Texas Speedbump IPA - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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3.15/5 rDev -19.4%
Reviewed from notes. On tap in Madison - August 2009.
Pours a moderate copper coloring with a tiny half-finger head on the initial pour. This quickly recedes and doesn't really leave much of any lacing behind. The nose is really light citrus hops with a bit of toffee backing it up.
The taste isn't much better than the nose. No off flavors, there just really isn't much going on. The hops are really light and there is just a bit of light bread in the background. The mouthfeel is decent with a medium body and a smooth character. Drinks fairly well for what it is, but not exactly what I would call an IPA.
11-13-2010 16:35:15 | More by Thorpe429
3.33/5 rDev -14.8%
Served in an imp pint glass. Served with a very large off-white head that slowly reduces down to a good half inch of creamy foam. Beer itself is a dark, clear amber in color. This is a mighty fine looking beer. Aroma is of citrus and caramel
Malts. Flavor is a let down: malty, but not too malty, without a lot of hops. Caramel and some light pine is about all I'm getting Pitt this beer. Medium bodied; appropriate carbonation, mild to moderate bitterness. Fairly uninteresting, yet still drinkable. A decent beer, but just a slightly above average IPA.
12-30-2011 02:45:34 | More by Florida9
3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
A - Orange yellow wit a tight foam head that left sheets on the side throughout consumption.
S - Some resin and pine finish, with some citrus hops. Malts are indeed a bit malty.
T - A sweet and hoppy IPA with a big of a sugary taste. Nice pine and resin hops add the appropriate bitterness to this. Pretty solid.
M - Was too flat and detracted from the taste.
D - Pretty decent beer that I can drink fairly happily.
10-26-2010 02:59:53 | More by AgentZero
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
Served in a shaker pint glass at the Madison brewpub.
Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear pale copper-amber topped by around a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises flowers, sour cream, light caramel, and light hot cinnamon. The taste holds notes of light caramel, light grapefruit, and a smattering of mixed greens. The body is on the heavier side of light, with a light carbonation and a decidedly wet feel. Overall, a decent IPA, nothing near special, but unoffensive enough to quaff regularly enough.
10-30-2010 20:24:14 | More by TMoney2591
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured a frothy amber from the beer engine with a creamy head that coated the sides until about half way down where it gave way to a nice lace.
Citrusy hop aroma with fine malt undertones. Not overpowering in either aspect. Flavor was balanced if not a little above average.
Very smooth in the mouth with a good finish. Had to enjoy a second.
09-11-2007 02:09:50 | More by kdog630
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
on tap @ the Great Dane downtown
Pours a clear copper color. I think this was was on a beer engine, though it was not served from a cask, a dense puffy head formed on top, which left a little lacing here and there, but it sort of collapsed, and the beer was also not heavily carbonated. The smell is a bit piney and resinous - there's a light sense of citrus peel. The smell triggers your understanding of the name - "Texas Speedbump" = Armadillo, change a few letters, and you get Amarillo hops. The malt is a bit toasty and crackery. I can also smell a bit of tropical fruit here. The first thing I noticed about the taste of this beer was the dryness. That seemed to be a normal theme in my first experiences of Wisconsin beers, but that would change after visiting a few other places. There's also a little kick of bitterness from the start, with grass clippings and some resins. Then it moves into a dry crackery taste, before finally showing a little bready sweetness - still kind of toasty though. It finished like a taste of hoppy water, citrus peel, little to no sweetness, except at the very last second, then of course, I take the next step and the dryness returns. I like the taste, but it could use a bit more maltiness. This one was a bit on the low side of medium bodied, with little carbonation - which helped to expose the kind of thin body in the beer underneath. A bit of a hoppy presence keeps it from falling completely short. This is actually a very easy drinker - it didn't hit me too hard as I drank it. I think it could use a boost in the flavor to be more enjoyable - I mean I really couldn't see myself having more than one - maybe some biscuit, victory, or munich malt is in order - at least a little more light crystal. But this was still fairly tasty and enjoyable, actually I found it to be a bit more enjoyable as I got farther into it. If I came here often, I could see myself ordering it again - but it wouldn't be my favorite of the whole lineup.
07-06-2009 22:22:14 | More by taylorhamrick
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Not sure why it's called Texas Speedbump, but I figured I'd give it a try. This is a clear amber brew with a one-finger off-white head. The Nose is clean lemony floral hops and a faint whiff of alcohol. The taste is strong hops and malts up front, then a crisp lemony finish and a hoppy aftertaste. Not bad. The malts have a hint of coffee, making for a unique combination. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but otherwise it's a drinkable offering.
My conclusion is that the methaphorical speedbumps are the malts that nicely interrupt the hops. So if this beer were a neighborhood, small children wouldn't get run over.
08-17-2006 01:31:12 | More by shivtim
Texas Speedbump IPA from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
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