Born & Raised IPA - No-Li Brewhouse

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Born & Raised IPABorn & Raised IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2003

Bred right here in the Fair City, this Expo-sized IPA is made from hops and barley harvested within 300 miles of the No-Li Brewhouse. Washington's own Cascade, Columbus and Chinook hops span across 2 row malt from Armstrong, BC.
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Ratings: 216 | Reviews: 58
Photo of tmm313
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, unfiltered, almost dark red, body. Poured a creamy 2 finger head. Awesome lacing.
S- Big grapefruit and pine over rich caramel. Nice notes of tropical fruits.
T- Sweet orange and tropical fruits up front, followed by big caramel, big pine and grapefruit rind. Sweet, slightly boozey, and resinous finish. Tropical fruits became more pronounced as it warmed.
M- Medium, creamy body. Nice oily feel. Dry, bitter aftertaste.
O- This is a really good beer. Big, well balanced, aromas and flavors. As it warmed, the better it became. I especially liked the caramel backbone mixing with the tropical fruits, but all the flavors played together well. I would definitely have again.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in ale glass chez White

A: cloudy dark amber; decent head, very good carbonation
S: hoppy, bubblegum; quite inviting
T: tastes as it smells: hoppy, sweet, bubblegum; complex and intense; medium bitterness

Really quite a decent IPA--cheers

Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Born & Raised is an amber IPA with a slight haze. The head is thick and creamy with good retention and great lacing.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy and fresh. It has great citrus and pine notes.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter and bold. It has a solid caramel rich malt body to stand up to the hops but it's not enough to give it balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. I'm not certain if it is but it seems bottle conditioned, which I like.

Overall a very good IPA and worth a try if it comes to your area.

Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a west coast hop hound, this brew is remarkable. Thick, viscous body with three feel of a DIPA, or IIPA. Found it on sale and was wowed.

Way more quality than the current 89 that BA shows.

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a bar pour, this beer has a very good head that leaves a blanket of lace on the glass. The brew is cloudy with an orange-amber hue.

Very good floral hop aroma. Not to bitter but it is the predominant smell.

Brief pale malt flavor which is gone almost instantly from the hop kick of peppery bitterness. The body is accurate for the style, although the carbonation is a bit below expectations. Otherwise, true to the American version of an IPA.

Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update 3/27/13 - Bomber:
Still bright sweetness and candi sugared malts. Light bitterness, sugary, some citrus. Eh. No score edits, just casual impressions....
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On tap at the Dog & Pony for thier Brewer's Night, served in a shaker. I just had it on cask, and this version is the draught version, with Sarachi Ace rather then Warrior dry hopping. I'll just enumerate the differences.

The draught IPA is darker, with little to know head.

Smell is definitely sweeter and more tropical, really big curacao notes as it warmed.

Taste is similar. Really nice contrast between the cask version, I'm pretty surprised/impressed. I definitely dig the candy notes for the Sarachi, this one doesn't seem as resinous, yet hoppier flavor for sure. Candied peaches. This might the be beer my wife would actually like, especially in that it's not to bitter. The smoothness of the higher ABV means I'll like her reaction!

Mouthfeel is a bit crisper, but heavier as well.

Drinkability is pretty high, for different reasons then the cask. The maltiness seems a bit much due to the candi notes of the hops, but it has that in your face hop flavor that I look for in a local IPA. Well done, it was a treat to try two different versions and savor the differences in the dry-hopping and conditioning. Maybe I'm biased after chatting with the brewers, but it's really all about the beer, and tonight, it's very good. My first foray into Northern Lights brews, definitely call for a revisit next time a see them (which I admit isn't to often on the I-5 corridor I haunt). Solar Winds was still my favorite of the night.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just gotta say the northwest does it best...they just do.Pours into an imperial nonic a chill hazed deep copper color with a near perfect looking creamy/sticky off white head that left two broken rings of lace as it settled slowly into a frothy mass.The complex hops in the nose are just great,grassy,citric,and resiny but with a big lightly sweet firm biscuit base that is almost as big,there is a tinge of sweet alcohol that's DIPAish as well.This is a bigger "standard" IPA with a nice grassy and citric hop flavor profile and a sweeter alcohol influenced finish,there is that firm biscuit malt base there thru to the finish.This should be rated higher in my humble opinion,I think if this was an east coast brewed beer it would be...just my opinion.

Photo of bobhits
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick foamy head fills my snifter, leaving intricate lacing above a ruby body. Clean yet dense body.

Strong fruity west coast IPA hops with a good bready caramel malt. The malt is a bit stronger a bit more bready and thick than some of the other 7% ipa's from out west.

The flavors are just the mirror of the beer. Perfect citrus forward hops juice full of grape fruit, passion fruit, tangerines. the back is as i expected just a hair above what some of the other west coast IPAs do, still far far far from the likes of an east coast malt bomb and unquestionably west coast great!

Drinks like a 7% ipa that tastes amazing.

I highly recommend this one. It's a bit expensive coming in at 6 bucks for a bomber (cheap by bomber standards but who buys non imperial IPAs in bombers?). I can't see getting this often due to the price and I haven't looked too hard as this just appeared here, but I can't find a bottled on date so this might be a once and done.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my fourth and final beer of the evening, and by now I knew what to expect. The bitter was strongly hopped, the cream ale had strong hop flavor, and the pale ale had mega hops. Here comes the IPA and I’m correctly expecting a hop bomb. Sure enough, the flavor of hops abounds with great strength and immediacy. I’m unsure of the variety used here but the flavor is spirited and the smell is as if you had just rubbed fresh-picked hop cones in your hands. Actually, I’d been in Yakima earlier in the afternoon and I might have still had the scent of the bine on my hands. But Northern Lights IPA was potent with hops all around.

It’s notable that the hops smelled so fresh, because in the first week of September, I assume the hops are from last year’s harvest.

Aside form the surging hops, a healthy malt backbone delivers balance. The mouthfeel however is slightly taut. Body is clear red copper with sustained carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real dark amber body, caramel burnt brown and deep red, with a large fluffy four finger tan head. Pretty good retention but falling noticeably as it rests. It's appearance reminds me of Sculpin somewhat. Very minimal lacing.

Nose is lots of a sticky malt and mild citrus orange hop angles. Very subtle cream, a little bit of spiciness coming out.

Palate fills with a nice mellow sugary malt, and a super coating mouthfeel. The aftertaste really blossoms with a perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop pine bitterness and sap. Sweet tree sap melding quite nicely in this, with a lingering malt sweet caramel bread all over. Sweetness is held up it seems by a nice alcohol richness without a lot of boozy properties.

Overall not a major hop juice blast, but a great example of a balanced IPA with a wonderful sweet malty backbone, really dig this one.

Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with 3 fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with a lot of lacing.

S: Grapefruit with light notes of sweeter citrus up front followed by earthy and piney aromas.

T: Grapefruit is stronger here with pine and herbs. Dank weed flavors follow with some citrus rind notes before a moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is carbonated enough to avoid being oily or watery.

O: A surprisingly good IPA. I wasn't expecting much and the aroma is a little on the bland side, but it's quite tasty and drinkable.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep copper in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the surface and a hint of dark golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy sudsy light tan head which slowly reduces to a couple of medium thick patches, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine, herbal, and citrus/grapefruit pith hops over a light amount of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with a fair amount of sweetness which is quickly overtaken by strong flavors of the hops - pine stands out with slightly lesser amounts of herbal and citrus/grapefruit pith. Moderate to heavy amounts of bitterness which lingers for a long time.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of lingering dryness in the finish.

O: For me, this is just on the border of a IPA and a DIPA - probably would be more highly rated if it was a more well known brewery. I find this one to be really enjoyable and pairs quite nicely with spicy foods.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap on the Brooklyn Oyster house in Seattle.

Served in a shaker, the beer is a dark copper with a slight chill haze. It has a big dense beige head. It has really nice lacing.

Citrus and pine on the nose. Big and inviting.

Taste is bitter but balanced by lots of caramel malts. Citrus, pine and a hint of fruit. Slight mineral taste in the finish.

The mouth is slightly oily and coating.

It was an easy drinker, glad to see it on tap.

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a big fluffy off-white head that leaves behind a film of lace.

Aroma is clean citrusy hops, some pine.

Taste is grapefruit and pine layered over a combination of pale and caramel malt. Just a touch of warming alcohol. Crisp, strongly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced. Goes down smooth.

Overall a solid IPA in an overcrowded field of solid IPAs. $4 bomber price is solid too.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber color while the off-white head is rather tall and compact, and leaves rather nice lacings.

S: Rich sweet bready toasted malt. Rich bitter hops as well as floral; pine and citric.

T: Very bitter together with rich sweetness from the toasted caramell malt. Pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges from the floral hops. The sweetness is almost like molasses.

M: Long bitter and very sweet aftertaste. The body is full and very smooth, while carbonation is modest.

O: A nice and bitter AIPA - with a sweet twist.

Photo of philbertk
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle purchased at Fremont PCC, Seattle, Washington for $4.00. Thin off white orange hint wispy lace hint head. Slightly hazy rich deep amber color with lots of small tight fizz bubbles. Rich enticing appearance but just a touch of dull brown. Light sediment dusting. Malty rich floral mild fruit ester aromatic enticing hop front. Medium textured slightly creamy malty smooth mild sweet toasted caramel delicate fruit note tasty hint of earthy hop resin body. Nicely balanced smooth mildly spiced clean hot hint end. Malty tasty hoppy rich balanced Amber IPA. (4.0 / 5.0).

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a fair bit of haze; it's too murky to really see the effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam with a touch of an orange cast to it. Quite good.

Smell: lightly caramelly, toasty malt base with a good citrus nose. I'm getting lots of grapefruit and a resiney, piney aroma as well. Very Northwestern; I think it's balanced and well-executed.

Taste: malt has a little bit more toastiness here than in the aroma, but the hop bill tastes almost exactly as it smells. There's a little bit of a deep funk going on here too, which is not surprising considering the strength of the hops. Bitterness is strong, but not out of balance; it's a little rasping but nothing out of hand. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but passable for the style.

Overall: a decently drinkable Northwest IPA. It doesn't stand out from the pack, but it is a solid daily drinker.

Photo of allengarvin
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 4.0 - Lovely dark copper color with a slow-forming, dense head.
S: 3.75 - Moderately citrusy aroma.
T: 4.0 - Lots of bitterness up front, with appropriate hop flavor (perhaps more piney than citrus), but also has a solid malt profile adding some sweetness in the middle, a touch of caramel.
M: 4.0 - Good body but not heavy.
O: 4.0 - Above average IPA.

Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my. I do love when I come across a pleasant surprise. This is a nice orange hued brew that pours with a bit of head that dissipates in short order. The nose is citrus, toffee and evergreen forest. The flavour is extremely nice and multi layered. Malt, black tea, citrus and pine take turns popping out. Overall, this is a wonderful example of the best a Pacific Northwest IPA can offer. This is the first No-Li offering I've tried, but it certainly won't be my last.

Photo of RenzoD
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color. Small head. Nice hoppy aroma. Very malty feel and taste. Has a pure, clean feel. It tastes like a really good homebrew. Great IPA. I might not go out of my way to pick it up but i would gladly drink it again.

Photo of BeerZack
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange, almost amber colored IPA with a huge frothy head that sticks around and laces the glass. Smells of spicy lemon rind, resiny hops and sweet almost caramelly malts. Flavor is right on the nose. Very bitter at first sip, but I quickly acclimated. There is a firm herbal and critrus bitterness throughout, but the sweet, rich malt wraps it up and carries it off the palate well. Feels as creamy as it looks. Familiar, but well done beer.

Photo of wakitabanana
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good typical copper tones with nice lacing. 1 finger of soft head.

S - Delicious, sweet, yet raw.

T - Great balance with a touch of malt to round the hops.

M - very smooth.
D - Palletably smooth with good texture and refinement. Living in Curlew, WA now, I can get used to drinking a beer like this. Paying $4 for a bomber seems reasonable for the overall quality.

Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Roths Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $4.49 Its been a decade since my last beer from Northern Light..now No-Li. So here goes. Darker than usual for an IPA it is amber with a very nice thick and frothy,large creme coloured head. Very strong, resiny,herbal hop aroma..fresh A very well hopped IPA..mostly resin and some flower..malt in this one takes a back seat. This is not your usual dank,malty/balanced PNW IPA. Mouthfeel is fine for style..soft and low carbonation. Nice ..unusual IPA

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, floral, grass, caramel, pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with big citrus hop presence and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, orange rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops with a moderate malt balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around good complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. It wasn't that long ago when, traveling through Spokane, I found bupkis for local brew - nice to see that has changed (or maybe I just missed it). Oh, and cool that the malt for this brew comes from across the border in Canada.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange brick amber hue, with one chubby finger of loosely foamy, and generally bubbly pale tan head, which leaves a bit of roiling sea wave lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of somewhat musty orange, white grapefruit, and lemon/lime rind, mildly dank pine resin, fallen leaves, a touch of wet tobacco, a subdued bready caramel malt sweetness, some minor flinty notes, and further floral, earthy, and lightly perfumed hops. The taste is bitter citrus pith - blood orange, indistinct grapefruit, and pineapple core - grainy caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, a sort of isolated charred leafiness, a burgeoning pine forest floor green character, and some tame boozy florals.

The carbonation is kind of amateurish in its fizzy and frothy flip-flopping (ok, granted, I just wanted to say that out loud, so it stuck), the body an agreeable middleweight, and more or less smooth, but with a looming threat of baying booze at the outer gates. It finishes quite dry, the maltiness leaning and acquiescing as such, while the hops and hard water edginess take it all in stride.

Another PAC-NW IPA offering that pushes the boundaries of the DIPA designation, failing only in the required (hah!) malt quotient. Tasty, and enjoyable in its tickling of my hop sensory mechanisms - too bad that I didn't come across this place, the last time that I could have.

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Born & Raised IPA from No-Li Brewhouse
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