4 Seasons IPA | Voodoo Brewing Company

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4 Seasons IPA4 Seasons IPA

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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.

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

From a bottle with no freshness dating (but a silver cap instead of gold if that means anything) into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears fairly clear due to a careful pour and emits 2 fingers worth of creamy slightly off-white head. The cap holds strong but as it fades it leaves a thick webbing of lace all about the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation support the cap with large sized bubbles.

The aroma is earthy, herbal and citrusy with a slight pine and grapefruit character to it as well. The aroma is not bold by any means but it is decent. There is a light caramel malt sweetness in the background which adds a nice compliment to the brew. As it warms, it picks up a fruity indication of alcohol. It lacks any "brightness" of hop character so I suspect this isn't the freshest of offerings. However, for what it is, it isn't that bad.

The taste includes a hoppy moderate bitterness upfront tasting herbal and a little leafy/green. A bit of residual sugar flavor is noted tasting somewhat caramel-like and fruity with alcohol. It lasts inside the mouth balanced well between caramelized sugars and a lingering grainy taste mixed with some herbal to clingy and oily resin-like grapefruit rind bitterness. Enjoyable but nothing fantastic.

This is a medium bodied brew with ample carbonation that is lightly prickly on the tongue. It is balanced well but a bit of a disappointment. I really wish I knew the age of these offerings prior to spending the money and picking them up. Reading the label, I was expecting them to be fresh and hoppy. What a sad surprise to open one up and get this. I don't know if I will ever buy an IPA again unless I see a clearly defined bottle on or best by indication. To this brew's credit, it is fairly drinkable for not being what I expected and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

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Photo of claspada
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Silver (spring) cap if anyone cares, so this has been "aging" in the store for a good 8 months now.

Aromas of subtle earthy/flowery hops and slight biscuity malt notes bring up the rear.

The taste begins with citrus hops which is odd because I didn't detect any in the aroma. Flavors are quire hoppy and not nearly as malty and earthy as the appearance/aroma lead you to believe.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes fairly dry. Overall, I would say this is poor example of an American IPA and a good example of an English IPA; maybe that is just because it is not as fresh but either way that is how I am perceiving/rating it now.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle, pours a really hazy orange. Large, still head. Smells a little of overripe tropical fruits along with a middling hop presence. Flavor has this weird mineral note, some mango perhaps. A little pine resin and a decent enough malt presence. Fine, nothing special.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Voodoo Brewery 4-Seasons IPA poured a hazy orange gold hue that formed a big 3-finger bubbly and foamy off white head that held well and left behind craggy lacing. The nose is of piney and grapefruit hops. Taste is dominated by grapefruit and citrus hops with light malt hiding in the background. The IPA has a crisp medium body with good carbonation. 4-Seasons finishes with a long lasting bitterness on the tongue.

4-Seasons is a bit of a "tongue twister" of an IPA for me, a non hop head - almost approaching a Double IPA. A good brew that a hop head would appreciate more than I do.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the General. Cask Fest Fall 2010.

A: The IPA is a tea-colored ale, somewhere in the orange-yellow-brown spectrum. No head if only because it is on cask.

S: The nose is equal parts boozy and leafy, plenty of hops but nowhere for their strength to hide. The vegetal leafiness seems fresh but raw.

T: The IPA is malty sweet although there are plenty of hops lying around. The bitterness, leafy as it is, is unusual. It doesn't bite in a manner that you'd expect. Instead it flicks with bitterness and ample rawness, plenty of vegetal green flavors. The ale's strength improves over time, becoming stronger (but boozier). The restrained, passive-aggressive nature of the hops is confounding.

M: A little bit of malts and a little bit of hops. Now increase that ratio equally and you have this beer. Plenty of fresh hops and a seemingly equal amount of malts keep things in check.

D: Drinkable, approachable in its niche. An IPA that is overloaded with vegetal hops but hasn't lost touch with its malty side.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Blind bomber #7 from the Blind Bombers BIF!
This beer is reviewed without any knowledge of the beer, brewery, or even style.

Upon cracking this open, I thought it belonged in a pint glass...

Pours a deep copper color with some sedimentary yeast in there. Nice thick 2 finger tan head, the color of sugar in the raw, good retention and lace. I wouldn't be surprised if I've had this before, but no idea which one it would be. These dark ones aren't my favorite color, but I can deal with it.

The smell has huge grapefruit hops over a base of caramel malts that possess a biscuity and bready quality.

Surprisingly nice balance. Sweet, bready, toasted biscuit. Grapefruit hops with a touch of resiny pine in the finish. The bitterness isn't over-the-top, but it isn't Glassjaw Joe either.

The body is medium-full (like medium-well). Great carbonation level-- smooth and creamy. Lively feel.

This is going great... until it starts to warm up. Once it warms, I'm getting some sort of odd chocolate/cocoa flavor? Maybe even some sort of coffee-like bitterness?
If I reviewed this before it warmed up, it would have scored better...
Now, I'm not saying I let this warm up to 50 or 60 degrees... I took it from the fridge and set it on the counter for 4 or 5 minutes while I put away some groceries. I then poured it and consumed it... Less than 7 minutes into the review (I know exactly how long because I do my reviews into my iphone using the voice notes app) the beer started taking a turn for the worse. If it starts to turn south as soon as it passes 40 degrees, then we have a problem!

Rips off the paper to reveal... 4 Seasons IPA from Voodoo.
Wow. I have has this one before-- but this time it must have been a bit more fresh!! This time it scored higher in nearly everything except taste!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to copper color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small pine hop and a dry bread like maltiness. In the taste, a small hop presence and a dry biscuit like maltiness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop stickiness and biscuit like aftertaste. Kind of malt heavy, and not that big on hops.

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

Received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours an attractive caramel sunburtst with a 2 finger off white (slightly buttery) crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Lots of pine and a touch of citrus hops over a caramel malt backbone.

Taste: Same as nose but with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to down for an 8% abv. Well balanced.

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Photo of rmolledo
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Amber with a this white head.

S: pine and floral hop aroma with an almost spicy malt aroma.

T: Caramel Malts and dark malts? either way, malt complexity. Rather Sweet and not as much hop flavor. This is kind of like a cross between a scottish ale and an IIPA.

MF: Slick and and moderately body and a nice carbonation tingle

D: An overall good IPA. Pretty strong but no fusel burn. I'd only drink 1 a night though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot that becomes murky caramel-covered apricot when the yeast-laden beer at the bottom of the bottle splashes into the pint glass. A thick chunk of sandstone colored cream looks fantastic initially and at all times thereafter, while abstract patterns of lace cover most of the available surface area.

Caramel malt is noted in the nose and the citrus zesty American hops aren't as powerful as they could be. It looks like (smells like) this American DIPA follows the usual blueprint for the style as currently interpreted.

With respect to 4 Seasons IPA, Voodoo plans to change up the malt and hops with each season. However, there's no indication on the label or the website as to which season this bottle is supposed to represent or what the ingredients are. Time to see what the taste buds have to say.

Tastes like... spring... no, summer... no... Honestly, it doesn't taste like any season at all. The malt is more toasted and earthy than caramel-like, although it's still mostly pale. There's plenty of hop bitterness pushing through the malt sugars, so this bottle must be pretty fresh.

Unfortunately, the hop flavor tastes a little funky/vegetal. Might some percentage of Summit be in the house? Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo are done to death, but that's because they're delicious AIPA hops. A more well-chosen lineup here would probably improve the taste score from barely above average to... something higher.

Mouthfeel valiantly attempts to get things back on the right track. It's at least medium for the style and is impressively smooth, especially as the mercury climbs. Good bubbles too.

Voodoo 4 Seasons IPA is an impressively abrasive DIPA in the end. The only change that I'd make is to the hop bill. Who knows, maybe that's what the next season has in store. Thanks mgbickel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from guzzle211, courtesy of BA March Madness 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste is decently balanced with a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness followed by a fruity citrus sweetness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but it works well for this beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, it might not be the absolute best IPA that I've had but it's still a very good beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, voluminous two finger tan head that falls slowly leaving lace all over the glass, burnt sienna coloring with a slight haze to it.

s- nice earthy nose, some biscuit, malt upfront gives way to pineapple and earthy hopness.

t- earthy, nice malt upfront like the nose, grapefruit rind bitterness that lingers long, slight pineapple sweetness peeks out, there is a hint of an almost peat-like flavor.

m- medium body with lots of slickness and coating.

d- great, very tasty. this was my first beer from voodoo and certainly won't be my last.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Mild haze with a deep reddish-amber color, thin off-white lacing is very sticky. Herbal and mildly citric hop, buttery yeast and bready malt fill the nostrils. Crisp medium body. Grainy, with a sweet caramel and toasted biscuity combo of maltiness up front. Hop bitterness is a little prickly with layers of sharpness that unfold. Solid hop flavor brings a sweet herbal, light citrus and faint mint to the palate. Maltiness and the buttery tone is big enough to keep the beer balanced, but the hop character is just aggressive enough to capture the drying finish with a long, lingering herbal flavor.

A very interesting and tasty IPA. Balance is the theme--the hops and malt really work together here. A good change of pace from the super hopped IPAs of today.

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Photo of regspeir
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass
aggressive pour revealeved a huge head which settled into a sudsy, off-white head which lasted throughout. Lacing was thin but also lasted. Color was a dark, cloudy orange/amber. The nose was VERY strong malt and not a lot of the hops you would expect in an IPA. There is some grassiness and orange and lemon, but the roasted malt is what hits you. The taste is not a shock after the nose - heavy roasted malt, a tinge of orange and lemon and ample bitterness, especially in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little creamy, moderate carbonation and fairly light. This beer reminded me of what an IPA would be like if kept in the cellar way too long. I know there are people who really like this style of an IPA but I am not one of them.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark tomato-orange pour produces a monstrous and quickly evolving rocky head that was beige in color. Cavernous voids form around the outer perimeter lapsing the head first around the edges leaving a towering center piece and a dense covering of spongey splashes for a lacing. The visible effervesce was strong initially, but settles down rather quickly to a dull lifeless offering revealing a light misty haze within the bodywork.

S: Soft hints of fresh wet grass appear first on the nose. The strength was incredibly weak with vague notes of green plant material and faint traces of dried oranges. Even after several frantic minutes of agitation I failed to summon any appreciable signs of hoppiness that would lead me to believe this was a pale ale let alone an ipa. Lame, forgettable, and lends nothing to the overall experience.

T: The hops come to play in the flavor with dry toasted malts set against a moderately strong bitterness of dry grassy notes mixed in with some minty highlights. The finish is pungent, filled with bitter pulp of grapefruit and a lingering grassy-alcohol fueled fade that stays with you long after. The overload of hops used for bittering may have been spared for use on the aromatic appeal thus giving this some balance. The hops were bitter and strong, but one-dimensional in flavor, lacking any complexity or transition, and appeared that the brewer just dumped handfuls of hops in the beginning for bitterness and couldn't be bothered there-after. A boatload of hops does not necessarily make a good ipa without regards to some complexity and balance at least by my standards.

M: The mouthful was decent, bitter and dry with a toasted grain warmth, but ultimately felt a bit light for me and lazy on the hold lacking a good crispness factor. A wallop of grassy hops cover the tongue upon the swallow.

D: A one dimensional drink that may entice the "meathead" hopheads who love an overload of hops and nothing else, but will probably disappoint those looking for an extended experience. As a dumb downed ipa it fills all your one dimensional hops needs hitting the spot, for those looking for range, balance, and aromatic appeal need to look else where.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another offering by Voodoo. Paid 3.75 for the single which is a pretty good price for an IPA of this magnitude.

A - Pours a really deep amber, so deep I wasn't expecting it and had a greatly carbonated head of 1 1/2 inches of great white head that diminishes with great lacing.

S - Really timid hop profile but from what I smell it does smell very hoppy.

T - Very bitter hop citrus and pine to start then rounds out to a sweetness from the hops and actually finishes sweet with a sort of candy caramel taste. A very interesting turn I enjoyed!

M - Very light. Maybe dangerously smooth since as of now I am a quarter of the way done with the beer!

D - Heck yeah its drinkable. I really hate the fact that it's PA beer but I can't find a sixer of it. That irks me pretty bad. I can buy it in a variety case with brown, white magic, and even though I don't love pilsners the Pilzilla. Maybe I will seek out a case sometime this month.

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