Backyard Session IPA | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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85
very good
115 Ratings
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Backyard Session IPABackyard Session IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Beerpiggie on 09-02-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of drstalker
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Junior
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Tarheel219
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

About three months ago, I did a horizontal of Saugatuck B.C. beers, but this one was not available at that time. Since then, I have conducted many other brewery's horizontals, but as others become available, I am reviewing them to fill in any gaps that may occur. The eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody is a force to be reckoned with! I purchased this one during a recent visit to Highland Pizzeria.

From the bottle: "The perfect beer if you like to do stuff."; "Made in Michigan".

It seems as though the bottle might be a little old, so following the Pop! of the cap, I commenced a very slow, gentle pour, just in case. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head with modest retention. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly hoppy, kind of citrusy, with a biscuit malt backbone. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a lightly sweet bitterness, like grapefruit combined with a tropical fruit, but still underlain with a biscuity maltiness. Finish was semi-dry, not exactly bitter, but definitely neither dry or sweet in any respect. It seemed like another swing & a miss of a session IPA. I just do not think that a session AIPA deserves the same kind of score as a full-on AIPA. Sorry.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
2.46/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of breardon1776
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SMH_NWI
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bpkrippner
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JPDOG
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dtm426
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-hued orange and darker than your average IPA. Very small head that's gone 5 seconds later. Aroma of sweet caramel and not too hoppy. Definitely not as aromatic as your good American IPAs. Taste is the exact opposite: Quite bitter and not very balanced. Can't taste much maltiness. Medium body. Not the kind of IPA that makes you come back for more

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Photo of BTodd
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of tea, citrus hops, caramel malt, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, tea, slight caramel malt, slight pine, hint of alcohol, and and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, average appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of _drummer_
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer. Fairly dry, strong hops, good carbonation. I enjoyed this one. It is a bit dry for my personal taste, but it fit the IPA style and had great taste overall. I'd have it again.

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Photo of meehandennis
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Backyard Session IPA from Saugatuck Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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