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No-Li Empire No. 8 Session IPA - No-Li Brewhouse

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No-Li Empire No. 8 Session IPANo-Li Empire No. 8 Session IPA

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BA SCORE
84
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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On tap at PreFunk, but most bottleshops and even some grocery stores have this in now. Pours a slightly hazed light orange/dark gold.. short-lived white head leaves very little in the way of lacing.. Nose is big-time hoppy, especially for a "session IPA" ... Pithy citrus and a whaff of pale maltiness is the only thing to mention.. Flavor also is surprisingly hoppy with a big bitterness that actually distracts from the hop flavors.. Just enough malt to bring this into the enjoyable territory... Not bad at all... I might have to give No-LI more of a chance.

3.5/4/3.75/3.75/3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Donkster46
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rawfish
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Terribly overcarbonated pours straight foam into the glass. Smells strongly of lychee and grassy hops which would be amazing if it followed trhough in the taste. Fighting through the carbonation there is very little piney and citrusy hop character, some wet steely grains and a dead thump of bitterness on the palate. It's all foam, takes nearly 10 minutes for enough liquid to appear at the bottom of the pint to drink. Done with this brewery. They need to quality control their stuff, that's 2/3 bottles that I have had that suffer from the overcarbonation issue.

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of LouZ
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of evsinger
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mr-jj
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a light clear gold color with a one finger white head. Fades pretty quickly and not a lot of lacing. Smell is light malt, peach and orange rind with some earthy aroma. Flavor is malt with some nectarine and citrus. Builds to clean bitter finish that lingers nicely. Body is light with a light to moderate carbonation.

Overall, better than I expected from a session IPA, whatever that means. Nicely balanced.

Photo of Justin-m
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rmbuns
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Beerandboards
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of KysarSoze
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: very light golden hue with a lazy effervescence and a little bit of haze. Not too bad for a session IPA.

Smell: lightly citrusy aroma, with a little bit of a dank character. Not complex but OK for the style.

Taste: lightly grainy malt character with some citrusy hops and just a hint of that dankness from the aroma. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light carbonation; rocky and refreshing.

Overall: a decent session IPA. This is a hard style to pin down, but this is a nicely drinkable example.

Photo of Stephen_Purdue
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Color is more golden than amber in the big chalice. Plenty of sudsy mouthfeel, though short on lacing in the glass. Fairly light body. Citrus aroma with some fruity notes.

This is quite seriously hopped. Bitterness is on the brutal side after a few sips. Hops are listed as Cluster and Cascade with dry-hopped Cascade as well. There is a sweet tang but no real malt flavor. Grapefruit juice and pith dominates the taste.

Some pleasant aromatics before the bitterness sets in, but I don't find this very drinkable. This seems like the same West Coast or San Diego IPA nonsense all over again. Take that as a recommendation if that's where your heart is. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

Photo of Reidrover
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought from Roths Sunnyslope Market in S. Salem $4.99 Pours a nice pale orange with a large frothy off white head. Nice light ruby red grapefruit hop aromas, maybe also a touch of lime. There is a bready maltiness also. Light tangy,zesty rind taste..malts again light ,mellow in the end. Nice sptitzy bright mouth feel. Nice summer IPA similar to Fort George Suicide Squeeze and welcome!

Photo of Brdlist
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Portland Craft, Vancouver.

Tangerine with steady, creamy off white finger of foam that rings.
Tangerine rind on the nose with big, fresh green leafiness.
Sugar cookie, lots of Sunny D hops, some resin and light pine.
Nectarine finish and slight children's aspirin linger.
Light, a bit of oil, some cling.

Solid dose of bitterness with even a bit of powdery bitterness (67 IBUs.) But it's too thin for 5.5%, and you can cram the same aroma into 4%. Compare to C No Evil, and this loses.

Good but not great.

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No-Li Empire No. 8 Session IPA from No-Li Brewhouse
84 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.