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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.

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Reviews by 80x2HopHead:
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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 warriorsoul
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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, VT...plus 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 LXIXME
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjstacker
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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 akorsak
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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 u2carew
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 DaveR514
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 DOSullivan
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jeff1973
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zahara15
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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 jmdrpi
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of beernut7
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Brad007
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kaszeta
4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
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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Champion Reserve IPA from The Seven Barrel Brewery
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