Henry Weinhard's Woodland Pass IPA - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev +5.9%
12 oz twist off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6% ABV, DEC0312 printed on neck.
A - A virtual tornado of bubbles swirls through the beer from the pint's nucleation point. It's quite the spectacle viewed through the vibrant golden orange color. A long-lasting ivory pile of suds caps the beer and spots the pint in collars of lace.
S - A touch of caramel malt sweetness leads through the underlying pale malt base into a simply hopped and, honestly, rather boring IPA aroma. Notes of Cascade citrus and light earth emerge with just a pinch of lemongrass, but the beer's aroma isn't captivating like a good American IPA should be.
T - Woodland Pass' gentle hop additions see more light of day in flavor than aroma, but bursting at the seams, they are not. In fact, I'd admit it seems they're struggling to keep their control over the solid caramel and pale malt base this beer offers. Lemon citrus and a touch of pine needle surface but the beer's flavors remain pretty simple.
M - Medium-light bodied, this American IPA lacks what's most important in an American IPA; bold hops and bitterness. No bitterness resounds. My tongue is sad, disheartened by the lack of a lasting impression. Light citrus gives the malty beer a little crispness sure, but the faintly dry, earthy finish leaves me wanting in a big way.
O - With IPAs viewed almost as the criteria for which one (especially a hop head) critiques a brewery, it seems odd for such a plain beer to be Weinhard's IPA. "A full-hop IPA" the label exclaims, it's hard to imagine this being anything more than a basic American Pale Ale, and a mild one at that. Not hop forward, virtually no distinguishable no bitterness, this beer isn't insulting but it's certainly not good, either.
09-28-2012 22:35:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.33/5 rDev +8.5%
12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket for $5 per sixpack. Pours an amber body with a thin film of khaki-colored head. Lemon and grassy hops with just a note of bread in the aroma. Lemon, grapefruit, grass, herbs, and bread and caramel notes in the background. Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Not bad overall. Better than I expected. An easy drinking pleasant IPA.
09-24-2012 00:59:35 | More by MrHurmateeowish
3.53/5 rDev +15%
Best by Dec 3, 2012.
It pours a clear deep gold with close to a 2 finger head of foam.
The smell is very hoppy, they mention cascade hops on the label and they are certainly there. There's a malt presence as well..some sweet notes that brings balance to the nose.
The taste starts off rather bitter, turns slightly sweetish mid palate, and turns bitter again in the finish. It has a pleasing bitter aftertaste.
This is pretty much a no frills IPA and is very drinkable. I like it and the price I paid for it.
09-15-2012 14:07:34 | More by Bitterbill
3.19/5 rDev +3.9%
12 oz bottle dated 2 Dec. 2012 served in a Sam Adams lager glass.
Pours a sparkling and deep amber with a well-proportioned, creamy tan head. The head is not very durable, as is common with IPAs.
The aroma is rather subtle for style; definitely more like a pale ale. It is more flavorful than suggested by the nose, but here too it falls into the weak-for-style category. Earthy/resiny hops and not at all fruity.
M: medium body and carbonation. Slightly harsh given style and ABV. Some dryness in finish.
O: a so-so IPA, at best; better if though of as a rich APA.
09-14-2012 00:29:25 | More by chinchill
3/5 rDev -2.3%
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - clear copper color with a white head that settles to a layer leaving hints of thin lace.
S - kind of malty with some earthy aromas.
T - malty sweet upfront with flowery/earthy bitterness on the finish.
F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.
O - just another IPA.
09-09-2012 22:32:06 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.3/5 rDev +7.5%
New to NH, this seems to be an old school brand, but I've not heard of it before, points off for screw top bottles. Pours a medium copper color with a decent white head that slowly fades to a cap on top. the aroma is a bit earthy and piney with a mineral like aroma and hints of bread and caramel. The flavor is sweet and malty with lots of bread and caramel. The hops poke through and hit us with lots of onion and garlic. Sweet lingering sugary finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This is not bad its certainly easy enough to drink, but its certainly nothing exciting either.
09-08-2012 00:49:25 | More by johnnnniee
2.53/5 rDev -17.6%
Chilled 12 oz. twist-off stubby into a shaker pint. bottling date reads 6.3.2012.
Look- Clear medium amber with two fingers of crackly white head. Decent retention, lacing looks promising to start but I end up with a just-about squeaky clean glass.
Smell- Soft cedar and brown sugar. Swirling brings out a sharper astringent muskiness and the whole thing takes in a more nougaty character as it warms. Somewhat subdued and sweet, but pleasant enough.
Taste- Yergh. Toasted oyster cracker, sugar, musky/skunky hops, grassy, vaguely buttery. It really tastes like a (poorly) hopped adjunct lager. Finishes with a persistent burnt wet grass flavor. Not a fan. The lingering black pepper and basil aftertaste is unexpected and unwelcome,.
Mouthfeel- Thin, moderate carbonation, fairly crisp. Dry finish, decent drinkability, actually a bit boozy as it warms.
Overall- Perhaps I'm being harsh with my rating; it's certainly drinkable, but $1/12 oz. is about twice what I'd be willing to pay for this, and there are simply too many other excellent similarly priced IPAs on the market to spend my time and money on this.
09-05-2012 04:48:58 | More by Lawl3ss
2/5 rDev -34.9%
i had to rate this one low it was just too far outa style for an ipa if u ask me it was supposed to show case citra ,summitt,and 48 lattitude cascade which i believe is argentine or new zealand cascade but ye i could not taste even the slightest hop aroma or bitterness for that fact to me this tasted like a dryhopped lager i hate lagger no flavor to them nor was there in this beer i have to say color was pretty nice hue of golden red and it was carbed well i guess but i dont even think its bitter enough to be called a regular pale ale should be called a dryhopped lager like beer i cant imagine they used ale yeast when brewing this very kolsch like brew im bummed i wasnt able to taste the great blend of hops they claim to use maybe they could tripple the amount of hops and would have a descent ipa maybe closer to a english pale ale
08-24-2012 17:48:45 | More by justaholic
4.1/5 rDev +33.6%
On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.
Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell featured piney hops with a light soft caramel.
The taste consisted of an upfront piney and citric hop with a pleasant doughy round malt.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a very tasty and highly quaffable IPA. I think this beer suffers from the competition of the West Coast.
08-22-2012 22:49:02 | More by plaid75
Henry Weinhard's Woodland Pass IPA from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
71 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.