Henry Weinhard's Woodland Pass IPA - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
3.3/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
(Shortened) I’m curious to see how Henry did with an IPA, hopefully it’s better than their other stuff. Pours about a one finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is somewhat soapy looking, mostly small bubbles, but some medium sized ones in here as well. The lacing looks like it might be decent, but I will have to wait until I get down the glass to know for sure. Head retention isn’t bad, I still have two fifths of the head left. The body is a dark orange color, with some amber and yellow in it. Frankly the color is what the color of an IPA should be, but it looks nothing like an IPA because it’s so damn see through. I have never seen an IPA that is this see through, I mean it might as well be a lager, shameful. On top of that the carbonation looks through the roof, especially for an IPA. I mean overall the beer doesn’t look bad, and if it was another style I would probably say it looks pretty good, but this is an IPA…and it’s just not cutting it for a top style of beer like an IPA. Now the smell is funny because it reminds me a lot of Full Sail. I know that Henry Weinhards is now partially owned, or partially brewed, or both – by Full Sail. I also know that this IPA is somewhat knew, so did they just slap a different label on the same beer? One can only wonder. Anyways, it smells an awful lot like Full Sails beers, and in particular Full Sails IPA. Now the first thing this means is that it for sure smells better than any other Henry Weinhards beer I have had to date. It also means that it should be graded very closely to the way I graded Full Sails IPA. I think 2.5 is a little bit low for the aroma on this beer (that’s what I gave Full Sail’s IPA), I’m not saying this beer smells better than the Full Sail, but beer preferences and palates change day to day, week to week, month to month, etc, etc, for any number of reasons. So perhaps I graded the Full Sail a little low, or maybe I’m just in a different mood today. Either way I think I’m going to give this beer a 3 for aroma, and crap I haven’t told you a thing about the smell, so I’ll explain why I’m giving it that grade. The first thing I notice is that distinct Full sail smell. Then I get a nice sweet malt note, very light on the nose, perhaps a darker malt than used in most IPA’s though, it almost reminds me of the way they hop and malt Sam Adams Boston Lager. The hops are there and are nice, they are for sure not nearly enough for an IPA, which is why it’s only getting a 3, but it’s a nice smell none the less. Somewhat spicy perhaps, not really citrucy, piny or floral. Overall a very small smell and that is a big reason why it’s only getting a 3, but it’s still a nice smell, and a nice balance. Well the taste is ok, pretty much what I expected, but hey at least it’s not less than what I expected. You get that IPA hop taste, they for sure used the right hops, I can at least say that. However, the level of hops is just way low, for sure more of an pale ale level of bitterness. The malts are sweeter than in most IPA’s, and they have more of a caramel taste to it, leaving me to believe it’s a somewhat different hop than most breweries use. I commend them for uniqueness, but that doesn’t make up for skimping out on hops. Pretty sweet beer overall. Really it’s a nicely balanced beer, it has a nice hop taste and an equally nice malt taste, and the malt taste is unique for IPA’s. Maybe a little spice in here too. Like I said on the smell no floral, citrus or pine. I mean…my only real problem with this beer is that it’s not the right taste for the style, other than that it’s a nice sessionable beer. I’m going to give it a 3.5, but let it be known that I am being pretty generous because this would probably be a 3.5 even if it was labeled as a pale ale. The mouthfeel is very lively, nice hoppy feel in the mouth, as well as a nice carbonated feel. The carbonation isn’t as high as I thought it would be. It’s more of a subtle, small bubbled carbonation. Still, it is very lively. I really don’t know what level of carbonation I would say this is at because it’s pretty unique and weird, it’s lively, but small bubbles, and it’s carbonated, but not over carbonated. I’ll just say medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is slightly light for an IPA, but for Henry it’s not that bad. Overall it’s really not a bad mouthfeel, could use a slightly thicker body, and a less confusing carbonation, but not bad overall. The drinkability is VERY nice for this beer, maybe it’s best attribute. It’s not a heavy beer, the mouthfeel is unfortunately smaller than I would like, but that makes it a light beer to drink. On top of that it’s a low ABV, and it’s tasty. Like I said previously, it’s a nice session beer, verrry good drinkability. Overall this beer isn’t bad at all, not amazing, and for sure not a very good IPA. However, it’s a decent beer overall, and I haven’t had a decent beer in a while (since I haven’t been drinking anything but Henry)
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2012 11:52:36 | More by MaltsOfGlory
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This beer is under-rated. I am enjoying a bottle made 14 months ago, and it's in great shape.
A: Pours a pleasant apricot body with a lasting head and a little lacing.
S: Modest. Grapefruit end of hops spectrum. Good intro to IPA.
T: Very balanced and I think better than other mass produced IPAs like Sams. Bold balanced caramel malt is the background for creamy grapefruit and pine resin over tones. Good food beer.
MF: Maybe it's the age, but this bottle has a great creamy, mineral water mouth feel.
You can rely on this steady beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 00:47:46 | More by Act25
3.48/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
An IPA for the masses- Henry Weinhard's Woodland IPA is even-keel and well balanced, its crisp and dry, and it doesn't promote the more polarizing hop taste as much as the dire hop heads will prefer. Its a fine IPA that doesn't command undue attention.
As the copper ale pours, it casts a slight haze that testifies to the beer's dry-hop character. It pushes forward with a partly frothy, partly zesty head that's stark-white in its semi-stern retention. Light lace trails on the glass as the its head character eventually collapses.
Grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit becomes the focal point to aroma. Perhaps a whiff of orange peel and pine round out the hop contributions but its lightly toasted, lightly nutty caramel body allows the barley kernel to support the hops in the most timid of ways.
Its grainy-sweet upstart is again, toasty, nutty and somewhat husky while light caramel flavors greet the early palate. But then come the hops in the middle. The classic Pacific Northwest flavor of pink grapefruit soon overtakes the balance and ushers in a moderate citrus pith-type bitterness with light pine resin and torn leaf.
Its light body is felt after the carbonation chases away is upfront sweetness. But those bubbles scrub the tongue and provide a mild bite while promoting dryness, sharpness and a plaster-type mineral quality. Mild grain and hop astringency persist but hide nicely, tucked away behind the smoother hop bitterness.
Finishing with extended bitterness and grain husk, the ale otherwise is a pleasant and no-nonsense taste. On par with the Sam Adams and Yeungling brands, the ale is largely error-free but will lack the intensity of flavor to appease the seasoned craft beer veterans.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 17:57:23 | More by BEERchitect
4.81/5 rDev +56.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I don't like to buy 12 bottles of unknown beer, but I did on this occasion on account of the cost which was very moderate. I thought: What can I lose? I'll try it. As soon as I got home I poured a glass to see how big an error I'd made. But, wow! It was good! I couldn't believe it for the price. My first thought was "hops," and so I went back and read the box and hops were mentioned. I like IPA, so that qualified too. I've drank beer all over the world (Scotland, Germany and Cyprus!) and this stuff was good. Great color and appearance, and then the flavor to boot. 6% ABV (which surprised me, as it was that high)! For THAT PRICE! Unbelievable. Go America! Congrats Henry Weinhard's!
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 22:23:09 | More by knodeljr
Henry Weinhard's Woodland Pass IPA from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.