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Woodruff IPA - Downtown Grill & Brewery

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Downtown Grill & Brewery visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full-bodied, traditional IPA, well balanced with a healthy dose of English hops. Reminiscent of “historical” Knoxville IPA’s.

(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 05-25-2004)
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

beerpig, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Applesauce1
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the Brewery...
Appearance: copper with a half inch white head (great looking)
Smell: lots of hops; good smell; no mustiness
Taste: this is a great beer; very hoppy; no fruitiness as some IPAs have
Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied
Drinkability: had two in a night

Overall, a very impressive beer. This was a nice treat to start off my trip in Knoxville.

Applesauce1, Nov 05, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the staple brew for the Downtown Brewery and Grill. And it should be. It's the best beer they serve. It's everything that you'd want in an IPA, and little that you wouldn't. A good hop-heavy balance between bitter and sweet, citrusy and smooth, malty and piney. It heald a nice head retention and adequately carbonated. Lacing well and releasing a strong grapefruit and pine boquet. Very nice and assertive flavors of a medium caramel / bready malt base and very spicy hops. Not over the top, but nicely balanced. Bigger than moderate in the body with a sweet, dry finish. Very nice.

BEERchitect, Oct 16, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived at the table a medium goldern with a white persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was citrusy hops even though the desciption was English hops. There was also a slight fruitiness.

The flavor was earthy English hop flavor and bitterness with caramel.

The finish was dry with a lasting hop impression into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

A nice beer.

The server said the IPA was the highest alcohol beer she served. I did not sense that at all. She also said this was their best selling beer.

GCBrewingCo, May 26, 2004
Photo of aleyeast
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On my way to Chicago, we stayed in Knoxville, I was also told by the server that this was the most popular beer. The style it is listed as is wrong though, this is an American IPA, not a double.

That being said, I am glad the people of Tennessee have taste because this was my favorite beer as well and it had a great hop aroma and flavor. Extremely drinkable well made beer.

Restaurant is very big and food was more than acceptable for the pub fare we ordered.

aleyeast, Dec 16, 2004
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Garrettshu, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

MLFrank, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Dansting
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Poured a clear, golden color with a medium white head. Strong lacing. Pleasant citrus aroma with a hint a sweet malt to it. Mouthfeel is nice. Flavor is a pleasant hoppy taste. Citrus is very apparent, with a nice sweet caramel touch to it. Finish has a pine taste to it. A nice brewpub IPA.

Dansting, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I closed out the night with their most popular beer.

It poured a nice copper wih a 1/4" head. The bartenders need to stand the glass up sooner to produce a bigger head in my opinion.

The smell was clearly a hoppy one.

WOW.... I thought the porter was hoppy.... this one blew my doors off (in a good way). Heavy on the hops but typical of a good quality IPA. Other minor taste additions were a pine, citrus that enhanced the bitterness.

This is a full-bodied beer that lets you know who's boss.

Overall, I would definately have this again... perhaps just one or two a night would be enough.

TheBierBand, Mar 16, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

BlueMoon10, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

cvalleskey, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this is not a double IPA but rather is just a regular single IPA. It poured a nice pale amber with a good frothy white head and some side glass lace. The aroma was fresh, nice floral hops with a touch of sweetness. The flavor was a touch muted, somewhat thin, but still quite decent. The finish was very nice and I actually seemed to like this more as time went on. Overall not a bad IPA, but I have had better, needs a little more depth to make it special.

mikesgroove, Nov 12, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What you'd expect in an IPA. Golden pale color with moderate head.

Smell of floral hoppiness.

Taste is a good hop kick but not overpowering. Strong, yet smooth wallop of hops with no strong aftertaste.

The feel was smooth and on the crisp side.

Very drinkable. I'll have another.

masterbruewer, Feb 17, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photekut, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cHurley, Jun 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

elkinbrown, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

DrMindbender, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

jsorah10, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Jfowler05, Jul 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Pabetism, Aug 09, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Good for a brewpub. Big fish, small pond brew. Nothing unique, but hoppy enough to remember. And while this is a beer review forum, I feel compelled to say that the atmosphere is worth the stop alone. We came in from Pigeon Forge while on vacation and walked into Live Jazz Sunday Brunch. Food was stellar!

*This place has phenomenal 1 and 2L growlers with Grolsch-style tops! A must-have if you don't already!

b3shine, Mar 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

erikcx, Sep 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

rodlavers, Nov 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

pheelingIt, Jun 13, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the brewpub, in a pint glass. It was a bit of a disappointment to me, sort of a bitter English IPA with little in the way of hoppy character. Otherwise not much to note about it. Clear, golden color, decent head, etc etc. The body was maybe a little fuller than usual for an IPA, that was the highpoint for me. But the lingering bitterness left me wanting something else. Not bad per se, just kind of middling.

TurdFurgison, Oct 07, 2010
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Woodruff IPA from Downtown Grill & Brewery
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