Dick's IPA | Dick's Brewing Company

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Dick's IPADick's IPA
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Dick's IPADick's IPA

Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SickBrew on 12-12-2003

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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by tfinn:
Photo of tfinn
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden pour with light fine-bubbled head. attractive carbonation. wet lacing slides down the glass.

nose is full of grassy hop bouquet. thick. forest of oasthouses.

taste is more of the hops; a bit astringent without strong malt to back it. it could be a bit more balanced to my taste, but the bottle does read "refreshingly bitter." long bitter hop tail. yowza. the hoppy bite does make it refreshing, though.

this does go down nicely, but after a couple of these I imagine I'd be peeing hop extract.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight one finger head that settles leaving a sheet of lace behind,well the big dose of hops comes thru in the aroma thats for sure big pine and grapefruit.To be expected the ale is hop tilted to the max very resiny and piney with a refreshing citrus lemon/grapefruit accent a lightly sweet malt backbone keeps this from being to one sided but make no mistake this is a hop driven beer.A true Pacific northwest IPA hop driven but hey whats wrong with that?

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This IPA was a clear orangish-brown in color. The pint was filled almost to the rim so it was hard to gauge the head, but the beautiful diminutive white pillow showed some good retention.

Smell – The deep, complex hops lead the way at the nose. No one smell stood out to me, and everything was very mild. The malt balance was evident and, again, subdued. As I passed this around the table most said that they couldn’t single out one particular aspect of the aroma.

Taste – The nice bitterness woke up, or I should say woke me up, at the taste. I definitely wasn’t ready for it after sniffing the nose. It was pleasant and, again, very complex and blended from the cask conditioning. The malts showed up for a spell in the middle but by the finish we were back to bitter.

Mouthfeel – This one was medium-bodied but just so. It was predictably flat out of the cask and very sessionable.

Drinkability – This came through even-handed and mild yet with a good bitter bite that left you wanting for a session.

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Photo of Lazaro
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, comes as part of a $11.99 sixpack. Pours quite clear, typical lighter almond amber. Long lasting light khaki head, stays and stays, leaving respectable large blotches of lace. Minor nose of some piney hops. More pine hops carry the weight in this decent but certaintly not stellar IPA. Lacks the depth of flavors and hop crunch of the heavy hitters of the style.

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Photo of BCborn
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thrasher
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is a hugely hoppy ale that intermittently provides moments of pleasure alongside moments of distaste. It's a bright orange color and has a very large head that never fully dissipates, instead settling to a rocky and firm millimeter of thick, crusty foam. Considering how much hops are in the beer, it seems that very little of them are used for aroma, since the smell is relatively mild. The malts are worthy adversaries to the hops, full and sweet like Danish butter cookies, but the hops quickly relegate them to a position of mellowing in the background. The hops are largely bitter, with a pleasant juicyness that rides through town pretty quickly, leaving a long lingering remnants of bitterness and oil. There's a ton of yeast in the bottle, and it's probably best to leave it in there; the yeast adds a sour, spoilt flavor that provides little complexity. Dick's beers are weird, and while they aren't bad at all, I haven't been able to muster real affection for any of them. A dedicated hophead could derive some pleasure from this beer, but on the whole I don't think it qualifies as a success.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to skyhand for giving me the chance to try a few different brews from this brewer.
Pours a clear medium yellow with a very dense full finger white head that melts to an impressive thick glass coating lacing.
Aroma is not all about the hops...there is a nice sweet amber malt that hits you first and then is followed with green and citrus hops. A definite pine on the tail end.
The flavor is all about the hops, however. Immediate grapefruit peel citrus hops hit your tongue then a little of the malt tries to show itself but is buried under another wave of grapefruit finally giving way to a little pine.
Grapefruit peel stays very strong in the aftertaste making this a very drying beer.
A good, fresh, and clean IPA but possibly lacking a little dimensionality

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dick's- IPA

A- Golden bronze orange/ brown with a moderate size head and thick chunky lacing.
S- Sweet sugary caramel malt, shortbread, and big citrus hops.
T- Sweet caramel sugar malt with a light crusty bread maltiness and big juicy sweet grapefruit citrus hops.
M- Thick sweet chewy malt, sugary and fruity citrus hops give this a nice lightly bitter finish.

Overall- Good solid IPA. Well balanced and quite tasty.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange color with a small, creamy white head that descends to a thin ring fairly quickly. Aroma of floral, spicy, piney hops, together with a little pale malt and a touch of astringency. Palate is more spicy floral hops, with notes of grapefruit and pine. The malt definitely takes a backseat here, dominated by the high-alpha hops. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, and just a touch sticky. Overall, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 ozs bottle …Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy unfiltered, with a golden-brassy hue…On top of the thick white head are brownish hop residue, indicating a VERY fresh beer!...Also, some fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Mint, marmalade, faint caramel, ripe pear, Orange citrus, lemon juice, light florals and grass.

T: Very smooth, deep crispness, hop bitterness… Upfront there is pineapple… lemon juice followed by leafy, dried grass, lightly toasted bread, clean caramel notes mid-palate. Finishes with pine and grassy floral…drying finishes…

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, juicy, crisp and bitter.

O: Very clean, Very drinkable. FRESH and refreshing...A yummy, good example of a NW American IPA...Again, YUM!...Chasin' cheers :~)

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Photo of akorsak
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA has a golden orange color, clear as day, with a thick voluminous head on pour. The white head reduces down to a thick ring of lace in the glass.

S: The nose is barely citrusy, some grapefruit with a bit of grainy malt.

T: The ale comes across as a plain ol' pale ale. The grainy malt body is very strong here, providing a thin grainy malt body. That body is augmented by some bitter citrus hops, grapefruity in particular. Those hops are not deep and rarely detract from the grainy thinness.

M: The mouthfeel is bitter with some citrusy and piney hops. The hops are not able to rise above the malts.

D: Another? No, thanks. The flavor just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured amber with a one inch, off-white head. Some lacings. Big hop piney bitterness
with a bit of sweet malt to match. Bottle says 5.5%abv. Pretty smooth drink but grapefruit biiterness is more than I care for. Good for hop-heads though.
Drinkability is very good for fans of bitter citrus hops.

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Photo of bcm119
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Huge white head that sticks around. Light hop pellet aroma. Nice lemony hop nose, with faint husky grain flavor mid palate before a hard-hitting bitterness takes over. Huge bittering hop presence with a distinctive lack of aroma hops; finish is so bitter its almost overboard. I've had this on a few occasions and finally realized what I don't like about it: the malt is light but has a musty grain flavor that puts me off a little. I like dry, bitter IPA and this hits that mark but it could use a little more aroma hops and a revised malt profile. Overall, drinkable but a bit one dimensional and I lost interest half way through a glass.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Laklimell
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Telestic
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank's to my friend "RoyalT", I now see that there is a "Dick's IPA", different from the "Bottlework's IPA", one is 5.5 percent and the Other 8.5 percent and a different beer altogethger, I thank him once again for pointing out the error of my ways..

A somewhat nebulous deep amber to copper color as it sets in the glass, crowned by a majestic head that is light tan in color and semi-creamy in its consistency with a fine sheet of lace to seal off the glass. A pleasing hop floral aroma greets the nose, citrus or maybe lime like a better description, crisp and clean to the senses with a sweet malt tone also noticed, front is sweet, loaded with malt and the top fair to middling in its feel. Quite a big hop bite at the finish and the carbonation light with the hop floral flavor lasting long after the beer is gone, a pleasing to the palate beer, and a fine representative to the style.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Dive Bar, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citric hop and some round malt.

The taste consisted of an initial citrus pinch that quivkly faded into the soft cereal malt. Finish with an herbal hoppiness. Overall the flavor was a not shallow.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a good soft IPA.

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Photo of geographie
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a snappy burst of carbonation when cracked, pours a golden orange with a frothy almost white head. Very clear with consistent bubbles rising to the top. Smell is sweet and hoppy, and a little damp.

taste is rather clean for an ipa. That signature almost sweet chewiness is devoid in this ipa. The bitterness is unique however, tangy in the back and caresses the sides of the tongue. I know this is an ipa, but there is something unpleasant about the bitter after a few seconds, makes you want to keep drinking and washing away that aftertaste..vicious cycle.

the mouthfeel is nice on this one, quietly bubbly to the taste and washes down easy. Overall, i would not reach for this one again. Its certainly bitter - a bitter maybe more of a hop-head can appreciate, but not this palate.

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Photo of zacharius
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange beer with little head. Great smell, citrusy and piney hops with some of the complex esters from Dick's house yeast strain. Flavor was not as good as smell was, it could have used slighty less bittering hops and slightly more flavor hops but still a good beer. Drinkability is good for the style especially one so bitter. If they made it slightly less bitter and had more flavor hops and then the malt/hop balance would be better--this could be a world class brew. It's still a good one as is though.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog...
Appears a light gold with a small head that slowly drops.
Smell is peachy and orange with lots of biscuity malt being highlighted in the background.
Taste is a bit of an overkill blast of hops with biscuits trying to pull through.
Mouthfeel is very bitter. It could use some more balance.

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Photo of ptarmigan98
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Globetrotter
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Bottleworks in Seattle, this brew comes in a 12oz (355ml) brown bottle with map of India and a sailing ship on the label. There's not much else on the label, except "refreshingly bitter" at the southern tip of India. No ingredient or freshness info. I opened it on 6/26/04.

Pours a cloudy pale orange under a creamy white head with some body, good retention and initial stickiness that produced excellent lacing all the way down the glass. A full floral hop nose includes just a touch of grapefruit. The mouth is very VERY carbonated and medium-bodied. There is lots of pine sap here, with a very dry bitter bite right from the start. Balance lacks, as the only other taste sensation is espresso coffee grind, particularly in the finish. The term "too bitter" isn't really possible in my view of an IPA, but this one comes close. There just isn't anything there as counterweight.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish/orangish amber with a large off-white frothy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of herbal spiciness, pine, and grapefruity citrus.

The taste is hoppy - herbal, tea-like spicing, citrus (esp. grapefruit) and a hint of pine. Some caramelish sweetness peaks through in the middle to tie the hops together, but fades to leave a bitter finish.

It is medium-bodied with a bitter bite that hangs on.

A "refreshingly bitter" IPA, as promised on the label!

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Dick's IPA from Dick's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 104 ratings