Perfect Day IPA | Asheville Brewing Company

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Perfect Day IPAPerfect Day IPA

Brewed by:
Asheville Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 97
Photo of TheRougeBastard
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice! Everything in this IPA is well-balanced; the hops, malt, carbonation, all perfectly synced in an extremely refreshing beverage. A great choice to enjoy while tailgating, after doing yard work, or during game-night with friends.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No frills, no gimmicks, no bells nor whistles- Asheville Brewing's Perfect Day IPA is a throwback to balanced beer but using some of the sexiest hops on the planet for a beer that's smooth and effortless yet bold and charismatic on the palate.

Medium amber and with a copper sheen, the lightly foggy ale carries a soapy white froth and a citrusy, spicy scent. Caramel, light honey a hint of gritty, earthy graininess roll onto the tongue with a rich pecan, toasty and almost toffee robust taste.

As the flavors unfold, the sweetness and savory grains subside and the hops gain steam- orange and pink grapefruit rise with a complement of spicy rye, white grape and a hint of gin. Remaining toasted and creamy, the beer's drying trek trails into a spicy bitterness of citrus peel and freshly muddled grasses.

Medium-bodied and balanced through most of the session, the persistent nuttiness, toastiness and rye bread flavors perfectly support the grassy, citursy and sprucy bitterness that surpasses other malt complexities in extended finish.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An great IPA. Amber / golden ale with generous somewhat sudsy head. Nice piney, resinous aroma, with lesser floral notes. Taste a balanced presentation of those resinous hops, nice balance with the malt, and lingering enough to be enjoyable. Mouthfeel as expected, somewhat oily, with bitter aftertaste. A nicely balanced IPA with big flavor but nothing out of place, nothing over the top. Poured from a can dated 6-11-16 (presumably a production date), consumed 1 July 2016.

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Photo of Bad_Fish13
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light copper color with a finger white head. Very citrus smell. Slight lacing. Decent hops, and goes down extremely smooth. Has a slight bitter finish. Could hammer down 3 or 4 of these on game day. Was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 31 January 2015.

Pours a clear orange with shades of gold. One finger of fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Very nice.

Smell is bright and fruity. Citrus, pineapple, papaya. Some seriously tropical hops in there, with an underlying sweetness to fill things out. Very nice.

Taste is good, not great. It's got some of those fruity elements, which are excellent, but it feels sorta empty otherwise, and it fades to a slightly chalky bitterness.

Feel is fine. Pretty much as expected. Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation. Lastingly bitter.

A pretty solid IPA. I love the fruits in the smell, but I wish there was more in the taste.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale amber colour with a nice foamy white head.

The smell is big on the tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, oranges.

The taste is very fruity much like the smell, there's orange, mango, grapefruit. There is a medium level of bitterness for the style.

The mouthfeel is pretty light with medium carbonation.

A very tasty ipa from Asheville Brewing Company. I already regularly buy their shiva ipa but I think this is even better. Hopefully they make this easier to get than it is now.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

hard for ipa to be real distinct anymore, so much of it has already been done a million times, that i am just happy to have good ipa anymore. so when a beer like this comes along and is not only good, but different, i get really stoked. turns out the carolina scene is burgeoning, and these guys are near the front of the pack. a blonde sunny looking ipa with almost no bitterness in nose or taste, just a huge bouquet of resinous fruity hops, sticky and intense, but somehow light and clean finishing, more fruit than bite, and more character than bitterness. the malt bill is light enough for hops to resonate, but big enough to balance them out, add a bready front end, and make the beer flush and full on the palate, despite being quite a sessionable beer for me. i like the tropical warm weather feel to this, the uniqueness of the hop profile, and how active the carbonation is. not filling at all, a beer i would buy regularly if it were available here in colorado. maybe it will be before long, everyone around me who tasted this agreed that it was wonderful, maybe demand will make it happen...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, caramel-copper coloring, with a filmy, sparse, white head. Nose of tropical fruit, caramel, peppery hops, and grapefruit highlights. Flavors of grapefruit forward, with a caramel backbone, lemon-lime highlights, pepper spice, and piney hops. Smooth and mid-bodied, with a resinous bitter aftertaste. The finish is slick and slightly dry. Very tasty beer!

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial nonic a clear rich medium golden with almost a full finger of tight white head that leaves broken rings of lace as it settles.Leafy and citric hops dominate the nose with almost no malt base to speak of.Green leafy and citric hops dominate the palate with only mild sweetnes,it has a "green garden" flavor to it wich is a good thing.I'am not sure this a sessionable IPA with it's 6.5%ABV but it's a solid beer from Asheville.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden with a frothy cream head that fades to a thin layer of foam.

Orange, lime, and resin dominate. There's a bready malt character and an underlying onion base.

Flavor reveals earthy bitterness and grassy hops as dominant figures, fairly bitter, but the slightly tart grapefruit pith counters nicely. Earthiness dominates. The onion is present, but subdued.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Bitterness is earthy, rather than astringent/harsh. Citrus offers a nice counterpoint.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Buffalo Nickel Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Juicy burst of citrus hops with a sweet malt aroma to back.

T- The juiciness isn't as intense as in the aroma but it's still there with some moderate bitterness that lingers a bit.

M- Slightly sharp and dry with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This is obviously heavy on the dry hopping since the aroma's so bright and inviting. The rest of the beer ain't bad either.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint on tap at RiverLink in Asheville.
From Brewer: "Perfect Day ... goes down like a session style pale but packs the hop flavor of a big IPA; which it is. Perfect Day is 6.5% abv, so make no mistake it isn’t your typical “session” beer but it drinks like one. El Dorado, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops give Perfect Day flavors and aromas of citrus and fruits. There is also a distinct aroma and flavor of white grapes that come from the very unique Nelson Sauvin hops. We dry hopped Perfect Day with equal parts El Dorado and Citra for extra hoppy perfection. Last but not least a touch of Rye malt was used to add a subtle complexity and to compliment all of that hop flavor."

Clear amber with a bone-colored head. The aroma has good complexity and appeal, with
herbal/fruity hops over a reltively strong and sweet malt base.

The hops are more than just adequate for the style, but here is a substantial malt load that tames the hops and leaves the beer with a quite mild bitterness. Nonetheless, a very long lasting and hoppy aftertaste.

Medium body with crisp carbonation.

O: Not perfect but quite tasty, well above average quality. Easily recommended.

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Perfect Day IPA from Asheville Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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