IPA | Square One Brewery & Distillery

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Square One Brewery & Distillery
Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full bodied, dark golden ale is brewed with a larger proportion of hops and malt to give it a rich, malty taste and clean, bitter finish. Traditionally brewed to handle the long trip from England to India by sail and then steam, this beer is certain to please those looking for something a bit “bigger.”

Added by maxpower on 12-28-2005

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Monkeyknife:
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap a clear amber gold with a light white head and a smathering of sticky lacing.

Aroma of citrus, grass, and a bit of light caramel malt.

Taste was similar to the aroma with a hoppy citrus together with a slight malt balance but also noted a butter taste to it.

Mouthfeel was light to medium with very light carbonation.

This is a very sessionable IPA and one to try again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually less bitter than the Pale Ale, which was odd. It was pretty decent, on the malty side with little hop bitterness as previously mentioned. Not a huge standout though.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kkoz
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance & Aroma: Dark amber in color and slightly cloudy, it had a decent sized, off-white, soapy and creamy head on it. There was a grassy and citrusy hop aroma with a little bit of caramel maltiness detectable as well.

Taste & Feel: The beer was medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel, however, there was a bit of crispness of citrus hoppiness up front. in the middle, a sweet caramel maltiness came through a little bit before a bigger grassy, resiney, and citrusy hop flavor grew through the finish. The aftertaste left citrusy and resiney hop flavors in my mouth.

Food Pairing: With this type of hoppy IPA, I enjoy pairing it with a big juicy burger. It takes a solid meal to match the bold hoppiness of this beer, and the caramel maltiness often complements the juicy burger and bun.

Overall Impression: This IPA had a solid and flavorful maltiness, but it was tough for it to match the big bold citrus and resin hop flavors. I’ve found a lot of citrus hop flavors lately, but I particularly enjoyed the resiny hop flavors, which added some more complexity to the hop flavor. While it was hoppy and flavorful, it was also pretty smooth and drinkable. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would recommend it if you get a chance to stop by the brewery.

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Photo of carln26
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper in color topped by a thick white head that shows great retention.
Nice fruity aroma. Grapefruit, a little orange maybe pineapple with a light caramel back.

Taste has a nice hoppy citrus punch up front with a light caramel toffee fill. The finish has a light bitterness.

Slick and smooth mouth feel, very drinkable. Nice use of hops.

Unfortunately, this beer is suffering some oxidation. Let’s hope they get any storage, production issues worked out. I think this beer shows a lot of promise.

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Photo of deweese
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Yesdog
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jrenihan
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at Square One.

Beer is amber. A small but frothy white head on top. Good lacing.

Smell consists of citrus scents, grapefruit mainly. Bready. Fairly thin. Not a strong or deep smell.

Taste is also citrusy, and thin. Caramel and bready malt. Not nearly as hop-focused as a typical AIPA.

Body is very, very thin. No carbonation. I like cask beers very much, but this one does not work.

Overall, disappointing. Hops are weak and the malt does not make up for it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy/hazy, orange color with an off-white, two-finger head of rocky foam. It left some nice intricate lacing.

S - It smelled of grasses and some roasted malt. There were hints of citrus, but overall the aromas were very subtle.

T - It tasted of pine, grapefruit and some bubble gum. It had a nice burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was soft and relatively creamy due to the cask pour. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. I'd like to try it from a regular tap pour to compare the difference.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Square One Brewery 5/27
Served in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a nice, hazy, caramel color with a one finger of frothy white head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is citrus and mango fruitiness, with a touch of caramel.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of grapefruit bitterness at the forefront before the fruity mango flavoring comes in and takes over. Mango continues through the finish with some caramel malt presence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, silky, oily body to this.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, somewhat filling, decent kick, decent representation of style. I enjoyed this beer and would certainly have another pint or two.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goliath
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangey/amber color with a half inch of white head upon presentation. Good retention and no lacing.

The aroma is nice. A good grapefruity citrus dominates.

The taste is nice as well. Big bitter grapefruit dominates the mouth, No real balance, and I love it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile was pleasing and I could see myself going back for more. I think they don't keep their casks cool enough though, as my beer was served at room temp (probably close to 70 deg) and I would have liked to have seen it more around 50-55.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great <bridge> IPA – solid offering, yet drinkable for a session or a couple. Just enough hops to push it into the IPA category, but not an overpowering brew.

Deep amber pour, ivory and lacey head – good start. Hoppy, but not floral in the aroma (don’t really care for American IPAs, too floral). Strong hops in the taste, but it still packs a good malt backbone.

Dry and crisp, a very good brew. I’ll have few more of these and then try some other brews next time at SQ1.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is yet another IPA, and the baby Jesus knows we need another IPA, right? But, eh, I love IPAs; can't get enough hops!

Appearance: Dark Amber and sightly cloudy. Something about this brewery keeps the head heavier; even on their IPA...which is unique if you ask me. Lacing was a for sure, but overall the look was fairly par for an IPA. So its was true to its craft but no real difference from what is stereotypical.

Smell: Earthy. In the distance there was some fresh cut grass, and so the earthy ambiance seemed to add to the earthy/grassiness of the smell. It had a acidic, citrusy smell that was pretty strong, but not anything shocking.

Taste: Hey, its an IPA. A damn worthy one. Rich malty taste with a bitter finish. Its great. But, it doesn't stand out from Schlafly's Pale Ales. It has a IBU of 85, so the bitterness is fantastic; though I bet a bit too "big" for those who are not seeking it. Its missing something to make it stand out. I think that's why they now make their "Cascade IPA" which I think is much better because of its added accents. I will review it soon!

Mouth: The citrus gave it an almost acidic effect, though it was not blatant or offensive. It gave my tongue a thrill, but I've had better. Good even carbonation. I've seen other reviews that say it lacked carbonation; maybe they are struggling with consistency?

Overall: Its a worthy effort but it does not stand up to the big boys of IPA like Stone Ruination or Bell's Two-Hearted IPA. I will probably drink it when I go there, but if their Cascade American IPA is available, I will most likely drink it. Its probably the best American IPA brewed in The Lou though. I Recommend this beer if you're out that way.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly filled growler.

A - Pours a very glorious dark copper color with some very nice haze and good golden hints. It pours with a nice sticky 1 inch head. The head is a nice off-white with real small dense bubbles tightly packed and intermingled with some bigger bubbles. Very nice.

S - As I poured this beer I could definitely smell the dry hopped aspect of this beer. Delicious grassy, hoppy and very citrusy up front. The hop aroma is very polished and strong and pungent. Wow very nice. Great bready and biscuit malt on the back end of the nose balances it out.

T - Starts off with a delicious citrus blast that coats the tongue immediately. Wow this is a very surprising beer. The citrus hop blast is so full and grassy and fresh but its not too strong. The dry hopped character is definitely present making the flavor a bit more fluffy. Nice resiny pine is present as well. Similar to the smell there is a great malt backbone that balances this out very well. The bready malt is so fresh and toasty with some nice sweet hints in there. Overall this is a very surprising IPA that can do battle with other local brews. Easily nicer than O'fallon 5 Day in my book and almost as good as the Schlafly American IPA.

M & D - Very crisp and delicious with some nice resiny hops character and a great dry and bitter finish. Extremely drinkable. I might finish this growler by myself.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of captainbearcat
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a slightly hazy copper with golden hues body. Light aroma with mostly orange peel and grapefruit citrus hops. Not too malty with the hops tasting different but almost to the same hop level as their pale ale which was disappointing. Hops provide earthy and citrus tartness. The malts are mild. Slight resin bitterness to the finish. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Not too bad. It grows in you as its enjoyed and the hoppiness improves.

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

Sample at the brewpub: This beer is a brownish-orange color with a thin bone white head that does not remain for long. Stringy lacing. Hoppy aroma with touches of fruit and toasted malt. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter hops flavor surrounded by citrus and toasted malt. The finish is citrusy hops with a lingering but weak bitterness left over. Above average overall, but not by much.

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Photo of maxpower
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber-copper color with decent creamy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Typical citrus and pine aromas, citrus and pine flavors with some caramel. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry with a lingering bitterness, pretty good.

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