App-Gap IPA - The Bobcat Café & Brewery

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App-Gap IPA
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86
very good

11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bobcat Café & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A medium-bodied IPA which merges the best ingredients from both sides of the pond. Brewed with English pale and crystal malts, this IPA is dominated with the Simcoe hop to provide a very aromatic hop presence with distinct bitterness and hop flavor.

69 IBU

(Beer added by: scottum on 08-16-2005)
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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tnbeatty
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of VtBrew
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

WARNING.. I don't like simcoe..tried to get pass it but no one is perfect.
From notes
APP-Reddish/Copper off-white large head w/ nice lacing. The ring last throughout.

Aroma- Piney/Citus hop aroma comes through first followed by a almost candy sweetness. There is also some toffee notes in there.

Flavor- Simcoe hops come through strong malt notes minimal. Bitterness lingers.

O/D Not sure if its the simcoe or the balance that I disliked more.... Palate crushing...low drinkablity.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub on 7/17/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin head of bright-white foam. This keeps some richness around the edges, leaving behind some light spotty lacing which quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The Simcoe hops are very noticeable here in the aroma, with their mix of pine, danky earth and sweet fruit tones. The English Pale malts are more supportive here in the nose, sitting more in the back and letting the hops do their thing.

The taste is biting up front with earthy and pithy jolt that stretches citrus rind, resins, and green bitter fruit out in the mouth. The malts hang on the sides of the profile and surrounding the hop flavors with a flat grainy sweetness. This finishes with a bitter, spicy, and dry feel that lingers fairly long. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sprightly crispness to it that prickles the tongue. There's some slickness here that runs along the backbone of the body, helping keep this mostly easy drinking despite the strong bitterness and ABV. Speaking of which, the alcohol mostly just leaves some light warmth on the breath and is otherwise pretty unnoticed.

This was an interesting take on an IPA, with the malts giving this a traditional English-style feel but the Simcoe hops adding a definite American kick to this. Tasty stuff either way and I'm glad that I chose this one to start off my visit here, as it left a favorable impression right off the bat.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome IPA for such a small little place. Its a nice amber color with a small head, it has a great hoppy aroma and a deep amber color. Overall its a nice easy drink and goes will with anything with cheese. If you go you've got to try it.

Photo of Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper amber color with a nice two finger head.

Aroma is full of grassy simcoe hops that dominate the nose.

Taste is full of grassy simcoe hops with a biscuit malt underlay. Not too carbonated nor strong.

Mouthfeel has lingering hop bitterness that is very, very nice.

A decent and drinkable ipa that delivers on hops. Its also low in abv, always a plus.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hypnotically deep amber color almost as though it wanted to be an American brown. Near white head that faded quickly Way darker than I was expecting. Hops nose but not nearly as aggressive as most IPAs. So far not what I think of an IPA. The taste is malty at the very beginning then followed by a punch of hops that hits you right in the back of the jaw. Exactly what it should be. The finish is especially bitter and hoppy. The mouthfeel is good; moderate carbonation and smooth. Poignant and bitter in a notable way. A strange IPA but an outstanding one.

Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear copper with a thin ring of white foam.

S-Sweet caramel malt with a nice smack of piney/citrus Simcoe hops.

T-Malty body holds up well to deliver a good kick of resinous Simcoe hops with a tickle of piney citrus flavour. decent lingering bitterness.

M-Medium body with good crispness and lingering hop bitterness.

D-Solid. This isnt Double Simcoe...but at "only" 5% ABV this is a fairly flavourful, quaffable Am. IPA.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap from the Bobcat, the beer was presented in a standard pint glass. Wow was this beer dark (for the style). On appearance alone, I would have never guessed that this was a IPA. It was brown ale brown in color, a slightly ligher than bronze brown that allowed a decent amont of light thru and showed ample signs of carbonation. The beer was topped by one finger of every so slightly off-white creamy thick head. Thick rings of laced rimmed the glass the whole way down throughout the sample. Truly a great, if not characteristic, IPA appearance.

The smell was only slightly hoppy with a deep floral scent in the background. An ever so slight fruitiness was apparent and a hint of malt in the nose as well. Less hoppy than most IPA's are to the nose, but still hop dominated in the aroma.

If the appearance and the smell were slightly off what one would expect for an IPA the taste was dead on solid IPA flavour. A solid and powerful hop kick that dominated the palate and had a lip puckering bitterness to it that coated the entire tounge. Slightly floral, but this IPA was a hop machine. Very fresh and crisp to the finish.

A light to moderate mouthfeel that had very good carbonation that made the beer even more enjoyable.

As far as drinkability goes, I gotta say this is one of my favorite IPA's. As far as New England goes, the best I have had and I'm sure its accolades would be proclaimed more if it had the distribution outside of tiny Bristol. An excellent IPA and one I can't wait to have again. The bitterness is still with me a good 20 minutes after I have finished this beer.

App-Gap IPA from The Bobcat Café & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.