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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

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31
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75
Avg:
3.19
pDev:
27.27%
 
 
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 75
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 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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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 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 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 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 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 vkv822
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

22oz into SN IPA Glass.

Dark, amber red with a thick, foamy off white head and spotty lacing.

Resinous hops, lightly boozy, hints of citric hops, and a solid caramel malt backbone.

A well done IPA. Nothing particularly memorable, but not poorly executed either.

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Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of Docer
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filled up a growler of this at Plew's Brews for $7.

- Quite the dark amber/copper color, rather clear, and a fluffy spotty thin head with bubbly lace about the glass.

- Some sweet caramel malt aromas, brown sugars, molasses, grassy and earthy hop aroma with a touch of pine and citrus. Overall not too bad.

- Quite the malt forward IPA. Lots of sweet caramel grain, husky bready barley, bitter grassy hops, light candy but a little phenolic and metallic.

- Medium bodied, syrupy, and overall well carbonated. Bit sticky and chewy in the finish.

- Overall this brew needs some fine tuning. It is a bit too far of the mark for the style with my taste at least. There is a metallic rusty bandaid-like flavor which tells me there may be too much chlorine in the water that was used.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Photo of loren01
2.11/5  rDev -33.9%
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 djeucalyptus
3.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a decently shimmery dark honeyed hue with a creamy tan two-finger head that has impressive retention and leaves some nice lacing.

aroma is earthy bitter hops, some pale malt, and more hops. hints of pine, honey and more hops.

taste is pure bitter hops. tastes like liquid hop extract, pine needles, a touch of grapefruit pith, and some honey. as the label proclaims, this one is bitter... but at the sacrifice of substantial and vibrant hop flavor. as it warms, more honey and caramel malt comes through, as does more alcohol heat and more bitterness.

mouth is full and thick with a touch of creaminess and just enough fervent carbonation to prevent it from being cloyingly syrupy.

If you like pure liquid bitterness, this one is pretty solid. but if you're hoping for some true hop flavors, this one is unfortunately significantly lacking.

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Photo of gandres
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22 ounce bottle to glass
Appearance: light amber, hazy, cloudy, white foam
Aroma: strong aroma of hops
Taste: very bitter
Palate:full body, thick feel, lively, long finish
Overall: good beer, tried because of the 100+ IBU not for repeat and not looking forward to
Drank: April 10, 2016

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Photo of velosuds
2.71/5  rDev -15%
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 boralyl
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 10.28.11

A - Pours a cloudy with a dark copper hue. 2 inches of creamy off-white head sits on top and slowly fades leaving some sticky lace.

S - Smells very resinous and piny with tiny notes of caramel.

M - Medium in body with sharp carbonation.

T - The taste consists mainly of an abundance of resinous, piny hops, as detected in the nose. The hops are relentless and stick to the inside of your mouth. There doesn't appear to be much of a malt body to withstand the hops dosage. Very bitter on the finish. This beer is like biting into a hop cone, a bit too much for me.

I love a hoppy beer, but this is a little too one dimensional, especially with the huge selection of hoppy brews in the north west.

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Photo of macpapi
2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Photo of robbrandes
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, into a wine glass (fundraiser dinner, no choice on glassware!)

Pours much darker than i expected. Slightly hazy, amber color, robust head and nice retention. My glassware may have had a bit of a minimizing effect, but I was a bit underwhelmed with the aroma on this one. Nothing wrong with the hop characteristics, just need more of 'em!

Taste is a strong blast of piney hops, with a bit of citrus and a reasonable malt balance. However, if this is '105 IBUs', I suggest seven bridges check their calcs or re-run the AA on their hops. Unless the bottle I was served from was a year old, there's no chance it's even close to 105.

This would make a safe go to IPA for a summer afternoon, but there are tastier options out there for my fellow hop heads.

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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 demuzik
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%
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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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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