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Born & Raised IPA | No-Li Brewhouse

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85
very good
73 Reviews
BEER STATS
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73
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
19.2%
 
 
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Born & Raised IPABorn & Raised IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2003

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 258
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Some would say this is an old-school IPA, barley and hops grown no more than 300 miles away from the brewery. Cascade, Columbus and Chinook hops used to pepper the palate. A true American IPA without any bells and whistles or a level of hoppiness that completely devastates the taste buds.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Crystal clear tawny hue, epic showing of head

SMELL: Fresh citrus rind, piney, pipe tobacco, spicy, guava, pineapple, cake batter

TASTE: Slightly crisp, bitter, smooth, grainy, very grassy, black tea, faint tobacco, grapefruit peel, juicy, estery, caramel, biscuity, nutty, semi-pungent, bitter drying finish

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color. The head is a finger high and pale orange in shade. Retention is very impressive, helped by the aesthetic appeal of the creamy texture. A nice ring of lacing is left on the glass. (4)

Smell: The hops take on a piny, somewhat dank tone here. There are some slight grapefruity twinges, though. It's quite malty by IPA standards, also. I'm picking up a lot of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and fruit esters. I'd say it's a bit too sweet personally, but it's far from bad. (3.25)

Taste: Definitely a bitter, pine-forward IPA. There are three stages of this brew: an initial piny taste, an upsurge of sweet, almost candy-like malts, and a returning pine-laden finish. The aforementioned finish is really bitter - almost too bitter. On the plus side, it helps to quash some of the sweetness nicely, though some still lingers. (3)

Mouthfeel: The bitterness makes it really dry, but the lingering sweetness helps give it a long finish. Drinkability is solid, which is good for an IPA that leans toward being slightly heavy. Carbonation is high. (3.5)

Overall: A fairly typical 'old-school' IPA - that is to say there's a lot of malt, but also a lot of pine-laden bitterness. Well done for what it is, but I prefer the newer school approach (unobstructive malt, tons of hop flavor, minimal bitterness). This is hard for me to revisit considering it doesn't have any form of bottle dating on it. (3.25)

3.2/5: Decent IPA, but nothing spectacular

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Photo of jellikit
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep orange/amber. Clear. Small foamy head. Nice lacing.

S: flowers and citrus. Maybe grapefruit?

T: toasty malt element. Grapefruit hop flavor with a huge pine-resin bitterness. Flavor is hop dominated.

M: medium body. Dry. Medium carbonation.

O: decent IPA. Hop forward NW IPA. Good, but tastes like a lot of other IPAs out there.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great to see such a small brewer making all the way to Maui. good solid IPA that is not over the top but rather shows off the hops but marries it to the malt in a easy drinking sort of way. Could drink a few of these and the hops were still fairly fresh which is a challenge in the stores in Maui as some beers sit for quite awhile.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

22 picked up a few nights ago at Brewer's Haven in Boise... Enjoyed tonight... Pours a clear orange with a decent enough white head... spotty lacing.

Interesting hop profile... good citrus/resinous pine with some earthy notes.... a bit too much residual maltiness for my liking, but still well done.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with a nice balance between the bitterness and the pale maltiness... the citrus really blooms as this warms.... a very well balanced brew.

3.75's across the board.

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Photo of IPhantom
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Rich amber tending towards brown with a one-finger snow white head that laces stickily and a bit streaky. Nose is citrus/pine hops, a little earthy and herbal, and a slight bit of malt. Taste is big hops up front, mostly of the grapefruit rind variety, with some medicinal/pine notes, and a bit of malt holding it up--but clearly a hop-forward beer. Mouthfeel is what a Northwest IPA should be--well-carbonated, a bit buttery, and super-sticky hops. I'd rate this good to very good, absolutely worth trying and even seeking out if you're in want of a good, archetypal American IPA.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours two and half fingers on a clear dark straw colored body.
The aroma is spicy with some lemon and a little earthy.
The taste is moderate pine and lemon bitterness backed up by a big malt bill. It finishes with a long pine bitter note.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gushing bottle but minimal spillage, pour is dark orange, turbid and muddy with a medium head of off white. Retention is average but does leave some nice rings of lacing on the glass.

Faint malt, sticky simple syrup sweeteners with a bit of toast. Big English ale yeast presence adding vinous fruit, sticky date and raisin to a faint orange citrus hop aroma.

Sticky caramel and toffee malts, high sweetness with the ale yeast imparts flavors reminiscent of some American strong ales, red berries, vinous fruit, apples. Faint hop flavors of orange and resin. Medium bitterness with a mouth coating dry feel.

Rather heavy body, medium carbonation despite the gushing. Sticky malt, chewy and menial alcohol. Overall a bit hard to pull down.

Unbalanced and malt forward, hard to tell this is an IPA, maybe an old IPA with DIPA malt. Okay beer but not one to try again.

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Photo of bsp77
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange with large white head and great lacing.

Smell: Standard IPA aroma - orange, grapefruit, pine, toasted & caramel malts.

Taste: Pretty sweet caramel backbone with grapefruit, orange and light pine. Somewhat bitter but too much lingering sweetness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, finish is not dry enough.

Overall: Decent flavor but too sweet to be a great IPA for me.

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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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Born & Raised IPA from No-Li Brewhouse
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