(512) IPA
(512) Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #436
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,320
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 10.84%
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
513
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(512) Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  29
Gots
  140
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: (512) India Pale Ale is a big, aggressively dry-hopped American IPA with smooth bitterness (~65 IBU) balanced by medium maltiness. Organic 2-row malted barley, loads of hops, and great Austin water create an ale with apricot and vanilla aromatics that lure you in for more.
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 513
Photo of Harrison8
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy copper with a finger of white foam. Aroma is light and frilly notes of citrus, herbal, resiny, dank hops that carry a little stickiness. Flavor profile is sticky and bitter, hitting notes of citrus, herbal, pine, dank and resiny hops for a sticky consistency. It has some faint bready, earthy malts. Mouth feel is lightly sticky with a smooth consistency carried by a light crispness. Overall, sticky with a favorable texture.

Draft. Reviewed on Beers by BeerAdvocate.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. The look was a light orange with a small white head. The lacing stayed a long time. The smell was some stone fruit and a little vanilla and a bready malty smell. The malt was a big player in the taste. It was some fruit up front then some sweet bread/biscuit from the malt finishing up with a bitter bite. Overall it was different from all the NE IPAs I've been drinking, the malt plays a big part in the smell and taste. It was an okay beer.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Decent beer, not real hoppy but has a full mouth taste. Some caramel and grain cereal. Not much going on in the smell, but looks the part. Nice head with lacing throughout, bronze with slight bubbles. I enjoyed it and would happily dring it again. In Texas for business, haven't seen this in Florida so may not get a chance or I missed it.

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Photo of mixmastermike76
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a solid beer. Not what I expected though my pallet is conditioned for Northwest IPAs but it has a good mouthfeel and is a good beer overall. Definitely one you should try.

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Photo of delta490
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy orange amber with a big cap of white head that doesn't last too long but still leaves big rings of lacing. The aroma is pretty meh as is the taste initially. As it warms it takes on a nice English IPA quality of biscuit and herbal hops. The body has a medium light feel with a nice carbonated feel.

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Photo of Premo88
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at torchy's tacos, cedar park

L: gold, small white head

S: honey biscuit, orange

T: malty bitter, hops are green grass and earthy

F: ale slick and full

O: malty IPA with a good mix of sweet and bitter notes; the big biscuit malt flavor is a highlight

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber (9) pour with off white head; decent cap and retention; heavy lacing. Bitter hops and slightly earthy nose. Light bitter earthy hops moderated by lite caramel malt base. Medium plus carbonation and medium lite mouthfeel. Overall a solid IPA with lite bitter linger.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It now can be confirmed how much affect water has on beer. There is a twang to this beer that I get from many beers in Michigan....the description of this beer has vanilla....which I get....but don't like in ales. Stouts porters...no problem. In any event I don't know what it is in the water that gives some beers this weird twang but anyhow...this beer poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent is ripe fruit. The taste is apricot with weird twang. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall I don't like the twang.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's been a long time coming. Last I enjoyed a 512 IPA was 2013. Had a couple pints today in Houston. Muted gold pour, neither hazy nor clear. Aroma of crisp citrus, light floral notes and a little earth. Taste is on the balanced side of kiwi, apricot, orange rind, bready malt and tea. Nice bitter finish rounds out an excellent balanced experience. My palate has come a long way since 2013 but this beer is still a favorite.

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Photo of SuburbanCowboy
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'll admit I'm getting sick of huge citrusy IPAs, but this beer still holds up. Finishes well with a hop bite that's somewhat flowery. I expected more.

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Photo of draftpick
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer at the Draft Pick American Grill on Tap. nice rich color and good lacing as I progressed down the pint. had a decent resinous taste that did not linger to long but just enough to make me want more. A very decent local IPA.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was a draught purchased at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, Texas. Pours clear pale-medium amber producing 1 finger of frothy, off-white, shortlived head that leaves a soapy wash of lace. Aroma is floral & citrus hoppiness with caramel malt. Taste is sweet caramel malt with orange, tropical fruits & floral hops, with moderately lively spice. Pine in the aftertaste. Starts sweet & slightly hoppy, balancing toward bitter hops/sweet malt in the middle where the spice kicks in, remaining fairly balanced into the finish but transitioning to a slightly sweet but mostly bitter hop bite & slightly astringent aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little oily & lightly prickly with moderate carbonation & a drawing aftertaste.

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Photo of EGreen
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nutty-woody aroma... (but somewhat inhibited from smelling right now). Mild caramel flavors with a not so subtle nuttiness. Very light on the hops.. Mild bitterness that dissipates rather quickly. I want hops in my IPA, not pecans. I was convinced that this wasn't an IPA, but the 'tender swears it is!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Flying Saucer on 4/7/14

A-Slightly cloudy gold with thin white head. Decent lacing.

S-Hoppy and sweet aroma of orange and grapefruit.

T-Hoppy but not overpowering. Orange, grapefruit and pine.

M-Very smooth medium bodied. Clean finish. Great carbonation.

O-Overall a great IPA

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange pour. Strong hoppy flavor upfront. Nice floral taste with bits of pine, citrus, and grass. Body has a strong malt backbone as well with biscuit and bread flavors standing out. Finishes with a lingering flowery bitterness.

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Photo of kennymule
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 64oz. growler from The Sugar Shack / Wholefoods, Sugarland, TX.
Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Poured fairly aggressively and ended up with about 2 1/2 finger off white foamy head that diminished pretty quickly. Color is translucent honey.

S: A faint apricot nose, not overpowering aromatics here.

T: Again, some apricot, citrus up front, followed by nice malt middle and dry pine finish,(not a bad thing.)

M: The carbonation is light to moderate with plenty of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice peppery finish.

O: Really nice IPA that hides the ABV(7%) well and is easy to drink. Another nice offering from our neighbors to the West of H Town.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a dark orange with a soapy off-white head that left minimal lace.

S- Pungent grapefruit, pine, and some light caramel malt. Pretty aromatic.

T- Big grapefruit and sweet caramel malt notes, quite a bit of soapy notes and moderate bitterness.

M- Soft carbonation, lighter bodied, and a slightly watery finish.

O- A decent IPA. I didn't care so much for the soapy notes in the flavor and the watery finish, but a decent drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Update:
5-17-16 - On tap at Sheller's at the Hyatt Lost Pines outside of Austin, TX. Served in a classic pint glass. Just as I remembered it. Very hoppy and smooth. Nice local IPA from these folks.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at a bar in Austin, Texas. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $5.00 USD.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of nice creaminess and thickness. Decent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a semitranslucent semitransparent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Floral hops, peach fruit, apricot fruit. Pale malts. Cream. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of mild strength. The apricot is a highlight.

T: Floral hops, pale malts. Peach fruit esters. Cream. Pilsner malts. Balanced and subdued. Has a low intensity of flavour for the style. Average duration and depth of flavour. Not real complex or subtle. I do like it, but there's really nothing remarkable about it. It's got good cohesion.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay, but it doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it. Decent presence on the palate. Decent body.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, hot, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable, sure. It's certainly above average and is a likable IPA, but it's not world class by any means. I'll plan to revisit it for a more in-depth review; I did expect far better given its current high ratings. Hides its ABV well.

Low B-

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Stubbs in Austin. Pours a cloudy golden orange with barely any head in my pint glass. Sweet light citrus aroma, but not much else going on. Big on the bitter pine, and really highlights that aspect of the brew. Medium mouthfeel with lower than average carbonation. A decent beer but a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of brurevu
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden amber with plenty of hops on the nose. The taste veers more towards the citrusy hops, which could be why I like it so much. The (512) IPA starts with strong hops which gives way to a slightly sweet bready maltiness and ends with a good hop bitterness. It is a very smooth and well balanced IPA with a deep profile that makes this a highly drinkable brew. I can't hide that this is my favorite local core brew and IPA. Even better that it is easy to find on tap in Austin.

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Photo of stinkydaddy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a – strong C-hops. Grassy. caramel bleeds through. smells great.

a – off white head lingers and laces. beautiful orange/copper. no detected haze.

f – strong hop flavor without puckering bitterness. excellent malt backbone for what seems as an aggressively late hopped beer. some caramel sweetness. grassy.

m – well carbonated. medium body. maybe a bit of astringency but very slight.

o – this is what an American IPA should be. great hop flavor from late additions. strong dry hopped nose. enough gravity to balance the IBUs.

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Photo of Locapour
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with an IPA on Nitro. We shot an episode of Locapour at Craft Pride in Austin while they were featuring (512) IPA on Nitro.

You can check the episode out here to get a sense of the experience: http://locapour.tv/austin/512ipa

I have been a huge fan of this beer ever since I moved to Austin back in 2011. It was on of the first local Austin craft beers I had upon my arrival. Not only is it a great IPA but it can be found at just about any bar or restaurant around town that takes beer seriously.

The Nitro experience was wild. (512) IPA is very hoppy and has a very sharp finish that I would describe as almost peppery. But, the Nitro presentation rounds that out with a creamy texture and allow you to experience the beer in a whole new way. The flavors are there...they just feel different.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Both retention and lacing are good. Malty, piney aroma. Slight caramel. Weak. Malty caramel taste with good grassy hop. Mildly astingent. Medium bodied.

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Photo of Hopine
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice IPA. This is absolutely the best Texas beer i've had. The bartender says that 512 is in a class by themselves in TX. This IPA has a Northern CA feel and smell to it. If you like what comes from the northern coastal area you'll like this one. To the eye it looks like a typical IPA/Amber, but the nose and taste are first class. Slightly bitter but that's why it's not a BIC brew.

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(512) IPA from (512) Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 513 ratings