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The Bitter Professor IPA - 23rd Street Brewery

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The Bitter Professor IPA
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22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
23rd Street Brewery visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Bitter Proffesor IPA is an American West Coast IPA possess a nice light caramel taste leaving a crisp mouthfeel and is accented with small amounts of spiciness. Hopped with Amarillo, Cascade and Simcoe hops pleasant grapefruit and tangerine flavors and aroma are noted.

90 IBU

(Beer added by: Goliath on 08-13-2008)
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-10-2013 04:50:35 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

10-11-2013 20:35:31 | More by acurtis
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

The Bitter Professor was a great sample from Lawrence, KS. Wife was down there and completed her first 1/2 Iron Woman and brought back a growler for me :)! The beer poured a nice copper color with thin head that did not leave much lace. The scent included bitter hops but also some citrus and pine. The taste was near to the smell. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer....I wish I could have tried more from 23rd Street.

06-17-2013 01:03:45 | More by WoodBrew
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-07-2013 16:23:55 | More by jaydoc
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2.6/5  rDev -31.9%

Had on-tap at the brewery, 1/26/2014. Served in a pint glass (which I had to ask for - unless you ask they automatically serve everything in a giant 26-oz mug which is usually more than I want. Note to 23rd Street Brewery: inform your customers of the options better rather than automatically bringing out the most expensive option.)

Anyway, on to the beer.

It poured a darkish copper color with a 1-finger rocky head. It's certainly on the darker side for an IPA. The head went down quickly but left nice lacing. The smell was disappointing - a relatively faint piney aroma and not much else.

The taste pretty much followed the smell, though the pine came through a little bit more strong. Not much of an aftertaste and very little malt backbone to speak of. Certainly no citrusy notes like I would expect from a purportedly "West Coast" IPA. Mouthfeel is okay though on the thin side.

Overall this one is just really watery and not that impressive. You'd think that at 7.2% ABV it would have a bit more malt backbone and flavor but it drank more like 4% ABV; in all fairness the best comparison I have for the taste is some of the "session IPAs" like Stone Levitation and Boulevard Pop-Up IPA: basically just hoppy water. A disappointing beer from a local brewery that I want to support but needs to raise the bar a bit.

01-27-2014 18:51:39 | More by Kahless
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a medium copper amber with an off white head and a decent amount of lacing as it makes its way down. Nose is rather muted--I get some citrus and floral notes, but not too much in the way of overall hop character. A bit of a bready malt backbone comes through. The taste is similar in that nothing really stands out, although the malt and hops do blend together into a decent whole. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Not much alcohol taste, especially given the high abv on this. Fairly good drinkability. Not a bad beer, but nothing I'd really seek out.

09-29-2010 22:12:16 | More by Thorpe429
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-18-2012 21:28:37 | More by smdwyr
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4.43/5  rDev +16%

A: Pours a nice, slightly hazy yellow. Fairly light color. Snow-white head (2 fingers) that leaves mild lacing but dissipates after 5ish minutes.

S: Mostly hops coming through, minimal malt but still present. Very standard IPA smell, but very nice.

T: Standard IPA taste as well, nothing insanely memorable about it other than it's overall enjoyability. Fair amount of hops, but balanced well enough that the slight bitterness isn't overpowering.

M: Very smooth, medium-light bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable. Great session beer if you are planning on hanging out at the bar with some friends for a while.

If I wanted to get someone to start trying and enjoying IPAs, this would be a great starter.

05-28-2010 23:18:48 | More by TrippnFiasco
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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

09-25-2013 02:32:22 | More by Hellpop65
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, orange/amber color with a very small, thin, white head. (I think it sat awhile before arriving at my table.) It did leave some thin, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and citrus with subtle roasted malt aromas.

T - It tasted quite bitter upon first sip. The hops really had a good bite. It had a good burnt toast maltiness with caramel hints. The citrus aroma came through in the taste, as well.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied hoppy IPA.

D - This was really a pretty good brew to drink. I would've had more but I wanted to try some others from 23rd Street.

03-03-2009 01:59:47 | More by zeff80
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Had at the St Louis Microfest.

Not what I was expecting from an IPA, and I mean that in a good way. I like strong hop bite, which this has but it also has a distinct maltiness to it which made it really stand out. There was also a taste of citrus in there as well. Nice body and texture.This was grabbed my tongue as I first tasted it but there was no strong aftertaste. That made it nicely drinkable.

05-03-2009 13:19:34 | More by Wheelinb
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a nice amber color with a thin off white head sitting on top. Decent retention and some really nice lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt dominant. Nice subtle hoppiness showing a bit of citrus.

The taste is quite nice. A nice hope profile with a slight hop bitterness. A little citrus and kind of earthy. Sweet maltiness is also available with some nice bready notes. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, and very creamy.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Nice flavor, presumeably low alcohol, just a great sessionable beer.

08-13-2008 18:51:20 | More by Goliath
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

A: Pours a nice golden amber with a 2 - 3 finger snow white head that lasts several minutes.

S: Floral, and piny hops with just a hint of caramel malt.

T: Great IPA taste without hitting you over the head. REALLY really nice IPA hop bite, nicely balanced with just a little malt on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing. Great beer to have a few of while eating an entire bag of your favorite chips!

D: Very drinkable. Great beer if you are planning on hanging out at the bar with some friends for beers and snacks.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 01:56:15 | More by bigdonniebrasco
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

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An excellent example of the English IPA style.

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The Bitter Professor IPA from 23rd Street Brewery
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