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Stormchaser IPA - Free State Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: JEdmund on 06-07-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Hads: 109
Photo of olddogdave
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nicely balanced Pale Ale. Not truly an American IPA as it is not that heavily hopped. Although the hops dominate the flavors, here they are not out of balance with the malt background.

This is a great summer beer. Refreshing and extraordinarily dry.

Highly recommended. (273 characters)

Photo of rwhitmore
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This their summer seasonal, so I'm reviewing it by memory. This my favorite Free State release, bar none. I can't wait for the warm months to have Stormchaser around.

It's crisp, citrusy and juicy IPA, wonderfully balanced with a light caramel malt backbone. A great summer ale. (282 characters)

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good Stuff

I spent a week in Kansas and tried a different beer every night. This unfortunately was from my last night in town. I would have been happy as can be drinking this every night.

Pouring it out of the bottle into one of those mini 6 oz. hotel glasses, it has a rust color. There's just enough head. Enough to generate a splendid aroma. It has a great smell and a great taste of IPA. It's not overly bitter. The only problem is that I think the taste and smell are a little weak. (496 characters)

Photo of jsausley
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a heavy, alcoholic beer that has a resilient head. This one scores great from me for its ability to cling to the inside of a pint glass.

Served on-tap at Cinetopia dine-in theater at Overland Park in Kansas.

A: This beer has a lovely appearance. It's dark for an IPA and could easily pass as an amber lager with its thick frothy head. It has an amber glow that is transparent and inviting. The rings on the inside of the glass stayed active for over an hour while the movie went on (enjoyed during a movie at Cinetopia in Overland Park, KS). Lovely and bonus points here from me.

S: Delightfully hoppy, crisp and fresh. Nothing too unexpected - notes of green apple and lemon are possibly hidden away deeply, perhaps some grapefruit as well.

T: A wonderfully hoppy beer that isn't too biting or bitter. A bit of a citrus tart underneath. Hoppy and malty (which you would expect with a nearly amber appearance) with a delightful caramel aftertaste. Unexpectedly vibrant and balanced for an IPA.

M: Crisp, smooth, somewhat tart, fairly bitter and a good balance of carbonation. I couldn't ask for any more from an IPA in this category.

O: Definitely sad that I can't get this one on tap at my local watering hole! (1,225 characters)

Photo of UnkleFester
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

best by 2nd week of October

A: Pours a clear light copper, 2 fingers of white head that slowly recedes, has a good lacing.

S: Pine, citrus and a hint of sweet malt on the nose.

T: Grapefruit was the first thing I picked up with pine and grassy notes, and a well balanced malt finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

O: A well balanced IPA perfect for summer, I'll be sad when this is gone. (456 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 4th week of November. Pours clear golden orange with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is piney, resiny, fruity, peppery hops.

The flavor is bready caramel malts with some fruity resiny hops that leaves a good sized bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

Overall, a solid IPA. (366 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz brown bottle into a 16 oz nonic glass. No discernible bottling or freshness date, but I'm certain this is from the 2013 batch.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a frothy one-finger head that dissipates to a half finger or less fairly quickly. Lacing is watery and sparse. Body is a beautiful hue of golden apricot with some faint haze.

Smell - A complex but light blend of citrus peel, pine needles and a hint of grapefruit. Some floral notes as well. Intoxicating and fragrant to the point that I'm willing to sit here and enjoy the aroma for awhile

Taste - Not as intense as the nose, but still bright and flavorful. Mostly notes of orange fruit flesh--tangerine, clementine, maybe even some limoncello and a faint bitterness. A bit more wheaty as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Clean, refreshing and with a bit of a juicy quality to it. Enough carbonation to give it a tiny bite.

Overall a great light and refreshing summer IPA. Low bitterness and crisp, tasting sessionable even though I can't find the ABV listed anywhere, on the label or online. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Free State Stormchaser summer IPA on tap at yard house in Kansas City. Served in a standard pint, the beer is a chill hazed dark gold with a slim of beige foam.

I like the aroma of grains, pine and a touch of stone fruit.

Nice malt backbone that adds a grainy cereal taste. There are resin notes and there is a bit more fruit (plum & peach) in the taste than in the smell. Not sure why it's a summer IPA, but it is tasty.

The mouth is slick and a bit coating.

The brewer did a nice job of balancing all the elements. (537 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Per website: This bold, blonde American IPA employs a healthy dose of wheat malt and generous amounts of Crystal, Centennial, and Citra hops. The hops provide a great citrusy bouquet and abundant notes of grapefruit and orange, while the wheat malt provides a crisp tartness to this lighter-bodied IPA.

***

Clear, bright orange/bronze color; small head formed

Good hoppy nose of citrus and fruit notes, plus that unmistakable Free State quality (would guess house yeast); hop character is really bright, and before reading the official description, I would have guessed Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo.

Body is a little light feeling for style, but it works for a summer IPA. Hops really shine from start to finish, and there's a good balance to the bitterness with the malt (wouldn't have guessed wheat was included). There's a nice lingering dry, herbal bitterness in the finish.

Overall Stormchaser is a solid beer, though I don't think it would blow away most hop heads. Comparing this to Free State's Winterfest IPA, it's a tough call to pick a winner. I think it nearly comes down to whether or not I like Citra or Galaxy hops more. I like them both a lot, so either way I'll be buying both of these beers again! (1,232 characters)

Photo of Nickholland
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had FreeState's Cloud Hopper, Ad Astra and Copperhead and this was the best of all of them. Great herbal/grassy hops with a hint of orange and well balanced with malt. This should be their flagship pale ale imo, unfortunate that it's only seasonal. Don't know why they call this a "light" IPA. (299 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack in McPherson, KS.

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus - mostly orange and grapefruit. A touch of caramel in the nose, too.

T - Good toasty, caramel malt backbone. Citrus and piney hops. Slight grapefruit tartness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is another really good IPA from Free State. Love the label artwork, too. (514 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle picked up at Devlin's in Topeka, KS. Best by the first week of October. No ABV listed though I didn't detect any heat so I'm assuming 6% ABV? 59 IBUs. Poured into a pint glass straight out of the fridge.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of creamy, bubbly looking head. Lots of big bubbles. Nice lacing. An almost clear golden colored body. Looks ideal for quaffing.

Smell: Like walking through a hop garden. Lots of floral hops and citrus fruit. Lemon rind, fresh grapefruit, etc. Small amount of pine sap like bitterness. Negligible malt.

Taste: Sweet, floral citrus notes. More of the pine, though not offensively bitter with a soft malt backbone. The wheat's there though you have to look for it and the malts only serve to back up the hops. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than what I normally get from an IPA. Carbonation is light but that really helps this beer and aids the drinkability.

Overall: The floral, hoppy nose is what this beer really has going for it. Total hop bouquet. Drinkability is high on this one. Perfect for humid, story nights in KS. The only thing holding back the beer is the thin mouthfeel. If it were fuller this would be an amazing IPA. As it stands though, another great beer from Freestate. (1,249 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Copper amber color. Light cream colored head, slow dissipation with good foamy lacing.

Aroma: A touch of sweet malt, bitter hops, and a smoky, peaty moss thing.

Taste: The malts fade away quite fast, and a storm of bitter hops and citrus rinds come. A very lemony, bright citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Lots of citrus and bitter hops overall, a good IPA worth a try. (434 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler split between 4 people

A - Clear amber body with 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing and pretty good retention.

S - Pine, lots of grapefruit, crunchy floral, bready pale malt.

T - Green pine hops at first but after it opens up bright grapefruit comes out taking over the pine. Pithy bitterness. Pale and caramel malts are lightly sweet and supports the hops while keeping a back seat. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Light side of medium body, pithy bitterness, crisp and clean, dry finish.

This was straight and to the point. Clean summer flavors with a very nice crispness too it. Glad I got a chance to try this. (626 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My neighbor brought over a storm chaser IPA that is quite nice and definitely a sessionable IPA for the SUMMER TIME! The beer poured clear copper color with white head that is leaving a very nice lace. The scent is faint bitter hops. The taste is a decent balance between malt and bitter hops with some slight lemon/lime citrus. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good summer style beer. (426 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 4th week in September

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Grassy & lemony, scents fade a bit as it warms

T: Grapefruit, orange peel & grassyness & catty notes up front. Grassyness & grapefruit as this warms, a bit of pineapple too, plus serious crispness. Finishes crisp, grassy & dry

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, decent balance wish this had a little more body though

A nice summer time brew with enough hops to hold your interest (512 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored brew with an inch thick of off white head. There is some light Brussels lacing. Excellent clarity. Aroma is of floral hops and sourdough bready malt. The flavor is full on floral hops and light malt. The finish is very clean and the hops are very light. The body is light and dry. (295 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Best by 8/14, so I assume bottled 5/14. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear honey gold with two fingers of white head. A thin layer persists, leaving healthy sheets of attractive lace.

Smells of orangey citrus, cracker and grass. Simple but just fine.

An earthy citrus flavor leads, followed by grass, cracker, pepper and a tiny bite that might be alcohol. Smooth and easy drinking.

Fairly light in both body and carbonation. The finish is crisp with citrus peel and a little bread.

I can see why they label this a summer IPA. Stormchaser is an unassuming, non assertive IPA that is smooth, flavorful and goes down easy on a hot day. A considerable step above the thin weakness of a pale ale or session IPA. (764 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops, citrus hops, hint of floral hops, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and sugar. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, hint of sugar, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, weak aroma, but decent blend and body. (440 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very warm honey color. Mostly clear, but has a touch of haze. Moderate carbonation. Nice 1/2" of white head forms, which reduces to a slight cap of foam.

Smell: First thing that comes across to me is a lot of florals. Some maltiness backs that up, as well as some citrus/lemon. Nicely balanced, and the florals are very nice.

Taste: A lot of caramel malt backbone shows up initially. Again, some citrus and especially lemon come out after that, followed by lots of nice florals. It leans more towards malt than hop in the taste, which I did not anticipate after the nose. Good, but not great taste.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light to medium in body, nice carbonation presence. About right for the style. Moderately dry finish. Overall, I liked the beer and would have again. It leans more towards being a pale ale than IPA to me though, with those great floral notes and ample malt presence. (907 characters)

Photo of jw4free
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color: Light head fades quickly, Light honey, medium amber color

Aroma: Piney, juniper fades quickly
Taste: Piney hops, Crackers
Feel: dry, but smooth (151 characters)

Photo of ranger7
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Nice. Good white foamy head.
Smell: Strong piney hops. Getting a sense I'm going to be bowled-over.
Taste: Tastes like it smells. Strong hops up front, little substance otherwise.
Feel: Somewhat dry.
Overall: I've tried many examples of this style, but the problem I'm having is consistency. Hop content varies so much from beer to beer within the style that it's hard to get a grip on what an American IPA is. I'd probably put this with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute as a DIPA. Needs more character to be an AIPA, IMO. (520 characters)

Stormchaser IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.