Conspiracy Theory IPA
Southern Star Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #5,603
Ranked #32,849
3.77 | pDev: 8.49%
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a hazy orange with with an off-white one-finger head.
S: Smells of tropical hops, orange peel, faint amount of malts.
T: Taste follows the nose, except that the malt/hops balance is way better in the flavor than the taste.
F: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat oily, somewhat warming.
O: It's a decent IPA, nothing to stand out though; Cool ass can design/name though.

Mar 20, 2021
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kflorence from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden, orangey, copper in color with a thin layer of foam atop. Some lacing as you drink. Carbonation looks average to low. Looks like a pretty standard, if perhaps more balanced IPA. Aroma hints at balance as well, with a buttery, sweet maltiness and a solid amount of citrus hops. Taste follows the nose quite well, although it ends up being a bit more hop-forward on the tongue. Earthy, tea and citrus hit up front, followed by toasty, biscuity malts towards the swallow. Finishes dry with lingering grapefruit rind on the tongue. I quite like the mouthfeel of this one. Mild, zesty carbonation with some creaminess. Perhaps a bit thin, but very drinkable. Overall I really enjoyed this one and feel it deserves a higher base score. It's not overly complex but it's nicely balanced and tasty. Cheers!

Oct 26, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can stamped 2/2019. Cloudy orange color with a thin lacing of white head. Faint citrus aroma. Medium body and sticky feel. Tastes of malt and pine sap with a little bit of citrus in the background. Pretty standard IPA.

Jun 06, 2019
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of can into glass. Minimal head and very little lacing. Look is murky orange with heavy sediment. Smell is citrusy and sweet. Taste starts as grapefruit, bitter, and finishes with sour aftertaste. It is on the dry side. I won’t buy again.

Aug 04, 2018
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gvickery from Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark gold, medium head, looks amazing. Citrus and pine dominate the nose. Balance is just right, hoppy but smooth with no annoying sweetness mucking things up.

Apr 21, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Conspiracy Theory has a medium, white head, a dark orange appearance, with lots of gray yeast chunks, throughout, and heavy glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet & sour, turned fruit, and sweet, white bread. Taste is of hop bitterness, turned tropical fruit, some tap water, and white bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Conspiracy Theory finishes medium dry and sloppy.


Feb 20, 2018
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had at Zinc in San Antonio. Long day of touring the Alamo, as my friend Chris Truskey loves Civil War history. This is a good beer....seems better than the BA rating. Good stuff. Chris also liked it, as he played wIth his musket

Dec 29, 2017
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HardTarget from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can, marked 06 14 17 (sampled 12 05 17)

Appearance: Murky orange gold glass has a spot or two of head, but not much. Does give spots of lace.

Aroma: A bit worty, big hop presence, candy like crystal malt, hint of alcohol which smells a little hot.

Taste: Worty sweet base doesn't blend well with the citric and pine hops, but both seem to counter balance each other fairly well. Hops are a little tropical which aren't a personal favorite.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body, watery texture that finishes a little oily and hot.

Overall: If you like the newer tropical hops, then you should try this. I don't like those hops much, but still found this to be a pleasant IPA, but probably one I won't choose again.

Dec 06, 2017
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Chasegator from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- Nice light haze golden with white head
Smell- Heavy citrus, followed by hops and floral hints. Very strong
Taste- much milder than the nose. Nice blend of citrus, hops, floral hints and lightly toasted malt
Feel- medium bodied
Overall- Good IPA. A poor mans Jai Alai

Aug 17, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into American pint glass
(7/31/17 born-on date printed on bottom of can)

L: clear gold-copper; small head about 1/3- to 1/2-inch tall, white; some sticking, no lacing

S: grapefruit juice, sweet but no sweeter than that; if you dig deep, you pull up a hint of biscuit or bread dough from the malt; slight pine, very soft and pleasant; the sweetness marries with the hops perfectly

T: juicy sweet grapefruit; sharp but little bitter bite; fluffy biscuit malt adds a consistent sweetness and softens the hop bite, but the bite is strong ... good, piercing bite up front that lingers into the aftertaste and builds while also smoothing out as you get into the glass

F: light and slightly crisp, nothing more or less than a simple frame for the flavor to burst from ... you'd think you're sipping on a little session beer but getting a mouth full of flavor

O: tried this at the brewery yesterday, thought it was tasty and it is ... VERY tasty, loads of grapefruit and nothing out of line; fresh it's fantastic; the sturdiness of it suggests it will hold up in the can wonderfully, possibly for 4-6 months no problem with a good layer of malt inserting itself more and more into a wall of hop flavor that won't be moved, only changed slightly

Aug 14, 2017
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donspublic from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into shaker, 1" cream head, ok retention, nice lacing. Smells of malt, mild citrus. Taste malt sweet on the front with some mango, pineapple and faint citrus in the middle. Nice mouthfeel, mild bitterness.

Aug 11, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good flavor, but it is a bit on the maltier side of American IPA spectrum. I would like to try it fresh, but I probably would not buy it again. I can get more balanced IPAs for a lower price point.

Jul 26, 2016
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a hazed, dark gold color with a small off-white head. Not much lace or retention.

Nose is a nice mix of tropical hops and honey drizzled biscuit malt with a bit of caramel thrown in. Not as malt forward as Pinebelt Pale, but has a fair malt presence.

Taste is mostly focused on hop flavor, with strong papaya and guava contributions. There is some malt balancing going on with a honey and toast vibe. Bitterness is moderate. Its a very good IPA with a welcoming malt warmth for some nice depth. I hate to say 'balanced' as that usually infers an IPA is not hoppy enough. This one is hoppy enough, but it also has some other things going on, which are both tasty and welcome in this instance. Ive bought at least 3 sixers of this and it is a fantastic beer to have around on a regular basis.

Jul 15, 2016
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Mateo2699 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a dark orange, nearing Amber hue. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass compliments the half finger white head that dissipates fairly quick. Smell is sweet malt and hints of citrus like orange peel, and hints of guava and pine. Taste is more sweet bready malt foward, but the tropical aspect of the taste sort of diminishes in the taste, I wish it stuck around more. Mouthfeel is medium carbonated, and surprisingly silky and palate coating. Most of the coating consists of straight sweet malt. Overall a good beer, wish the citrus and tropical notes in the aroma stuck around in the taste more.

Jul 03, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy amber orange, two finger white head fades fast, lots of sticky lace. Sweet malty bready aroma with ripe fruit. Sweet malt forward taste, grassy piney hops come in mid sip and turn to a more grapefruit peel bitterness in the finish, lasts awhile. Thin slippery mouthfeel. Overall decent IPA, would drink again.

Jul 02, 2016
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Tommo from Massachusetts

2.69/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

MALT BOMB. I mean this is texas, so its expected, but this is the Malt of the Bombs. I mean my god. Pours a murky ipa with minimal hop aroma on the nose. Flavor is all malt, very little bittering or floral hops. I just cant get this style at all

Jun 22, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazed amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, pretty nice lacing & head retention

S: Pine, grapefruit & mango

T: Pine & breadyness, a little mango& woody bitterness up front. Grapefruit, pine & woody bitterness as this warms, faint pineapple notes, Finishes piney with a little grapefruit, & woody bitterness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, skews bitter

Drinkable enough, just dialed in enough to get me excited, woody bitterness & more tropical or citrus please

Jun 11, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The back story on this CANspiracy Theory is as follows: I have a running trade with The Mighty JenRay who lives in Houston, TX. She only gets APAs and AIPAs from me, by request, but I get all sorts of CANs from her.

From the CAN: "First to CAN Craft In Texas"; "Area 51"; "Question the Truth"; "Novus Ordo Seclorum".

I refuse to pull the top on one of these new (but stupid) 360-degree opening CANs from Crown, since a) the lid becomes like a pull tab - just one more piece of sharp aluminum to litter the environment; b) I am going to deCANt the beer anyway, so I do not care if the CAN now becomes a glass and c) I had knowledge imparted to me on how to bottom-open modern CANs.

Having made two Dracula-like punctures in the underside of the CAN (no Crack!), the Glug was more of a steady dribble into my glass. It still rose up to create two fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, tawny head with great retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose kind of put me in mind of a hopped-up EIPA in that I was getting a lot of earthy maltiness along with a pine hoppiness. Mouthfeel was unexpectedly big & full, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. The taste was very woody, like it had been aged in white oak barrels. It was intensely bitter, also, but like they had only used one hop variety and a minty one at that. This was a very different AIPA for this self-described hophead! Finish was dry, quite bitter, but just the sort of thing that makes me happy.

May 29, 2016
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PhilsPils from Texas

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The website says " Available all year round, this beer is questionably delicious.
The tops of these cans are sealed with a 360 degree tearaway top, so the can turns into a pint glass in your hand! Available NOW on a shelf near you!"
I pretty much agree with what they said but I think what they meant to say was "unquestionably delicious" which might, BTW, be somewhat questionable. And as far as turning into a pint glass in your hand...whatever, never mind, I'll let them believe that one.
Being from Texas, this one had more than an open mind from me but this state makes way better IPAs than this. The taste is certainly piney, which I normally love, but it seems to be more PineSol than fresh pine needles. Definitely a harsh astringency that is more than excessive bitterness. I don't hate this beer but I DEFINITELY will not purchase again. St. Arnolds Art Car=better...Lone Pint Yellow Rose=better still. My conspiracy theory is that someone snuck in and moved half the hops allotted for dry-hopping into the boil. If they had left out that damn crystal/caramel malt, they could have used less bittering hops and the aroma/dry hops would have stood a chance. I know ZZ TOP is only three dudes but when you hear them play, does it seem like something is missing? I don't think so! Yellow Rose is ONE freaking malt...does it seem like anything is missing? The prosecution rests...

May 24, 2016
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cool beer from the start, can has a wide lid which emits a strong piney, dank smell upon breaking the seal. Unfiltered looking IPA with a darker golden tint. Taste is strong pine, with a heavy hop oil presence. Really wet mouth feel, crisp in taste. A bit of an inoffensive, playful oily residue remains long after the last sip. Cheers for an awesome Texas beer. Not sure why the ratings are so low, would happily lap up some more.

Apr 30, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Cloudy yellow with a decent head and lacing. Smell is citrusy and a bit piney. Taste is citrus, strong on lemon and some pine. A nice bitter aftertaste. Not bad!

Apr 24, 2016
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Beertelligence from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours an inviting cloudy pale yellow to light orange. Has a little to no head, minimal lacing. Strong piney scent. Super hoppy, piney taste, bitter after taste i don't mind though. Medium mouthfeel and slight carbonation just right. Overall feels like its missing something maybe a bit too piney for me but i enjoyed it.

Apr 09, 2016
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a slightly hazy light orange . chalk white head with good lacing and decent retention. nose is a ton of dank, piney, resinous hops. taste follows suite. lots of piney, dank, resinous hops. slight sweetness from the malt - i would prefer a bit less, but still good. nice lingering bitterness. clean, crisp mouthfeel. Overall another good beer from southern star.

Apr 08, 2016
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