Champion Reserve IPA
The Seven Barrel Brewery

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American IPA
3.87 | pDev: 8.53%
The Seven Barrel Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: An American style IPA, medium to light amber in color with a floral hoppy aroma. Meduim bodied and hopped to about 60 IBU's. It's brewed using British malts and generously hopped with a blend of Perle and Cascade. It's dry-hopped with Cascade for a fuller aroma.
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source. Brilliantly clear deep golden color with a decent bubbly white head. Old school ipa feel. Breadycaramel with earthy pine and citrus to counter. Decent ipa if not a little thin in body.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the growler. The pour is amber with a modest head. IPA;s were originally created to keep pale ales fresh on the long trips to India. The hops were never meant to become the beer.So here we get an aroma of roasted malts with a balance of floral hops. but not explosive like so many IPA's these days. The body is medium. The taste is roasted with a nice hop balance. It all comes together well.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint of this on October 30.
Nice reddy color, but zero head. I mean barely any bubbles at all.
Smell was pleasant, sweet but hoppy. Nice malts.
Taste was mild, not very hoppy at all but in balance with the malts.
Moutfeel was no satisfactory for me. I feel the beer was insufficiently carbonated, it was essentially flat. I struggled to find any carbonation at all.
This beer was disappointing.
While I was there they did not have any heat and apparently did not have any for a couple days. I wonder if this impacted the beer.
I suspect another visit down the road might yield a better pint of beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub into a shaker pint.

A: Clear medium amber body with a finger of frothy white head. Good retention, rich lace. Solid.

S: Pleasantly hops-forward, with emphasis on citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Restrained but very nice.

T: Floral + fruity hops up front, some biscuity malt backbone in the middle, and crisp bitterness on the finish. Solid, tasty IPA.

M: Creamy, moderately carbonated medium body. Again, solid.

O: This is an IPA that just about any small brewpub would (or should) be happy to have as a flagship. I'm shocked to see the ABV listed here as being sub-5%, not because the beer tasted the least bit boozy but just because it so clearly emulated the flavors and intensity of your standard 6% IPA. I'd gladly drink this one any time.


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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A fairly transparent, but vibrant copper, and off-white head, left decent lacing.

S: Strong citrus hop notes, grapefruit, and a faint malt smell that plays nicely.

T: Solid hop presence, but not overly bitter. Very fruity, as in grapefruit hops. A caramel malt flavor balances the beer nicely, but the hop punch is solid.

M: Quite smooth, but on the thinner side for my liking.

D: It's a pretty good IPA, not overly hoppy or bitter, but enjoyable.

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Photo of u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Poured with very little head (bad bartender!), thus very little lacing (possibly a problem with the tap lines). Copper in color.
S) Good balance of hops and malt. Cascade? hops and caramel, peach, and apricot notes.
T) Sweet maltyness. Earthy citrus tones. Orange. Grapefruit from the middle to the finish. Hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M) Gritty. Bitter in the finish. Medium body. Fairly smooth.
D) Very west coast style. A delightful IPA

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap at the brewery in NH this American IPA was a hazy gold/amber color. The one-finger, cream-colored head displayed good retention and rather spotty lacing. The aroma was hoppy with grapefruit and pine elements and some pale malt. The flavors started with sweet malt then went into grapefruit before becoming very bitter with some pine and lots of herbal hops for the long, tongue-coating finish. You'd really have to be a hophead to like this one. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation excellent. Good hops profile but it lacked enough malt to balance it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a nice reddish copper color with a one finger head.

Aroma: subtle and hoppy. Malt shows through well. Bready.

Taste: Decent bitterness upfront. Not overpowering. Smooth. Bready. Drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and bitter. Mellow. Just right.

Drinkability: Very drinkable on a day like this. Solid.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was very typical of a micro-brewed IPA. It had a nice thick, white head and clear amber color. It smelled of pine hops, and tasted like pennies (due to the hops) with a bit of malt. Texture was moderate with light carbonation, and aftertaste that was mildly bitter. Overall drinkability was good.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hand pulled at the brewery on 10.13.2007.

Pours a very hazy copper with noticeable sediment and active carbonation beneath a porous, creamy white head. Ringed lacing with a decent hold. Bouquet of pine, citrus, and floral hops with whaffs of oily resin. Pine and light citrus flavors: lemon, grapefruit. Slightly oily with a mild astringency. At mid-sip, the pleasant hop tones fade and a slightly buttery, dark wheat and grain flavor presents. Moderate bitterness with a less than pleasant malted wheat aftertaste. Medium in body; smooth and a touch earthen. A decent IPA, with a few flaws in flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a thin, lasting head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of citrus and pine with floral notes.

The taste is of citrus and pine with floral notes with a sweet caramelish backing that ties the hops together nicely. Spicy hop kick in the finish.

This has traditional American IPA taste that is well-balanced for the style and easy enough to "session", esp. with modest abv level. A nice example of a well-made, easy-to-drink, IPA.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The smell featured a very clean herbal hop and light grainy malt.

The taste consisted of a dominant herbal hop with highlights of piney and citric flavors. Low resin quality. Grainy malt bill blanaced out the taste.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very well balanced IPA. The clean hops make it an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, this worthy ale pours cloudy apricot amber, with an eggshell white, fine and tight bubble head. Pleanty o' lacing and fine sheeting. The pint I received was a nice looking brew. Way hoppy nose. Grainy, grapefruit infused, hoppy beer. Pleasant and quaffable, nicely crafted and well worth a try for anybody who's taste run on the lupulin side of things.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is served at Seven Barrel Brewery in W Lebanon, NH.

Appearance: The ale has an deep yellow, almost orange color with good lacing.

Smell: The ale has a big and bold hop aroma with a strong citrusy US varietal leading the way.

Taste: The ale's hop nose continues into the taste. The floral hops are strong and bitter from the first to last sip. There is a strong malt background that keeps the beer in check.

Mouthfeel: The hops are firm and very pleasing to taste.

Drinkability: The ale is quite drinkable with a firm hop body that does not take the taste over the top.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to turn back and hit up this place on our way home from Waterbury, the kid needed a feeding and I was itching for one more growler to bring home....BINGO!
Stopped in, grabbed a sample of this one, and said, "I'll take it!"
Pours a nice light copper color, cloudy in appearance w/ a full finger of fairly bright white head...reall fluffy and has impressive cling for this one being in my fridge for two weeks.
Aroma is really pleasant...a hefty dose of fruity hops w/ a sweet malt backbone.
The taste is more of the same...well balanced and the perfect bitterness for the style. A boatload of citrus hops dominates.
Carbonation is perfect...and the mouthfeel is decent. Not too thin and not syrupy.
Drinkability is very high...dangerous for 6% because I am halfway through the growler w/ no signs of slowing down.
A great beer from an unknown (to me) brewery...I love when a unexpected visit pays off.

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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewpub.

Cloudy amber with tremendous lacing and head retention. Sweet and floral in the nose with notes of wet grains beneath. Smooth mouth feel, sweet pale malt flavors with bready edges, biting citric/rind hop character with a depth of earth, wood, herbal, pine, and touch of aspirin. Raw leaf on the palate with hop oils that come across about resiny. Oh yeah ... hoppy all around. Drying in the finish with bicarbonate and yeast lingering with herbal oils.

A delicious and highly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 2003 Vermont Brewers Festival.

Pours a nice medium amber with slight haze and a thin head. Has an excellent floral hops aroma with some light citrusy notes. The flavor was strongly hopped, with a nice bitter note and some accompanying dryness, tapering off to a nice mild hops finish. Very drinkable, and it just rolls over your tongue. Highly recommended, which is unusual since I usually don't care for most of Seven Barrels beers. Well done!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-golden in color, and a touch hazy, this IPA has a thin, fine white head, and ok lacing. Grapefruit notes are evident in the nose, though on the mild side. Flavor was dominated by strong, citrus/grapefruit hoppiness. It was quite pleasant, but the hoppiness seemed to build to a peak, then just drops off and leaves you there. The back end was just gone. Quite tasty, but the finish could have been smoother. Still, a pleasant offering.

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of beernut7
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice rich IPA with a huge grassy aroma and a well formed medium body and flavor profile. Bold spicy hop profile with a nice bitterness qualify this as a good beer.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From the brewpub right off the exit on I-89 in Lebanon, NH. Even though its a little thin, I consider this the tastiest beer I have ever had. Reddish, almost purple in color and has a very fruity, hoppy nose (from dry hopping cascades?) that makes your mouth water. Except for my homebrew, I have never tasted anything like this in a beer. It almost tasted like grapefruit juice with lots of hop flovor and not much in bitterness. Some may not like their beer to taste like this but I think it is awesome.
This is a great place to stop in and grab a growler for only $7 on the way to Killington. They also make pretty good pub style food.

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Champion Reserve IPA from The Seven Barrel Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 35 ratings