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Edge City IPA - Bristol Brewing Company

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87
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-09-2006)
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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. This ale appears a clear deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head. The head settles to about a half inch layer and sticks around for nearly the entire glass. Aromas and flavors are of assorted citrus fruits such as grapefruit and orange, a decent amount of sweet malts, and subtle floral hops. With a satisfying mouthfeel and adequate carbonation, this ale was quite enjoyable. Nothing over the top, just a nice, well made IPA.

Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with snowtiger (thanks!).

Poured a dark and hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, oranges, and light flowers. Tastes of grapefruit, oranges, grass and caramel. Has a nice sweet and bitter balance.

Notes from: 1/2/06

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dang, I forgot that I picked this up a couple of months ago:

It started to gush right after the cap came off; I hope it's still ok.

Nice cloudy orange yelow colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is nice with good caramel malt and some citrus hops...nicely balanced.

The taste has that balance as well. Nice hop citrus bitterness up front and then the sweet malt, and some breadiness, moves in and dominates from about mid palate on until the finish where it returns to some good hop bitterness. Yum, this is a very nice malty American IPA that, I think, leans more towards an English style. I say that because I don't think a couple of months would make that much difference in the taste ie the hop profile couldn't have shrunk that much during that time sitting in my fridge.

Anywho, the mouthfeel actually borders on full & the carbonation is medium. Head retention is very good and it doesn't lack for lacing. Very nice stuff and 1 that I'll look for again.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange and golden hues filter through a light fog. Perfect amount of head and very decent lacing for an IPA. A dynamic assortment of Chinook, Columbus and Cascade hops combines to form a nose of citrus and pine. Would have liked a bit more Cascade oil though.

Bold hop flavor and grapefruit welcome the tongue. Hints of caramel send it on its way. Medium-bodied and pleasantly carbonated, the sting of the hops dives into a dry, but satisfying and balanced finish.

As I was reaching for the 6 of Stone IPA, the beer man interrupted this almost robotic habit of mine with the confident suggestion to give this unfamiliar IPA a try. This was my first taste of Bristol Brewing, and an impressive introduction it was. One bomber was certainly not enough. Although Edge City IPA does not quite possess the same flashy taste and immense pungency of Stone IPA, I realize that I am in fact comparing the two. Do yourself a favor and try this gem...if you can find it. Try it with Panang Curry.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to russpowell for including this 22 oz. bottle in our trade!

Pours slightly hazed orangish amber with a thin off-white head that stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of resiny pine with grapefruity citrus. Caramel supports it in the back.

The taste is of resin and bitter grapefruit with a sweet caramel backing. Finishes with a bitter bite.

Medium-bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth despite a rawish bitter bite in the finish.

A very good example of a piney American IPA. Hoppy, but with a caramelish balance. A nice one - thanks again, Russ!

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber colored with a very strong head and outstandingly sticky head down the glass.

S: Candy sugar smell with caramel and hops providing a very delicious smell maybe no the right smell for the type of beer but good anyways.

T: Strong sweet hops light alcohol taste with plenty of bitter hop aftertaste.

M/D: A very dry mouth type of feel that was light but also a good sugary feel as well. The drinkability was very good do to the taste and the smell well everything about the beer made it very drinkable I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of JDV
2.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from a friend as a gift. Pours bright orange with a lasting head and some lacing. Smell is astringent, metallic, funky and lightly of feet. Taste is chalky, battery like metallic flavor and bad, odd, hops. I really didn't enjoy this one at all.

Photo of andreasmwatt
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - DARK AMBER COLOR. DESCENT 2 FINGER HEAD.

S - CASCADE AND COLUMBUS HOPS FOR SURE.

T - NICE BOLD AMERICAN STYLE IPA DOES THAT CATEGORY JUSTICE. A LITTLE BIT OF A STRONG AFTERTASTE BUT NOT BAD.

M - DERFINATELY HAVE TO DRINK AT THE RIGHT TEMP. HAS A NICE SMOOTH ZING TO IT.

D - DRINKS FAIRLY SMOOTH, AGAIN A LITTLE BIT OF A STRONG AFTERTASTE. GOOD OVERALL BEER.

Photo of rye726
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An average IPA. More of a mild English version than American. Pours a brown color with a tan head. The nose had some bready malts and subtle hops. The taste was similar. A decent amount of bitter hops and grainy malts. Average body and carbonation. A fairly drinkable brew from Brisol.

Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

received this in big trade with russpowell, thanks again Russ! Bristol's Edge City pours a polished copper with good clarity. Few carbonation bubbles present that head slowly to the surface. A big billowy three finger ivory head formed on the pour and left big chunky lace on its way down the glass and finally settling to a healthy fingers worth of dense cragginess. This is an excellent looking IPA.

A big lush caramel and toasty maltiness is the first thing to hit the nose and forms an excellent base for this IPA. The maltiness quickly drops back and a solid hopping comes forth to steal the show. The hops consist of a good deal of fruitiness including ripe orange, bitter grapefruit, and a touch of apricot all in that order of intensity. There's even a mint-like hop character that when added to the clean alcohol fumes really brings out all the hoppiness. I like the aroma of this beer more and more as I continue to smell.

A blast of sweet caramel right up front quickly transitions into a mild toasted maltiness. The hops, again, are the showcase of this beer and have a great depth. Orange and bitter grapefruit dominate but there are hints of pine, mint, and apricot on the finish. The low level clean alcohol fumes make the hops more pronounced on this beer which is exactly what I like to see.

The mouthfeel is moderate but moves through the mouth at a quick pace thanks to the ample carbonation. The carbonation keeps this beer moving without being too aggressive. Finishes a bit dry which accentuates the hops even more.

I could easily sit back and polish off a couple of these in a night. Edge City goes down extremely easily and is a treat on a warm day like today.

This is a damn fine IPA from Bristol Brewing. I'd like to get my hands on a couple more of these and if it was local would be a mainstay in my fridge.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, big, clumpy billowing head. Looks great perched atop a dark orange/burgundy body. Sticky, good lacing. Quick swirl will rebuild the head.
Grapefruit, citrus and some pine move in and out with the nose. Nothing dominates, very complex, but an IPA to be sure.
Pine and citrus flavors come and go in a battle for dominance. Slick feel to it, perhaps a bit thin and not quite as dry as I thought it would be. A solid IPA from the Springs

Photo of masterkush
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber bought from the great Wilbur's Total Beverage.

Oh what a glorious head! This head reminds of fluffy clouds and makes me want to go frolic within its creamy goodness and trust me, I am not one for frolicking. I must say this may be on of the best heads on a beer I have seen. Not only does it retain throughout the pint, but it is fluffy and structured. It reminds me of the foam at a foam party, just sticks around forever and you can shovel it around making it pile up. Ok. Enough about the head.

The smell is hoppy as promised on the label. 29 types of hops? I believe it. It's hard to place a finger on a characteristic hop in this smell, but it is nothing if not hoppy.

The taste comes through, with a complex hop taste, hints of pine and citrus. It is balanced nicely with a slightly burnt malt flavor. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but it comes through as a pleasant flavor and balances nicely with the hops.

The mouthfeel is slick, slightly oily feeling but the intense carbonation gives it a nice feel. Not as full bodied as some, but no unpleasant in the least.

Overall, this is a solid IPA. I would certainly not complain about having to drink this frequently, but with some many great IPAs on the market, it's tough competition. I'm not sure this is one I buy this again given the options available, but it is definitely worth a try.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange color with billowy 1 inch head. Lacing is sticky and very attractive. A good lookin brew.

S - Strong grapefruit and piney hops with a bit of malt sweetness to add some backbone.

T - Dry, grapefruit and resiny hop flavors with a bit of malt sweetness. Good flavors that combine well and a strong hop emphasis.

M - Moderate carbonation with a very dry bittering finish. Medium Body.

D - Excellent flavor at a moderate ABV, not or cloying or overly bitter. An excellent IPA that I wish were more available.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is quite the exceptional IPA. Thanks to Crosling for including it as a bonus in a trade.

The beer pours to a fairly cloudy golden color. Whoops, I think I poured the sediment. Builds a nice towering white head with great retention provided by a constant stream of carbonation. Laces moderately well.

The smell is very piney and grapefruity with a bit of floral. The hops bouquet dominates the aroma. Only a hint of bready pale malt.

The taste reminds me of a mix between Two Hearted and Stone IPA, almost. Has the piney grapefruit as well as the floral and zesty hops with a very clean pale malt character. Just the perfect amount of bitterness with a lingering pine resin. Just a bit catty.

The body is medium with the perfect carbonation to accentuate the hops. Very crisp and refreshing, but plenty of IBUs as well. I could drink a lot of this, and at 5.3% it is easily sessionable, if only it were available here...

Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Total Beverage. I have never seen this before so of course I had to buy it. it pours a dark orange with a fluffy white head. The smell reminds me of candy or bubblegum. The taste is sweet also and I can;t really taste the hops. This was unlike any IPA I have ever had. Pretty good but I won't buy it on the regular.

Photo of ddarden
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber thanks to russpowell.
Bristol is a great little brewery and they make a wonderful IPA that I have had on-tap, on cask, and in the bottle. Edge City ranks up there as one of my favorite IPA's. I poured this bottle into a Free The Hops snifter with a nice off white head than quickly fades leaving a very nice sticky trial of lacing. The beer is a cloudy orange, copper color with tiny bubbles streaming up.

The smell is very malty with some pine and grapefruit hops peeking through. But the smell is more about the malt: malty and fresh baked bread...very nice. But the taste is why is seek this beer out. I love hops and lots of them, but this beer is one of the most balanced IPA's on the market. Upfront you get a nice dose of hops, but quickly turns biscuity with a medium sweet malt flavor. The finiish is bitter and leaves you wanting another sip. I guess one of the reasons this is one of my favorite IPA's is its balance. The mouthfeel is medium and a little thicker than the average IPA.

The drinkability is excellent and wish I had regular access to Bristol so I could bring a growler home every weekend.

Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's my take on the non-cask version

Pours amber with a rocky 3 fingers+ sand colored head. Insane lacing & very good head retention

S: Fruity with citrussy hops

T: Piney & grapefruitty hops up front. Breadyness & fruittyness sneak in as this warms. A little caramel, biscuitty malt & hop tea mingle as this continues to warm. Finishes a little fruitty, with some caramel & grapefruitty/pine hop twang

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks very easy, a nice IPA that doesn't over power, but still delivers a nice dose of hops. Not as good as the cask, but very few kegged versions are IMO

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks mike

pours a thick yet clear orange.. lacing sticks every millimeter in crown-shaped ribbons and crackly haze remains on the surface. aroma is full of nutty almond-tinged columbus hops. caramel and carob mingle with the robust footy hop and create a mouthwatering sensory experience. deep sniffs bring forth a scent of lemon poppy muffin.. ridiculously complex aroma here.

medium body, crisp, peppy. bitterness is slightly prohibitive and interferes somewhat with the medium hop flavors. just as i'm catching some of the non-citrus hop complexity, the bitterness hits me out of left field and masks all of the remaining flavor. it lingers, albeit fresh and botanical, far through and past the initial sip. i'm able to pull many more flavors out of the beer if i leave it in my mouth and allow it to warm. still, it's more of a resinous, earthy filth that rules the school here.

this beer is very drinkable and brilliantly showcases columbus hops, although the attempt to balance its aggressiveness seems to get a little too messy and covers up much of the potential flavor. with warmth, i'm able to draw some additional floral spiciness and perfumey hops.. the malts, which seem honey-accented, are so far in the background drowned out by green cones.

something good for us east coasters, but i think this is just average out west.

Photo of benito
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bristol's IPA is a worthwhile, if unexceptional beer.

A: Typical IPA. Light copper with a big head.

S: Good grapefruit notes along with a strong malt (cold wort) presence that I notice in a lot of Bristol's beers.

T: Standard piney hop flavors up front followed by a very starchy, malty finish. There are hints of overly-steeped tea as well.

M and D: Fairly standard. Like I said at the beginning, this is a passable (medium body, tasty, inoffensive) IPA that reveals itself entirely in the first sip.

In terms of Bristol's beers, this is a bit of a letdown for the Edge City series (Harvest Ale and Octoberfest were both great!), but it's also easy to see why this is one of their biggest sellers at the brewery. There are plenty of better IPAs on the market, but this one isn't bad.

Photo of aaronh
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical IPA appearance: copper color, off-white head, decent retention. Malt is very apparent in the aroma with not much in the way of hop notes. Still, I like it. Just not the greatest aroma for an IPA. Flavor also has a good bit of malt up front, with a nice smooth bitterness balancing the flavors. A subtle dose of pine hop flavor completes the picture. Mouthfeel is very solid. Drinkability is also good. This is an enjoyable beer. Glad I found this one.

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Edge City IPA from Bristol Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.