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Frankenlou's IPA | Seven Brides Brewing

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Frankenlou's IPAFrankenlou's IPA

Brewed by:
Seven Brides Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mcallister on 02-18-2011

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1/5  rDev -69.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.02/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

Pours a murky super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and funky along with malt, caramel, earth, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sour, funk, earth, dirt, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very poor beer that definitely has some infection issues going on, but there are still some hop qualities that come through if that means anything.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of loren01
2.11/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a nice clear orange color, nice sized head with a bit of lacing down the glass
S: My first though is...this can't be an IPA. Doesnt smell remotely of hops. It doesnt smell bad, kinda smells like a spiced up Altbier or something. Very malty/sweet smelling also some spiciness in there as well. Also slight vinegary sour scent....thats probably not a good sign.
T: Sweet malt up front followed by astringent crushed asprin.
M: Thick reisny full bodied pucker you up beer
O: This beer is pretty bad, I love hoppy IPA's but this is a drain pour sorry to say. I kinda wonder if this bottle was infected but I got it from one of the better bottle shops in Portland so you would think it should be fresh??? This is one weird beer.

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Photo of theveganbrewer
2.18/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm going to be blunt. This is a terrible beer. I'd its because its old fine, don't distribute so much beer that you can't sell it before it starts tasting bad. Or but a canning date on the can so I can not waste my money on bad beer.

Appearance Its super dark for an IPA, 15srm! Are you kidding me?

Aroma- Something is off. Bandaids perhaps.

Taste- 105 IBU "with enough hops for three different beers." Not bitter, little hop taste, little to no hop aroma.

I jave to say this was one of the worst beers ive ever had. It was obviously old, but you could tell the new beer that once was was norhing good either.

Do not waste your money on this beer. You will be disappointed.

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2.23/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As a fan of IPA's, this one has a long way to go.

The beer pours a dark muddy orange; little to almost no carbonation on the bottle I tried.

Smell is pleasant; christmas tree pine and spruce.

The taste is hoppy up front; loads of pine and spice. Shortly thereafter there is an unpleasant amount of 'boozy warmth' that seems out of place for the style; expected more in a hefty barleywine, not here. Nothing as far as a pleasant malt backbone or balance; the pleasant hop flavor quickly turns tongue-stickingly-bitter and doesn't leave. Too much tarry resiny aftertaste to entice another sip. If I hadn't blown $4 on this I would retire it halfway through as a DNF...

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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of velosuds
2.71/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Paid $3.99 on sale at local grocer.

A-Clear copper amber with about a one finger, off-white head with modest retention and lacing.

S-Citrusy hops and caramel malts. Faint aroma is too malt dominant and more like an APA. At 105 IBUs and 7% ABV this beer is enigmatic. And, not very good.

T-This is bitter. Just bitter. Don't care for this.

M-Is difficult to discern beyond the overwhelming bitterness. What the Frankenlou was the brewer thinking? I should probably rate this lower, but I am a homer.

O-This is not good at all. Almost a drain pour, since giving me heartburn.

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Photo of Jaymanisgod
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

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2.81/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: coppery gold-brown, slight haze, big layer of spongey yellowy foam with good retention

Aroma: a slightly soapy hop scent with caramelly malt and a bit of roast

Flavor: medium malt sweetness that was surprisingly prevalent for the first few sips; dries out a bit for a hoppy semi-dry finish; THEN the hop bitterness starts to build up until each successive sip begets an evermore throaty bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, astringency

Other comments: I expected more of a punch in the face with hops (given the 105 IBUs). This was more like hops grabbing me by the throat. I bought two 22oz bottles of this thinking I would bring one to my brother in law in Florida so he could try a NW beer with a boat-load of hops, but I don't think I'll bring this. Distinctly underwhelming and poorly composed.

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2.87/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of woemad
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From Notes.
16oz. can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for…some money.

Poured a dark, hazy amber that took on a burnt orange shade when held up to light. Thin, sudsy head despite a somewhat rough pour.

The nose was of fruity and piney hops, in that order.

The taste was of tropical fruit juice and pine sap. There was nowhere near the bitterness one might be led to expect in a beer with a label that claims 105 IBUs.

Sappy, resiny mouthfeel. Very low level of carbonation.

Drinkable, but only just. Increased carbonation would help a lot, along with a more balanced flavor. There was way too much sticky sweet fruitiness

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Photo of macpapi
2.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an amberish color with a pretty thick, fluffy, white head.

On the nose, Frankenlou's has a bit of a creamy pull to go along with hints of pine and a touch of citrus. On the whole, however, this is not a terribly strong aroma.

Taste is dominated by an over-the-top hop presence. Not a bad malt backbone, but the hops totally overwhelm any sense of balance in this beer. Astringency is a bit cloying on the palate. There is a bit of caramel and biscuit flavor, but these are totally overwhelmed by the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is sharp, biting, and overly bitter. Medium carbonation and a moderate-bodied beer on the whole.

Overall this beer packs a definite hop whallop. However, I'm not sure that it really accomplishes much in the areas of balance or drinking satisfaction. If all that you are after is sharp hop bite, then by all means this beer is up your alley. But if you want any sort of nuance in your beer, I would advise against this one.

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Frankenlou's IPA in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pub glass.

Pours a copper/bronze color, hazy, with a creamy two-tone off-white and beige head.

The smell is a sweet candy aroma, caramel and toffee with a hint of pine.

Taste is also very sweet up front with a caramel malt flavor, followed by a bitter pine taste.

Mouthfeel is fairly full for the style, with a clinging character and a bitter sweet aftertaste.

Overall a fairly average IPA. It might be better in the winter season. It's just a little too sweet and cloying for this warm August afternoon.

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -7.4%

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