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Elm Street IPA - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2005)
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5/5  rDev +40.1%

PaleAleWalt, Aug 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Stargazer2892, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of thehooksman
4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a little surprised by some of the negative reviews. This is one of the best things I've tasted from Natty Greene's. In fact, I'm disappointed that it is a seasonal/limited release because it might be my favorite Natty Greene's offering. The slogan is "taste of the south" but this has the hop character of the west coast. The best part of this beer is the nose, which provides a very pine/spruce hop presence. The flavor backs up the nose well. It is surprisingly smooth and balanced for an IPA with a medium mouth feel. It has just the right amount of lingering bitterness. It is a very good craft brew that can also function well as a session beer. I really find nothing to dislike about Elm Street IPA.

thehooksman, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This year the bottle marks this IPA as a seasonal brew and the ABV has been raised to 6.4%.

Pours out a healthy two finger foamy head with sticky lacing and great head retention. Hazy orange in color with some carbonation bubbles racing to the top.

The citrus hop aroma hit the nose at first. I enjoyed that a lot, because it is a change from the pine like dominated IPA's. Very English but with out the diacetyl. Balanced great with a sweet bread malt.

The flavor is full of citrus hops, but is balanced very well with sweet malt and hints of bread. Probably, from the yeast. Balance is the word For this IPA. Well done!

The body is medium and very easy to drink. Finishes dry and bitter with hops. I love it!

Overall it is nice to have an American version of an English IPA. And, I can say Natty Greene's brewery has done good job at capturing the style as well as making it their own. I hope this brew becomes year around! Cheers!

Luigi, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a little orange tint to it with a thineer white head leaving some lace behind,aromas of pine mainly with some lemond rind in there most definently hop dominated.This is more of an American Pacific Northwest style IPA compared to Scotts Honest IPA from last year,very resiny and piney with a big earthy finish but there is a firm cracker-like maltiness to it.Very dry and earthy and really sociable a real winner for people who like American IPA's.

oberon, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of Mojo
4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> Highland Brewing tulip glass

A - slightly hazy medium gold with an initial two finger head, great retention, and great lacing.

S - mostly citrus on the nose. Some pine, bread, and grasses too.

T - This is GRAPEFRUIT bomb. Not particularly well balanced, but I love the sweet bitterness.

M - medium thick, good carbonation, only the slightest aftertaste.

O - a very nice offering that I would not turn down again.

Mojo, Aug 07, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't had the bottled version yet, but so far my experience with Natty Greene's is that their bottled versions don't touch the brewery-fresh pours.

Poured from the growler a super-fluffy head, which hung on forever and produced huge clinging lace walls. Orange-leaning copper in color. A quintessential IPA look.

Mild aroma, clean fruit and caramel, faint chewing gum, nice although very mellow.

Hops are fruity on the tongue, but also showing hints of bright pine; tangerine; nice toffee/caramel center. Remarkably toasty in the finish, along with a pleasing bitterness and some pineapple sweetness. Simple but clearly well-crafted, and super-likable.

Silky soft feel, with no lack of body or texture. Wonderful.

Excellent stuff. Smoothing drinking and plenty flavorful. Again, probably not this good from the bottle, glad I enjoyed it fresh.

Metalmonk, Feb 28, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the downtown Greensboro location. Arrives at the table a clear, malty golden color with a small white head. A good bit of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is a little different (more American) than most English IPAs. Definitely a bit of citrus hops and less earthiness than typical for the style. I like it. Some caramel notes with a hint of breadiness and vienna malt.

Really nice flavor. Again, more along the lines of an American IPA. Fruity up front with some melon-like and berry-like flavors. The fruitiness fades into an english/american hop flavor melange. The american hops punch you in the face and the english hops make the recovery smoother. I like the combination. Piney, resiny, and oily. I am not sure if American west coast hops are in this but it certainly tastes and smells like it. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Finishes a bit dry but is slick and oily on the palate. This was a really good beer. I must admit I was surprised, but glad I chose this one.

SaCkErZ9, Aug 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try pretty much the entire lineup from Natty Green's and I just do not pass up the opportunity to try these things.

Pour was solid, rich amber in color with a big head of white on top. Faded quickly but left a nice amount of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Pungent citrus hops are right up front on me, but warming brings some nice biscuit tones coming through now as it warms as well, quite nicely balanced. Smooth even flavor from beginning to end. Quick touch of hops up front mellows quickly and leads to a nice and very well balanced profile. Orange touches, hints of pineapple are all balanced very well against a rich malt backbone. Nice and even on the carbonation now as well with a nice and smooth drinking feel.

Overall a solid and well deserved IPA. Pretty classic east coast style with the well balanced profile and pronounced malts. I would do this one again no problem.

mikesgroove, Sep 20, 2009
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4/5  rDev +12%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

DasBoot2112, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

zekeman17, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

jsteele, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12%

EasyReader, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is dirty amber, or brownish orange and finely murky. Light tan colored head is small and fades to a ring almost instantly (though I didn't pour it very well from my growler). Nose is pleasant with soft hops and good full malts. British in its mellowness. Hops are pine-like, lightly citrus, dry and earthy and there may a little peat moss in there too. The malts smell like creamy caramel plus yummy bread and hold up the beer nice. Taste is easy going as well but is enjoyable. This could be a good session beer for sure. Nothing weird about it and a very non violent hop profile. I would like more hops but I suppose that's what the double IPA is for. Mouthfeel has nice smoothness with a little resiny texture. Ever so slightly bitter enough and mildly dry. Very drinkable though. Some might call it inhale-able.

Good and simple. Not massively hoppy.

tastybeer, Feb 10, 2007
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3.96/5  rDev +10.9%

DrewsBrews450, Aug 16, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a hazy orange color with a medium thin off-white head that burns away quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops and bready malt. Medium body with flavors of mild hops, citrus and sweet malt. The finish is short and hoppy with a bit of citrus in the background. Slightly above average overall.

ChrisSimpson1968, Aug 21, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm so excited for this, Natty Greene's is my favorite brewery, gotta rep Greensboro (I mean this brew IS named after the street that is the center of life of Greensboro, as well as the location of the brewery), but this is the first time I'm trying this one!

Poured into a Tulip glass.

a - Beautiful dark amber color with a two finger cream white head. Head seems stable like strongly whipped egg whites. Body is cloudy with much movement from carbonation and/or sediment.

s - very earthy for an IPA. Wood, mud, some raspberry and currant notes, and the usual hint of lemon and hops.

t - starts of with a strong lemon and herbal (oregano, mint, sage) flavor, then shifts into a wood, finish has notes of chocolate and small hint of hot pepper.

m - moderate. Frothy with small amount of acid.

o - Well this beer definitely didn't disappoint. It's not my favorite Natty Greene's, but it's still really good, and I'll be looking for it come next season, now that they've started their next seasonal brew.

marshmarsh, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a very good head.

Has a light and fruity aroma of English hops and light malt.

The taste may seem lightly hopped, with at most the hoppiness of an average Amer. PA, but this is an English-style India Pale Ale, so the hop level was about as expected. With that in mind, the hops did seem more fruity and less earthy than usual. Mildly bitter with good balance.

Palate: Medium body; crisp, dry finish.

O: Easy-drinking and refreshing ale; easily recommended alternative to an APA.

chinchill, May 12, 2013
Photo of Onenote81
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes! A new beer being bottled by our local Natty Greene's. I am pretty excited about this. I was wondering when they were going to start bottling an IPA. It's English, but I'm still satisfied.

Pours a very dark rusty brownish orange with a good bit of off-white froth resting on top. Retention is excellent as there is still a nice cap more than halfway through this drink. Plenty of sticky lacing and even some nice sip rings. Pretty. Smells pretty basic. Faint floral hops and toasted sugar bread.

The mouth is well-carbonated to make this a nice crisp brew. Flavor is pretty balanced with a slight leaning towards malty. Plenty of sweet brown sugar, hefty breads, and finishing with a sharp hop bite that I like. This is a very good EIPA. Many are going to review this according to their skewed American IPA-tastes unfortunately, but this beer holds its own very well. Recommend.

Onenote81, Aug 05, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a semi-hard pour a nice, tight creamy head appears over a hazed golden orange body. Smells of earthy floral hops and grainy citrus rind. Subtle, but well rounded. Flowery-sweet hop flavor over a solid, fresh grainy malt profile. There's a slight yeasty quality too. The body is a little better than medium with a mild bitterness. A nice English-oriented IPA. Good with food.

wedge, Feb 10, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is hazy deep orange with a nice fluffy one-finger head that slowly settles and has good retention.

Smell is of citrus, floral and hops. A fairly faint aroma but pleasant.

Taste is a mild hop bitterness with a hint of citrus sweetness. A light bit of malt. It seams fairly laid back for the style. Not as bitter as I'd expect. But tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and is smooth on the palette. A bit of a nice mild hop finish to it.

Drinkability is pretty nice. It goes down smooth and has a pretty nice taste to it. I wouldn't mind this as a session beer and plan to have some more. Overall pretty good brew.

MrStark, Oct 31, 2009
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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%

kkazemi, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

twowheelssoar, Apr 04, 2013
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Elm Street IPA from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.