(512) IPA | (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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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Reviews:
78
Ratings:
466
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
26.91%
 
 
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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 champ103
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 mothmanscott
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 hopdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Redrover
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/28/2010

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 Arbitrator
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite readily available IPAs from Austin. 512 makes one of the most reliable out there, wish it was available in cans or bottles. It pours a nice deep golden color, with just enough pine and citrus on the nose. On the palate it is somewhat floral, but the malt is present enough to balance it out. A solid IPA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While in Austin I was able to enjoy a glass of this at the Whip In.

I am very glad to see that the state of Texas is discovering the use of hops in their beers. This version was pretty nice.

The beer is a hazy light amber with a finger of off white head that leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Aroma is fruity, some yeast

Flavor also brings a fair amount of fruit flavors with some citrus/lemon and even a touch of peach. Fairly bitter, but not extremely assertive.

Prickly light carbonation, pretty nice.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This brew produced an awesome 2 finger white foamy head. A really decent amount of lacing gets left behind as the head dissipates. Great head retention. What makes this IPA somewhat unique is that it is a hazy orange copper color, translucent - not transparent like a lot of other IPAs. This does not detract from the brew in any way.

Smell - This is a pretty interesting smelling IPA - fruity and hoppy. Citrusy and apricot-y. Grassy and herbal hops. Caramel and toffee malt build. Definitely stands out as a Texas IPA.

Taste - Delicious. Malty with notes of toffee and caramel with herbal hops. Lots of hop flavor and decent level of bitterness. Green, herbal hop flavor. Fruity with a thin apricot-y without being over the top. Interesting and unique IPA.

Mouthfeel - Great mouthfeel here. It has great carbonation - prickly and lively. Oily and slightly sticky. Medium bodied.

Drinkability - Damn good. This is a great IPA that sticks out from the crowd. Flavorful with a great scent.

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Photo of stinkydaddy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Duttonic
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 09/16/10. On-tap at Dancing Bear in Wacko.

A- Deep amber, sticky, one finger dark-white head, lots of lacing.

S- Caramel, toffee, mild hops, floral, faint alcohol aroma.

T/M- Medium/thick body, bitter, semi-sweet, and chewy.

D- Solid IPA. I wish (512) would start bottling/canning some of their beer, because this would be in my fridge at least once a month.

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Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous, cloudy, glowing burnt orange color with smallish head. Smell is fruity, hoppy and strongly of dried apricot. Taste is fruity, hoppy and big on the dried aprictot flavor. Very flavorful and moderately bittered. Big hop flavor and with less bitterness. Medium to full body with soft to medium carbonation. This is a really well made IPA with big apricot flavor that drinks well. Easily my favorite 512 beer so far. Well done!

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden into a shaker pint. Good finger of foam that holds up even over time.

This brew has a big piney hop aroma that --surprise--comes across on the palate as well. Its reminiscent of a forest, with pine notes dominating. Some pine, some resin, a little chew. Sharp, clean finish. Crisp and refreshing. If I had a lawn to mow I’d make this my lawnmower beer.

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Photo of jzm2500
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 jngrizzaffi
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 rorykanderson
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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 lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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 reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Riccymon
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Hopine
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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
90 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.
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