Atwater Salvation IPA | Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Salvation IPAAtwater Salvation IPA
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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

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Added by weeare138 on 12-07-2005

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 78
Reviews by billybob:
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2/5  rDev -33.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had many of Atwater's offerings and to be honest wasnt overly enthused about them I was hoping for something better here tonight at the Pizza Plant.Poured a clear deep copper with a thinner white head,aromas are mixed big sweet caramel malt mixed with a citrusy hop neither wins out but both have a presence,like the aromas the flavors are mixed and pretty much balanced its pretty sweet upfront with a big caramel and sweet biscuit presence the hops come late with a very resiny finish.Not bad more of a left coast pale ale to me but its drinkable if not overly exciting.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body wit a 3-plus finger foamy, clumpy white head that never really goes anywhere. Big old patches of lacing on the glass. If reviews were based on looks alone, this beer would rate very well.

Unfortunately that's not the case. I struggle to find any kind of hop aroma let alone the Cascades that the label boasts were generously used in dryhopping. What aroma is there is some candy-like hop sweetness along with pastry notes from the malts.

Luckily the flavor is a bit more like an IPA, but they should still probably call it a pale ale. Light, lemony, citrus hop flavor, with a clean bitterness on the finish and some more pastry-like malts. It's really soft and smooth on the palate and is actually rather nice to drink despite the weak smell and mediocre flavor, I just find the label and name awfully misleading.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a white 1 finger head,a deep golden color.good head retention.A fairly clear beer,looks to have a little chill haze.A fruity 'bready aroma.a slight piney aroma.A citrusy,more piney,sweet.honey-like malty taste,a well balanced beer.A medium mouthfeel with a dry mouthwatering finish. A very drinkable IPA,very tasty and enjoyable.
An IPA worth trying.a very nice beer.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How to to rate???

I bought some of this IPA in Gainesville, FL recently. The first bottle I opened appeared to be okay at first. However, when I tried to pour the 12oz beer into a .5 L glass, I only got about half the bottle into it. The beer foamed like crazy, and I ended up with only about a finger of beer in the bottom of the glass with the rest being foam. The beer didn't taste "right". I assume it was infected, and down the drain it went. Also there was a leftover ring-around-the-collar on the inside of bottle neck where the beer line had been.

Fast forward to today...
I just opened another Salvation IPA and poured it into the same .5 L glass. I was expecting the same problem as before, but this time everything went swimmingly. This time there is just a slight head, it has a much more appropriate aroma and taste, and I think this bottle is okay. This example has a pleasant American hop aroma. It's a fairly light-colored brew, but has a nice taste to back up the aroma. It wouldn't make my list of favorite IPAs, but it's drinkable, and the price is good too. Unfortunately, it seems that Atwater is having a lot of "quality control" problems with their brews. (Read through the other reviews of their beers, and you'll see I'm not the only one who has encountered over-carbonation, sourness, or other problems.) Anyway, if you get lucky enough to find a good bottle of their beer, you might enjoy it. My rating was based on this bottle.

Update: I just opened a third bottle and volcanic foam erupted right out of the bottle. Luckily, I noticed a ring around the inside of the bottle neck at the beer line before opening this bottle. There were also some tiny (mold?) spots above that line. Because of this, I wisely opened the bottle over the sink where the foam/dripping beer did no harm. I took a whiff of the aroma, and it smelled very much like a Berliner Weisse. Obviously, this bottle was infected and bad so it went down the drain. Hey Atwater Block, you have some SERIOUS quality control issues going on here which you need to address immediately!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.81/5  rDev +26.2%
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 harkjohnny
2.11/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

initial perspective: pretty lousy IPA. not hoppy, certainly no hop aroma, semi-sweet malt flavor and low bitterness with a harsh aftertaste.

secondary: is this an extract brew?

final: now i know why this had such a cheap case price. $10.99 for TWO of the Block Party 12pks. can't really complain about that for this day and age, but doesn't make me lust to try any of the other 23 beers i have now.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atwater Block's Salvation IPA pours a mostly-clear copper-amber body beneath a solid 1/2" of off-white froth. The head is surprisingly creamy, and holds remarkably well; and the lacing leaves solid walls of creamy froth with rings from each sip embedded in.

The aroma offers grassy and citrusy hops and some soft yeasty fruitiness over mild bready and caramel malt notes.

The body is medium with a standard carbonation level, and it's fairly creamy in the mouth.

The flavors reflect what the aroma indicates: some very nice hop flavor (citrusy, grassy, piney) and gently caramel malt well balanced by an assertive bitterness. It finishes dry with some resiny and citrusy hops left behind.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, rileys perhaps

appearance: pours into a pint glass, dull copper body with a light beige froth and decent retention

smell: malty and musky, some sweet hops but nothing too pungent...its a little off on the nose at first whiff

taste: sweet, corny/grassy, stale malts. no overly noticeable hop bite or pine presence. not terribly offensive but not worth a repurchase

mouthfeel: medium body, sweet and mildly syrupy

drinkability: OK

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of nortmand
4.4/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy orange pour with an inch of whitish foam.

Smell is blood orange/ resiny hoppiness. A little bit of caramel malt backing up the hops.

This beer is all about the flavor. It has a great hop flavor that lingers on the tongue for a long time, but doesn't leave an overly bitter aftertaste. I love an IPA that pushes the hops towards flavor and aroma, and this certainly fits the bill.

Medium bodied and very drinkable, this is an all around solid IPA, worth seeking out.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.62/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint, the liquid is a pale gold with too much carbonation, The head is 5 fingers fades slow and leaves lots and lots of lace. The fine foam is very dense to the point you can stack bottle caps on it not just float them.

The smell is an earthy hops with pine notes.

The taste is much more earthy, with a stale after taste. Not much to my liking.

The mouthfeel is a bit thiner then most but the carbonation feel right.

The drinkability is only styfulled be the earthy hops after taste.


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Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
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 GrandpaGeorg
3.9/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the "... of the month" selection. Pleasantly surprised. Deep gold to amber color, nice tan head retention and lacing. Hops in the nose. But just a bit. Not much of a hophead, I was expecting overpowering bite. Actually very drinkable, with a more citrus hops flavor and a nice malty slickness all the way through. Very drinkable. Definitely not your typical IPA. But in this case (in my case) that was a good thing. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.15/5  rDev +37.4%
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 Bierguy5
3.91/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Label states it is made with European malts, Northwest hops, and dry hopped with Cascades. Pretty clear golden to light amber in color. Thick foamy head, with trickles to a rocky mass and holds forever. When the head subsides, there are some great patches of lace clinging to the glass. Very nice looking.

Citrusy hop aroma, but also floral and slightly musty. Toasted and caramel malts in the background.

Nice toasty malt character. Sweet, but not overly. Floral and citrusy bitterness come into play. This beer is pretty well balanced, not overly bitter or sharp.

Good body, and ample carbonation. I found this to be enjoyable. I thought that this is probably the best I have had from this brewery to date.

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Photo of scooter231
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey, hazy color with a nice amount of head, and leaves a small amount of lacing around the glass. A little darker than I'm used to seeing in IPA/s

Nose is slightly sweet and malty. Not too exciting, but not offensive. Taste has a little more oomph to it, lots of biscuityness, toastyness, malty. Not as hoppy as it should be, but they round out the other flavors okay. Again, not very dimensional, but it's not at all bad.

Mouthfeel has a decent consistency to it, could be fuller. Overall this was a pretty refreshing IPA, no idea what the going rate on a 6er is, found this one all alone, but if it's in the 6-8 dollar range, it's a good deal for the money. If this was next to harpoon IPA and the same price, I'd pick up harpoon, but overall, a decent IPA.

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Photo of Brent
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, an okay but basic IPA. Hops are brisk, but without much depth other than straighforward bittering, which has a bit of a rough edge toward the finish. Malt flavors are mildly nutty, and there is some acidity at the front. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for this beer, but it is pleasant enough.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub 11/15...
Appears a light gold with a small white cap that fades into a small white cap that fades into a decent collar. Small amounts of carbonation rise to the top.
Smell is of tons of orange and citrusy hops coming through.
Taste is of the same aroma with a blast of pine to solidify this brew as a winning IPA. Plenty of sugary malt to back it up.
Mouthfeel - bittering is evident at a modest 55 IBU's. Perhaps a tad more sugary malt balance would strengthen this beer but it's an overall winner.
Drinkability...a nice IPA by all means.

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Photo of Cresant
1.03/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Actually I poured only 1/2 of it due to the huge head. The other Atwater beer I tried recently had the same problem--volcanic foam! The body was a pale watery, amber color. The foam was frothy, clear/white and enormous.

The smell was Pine-Sol and moth balls.

Taste reflected the aroma. I am a "hop-head" and I have had astringent/harsh/scorchingly bitter beers but this flavor was not due to hops. I have to believe something is wrong with this beer. This is truely the nastiest beer I have tasted. I had to pour this one out. Serious quality contol issues at Atwater Block.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.32/5  rDev -23.2%
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 david18
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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 mooseisloose
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottlre smell is crisp and hoppy with some citrus notes. Pours to a yellowish bronze with a nice microbubble head. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and texture. Taste is very balanced with sweetness and bitterness throughout the beginning and all the way to the finish. The hop flavor is more broad based than sharp like in most IPAs. In other words it seems to lack the nice bite found in most IPAs where there is usually a bit more variation in flavor throughout the taste. Not an outstanding beer but respectable. Drinkability is good.

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Atwater Salvation IPA from Atwater Brewery
Beer rating: 3.02 out of 5 with 88 ratings