SNAFU IPA | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dherling on 04-30-2007

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of oline73
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at the Brew Pub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy dark amber to brown color with some red where the light hits the pour. I'm getting a creamy layer of head that leaves a ring around the pour and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops, I'm getting an apricot note. Malty sweetness backs up the hops along with a bready note.

Taste: I wouldn't say this is a great beer by any means. Malty up front and then the hops build through the pour. Definitely an east coast IPA. I'm also getting a mild brown sugar note. The finish is full of grapefruit peel and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would say there isn't much art going on here, just an intense bitterness. The rest of the beer seemed to be lacking.

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Photo of ssteckley
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on cask into a pint glass

A- pours a murky looking brown with a two finger light tan head. I've never seen a single IPA so dark. Not very impressive

S- holy christ, a giant smash of pineapple assaults my nose. One of the most pungent IPAs I've run across

T- no bitterness. The taste is of super sweet pineapples. I'd almost say it's too sweet, and I'd like a little more balance to things.

M- feel is really thin, and kind of watery

D- really way too sweet. I had trouble finishing my pint.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another growler from Tanger - served in the same NotLA ales.

A - Not much foam, maybe a half-finger of off-white foam. Lots of lacing as a draiin the glass. This is definitely not a black IPA, as it has a dark hazy amber color to it.

S - Smell is super understated - wondering if this got a bit oxidized en route. Mostly bitterness with some citrus rind, pine and, pepper flavor to it. There's some bready malt, but again it's so timid that I can't really say much more.

T - Lots of bitterness in the finish, but more malty taste, with some marshmallow malt and toast flavors. This is unusual, and I'm not sure if that is intentional or due to oldness of the keg/transport. No obvious alcohol - not sure of the ABV on this one.

M - Low carbonation, lots of residual sticky oiliness. Medium body and pretty smooth.

D - The taste is so muted that I could drink a decent amount of this, but that's not really the point of craft beer. The bitterness gets a little intense, but there's not much else preventing me from re-filling me glass.

Not sure if this is an old keg (this was last on-tap in June) or if my PA brethren have odd taste. This was more underwhelming than the regular IPA. Hope I get a chance to try this at the brewpub to determine how it's really supposed to taste.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Very bitter overall, above average carbonation c-hop brew with a grapefruit body and lacey. Piney, citrus resiney hop flavour. Fruity with malts to keep going. A palate cleaner.As good as a West Coast IPA. I can drink this all night.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to Alex for scoring this one for our 5 growler showdown. Poured from growler into Sierra Nevada Pint Glass. Notes from iPhone, so they're not all that good.

A - Pours dark reddish/brown, two fingers worth of off-white head, very little lacing.

S - Toasted malts/carmel, light citrus/floral hops, earthy notes as well. More malty then I prefer.

T - Lots of toasted malts and carmel, citrus/floral bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation.

D - Good, but not a world-class IPA by any means.

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Photo of Curt3
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub. I have been wanting to try this for almost two years now, glad to see it back on finally.

A - Pours slightly hazy burnt orange with a nice one finger tall off white head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of dulled tropical fruit, pungent citric hops and quite a bit of sugary sweetness. The sweetness begins to take over, making the other aromas almost disappear entirely.

T - Starts off with a nice mix of fresh tropical fruit and sticky citric hop resin quickly giving way to a big dose of candied sugar sweetness, some pine needles and a touch of chewy malt. The sweetness really started to get to me toward the end of the glass. Finish is a mix of light hop bitterness and sticky sweetness, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth feel with a decent amount of hop bitterness. The sweetness really started to take over the feel, making this one a touch hard to finish.

O - Ehh I still like the regular IPA and Ol Frosty more than this. It kind of tastes like the IPA did when they were playing around with the recipe a few years back. Don't get me wrong, it has some nice things going for it, but those other two are world class IPA's. Give it a try if you can but the regular IPA is just better.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz. growler into a Heady Topper pint.

.5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear, dark mahogany. Stringy and sparse lace with little retention. Average.

Nose is sap resin, brown sugar, caramel, citrus and other tropical fruit. Aromatic, sweet with a touch of hop presence. Appetizing.

Opens sweet brown sugar and caramel. Sap hop resin and tropical fruit towards the middle. Brown sugar with a touch of booziness at the end. More hop resin and a big malt body finish. No balance. Big malt backbone. I like it.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth with a bit of bubbles. Goes down with a touch of heat. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Really good.

While I don't think this is as good as their regular ipa because of the huge malt presence, SNAFU is still very solid. Worth trying if you're into ipas with a much sweeter persuasion.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of augie
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Selinsgrove2015
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cant tell you how many times I have been to the SGB only to find this beer has been scratched off the menu. Not today! Draft offering into a pub style glass. The brew appears a hazy burnt copper with a finger of yellowish tan cap. Thick patches and strings of lace stick to the glass.

There is a big juicy hop aroma jumping out of the glass. It is tropical, floral and fruity with a sweetness that is almost like belgian candy sugar as ti warms up. It gets a bit herbal and rindy as you smell it more and divert from the sweeter side of the nose.

The taste is fruity like hop juice. Floral and tropical with hints of pineapple and mango then more herbal with a touch of pine and spicy bitterness. Whereas the aroma has a big punch of candy sweetness, it is not as vibrant in the flavor.Granted it is there but mild contrasted to the big hop impact.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest to lighter level of carbonation. A bit sticky and oily with resins. There is a lot going on in this brew to like. But there are also some kinks that need worked out. While the residual sweetness really helped accent the tropical notes of the hops, it was too sweet and full feeling for an IPA that I would want to drink multiples of.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of trying this on cask during our most recent visit to the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark amber with a 1/2 finger of tannish colored head. Retention is killer from the cask pour and naturally leaves humungous sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma, just like the draft version, is a delicous pungent blend of floral hops, pine, citrus, and some heavier roasted malts underneath.

On cask, the taste of this is much more mellow and smooth with a well balanced mix of resinous hops, tangy citrus, and dark roasted malts. Like I said, not as assertive as the draft version with the overall profile being a touch softer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and easy feel. Not a ton of carbonation on cask naturally but enough to be felt.

I really appreciated the softer and more smooth aspects of this cask version but I think that I prefer the more overall assertive nature of this on draft. Either way, this beer is a real winner and I'm glad that I had the pleasure of trying it in both forms.

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Photo of Burkbom23
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dherling
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a honey orange color with a thick tannish color. The nose was hoppy, white grapefruit, pine, citrus. The taste had a good green fresh hops body with lots of citrus, grapefruit and slight pine flavors. Makes me think this was dry hopped. Has a crisp clean finish, light bodies, heavy carbonation. Refreshing and big, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of adamdanger
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Deuane
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Dark copper with a thick, fluffy white head. Didnt leave lacing....more like clumping!

S-WHOA!Hop-o-licious! What an amazingly peppery, citrus blast. This one must have been dry hopped to the ends and back!

T-Bam! Super hop....but sooo balanced and oh so delicious! This is quite possibly the best IPA SGB has ever made! Move over Olde' Frosty!

M-Medium body with great balance for such a hop forward brew.

D-Hell yes, all day and then some. Give me more of this. SGB has done it again with this instant classic. I hope there are more snafu's in the brewhouse for this one to come out again!

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Photo of akorsak
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hand-pulled pint served at the brewpub.

A: The IPA is a black IPA, full of dark caramel malts that create a brown ale look. The hand pump has added a thick creamy head that laces.

S: The aroma is equal parts caramel malts and oily citrus hops. The caramel is deep and strong, easily able to hold its own again the big hop profile.

T: Delicious, the sweetness of the caramel malts and the citrusy blast of the grapefruit and tangerine hops is awesome. The hand pump has added some sweetness to the malts, enough to chew into the hops slightly. This ale remains though a great hoppy brew, one of the best IPAs available.

M: The chocolatey caramel malt sweetness nicely supports and shows off the hops. If you love the subtle fruitiness of hops this one is worth multiple visits.

D: If it weren't on a hand pump, I'd have taken a growler home. The hops are intensely wonderful.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown shade with a little rust, steady carbonation and medium to thin head with decent retention and spots of lacing. Smell is awesome. Excellent scents of citrus, with a juicy grapefruit that is oozing from the glass. Light pine and pepper. A hint of green, stinky/sticky hop resin mixed with sweet malts. Touch of caramel, some chocolate, and a little roasted grain. Hops are easily the most apparent here. Taste is also very nice. Spicy hops all the way with some lightly sugared citrus. Maybe the roast and dark flavors contribute to the spice factor. I like it whatever the case. Also a nice biscuity flavor. It's not necessarily a hop head's IPA but a very welcome take in my book. Good bitterness that is helped by the spicy, peppery flavors tremendously. Nice tingle on the tongue. A very great beer that I'm glad to have tried. I looked for the Olde Frosty a little too late...luckily I was able to snag a growler of this. Reminds me of Hoppyum (a favorite local) with some darkness to it. Yum!

A big, big thanks to akorsak who picked this growler up for're the man!

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Photo of eagles22
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ffejherb
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On CASK at SGB on 7/12/08.

A - Deep roasted caramel-colored body with garnet hues and one-finger creamy tan head that left a moderate amount of lace around the glass.

S - Like the tap version, this cask offering boasts a huge hop nose with predominantly pine and floral notes, as well as a splash of citrus. Caramel malts and mild toasted grains also shine through, with a bit of chocolate as well.

T - OK, I'm gonna say it... SGB makes THE best IPA's I've ever had. There, I said it! This IPA beautifully blends floral and piney hops with a bit of citrus fruit bitterness. The sweet caramel and deep roasted chocolate malts provide a perfectly balanced flavor that is, as my friend Deuane would say, lovely!

M - Medium body with an exceptionally smooth texture. Pleasant moderate bitterness on the palate surprisingly only has a short duration.

D - This is undoubtedly my favorite offering from SGB thus far. They really have outdone themselves with this amazing brew. Go try this on cask before it runs out!

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SNAFU IPA from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 26 ratings