S.O.S. | Cody Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cody Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 12-08-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by JAFoley:
Photo of JAFoley
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange with white head. Not a lot of retention and decent lacing.

S - Strong sour citrus flavors

T - Nice citrus hop with earthy malts. Typical Belgian style orange yeast flavors without any of the banana flavors.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Somewhat sticky and resinous.

O - I do the Belgian IPA hybrid and the flavors in this are nice and balanced. Not a bad beer but also not too exciting.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was amber colored. It had a small white head that left a bit of lace.

Nice hops aroma: mostly citrus, but also a bit of pine. Some sweet malt.

Taste followed aroma. Grapefruit mostly, a little pine. Sweet bread. Kind of yeasty.

Nice Belgian IPA. Pleasantly hoppy.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a hazy dark copper/brown color with two fingers of white head. Not great retention, and only a little bit of lacing.

Smell is like a BPA (but how we Americans do them which generally falls sadly short of the originals)- pale pilsener malt sweetness, a faint smell of resiny hops and faint smell of Belgian yeast.

Taste is semi-consistent with smell; fuller malt profile, more resiny hops, a little bit less yeast, and a slight caramel taste. Nice.

Mouthfeel is also good- more consistent with an IPA being light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated and a good amount of resin. Better than many other Belgian IPAs but as a previous BA said, not Houblon Chouffe.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 17, 2012.

It pours a copper-amber color and about medium in tone and cloudy. The small head does not last long.

Floral hops and grapefruit esters highlight the aroma but not much in the way of Belgian sugars. The yeast can be picked up though.

Medium body.

On the other hand, the taste starts out with a noted malty and sweet character for the first second and then this hop bite kicks in at the end coating the back of my throat for an extended period of time. Nicely done.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of MRsojourner
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

nice and clear copper color with a slightly off white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
aroma is very bready with not much hop character.
the taste is a lot of grapefruit and caramel/toast but slightly muted by the yeast. there is a lingering bitterness that is a little annoying.
not sure cascade was the right fit for this beer but im glad I tried it. not bad not great.

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Photo of tvazteca
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice big fluffy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice soapy spotty lacing, pillowy head, slightly hazy honey orange color.

Nose brings a really interesting Belgian beer aroma, a light Belgian golden malt and a sweet candy reddish malt, faint esters, with a light fruity aroma, and into a lemony aroma, some from hops and some from yeast I think, fruity but slightly grassy hops, slight lemongrass but a light pear apple like fruit, light floral hops and floral yeast characters, slight herbal earthy aroma both from hops and yeast characters. Hints of grapefruit and citrus hide in teh background but I can find them. Quite floral overall and pretty nice.

Taste in pretty much what they call it, a blend of Belgian and East Coast American IPA. Hops bring a combination of earthy slightly spicy characters, little earthy and herbal as well. Fruity flavors are great, like I'm biting into a peach, great peach character somehow, then light tangerine, hint of grapefruit and other tropical fruits that i can't put a finger on. hops keep up with bitterness and get fairly bitter and bring a nice grassy spicy flavor. Then into Belgian flavors, light Belgian malts not really golden just Belgian somehow, and light esters and fruity flavors from the yeast, and quite floral as well. That slightly tropical fruit realyl keeps nagging at me, I wish I could nail down which fruit it is. Finish is dry and quite bitter, a nice spicy slightly earthy and grassy hop lingering, with a bit more of the tropical fruit, peach and tangerine like flavors lingering, with light Belgian esters and floral yeast additions.

Mouth is med bodied, nice carb.

Overall fairly impressed, it's quite a tasty beer, with lots of nice fruit characters, esters, Belgian yeast additions, and the American hops add a nice twist to it and bring a nice bitter quality but don't overpower it and get too bitter. I bet most people that rated this low either wanted more hops, or less hops, this seems to take a nice middle ground that balances with the Belgian characters well, and great fruit flavors and aromas. Quite tasty, my fav from Cody so far.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is hops, flavor is Belgian yeast, hops and caramel. Dry, bitter finish. Different, not an IPA and not a pale. Batch #4, $4.99 for a 22oz bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma. Label has 5.8% ABV.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No lace, but a decent head is there--lumpy settling. Some chunky lace in the form of spots. The broth is cloudy but has a beautiful amber color.

Earthy and dark malt aromas. The hop is quite subdued for the style.

The flavor is better balanced as an IPA. The malt is still strong for the style, but the hop is pretty good, mostly black pepper. Plenty of yeast presence. The body is at a proper level.

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Photo of BWigs
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of portia99
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle (batch 3) picked up as a random find at a local store recently. I've never heard of this brewery so I thought I'd give it a try. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours an 80% clear deep amber color with a thick finger of light tan foam that lingers for a quick minute or so before falling with a near uniform sheet of lacing left on the glass.

S - Fruity and very spicy with Belgian yeast character. Cloves have a massive presence that overwhelms just about everything else. With a bit of a struggle I can manage to find some oranges, nutmeg, some earthy funk and feet.

T - A somewhat harsh bitterness creates the initial impression but quickly gives in to the overpowering clove flavors. Tastes mostly like an overhopped Christmas beer. Cinnamon and nutmeg on the fringes. For my tastes, this is over-spiced. I'd much prefer to obtain the spicy aspects from the yeast - this seems to be enhanced by the actual spices.

M - A weird chai tea, over the top spiced mulled cidery impression that I just can't get past. Carbonaton is medium as well as the body. The spices are just over the top and not enjoyable to my pallet tonight.

O - Well...so far, I'm 0-2 tonight with locals. This has potential - I'd say age this one a bit, but that seems a bit ironic and counterproductive. Being an American version of a Belgian IPA, I want to have fresh to keep some nice hop character, but I'd also hope that aging this would mellow the spices too (which this really needs). To me, this is an overdone winter warmer style.

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Photo of PatriotsRule
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a 3 Horses specialty glass.
A: Beautiful burnt amber colour with relatively high transparency.
S: Hoppy, with some breadiness, and a pretty strong citrus zest.
T: Really a nice sipping Belgian. A bit spicy and yeasty, with just enough hops.
M: Spicy hop bite makes for a crisp, refreshing drink.
O: Incredibly drinkable, and reminds me of tripels. This is the kind of 22oz bottle that one could enjoy a couple of in a row, though. Stimulating to the senses and very enjoyable!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

A- Thick and hazy burnt orange color, 1-finger fluffy white head. Head tapers but remains a solid film on top of the beer, lots of falling rings of lacing. All making for a pretty cool looking pour.

S- It smells more Belgian ale than IPA to me. There are hop aromas but the smells of banana, pear, spices, and mild yeast make up a subtle yet undeniable Belgian Ale blend.

T- The citrus comes out here. I pick up some mineral flavor and what I call, if only slightly, pickle juice. The Belgian stuff is there, too.

M- A complex mix that has good body and feel. Good carbonation, spicy hop zip.

O- The abv, 5.5%, rounds out this brew nicely, allowing it to shine.

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Photo of fermentedbarley
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of Durge
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, dark copper colored IPA with a huge eggshell colored, foamy head that leaves a minefield of lacing. The aroma says mineral citrus with some soapy clove. A little different but it grows on you with that Belgian personality. The flavor is dominated by yeast though a shy clove-citrus hop sneaks through. Again, I pick up a mineral idea with some deep wheat and a pleasant hop subtlety. This stuff is medium bodied with a light but frothy feel. I wish there was a bigger hop presence rather than the yeast-heavy personality, but overall it grows on me and it works. I am now encouraged to try more from this brewer.

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Photo of dcME
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of NEhophead
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from the brewpub on 11.9.07; review based on notes at this time. Billed as the brewpub's 'flagship offering' by the brewer (which is why I assume this one will be available year round); and described only as a Belgian-American Ale.

Served in a nonic.

Hazy, two-toned auburn/camel in color; obviously unfiltered. Creamy, porous whijte head that slowly recedes to an intact, creamy sheet. Thin patches of somewhat strong lacing.

Bright citrus hop aromas: orange, lemon, apple. Pleasant, semi-sweet candied sugar with a background, lingering mustiness from the Belgian yeast. Moderately dried spices: corriander and clove.

Semi-sweet, smooth Belgian-candied sugar with an American IPA-like citrus hop profile. Mild must that turns dark when joined by floral hops in the middle. A brief, moderate bitterness is followed by notes of corriander and citrus.

A light, medium in body; smooth, creamy with a bit of dryness from the middle to finish. Texturally, almost in complete balance.

A tremendous balance in flavor and texture which is tough for a hybrid style. Think Houblon Chouffe yet smoother, and at 5.5% abv this is unbelievably drinkable. Thank God for growlers!

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Photo of cashbrook
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle.

A: hazy, dark amber poured with tiny bubbles
S: medium nose, saison quality with bitter hops
T: medium bodied, good balance between roasted malt and IPA (Cascade) finish with spicy Belgian hops mixed in
M: quenching, well-balanced, not overwhelming bitter hops

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Photo of sholland119
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours honey dark gold. Light skim of head, no lace. Some bubbles rising. Lovely color on this one.

Some floral notes, honeysuckle, light stone fruit. Very light scented.

Nice try here. Fruit, yeast, and white pepper elements with a little drying alcohol leading to a boiled grain/dry cracker flavor. The fruit and chemical alcohol lack strength, and the boiled dried and pit-bitterness on the back end make this one promising from the start and disappointing in the finish. I find this also a bit metallic in bitterness. This one misses the boat, but believe me, nothing you'd spit out. Just a lack of balance. As I continue with the pint and bomber, it is growing on me.

A little soft in the mouth. It's ok.

Not hateful, nor off-flavored or messy, just...not quite there. $4.99 bombers are still worth it. If you feel like supporting a local little guy, try it. But this is not La Chouffe.

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Photo of JessxSpikes
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of creamy white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring with some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of fruity/citrus hops with some nice lemon peel and orange mixed together with just a touch of grassy notes. There is also some belgian yeast aroma coming out and a touch of spices, most notably coriander.

T - Starts off with some nice citrus hop flavor mixed with some of the belgian yeast in the background and a touch of coriander. The hops and spices really come through in the middle with the yeast also getting some attention. The finish is a mix of the nice fresh hop taste with some bitterness and the spices (coriander).

M - Medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Just a tad dry at the finish which is nice. Smooth and just a touch creamy.

D - Very drinkable. The hops and spices are nicely blended all the way through and the Belgian yeast flavor is really nice and blends well. Very nice hop profile.

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S.O.S. from Cody Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 46 ratings