Morning Wood IPA | Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop

Morning Wood IPAMorning Wood IPA
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Average: 3.64 | pDev: 8.24%

Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 54

Ranked #149 English India Pale Ale (IPA) and #36,784 overall.

ABV: 6.40% | Availability: Year-round

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Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop
Alaska, United States

Notes: Traditional Old English Style with a Pacific Northwest dry hop addition, well balanced-not
over the top. We take extra time to bring out the full flavors of this brew.
Morning Wood IPAMorning Wood IPA
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 54
Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color and clear. Moderate head and lacing.

Comes across more American than British sure to the low caramel effect of the most malt. This is odd because many of Kassiks beer feature this.

The nose is mild but floral. The flavor leans appropriately to the bitter with pale malt base being brief.

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Photo of 303beer
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a white rocky head. Has a sweet hop nose to it. Has sweet and earthy hop character. This is a well balanced ipa really nice. Gonna have to track this down when I get home from alaska.

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Photo of Matonika
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: light amber slightly Orange and cloudy, Lots of lacing. S: muted citrus, very malty, banana, butterscotch. T: malty, lots of minerality plenty of bitterness, there is biscuit flavor, not overly pine like it disapaited quickly. Also I'm picking up some diacetyl. F: pretty full bodied for a ipa but it is typical of the style I think, something like a extra hoppy ESB. Plenty of carbonation. Overall: This is not a bad beer but there is to much butterscotch on the nose it is out of balanced between the aromas and taste which is kinda weird.

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Handsome creamy foam on the dark amber brew poured in the Pilsner glass. Sudsy and watery body that is more pleasant than the taste. Smells like used straw.

Distinctive woody and musty taste. I keep thinking of mushrooms and caramel. They call this an English style IPA with dry hopping. Rather sharp on the tongue. A dirty kind of flavor with some old fruit and a residual sweetness. Persimmons and bitter herbal tea.

Whatever this is, it's not interesting. Drinkable enough but the bitterness gets wearing. Purchased at Fat Stan's in Ketchikan. Seven bucks for the 22 oz bottle. You'd think beer would be more expensive in Alaska.

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Photo of beertunes
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle code MFG 12022012. Hated 22oz bottle. Bottle was a gusher. Poured a cloudy, almost opaque, orange with 1/2 inch of off-white head that had low retention and lots of lacing.

The aroma had a slight funk that's perhaps from the yeast, and perhaps from the year in the bottle. Otherwise, it had the aroma of a typical example of the style, medium malts and lots of faded hops. Same story on the tongue, perhaps a good beer once, now it's merely OK.

The body was nicely full and smooth, with a dry finish. Drinkability was good, and I suspect would be better fresh. Overall, a solid beer that I hope to try again fresher.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours dark amber with white head. Aroma is of ripe apples, caramel malt and hints of hops. Body is medium and tangy. Citrusy, herbal hops dominate the palate with caramel malt and ripe fruit provide some balance. Long finish is greapfruity. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured brownish orange in color with yellow highlights and a half finger of head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: mostly sweetness from the malts was what I detected with very little hop character, a little toasty, hints of citrus and grians.

T: lots of grain flavor upfront on the palate alongside plenty of malty sweetness, very little citrus a little bready toasty and thats pretty much it; very bland.

M: the brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, very mild hoppy and citrusy with a slightly crisp finish.

O: really not much to this beer all around, not really my style of IPA. I think I'll stick to the west coast hop bombs.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours dark amber, slightly cloudy, with a respectable tan head. Medium carbonation is apparent. Smell is syrupy and hoppy.

Taste is crisply hoppy with a nice strong malty background, pretty well balanced. A little straw flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick and slightly sticky.

Overall, this is a good solid beer. It's not spectacular, but good.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper amber. One finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet and biscuit matl, faint hops and citrus, light herbal spicing. Flavor follows aroma, nice rich sweet biscuit and light toasted malt, well integrated with mild noble hops, light caramel, slightly earthy. Finishes with lightly hopped malt. Hops are not herbal, but seem to be in style with a British ales. Medium bodied, but a luxuriant creamy mouth feel that is nicely done. I've been drinking a lot of NW IPAs and this does not seem to have the same intense herbal hop qualities, but is suitably hopped for an English IPA. Enjoyable.

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Photo of u2carew
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a big head that slowly settles. Big bubble lacing on the drink down. Amber colored body with some haze.
S) Blast of Cascade hops. Some citrus notes.
T) Hop bitterness throughout, but a pleasant malt sweetness shines through. Subtle caramel and roasted flavors. Earthy tones. A lingering hop bite in the aftertaste.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Just on the lighter side of medium bodied. Dry and tannic in the finish.
O) A decent English IPA. I'd drink another one.

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Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, brownish gold with a light auburn head leaving decent lace.

Smell is malty, sweet, some citrus, orange marmalade.

Taste is similar, a maltier pale with the strong sweet orange hop flavors without being to bitter or pungent. Clearly in line with the style, but not as boring as the 'traditional' ones can be (e.g. non american made English style IPAs). There's some bubblegum as well.

Mouthfeel is slippery and light.

Drinkability is good, tasty for sure. I can see my self drinking enough of these to have to wait for morning...

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Photo of ralree
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark gold color, good retention good lacing, small bubbles. Looks appetizing.

S: Lots of northwest hops, a nice sweet malt, smells like a good IPA.

T: A little metallic, malt is perfectly balanced. Hops are super strong and up front and personal. Just a hint of burnt toast at the end, which gives it a nice hoppy finish. Wonderful!

M: Pretty dry, medium bodied, a little thick, a little overcarbonated, but very clean.

D: Goes down great, one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had in quite a while.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We've got a deep golden hued beer here with a mute amber undertone, teeny lacy head to it.

Smells a dialed down nostalgia of root beer barrels, a tiny nod of allspice, apple and hop resin.

Flavor grows upon itself. At first sip it was underwhelming but intrigue grows as I get senses of caramel, fig, noble hop characteristics that lean pilsneresque, and some acridity.

Mouthfeel is a little livelier than what I look for in an English, but it gooses up the overtones to make them such. Makes it seem Americanized as such, which isn't a bad thing.

Well I can't call this my favorite AK made IPA, but I won't complain about having one again.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz bottle into a goblet. Bottle (purchased from La Bodega) appears to have a freshness date on the bottom right corner of the label: 06202011 (most likely a brewed/bottled on date). Pours a hazy burnt orange/amber with about 3 fingers of white foam on the head that simmers down to about one. Respectable lacing on the glass so far. Looks to be nicely carbonated.

Smell consists of some pine resin, citrus, and some floral aromas from the hops. I can also detect some malt aromas, such as caramel. In other words, smells like a good IPA should.

Taste is that of an extremely fresh, well-balanced IPA. The benefits of going with the local product! Similar to the nose, I get a lot of pine. There is some citrus as well-- I get the bitterness of some grapefruit, but to a lesser extent. The pine flavors are the dominant ones. The hops also impart some spiciness to this IPA. Very pleasant bitterness with a nice amount of malt here as well to balance things out. I detect a trace of caramel to go along with some biscuit flavors from the malt.

Mouthfeel is enjoyable--crisp and bitter with a little slickness from the hop oils. Overall a nice, fresh, local IPA. I look forward to enjoying this IPA many more times. Has the makings of a reliable, go-to IPA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very dark orange with a light tan head. Slight lacing left on the glass.

S - Not much going on here, sweet malts and citrus.

T - Smokey, roasty malts and some slight citrus.

D - Average carbonation, slightly heavier body than most ipas.

O - Hops anyone? Not much to talk about here.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, lugged back from Alaska to the NW by my father

appearance: served in a tyranena nonic pint glass, fairly dark amber body, light tan ring

smell: rustic hops, earthy, alaskan pine

taste: not sure if what i'm drinking is this listing, but the name matches even if some of the previous notes dont. resiny pine hops, moderate bitterness, earthy, caramel, a touch of toffee.

mouthfeel: light bitterness, medium body

overall: pretty good for the e-IPA style

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Photo of randawakes
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid beer.

Color is a golden amber, the beer looks delicious and drinkable, very mild head that dissapates quickly (although this was out of a growler, on tap I imagine the beer to be more full headed).

Smells of mild hops and yes pine, pine, pine as the previous reviewer has pointed out.

Taste is solid, but for the hop fans this won't entirely do. The hops are a bit light for a rough Alaskan IPA. However, this makes the beer drinkable at a faster rate, which could be a good thing.. I can also make out pine flavors that make the drink all the more enjoyable.

Try this one, its solid and tastey.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Morning Wood Pou...he...aheeemm..ha... excuse me. Morning Wood pours a light yellow color with some very slight haziness and a decent fizzy white head. Aroma is quite weak by IPA standards, but there is noticeable hop aroma. Taste is a decent hop flavor, but more subtle than I would like. Some citrus/pine hop flavor, but mostly english kind of spiced hop flavor. there is also a slight akward creaminess that sort of takes over and you cant help but get a little annoyed by it. I know that an english style IPA should be more subtle etc. But this to me tastes a bit more like a toned down American IPA than a good english one. Malt profile is also slim. slightly watery. That sounds bad, but I dont mean it to be really bad, just kinda bad. Mouthfeel is noticeably undercarbonated, but not too bad. Drinkability is ok, but the rest of the brews characterisitcs detract from it a bit. Overall defenitely not the worst IPA I have ever had. (That would be one that starts with an "A" and ends in a "lexander Keith's" A decent choice at the bar, but as long as there is a sockeye red tap right next to it, I wont be revisiting this one. Kassik's is a very good brewery, but just slightly off the mark for me on this one.

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Morning Wood IPA from Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 54 ratings