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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.02/5  rDev -36.7%
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 mactrail
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Dark reddish-orange amber color in the wine glass. Plenty of spritz. Sharp and harsh sensation. After some sipping it gets to be really, really bitter. I guess the word for the hops is "insane." I thought hops were expensive? But it's essence of hops, or more like hop stew.

I can't think what makes this even slightly likeable-- I won't go so far as to say it's drinkable-- but it does have an expansive flavor of hops across the spectrum. I think this should be called gratuitous hopping. "Why? Because we can!" It's like waggin' your weezer in public. Not that there's anything wrong with that. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Chaos in Eugene.

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

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pounder can picked up tonight at Brewer's Haven.. Poured into my HotD goblet.. nice off white head sticks around for a while.. the brew is slightly hazed light amber.

The aroma shows minor citrus hops and too big pale/slightly lesser caramel malts.. Should not smell this malt forward.

Good hop bitterness up front but gets muddy with the hops on the flavor.. only decent citrus and some background floral hops.. odd hop bite comes back on the finish.. not very balanced... I see the bones, but there is very little linkage at this point.... the thicker malt sorta makes things seem less than fresh.

Seems too thick.. too much residual maltiness...

IMO this IPA needs to be dialed in a bunch.

3.5/3.25/3.25/3.25/3.25

There are a lot of Seven Brides brews hanging around in Boise right now... I will try and scope them out when I can.

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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 cjgiant
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours the orange side of amber, hazy, with some edge head, minimal lacing. The nose does seem to be lacking a bit, clay-like, no real bouquet.

The taste does have a little bit of a caramel beginning, which hits for a second but then fades as the bitter hops starts to take over. However, it dies make a presence in this hop bomb. Orange rind, maybe a little grapefruit, light amount if pine. The beer does tend to mellow as it warms.

I enjoyed this beer as, despite the IBU of 105, there was more to the character. I would counter this with the fact that the IBU don't really provide a strong feel.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of anteater
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin head but good retention, hazy copper colored body.
The aroma is all lemon and grapefruit. Bold and standard.
The taste is mild at first, almost watery, then building bitterness to the end.
Lower carbonation and medium body.
A normal IPA in the big world of IPAs.

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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 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 sharpski
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of CoryR
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aquazr1
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jakecattleco
3/5  rDev -6%

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 woemad
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Spikester
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with almost no head. Few lacings.
Smells like pine pitch with a touch of fruit.
Big whack of piney hops, some leather, a bit of grapefruit. Some sweetness from the malts.
Mouthfeel is just OK with fairly low carbonatiom.
Overall a very bitter hoppy beer with a less than stellar hop selection. Lovers of bitter should like it though. I like a bit more variety in the hop flavors.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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 JVan
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Frankenlou's IPA from Seven Brides Brewing
3.19 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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