Seventy-Six ('76) | Buckeye Brewing Company

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Seventy-Six ('76)Seventy-Six ('76)

Brewed by:
Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Summer

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.76/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of several bombers presented to me on my 39th birthday by SheepNutz.

Appearance - cloudy dull orange. Poured with the intent of getting minimal to average head. Got about a finger and a half of pale yellow tinted cream. Holds at a thick creamy covering and stays that way for the whole bomber's worth.

Aroma - a candy-like citrus, a little like the Bert Grant's mandarin orange, but more condensed. It diminishes after a bit unfortunately, but still provides a tickle of a smell with each sip.

Taste - a blast of citrusy flavor and floral hop pizzazz right out of the gate. Some alcohol presence burns its way through. The swallow brings on a drying bitterness. Ends with a strong grapefruit rind burning sensation at the back of the mouth. Top notch.

Mouthfeel - creamy, smooth and full-bodied. Coats the mouth well to provide little aftershocks of taste.

Drinkability - This bomber's been in storage since my birthday 4 months ago. A rather non-descript label had me passing it by time and again. A diamond in the rough it turns out. Perhaps my most enjoyable beer of '04 so far. Thanks Ryan, what a great gift, the other goodies you gave me have their work cut out for them to meet this standard.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with simple white BBC label on it. "Hoppy Summer Seasonal"

Appearance: Poured an almost clear copper, with a frisky white head that really lasted and painted a wonderful lace picture on the glass.

Smell: Bursting with hoppy aroma! Floral dominating, with some citrus thrown in for good measure.

Taste: DFH 90 minute IPA....Stone Ruination've both been put on notice that this beer is seriously challenging you! *MASSIVE* hop avalanche buries your palate in a sea of bitterness. It's all there...the spicy, floral, citrus hoppy flavors repeatedly gouge your taste buds into submission. The malt ambulance arrives to the scene far too late to try to salvage anything from the twisted and smoking ruins that were formerly your taste buds. Finishes very dry, with a long-lasting bitterness that makes for some quality (and oily) burps. Only the slightest bit of warming effect from the alcohol right at the very end. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and surprisingly smooth in the mouthfeel department.

Drinkability: Top-notch. An outstanding IPA for the "hop head" crowd. Seek this one out. You will not be disappointed.

Note: $3.79 for this? I can't touch Ruination or 90-minute IPA for under $5.50 a bottle. Must get more next trip to Ohio.

Note (part 2): Massive thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this.

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Photo of trep
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About as local as it gets for micro-brews and me.

Pours from the 22oz'r a dark golden burnt orange. Significant head, froths up about 3 fingers worth. Pretty murky, although translucent. Pretty good looking beer.

Smells of pine and citrus, with a nice background aroma of sweet caramel malts. Hop aroma smells fantastic. Sweet and complex, from smell alone I know i'm going to love this beer.

Wowser...that's all I can say about the first drink. Full mouthfeel, very chewy for an IPA. Alcohol is present but doesn't take away from the plethora of flavors, only gives it a solid background to build on. Sweet, malty goodness up front that gradually finishes with an intense hop bitterness. I'll be damned if this isn't one fine beer. Hops taste piney, citrusy, and literally stun your tongue as it finishes. Aftertaste is hops, hops, hops. Magnificent.

Drinkability is pretty good considering the near 8% abv.

Pure liquid gold in my glass. Will drink again. A+ beer from Buckeye Brewing.

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Photo of BrewtalChris
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A medium orange color with a thin stark white head. A HUGE hop nose with a hint of sweetness, almost dreadnaughtesque. Mouthfeel is medium/full with sharp carbonation and slightly dry finish that stays with you. The flavor is a hop assault start to finish with a hint of orange and alcohol thrown in the mix with a nice lingering(but not overwhelming) bitter finish. Just an awesome beer. I was told this was an extremely fresh batch. The bottled version just doesn't do it justice. Definitely one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A very clear coppery color. A beautiful thick head forms and leaves a pancake on top. Leaves some great lacing as well.

S- Some great floral hops with a good malt backing. Sweet citrus as well. Wonderful.

T- Astounding. Some excellent floral taste. Strong, flavorful. Good malt backing. Ever so slightly earthy.

M- Nice, crisp, creamy- just how I like my IPA's.

D- This is scarily like Two Hearted but a tad on the strong side. My expectations were not that high with this one, but damn... I am blown away. Too bad I only got one bomber of this in Ohio.

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Photo of jampics2
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of John
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monty's Korner 09 April, 2004. I see that there's lot of speculation regarding the alcohol content in this beer. I'll throw another number into the mix - it was listed at 11% abv. on the board at Monty's. William (Monty's owner and publican) often makes the trek himself to bring in hard to find gems like this one. He usually brings back reliable info on the beers. What a tasty little number this is. Hazy deep gold. Head is dense and sustained. Aroma is outstanding - hops o'plenty. I kept my nose buried in my glass savouring the divine aroma. Flavor has big ass IPA written all over it. Fruit juicy hops are dominant with an underlying malt sweetness. The hops and malts interplay with the alcohol but this is a very very drinkable for 11%. Killer brew.

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Photo of Wildman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy copper color and formed a nice foamy head that left some laticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, caramel and some citrus is present with maybe a touch of malt. It had a flavor of hops, caramel and a touch of pine. The finish was a bit astrigent, but offset by the caramel sweetness. A fairly good body for an IPA. A very good IPA from an Ohioian again.

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Photo of Athockalypse
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed ripe orange with a coral blush when backlit, a color that's just different enough to be special. The upper half of the glass is filled with a crown the color of toasted bread that looks to be chock full of hop resins. Its inherent stickiness results in a glorious display of thick lace that becomes more delicate and lace-like as it looses contact with the slowly falling cap.

Centennial hops just might be my favorite of the 4-Cs. Their true essence is revealed in fresh Bells Two Hearted Ale. While they aren't as explosive here, they are beautifully bright and garrulously grapefruity. I've never thought that Centennial (the one and only hop in '76) was very orangey. The sweet orange peel that shares the stage with grapefruit in this beer was added by the brewery. Brilliant!

At last, an IPA that uses nothing darker than pale malt. My taste buds get tired of having to filter out the caramel malt flavor that many breweries see fit to add to their IPAs and DIPAs. To state the obvious, this style is all about the hops (or should be). Actually, given the ABV, the flavor and the mouthfeel, '76 might be closer to a DIPA than to the smaller style. If it's an IPA, it's one of the biggest that I've ever run across.

Plenty of creamy malt is on hand, yet it's pummeled into submission by a megaton detonation of pure, unadulterated, alpha acid-dripping Centennial hops. 'Calling all masochistic hopheads with an interest in tongue abuse... Buckeye '76 is ready and waiting'. It's a good thing this will be my last beer of the day because I won't be tasting anything else for quite a while.

A buzzsaw of grapefruit pith and peel fills every nook and cranny of my mouth and tongue with each sip. There can't be too many IPAs that are this hoptastic when fresh. Actually, now that I think about it, I don't taste too much of the added orange peel. A glimmer of juicy orange appears on the finish... unless I'm being overly suggestible.

The body/mouthfeel is easily the equal of the rest of this beer's attributes. It's amazingly full and creamy, yet it evaporates like air on the swallow. Sublime is a word that comes to mind. I'm tempted to call it perfect, but can't quite pull the trigger. Damn close though.

My first bottle of Buckeye '76 was clearly old. I reviewed it in March not realizing that this is a summer seasonal. I always knew that I'd give it another shot when fresh and my recent trip to the Buckeye State afforded me the opportunity to pick up a couple of new bottles. Fresh makes all the difference! This is a great IPA/DIPA that is as brutally and as beautifully hoppy as I (and my fellow hopheads) could ever want.

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Photo of stirgy
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was obtained through BIF6. This poured slightly hazy and is orangey iced tea in color. A creamy heady foam topped this brew off. The aroma is strong and florally fruity. Pleasant and inviting with a slightly hidden and soft grainy character. I also detect something like orange blossom honey-like notes. The taste is fruity and bittersweet with a solid maltiness and a slightly sweet grapefruit tang. Very fruity and pleasantly bitter with hints of caramel malt. The alcohol is very well hidden. Overall, this is a very enjoyable and highly flavorful beer.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an iced tea colored beer with a small white head that receeded quickly. The smell is great, there is a sharp grapefruit aroma, and some pine. The taste is great as well. It starts out well balanced, not quite sweet, and finishes with a dry bitterness. There is a lingering bitter aftertaste that just makes you want the next sip even more. The mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth. It is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.44/5  rDev +11%
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 francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed somewhere in Ohio whilst waiting for a bus (glamorous, I know!). Tangerine with a nice head of pure white foam. Aromas of resiny, piney hops with grapefuit rinds, and weed mixed in. Taste is acidic hop bitterness with a fresh piney, resiny taste that really blows you away. sweet biscuity/caramel malts meld together to balance this one out nicely. But this is still hop--side for sure. Mouthfeel is medium bodie though a bit rough and acrid, still satisfying. Drinkability is pretty killer. An awesome IPA, I wish it was more available by me!

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4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with a low off-white head which retreated quickly. Much as the beer might try, it could not lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong caramel aspect and a nice piney citrus punch. The aroma was deeply malty and lightly bready with an earthy quality.

The flavor was malty with a strong emphasis on bittering which was piney and resinous and lightly citrusy. The malt hop balance was well achieved and the beer contained a good hop character in the flavor which was more citrus and pine, though at a restrained level.

The finish was dry with a lasting piney citrusy hop impression long and pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium and the carbonation was a bit on the lower side yet the beer still had a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel. A very well done IPA, well bittered and not over the top with a nice balance.

22 ounce bottle. Many thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a nice, light hazy orange with a good, pure white head.

Smell – The aroma here was big. The citrus and pine hops came out right away but were immediately balanced by some nice malt undertones. The malts were sugary sweet.

Taste – The malt and hop notes from the nose came out beautifully at the taste. I especially enjoyed the sweet, toasty character of the malt balance. It played particularly well with the resin/citrus hop backbone.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and sticky sweet. This one is very creamy and feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – The complex hop profile, rich malts, and superb balance make this one a stand out.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep hazy orange color with 3 fingers of head. There is a nice bit of lacing left on the glass.. The smell is packed with hops and just a bit of citrus, a prelude to the taste. All I have to say about the taste is wow! It is full of hoppy flavor, flowers, and citrus. It is very crisp. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is great, considering it has 100 IBUs. At $3.50 a bomber, there is no better IPA deal than this!

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one of many fine brews received.
Ah, no carbonation rush like the Hippie IPA I had from these guys...a great sign indeed.
Pours a hazy amber with a full finger of off-white head...sticks around for a bit and helps to produce some impressive lace.
The smell is very nice...not only a boatload of floral hops, but some raisin like characteristics leaning towards a barleywine...very inviting.
The taste is fantastic...a generous mouthfeel with a real balanced mix of malt to hops. There is some butterscotch (diacetyl?) hints, but by no way a "butter bomb" IMO...the hops provide a solid bitter finish and the flavors end very clean with no lingering aftertaste.
Alcohol is very well masked, making this highly drinkable.
After my first offering from BBC, I was a bit hesitant in cracking this puppy, I wish I had sooner. It is not real fresh, but sure does taste it...need to score some more of this one.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle provided by DrunkAsASkunk (thanks!) @ the SD Strong Ale Fest.

Poured a cloudy, medium brownish/orange color. Aroma and tastes of caramel with a light piney finish. Some citrus as well. More sweet than bitter. Reminded me more of a Barley Wine than a an IIPA.

Notes from: 12/6/04

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Photo of sitarist
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color with a nice two finger head, lots of bubbles rising, nice amount of lacing. Inviting.

Smells like tangerines, orange, and pine. Slightly perfume like, but in a sweet way. Very sweet for an IPA. Complex and even more inviting.

Wow! Lots of flavor. The tangerine and orange dominate, almost like a tangerine altoid. Sweet but aggressive.

The mouthfeel is sticky, with a medium body, and a dry finish.

Great beer, great flavor, inviting, and enjoyable; sweet, and sticky, with the ABV make you respect it.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very pale copper/bronze color with a small head and little lacing.

S: Light citrusy smell with a larger pine smell.

T: Very piney, the Columbus hops really pull through on this one.

M: Nice medium body with good carbonation.

D: High. I kick myself for not trying this before. Definitely prefer this over Hippie IPA. Seek this out fellas!

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Seventy-Six ('76) from Buckeye Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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