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Concord IPA - Concord Brewery

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Concord IPAConcord IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Concord Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-08-2002)
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My dilemma: I'm heading over to a friend's for beer, pizza and some chess, it's coming down sideways out there and I'm trying to find my way around Massachusetts and make the beer selection for the evening. The choices: Sierra Nevada Celebration, Wassachusetts IPA, or Concord IPA. Shoud I go with the sure thing, or try one of the locals, neither of which I had ever heard of.
So, being about 2 points from 100 on the Beer Karma scale, I had to stick my head out and the Concord had better packaging.
The brew poured a brownish amber with a fair head. It left some definite lace the way a good IPA should. The aroma was excellent and the malt was solid with notes of caramel and bread. The finish was sharp and crisp with long citris hops that provided a decent pucker. It went done well enough but left me a little dissatisfied. The head faded quickly, the color was a bit dark for pale, and even though both the malt and hops came through, the transition was a bit jagged, like all malt then all hops. It went great with the Pizza and was well received by my friend, and his ancient mother and aunt. It's never too late to start drinking great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 19:30:46 | More by farHillsBrewer
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful copper color with a thick, sticky head. Aroma was flowery, pine, with some strong citrus. I thought it was fairly acidic (grapefruit), with a decent hoppiness. This was a little better than an average IPA. I would drink it again, but given IPA choices, would opt for one of the others.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2006 18:59:55 | More by lordofthewiens
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Westsidethreat

California

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Weymouthmike for this surprise beer.

A: Highly carbonated, I'll need to give the head some time to drop before I continue pouring. A light colored oatmeal, the head is made up of tight and medium sized bubbles. Extremely sticky. The body is a vibrant copper, fairly clean.

S: Very aromatic. Grapefruit syrup, little bit of soapiness and pine cones.

T: Lots of pine in the forefront. Syrupy like hop juice. From there the grapefruit starts to maneuver to the surface and lingers in the finish. Bitterness becomes more prounounced as the flavors diminish on the palate.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

D: Decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 20:03:25 | More by Westsidethreat
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Franchise

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish brown color with a thick tan head that left a clear body with some yeast in the bottom. The nose is caramel, funky citrus hops, and a soft candy aroma. The taste is acidic upfront, it has a tart bitterness that smacks your palate around. Their is a sour presence that is pretty strong, the date on the bottle is 7/06 but maybe this went before its time. The finish is bitter grapefruit and leaves a slightly tannic quality on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 14:23:02 | More by Franchise
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wedge

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber red with a bit of haze and an explosive, puffy, rocky head of yellowed froth. Doesn't really smell like your average IPA - mellow floral and earthy hops and a very solid malt sweetness backing it up. Its very rounded and balanced with increasing grains and dry fruitiness as it warms. The taste is unfortunately not as balanced. Sour citrus fruits clash a little bit with everything else though its this flavor that really sticks to the tongue. Woody, spicy notes try to pull through but the tart flavors quickly bury them. Mouthfeel is smooth but feels a bit too heavy.

Not sure if this is an off bottle or not, though it says its best before July. The flavor really suffers from a lack of balance in this bottle - I'll have to grab a single sometime to see if its any better.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 21:52:33 | More by wedge
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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with foamy one finger head, and lacing that cascades downs the side of the class.

The aroma is woody, with very earthy textures, like citrus and pine.

The hops punches you in the tongue, with nice effect. The taste, like the aroma is also very earthy with some pine, grass highlights.
Very woody, and well spiced. It is very crisp and clean.

The bitter hops stays with you as you drink it, but I generally enjoy that.

Very drinkable, because of the crispness.

A good American IPA, maybe not the best, but consistent and tasty nonetheless. When I see this at a bar, it usually ends up in my hand.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 01:37:19 | More by Freshie
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bignick

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was looking forward to trying this beer based on the reviews, but I found it to be relatively run-of-the-mill. It is possible that I got a bad bottle, because there was a little bit of a twang to it. I will, of course, try it again and revise my review if I find this to be the case. This beer smells and tastes very earthy. The hop characrer is a bit harsh for my liking, especially given that, for an American IPA, is isn't overhopped. On the whole, I'm pretty unimpressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 05:26:39 | More by bignick
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber reddish tint with a one finger off white foamy head. Very little lace left.

S: Aromas of sweet citrus, orange or apple. Notes of caramel and wheaty malt in there also.

T: Tastes of woody and caramel malts with a slight floral hoppy background. Malt is more noticeable than the hops, but they kick in there as a second jab.

M & D: Mouthfeel is pretty good on this offering from Concord. Well balanced IPA with a slight advantage to the malts--Medium body with not too much carbonation makes this a pretty good IPA. Drinkability is pretty high as this beer is smooth with a fresh finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 03:03:23 | More by bjohnson
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macpapi

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since 'discovering' this I.P.A. about a year or so ago, when living in Massachusetts I've always considered it a go to session brew. Now, having returned to grad school in Michigan I've been unable to get my hands on it for quite some time (though the fine locals here had allowed this problem to become largely forgotten.)Upon returning home for the holidays I decided to reacquaint myself with Concord I.P.A. Memories of this beer are largely reinforced.

After admiring the historical rendering of the Battle of Concord on both six pack and bottle labels (an attraction for any early American History grad student) it was time to crack one open. C.I.P.A. pours a nice dark amber-brownish color with a tannish head. The color is very deep, though not quite opaque. Little visibility is allowed in the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells hoppy with a pretty good citrus, acidy kick. A hint of apple is noted in the nose. A very full, strong and impressive aroma.

I've always found the taste of this beer to be very unique. While not as hopped as some of the bolder I.P.A.'s its bitterness is notable in a distinct way. It is hard to describe, but the mix of citrus and apple hints does something with the hop presence to help balance the flavor, while leaving it strong and very flavorful. Nice.

In the mouth, the beer is full and highly carbonated. The relatively strong amount of bitterness is welcoming on the tongue.

Overall, this is a very good brew. Not too strong, but certainly somewhat bold and very flavorful. It is almost the perfect session brew for myself--as someone who appreciates quality I.P.A.s.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 19:22:31 | More by macpapi
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a trade with warriorsoul. Thanks for the opportunity.

This has got to be the biggest, rockiest headed beer this side of Liege. I had to split the bottle between two glasses. That'll teach me to skip the reviews where I would have been duly warned.

Dark, tarnished brass with the aforementioned stubborn head. Smell of perfumey hops, some pine oil, and bready malts sets the tone. Bitter hops start everything off with a quick follow up of biscuity malts. There is a grassy flavor throughout. Mouthfeel is a little thin for all the action on the tongue. Easy enough to drink, but there are better constructed IPAs out there. Don't refuse one, but you don't have to make any special trips.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 02:04:47 | More by pentathlete
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JasonCoop

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured very very gently into a mug, nice reddish amber color with bubbles streaming from the bottom. 3 finger head. the first few i poured like any other beer and the head just explodes. looks good

strong apple/citrus aroma, a little piney and obviously smells like nice hops

the taste - hops rip the tongue, very aggressive hops. taste some apple notes, very piney and earthy tasting. a little citrusy also. dry on the finish, hops are so powerful! such a nice nice bite to this beer, not much room for improvement unless u can't handle hop bombs

the mouthfeel is intense, like i said, tongue ripping hops, a little bubbly but not light bodied at all. nice body to balance the crazy hops.

drinkability is quite good but it is a pretty intense beer. i like to have something else in between thats a little less intense, maybe a dogfish 60 minute or something more mellow. this beer is very very good, but it really packs a punch. not a bad thing, but not an easy-going drink all night beer in my opinion. definitely doesn't mean i don't love this brew

overall, extremely impressed with this one. not much room for improvement here, this is a good one to reach for if youre looking for a nice hop bite and a full bodied IPA. -cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 03:30:23 | More by JasonCoop
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Concord's IPA is dark red in color. It pours with a small head with a ring of foam holding firm. Smells of the expected hops, but also surprisingly sweet and malty. The taste is the same...sweet malt and some hops. This is a very full bodied brew with earthy malt flavor. The bitterness is there, nothing strong at all. Great mouthfeel, full and almost gritty. Overall this is nice and balanced for an IPA... although personally I prefer the balance tilted more towards the hops. Good session beer to have by your side during a long game of poker.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 02:56:47 | More by ILiveOffHops
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle with best if consumed by date of July 05. Should be pretty fresh.

Pours dark orange/rust color. Hoppy smell--some dry woody or earthy notes coming through.The taste is quite hoppy and dry--these earthy woods type notes are as equally apparent taste-wise as they are on the nose. There is a chalky dry mouthfeel. This goes good with some spicy food as I have had it with chili before and it was a nice combo. Concord IPA is smooth and fairly drinkable but due to its style (belch producing IPA) , I don't like to have more than 2 in one session.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 14:46:58 | More by rousee
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Re-review 4/14/05:

Ah the first beer I reviewed on this site on 5/23/02. Alot has happened to this brewery in three years. I bought a six pack of Concord Porter and swapped out an IPA and a Pale Ale. The IPA was ok and didn't have to dump it, but it had a little sourness, and phenolic notes that you would expect in a belgian ale. Sad that this is not up to standards.
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A semi aggessive pour produces a nice creamy, off -white head that sticks to the side of the glass as you drink. Has a nice deep reddish brown color,but kind of low on the hop aroma for an IPA. Initial taste is slightly fruity and strong malty caramel flavor but then the hops come in to balance everything out very nicely. Not too much hop flavor but just enough to keep things interesting. The residual sweetness from the crystal malts lingers on your tounge making you want to take another sip.
Sampled a six pack of one of the first bottled batches and found this to be a great beer even though it seems to me to fit more closely in the ESB style catagory. Nonetheless, it is another great session beer from Concord and will become one my regulars.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 19:36:06 | More by Longstaff
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date says "best before 03 05". Oops. Barely under the wire. But it's an IPA, they keep, right? Let's see.

Reddish copper with abundant white head that leaves nothing on the glass.

Sour, syrupy scent. Uh -oh.

Crap! The taste confirms my fears. Slightly metallic syrup up front with pure biting bitterness and tones of overripe oranges. It actually improves in the finish as strong grassy hops emerge and resiny caramel lingers.

Medium body. Fizzy carbonation.

After getting over the disappointment, it's okay. Still, I know this could be a lot better. I'll give it another try in the bottle when I remember to check the date first. File under "lessons learned".

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 01:24:26 | More by gentlebubbles
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Kookiekwan

Florida

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber/orange has a two finger head with fair retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was of piney/grassy hops. The taste was very bitter at first sip but soon gives way for a smokey caramel flavor which disappears in the finish when the piney hop flavor takes over and sticks around for a while. This beer is medium bodied and makes for a great session beer.

Reflection: In my opinion New England breweries make some of the best IPA's in the country, while this one isnt at the top of my list it's still a good beer and worth looking for.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 17:00:16 | More by Kookiekwan
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GDMFSOB

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice little IPA. It looks a lot like an Irish red but everything else is distinctly IPA. I love the way the hops tickle my nose with each breath. Very bitter hop flavor that's mellowed by a sweet tea flavor. There's a nice bready taste in there that melds well with the bitter hop aftertaste. This isn't as strong as I usually like my IPAs but it's a great beer to make a night out of. I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 23:03:44 | More by GDMFSOB
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed russet-bronze with bright orange edges. The light caramel-colored head is enormous and is super stiff and sticky. Thick hunks of pocked lace remain in its aftermath.

The nose is more Anglo than American. I'm not sure what the hop bill is comprised of, but the classic U.S. varieties are nowhere to be found. There's plenty of caramel malt with a near equal contribution from fruity-earthy hops and a faint whiff of Cognac-like fusels.

Concord IPA is okay beer, but it doesn't really thrill me. The hops were either never that strong to begin with or have faded substantially in the bottle. There's a more than acceptable malt structure with fruity caramel as the dominant flavor. I'm reminded of an ESB much more than an IPA.

Never very sweet, it becomes slightly more bitter and tea-like on the medium length finish. The carbonation must have shot its wad on head creation since there's little noticeable CO2 in the mouth. In fact, it feels a little flat.

It's hard to know if this bottle is past its prime or not. I'd like to be able to lay my hands on a fresh sample; maybe then it would tickle my fancy. As is, I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 21:51:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label lore: Plain 12 oz'er single label cartoon depicting a few colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Freshness stamp "Best by 7/04" sampled two months later.

A huge foamed pour that filled me pint with half head and half beer that took five minutes to pour and settle. A dark clear mahogany caramel hued pour under a statuesque pillowy sticky head that leaves a volcano shaped divit where the beer poured in. Plenty of suspended dark particles float arond amongst the steady stream of beading. Lace glides down the pint.

Immediate scents of fresh oranges and some cinnamon. Big juicy citrous orange juice aroma like orange cake icing.

First swigs: A spicy bold fresh oranges hops bight that mellows out with bold malts in the aftertaste. This is a wicked IPA brew. A well balanced IPA while being bold. Cidery, juicy IPA like I just squeezed some home grown oranges and a grapefruit into a pint. After a bit warmer some esters creep out and the 6.00 % ABV is detectable.

Slick feel and plenty of crisp sudsy carbonation with a spicy balance that creates an all night drinker. I will I had more.

Last swigs: CONCORD IPA reminds me a lot of a local favorite Barleycreek SuperHop. Thanks to my Millis, MA friend JBDubs who brought a few of these jems on a visit. Nice job, CONCORD! A welcome brewery in my BA book.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 02:53:20 | More by blitheringidiot
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date printed on right side of label (01/05).
Dark ruby-hued amber with an off-white, slow fading medium-sized head.
Fruity and citrusy aromas rise up and fade ever so slowly. A sweet malty smell remains awhile in the background.
Watery white bread dough and a light caramel sweetness lay a weak foundation for a heavy citrusy hop bite. White grapefruit, lemon and lime and a bit of strong tea make up a tart and bitter hoppiness. A taste of pine lingers.
A hint of alcohol is noticed throughout.
This might be the near perfect American IPA if not for the partial watery quality of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 01:10:35 | More by BeerResearcher
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Brewed and Bottled by the Concorde Brewery, Shirley, Massachusetts. For best flavor drink before 11/04"

Love at first smell.

First wiff of this and I was sucked in, hoping it would be as good as the smell promised. To my surprise it was even better.

At some point in my life I evolved from a stout lover to one of IPA. This offering from Concord is, to me, exactly what an IPA should taste like.

Short review. If you like IPA you must try this.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 07:36:57 | More by fdrich29
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carln26

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a much darker IPA than I expected. For me it poured a garnet to brown, not the copper color I expect from the style. I had a nice dense head that dispersed reasonably quickly but left a delicate lace. The nose has the floral hop you expect, but I catch just a hint of the malts that add the color to the beer. The aroma definitely reminds me that these guys brew Rapscallion. Wonderful balanced flavor. The hops do come through, but there is a serious malt component that hits you in the front of the beer. The malt does not overpower the hops, they still shine through, but they add a unique component to the taste. There is more malty sweetness to this beer than you would normally expect. If it had more alcohol punch, it would bare comparison to some Stone products I’m found of. This has a great mouth feel, and a wonderful drinkability. This IPA may quickly become a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2004 00:10:45 | More by carln26
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mschofield

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery-red topped with a foamy two finger off-white head. Leaves sheets of lacing behind.
Floral and toffee make up most of the aroma, caramel and tea notes.
Light citrus but mainly herbal and toast in the taste. Caramel, hard to pick out coppery taste.
Medium bodied. A nice addition to the NE IPA ranks.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2004 20:27:16 | More by mschofield
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this brew out of a 12 oz There is a freshness date on the side of the bottle. I think it reads 9/04, but there is a purple smudge. So, I'm not sure. Nice bottle label with a re-enactment portrial from the revolutionary war period.

Deep amberish color to this beer. The head was decent. I smelled fruity overtones. Very remincent of the Concord Grape Ale in a way. Very sweet nose.

This was a nice IPA. Some bitterness from the hops and some sweetness. Nothing really grabbed my attention, like I usually look for in an IPA. This is a drinkable IPA at a respectable 6.0% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 22:02:17 | More by Hibernator
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Stimack

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gave this brew a try the other evening, as I loved the Pale Ale from the same outfit. The brew had a freshness date but as I have seen with other reviews this one was smudged as well.

The brew pours to a nice deep copper color with a huge head that actually stops me from pouring the entire brew. The head is a deep tan color, which is quite surprising for an AIPA. The head breaks down slowly and leaves fantastic lacing through out the entire brew. The aromas are a nice mix of both hop and malt that seem to play off each other very well; this is an enjoyable smelling brew. The malt gives it a sweet smell that seems to play well with grapefruit scent. The taste can be broken down into a few stages as at first you notice the sweetness from the malt then you notice a nice hop flavor the seems to even it out in the middle only to get stronger and dominate at the end. This is a nice brew, another impressive offering from Concord. Wish it was easier to find this brew around here in Albany, will have to see what I can find in Pittsfield MA.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 16:24:43 | More by Stimack
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Concord IPA from Concord Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.