lightly toasty notes, and a little caramel/toffee sweetness. Solid bitterness throughout, a hint of alcohol can come out as it warms.

M: A bit towards the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: There's a lot going on in this one, maybe not an every day drinker, but I like it.

Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy copper amber color with a creamy 2 finger light tan head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of mango, pineapple, orange, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, Frosted Flakes, buttered wheat bread, piney hops, lemon, fresh fruit and lots of citrus hops. Aroma is very fruity, with fresh citrus hops coming out really strong and a nice malty backbone that adds nice balance.

Tastes just like it smells with tangerine, mango, pineapple, orange, starfruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, wheat bread, gummy bear candy, piney hops, lemon, fresh fruit like apple and pear, more citrus hops and crackers like Ritz crackers. Tasty fresh citrus hops control the flavor and have a potent sweetness that works well with the malt backbone. A solid IPA that's smooth and completely hides the ABV. I'd definitely have it again.

Photo of danxbar
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at WFM Potrero Hill (SteepBrew) on a beautiful Tuesday. Heavier, amber color with a thin lacing and a strong peppery citrus aroma on top of the caramelized malts. Taste is ultimately quite similar to the overall mouthfeel: sticky sweet and richly bitter.

A solid WC IPA, but I'm not sold on standard these day being surrounded by "solid IPAs." Curiousity is satisfied, but will not seek out again. Can think of a few friends who would love it, though.

Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather dark amber color with a sticky off-white head. Sweet toffee malt, bread, and a bit of toffee. Some grass, light citrus peel, and some resinous pine. A hint of caramel and some faint tropical aromas. The flavor is fairly sweet, caramel and toffee malt. There are some okay hop flavors, mostly citrus peel, floral, and a light pine. Some strong bitterness, which lingers on the finish.

Photo of flexabull
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear copper color with a slight haze, and a nice off white head.

Aromas are of minerals, hard candies, dust, and some hints of pine. Smells a bit off.

Taste is dry, lightly bitter, with some dough and tea flavors. Not tasting a whole lot else here. Finish is crisp, with some mineral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp with medium body.

Overall, a disappointing beer. Just lacks pleasant flavors or aromas. Unfortunately I find this one to be boring and forgettable.

Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a plastic cup. Reviewed from notes taken at Speakeasy. Why in hell do they serve beer into plastic cups?

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and awful retention. Butterscotch colour.

Sm: Orange, hops, and other pleasant esters. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Orange peel citrus ester hops, pleasant well-handled bittering hops, and refreshing barley as a foundation. Not horribly complex but effective and well-built. Balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable for an IPA. No alcohol comes through. I'd have it again, but it's not their best beer.


Bottle review with the new revamped (April 2013) recipe:

Reviewing this one on 06/14/13 as I don't think my first review was up to par, and the recipe changed. "Limited series." Uh uh - if it's so limited why have I seen it twice in two years? I'm getting tired of people adding beers that have "India Pale Ale" in the name as "IPA." This is "Vendetta India Pale Ale", not "Vendetta IPA." 7.6% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired in a shop near Santa Monica and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour. Nice cream and thickness. Rather good (~8+ minute) retention for the high ABV. No bubble show. Body colour is a clear vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. Pretty appealing overall for the style. Nothing sticks out as unique or special. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Grapefruit juice and zest. Floral hops. Somewhat citrusy, but not real fresh. Pleasantly estery. Light pine. No oily or nectary hop character. Pale malts. Clean and appealing. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Lightly soapy. Citra and amarillo work well here, but it may have spent too long in primary.

T: Clean floral character with light soapiness and nice biscuity malt undertones. Pale malts comprise the majority of the body. Some grapefruity esters with zero accompanying bitterness or bite; that's how grapefruit ought to be done. A biteen oily. Not nectary. Balance is pretty decent; there's no naked hop bitterness. Not horribly complex or subtle, though.

Mf: Clean, smooth, wet. Not quite refreshing. A biteen oily. Decent carbonation; slightly overdone. Suits the flavours decently.

Dr: A drinkable IPA from Speakeasy. I'd get it again on-draught, but the soapiness and lack of intricacy does hold it back. Hides its ABV pretty well. This one will sneak under the radar; fine by me - more for me to drink. I preferred the old recipe.


Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Big foam up in the glass. Eventually settles down to a drinkable liquid with what looks like off-white whipped cream clinging to the glass. Pleasant piney scent.

Robust flavor, seriously hopped. A dry and bitter hoppiness with a sharp resiny taste. Hot and spicy on the tongue with plenty of carbonation left. Medium body with a significant amount of malt. A touch of sweetness on the tongue. Aftertaste is just plain bitter. This is better with some food and sipped carefully.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bright hoppy nose with fruity and citrus tones.
The color is a brilliantly clear amber with a taller head atop.
Alot of carbs, fast rising too.
The taste was okay. It was hoppy and bitter but not exactly flavorful either.
The beer is quite bitter. And the finish is long and bitter too.
I like this beer it was good, I thought there would be more flavor judging by the label.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours a hazy golden orange. A one finger of an off white head with good retention.

S- Sharp pine, a fresh citrus, orange peel.

T- A more balanced profile then I was expecting. A big bitterness up front. A sharp citrusy hop profile to this beer. A big orange peel and a pineapple. A sharp pine. A very clean and fresh tasting IPA. A bready and buttery malt backbone to this beer. Surprisingly balanced.

M- A moderate feel to this brew. About what you would expect from the ABV. A decent bitterness and a clean aftertaste.

O- A very solid IPA. One of those beers your surprised its not hated higher. I can tell mine is quite fresh however. Good stuff.

Photo of ZakFaruki
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: poured into a shaker glass, a nice dark amber with a small white head that defuses quickly

Smell: Tropical and pine, as is typical with "West Coast" IPAs

Taste: a sharp hop taste on the nose to it, didn't taste the malt as others said, pine flavors pervade over others throughout

Feel: Medium-full bodied, hop oils sticking to teeth, nice carbonation that keeps it drinkable as it warms

Overall: An alright IPA, better IPAs done in the "west coast" style (Ballast Point Sculpin comes to mind), but if you appreciate full blown hops in a style similar to Sierra Nevada's offerings, then its worth investigating.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle was brought back from NYC. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Clear deep gold, with about a finger's worth of white head. Visible carbonation on the low side.

S: Grassy, pine, herbal, and a bit of dank hops with a nice cracker malt in the background.

T: Big grassy, herbal and melon wiht the pine and a bit of spicy hop presence, and a nice malt profile with just a bit of caramel flavor. Mild bitterness lingers after the swallow.

M: Medium to a bit heavy body for an IPA. Good carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: Overall, a pretty good IPA but nothing that truly makes it stand out from the crowded room of its peers. This is my first beer from Speakeasy and it was plenty good enough to make me interested in finding a few more brews from them - but maybe not a repeat performance of this particular one.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, herbal hop, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, floral, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is quite earthy in the smell and taste.

Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy orangey-amber that becomes orangey-red when backlit. Nice 1-finger ecru-colored head on top.

S: Sweet caramel malt and toffee is surprisingly the dominant characteristic. Slight mustiness makes me wonder just how old this bottle is - there's no freshness dating on the bottle, and while this just showed up locally in the last week or two, my distributor (DeCrescente) is notoriously horrible when it comes to getting fresh beer. The fact that the most recent review here is nearly 2 months old doesn't inspire confidence that I'm drinking a fresh beer either. .. .

T: Malt backbone is noted - caramel malt. Hops arrive but not in a tremendously flavorful way - more as a back-end bitterness (piney, grassy and lemony). It's not really a harmonious whole between the malt and hops; rather, malt up front then bitter hops separately on the back end. Drinks more like an east coast DIPA (think DFH 90 Minute or Stoudt's DIPA) than a west coast IPA. Lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is appropriate.

O: OK. Not what I was hoping for, however - too malty and the balance isn't there.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a plastic glass at the brewery.

A: Dark, cloudy murky brown. Clearish. Some head. Good lacing.

S: Neutral/absent. Some pine resin.

T: Resiny bitter, with citrus peel. Strong in flavor and well-carbonated, but straightforward. A well-hopped West Coast IPA with added orange and not much more.

M: Hops are spicy and feels great on the tongue.

O: Good but not great. I'd have another. Easy drinking.

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Vendetta IPA from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
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