Shotgun Willie IPA | Peekskill Brewery

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Peekskill Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our tribute to Willie…Shotgun Willie IPA’s aromas of cantaloupe and gooseberry come directly from New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin Hops. Rye and wheat contribute to a distinct dry grain flavor. Pouring pale straw in color with full hop character, this is unlike any IPA you’ve had before.

Added by Billolick on 12-12-2011

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Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear gold yellow color.

The aroma has light citrus, grapefruit.

The flavor follows, but with a lot of white grape and white wine notes. This is my first single hop Nelson and it's really interesting and refreshing. There's maybe a hint of the rye in the back, but also a pine bitterness.

A really easy drinking beer. The light malt backbone really works well with the grape notes from the Nelson. A surprising beer for how interesting it is.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured balmy tropical fruit hop aromas.

The taste was likewise balmy with elements of pineapple and grapefruit. Soft round malts detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full with a residual bitterness.

Overall a smooth and tasty utter hop bomb.

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Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to the area Jeff O'Neil!! Man it is good to have you here.

Very light color, almost straw, topped by a thick cap of off white foam that hangs in there and leaves ample lace on the pint glass.

Lots of citrus and tropical in the medium strength nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and neutral sweet combine with wee hints of pine and floral for a delectable aroma.

What a great taste. All the goodness of the aroma with some light lemon and spicy alcohol mixed in. Clean, balanced, bright, and intense, this is what most IPA's promise and few deliver.

Very easy drinking, yet highly viscous, with low/med. carb, and a superb finish.

What a great beer. Hopefully Peekskill will now succeed well enough to give you the chance to try this, as it, pardon the French, is Fucking Killer!

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed two fresh pints of this one on tap at the brewery.

One of the first brews created by the new brewer, Jeff O'Neal of Ithaca Brewery fame.

Pours lighter tangarine, under a frothy off white head, that leaves generous webs of lace and sheeting

Fruity and pungent hopped up nose.

This is a hoppy, fruity, big and bold IPA, that curreently is tasty quite fresh. Melon, grapefruit, berries, hops, some pepper on the back end, a lot going on here and its all good stuff. Hoppy goodness, fruity intrigue and doubt this is the best beer I've ever had from PBC. Bartenders were saying they have been selling a ton of this stuff, it's easy to understand why...

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Photo of Durge
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear, yellow gold color with a giant white pile of foam on top and gobs of lacing. The aroma is citrus with hay/grass sharpness and an interesting swampy yeast. The flavor is hopped up with salt water taffy citrus intensity. Relatively simple but make no mistake, this is one bitter brew with lots of flavor. The body is medium-plus but the carbonation is fairly aggressive and makes for a very lively, refreshing feel that really delivers the bite to your tongue. But there is also a creamy quality to this exceptional IPA . This definitely lived up to expectations and would have to be among the better IPA's I've had the pleasure of drinking!

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Photo of jrnyc
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have given up on writing formal reviews, lets face it, I don't have the expertise to describe every last ounce of a beer! But I know what I like and what I don't like.

Picked up a growler from the brewery. They have a sophisticated counter pressure system so big props for that and the preservation of fresh growler.

Smell of this is awesome. Spent as much time smelling as drinking.

Very nice taste, I am big fan of Nelson hops. Nice finish to this beer, but a bit thin and watery in the middle.

Very nice beer, had an enjoyable afternoon/evening of drinking this. Well done Peekskill, I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

32oz Growler

A big huge thanks to Mark for grabbing me this growler. Thumbs up! Shotgun Willie is light. Straw golden as it pours but becoming more apricot as it fills the glass. The head is wispy and pure white. A hard pour produces a short crown that settles to an island with a fat ring surrounding. The foam leaves sheer, but coating, lace down the glass. Looks pretty purty.

I could smell this beer the second the top popped on the growler and it's slam packed with fruit. Tropical notes run from front to back and in commanding style. Papaya, passionfruit, mango, and pineapple all have their specific nook. White grapes also play a part, though minor. The malt profile is pale with a soft sugar cookie sweetness. My mind may be playing tricks on me but there's even a mild spiciness from the addition of rye. A minor peppery alcohol bite brings up the rear. My mouth is watering.

The flavor profile is as jam packed with juicy fruitiness as the nose led on. Ripe pineapple is first and foremost. The white grapes are constantly on the periphery while passionfruit and mango pop in the middle through the finish. The malt profile adds enough sweetness that it makes me think of natural tropical fruit sweetnessof the variety the hop profile brings. The rye spice is is there but soft and in the back. I'm a big fan.

The weight is moderate with a luxurious mouthfeel from the wheat addition, soft and velvety like the fat girl we always liked but never admitted to... Anyway, the carbonation is on the low side of the spectrum which makes for a slow mover, which works perfectly in this beer. The finish eventually dries out and a moderate bitterness lingers with the tropical remnants.

While Chief has made some great beer in the past at Ithaca and as much as I like LeBleu and Brute, if I had to reach for one of his creations to keep me company, Shotgun Willie is near the top of the list. Let me mention that I get weak in the knees when there's a well made Nelson hopped IPA, so take this as you will, but I could drink this all day long. It's dripping with juiciness, it luxurious, it's insanely drinkable, and most importantly it's flat out delicious. Thanks again, Mark!

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Photo of iBeer16
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: pours a light opaque golden color with a 2" white head. Leaves a lot of nice lacing

S: nose is very hoppy. Expected for an ipa. Has a scent of cantsloupe and gooseberry as expected from description.

T: strongest taste are the cantaloupe and the gooseberry. Starts of extremely sweet with mostly cantaloupe flavor. then the gooseberry shines through. Finally finishing hoppy but still remaining a bit sweet from the cantaloupe.

Overall, an interesting flavor for an ipa but I do like the product. Hop level is more of a pale ale then an ipa and nose of hops is a lot stoneground than the taste. Interesting but definitely not a bad choice.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the PB. Poured into standard pint. Slightly cloudy orange/golden. Nice head with lacing retention.
Smells of bitter fruity hops. Taste is of a nice hop bite with citrus and fruit. You really get the hop flavor without it being too bitter. Its a very mild IPA, but full of flavor. Really tastey. I cant wait to have again. Great brew.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first Peekskill Brewery beer. I'm fortunate to have family down this way, so when Chief left Ithaca, it was bitter sweet to know I could still get some of these brews.

A- shotgun pours a hazy straw yellow with good foam that subsides to an thin, thin layer on the surface. Slight lacing clasps to the edges of the pint glass

S- a dank hop scent that is very citric and bitter simultaneously. There is a fine grain scent in the profile that fairly combines with the hop bitterness

T- the bitter blast of grapefruit with a dry flavor is all over this brew. A few things also contribute such as a pale wheat flavor as well. The citric bitterness is outstanding in the brew

M- carbonation and bitter syrupy flavor all over the taste of the brew

O- a great tasting bitter ipa with a dry offering at the end. The mango and pineapple hop theme is all over this one. Nice IPA!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub

A burnt orange body with a good amount of cloudiness from the rye. A thin off-white cap clings to the sides and leaves some spider web lacing behind.

Heavy handed on the rye, nice. Dry, grass seed like rye notes with some citrus and pine. Notes of grapefruit and lemon poke through with a touch of alcohol creeping in on the back end.

The flavor hops are a little restrained on the palate. The rye is not bashful, rising to center stage with some earthy notes and a touch of citrus. A moderately bitter finish is pretty damn dry and filled with earthy, grass seed-like spice.

Medium bodied, lower carbonation, which seems to work pretty well.

Love the big rye profile, very good nose, but lacking in a little hoppy flavor towards the end of the palate. Well-made rye ipa. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of beertunes
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to CaveDave for sending this beauty along. Poured into straight pint glass. A sharp hiss as the growler was cracked open, and a lightly hazy straw-gold beer was poured. About an inch of fluffy, white head topped the beer, and had decent retention and very good lacing.

A nice lemony hop scent filled the OKComputer's kitchen when the cap was popped, and in the glass a gentle grain scent was underneath that big blast of hops. On the tongue, that very light malt presence was barely noticeable under the avalanche of fruity hops, and I thought I had a bit of pine at the back as well.

The body, while a bit thinner than I like in the style, was very crisp, clean, and smooth, with a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, we agreed that we would drink the hell out of this brew were it local to us. Overall, a very, very good beer that borders on excellent. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DeCicco's growler fill

A: Darker than straw...goldenrod and luminesce. So clear your blind grandma could read a newspaper thru it. Had an overflowing pearl white head that had to be slurped, but disappeared before I could sit down. Really nice lacing though.

S: Really lovely, perfect southern hemisphere hop profile. Silky, sweet fruit notes of melon, green papaya,

M: It's been sitting in a swing top growler for 6 days...still the carb level is underwhelming; too creamy, too smooth for the hefty and weighty body that rye contributes.

T: So the rye seems to overwhelm the nuances contributed by the hops in my opinion making it a tad bland on the palate. Odd, considering the fuller body. Peppery spicing is predominant to me; white grape and slightly vinegary. Finishes nicely, thistly and dry. Slight citrus, lime zest, breadfruit. I fell teased, and wish it were juicier. This isn't necessarily

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