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Born & Raised IPA - No-Li Brewhouse

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Born & Raised IPABorn & Raised IPA

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 234
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 10
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse visit their website
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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 234
Photo of tmm313
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Om the dark side of amber. Good white head very good amount of lacing. Smell is floral hops some biscuit malts.
Taste is floral hops some pine resin and some caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is just right with good carbonation and a medium dry finish.
Overall a nice to excellent IPA. Leans slightly toward the malt side for the style but very tasty indeed.

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Photo of Philousa
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker than normal copper, clear, with a thin white head. Not much lacing to speak of. Slightly off style. Lots of pine with grapefruit and a hint of tropical fruit round out the hop aroma. I also get some well baked biscuit and thick caramel behind the hops. The malt profile really sticks out with this IPA. Lemon and some grapefruit accompany white bread crust flavors, fading to overcooked bread/biscuit and crispy cracker. There's a hint of caramel, or at least caramelized sugar. The bitterness is piney and biting. It reminds me of sap or pitch. Read: it's strong. But it kinda goes with the malt. It is reminiscent of the outdoors if you feel romantic about this brew. The feel is viscous, but only slightly so, and the finish is dry.

I like the idea behind this. It's like the Estate Ale by Sierra Nevada, but it's more hop forward. I'd like this again, but not often. It's an interesting IPA.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The PNW knows how to do IPA's. Sometimes it can be a bit overdone and I think this one is. Their website states a "lingering hop finish" I agree but I would insert Strong before hop. Up front it is a good beer but I am just not accustomed to chewing a hop at the end. I can understand how one could get addicted to this taste though. I will buy it again and give it a second drive around the block.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
2.47/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a cloudy copper with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like faint copper hops and bready malt.
T: It tasted like copper and waxy resin hops, with some bready malt. It had a dirty bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was not a good IPA. The scent and taste were ok at best, although the body was nice. The finish was rough, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Not recommended.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-caramel malt, orange, citrus, pine

T-sweet malts, grapefruit, orange, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy

O- a decent IPA, easy drinking and smooth

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Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of BeerZack
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of bifrost17
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A: Really pretty looking dark orange, almost amber. Crystal clear, nice carbonation bubbles running up the glass. A fingers worth of tight white head, dissipates into a nice ring around the curves of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S: The nose is all hops. Big west coast tropical fruit IPA aroma. Citrusy, mango, hoppy goodness. The Cascade hops especially make their presence known in the nose. You can almost smell the hop bitterness. There's a touch of malty sweetness at the end. Makes my mouth water, can't wait to taste.

T: Starts off with a huge wave of bitterness that pops open the taste buds. Followed by the maltiness mixing with the tropical fruit flavors from the hops. Finishes with more hop bitterness and a slight touch of warming alcohol that cleans everything up. Leaves a lingering bitter taste on the pallet.

O: I really really enjoyed this beer. I tried No-Li's Crystal Bitter (my first No-Li brew) a few weeks ago on a whim and loved it! I couldn't wait to try more of their beer. Born and raised IPA did not fail to deliver. Another plus to No-Li is their awesome bottles, screen printed, clean, and classy. Awesome presentation. An outstanding example of a Pacific Northwest IPA.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, finally getting around to reviewing more Northern Lights (No-Li) beers. After their rebranding everybody in the hometown suddenly wants to drink their beer again - meaning it's finally fresh while on the shelves!

Pours amber with soapy light tan foam atop. Smells of bubble gum, cotton candy, pine, resin, some grapefruit, a little touch of grass. I gotta say, this reminds me of two hearted initially. As it rests, the nose dies out pretty quick and becomes malt heavy. Flavor is bitter with matching sweet malts a bit o resin. Medium bodied with medium carb and a dry finish. Good beer

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Photo of DIM
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly chill hazed, dark golden color. It poured with a thick, sticky head.

s: Nice, zesty hop aromas are apparent as soon as I opened the cap. Fresh citrus with hints of pine. Sugar cookie and caramel base.

t: More balanced than the smell suggests, but still a nice tingle at the end. Lots of chewy caramel up front.

m: Kind of heavy for a 7% abv.

o: A pretty nice IPA that might have been better fresher. No date on the bottle though so who knows?

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Photo of philbertk
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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).

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Photo of riored4v
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Deep copper/amber colored body, off-white colored head. Slightly hazy.

Aroma was pretty malty, sweet and caramely. A bit roasty, with some biscuit notes. Floral and citrusy hop aroma. Grapefruit and a bit resiny.

Taste was caramely and biscuity upfront. Good amount of maltiness. Some floral and grapefruit hop flavors. A bit grainy. Mild bitterness that was citrusy, slightly piney and resiny.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a crisp finish.

Decent beer overall. Really malty/caramely. Somewhat subtle hop profile for a west coast IPA.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is redish, more so than most IPAs...Smooth, great hop kick at the top, followed by malts and spice (from the alcohol)some citrus, then ending with more pine-like spices...a pretty nice balanced finish...The carbonation is good There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully,...I was expecting a fruitier/hoppier finish...This one good, perhaps better than the '83' rating thus far...this is still a great example of a NW American IPA, but there are far better ones out 'here...'Chasin' Cheers :~)

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

despite a little higher abv, this is a very good session ipa. it pours a very clear and light brassy color with a solid white head. the smell isnt all that hoppy. balanced minerally light bready malts with a dose of fresh tasting bittering hops. nothing freakishly high alpha or resinous, just a well balanced brew here. the finish is insanely clean and quick. the is almost no aftertaste, which is i guess why i keep drinking it so fast. almost more of a pale ale than an ipa becuase it isnt so so hoppy, but i like it a lot. well carbonated and lighter body makes it super easy drinking. overall a nice product, worth the 7 or 8 bucks for a bomber.

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Born & Raised IPA from No-Li Brewhouse
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.