Northwest Passage | Flat Earth Brewing Company

Northwest PassageNorthwest Passage
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Northwest PassageNorthwest Passage

Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Zbrown2307
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of augustgarage
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Clear amber body, off-white collar and peninsular surface slick. Vague lacing, poor retention.

Sweet honey aroma with cotton candy and orange zest notes as well.

Dark toasted malt and low bitterness on the palate. Faintly spicy hops add a touch of citrus and forest floor leading into an earthy river bottom finish.

Light bodied, average carbonation, slick mouth-feel.

Muddled collection of NW-style hops tossed in as a gimmick. The malt bill is more interesting, but can't make up for the stylistic poverty.

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Photo of oline73
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: This beer has more malt up front than I would have expected. Some sweet caramel malt with a citrus hop bitterness in the background.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell suggested, but just enough malt to back up the hops. Citrus peel bitterness with some sweetness in the background. Not too complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad IPA. There isn't a whole lot going on, but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of yamar68
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with consistent beading and two full fingers of thick dollops of slightly off-white head. Nose has grassy hops, some floral notes, some piney bits - not much in the way of anything citrus or fruity. The taste is pretty earthy, herbal. The bitterness is muddied up in there. Not my favorite offering from Flat Earth.

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Photo of deanis30
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of blacksteyraug
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Guffy
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of inbierveritas
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of millelacsmark
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ALifeWellWasted
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of ErikMP
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of null
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of PerHops
4.32/5  rDev +21%
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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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass; Note, according to my tour of Flat Earth Brewing, this beer supposedly has the highest IBU of any beer in the Midwest

Appearance - Clear Dark Orange Color with a mild amount of carbonation; it's unusally clear for an IPA. The head is around 2 1/2 finger width and very fluffy and foamy and leaves behind some very sticky lacing

Smell - Very Strong Piney and Floral Hops Smell. The citrus and grapefruit smell in particular are also pretty strong here as well. Even with the glass sitting 2 feet from me, I could still smell it. The aroma in general packs quite a punch!

Taste - There are quite a variety of flavors at work here. On one end, you have very strong piney and floral hops upfront and leaving behind a very bitter impression on the palette. On the other end, you have a spicy flavoring with a slight hint of sweetness, which sort of balances out the bitterness The aftertaste is that of a bitter floral hops flavor.

Mouthfeel - The overall body is fairly light and feel of this beer is surprisingly smooth and creamy. It's surprisingly easy to drink as well for an IPA!

Overall - All in all, it's a decent IPA. Those who like their beers hoppy will find alot to enjoy here. The flavor is slightly off balance in terms of flavor, but it's still a good IPA that's pretty easy to drink as well!

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Photo of morecoldbeer
4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
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 +23.8%
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 FightingEntropy
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppered colored ale that's straw gold around the edges with stark white head that lingers nicely. Big hop nose with grapefruit under grassy spice and fresh mowed lawn. Clearly lots of hops--115 IBU by the website from a combo of Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade, & Columbus (according to a Four Firkins description). Clearly, northwest hops seems like a great idea. Sharp hop bite, but not overwhelming. Chewy from hops, and the grassy notes continue in the mouth. Can feel the acid linger on my tongue. I like it quite a bit, but can see where it might put off those that don't like chewing on hops. Mouthfeel seems a bit light, but that's what let's the hops shine through. Very nice beer for a fall evening.

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Northwest Passage from Flat Earth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 50.7% out of 100 with 142 ratings
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