Frankenlou's IPA | Seven Brides Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Seven Brides Brewing
Oregon, United States
sevenbridesbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 02-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
17.24%
 
 
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Sargully
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of jtosch
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of ImperialStout
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmick
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle...

A: Slightly cloudy, rich, red amber color with a nice fluffy, off white, two finger head. Leaves excellent lace on the sides as the head recedes, and lace stays on the glass as I drink it down.

S: Beautiful hoppy aromas... Lots of pine and citrus rind... spicy. Faint malt sweetness appears under all this hoppy character, with a slight caramel note.

T: Taste follows the nose... A light burnt toast front is quickly over run by the pine needle resin, hoppy punch to the back of the tongue. The pine flavor stays... in fact, seems to intensify in the aftertaste. A little more malty sweetness would have been wonderful, but this beer is designed for Hop Heads.

M: Medium, sticky, creamy feel that is quickly wiped clean by the tongue drying bitterness of the hops. Nice balanced carbonation. Overall nice feel, but the aftertaste hangs on a little long.

D: I've never considered myself a Hop Head, but that may change... I liked this beer. A little long in the aftertaste, but this could quickly grow on me.

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Photo of rluser
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a cold 22oz at the grocery. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy orangy with a bright white head (maybe a bit of color, the lighting at this table is suboptimal). Decent head retention, fading eventually to minimal. Nice lacing -- approaching a good tripel.

S: Piney with perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Someone made snickerdoodles? A good hop aroma.

P: Smooth mouthfeel with substantial body. Somewhat sticky,
but surprisingly self clearing for a beer of this size. After 12
oz, 1oz of water felt sufficient to clear my palate.

F: Quite sweet and very bitter. Few other dimensions. Perhaps with the nose in the glass some hints of citrus. The bitterness lingers and lingers.

O: This is a tasty and appealing beer although not of grand complexity. It certainly showcases American hops and should appeal to hopheads. Rather easy drinking for a beer this big.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Roth's Sunnyside store, S.Salem.$3.99
This appears to be the same beer..but it is 7% and a regular IPA.
Quite dark amber for the typical IPA, with a gorgeous creme coloured thick frothy head.
Hoppy hoppy aromas of course it is 105 IBUs.Spicy,herbal type mostly.
Extremelly bitter,piney hop flavour far more than the nose let on.After the first sip though the tongue becomes aclimatized and its a very nice long piney delicious bitterness.Malt is very strong also but no enough to balance the hop.
OK mouthfeel..not the greates but far from bad.
Overall a very hoppy IPA from 7 Brides. Good stuff if your a hophead.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint-sized can served chilled into an imperial pint glass.

Frankenlou is a dark amber color with considerable hazyness. It even has bits of floating hop or yeast residue. The head is thick and creamy but settles to a thin layer leaving little lacing.

Aroma is very hoppy in a Pacific Northwest kind of way. It has lots of pine and and grapefruit but not much in the way of the fresh citrusy west coast variety.

Flavor is incredibly bitter right off the bat. It has more sweetness but it definately proves its 106 IBU claim on the can. After the first few sips, it starts to mellow a bit but it's still bitingly bitter. Some caramel malts and toast but mostly dominated by hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Not really balanced at all.

Overall a good IPA if you really like your bitterness but not much for hop flavor and aroma. Maybe it needs some more late hop additions.

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Photo of Greels
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Stiffler
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of BigJYoungblood
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DrDaves49
3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my redneck ball jar stemware...(coulda been my vintage beer mug) This was the first beer I've had out of a can for 30 yrs...I'll do a review on the bottle at a later time.

I had a pic, but don't see anywhere to upload it

A. Very nice burnt orange color with a semi-thick head one inch head. Poured at approx. 50 degrees.

S. This one I can smell!, loads of citrus aromas, lime, grapefruit maybe a little orange.

T. First sip was a jaw torquer, I knew instantly I was going to like this beer. Aroma combines with the taste....My opinion is this beer was balanced quite nicely, not to bitter, not to hoppy, not to malty. Just right. Has a semi-dry finish that left my mouth screaming for more. With 105 IBUs I found it quite drinkable. Maybe a little more alcohol burn might help.

M. Medium to heavy body, not what I expected from a can, just the way I like it. Palate wrecker? Not for me, at least out of the can. The first Frankenlou's I tried was out of a bomber into a vintage mug.
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O. This isn't a sissy beer and some may not care for it. For me, would I purchase again, absolutely!

Another post asked if you tasted any beers that were same or close, this one, to me was on par with Unita Hop Notch. I'll do a review on it also. It will definitely be one of my brews for some time to come.

Okay, a little backtracking....this beer doesn't age well. Almost my second drain pour.

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Photo of trentbent
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I didn't think this was a 'hop-stew' as another reviewer said, though it's a little dank. No freshness date on the bottle as far as I can see. Picked it up on my way out of Portland in the airport.

A- this is probably the darkest looking IPA I've ever seen. It's almost mahogany and cinnabar. Nice off-white foam that takes its time settling, and fair amount of clingy lacing.

S- It smells of cinnamon and pine, some lemon cleaner citrus as well; generally dank, also notes of caramel and chocolate. Really, there's a lot going on in this beer. It's a little bit out of control, which is what others might not like, though i can dig the thickness.

T- It tastes of some boysenberries, lemon, cherry, lasting piney bitterness on tongue that can be unpleasant and heavy with the alcohol bite that follows.

M- crisp and a little heavy, it's almost like a hoppy strong ale.

O- This feels like a sort of experimental brew, not focused on balance at all, so good to try if you're just trying to see what-all hops can do in whatever setting, which I am at the moment.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass; enjoyed on its own without food first then with a tasty sandwich.

A: dark honey with orange hints;full head
S: some nice fresh hops (grapefruits), fresh bread; pleasant but not complex
T:simple, one dimensional, some bitterness and alcohol on the finish (quite warm); pleasant but not that interesting. Bitterness lingers; not at all noticeable with food. This beer actually tastes much better with food.
M: good, pleasant
O: a nice beer that I enjoyed much more with food than on its own. As a matter of fact, it's really good with food.

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Photo of elihull
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerisGod
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is described on the bottle as a hop monster, for good reason. Golden orange color, ok white head with a little lacing when poured in a glass. Piney hop aroma. Hop forward flavor with a bit of a sweet malty finish. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but not close to being the worst either.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedBiddy
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You know how it is when you you experience quality and everything you compare afterwards just doesn't seem to quite measure up? This is what I get from Frankenlou's. A very fine IPA no doubt. Nice appearance, great frothy head, a scent that reminds me of hiking through old-growth forests, a bitter-sweet taste that makes me want to pucker for a kiss, an aftertaste that is the QRS heart rhythm that is preparing you for the next taste. All that this beer offers I truly appreciate but it just doesn't quite get me to the level of my first, and longest lasting, IPA love - Lagunitas Maximus.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2015-08-08
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. If there's a date, I don't see it. Brought to me by @mr-jj.

Pours hazy amber with a medium-large head that fades slowly and has a lot of carbonation. Smell is lemon, lemon rind, flowers and pine.

Taste is intense lemon rind bitterness with a surprising, slow, subtle sweet finish. But that lemon rind bitterness builds sip-to-sip, and that sweetness is delicate. If that was accentuated a little more, or the lemon rind bitterness was damped a little bit, this beer would have some serious potential. As it is, it's heavily overbalanced to the bitterness. Luckily, I do like the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is nice, fluffy, airy, very pleasant. Overall...like I said, this beer could be better. I like it, though.

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Photo of ccrida
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a nonic, Frankenlou's IPA is dark orange with an off-white head that is thick and foamy, like sea-foam, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is slightly sweet malt and orange hops, with some butterscotch.

Taste is chewy malt, biscuit, with a very earthy hop flavor and a firm bitterness. I would have liked more citrus and pine hop flavor, as there's only a little sweet tangerine on the back-end before the IBU assault at the finish.

Mouthfeel is a touch thick malt wise, but it has a slightly watery feel as well, like a cask ale. Dry.

Drinkability is ok, this is not my style of IPA, but the malt is not as formidable as it looked, i just don't like the skew of hops away from west-coast flavoring towards earth and heavy bittering.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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