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Texas Speedbump IPA - Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Texas Speedbump IPA
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BA SCORE
87
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 07-31-2003)
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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

theholdsteady, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Crstumpf, Feb 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Kevin79, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

jakea, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Florida9, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Soneast, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the Fitchburg location. It wasn't on the menu but I was happy when the waitress told me they had an IPA after all.

Poured a fairly transparent copper color with a bit of slightly off-white head.

Smell was nice and hoppy with some citrus and floral notes to it.

Taste was very good. Pretty balance flavor, good sweet malts to compliment the citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel was good. Went down smooth. Easy to drink beer.

Overall I liked this beer and would definitely order it again. My only complaint was that it wasn't as cold as I would have liked. It was really hot outside and I was hoping it would be a bit more refreshing.

richkrull, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the downtown brewpub location in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a beautiful clear amber brew with a nearly beige head that that maintains a nice off-white head and lacing throughout the session. Aroma of light citrus and pine hops, a touch of golden grain and caramel malts, and a touch of spice. Taste is very light carbonated, some medium body with flavors of citrus hops on top of caramel malt. Finish is mild bitterness with some citrus aftertaste. Somewhat closer to an American Pale Ale style than India but still drinkable. This was my top 3 beers (others were the Black Earth Porter and the Crop Circle) from this brewpub.

CuriousMonk, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

AgentZero, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of porterwoobie
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured (pulled) from beer engine into a standard pint glass.

A: copper colored, clear, slime head, thin white head, long lasting with some lacing

S: wonderful hoppy smell. citrus/floral hop aroma. no malt aroma detected.

T: very good balance of malt sweetness and hops. has a dry finish. the hop tends to favor the flavor more than the bitternes.

MF: medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: awesome beer. i'd get it again.

porterwoobie, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of blackearth
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from the beer engine at the downtown Great Dane. Dark orange amber body that bubbled throughout and finally settled to a tight white head with great lacing. Aroma is a big shot of floral hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. This beer has a super sweet malt profile which does a great job of balancing the intense hop flavors. I'd call the finish a sweet bitterness. Great drinkability.

blackearth, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of eallured
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Full pint from the cask. Completely bright after the carbonatin settles. Slightly off white head atop an amber body. Only a quarter in of head, this is wisc after all. Head is creamy and sticks around.
Aroma is hoppy, medium for an ipa. All American hops. Not much malt but a little yeastyness probably due to lack of filtration.
Taste is not as sharply bitter as I expected from the lack of carbonation. Fruity and pleasant, medium hop flavor and bitterness although flavor wins out. I am a bit surprised but I may describe this as more flavor than bitter, a rarity. Still an ipa though. There is barely enough balancing sweetness and the flavor is a darker caramel. 80L crystal at least I would guess.
Spot on carbonation level and flavor balance for a "hand pulled" offering. Not flat, more carb than many nitro pours, this tastes fresh. There is a little bit of a metallic taste, seems like copper, which seems strange given it's served on cask. Just a hint though and not enough to mark down the score.
Yeast comes through in the end creating a sensation that tells me I couldn't drink these all night but I wouldn't be opposed to another few pints (if the selection wasn't so large here at th brewpub).

eallured, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

taylorhamrick, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, good earthy malt, and also a general sweetness. Overall, really smooth, well blended, and a great drinkability.

Tone, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, copper color with ruby highlights. It had a creamy, tan head that left numerous rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral and citric from what I'm guessing is the Amarillo hops. There were some nice caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted strongly of roasted malt with a nice citusy, bitter hop kick. Really a great tasting and well-balance IPA.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is quite good. I could see it becoming a favorite for someone living in Madison.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

texas speedbump ipa, great dane, madison, wi

Hazy apricot/peach, small white head...(at the pub, it was larger, but growlers can't always be perfect, I guess.)

Spicy citric hop aroma greets the nose, grapefruit, lime and mango...zesty, gorgeous, uplifting. Does the name refer to the armadillo, and is there some amarillo hop in here. Probably Cascade & Centennial?
Either way, I love it!

Big time bitterness swims the palate, bless the tongue and lips with delicious, citric goodness. Spunky, tasty, with a long, fruity finish.

feloniousmonk, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of jtneal111
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at the downtown Madison location.

Finally! An IPA worthy of the west coast. Up front hopping with a great citrusy aroma. Malt backbone is good, but the focus here is definitely on the hops. Served on a nitrous tap, so head is very creamy. Mouthfeel is classic west coast IPA with a lingering hop slickness. This is the best beer I've had during my visit to Madison.

jtneal111, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear copper with a thin white head that left decent lace.

S-Sharp pungent sting of citrusy hops, nice.

T-Good sharp hop twang supported nicely by a semi-sweet malt badt. A hop forward A IPA for sure.

M- Medium body well balanced and easy to enjoy.

D-Solid A IPA. Very west-coast slanted. I like this one! Well done all around....nothing stands out but it all comes together for a good drinking brew.

Deuane, May 25, 2008
Texas Speedbump IPA from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.