Born & Raised IPA - No-Li Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
84
good

59 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 219
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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: 59 | Hads: 219
Photo of wakitabanana
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (372 characters)

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

Aroma: Expected citrus notes of grapefruit rind with a certain grassy character. While the aroma in general is certainly hop focused, it isn't entirely bright. If you look for it you'll find some bread crust and caramel.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper, nearly red, with excellent clarity. Creme colored head rests thin but persistent. A trace of lacing sticks to the edge of the glass.

Flavor: Heavy hop flavor and bitterness upfront. More grapefruit dominating the palate with a hint of caramel malt making a showing here and there. Resinous hop flavor holds into the finish while bitterness bites the back of the throat. Hop resin sticks long into the finish with a near cloying tenacity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. There is almost a foaming character in the mouth with the carbonation that creates palate fullness. Hop bitterness holds on to the roof of the mouth and back of the throat as chalky and resin.

Overall: For an IPA you're not shorted on the hop presence in bitterness, flavor, or mouthfeel. While the aroma rings true of an American IPA it comes off somewhat mottled and unfocused. Brighter hop aroma would be welcome and expected with all that flavor and bitterness. A fine selection for the hop lover while holding a delicate balance with the malt. (1,291 characters)

Photo of mtyrrell
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red/ brown copper color, small head, lacing

S- hoppy, piney, citrus, typical of the syle

T- Bitter, floral hops, some citrus. again, typical of the style but nothing special

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

D- It is a nice IPA. nothing special here, but a decent representation of the IPA style (307 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy (perhaps due to the cask not having had time to settle after being delivered) copper-amber color that had just a thin cap of head, but still left a nice amount of lacing.

A nicely sharp hop aroma greets the nose. The flavor is dominantly citrus hops, with some floral notes on the finish. The body and drinkability were typical for an American IPA.

Overall, a decent example of the style that's worth a try if you see it. (470 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (1,606 characters)

Photo of loren01
2.31/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured amber color, 1 finger width frothy white head, good lace down the glass
S: Smell is good, hops very evident, very citrusy.
T: Bitter hops, I mean very bitter!! Not hardly any malt flavor at all, maybe there was but this beer was too hop heavy. Astringent aftertaste.
M: Mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied.
D: I'm a big IPA fan but this one just plain sucked, way too bitter and astringent, not balanced at all. 1st IPA i've never been able to finish. (464 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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. (946 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Northern Lights brew pub. Poured in to a pint tumbler with virtually no head.

Pours a red/brown color and is cloudy.

The smell is a piney aroma. Not much else going on, but a pleasant smell.

The taste is of citrus fruit, grapefruit, and bitters, with a bit of a sweet floral flavor on the side.

Mouth feel is crisp, but a bit thick, and it leaves a film in the mouth. Not the cleanest IPA I’ve had.

This is a drinkable beer. A bit heavy, and a bit pricey at $3.50 a pint, but drinkable just the same. (549 characters)

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

Pint had at the brewpub in Spokane for $3.25.

Came with a reddish amber color and a medium off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell was primarily of piney, floral hops (big shock). Didn't note any malt backing, as the pine scent pretty much dominated this one.

Taste was mostly of piney flavor, with a tiny bit of maltiness way off in the distance. Other than that , there really wasn't much to the flavor.

Mouthfeel was ok, moderate amount of carbonation, didn't seem too thick.

This was a very average IPA. While it was more hoppy than their pale ale, there wasn't a huge difference. The beers from Northern Lights impress me less and less, and the service at their brewpub just plain sucks. It's a crying shame that this is the only micro in Spokane. (778 characters)

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