Spinal Tapper IPA | Right Brain Brewery

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Spinal Tapper IPASpinal Tapper IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States
rightbrainbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A heavily hopped IPA using mostly Calypso Hops, a reasonably new strain from the West Coast. Showcases a copper orange color, mild earthy bitterness, and notes of pear & green apple.

Added by BrewtalHonesty on 11-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
4
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear copper-orange color, tight white head, definite lacing down the glass.

S - Old school hop spiciness and pine. Caramel malt notes, too.

T - Strong bitter open, resin and pine, a dinner roll hint from the malt core, and a dry and sharp finish.

M - Prickly carbonation, a bit of resin builds from the close.

O - This is a hop-forward IPA, heavy on the bitterness. Decent but pretty one note.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clager
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/23/2017. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy/spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Slight lingering hop astringency through the glass, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7.5%. Overall this is a very nice IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/fruity/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; despite the aggressively bitter/drying finish. Nice dank/vibrant hop complexity; nice balancing malt backbone, with minimal residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tjb14
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gravewalker
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After just having Devil Dancer this pales in comparison. Undistinguished hop profile. Not what I would like again.

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Photo of stadmo1
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msumike89
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeZ9654
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great IPA with nice bitterness. Good to the last drop!

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Photo of Eziel
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TurboBrew
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Desimoaj
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Segnem5
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This was a good IPA, the hop profile was nice, it wasn't overly bitter and it didn't have any off flavors or aromas. I would drink it again.

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Spinal Tapper IPA from Right Brain Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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