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Stormchaser IPA - Free State Brewing Co.

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Stormchaser IPAStormchaser IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

08-04-2012 21:25:19 | More by Mebuzzard
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-21-2014 20:43:52 | More by afsdan
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Tone

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-17-2012 20:26:46 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Beaver13

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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22Blue

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-31-2014 00:37:52 | More by 22Blue
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-30-2012 12:36:21 | More by sgttibbs
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djtomain

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-13-2012 19:26:16 | More by djtomain
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-22-2014 22:45:38 | More by RichH55
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 00:24:46 | More by ThickNStout
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JSchock7

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-18-2012 08:12:16 | More by JSchock7
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-05-2014 21:26:54 | More by TastyIsBeer
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jroberts8811

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-23-2013 03:05:30 | More by jroberts8811
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

07-03-2013 14:18:07 | More by Hellpop65
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

09-06-2013 21:21:00 | More by stephensinner
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sammo

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-25-2012 17:27:34 | More by sammo
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zhanson88

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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
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JEdmund

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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jharris0624

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-23-2014 01:15:37 | More by jharris0624
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

10-22-2013 03:28:43 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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Stormchaser IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.