Seventy-Six ('76)
Buckeye Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
4.02 | pDev: 10.45%
Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Seventy-Six ('76)Seventy-Six ('76)
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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a summer release so it should be pretty fresh. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, floral, grass, lemon zest, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and minimal cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around nice balance of hop and malt notes; and quite smooth to sip on. No complaints, a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew. Blast of hops in the mouth on this one. Strong salty and citrus tones. Nice consistent flavor. It doesn't really go anywhere on the flavor profile. Stays on one track, and that's fine by me really. It's pretty easy to drink, considering the style. If you see this one available, I vote to go for it. I'm appreciating these many IPAs and DIPAs I've had lately that just give a good drinking experience as opposed to being all showy.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-orange clear liquid. A large amount of carbonation creates a fluffy white head that sits on top of the brew throughout the drink.
Smell is amazing. The hops smell so fresh and bright. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, and flowery hops. Amazing scents, one of the best I have ever smelled.
Tastes are really strong on this double IPA. Intense hop tastes of grapefruit. A bit of piney earthiness and malty sweetness as well.
Mouthfeel has a thickness to it. Dries out the mouth a bit, leaving one to take another sip.
Drinkability is good on this brew from Buckeye. Great local Cleveland beer that I would recommend to anyone. Go out of your way to find this beer and get it. Great stuff!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of kirok1999, thanks Mark! Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a small white head. Retention and lacing are both average.

Smells like sugary malt, toffee and green grape fruitiness. Not really all that pleasant, although there are parts of it that shine well enough. Ive had enough Buckeye offerings to say this has the same tropical fruit yeast/hop combo.

Taste is toffee, citricly tropical hops with a shit-ton of bitterness. I am not sure I can distinguish this a whole lot from the Hippie IPA, they seem very similar too me. Body is lacking and the beer jumps from flavoring hop to bittering without any flow and softness in between. I like some of the hop flavors, but overall the bomber is a bit hard to finish by myself.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Citrusy and piney hop resins noted up front. Mild caramel malt notes in the background as it warms. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Nearly clear amber pour with a low sticky white head that retains well.

Flavor: More piney and resiny hop notes up front. Pleasant biscuit-like and caramel malt notes follow. Balance is firmly bitter and the finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slight slickness and carbonic bite that add to the complexity.

Overall impression: A nice American IPA. A little too malty for my liking but still in style and still hop-forward enough to keep me interested. Worth a try.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Clegolfski as shooting me this one as an extra

Look: Orangish copper color 1/4 white head and no retention and ok lacing

Smell: Floral/veg hops in a very mild form and some caramel malt

Taste: Nice floral hop taste with some orange zest and grapefruit with just a pinch of caramel

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation with a dry finish

Overall: Good IPA not great I would drink this on a hot summer day if the price is right and only if I did not have access to wonderful west coast DIPA's

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Photo of siege06nd
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this in Athens, OH at the Jackie O's release.

A: Pours a crisp, clear light orange-yellow in my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Maybe a half finger white head that settles to a quarter finger quickly. A little more clear and a little paler colored than I have seen in the style, but that doesn't mean it doesn't look tasty.

S: Sweet pineapple and grapefruit. Very very mellow for a DIPA, and I like it.

T: Citrus right up front, followed by a prominent hoppy bitterness as the oils wash over the palate. Finished very smooth, with a light lingering citrusy bitterness. Pretty good, but I prefer my DIPA's to be a tad smoother. Has a real malty, herbal flavor on the back end.

M: Excellent. Carbonation is perfect and the balance is just right. The only nit is the bitter hop flavors could be better integrated, but still sits really nice on the palate with one of the smoother finishes I've had in a DIPA, especially one with this flavor profile.

O: A good DIPA, but probably not a first choice for folks who prefer theirs citrusy and sweet. This one definitely rides the hops and has an indistinct herbal bitterness that lingers throughout. I'll need to revisit this one fresh from the tap.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to stemmed Jackie O's tulip on 6/26/11
*From notes

I purchased this bomber at Bella Vino in Athens, OH on June 25th after the Jackie O's bottle release.

A: Clean, filtered golden amber. A hearty pour yields a massive, 3+ finger head. The lacing is a beaut - big, thick gobs of the sticky stuff rim the glass.

S: Slightly fruity, though more of the bittering hops come through here. Hints of pineapple run from beginning to end.

T: Cloyingly juicy, a big-ass kick to the jowls. Though the fruit is present, the bittering hop oil is the star here, though the balance with the biscuity malt is impressive.

M: Masterful. It's creamy beyond compare and makes the entire beer a better, more enjoyable experience. Rich, velvety and the hefty weight is close to perfect.

O: Buckeye '76 DIPA is one of those rewarding finds that make craft beer so much fun. It's a solid beer - if you're ever in Ohio, be sure to look for it. Damn if this ain't a little Rust Belt treasure. Well done Buckeye.

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Photo of Genghis22
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this.

A - Pours a nice golden honey color. Medium sized frothy white head with nice lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit! Citrus and pine notes. Grapefruit and Clementines. A little earthy dankness to it as well. Can't wait to dig into this one.

T - Sweet citrus at first. Quickly leads into a piney earthy dank like hop flavor. Very quickly goes into a touch of bitterness, but is just as quickly brought into balance with the malt. The aftertaste is slightly bitter, but nowhere near what you would expect based on the way it starts out.

M - A little thin for the style if you ask me. Medium body, with moderate carbonation. The low point of the beer. Would like to see somthing a little thicker.

O - A delicious easy to drink beer. The alcohol is completely hidden and I love all the delicious citrus notes. An under the radar beer I would have never heard about if it weren't for the Secret Bunny BIF. Yum.

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Photo of b3shine
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to frosty pint. It's solid. Very drinkable for an imperial, but then again, I don't know too many imperials that are only 7.8%. Could've complimented the in-your-face hops with a touch of honey, but better too hoppy than too sweet. I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange color with a modest head that leaves light lacing on the glass.

Tangerine on the nose. Some citrus flavor, but not as prominent as the smell. Bitterness is fairly tame.

Body (and flavor) seems fairly light for a double IPA. A well balanced but restrained brew.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks go out to Tifore
for the bottle!

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color. One and a half finger off white head shows good retention. Nice ringy and streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus hops in this beer. This actually becomes all of the aroma except for hints of a caramel malt backbone which hides deep in the backing of the nose.

T- Nice citrusy hop bite to the beer at the front end. This turns into a clean caramel malt middle that shows even a little piney hint to it. The ending of this beer shines back again with a citrus hop bite with a hint of piney hops to balance out the sweetness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops dominate the palate and long into the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste added. Clean and crisp flavors overall with this beer being balanced overall to the correct style. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This was a damn good drinker. I didn't know what to expect from this company after their last beer I tired but this really surprised me. I think I could get used to trying more of their beers if they are anything like this!

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good one!! I didn't realize this was a summer seasonal until I read some reviews. I got it in October and just drank it today. Good taste, but I bet I missed out on some hoppy goodness as a result of having it sit in the reefer.

Pours a fairly clear (slightly hazy) orange color. Lot of bubbles, medium size off white head with less than average retention and some spotty lacing. Smell was citrus hops (grapefruit), somewhat mild for a DIPA. I hope I get a fresh one next year for comparison.

Tasted good. Citrus hops more pronounced. Somewhat even balance with biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Well carbonated, hops present on the tongue. No hint of alcohol. A rich IPA.

Drinkability is good. A somewhat balanced IPA (leaning on the hoppy side). Tasty, rich and goes down easy.

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Photo of BB1313
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I've always been impressed by '76. Pours a golden honey color w/ nice white head and nice lacing. This IPA smells great! You get a blast of fruity hops.. orange, grapefuit, tangerines, all of the goodness. The taste is right on, slightly malty and bittersweet. Finishes nice w/ good carbonation. Good drinkability due to the wonderful flavors going on.

This is more an IPA to me, not really a DIPA. Whatever you want to label it, it's awesome. Great IPA from the midwest, that all coasts would appreciate. Recommended.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/16/2010. Bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a cloudy dirty orange with a small, thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt mostly and some citrus hops. Flavor of caramel malt, prunes, raisins, brown sugar. A decent beer but certainly a shadow of its former self. Hopefully I can try this again fresh and rerate.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent, with a good amout of lacing. Nice hops in the aroma, it smells mostly like citrusy (grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple) hops, along with some pine hops and caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some orange peel. The pine and citrusy hop flavors seem about even in the taste. Nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's certainly easy enough to drink. In the future I'd like to try this brew a little fresher, but I thought it was good enough right now!

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Photo of chickencoop
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big ups to w113raf for this and some Ohio love. Poured the from a bottle and this thing came off HOT!! lost half of it in the sink from the over-carbo action. Once it settled the pour was a lighter orange with a massive head (mentioned above). The aroma was a very bitter toffee with some fruitiness on the finish. The taste was big and tangy with some hopppy punch on the finish. Can't say this was that drinkable, not a fan of the tang, but still ok.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent BIF. Thanks again Chris. 22oz bottle...

A: Golden honey with a humongous 2 inch plus white head that fades at a very slow pace. Decent.

S: Kind of hard to get some good scents off of this one. Some citrus / grapefruit upfront blended with some dry bitter hops in the middle. Some sweet malty caramel on the backend. Good.

T: Kind of interesting. Sort of like a rye beer blended with an IPA. I get a almost hint a raspberry with sugary malt upfront blended with some bready flavors. Some sweet fruity flavors in the middle with a very faint hint of sour flavor in the backend. Good.

M: Full bodied with a thick carbonation feel. Good.

D: This one goes down great despite the blend of flavors and ABV. Very good.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Good, but not great. So, good to try if you have access, but otherwise, not worth hunting.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!
22oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed copper/brass color with a creamy white head that left globs of sticky lacing.

S - citrus and floral hops a touch of earthiness.

T - strong hoppy bitterness with tropical fruit and pine flavors, dry finish.

F - medium bodied, creamy smooth.

D - it's easy to drink this tasty brew.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz into .3l tulip.

Out of the bottle pours almost clear, in the glass it is a range of shades of amber/straw from dark at the top to nearly clear in the bulb.

Faint hop aroma, ruby red grapefruit.

This is lightly hoppy, an almost sweet citrus/grapefruit taste with very little trace of bitterness. The bottle states centennial hops, which are evident in the floral elements, but maybe this mellowed (no bottle date) as there is a bit of ginger, but again no real bitterness.

Mild carbonation. I was expecting fuller carbonation that brought the bitterness in the finish. Certainly an easy to drink brew, and above average in terms of drinkability and taste, but much different than I was expecting.


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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, deep white head. good fingers. nice lacing.

There's a slightly sweet character, loads of citrus hops, some caramel notes.

Stinging bitter, with the tangiest, unripened citrus fruits you can find. Slight alcohol tart. Not overwhelming; does well to show its DIPA status.

Feel is medium, faintly crisp. Well carbonated for what it is.Sliightly slippery.

This is a big, flavorful DIPA, but 1 I think would be enough. A bomber suits it well!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow, fairly clear, with an uneven white head. Decent lacing down the sides.

A nice citrus floral hops, slightly delicate, that starts to fade away.

Very tasty pine hops, slightly citrusy, decent malt, enough to balance the hops at the front end. A floral aroma as I drink it down, with almost lemon hitting me.

Thinnish mouthfeel, saved by the flavor bomb that hits you.

Highly drinkable, will easily finish all 22 oz.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip...Pours a medium but clear peach, ok retention and lacing...A very strong and malty aroma, tons of caramel, bread, some alcohol, grassy hops...The taste is less malty but lots of alcohol, metallic grass hops, its a decent dipa but nothing special...The feel is heavy, tannic, lots of lasting feel and taste...For only 7.8% this is a bit tough to drink.

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Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear maize color with a nice white foamy head.

Smells of sweet fruit - mainly pineapple. The sweetness is STRONG, much more citrus and fruit characteristics than any other IPA I can remember.

The taste is of bitter hops and an aromatic lemon flavor.

Light bodied with a nice dry finish, this would be easy to drink in multiples.

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Photo of jampics2
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For review #420, I had to rate the straight-up chronic. Many have rated bottles of this, and, unfortunately, since there are no freshness dating measures, the overall ratings for this gem reflect many old bottles. My friends, you need to understand, this beer, when fresh, is up there with the cream of the crop. Pure, uncut dope. This sample was poured for me by the brewer himself.

Looks beautiful in the glass. Translucent orange and honey color, looks like a window into the soul of an IPA. Nice white head sticks around and leaves excellent lacing. Just wonderful.

Smell is 100% centennial hops, I smell chronic in the air. These hops are rocking. Some orange peel, grapefruit rind, pineapple, and pine. Exquisite hoppiness that showcases this beautiful hop.

One sip and Doctor Dre starts spitting lyrics in my head. Chronic 2010. G-funk. Where hoppy is life, and life is hoppy. Taste is a kiss of sweet caramel and crystal malt, then all hops baby! Mandarin orange, pink grapefruit, and pine slams the tastebuds with intoxicating levels of deep, lush flavors. Never too runinous. Little to no lingering alcohol. Wonderful!

Mouthfeel is just north of water, which I love. Not too sticky, but the hop resins coat and make their presence known. Perfect finish, with sweet hop nectar lingering on and on but never becoming too bitter. Brilliant.

An outstanding example of a mid-west IPA inspired by the West coast. Many good times were spent drinking this beer at the Buckeye's Miles road location. In fact, we may have been among the first 20 people to ever drink this. It's just exceptional, perhaps the best midwest IPA when super fresh. Certainly the most dear to my heart. In a word, this is the "sticky-icky-icky-woo-eee". Happy #420 to me and to Garin and Buckeye! Smoke 'em if you got 'em boys!

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Seventy-Six ('76) from Buckeye Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 121 ratings