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Stormchaser IPA - Free State Brewing Co.

Stormchaser IPAStormchaser IPA

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very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%

Brewed by:
Free State Brewing Co. visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JEdmund on 06-07-2012)
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Photo of russpowell


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:23:58 | More by russpowell
Photo of zeff80


3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 17:42:23 | More by zeff80
Photo of Tone


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 23:17:29 | More by Tone
Photo of Beaver13


4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:04:09 | More by Beaver13
Photo of StaveHooks


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-16-2012 14:40:23 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | 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: Not an IPA I'd try very often, but as a Free State fan, certainly glad I bought a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 01:57:52 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of zhanson88


3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 20:32:05 | More by zhanson88
Photo of JEdmund


4/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 02:32:01 | More by JEdmund
Photo of LambicPentameter


4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:20:24 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of CowsandBeer


3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 04:19:36 | More by CowsandBeer
Photo of UnkleFester


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 03:09:17 | More by UnkleFester
Photo of olddogdave


4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 23:51:29 | More by olddogdave
Stormchaser IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
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