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Tumbleweed IPA - Lewis & Clark Brewing Company

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Tumbleweed IPATumbleweed IPA

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BA SCORE
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world-class

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 28
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-19-2002)
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Danismaximus

California

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd heard really great things about Tumbleweed and Lewis & Clark Brewing Company from several friends. Being from California, it is not easy to get ones' hands on it though. Well it was my lucky day recently as a buddy had just returned from Montana with a few beautiful cans of Tumbleweed.

So my honest thoughts?

This is a near flawless and perfect IPA in so many ways. I immediately picked up the complex and synergistic aromas from the Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus hops. It really is a nice pungent and unique IPA in this respect. The flavor is outstanding and a significant, crisp, and refreshing bitterness is immediately present but does not linger like so many IPA's do. Then the malty backbone really shines through and you are left with an extremely satisfied palate and a smile on your face! This is the most impressive IPA I have tasted out of a can. I am a big fan of the use of cans but these guys have it down to an art.

Now, I am a brewer myself and am not always easily impressed but I felt compelled to write about Tumbleweed because it is an amazing IPA. However, I especially wanted to review it because I think that it is a downright shame that good Californians (and others of course) cannot enjoy this beer without going to Montana due to a no-exports law! With all the excitement about IPAs and craft brewing I think if more people knew about this beer it would really be exciting for Montana and the entire craft brewing community.

Please let me finish by saying that I am not "willy nilly" about throwing perfect scores around. It's just that for me, this was a spectacular beer that was deeply satisfying and just what I am looking for in an IPA. Crisp, refreshing, tons of hop flavor and aroma, and a solid body to round it out. Perfect....

Serving type: can

09-27-2013 05:19:34 | More by Danismaximus
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Sark

Montana

4/5  rDev -7.6%

09-10-2013 02:28:04 | More by Sark
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beergil

Montana

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

08-07-2013 01:42:02 | More by beergil
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cgman1985

Montana

4/5  rDev -7.6%

08-03-2013 22:16:09 | More by cgman1985
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Patrick_Miller

Montana

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-22-2013 20:46:28 | More by Patrick_Miller
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slow rising two-finger thin foamy crusted head with soapy base. Brew is nicely clear with vibrant red and orange hues. Steady stream of slow bubbles rises. Lacing is not too shabby either. Lasting head.

Tons of pineapple, mango, apricot... A bit sweet. Mild, missing a lot of jump.

Very wet, refreshing, nicely bitter in a wet relaxed way. Pine is sappy and resinous. Fruit is balanced with nice complexity and lasting crisp flavors. Carbonation is perfect, creamy, smooth, easy drinker.

Hands down one of the best IPAs I've ever had... Highly recommended for a warm summer evening, draws the end of a great vacation that pulled me to Montana with some great people. Tumbleweed should be considered at the top of it's class.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:04:14 | More by chugalug06
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Special thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for delivering us this beer.

A: Two fingers of pillowy cream head top a perfectly clear amber coloured brew with plenty of lacing along the sides of the glass. Constant streams of tight carbonation flow to the top.

S: Upfront scents of pine sap along with grass, sweet malts and carmonalized orange peels.

T: Pronounced hoppy notes of citrus peels, oranges and lemons, at the front end that leads to middles notes of alcohol esters and maltiness. Finishes is a pleasant lingering citrus bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth finish.

O: This is a very tasty pine forward ipa that provides an excellent balance between hoppiness and maltiness notes. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 21:16:22 | More by FondueVoodoo
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neckbeered

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

07-07-2013 21:32:33 | More by neckbeered
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SirBentham

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-06-2013 15:50:08 | More by SirBentham
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elglueckert

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

06-27-2013 07:35:50 | More by elglueckert
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StevePac

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is definitely one of my favorite IPA's out there. Incredibly balanced, hop forward with just enough malt backbone to keep the bitterness in check. It is incredibly easy to drink and can get you into trouble because it goes down so smooth. Luckily it comes in at 6.6% so you can have a few without feeling like someone stomped on your head the next day. The only downfall to this beer would be the availability.... can't get it outside on Montana, the last time I checked.

This is definitely a beer to seek out or trade for!

Serving type: can

06-14-2013 18:36:12 | More by StevePac
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Jameswoody

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

05-05-2013 13:40:18 | More by Jameswoody
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice amber color, the head is head is white, there is a good retention and lacing. The smell is hoppy with hints of earthy malt in the background. The taste is bitter with a subtle sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is smooth with a good carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty solid, definitely a good IPA.

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 03:19:12 | More by Knapp85
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Many thanks to sholle for sending this one!

A - Pours medium amber in color and leaves a sticky lacing ring.

S - Citrus, pine, floral, and some lightly toasted caramel malt.

T - Red grapefruit, floral, and pine bitterness over top of a light caramel base. Finishes out with an assertive one/two punch of grapefruit and pine that lingers for a good long time.

M - Rich medium body and a very dry finish which only intensifies the hops.

O - Balanced to a certain degree with an agressive finish, well brewed and worth checking out.

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 03:28:05 | More by jzeilinger
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-29-2013 03:52:38 | More by FLBeerGuy
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jbeezification

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-28-2013 13:10:43 | More by jbeezification
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

04-22-2013 21:11:20 | More by Thorpe429
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gueuzegossage

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

04-18-2013 21:43:51 | More by gueuzegossage
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-08-2013 00:52:59 | More by taospowder
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-06-2013 05:09:55 | More by iL0VEbeer
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-02-2013 04:05:58 | More by BYOFB
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Immo

Montana

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA Ive ever had, and probably be my fav forever. Very complex hopy flavor that is very balanced and full flavored, with a wonderful after taste. What I love about this beer is I can drink 6 with no problem when with regular IPA's I can only stand one or two... Of course I never do get to the 6th.... Maybe one day....

Bought In Helena Montana at Vans Thriftway across from Carroll College

Serving type: can

03-25-2013 01:25:44 | More by Immo
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-24-2013 05:37:12 | More by oriolesfan4
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Sholle for this one:

A- pours golden-amber in color, with a two-finger light-tan creamy head, good retention leaves thick lace around the rim.

S- oily hop notes of grass, floral, piney and herbal notes, quite rare to pick out so many different hop profiles. Some toasted malty notes

T- the complexity of hop profiles follow on the palate; piney and floral hops up front, transitions into tart citrus and grassy notes, the finish is slightly sweet with just a touch of toasted malt. Finishes dry with notes of pine, grapefruit juice, and some toasted grain.

M- light carbonation with a medium body provides a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that finishes velvety smooth

O- this is one of the most drinkable full flavored IPA's that I've tried. So many hop flavors, yet nothing overpowers. The grapefruit-like flavor at the end is a perfect finish. I usually only drink one or two ipa's in a sitting, but I could easy go through 6 of these. Solid IPA.

Serving type: can

03-09-2013 23:47:00 | More by Treyliff
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep, clear amber with a big fluffy head. Excellent lacing and retention.

S: Big, floral citrus/grapefruit with pine and some spice and toasty, caramel malt to add complexity.

T/M: Ample, smooth bitterness up front with floral citrus, peach, and pine resin. The malt is well represented, nice caramel and bready biscuit notes, but not to sweet. Very neutral yeast profile aside from some light, citrus esters that meld with the hops. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and the carbonation is spot on.

Overall: Amazed by this one, easily the best Montana brewed beer I have had. Perfect balance for the style, and a big, smooth hop character. I hope to see this in cans more often, but if not, Helena is less than an hour and a half away. World-class stuff.

Serving type: can

02-27-2013 03:39:05 | More by Siriusfisherman
Tumbleweed IPA from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.