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(512) IPA | (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
(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.

Added by wagenvolks on 07-04-2008

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In cask at The Flying Saucer in Houston. Very nice beer.
Served in a pint glass the beer was a hazy amber color with a thick off-white head.
Strong citrus aroma, sweet malt, and a sense of something floral.
Grapefruit and orange taste, sweet malt, and a hint of pine.
A balanced, mellow beer. Certainly not a hop bomb.
Easy to drink.

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Photo of Plokhooy
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic IPA! Not overly hopped but still acceptable to the hophead. This is an extremely drinkable IPA comparable to any of the great IPAs available on the market. This was the first beer I've had by the Austin based brewer but I will be sure to try more.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 9/11/10

Enjoyed on tap at Gingerman in Austin, TX.

Poured in to a pint glass with a medium orange colour.

The nose was full of crsip juicy citrus, with hints of grapfruit and tangerine. A very nice nose.

The palate is bitter citrus hops with grapefruit and orange notes. A subtle sweetness from the malts provdes a nice compliment.

Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

This is a very good IPA. I am happy that I asked the bartender for an IPA recommendation!

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Robert for this one. A very generous thing to do. Shared at Lost Abbey.

A: The pour is a golden amber color with a big white head and some spotty lacing.

S: A nice bit of sweet tropical fruits and citrus on the nose along with a substantial caramel malt base. A fair amount of grapefruit notes and subtle pine.

T: The flavor tends toward the sweet side initially, mostly caramel and some brown sugar. The hops come shortly after and have a nice bitterness to them. Some slightly bitter and slightly sweet grapefruit, too.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Kind of heavy and chewy for an IPA.

D: For a sweeter IPA, I found this one to actually be quite drinkable and enjoyable. A very nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A growler shared by womencantsail, thanks Andrew. My notes are brief on this one as I was reviewing on my phone with the glass in my other hand while trying to juggle and talk at the same time. The beer appears dark amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is completely unlike a San Diego IPA, but nice nonetheless. It's well balanced, exhibiting notes of rich and sugary caramel malt alongside aromatic grapefruit and pine. You can tell this is pretty damn fresh. The flavor displays the same balance between hops and malt, with sweet caramel malt, pine resin, and sugary grapefruit with a touch of orange pith. The mouthfeel is sticky and fairly dry. A nice IPA.

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Photo of zingerhophead
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured with a nice head and orange hazy color. Aroma had a fruit hop character. The finish was more than just your typical piney IPA finish. More citrusy, light fruit hops...which gives it its uniqueness and makes it a favorite.

This is definitely one of my favorite IPA's and one I highly recommend on tap.

Incredible IPA that is hard to compare to anything.

The cask is also sweeet!

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Photo of jzm2500
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a beer tasting event at the 512 brewery a couple of weeks ago. After waiting in line in 95 degree heat for an hour, this brew was PURE. BLISS. Pour was subpar (barely any head) as the servers were zooming around trying to keep everyone's glasses full. There was still a bit of lacing down the glass though. The beer was amber in color with a nose of grapefruit and moderate hops. It had a medium body with smooth carbonation. Prominent flavors are grapefruit and hops up front, fading to a warm maltiness and moderate bitterness lingering on the palate. Hops are definitely there, but not overdone. In my opinion, this was a perfectly balanced IPA.

This is an immensely drinkable and refreshing brew..just what the doctor ordered for a hot summer day. It may have lacked a little in complexity, but this may just be because I guzzled it. More please!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask in Houston. The beer is hazy, copper colored, with little head but as a contradiction there was a lot of lace on the glass. The aroma was great, very strong on fruity hops notes (peach, apricot), but well balanced with a toasty malt backbone. I love IPAs on cask, and this is right at the top of the style in my opinion. The bready/toasty malt tastes come through so well in a cask, I don't know the reason why but they do come through and it's delicious. Long lingering bitterness that's more tasty than acrid. Excellent beer, I ordered 2 despite a huge selection of taps.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Uncle Billy's in Austin.

The beer pours an orange color with a rather large white head. The aroma is citrus hops. The flavor is citrus hops with some nice caramel malts to add a little balance. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Trudy's in a standard pint glass.

Beautiful IPA, this. Tangerine copper hue seems a bit dark for the style, but the creamy taupe head is gorgeous and goes nowhere. Best lacing I've seen in a while, coating the inside of the pint with a continuous, thick layer of foam. Aroma is equally as impressive, with sweet tropical fruits that suggest mango, pineapple, and orange peel. The hops add notes of pine and resin, while the maltiness is biscuity and caramel-rich.

Aggressive restraint to the hops, which hit the palate with a leafy, piny bitterness and grapefruit flesh. Lots of fruitiness too, as per the aroma, but the taste is another dimension of hoppiness (in a very good way). Malts are a bit simplistic, but that's an easy facet to overlook given the plethora of greenness coating the palate. Good body, with a medium-light consistency and a crisp, juicy carbonation level. (512)'s IPA paired nicely with my chimichanga. Had this beer a few times, and I might start reaching for this brew with an increasing frequency, as I'd argue it's one of the best locally-brewed IPA's around. Yum.

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Photo of fjordhook
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark orangish color, opaque in body. A nice IPA smell, high in hops but also has some fruits in it. Taste was a nice change for an IPA, it was definitely hoppy but the fruits really did it for me. It has a good strong bite with a crisp finish. It's not too powerful but there is a definite zing to it.

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Photo of champ103
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper/orange color. A small white head forms, and leaves some sticky lace.
S: Citrus and piny hops up front. Grassy and floral. Lots of mouth watering hops in the nose without being overly bitter.
T: Lots of hops. Citrus, piny, grassy, floral. More bitter grapefruit than I got in the nose. Very light malty sweetness lingers.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very dry and crisp. For me IPA's are hard to session. Though I can put a few of these away with little problems.

A really good IPA, and a great local Texas brew. If you have the means, I would recommend this.

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Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grapefruit and piney hops

T - Follows the nose with citrus and piney hops would like it better with more citrus

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is one good ipa that I'm really enjoying if 512s other beers are this good they'll do just fine worth finding to try

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Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, on tap at Ginger Man in Austin on $3 Texas pint night. Clear, active, copper/orange, modest white head, spotty lacing. SMELL fairly sharp grapefruity hop presence mellows and blends with malty support. TASTE slightly skewed toward grapefrity hoppiness, but fairly balanced with a tocuh of sweet maltyness. Not overly bitter, but it lingers some. FEEL medium body, slightly viscous, drying bitter finish. OVERALL not especially aggressive, tasty, balanced IPA. Texas should be proud of this one.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 07.01.09 in notebook while traveling to the great city.

Nose is nicely hoppy - very uber-American - citric, pine, pungent... almost body odor strength pungency... and spicy hot. Smells heavenly.

Pours dark yellow / pale amber with moderate clarity. Nice head. Looks good.

The hops plunge into a soft foamy sea of malt - creamy, sweet, and toasty/biscuit. Nice hands-off bitterness via hop. Clean hop flavor, amazingly clean for the strength of hop. Also amazing is the balance. Lots of hops, but the malt steps up to take it. Great mouthfeel. Tart and quenchingly sour. Slightly oily. Hop flavor follows nose and is more restrained and less pungent/sharp. Tastes great. Feels great. Great drinkability.

The first time I tried this I found it to be so pungent that I didn't like it at all, I'm so glad a gave it a second try. I wonder if it was my palate or the beer that shifted...

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at the flying saucer in Austin several times now, finally getting around to a review.

A: Slightly hazy copper with a half inch or so of head that hangs around for a few minutes. Some lacing.

S: Floral and herbal notes stand out on this to me. Also, citrus and pine. Malt doesn't really come through, it's definitely overpowered by the hops.

T: Excellent balance. Citrus and pine, and the malts really shine through much more than they did in the nose.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty solid.

D: Very nice beer, I really enjoyed it. Sure seemed fresh.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Austin. Suggested by MiguelMandingo. Great choice!

A: Pours a hazy amber color that leans toward coppery. Two fingers of creamy bubbles form a great head on the beer, which retains well and leaves some lacing down the sides.

S: Having cut my teeth on West Coast IPAs, I'm enthused to smell something different. It's still citrus-forward, in grapefruit, apricot, and orange rind varieties; but unlike WCIPAs, it has a substantial earthy and grassy aroma beneath. Normally I don't like that, but the overall effect is like smelling a freshly mowed garden, and it's mouth-watering. Definitely some caramel and bread in there, as well.

T: Leads off with citrus; it gets slightly floral in the mid-taste before moving on to a big grassy and earthy profile. There is caramel, bread, and perhaps toffee underneath, but the hops definitely take center stage.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. The finish is semi-dry with a lingering earthy bitterness, but nothing too sticky.

D: I'd love to have this again.

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Photo of Squelch
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slight haze. Copper colored. Medium head.

Smell: Citrusy hops. Slight malty aroma.

Taste: Stellar balance between orange bitterness and malt sweetness. One of the best american IPA's I've had flavor wise. I attribute that to the freshness of having it on tap in Austin

Mouthfeel: Almost spot on. Could use a little more body. Carbonation perfect.

Drinkability: one of the better IPA's I've had. Great job

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for sharing the growler...
Appears a hazy, dark orange toned amber with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild collar and film.
Smell is of citrus, orange, herbal, creamy vanilla, and fresh dough.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with citrus and caramel standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, bitey, juicy fruit bubble gum found in the finish.

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks for answering my call for this one!).

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, and all around floralness. Tastes of citrus, pine, floral, lighlty earthy, and some caramel. Had a lighter sweetness to the bitterness.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only one way to celebrate the opening day of the new Austin Ginger Man and that's with some local brews.

Like all their other beers, 512 IPA is something special. A beautiful coppery amber colour with a good two-finger head that lasts. Very floral and fruity in the nose with a good dose of pine that reminds me of being in a timber yard. The hops are fairly restrained in this beer but they certainly let you know that they're here on the palate. Good body with not too much carbonation.

I've had this on cask at the brewery and it's even better. Kevin and Nate know what they're doing.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a pint with the wife at yesterday's (512) spring open house.

This IPA was served a pretty hazy orange color with a good two fingers of white head. Expecting loads of hops, I was immediately surprised by the out-and-out fruitiness in both the nose and taste. I'd compare the fruit taste to the "passionfruit" flavor I've tasted in green teas, juices, etc. Also tasted a floral note in the beer, which had me thinking rose hips, somehow. The hops are still there, however, and provided a light, welcome bite in the finish. (512) IPA was medium-bodied and left my mouth feeling pretty hydrated. On the whole, the beer was unique, delicious and drinkable!

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Brewery. Kevin and Nate put on a cask conditioned IPA just for our homebrew club. Life is sweet!

Poured a seven finger belgian style head of foam. Yes there were some foaming issues here. But no big deal. They weren't trying to serve a bar ful of people...
Smell: Quite a bit different than their regular IPA which I just had a pint of. The yeast is much more apparent than the hops here. More of a bready , yeasty character along with the Simcoe/ Cascade nose. Very nice aroma.
Taste: Nice hops , citrusy piney, along with the malty breadiness of this.
Moutfeel: Very creamy mouthfeel. Did I mention that this was poured out of a guiness tap -- sort of a poor man's sparkler?
Drinkability: tried to have another but the keg quickly ran out. I love IPA's and I love them on cask even more.
A wonderful beer. If you see it on cask DO NOT HESITATE!! Order 2 pints and you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at Opal Devine while sitting on the patio. It was served in a standard pint. The beer is a hazy dark peach with a thickish beige head. Nice lacing.

The aroma is of pinesap and background notes of bread dough.

Nicely bitter with pine, citrus and something earthy in the finish. This is a solid, well put together IPA.

The mouth is oily and slick. Nice effort and it goes down almost to easy!

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Photo of darleys
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy copper color.

Smell - Immediate strong aroma of citrus. Also had an aroma of tea.

Taste - Very interesting hop character. Strong citrus taste reminded me of Odell's or Hopslam. Fairly bitter. Hop character was extremely unique.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Excellent IPA with lots of character that I hope does not change too much moving forward.

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(512) IPA from (512) Brewing Company
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