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Champion Reserve IPA | The Seven Barrel Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Seven Barrel Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 05-30-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 2ellas
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DOSullivan
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeff1973
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DaveR514
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Quafftastic
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jtdolla911
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zahara15
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -2.8%
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 +2.8%
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%
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 -4.7%
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 +3.6%
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 -4.1%
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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Champion Reserve IPA from The Seven Barrel Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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