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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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Reviews by farHillsBrewer:
Photo of farHillsBrewer
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.

farHillsBrewer, Dec 15, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

lordofthewiens, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Best before date stamped on the side.

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy copper-ish amber coloured beer, topped with a thick creamy white foam lace that settles to a slightly clinging lace.

Smell: Nice woody hop leaf aroma and a nice dose of bready maltiness.

Taste: Smooth, creamy and hoppy. Touch of grapefruit amongst a raw citric/rindy hop character with notes of salt, spice and herbal. Nice sting on the palate. Dry, crisp. Malt character is balancing and soothing with a sweetness and firm medium body. Background juicy fruitiness. Faint crystal/caramel flavours in the sweetness, blended with bready flavours. Lingering hop flavours and leafy feel on the palate.

Notes: It's easy to get bored of IPAs, but this is one that I'd keep in my fridge all year round. A damn fine example of the kind of IPA expected from the northeast region of the US, and wonderfully reminiscent of Dann Paquette's Lobsterback IPA from his NEBC days.

Todd, Jul 14, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky head with a semi dense bubbly look, bright and dark amber in colour. Quite pleasant to look it.

Woody, earthy, brash leafy and oily hop aroma throws of lightly toasted grain as well as some caramelized sweetness and pear like fruitiness in the nose.

Very well structured with an inline smoothness within the medium body, initial burst is from the hops which are big. Lots of hop bitterness, but no excessive, and flavour flaring. Lightly pungent, oily, herbal, woody hop flavours. Malt is there, not to worry, with a solid base of caramel sweetness that is modest all the way. Hop flavour nearly engulfs the taste buds in the finish with a puckering dry leafy end.

I’d put this up there with the greatness of Ipswich IPA and that is saying a lot from me. I’ll go back to this beer and perhaps pit the two against each other. I’m very pleased with this brew and I’ll happily be going back to it and waiting for a local beer bar to have it on tap when it comes around.

Jason, Aug 17, 2002
Photo of fdrich29
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.

fdrich29, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Redbones.

Appearance: Clear and dark amber in color with a scant-lacing off-white head.

Smell: Crisp snappy citrus and piney scents.

Taste: Big dose of bitterness up front and one that lingers on the palate at the end. A nice balancing is achieved by the malty sweetness, but the flavor is still quite clearly focused on the hoppy profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and the mouth-puckering bitterness at the end make for a rather dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Slightly reduced ratings given that the beer wasn't nearly as flavorful once it warmed up. I liked the hoppy bitterness palate assault at the end and the dry aftertaste.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 27, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark amber with a fluffy eggshell colored head. Nice thick sheet of foam stays with the beer down the pint glass. Darn Perty.

Smells quite hoppy with a hint of esters.

They should call this stuff hop bomb because that's what goes off in your mouth. Slightly sweet up front and then the bum rush begins. Sweet, piney, tart, smoky, woody. Lots of little twangs just swirling in there. Finishes quite dry. An awesome IPA, words that don't come easily from my lips.

Mouthfeel is big for an IPA. Very solid.

Drink and repeat.

yankeeheel, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice amber appearance with a lacy appearance. Hoppy smell that invites you to drink. Taste is tart and tangy as it should be, but too puckery in the mouthfeel category ( a little tough to swallow easily) Drinkabilty is average based upon lack of smoothness.

edchicma, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Franchise
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.

Franchise, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Murph
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great looking bright copper color with a good looking tan head that fades too quickly. Great floral hoppy nose with some earthy tones in there as well. Super soft and creamy malt start you off with this beer but it then gives way to the dominant hops. Hops are the more subtle english variety and not as insane as some of the american IPAs. Exceptionally smooth, creamy, and yet somehow the brew finishes very crisp and stays incredibly drinkable. One of the best IPAs I've had. Thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

Murph, Jul 10, 2002
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, May 30, 2006
Photo of goz
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium copper, with a thick white head, slowly diminishing to leave a nice lace on the glass. Aroma is quite big, with lots of hoppy pine & citrus, and a hint of caramel maltiness.

The initial mild caramel sweetness gets taken over by a pretty strong and very enjoyable hoppy attack. All the typical hop flavors - grapefruit, pine, spice, and of course a good bitter finish.

goz, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of bignick
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.

bignick, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a limpid golden amber color, with a modest head, and fine sheets of lace to cover the glass. Nice floral tones, malt, and that marvelous citrus like IPA crispness that I find so appealing with a sweet front, lots of malt and the top middling in feel. Finish perky in its hop spicy bite, meaningful in its acidity, dry aftertaste and a decent middle of the road IPA, quite drinkable in my humble opinion and worth a sample.

Gusler, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of carln26
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.

carln26, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
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".

gentlebubbles, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Jdiddy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at Doyles and they had it cask conditioned..room temperature. It was very good but it didn't blow me away. At first I tasted cider. Total apples. I thought they messed up and gave me a cider but it was just the taste of it. I am sure it tastes different in the bottle. Good beer but not something I could drink quantity of.

Jdiddy, Jul 16, 2002
Photo of jdhilt
2.28/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a thick off-white head that lasts forever with sheets of lace. Clear copper color and nose is clearly hops with a hint of malt to start and the hops kick in smooth but with a hoppy aftertaste. The ABV is 5.5%.

jdhilt, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never seen such a head from a bottled beer--thick, tan, four-fingers thick. The lace is just as thick, and sticky too. The color is dark copper, close to a brown ale. It's also very clear. Close to perfection!

Complicated aromas of malt and hops. It has an almost cinnamon sweetness. Awesome dry hop smells waft as the head recedes. Now, I'm detecting strong crystal malt (burnt sugars) aromas. Nice.

Starts like a brown ale: dark malt sweetness that quickly captulates to soft hop flavors providing a nice balance to the brew. It is a smooth transition. The aftertaste is all hop which lasts a long time. Dry and moderately carbonated, this is a very good beer.

smcolw, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of Freshie
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.

Freshie, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
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

JasonCoop, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of scottum
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange amber with a nice lacey head that lasts. Wonderful hops. Not enough of a malt balance to make this a perfect brew, but good malts none the less. The hops are big, but not over the top. This is one of the better IPAs from New England. A hop taste makes you want more of a hop taste.

scottum, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of Kookiekwan
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.

Kookiekwan, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of bjohnson
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.

bjohnson, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Stimack
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.

Stimack, Jul 11, 2004
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Concord IPA from Concord Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.