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Atwater Salvation IPA | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Salvation IPAAtwater Salvation IPA

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by weeare138 on 12-07-2005

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 88
Photo of tarrbaby
1.74/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The carbonation was the worst I've ever seen in a IPA, or any beer for that matter. Very bitter without any hint of citrus or malt backbone at all. Very thin consistancy. I'm a hophead and always looking to try new IPA's. I hope the other Atwater offerings are better than this one. Worst IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of Bighuge
1.43/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Bottle bomb. Got a gusher. Pours me over a half glass of rocky and gaseous froth. Body is a milky looking copper. Volcanic amounts of carbonation rise through the body to support the epic head. Nose is plastics and phenolics. And sugary caramel malt. Hugely gaseous in the mouth. Flavor is astringent and bitter. Bitter in the bad way. Not good. Atwater is not one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I poured two ounces of this beer, and my entire pint glass was filled with foam. This is the second Atwater beer I've tasted, and both have done this. This is very annoying, and alone would cause me not to buy there beer again. So now, fifteen minutes after I started to pour this beer I am finally about to drink it. The aroma is of chemical, with hints of citrus, but there chemicals really dominate. The aroma is of citrus and grapefruit, with the chemical thing from the aroma not being present. Still it has not complexity to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with too much carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer that I will not drink again.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad IPA from a not so bad brewery. It's not among my favorites but a very solid beer for the style If I lived in the area I'd drink it a lot but not as good as the colorado and california beers I look for when they're in the New York Area.

Good color, average appearance, good taste, decent mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

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Photo of gatornation
1.03/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

whoa..this is the worst ipa i have ever tasted..it poured a light orange color with a huge fluffy head the smell was bitter like iron and minerals the taste was worse it had a metallic bitter iron taste no hops no grapefruit no sweet malt back bone just awful ..the mouthfeel and drink ability are 0..this is the worst beer ive ever tasted i took 4 sips and then drained the bottle..something i almost never ever do

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Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours copper orange with a a 1+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of apples pears some malts

taste is bitter sweet fruit up front with a very dry finish

moutfeel is light refreshing crisp

drinksability is ok - i think i got an old bottle since it tastes like apples but all in all its good

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Photo of Florida9
2.17/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear amber in color with some minimal sediment. Good foamy head with decent amount of lacing.

S: Strong smell of bready malts and overwhelmingly yeasty. Something is not right here: Bread is good and yeast is good, but this isn't good.

T: Not surprisingly there is more yeast funk in the flavor with some light malts and a strong, unpleasantly bitter, grapefruit finish. Typically I enjoy a nice, strong, hopped up bitterness, but this bitterness is harsh, slightly astringent and, just not very enjoyable.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

D: No.

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Photo of a10t2
2.13/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Brown 12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz pint glass. The first 20 oz pour was 100% foam. After pouring that down the drain, the subsequent pour was 95% foam. This is just ridiculous. Frankly, I'm surprised a beer can be carbonated to this level without the bottles exploding. After 20 minutes, I managed to get perhaps 8 oz of beer into my glass. The rest of the review proceeds from there.

A: Retention and lacing are, of course, wonderful. The beer is an ever so slightly hazy golden/orange. The part of the pour that is actually liquid looks nice. Brownish specks come out at the end of the pour; can't be sure if they're yeast or something less pleasant.

S: Earthy with pine, some citrus, and just a little alcohol. Actually very nice for an AIPA.

T: Ordinarily, this level of carbonation would scream "infection" to me, but I can't taste anything definitive. Background bitterness is evident, with cardboard-y oxidative character and harsh solvent alcohol taste. Reasonably pleasant hop aftertaste once you get it down. Maybe a hint of a brettanomyces flavor.

M: How is this still carbonated?! Mouthfeel is actually good for the style.

D: Given that more than half of my experience with this beer involved trying to pour it, the drinkability is out of 2.5 rather than 5. That said, it is not the worst beer I've ever had, so it gets a 1.5.

This is my fourth bottle out of a six-pack and I've given up on it. Atwater initially replied to emails and indicated they would give me a refund, but I haven't heard from them in months. I will certainly never be trying another one of their beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kumquat orange with a surprising amount of gentle snowfall yeast amidst a few trickles of slowly rising bubbles. The head is ivory in color and picks up a hint of pastel tangerine from the beer beneath. Plenty of persistence and loads of good looking lace pull the appearance score up to its final perch.

Salvation smells nothing like an IPA because it smells nothing like hops. Using Cascade for dry-hopping should have done *something*, but the only thing noted is a little caramel malt and a whiff of butterscotch. Warming actually makes it worse, not better.

Why did I think this Atwater Block beer would finally be the one to be good? These guys have let me down too many times in the past for that sort of optimism. Despite having a claimed 67 IBU's worth of bitterness, Salvation is not a good IPA. Not even close.

ABB beer always tastes skanky. I've alluded to the possiblity of Detroit river water in past reviews, but it may be an especially crapilicious house yeast strain (assuming they use the same one for the entire lineup). How this brewery manages to survive in one of the best craft beer states in America is dumbfounding.

The malt base (tastes like a mixture of pale and caramel) isn't sturdy enough. A moderate amount of buttery diacetyl doesn't do the flavor profile any favors. The hops provide a little bitterness, but they come up significantly short on good, fresh hop flavor. A bit of grapefruit rind... yadda, yadda, yadda. I've had better homebrewed IPAs.

The mouthfeel is actually decent given the slightly lower than usual ABV. It's light-medium and has a fair amount of creaminess thanks to spot-on carbonation. Other than the look, mouthfeel is the highlight.

Salvation is yet another in a long line of Atwater Block ales and lagers that fails to reach the standards of acceptability... much less quality. I've had too many bottles over too much time to think that a bad batch here or there is responsible.

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Photo of biker30x
2.59/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a pint a light hazy orange with a medium firm head that left sticky lace throughout. No noticeable scent on pouring but the first sip offers a surprisingly strong nose of apple juice. This is supported by a strong apple juicey flavor with over-carbonation substituting for a strong hop backbone. A rather off-Belgian profile that isn't exactly bad, it just isn't right. The finish is masked by the fizz of carbonation but is a weak flavor of hops and a stronger yeast aspect of bread and fruit. There are far better IPAs out there.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours light gold in color with a huge, four inches of head that doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. Smells like a light lager. No sign of hops anywhere. Maybe a Pale or a Helles, but in no way is this possibly a IPA. Taste is a bit skunky and highly carbonated. Don't know what's going on with this beer, but it is not good. Pretty big on the mouthfeel. That's about the only positive thing I can say about this beer. Now I know.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a orange-yellow with medium thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Strangely enough, this beer had no perceptible nose or taste. Mouthfeel was full and fairly tingly, due to the hops, the finish pleasant, and it was smooth drinklng. Bbut again, it was hard to like of dislike too much. Kind of a ho-hum beer.

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Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is better than the C+ listed. It is quite Belgianesque with a yeasty and frothy head that overflows the glass. It is a murky yellow amber color with a head that is amazing. The beer is loaded with carbonation and it has a prickly yeasty feel to it that reminds me of one too many Belgian ales. The carbonation makes it such that you can't drink more than a sip at a time without having an overpowering efforvescene in the mouth. The hops tend to dry the beer out more than is warranted. There is an orange burst to this beer, some vanilla flavors, especially in the nose. This is a medium bodied beer, a slight bit syrupy. I just can't get beyond that yeasty prickliness, the orange and maybe slight clove taste, and the vanilla in the background. This beer is better than a C+ if only because it is not quite an American IPA anymore than it is a Belgian Blonde, but it does have hybrid characteristics of both.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.15/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

August notes. Some people hide their piggy banks in mattresses or cupboards, I seem to find beer notes sandwiched in between old issues of Sports Illustrated. :)

Gentle overflow into my Ommegang glass. I did just rinse it, so maybe it's just a little warm. Golden yellow, a touch of chill haze, with an over eager "stiff peaks" egg white head.

Initial whiff is a bit minerally, lemon/lime sharp bitter sweetness, a bit peppery, with a cloudy cotton candy sweetness surrounding it.

Peppery, with strong banana phenols. Obvious bubblegum & honey tracks lay down an easy base of operations. The hops arrive mainly in grapefruit, as well as in a softer lemon/lime rind mix then I'm use to. Aftertaste is gentle with tropical fruit, a mix of more pungent phenols, & a basic grazing of malt, getting a bit dry, with a peppery & corriander-like spiced finish. A very juicy beer overall.

Carbonation is slightly sassy, but very easy to enjoy. Extremely light & carefree.

Not really a beer I'd label as an IPA, but it's not important. :P

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.81/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like golden sunshine, vibrant, well carbonated, maybe a bit too heavy, but the solid, desne white head is the clumpiest foamy head ever! It's like deep mountain peaks from a topigraphical point of view. Very slow retention, and there's foam left over even whenthe liquid is gone. Very sticky.

The nose has a pleasant but strange vanilla-malt aroma, herbs under that, all-spice, hay and wheat fields...light fruity hops. Nice but strange.

The english malts give a sweet, dense flavor, full-bodied IPA feel and flavor with herbal, piney, slight pineapple, more herbal than fruity though. a pretty unique balance with a bold malt edge.

At least it's got a unique quality.

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Photo of nowise
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I spied this on clearance at the Kenny Road market for $10 a 24pk and said, wow this must be awful or outdated or both. Fortunately, I can use the bottles for my homebrewing efforts so I picked up a case. Besides, everything tastes better after you have been primed with some good beer and for 10 bucks... what the hell.

A: Yep, looks like beer. Real pretty white head that sticks around to the side of the glass and on top of the beer. Pale orange with an obvious yeast suspension and some yeasties lingering at the bottom of the glass. Not sure if that is intentional....

S: Boiled grains, malt extract, maybe some corn. Basically smells like driving by the Budweiser plant here in Columbus.

T: Taste is not good. I will definitely +1 to the reviewer who said it tastes like an extract brew. In fact, it tastes surprisingly like the first homebrew I ever made. This is not a compliment for any commercial microbrewery. Bitter, but no hops flavor, and not much else going on at all here. This could be an old bottle but from reading previous reviews, I assume it doesn't matter.

M/D: Feels like your average beer. Not to heavy, not too light. Goes down surprisingly smooth. For all its faults, I find that I can quaff a few of these with no problem. And at 6%, it gets the job done. Hand and fist above your typical macrobrew and hey... the price was right! I'll keep these in my closet for an emergency supply or something.

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Photo of nick76
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has some citrus hops (but not enough), bread like malt and yeast and toasted nuts. The appearance is light amber gold with a large four finger head that lasts and lasts. The flavor is like toasted bread with astringent hop butter spread on it. The palate is thin and the aftertaste bitter and tinny but not very citrusy or piney. Overall it's a pretty good beer but has the wrong hop flavor for an American IPA.

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Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Degarth (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy yellow color with a larger sized head. Aromas of citrus and a little biscuity. Tastes of citrus and a little grassy. Nice grapefruit bitter finish. Thinner body.

Notes from 10/21/07

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Photo of billybob
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

in fairness i gave this review a across the board two because i think i got a few bottles from a bad batch. when poured i got a full glass of foam. taste was not bad fruity and hoppy but flat mouthfeel. second one foamed right out of the bottle. so i am willing to give a secound chance and see what happens.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a medium ivory colored head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Light pine and citrusy hops in the nose. Light-bodied and crisp with mildly bitter hops and citrus flavors. Some pale malt is present as well. The finish is short and mildly bitter with a light hoppy aftertaste. Overall this is a one-dimensional IPA that I would not bother with again.

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Photo of ajmoody76
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bought in a mix a six. twelve ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. lots and lots of white creamy head. hazy golden.

citrus hop aroma. no off odors. not a lot of depth.

not overtly hoppy. citrus hops with some sweetness. dry aftertaste.

mid body. carbonation is there. okay aipa. probably will not try again unless i find it on tap.

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Photo of kmeves
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet malt with some grassy hops. Flavor is more hoppy with pine and citrus and a light malt backbone. Medium bodied, slick texture. Finishes surprisingly long and bitter.

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Photo of Reagan1984
1.74/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass and an aggressive 3 finger foamy head formed. Huge bubbles in the head and it was not a creamy/quality head. Looked like a homebrew head. The beer was slightly cloudy and light amber in color with orange highlights.

Aroma was not pleasing at all. Medicinal Alcohol and quite tart. Some hop fruitiness in the aroma but it was so overpowered by the medicinal aroma that you had to look for it.

Wow, the flavor is no more pleasing than the aroma. You an taste the alcohol and a medicinal flavor also exists. Thin flavor and some black pepper taste then a slight doughy finish. Not nearly enough hop presence for an American IPA. Only the slightest of hop lingering effect.

Mouth feel was thin and carbonation was to much (large bubble/soda feel)

Consider this checked off the list and never to be ordered again.

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Photo of Goliath
2.04/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Initial pour filled my glass completely with head. No real beer to be seen, which is really annoying. However I can report that this beer has ridiculous retention, actually too good. I can't get to reviewing because it takes 10 minutes to fill the glass! Really annoying. Some nice lacing as well. After some settling, the beer pours a pale amber color with a large bright white head.

Aroma has a subuded hop aroma showing both some flowery and grassy tones. A pale malt is also available.

Taste is definitely not consistent with an IPA. A big pils malt profile up front with a sweet bread note. Not really much hop variety, and no citrus like it should have. Cascade hops...where? The only hop quality present is bitterness. Terrible.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is low. Flavor is not right, and not good making this brew a bad idea.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.84/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

something wrong with the 6-pack. it was as if every bottle had been shaken up and even letting them sit for a week still didn't help. better check that shit atwater!

A- although my glass is filled with ever expansive beige foam, in its extreme state it is terrifically buildable, duvel-esque, abstract cloud formations, never breaching the lip and spilling down the sides, just rising like a biscuit tower and ending up as a huge shriveled chunk floating in the hazy honey amber colored liquid. i imagine a decent cap on her even without all this excessive foam, but this bottling mishap gives me the chance to slow down and create some eye candy.

S- toasty bread, pine, and burnt citrus, grapefruit and bitter orange peel with diluted layers of herbal and slightly metallic icing. a bit of a raw grain smell throughout, intermingled with some unripe tropical fruits, rather green in the aroma.

T- taste is herbal and resinous right from the start and and the piney citrus character really stands out, but halfway through a taste of bready malt charges in and makes things feel somewhat awkward. it's stale and grainy and even a little chocolatey. either this batch was screwed up or the malt and hop combo just doesn't mesh well together. astringent and not so pleasantly bitter in the finish, but a good burp tastes like fresh cascades.

MF- feel is nice and thick with a slightly over medium carbonation level and a powdery grain husk feeling. an arduous battle between cloying and astringent makes enjoyment difficult.

D- not entirely pleased, all atwater's brews seem a little off to me, maybe it's just my bad luck. average D, but to chug, not savor til the last drop.

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