Hippie I.P.A. | Buckeye Brewing Company

Hippie I.P.A.Hippie I.P.A.
226 Ratings
Hippie I.P.A.Hippie I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-04-2002

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of GimpyCane
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearence: poured a medium amber hue w/ a 1 inch rocky off white head.

smell:moderate malt, light on the hops, toffee, and a some hint of flower

taste and mouthfeel: started off caramel sweet and ended dry bitter sweet, light to medium body, fizzy carbonation

drinkability: pleasant

Overall, IMO this was an average IPA, not as bold as Stone or DFH, but its a good brew to drink.

 392 characters

Photo of Osiris9588
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber. The color is a deep amber with a bronze hue. The off-white head is creamy, showing decent retention, leaving behind substantial big-bubbled lacing.

The smell is of spicy hops, citrus, suble malt, and grass. The taste is lemon, caramel malt, bitter hops, spice, and a nutty burnt finale.

The mouth is a little lightweight, bright on the front, burnt and bitter on the back, laced with light sugar. However, the hop flourish at the end is not as muscular as some IPAs.

The drinkability is solid. Let is warm for a mellower, more satisfying overall experience. Not earth shattering, but enjoyable.

 634 characters

Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber -> goblet

Pours a clear rusty amber with a massive head, although the beer shows little carbonation. Standard pours result in half beer/half head. The head settles slowly with clumps. Not bad looking at all. Leaves patchy ringed lacing, impressive.

Piney hops with a touch of pineapple. Malts are very apparent as well, some sweet bread in there also. Smell is well balanced.

Taste is heavy delicious malts up front with a nice dry hop kick. Dry lingering buttery after taste, with minimal bitterness. Very impressed.

Mouthfeel is medium to full. Just right for the style.

Drinkability is high as this is one tastey brew, that doesn't overpower the taste buds. The ABV seems to be a mystery but i'd guess around 6. Recommended.

 758 characters

Photo of daliandragon
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see a real craft beer movement afoot in the Buckeye state. Between these guys, GLBC in Cleveland, Barrel House and Mt. Carmel in Cincinatti, bars have some laudable local choices to offer their customers. This Hippy boasts a cloudy copper body with a relentless, mighty tan head. Nose weighs in with spices, citrus, sugars, hops and a hint of alcohol.

Taste invites tight, buzzing hops, particularly in the aftertaste, and a bitter, refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is active and could be a little smoother.

This is a solid, drinkable IPA. It's nice to know that the denizens of Ohio are starting to pay attention to the beer they drink and demanding more than BMC.

 676 characters

Photo of rabsten
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, brown-tinted amber, three finger head. Laces decently.

Malt and hops. Balanced, but nothing special. You can definitely tell it’s a pale ale of some kind.

Assertive flavor. More malt than you’d get from the smell; more hops, too. Some cloves appear in the aftertaste. Well balanced. Nice.

Crisp, perhaps a little overcarbonated. Stays on the palate for a long time.

Decently drinkable. I’d think I’d prefer not to have another right now, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t have a second one if the opportunity arose.

Bottom line: Solid, well balanced IPA.

 581 characters

Photo of cokes
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More brown than most, with its amber-sienna hues below a fleeing beige dome.
The nose is wet and grassy, backed with bagels, and generalized dry maltiness, perked with sprigs of ganja.
Caramel and dough prevail up front. And generally linger is stasis. as it slowly fades towards its inevitable hop finale of mint, lemon peel and fresh picked herbs.
Light bodied, considering, and loose in the mouth.
While generally okay, this seems to strongly strive towards a hop bomb that it cannot truly realize.

 507 characters

Photo of cproioi
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark reddish color with a off white head that left decent lacing. The body showed little sings of carbonation in it. The aroma and taste was of very pine cone and floral hops. It had no malt backbone to try and balance out the hops aroma and taste. It left a lingering bitter after taste in my mouth from the medium bodied beer. It was nice to try but I wouldn't buy this one again.

 401 characters

Photo of kirok1999
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Almost blew the cap off the 22oz bomber when I opened it.

Appearance- Light copper with a gigantic head that quickly overflows the glass on a hard pour.

Smell- Hops are pine, citrus and grass. Malt is there to give some balance but not enough.

Taste- Grassy hops, grainy and bready.

Mouthfeel- The most carbonated beer I've ever sampled. It foams in your mouth like champagne. I find it almost undrinkable, you're simply swallowing air.

Drinkability- Be prepared to burp. Not a bad flavor but the carbonation ruins it.

 536 characters

Photo of trep
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Sort of murky orange with some yeasty floaties.

Piney hops and solid caramel malt aromas with some floral citrus as well.

Solid malt background with bitter hops that fades to sweet malt and floral hops.

Medium body and somewhat drinkable despite the obvious high ABV. Not sure of the exact ABV but i'm guessing somewhere between 7 and 8.

 364 characters

Photo of bruachan
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

grabbed it to-go at the winking lizard for the tour, poured it into my brooklyn/lizard nonic

pours with a billowing head. not-so-brilliant reddish amber color
bready and biscuity malt aroma plays with the piney floral hop scents. hmmm...i think there's simcoe in here; not a fan. the flavor is mostly hop, though i detect some malt lurking in there—mostly up front. moderate to strong bitterness (for an ipa with one "i")

you know, it's a decent beer. it's just not exciting. maybe i won't count that against it

 519 characters

Photo of OStrungT
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark cloudy rust color. It has a white head that fades fast, leaving a small layer on the top of the beer. It leaves many thick laces.

The aroma of this one ais rather week. I get a slight grassy hop aroma mixed with some pine. That is it, and it is barely present. Just to make sure it is not just my nose, I even smelled some flowers my wife has sitting around. Definately the beer.

After such a week aroma, I was plesently surprized to find the taste quite good. It is mild, but at least I can taste something. It tastes grassy, with some pine hop flavor. It has a slight citrus flavor to it. It has a very slight sweet flavor lingering in the finish also.

This beer is quite smooth. It leaves a slight piney aftertaste. It is carbonated well for the style.

I think this would make an excelent session beer. It dosent taste bad at all, and I can see myself having quite a few of these. Also, I think it is relatively low in alcohol, so that wouldnt be a problem. Ultimately, this beer is pretty good except for that little lack of aroma problem. Thanks ArrogantAngler for bringing it to me form home.

 1,134 characters

Photo of AltBock
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber bottle with no picture of a hippie but with a simple white label with an Ohio state flag and in the circle they have a picture of a barrel. There is no back label, but on the side there is the address of the brewery and on the other, the usual govt. warning. Don't bother to look for a date, there isn't one anywhere.

Appearance: When poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint glass, the beer was a nice dark amber color with a 1 finger head of white foam. It had nice retention leaving behind little lace and plenty of rings around the glass.

Smell: When I first popped the cap, piny hops came gushing out of the bottle! When poured the piny hops remained up front with sweet citrus fruits in the background.

Taste: To be honest, I thought this beer would bland, but was actually quite surprised by it. Plenty of bitter piny hops in the beginning, then the sweet citrus fruits, and this all ended with very little malt in the background. It wasn't overly hopped like most, it was just right for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and with a aftertaste of strong piny hops and sweet citrus fruits.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer, it wasn't too bitter and one of their really affordable beers. I got this for $3.79 while most of them are in the $4.00 or above range. I could go for another of these beers!

 1,370 characters

Photo of cheers2beers
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice dark amber almost apple cider tint, with a cream colored head. Produces nice legs and even a bit of beading.

Smell: Cirus hops, oranges and some lemons as well. A mildly sweetened malt seems to blend itself quite well with the hops. No traces of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I had anticipated, but nevertheless it is indeed a good hop quaff. Almost seems lacking in the hops but has a good maltygoodness to it. Has a lavender taste as well as a hint of alcohol but not much.

Mouthfeel: Has a slick grainy feel to this one. Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation. Finishes with a alcohol and bitter hop quality.

Drinkability: I could see myself buying up a few sixers of this and just enjoying the evening. Just a good all around kind of beer.

Special thanks to babyhobbes for sending me this in the Beer Across America BIF event.


 904 characters

Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy amber color with a huge head that has great retention, leaves great lacing, and takes forever to pour. The aroma has a lot of caramel malt with plenty of sweetness along with a huge smack of pine hops. The flavor is all hops as well. Mostly pine and citrus. The malts really don't come through very well at all in the flavor because there is so much hop going on. The body is very thick and the drinkability is very good. I'd prefer a little more malt in the flavor.

 491 characters

Photo of granger10
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big time carbonation on the pour. A nice murky copper amber color with a huge tan head. Head recedes at a moderate rate then holds at about an inch. Lacing is moderate at best though. Aroma is a combination of flowers and pine along with a bit of syrup in there. Taste begins with piney flavors and some neutral malts. Biscuit lies underneath. The maltiness really isn't sweet to me but more neutral in holding the hops. The hop flavors are really good with the bitterness secondary. More bitter hops come in the finish but along with some residual sugars which coat the mouth. In the end it's dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is average only because of the over carbonation and the thicker body which muddles the flavors at times. Also, the hops are way dominant here, it works, but the malts really are quite weak in comparison. No matter, overall this is definitely a good beer.

 877 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Hippie IPA pours from the bomber a nice deep amber orange color with a fluffy, creamy half inch of head that persists atop the brew. Aromas of sweet caramel and crystal malts collide with a robust citrusy, grapefruity hop presence that also brings along a bit of a floral, piney aroma. A bit earthy as well. Nice.

First sip brings a crystal, caramelly slightly chalky maltiness along with a bitter wall of citric, grapefruity earthy hops. The bitterness runs across the entire palate as the brew finishes with a bread dough aftertaste. Hoppy throughout...this is a big earthy, citric IPA that seems to be a bit one sided with the bitterness. I was expecting a bit more out of this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a big burst of carbonation that flows all over the mouth. Fairly easy to consume with lingering hoppy bitterness after each sip. The flavor seems a bit muddled, otherwise I think this would be a real winner. Picked this up in Dayton, OH...worth a try but not worth going out of your way for.

 1,019 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy deep copper to amber color beer, it is topped by a frothy tan head with amber highlights. The aroma has a sweet, almost sticky caramelized citrus note to it; with both a solid malt and hop contribution. I get notes of tangerine, candied orange peel, and something akin to a caramel glazed bready character.

The body of this beer has a certain heft to it, which coats the palate and lingers a bit without being cloying. There is a solid malty sweetness here, and it is in good balance with the hop levels. That is to say that this is a bit on the tame side, at least hop wise, for an IPA. The combination of the malt sweetness and the flavorful hop additions give this beer a sort of hop nectar type note. There are notes of orange, tangerine, floral nectar, . The beer finishes with a solid bitter contribution that has a hint of astringent hop character along with a lingering caramelized orange note.

This beer is very well balanced for an IPA, lots of hops of course, but also a substantial malt profile that is noticeable in its own right. This beer is quite nice, though it is a little to sweet and malty to be quaffable, it is an easy sipping beer that allows me to slowly work my way through this 22oz bottle.

 1,243 characters

Photo of warriorsoul
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one of 2 IPA's from Buckeye BC.
Holy carbonation...this one fizzes w/ the pop of the cap and produces 4 fingers worth of sudsy white head...produces some decent lace, but does not last long...beer is light copper in color.
The carbonation really distracts the aroma, but I can detect sweet malt and a decent spiced hop base.
The taste is what saves this one...it has a nice bitter hop bite and a subtle sweetness in the finish. Bitterness lingers a bit too long on the pallet.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin and while the carbonation is high, it is not over the top as it appears.
I will drink this bomber w/ little effort, but this one will not be on my radar anytime soon.

 699 characters

Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of richlikebeer...
Appears an orange amber with a fluffy white head. Tiny lacing is left behind.
Smell is of biscuity malt and orange/citrusy hops.
Taste is of the same pleasant aromas with nothing more to be said.
Mouthfeel is a bit acidic and citrus, and medium bodied.
Drinkability is good. I enjoyed the flavors from this Ohio brewery.

 360 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber hophead fix at $4 USD, bought at Chuck's close to the brewery. Good floral hop aroma, very steady and drinkable IPA, some dryness in there like tasting the leaf, but malted over for a balanced taste. Grapefruity citrus and toned down but evident astringency that is good with food.

 290 characters

Photo of bigbubba
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice copper color with a light tan head. The head subsides fairly quickly but not completely. The smell is simply hops. It smells good, but not particularily complex or special. The taste is very good. It is sweet and malty at first, then the hops kick in. There is a bitter-sour finish. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not too thin (which I hate). It is very refreshing. Drinkability is pretty good. I'm glad they are fairly inexpensive.

 450 characters

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the BBC pub.

I recall the dark copper color of this beer and it still impresses. Lack of any head deflates the appearance somewhat. Scant lacing of the glass. Nose is again all hops. Citrus, pine cones, earthy-grassy notes abound. Not quite as intense as I recall. Flavor is, as expected, hoppy. Not quite as bitter or dominant as the '76 from BBC (which I *much* prefer), Hippie is more tame. Some malt balancing is evident. Dry finish, with a snap of hop twang and just a hint of a grainy aftertaste. Not as smooth as I remember. nor as drinkable. Maybe my palate is getting more sensitive to some of the nuances in beer, but this was just "good".

 662 characters

Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I can’t say as I’ve spent all that much time in Ohio. I’ve passed through on a few occasions. I even wrote a quasi-famous poem about the place. But I have no special reference for the local culture. When I see the word “hippie” though, I think of longhaired freaky peaceniks who like to kick off their shoes and prioritize a friendly beer over a boring job. In other words, hippies look exactly like the guy that’s been hanging out in my bathroom mirror for the past twenty years.

I imagine the word has a similar connotation in the American heartland, though I see no reference to this on the label of Hippie IPA or on the Buckeye website. I’ll just have to assume their beer is a tribute to mellow people everywhere.

As for Hippie IPA, it’s a pleasure to drink. The hops are a synergistic mix of Cascade and Northern Brewer, making for a distinctive blend of English and Pacific Northwest flavors. The aroma moves deftly from green and grassy, to piney and resinous. The body is unfiltered amber with a full finger of suds and sustained CO2. The taste first caught me by surprise. It is fairly unique. It’s creamy, with solid bittering – perhaps too much bittering. The balance comes to 80 IBUs. This tends to add some chalk to the mouthfeel, though an influx of dextrins keeps the overall feel rounded and smooth.

I don’t know what the ABV is, but Hippie IPA doesn’t feel to strong. Just right for sessions I would think. Special thanks to cmaruschak.

 1,480 characters

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color clear with a nice head made up of big bubbles that fall to film of thin bubbles. Not much lace, but some does manage to stick to the side of the glass.
Aroma is familiar and nice grapefruit and hints of citrusy orange peel with hints of pine underneath on top of light sweet caramel malt, but the hops dominate.
Taste is like the aroma light caramel malt with nice citrus flavors enhanced by active carbonation in the mouthfeel. Flavors are crisp with light lasting hop coating of some pine resin.
Mouthfeel is nice around medium with carbonation adding some zip to the flavor.
Drinkability is good nice refreshing beer but has a good flavor and a decent amount of hops. A nice regular IPA would make a good summer sessons brew. Nothing amazing but tonight it hits the spot and hard to find any falts. Thanks again go to merlin48 for this sample.

 876 characters

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, courtesy of brewedlyhooked13. Pours a bubbly copper orange body with a generous two finger almond head that holds for several minutes. Excellent patch lacing. Aroma has an assertive pink grapefruit note with a hint of orangepeel and a kiss of pine cone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit overcarbonated. Taste is dominated by citrusy hops with a hint of pine. Subdued caramel malt backbone is solid enough to balance. Some fruity notes of tart green apple are picked up midway through. Well balanced, overall, and never overly bitter. Very well made American IPA from the Buckeye State.

 603 characters

Hippie I.P.A. from Buckeye Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 226 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.