Special Forces American IPA | Crown Brewing

Special Forces American IPASpecial Forces American IPA
50 Ratings
Special Forces American IPASpecial Forces American IPA

Brewed by:
Crown Brewing
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by khiasmus on 04-13-2010

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by TerryB:
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4/5  rDev +7%

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent IPA, thanks Jon. Cloudy golden with a bubbly head. Some hops in aroma. Smooth drinker with a decent citrus taste. Understated carbonation. enough big bitterness to bea tad astringent and an aftertaste of apple juice and orange juice.Overall an average IPA, but something different in the style.

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Photo of warpig372
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of alleykatking
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Red wax covering the top. Thanks to Luke (Lukafer) for picking me up a bottle of this!

A- Pours a clear dark amber color. One finger dirty white head that stays there for a little while before dying to just a cap on the top of the beer. Light ringing lacing as I drank it down.

S- More of the malt background comes through in the aroma with some light bitter piney hops in the backing. Some light spicing I think in there too but I can't put my figner on it.

T- Bitter hops come into the front end of this beer. Middle of the road bready caramel malts in the middle with that spicey taste I smelled earlier. Some light bitter hopping in the background sums the taste up with this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the light side for me. This makes the beer kind of just sit in the mouth. Light bready malts left on the palate with some bitter hops lingering into the aftertaste. Flavors just bland but it somehow works for the beer.

D- This is a average drinkable IPA. Nothing wrong with it but there is nothing that makes it burst out of the run of the mill IPA's. Glad I got to try this and will re-try another bottle when I come across it again.

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Photo of Vincea
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Special Forces IPA" Julian date "1147" printed on bottom of bottle.

Dark color, deep burnished copper orange, slightly hazy. Very thin layer of foam, creamy with irregular peaks of larger bubbles throughout. Thick drippy lacing on the opposite side of the glass.

Sweet tropical fruits, dried papaya, cantaloupe, candied orange. Rich and resiny hop aroma, hope the taste follows suit.

Flavors are overwhelmingly malty and nutty. A very specific toasted specialty malt that throws off some cocoa, walnut, and savory grain flavors. Interesting, but out of place for an IPA, unless it's intended as an English IPA (possible). Full bodied, very malty, residual bitterness that lingers for a long while. Some dried fruit, puffed wheat or barley cereal grains, earthy bitter hops that linger in the background.

Objectively it's enjoyable, it has a bit of odd toasted malt complexity that defines the flavor and even the color. Not going to nitpick the style, don't really care to be honest. It's good, but an acquired taste, and likely not what anyone thinking "American IPA" might expect. To be fair, it doesn't say "American IPA" anywhere on the label (anymore), or on their website.

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Photo of MichaelBurns
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of bgreg3
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

app- Amber color with creamy foam lacing that stays for a while. Looks like any good IPA

Smell- Tropical/apricot fruitiness backed up by sweet maltiness.

Taste- Fruity citrus comes first and then hops come and dominate. Later it is balanced by the malt. It ends on a wet hoppy note.

MF- A bit light for an IPA with nice carbonation.

Drink- Because of it's light body and good carbonation this is a very easy drinking IPA. I had to slow down!

Note- Reminds me of Alpha King's little brother. It's less bold and lighter bodied but still kicks some fuckin ass

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Photo of Inglewood
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of hansgruber
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of estevan1024
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Jakethesnake503
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwade5
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Laura for this one.

A: Giant three finger head that dissipates to a thick one finger foam. Dark, cloudy, amber/copper. Much darker than I was expecting an IPA to be. Kinda looks like a homebrew. Methinks this is going to be a maltier IPA.

S: The smell is a sharp citrus rind mixed with hints of grassiness and herbs. Some pine resin comes through at the end. Almost like someone put a lemon peel in a blender with grass and pine needles from the yard. As it warms, some caramel malt comes through, making the overall smell a bit musty.

T: Whoa that is bitter. Pine and citrus hop punch in the mouth that dissipates into a bitter resin astringent taste. I like big piney and citrus IPAs but this took me a bit off guard. Not getting much else. Not unpleasant but needs more balance.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Coats the tongue with a layer of bitterness.

O: After pouring and smelling the beer, I was not looking forward to drinking it. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste but the pineyness is just too much without other tropical/floral/malt tastes balancing it out. The mouthfeel is great and would drink easy if the taste were better. Glad to try it and would revisit if local. However, won't seek out.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, mango, pineapple, toast, bread, slight pine, floral, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with a good balance of malt/hop aromas. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange, pine, bread, light mango, pineapple, floral, grass, bread, toast, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, grass, floral, tropical fruits, toast, bread, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Good complexity of hop flavors and very balanced between bitterness/sweetness; with almost zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Some nice hop flavor complexity with a very balanced malt backbone; and very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of BrockGibson31
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of MattintheCrown
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of juzh12
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MBoydL
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler for $8 on the Wednesday night special.

A: Much more amber than most IPAs I've had; but it matches the rich flavor to follow. 1 finger of off-white head with descent lacing throughout the entire session.

S: Mostly piney in the nose, a little bit of sweet malty notes. I pick up a little bit of 'fruity' almost apricot notes.

T: Much more balance between the pine-citrus hops and sweet malt in the taste at first, but the bitter hops sticks around through the back of the tongue and stays around for a while.

M: Its pretty smooth in the mouth for an IPA with 'medium' carbonation. It coats the mouth more than I would have expected.

Overall, it is a solid IPA. I think it will be in my refrigerator pretty regularly from now on. Especially since the brewery is about 2 miles from my house and I can capitalize on their growler specials.

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Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured an excellent copper color with nice head and decent lacing. Very nice scent, with a nice malty sweet backbone and a very nice citrusy hop aroma. Excellent flavor, with a wonderful deep malt backing to a great citrus flavor; excellent citrus and floral finish. Goes down well, a very nice IPA. (On tap at Tomlinson Tap Room)

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Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-orange colour with small white head. Tons of hops in the smell, little bit of pine. Lots of sweet caramel malt too. Flavour seems to be a bit lighter than the smell, but still nice. Very light on the carbonation, which huts the mouthfeel.

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