4 Seasons IPA | Voodoo Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
262 Ratings
4 Seasons IPA4 Seasons IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
262
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.17%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange that brightens to yellow near the bottom of the glass. On the pour the white head grows and pushes upwards quite aggressively resulting in a 2" plus of stable white head. Eventually reduces down to a rocky 1/2", but, and hour later, and there is still a good 1/4". Respectable lacing.

S: Very aromatic and hop forward. Citrus, grapefruit. Grassy and "green." Bready yeast starts to come through towards the end.

T: Mildly sweet pale malts. Then a good bit of grapefruit and citrus followed by a moderate grapefruit bitterness. Finishes bitter on the tongue and then just hangs there.

M: Medium in body with an active carbonation. A bit peppery.

D: An under-appreciated IPA. Hop forward and easy drinking.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another extra from an awesome trader, StormKing47. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: An aggressive pour yields a nice 1.5 finger foamy white head. The beer itself is a deep copper orange. Overall, it looks intriguing. Some lacing is left behind.

S: Just like your standard IPA. Strong hoppy bitterness and citrus. Nothing standouts to me.. wait, except some honey sweetness.

T: A strong bitterness immediately, followed by sweet honey and toasted malts. Finishes with a bit of spice.

M: Silky smooth with a nice level of carbonation. Better than I expected.

D: I didn't realize this was 8% until I looked at the page.. wow! Can't even detect any heat, just smooth delicious IPA-ness..

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler.

Dark golden/amber in color. Hard pour produces a one finger head. Some chunks of lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet honey malts with light orange and lemon citrus notes.

Taste mostly follows smell with honey and toffee malts up front. Then a light lemon citrus hop presence.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with carbonation on the low end of medium. Not much of a bite to it, but fairly smooth.

Easy drinking for the abv.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red hued amber with a nice fluffy light head that has great retention, but leaves little lace. The aroma is not as intense as a lot of the IPAs I have been drinking lately, but it checks off all the right boxes as it is citrusy and sweet with a slightly caramelized profile and a hint of toasted malt. The flavors is quite interesting in that it is very bitter, but seems to be lacking a little bit as far as hop flavor goes. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of pine and some citrus hop flavors to be had, but the toasted and caramel malt also play a big role in this one. There also appears to be some peppery flavors going on. Quite unique, and the more I drink this, the more I am enjoying it. The mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is a bit on the hop-sticky side, but still quite good. Very drinkable and enjoyable, but not one I would necessarily seek out.

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Photo of jdense
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle carried back from Erie PA by buddy split bottle poured 3.28.10..

One finger semi-rocky head, medium dissipation with minimal lacing. Clear amber body good stream of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. The nose is bitter hops with a firm malt backbone. Taste is bitter upfront good malt presence in the middle with a farily bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky. Drinkability is quite good, ABV well hidden, pretty dry finish for style. A nice change of pace, but nothing I'd want to drink regularly.

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Photo of Morey
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This local Ipa poured dark and copper-brown in color (definitely one of the darker Ipa's that I've seen). Nice creamy tan head that is hanging out quite nicely (good stick too).

Smell has a somewhat tame hop aroma with subtle earthy and malty notes bringing up the rear.

Taste is nice and hoppy and not nearly as malty and earthy as the appearance leads you to believe.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

I could drink a few of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: A tasty Ipa for sure. Voodoo overcharges for their beer though, which limits my intake considerably.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: snifter serving, nice off-white head held on an orange-copper colored beer, average retention

s: basic but nice - tropical fruit and grassy citrus hops around a moderate caramel structure, even a little resinous

m: moderate carbonation, smooth, medium body

t: extremely solid hop profile here - lots of tropical resin with a nice citrus bite, clean caramel malt core, lingering floral essence and hints of pine in the strongly bitter finish

d: no issues here - highly drinkable for an 8 percent ipa

single bottle from the Foodery, NL, Philly

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Photo of thain709
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy, yet bright orangish amber body...you can see little carbonation bubbles when held to light...a two finger, creamy, off white head forms and never leaves...great lacing

S - The nose is full of fruity (orange and lemon) hops and sweet (caramel) malts...a nice combination...there is an aroma that I just can't put my finger on

T - The flavors actually worked backwards than what I'm used to from an IPA...you are hit up front with the fruity and sometimes spicy hops...they are rather bitter but that bitterness is shot down from a huge dose of caramel malts that come in at the end...alcohol shines through in the middle...the sweet malts don't leave a sweet flavor in your mouth though

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy but you're left with a dry mouth and alcohol clinging to your taste buds

D - Overall this was a very interesting beer...hoppy up front and malty at the finish...like I said rather the opposite of most IPAs...a decent, local brew to try

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Photo of meatyard
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orange/amber with a fluffy, 2-finger, white head that leaves lots of rings of lacing. Also, it has good head retention.
The smell is crisp, lemon zest, a bit of grass and sweetish malt.
The taste is crisp, citrus up front and then sweet malt takes over to finish.
Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is quite good. This is more balanced like so many east coast IPAs. Not sure that I'd call it complex but there are a few hints of things that I couldn't exactly put my finger on. It's an interesting IPA.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to gdfan47 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a gorgeous looking copper-orange color with 2 1/2 fingers of some pretty amazing looking off-white/light-orange colored foam. Very creamy and dense. Head retention was excellent and plentiful lacing was left behind.

S: Pine and citrus hops were very "in my face". They melded nicely with fresh cut grass, toasted malt, caramel, candied apple, and apricot.

T: See above. Piney hops are the name of the game here. Second in line was tropical fruit and then cut grass, dried wildflowers, caramel, toasted malt, and citrus.

M: Starts off sweet and then quickly turns dry, sticky, and spicy. I enjoyed how there was a prickly/tingly film that seemed to cling to my lips and tongue.

D: I found this to be a first rate IPA and would definitely not hesitate to try this again!

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Photo of Seanibus
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy amber or copper, with a big fluffy head. The aroma is powerful, sweet and piny. The flavor is deliciously piny, with a sting of grapefruit hiding the background that develops into a sharp citric bitterness. Whatever malt is there is largely overwhelmed by the powerful hops, though the beer doesn't feel grotesquely out of balance for an American IPA. The great big flavor hides the relatively stiff ABV nicely, though if you're thinking about it carefully, you can pull out some heat.

Delicious.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a fizzy, three finger, bone colored head. The loosely packed bubbles receded down to a thin film, leaving behind some trails on the sides of the glass. The body is hazy and translucent; pumpkin colored with amber and straw hues.

The nose is sweet an candy-ish up front with citrus hops in the background. You can dig up some bread and caramel malt aromas also.

Where did the sweetness from the nose go?? All of the flavors I can pick up are in varying degrees of bitterness. The hops start off piney but turn acidic toward the end...ungood...

Medium mouth feel, oily and well carbonated.

If the taste would match the nose, this would be 1st class. Drinkable as is, but not a top of the line IPA.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a huge billowy 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever. Full glass lacing.

S: Fruity, earthy, floral hops with a huge caramel sweetness.

T: Juicy fruits with hints of berry, pineapple and lemon up front that melds with the spicy floral and grassy hops. The balance is provided with a deep caramel sweetness that leads into some toffee and brown sugar. Finish turns bitter with hops. Nicely balanced beer for those that are not real hopheads. Nothing groundbreaking here, but good.

M: Medium, not overly coating and the carbonation seemed a bit high. No alcohol taste.

D: Pretty good, the bomber went down pretty well.

Overall a solid IPA, but not an award winner. Still a good representation of a PA with this offering.

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Photo of portia99
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a hazy, rich amber color with 2 full fingers of cream colored head which lingers briefly and falls to a thick layer with sticky lacing covering the glass.

S - Has an overall hoppy and fruity aroma. Unusual combination and overall effect. I can't quite identify the fruit, but I'm thinking it might be figs? and there is a bit of spicyness in there too, again unidentifiable...also, there is a tea-like quality to the aroma too. Seems to be a good amount of caramel in there too, but the stange fruit flavor might be over-enhancing this. Not sure what to make of this one.

T - Fruity and bright - differs quite a bit from the aroma. Good, crisp bitterness with an underlying fruity aspect. A touch of caramel, some sugary sweetness, and a lot of tea flavors too. Not your typical IPA, but somehow seems to work. To me, this tastes better than it smells. After smelling, I was expecting a less than stellar beer, but it is pleasantly surprising and enjoyable.

M - A little bit on the thin side of medium bodied. Bitterness pushes its way throughout the mouth. Carbonation is medium with enough tingle to keep things interesting without overpowering.

D - Overall, I'd say this is an IPA on the fringe of the style. Some unusual, and largely unidentifiable, flavors come into play in this beer. It is a beer that I will easily finish, but not sure I would look to revisit it. Bottle label is a bit confusing, saying there are 4 different recipes (at least) to coincide with the seasons, but no indication (at least that I can see) to say which one I'm drinking. Glad to try it, but think I'll stick to some regulars and trying some others I can't usually get.

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Photo of Durge
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bomber into the pint glass at room temperature, this shows a golden amber color, slightly hazy with lots of white floaties. It has a big oatmeal colored head and big chunky lacing. The aroma offers malty sweet grass hop. The flavor is high and dry grass bitterness with a peppery base and thin rye malt hint. Plenty of hop in a mid-bodied brew that is so-so drinkable. Not in love with it, but it's OK.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mr. Goodbar cask. Winter version of IPA. Pours hazy grapefruit, with hop aromas, and Caear head. Complex hops, high IPA,felt it in the mouth yet still well malted. Most drinkable. Average mouthfeel. Something special as an IPA, and not overdone bitterness like a DIPA.

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Photo of bwd110
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured in SA Perfect Pint Glass

no freshness date on bottle.... A most fascinating experience, Voodoo continues to impress and befuddle me all at once.

A: Pours a hazy orange copper with mountains of frothy caramel toned head for every ounce of beer. Looks insanely over carbonated. Bunch of yeasty floaties. Even a slight swirl brings the head back to all its mountainous glory. Soapy, sticky lace resides all over the glass.

S: Quite interesting. Very much malt forward with almost belgian style qualities. Candied sweetness, with sharp fruity aspects. Some leafy and earthy hop scents.

T: Unlike any ipa I've ever had. Balanced but not, if possible. Quite sweet and fruity, almost like strawberry but then falls back into candied sugar. Light hop profile, but pronounced bitterness in the end. All in all, a very unique, but quite good ipa. Very complex, almost falls apart at some points, but comes short of becoming a sloppy mess of ingredients.

M: Medium to fuller in body, fairly smooth. Carbonation is actually moderate despite what my eyes would have led me to believe. Some slight hop oil, but mostly creamy.

D: Quite intriguing, I never lost interest in this beer. However, a bomber would suffice for an evening.

Like Wynona's Big Brown, this beer certainly blurs style lines. Not sure I'm in love, but very curious and will definitely go back for more.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed yellow gold with an overflowing rocky cream-colored head. Tons of sticky lacing left behind when the head finally settles.

Aroma of strawberries, Juicyfruit gum, floral and citrus hops, and sweet and roasted caramel malts.

The strawberry experience extends to the taste as do the citrus hops and the roasted caramel malts. Finishes with a touch of spices and bitterness. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, slightly oily, and lightly carbonated.

I can't recall any IPAs with strawberry characteristics like this one. A new experience is usually a good experience in my book. A nice-drinking IPA that is definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of Soonami
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bomber with a friend

This beer was intensely carbonated, taking it out from the cooler and popping the top, it began spewing like a bottle of champagne. I figured between that and the huge amount of billowing foam that had to be poured off (literally, 1 inch of beer and 8 of foam when I first poured it) we lost about 20% of the beer.

However, overall I was very satisfied by this beer. As soon as I opened it, I could smell the fragrant floral hops and the sweet caramelly malt. It looked good in a glass once it settled down and the lacing was substantial. It tasted how it smelled, with herbally hops, but not the citrusy, piney like in West Coast IPA's, but more malt and herbal hops in the beer. The IPA coated my mouth richly and finished very well. I finished my half of the bomber and wanted more.

Good, but only if you are a fan of and appreciate East Coast IPA's

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Photo of Sleepisforthewik
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on nitro tap at Upick6 in Erie, Pa when Voodoo came up for a tasting night.

Apperance - This beer poured from the tap thick and creamy. It was bright golden yellow once the body cleared up from the nitrogen. Nice thumb thick head.

Smell - This beer smelled obviously hoppy, but also had a slight sweet smell like caramel to it.

Taste - Taste was far more than i was expecting. It was not the most hopped up IPA I have ever tasted, but it was for sure one of the most delicious. The hops was balanced nicely with the sweet malty flavors that I detected in the smell. Not too overwhelming in either category, but definitely enough of each to taste both; just not at the same time.

Mouthfeel- This beer was creaaammy. It had a nice light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - I would drink this beer regularly on nito tap if i could.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body, topped by a huge billowing rocky head of loose oversized bubbles. Sticky lace to follow.

Citrus aroma is so mild that I'm inhaling foam.

Thick sweet malt slathers across the tongue. Juicy fruit gushes along the side of the mouth. Growing bitterness near the throat bites down at the swallow and lightly lingers afterward.

Good firm mouthfeel keeps it tight not sloppy. Hidden alcohol and good taste equal solid drinkability.

Throw in some aroma hops and you have a winner here.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle split with brothercannon and poured into a pair of shaker glasses. The ale appears a hazed deep golden apricot color with an inch of dense, lingering bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of herbal bittering hops, lemon, grassy, caramelized malt, medium toasted bread, a squeak of grapefruit. Nice dry finish with a pleasant bitter hit. Worth your time.
A-4.0/S-4.0/T-3.5/M-4.0/D-3.5
Update:
I just enjoyed the new 12 ounce bottle of 4 season's. Quite an improvement over the bombers (and cheaper too). I have edited my review score to reflect the improvements.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention.

The smell featured a citric and herbal hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop that was tempered by a doughy malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and vibrant herbal IPA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bomber at Holiday Market in Royal Oak for $5.99. I'm kind of a sucker for new IPA's, and the idea of changing this IPA seasonally appealed to me. I didn't see any text on the label indicating which season is in this bottle, but I'm guessing winter based on the malt-heavy profile.

The beer's appearance is ridiculously good, the best head I've had in weeks. There were 5-6 fingers of suds which form a rocky cumulus cloud above the hazy copper liquid, leaving thick chunks of dried foam on the sides of the glass. The aroma is not as good as the appearance, but is not bad per se. It's maltier than I like my IPA's, but there's some grassy aroma and hints of fruit which might come from the hops. The taste is better, softer fruits (melons maybe) rather than the citrus I like and expect from IPA's, with plenty of bitterness. The body is substantial, I can't stop sipping it either. Very good, very original. The closest match for me would be one of the Flossmoor Brewer's Whim IPA's but with more carbonation.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours clear gold on the first half of the bottle, with a massive, three inch head of white froth. A dense layer remained on the surface of the brew for the duration and plenty of webbed lacing thoughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with spicy, earthy, grassy hops. Peppery and hay-like with undertones of citrus and pine. Barely a trace of malt and fairly pungent.

Medium bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel.
Sharpish and drying.

Pine dew, cut grass, mango, and pepper-studded wet hay start the palate. A massive bitterness quickly steps forward and sustains through the finish. Hints of peach, pineapple, grapefruit, and spruce resin follow through. Hardly any malt in the background and exceedingly drying.

Finishes bone dry with lingering fruit pith, pepper-rubbed green earth, and a hint of warmth.

This was really kind of an odd combination of hops. It reminds me of an Imperial Pils/IPA hybrid. Tasty nonetheless.

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4 Seasons IPA from Voodoo Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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