Southpaw IPA | Original Gravity Brewing Company

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Original Gravity Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Deuane on 07-13-2009

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 41
Reviews by Fanhitter:
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the OG Pub on 9-30-2012 during a dismal offering by the Lions.

Pour is solid. 1/4 inch of head, pours an autumnal amber, with a yellowish hue around the bottom of the pint glass. What I expect from a fresh brewed IPA.

Smells a tad malty, but moreso a floral hoppiness, with a nice citrusy overtone. More of grapefruit peel than anything else.

Taste is mellow and very dry, not very characteristic of many modern IPAs. This beer stays smooth, easy drinking and flavorful, despite being void of much of the sometimes offensive hop amounts seen in other flagship IPAs.

Upon the initial draw, the consistency is light and mildly syrupy, almost Guinness-like in its pull, but offers a very balanced amount of carbonation when swallowed; a pleasant gulp.

Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable beer. Really liked it the first time I tried it a few months ago, and feel the same about it this time around. If I see this beer on tap it will always be in contention for one I'd order as far as IPAs go. This is the beer that brought me to the brewery, and for an easy-drinking draft IPA, is one of my favorites. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a smooth pint with some gusto.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler filled on 11-Jun-10. It was opened yesterday for a few pints. My review is based on day two.

A: The growler opened with a vicious psssst. Unfortunately that seems to be all of the CO2 escaping. Poured into my glass, the ale is a dark tea color, brown and opaque. No head arose on the pour although, in fairness, an eggshell white head was plentiful yesterday.

S: The IPA is well-balanced, offering up citrusy hops alongside a strong caramel base. The hoppiness is deceptive, strong but never jumping out at you like some IPAs are prone to do.

T: I appreciate the balance in the ale, the mingling of caramel and biscuit with sharp citrus hops. The caramel, as suspected, is rich and bready, a relatively sweet foundation for the hops. The hops, strong as they are, aren't in your face. Instead the bitterness slowly blooms into an all-out citrus assault. The peppery grapefruit flavors are quite strong by the last sip of my glass, leaving a long bitterness behind.

M: The gradual crescendo of hops is enjoyable, really bringing out the strength of the IPA. I don't mind the lack of carbonation during this second outing.

D: Yesterday, I was too burned out to review the ale. Today, I'm digging it. Well done, Original Gravity. I didn't appreciate Southpaw the first time around, my bad.

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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden hued copper with a medium white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Lemon citrus hop aroma with a healthy underlying sweet caramel base.

T-Sharp, citrus hop forward pop. Nice backing caramel malt without being overly sweet. A well balanced taste profile.

M-Medium-light body quite sharp and crisp with good lingering bitterness.

D-A solid, easy to drink go to IPA. A nicely done beer that won't blow your doors off but it doesn't leave you hanging either.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Will18
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bigscool
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Southpaw IPA from Original Gravity Brewing Company
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