X-114 IPA - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by beerdown77:
4/5 rDev +3.6%
This is beer is very crafted and good, dare I say, almost too refined. The pour is a cloudy golden color with foamy head, good lacing, and moderate retention. The smell is pleasant hop/floral. The taste is dominated by bitter hops. Rather than a sweet malty complexity, there is a cereal graininess that adds a nice non-syrupy complexity. Again, the craft of this beer disallows any harsh imperfections that you might experience with a small time brewery. The body is medium and smooth, and the aftertaste is rounds out and is devoid of that “dirty” bitterness.
06-19-2011 22:55:36 | More by beerdown77
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is a lot of hops - piney, resiny, and a little dank.
The flavor is a little sweet malt with some fruit leading to a big hop finish - piney, resiny and a little dank and earthy. The mouthfeel is medium to full with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a very solid IPA. This reminded me a little of a milder, lower ABV Gubna. The hops remind me a little of toned down Summit. Widmer has been surprising me some with their recent beers.
07-10-2011 04:52:44 | More by Beaver13
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
I have been slightly disappointed with most Widmer products with the exception of Brrr! and Drifter. I'm a big IPA fan and look forward to trying anything new (especially from West Coast breweries).
This was excellent! For starters it has an outstanding citrus nose that immediately hooks you in. The smell is followed by the wonderful flavors of it's bold combination of hops. It's very easy to drink and at 6% it won't knock you out like some of the 7%-9% other IPAs. I found it on sale for $7.99/six pack which is an outstanding buy compared to similar products for $9/$11.
Note --- Widmer beers need to be served in a glass. You do not get the full experience of the beer within the bottle. The tiny head on the bottles don't seem to allow enough oxygen in to release the smell and flavor.
Great job Widmer! Keep them coming!
04-11-2011 04:01:15 | More by mikechance
4/5 rDev +3.6%
12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date on the label.
Perfect clarity, dense froth sticks well. Hoppy aroma smells if cilantro, hemp seed oil and grapefruit. Smoothness is there and pretty deep at that, slightly chewy malt body. Hops are amped-up with a quick sharp sting of bitterness and a whole lot of lingering flavor; fresh cut grass, grapefruit, lime leaf and mint. Malt base many not be able to flaunt much but it does a great job to hold this beer together, hint of breadiness towards the end. Kiss of alcohol in the dry-ish hoppy finish.
All in all a very solid IPA, talkin the talk and walkin the walk now.
04-17-2011 01:36:02 | More by Jason
3.9/5 rDev +1%
The beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the pine and grapefruit, with some resiny hops and bready malt mixed in. The flavor is full of hop flavor. I get a lot of pine and resin, as well as some pineapple and grapefruit. The biscuit and bready malt keeps the beer fairly well balanced and the bitterness low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA from Widmer.
05-02-2011 04:09:26 | More by Mora2000
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
served on-tap into a pint glass at the bar inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV.
a very nice looking clear, deep golden orange color with a tight one finger or so of white head. tons of thick sticky lacing that lasts the whole glass. left a thin, but retentive layer of head.
in the aroma, lots of pine in the aroma and some light citrus fruits and a bit of light candied caramel malt. clean, but maybe not enough going on when compared to the taste.
lots of pine and grapefruit citrus, some tropical fruit and even a bit of juicy fruit. just enough of a candied caramel malt to be noticable. as it warms, a bit of spicey hop comes out.
soo smooth, slightly creamy even. a nice slightly resiny, almost oily lingering bitterness.
a really nice, flavorful, fresh tasting IPA. i almost thought this was a DIPA until i saw the stats. ive never had the bottled version of this beer, but im guessing from the right tap this is a much improved version. id definatly try this again.
04-07-2012 21:35:15 | More by dogfishandi
4/5 rDev +3.6%
A smidge darker than yellow, clean white head. Great citra hop aroma, this one was refreshing and had citrus qualities all over it.
More in the taste, pretty light body, alcohol underneath the radar, hops all over it. Plenty of fresh floral hop flavor without the bitterness getting in the way. Not all citrus though, there's enough pine in their to appreciate it. Very similar to the citra blonde, this one pairs a little more malt and alcohol with the beer.
A real citric experience, pairs excellent with spicy mexican food full of cilantro.
08-25-2011 18:42:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.55/5 rDev +17.9%
Pours into a chalice with a beautiful copper semi chill hazed clarity, forms a thicket of chunky beige lacing that forms lace all the way around the sides of the glass.
Aroma has a big citrus bite with tropical fruit tartness a hint of mango/pineapple action really stands out, just smells really West coast to the nose. Earthy herbal citrus rind with a hint of dank kind bud. Really nice hops going on here, interesting as a beer from Kroger in Martins Ferry, OH will ever get so far.
Flavor surprises me a again with a big juicy luscious hop character seems vine ripened super fresh, must be those Citra hops popping in every direction. Honestly for the value of a beer this nice at $8.99 a six, I may have just found one of the best beers of 2011. Not overly bitter but in your face citrus/pineapple/mango blended with a mildly dank earthy herbaceous hop character. Semi sweet malts blend out a nice balance in this beer, well done from every angle no complaints only praise.
Mouthfeel another highlight no cloying sweetness from residual sugars this one finished bone dry, with a assertive lively carbonation that doesn't over do it. No heavy booze going on to burn you either only around 6.2% abv.
Overall one of the most likeable drinking IPAs around right now, I'm a believer that the Widmer Brothers aren't joking around after tasting this beer. Their hefeweizen which was wildly popular while I was living in the So Cal confused me, but I understand how it has caught on. I will be driving back down for more of this quality IPA without a doubt.
08-03-2011 03:37:27 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +3.6%
On tap at Boonville beer fest 2 festivals ago, then last night at the Giants vs A's Game.
Very good beer all around. A great suggestion as a intro into the style.
A - Golden honey , nice clarity and active. Not much of a head.
S - Nice sweet citrus, some peach, orange and lemon rind, nice earthiness backing it all up.
T - Not much of a malt presence but it's there. Sweet Citrus and what I really liked about this was the nice dry grassiness in the finish without being too bitter. The finish on this one is better than most IPAs I've encountered. Impressed.
M - very good carbonation and dry at the end. Solid all the way around.
O - Not sure what the bottle version of this beer tastes like as Tap is the only way I've had this beer but it's a damn tasty brew. Summer is coming up and I could sit outside and drink a ton of these to enjoy the day or nice BBQ at the pool.
05-23-2011 16:39:17 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.28/5 rDev -15%
Pours a pretty clear bright golden-orange color with a short white bubbly head. No retention. No noticeable carbonation but noticeable sediment throughout that's not yeast. Looks more like citrus pulp
Sweet malty citrus, grapefruit peel and a little floral on the nose. Pretty simple and restrained
Flavors are pretty well balanced, but not very much going on. Not complex at all. Mild hops notes. Aftertaste is hoppier than the middle. There's a slight odd bitterness up front transitioning to a balanced malt to hop middle, then fresh hoppy aftertaste
Smooth and slightly bitter mouthfeel that's medium bodied with decent carbonation
Overall this beer is pretty good. Not sure I'd order or buy it again if I wanted an IPA with the other options out there these days. On the bottle it says "Lively Hop Flavor." I don't get that at all. It's a very balance mild hop flavor. It could be a good IPA for people new to or trying and IPA.
06-02-2011 01:26:51 | More by MrVonzipper
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured from a longneck 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.
Appearance: Clear deep golden color with a one finger fluffy white head that leaves good lacing.
Smell: Citrus and grassy, with a little musty hemp-like aroma. Interesting.
Taste: This is all about the hops, very fresh and clean tasting pine and hemp-like hops. Has very little pale malt underneath, certainly not enough to balance. But, not overly bitter either. This has an unusual very hoppy taste due to the lack of balance, but I sort of like it. It gives it a more unique hops profile than most American IPA's.
Mouth feel: Very thin and light, with good carbonation. A very crisp feel on the tongue.
Drinkability: I like this one, due to it's unique hops profile and lack of malt balance. It's all about the hops, and sometimes I am in the mood for that. I like this original flavored IPA and would drink it again. Would like to try it on tap some day.
07-08-2011 16:37:44 | More by ChopperSmith
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
bottled 06-07-2011, reviewed 08-07-2011
a: pours a nice golden/orangish color but on the lighter side.. clear body with a touch of hop haze.. i've always been a fan of lighter colored IPAs.. got a one finger head..
s: excellent nose on this one. lots of tropical fruits.. mango, pineapple, peach.. grapefruit, tangerines.. hints of floral hops & pine.. just a touch of breadiness with some caramel..
t: front of the tongue you get caramel malt.. as it goes down you get grapefruit, peach, pineapple, citrus flavors.. even some mango.. backend is a bit resiny with some danky qualities to it.. bitterness isnt harsh but not entirely weak.. very nice taste
mf: this is where i think this beer lacks a bit.. its got a soft nice feel to it, just feels a bit thin.. but it may be due to the abv being just over 6% & the beer drinking like some great double IPAs out there.
o: very impressed with this one! if this was year round, it would be in my fridge all the time! reminds me a lot of Just Outstanding IPA or even a baby version of Citra DIPA
08-07-2011 23:59:35 | More by aval89
4.5/5 rDev +16.6%
On tap at Leesville Tap Room.
Arrived a deep copper with half inch of foamy head; great retention. Smells citrusy, piny, floral; amazing. Taste is similar to the nose; intense hops a citrus fruitiness and mild pine, but predominantly floral. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; very drinkable.
I loved this one. I'm a hop head and this one hits the full spectrum of hops but in a balanced and delicious manner. For me this could quickly become a sessionable beer.
08-29-2011 00:23:20 | More by tdm168
4.8/5 rDev +24.4%
I was very surprise on this beeer.
TASTE: Taste is very good. It caught me by surprise. Very light at first but the hop catch up.
Smell- The usua1l, not the best smeller.
Mouthful- KRISP!!! loved loved it!
Nice IPA for a light wieght. Good for the price.
06-06-2011 00:50:07 | More by Mozz74
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
So this is the Citra single hop rotational IPA from Widmer. Pale amber color with an initially foamy head that quickly subsides. The nose is pink grapefruit with some perfumey floral notes. Get a blend of citrusy and earthy hops on the attack, with some caramel maltiness on the mid palate. Finishes with some bitterness but seems pretty easy going. The box says 50 IBUs. Thin mouthfeel detracts a bit from this beer. Decent, but not my favorite American IPA by far.
05-04-2011 02:23:02 | More by dannydetox
3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear copper, with nearly a finger of sudsy bright-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess that flares up to a rich ½ finger, leaving back a moderate looking cascade of light spotty lace. The aroma smells floral and a touch herbal, giving way to grapefruit and sweet malt (that has a slight roasted presence to it) which is giving off a light toasted tanginess in the nose.
The taste has a leafy and bitter citrus character to it that trails a herbal feel out into the mouth. This mingles with the balancing sweetness and toast of the malt (which almost has a gentle smokiness to it) to leave a rather pronounced sticky twang across the back of palate. The finish is dry with some lingering rind but it’s not coming off as overly raw or bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp prickle the whole way through the feel. This is undercut by some slickness that fortunately smoothes this out a bit along the back. That 6% ABV feel just about right here, giving this some presence on the palate, yet the alcohol is mostly staying in the background.
This was OK. It wasn’t coming off to me as overly exciting to begin with and then that strange combo of herbal citric hops and smoky tang really started to come out as this warmed. I don’t know. It’s not that this was poorly crafted or anything but it’s just one of those IPAs that was a little hard to wrap the palate around. For a beer that uses Citra hops, I got surprisingly little of that out of this. I’d be willing to try this again though to get a better handle on it.
08-23-2011 19:14:25 | More by Kegatron
3.08/5 rDev -20.2%
Sure, it took me a while. Thought the bottle just said 'rotator' on it. Like you're rotating the beer and so forth. Alas, it settled in in the end. Pours a clear golden straw. A bit unexciting yet decent nonetheless.
Light notes of citrus on the nose are pleasant yet quite APA in order. Pleasant enough but coming up a bit short for the style. Offers a rather slight bitterness above and beyond the standard pale ale and just a touch of hop spice.
So this is what an IPA has come to, eh? I think not...In the end a spiced pale ale with a light body, smooth yet lacking in bitterness. And in fact this seems to be a slight variant of their Drifter Pale.
05-27-2011 08:39:39 | More by HalfFull
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
A - Pours a light straw color with a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lace. Would like to see more head and lacing.
S - Big pine aroma up front with some citrus - grapefruit and orange mainly.
T - Definitely pine bitterness in the foreground with a nice bready malt background. This pine fades to citrusy grapefruit and bitterness that lingers.
M - Medium mouthfeel that is resinous and a bit chewy. Nice dry finish with moderate carbonation.
O - This is a really good West Coast IPA with a big coniferous flavor. Widmer got it right with this one!
07-24-2011 03:27:44 | More by sdmvd6
X-114 IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.