Northwest Passage | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
flatearthbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by edbeered on 04-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
142
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
15.58%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of ErikMP
5/5  rDev +41.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of fresh grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pine resin, and more grapefruit. The taste is similar to the aroma with a strong bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will surely drink again.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours light bronze with good white head that fades out quickly. Nice lacing and takes some time to fall.

S: Hoppy scent with a heavy honey scent. Almost smells like pineapple too.

T: Dry crisp hoppy start. Bitter finish that is not too overpowering.

M: Good carbonation and great blend, long lingering flavor.

O: Great IPA with the sweet scent and notes. I would do again for sure and would recommend giving it a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle 3.99 1pt6oz

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a tint of orange and lots of rising bubbles. Mild pour gives a huge four finger head that has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of citrus and floral hops with grapefruit, orange, and lemon with some herbal pine. This is backed with a solid base of bready caramel malts.

Taste: A mild sweetness from the citrus fruit hops up front is mixed with a decent amount of piney hop bitterness. This is backed up by a good amount of caramel malts and a little more bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a higher amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A solid version of an IPA from Flat Earth. Solid mixture of grapefruit sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of PerHops
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Kind of a watered down dark copper color, if that makes any sense. Nice head retention.

S- Very interesting smell, much like furious, but with a spicy note to it.

T- Very good flavor. Starts off with slight citrus and pine, moves into a biscuity spicy flavor and finishes very bitter if a little bit sweet with citrus notes. Fantastic. I actually put this up with some of my favorite IPAs.

M- Very good level of carbonation and a great drinkability.

O- I liked this beer much better this time around. Good job fellas.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body. Thin bubbly off white head. Lacing is sporadic. Aroma is resiny and cannabis like. For 115 IBU, this is not as scathing as I thought it would be...and that's a good thing. The bitterness is a little jagged, but that's good. Malt base is biscuity and bready. Hop flavors are nice and grundgey. Oily. And resiny. Some orange rind in there. And lemon. Bitterness hangs on nicely. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated, this beer brings a nice overall experience.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden-hued, edging on tangerine in tone. Nice 1/4 " cap of rocky, snowy white foam.

Aroma: sweetness, then bitter, loads of citrus, very pithy grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pickled prickly pine, in there, too.
Quite nice.

On the tongue, a blitz of bitterness, a blast of buoyant fruit, bouncing on the palate, swimming in the mouth, but overall well-behaved...if needing more malt sweetness to tie it together. Says the guy who loves a great big double IPA. But this isn't one. Or is it. We're told it's 115 IBUs. No argument, it's terrifically bitter, and yet, only 6.5%.
Here's a tasty IPA you can drink, if you have a great tolerance/taste for hoppiness, ...but may grow weary of, if you need more comfort that malt brings. Especially if you plan to have more than one. That's my worry, that this is a one and done kind of IPA.

I like this one, and I'm glad FE's first IPA is so solid, but it'd be great to have one a bit more balanced. Something with this hop profile, yet more malt backbone could be a viable alternative to Furious, or any other local IPAs. What local IPAs?
My point.

i will continue to enjoy this!

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Photo of edbeered
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's always nice to introduce a new beer to the BA community, and especially nice if it's a keeper, like this one is. Served on tap at the 2nd anniversary party for Flat Earth Brewery at the Muddy Pig in St Paul, it apprears a clear amber color, with a frothy white head and ample white lacing lining the glass. The smell is faintly of hops. The taste is in-your-face hops with a mild malty flavor for balance. The hops taste is of the earthy variety with a faint whiff of pine. What's especially appealing is that this tastes completely different from the dominant IPA in this market(Surly Furious), yet stands up well against it. One can follow one with the other and truly appreciate the variety of flavors available to a great IPA. The carbonation is about right(it has been an issue with Flat Earth beers)and the mouthfeel is almost tart. This is a terrific American IPA and may be the best yet beer from Flat Earth. Right now it's only available on tap or in growlers. Hopefully they'll bottle it soon.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Stub and Herb's.

Pours a moderate golden-orange color with a white head and a pretty god amount of clingy lacing. The nose is quite pungent with a load of citrus and pine hops. The taste reigns in the hop flavor a bit in favor of bitterness, and also adds in a slight amount of malt. Feel is quite bitter and, given that, this still drinks quite well.

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Photo of Mdog
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gold, nice carbonation, big head, good lacing.

Smell: Nice citrus aroma.

Taste: Bready, then a solid blast of bitter hops. Lasting bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Nice light feel, good hop delivery without being too heavy.

Picked up a growler for NYE and cracked it open. This is a very solid IPA which almost seems like it could be a session beer--not too heavy despite being heavily hopped. Good stuff!

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a beer mug after a pleasant day at the parents' new cabin.

A-A bright, moderately hazed amber brew, topped with a minimal off-white head which reduced relatively quickly to scattered remnants.

S-It seems quite approriate for an American-styled IPA: explosive, maybe even overwhelming hop aromas taking hold of my olfactory sensors, letting go for only the briefest moments to allow any semblance of maltiness through. Thick hops, resiny, herbal, and earthy, are in the spotlight here, and boy do they shine.

T-This tastes exactly how I would expect it to, based on the smell. Enormous hop characters of the resiny and herbal persuasion take charge of this flavor, quickly followed by a very aggressive bitterness (I think I read somewhere this one is approaching 100 IBU?). As I continued to enjoy this brew, I was able to pick out some malty nuances under all of the hoppiness. Finshes bitter and hoppy, just as it began.

M-Carbonation was appropriate and consistent for all the growlers of this beer that I purchased, on the level of medium carbonation, almost prickling. This beer is probably relatively moderate bodied based on its malt backbone, but the hops and hop bitterness catapult this guy beyond a malty moderate body, adding dimensions of pucker, dry, and twangy feels... perhaps a little too hop-puckery, at times.

D-Very good drinkability. One of the best brews from Flat Earth, I think, and one that I look forward to having more in the future.

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Photo of plfahey
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Grumpy's in Roseville.

Appearance-Deep piss yellow and clear. Persistant crop of white foam with good retention and some very nice lacing.

Aroma-Juicy American hop bouquet-super fruity with notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and mango, as well as some herbal, piney notes. Hops are supported by a solid pale malt base-bready with hints of biscuits and caramel.

Flavor-Hop flavors are much less fruity, with high notes of pine and resin. Hop bitterness is moderately high, but much lower than I expected at the purported 115 IBUs. Hops are supported by biscuity pale malt. Long finish is bitter and dry, with resiny green hop flavor carrying on forever.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. No astringency from high hop rates.

Exceptionally smooth for high IBU levels. Very good, easy drinking, and well balanced. I could drink a fair amount of this.

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Photo of Markframpton
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking a growler of the unfiltered now some good stuff nice and hoppy

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange tinted amber, 1” rocky head
S: bread nose, resiny hops
T: Attacks with malt and fruit giving way to a big bracing citrusy hop bitter finale.
F: Very creamy, refreshing, medium body and carbonation.
O: A big, bitter hop driven IPA.

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Photo of Guffy
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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Northwest Passage from Flat Earth Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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