Outta Focus Double IPA | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Outta Focus Double IPAOutta Focus Double IPA

Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Copper color with amber highlights. Minimal head but leaves a mountainous lacing on my pint.

S- earthy and citrus hop with faint caramel malt.

F- mild citrus hops. more earthy taste. pine and caramel malt notes round it out.

M- heavy and boozy. the pine and caramel linger in the mouth.

O- double IPA's are hit or miss usually but this one ranks right in the middle.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks decent. Scent is faint, subtle fruitiness and some citrus. Arg...flavor is different. The malt takes over quickly and clashes with the hops in a metallic sort of way. Decent carbonation and finish. Um...no

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom pint glass: color is copper, transparent, head is very light tan with small bubbles, presents about 1/2 inch thick and lingers well with nice lacing.

Smell is feint, with citrus hops and light malt and caramel, that becomes more evident with warmth.

Taste is blend of citrus rind hops and pine notes, light hop spiciness, then prominent malt notes with caramel and toast. ABV is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and bitter, linger sharp bitter quality on the tongue.

Overall a well executed DIPA but the flavor seem to be a bit neutral - blend of hops but solid malt backbone.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3/2....pours bronze amber with a light white foam layer. Very subtle pine hoppy nose. Taste is a gritty chewy malt backed by an oily wobbly bitter. Thick mouthfeel, somewhat uneven. So so.

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Photo of brewale4me
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance , Clear copper with a white head

Smell , tropical fruit centennial grape fruit

Taste , grape fruit citrus with tropical Also bready caramel flavors

mouth feel, medium good carbonation

I liked it and will buy it again. It is a good IPA

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Photo of bmeehan
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. I didn't think it was too hoppy or too bitter, and that's what I want out of an IPA. My girlfriend thought it was kind of standard as IPAs go, not really standing out, but I thought it was really easy to drink and very smooth.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a six pack from my sister-in-law for my birthday. Good overall IPA. Not sure I'd rank it up there with other DIPA's., but I had no problem finishing the six!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I enjoyed this on tap at Abc in Harrisburg, served chilled in a pint.

The color is amber with good clarity and thin pale white head with fine bead. The smell is hoppy but also has a good amount of alcohol, not extremely aromatic but does have a mild amount of hop smell. The smell leads to a mildly spicy feel with moderately full body with slight sweetness and moderately strong alcohol presence with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is decent with more pine and spice flavor than citrus the alcohol is prominent in the flavor with moderate sweetness level and bitterness is balanced with the malt. Overall I found this to be okay, but there are many examples that showcase the hops aroma and flavor-wise better than this

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When backlighted a burgundy with orange highlights that showed a haziness with a strong, glass consuming effervesce. The head was 3 inches plus, cantaloupe flesh color, with a marshmellow texture. Long lasting capping with a generous amount of foam stickage on the glass.

S: Touch of apple-citrus, fresh, with some cinnamon stick and toasted caramel breadiness. Sweet toasted malt fruintess, nice mixture, low aromatic strength.

T: Dry caramel citrus hopping upfront. Toasted dryness of malt, pine, dried apple and a fade of grassy hops. Moderately strong rate of hoppiness, lemon peel-pine and sticky caramel on the swallow.

M: Bready full of speciality grains, toasted dryness, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky.

O: Overall nice full bodied, toasted dryness flavor. A more then adequate hopping rate, while some ipas lose some luster deeper into the drink, this gains strength and moementum throughout the bomber experience. good overall.

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Photo of DIM
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask with molasses at the Lititz branch.

a: Bronzed copper color, dark for an IPA. The molasses I guess. It was served with a finger of firm white foam.

s: Plenty of caramel and some sweet, tea like potpourri. Definitely leans to the malty side, but there were some lemony, minty hops to be found. Light booze as well.

t: Follows the nose pretty closely. Sweet and vaguely English in character, with tea flavors. The mint was the strongest I've found in a beer in quite some time.

m: Light but softly inviting.

o: Tasted side by side with the regular draft version. The molasses was a subtle addition and rightfully so. Interesting change of pace from the hopnoxious DIPAs I've had of late. Very nicely balanced.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at the Harrisburg location, great time, great food and great service.

22 oz. bomber poured several times into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Nice Golden on it's way to amber color, but lighter, so more golden. The clarity is outstanding here, the liquid portion comes out completely clear, really solid job in that department. There is a slightly off white colored head with many different sized bubbles with some really good lacing and glass retention to it. Really a top notch and high quality looking double IPA.

Ok so we take a slight step back in the aroma department, it's not bad, it's just not great. Like a few other reviewers have mentioned, one of the more dominant features is that it's sweet smelling. It's very bready and I think it has a strong malt backbone, caramel and toffee present. Hops also make their way out, both citrus and pine. It all smells good, but it's just not very strong, which is something that is usually distinct about a quality double IPA.

Taste is a slight step up from the small. Again the breadiness is present probably pale and caramel malts. Again the citrus and pine hops are present in the flavor with some of the slightest of slight alcohol flavors. All good, but again, overall not too strong.

Mouthfeel is really good, and a step up again. Really smooth and a low medium feel. Overall there's a good carbonation level and and smooth for the style. Slight pinch at the end from a combination of the alcohol and the hops. Slightly oily feel too. I saw several reviews mention that this is a sipper, but I kinda disagree, I found this beer to go very quickly. Really drinkable and all around pretty solid. NOt the best Double IPA in the world(I've had better and hoppier standard IPAs), but still pretty good and worth trying if you make your way to one of their good brew pubs.

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Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls.

Smell: loads of citrus and pine with some milder caramel tones in the background.

Taste: big caramel profile with a sharp bitter grapefruit and pine. Some orange tones are softer and alcohol is mildly noticeable. The bitterness is biting.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a strong dryness late.

Overall: a slow sipping beer that is a bit unbalanced towards the sharp bitter side.

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Photo of philbe311
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a half worth of delicate fluffed pure white foam... The color is a medium gold... Moderate carbonation... Some rings of lacing cling to the glass throughout the session...

S - Hops are at the forefront, but are much more muted than I expected... There is a slight caramel sweetness and biscuit quality to the nose...

T - The palate follows the nose exactly... The hops are at the forefront, but are not nearly as assertive nor inspired as I would have hoped... There is a decent malt base of caramel and biscuit which add a bit of depth, but there isn't too much else going on... The finish has a slight peppery component to it...

M - Medium bodied... Sleek... Light to moderate carbonation... Smooth... Even and consistent with each sip...

D - This one is a rather timid DIPA that drinks much more like a traditional American IPA... It's not a bad beer by any means, but is rather pedestrian and unremarkable in all facets... Many better options out there for those looking for a hop fix...

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Photo of chefhatt
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at paradise by slice served in a snifter
This beer has a nice bronze color, with a small white head. The smell has some citrus notes to it. The taste gives you a quick hop bite then a sweet hop and malt on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is good and overall a decent dipa. It is a easy drinking dipa at only 8 percent

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Photo of nimrod979
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear bronz-ish color with one finger white head. Fades quick with just hints of lacing.

Aroma: Floral and citrusy hops. Caramel malt presence leads me to believe this won't be a hop bomb.

Taste: Nothing really stand out in the flavor. Quick citrusy hops bitterness hits up front before being taken over with a caramelized sweet malt flavor. A bit too malty for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Almost full bodied with a thick stcky mouthfeel. Carbonation is slightly low. Subtle lingering bitterness and alcohol.

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Photo of IronLover
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Copper orange in color with near perfect clarity. Poured with a brief white head that reduced to a wispy cap. Citrus orange and sweet caramel malt aromas with a touch of metal. Aroma is generally light for a DIPA. Full body feel with rich tangy carbonation. Ripe citrus flavor and caramel malt initially that is quickly overcome by pine hop bitterness that carries through the middle to the end. A bit of spicy, tangy herbal hoppiness in the middle. Caramel malt manages to peak through the pine hop character a bit thru the middle and end. Finishes with a lingering pine hop bitterness.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear copper color with minimal head and no retention.

Smell - Some pine hops and malts and bready notes

Taste - Well balanced and flavorful IPA. Not the high screamin' citrus hops presense like other imperials. Has a nice malt balance with just mild bitterness in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - a nice full bodied mouthfeel. Doesn't feel like 8% but more like 6-6.5%

Overall - I wasn't overly excited about this beer upon purchase, but it is surprisingly well crafted and is a good IPA. Recommend a try.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy copper orange with a fluffy head. Left some very sticky lacing around the entire glass.
Sweet malt dominates the nose. Also some faint hops.
Taste is malt forward. There is some bitter hoppiness in the finish. Hops seemed to come out a litle more as it warmed.
Medium carbonation saves this one from being a sticky malty mess . Probably my favorite part of this beer.

BA says this is a spring release. Has it been sitting on shelves since spring? Who knows? There isn't a bottled on date. I usually do not buy IPA's if there isn't a date but this 22oz bottle was only like $6.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a copper color and has good clarity.
Pours with a white foamy head but has a loose soapy structure and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was a bit disappointing in that the hop bouguet that was expected simply was not there. Instead it appears this beer mellowed and had a more amber bouguet. Light of hops and a more pronounced caramel malts.
Ditto taste. Hops are light and lean to floral, pehaps a tad of citrus too. Malts seem balanced with caramel and some bread crust. This beer has a medium mouthfeel and is smooth on the palette. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. Avg. carbo's.
This beer really didn't stand out for me. Good yes, but nothing to separate it from the pack.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours an amber color with a good head.

Smell - flowerery with a hint of hops.

Taste - slightly bitter with none of the sweetness associated with East Coast DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - medium body.

Overall - this is a decent IPA one that you pick when none of the big boys is on tap.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

A - poured a nice copper color with a good 1 inch head that held for a while.

S - grassy notes with some mild citrus.

T - nothing really gets me excited about this one. Decent hop flavor, mild sweetness. Had a little boozy finish. Didn't expect that.

M - medium body. Good carbonation.

O - glad I got to try it, but won't be looking for this anywhere.

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Photo of DaveHack
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bomber into RR-tion glass

This beer purs a nice coppery color, and it goes downhill from there. The smell is of slightly grassy and floral. The taste is an odd bitter taste and a really bad, cheap boozy aftertaste. Yhis is 8% but the aftertaste is much harsher than that. The mouthfeel is odd as well. It isn't very smooth, it goes down rather awkwardly. I do not want to try this again. I poured the last bit of the bomber. It isn't so bad as to be a drainpour, but I have so many delicious beers that I hate to waste the calories or time with a subpar beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appalachian Brewing : Outta Focus : @ Harrisburg Location

Pours a bright orange in color. Soapy head leaves lacing down the glass. Aroma of citrusy, almost tropical hops lending alot of fruit to the smell. In the taste, quite sweet with caramel, pineapple, herbal hops and mild citrus. Mouthfeel was smooth, carbonation adequate. Overall, an enjoyable double IPA, alittle on the sweet side, but would have it again.

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Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like oranges and copper and honey, with a little roasted barley.
T: It tasted like bright orange and grapefruit hops, with caramel malt and some copper and bread. It had a clean and lasting bitter aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a pretty nice double IPA, with good scent and taste and body. The alcohol was hidden decently, so it was pretty easy to drink. But there was nothing overly delicious or unique about it, so it was ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the new Appalachian Brewing Co. brewpub in Collegeville, PA - poured into a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber/bronze color with a very creamy white head that provided really great retention the entire time. Some lacing is present, as well. Standard fair, it seems, for a cask IIPA.

S: Right away you can tell this is going to be a definite malt-centric type of IIPA. Slightly roasted notes of a caramel malt come through initially and well into the finish of the nose. Grassy hop notes with a touch of alcohol are also here but unfortunately that's about it. Nothing about this screams hoppy, bummer.

T: Following suit with the nose, the palate is coated with a blast of dry malts that seemingly cover up any hop bite that may have been intended. This is definitely not the way to balance out malts and hops in an IIPA. A few hints of orange zest from a more citrusy hop on the palate try to come forward but it's just not enough to break through this strong malt exterior. What a letdown.

M: Smooth, creamy, extremely low carbonation - really nice for a cask, I'd say hard to screw up.

I've never had this in bottles or on a regular CO2 tap but this cask version is really disappointing. I wouldn't say it's a bad beer, it's definitely drinkable and was pretty enjoyable but nothing I'd ever reach for again served on cask.

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