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Seventy-Six ('76) | Buckeye Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange excellently hopped citrus orange IPA. Refreshing, a bit of leaf and well malted. Very grapefruit aroma. Lucky to pick up a bottle this year. Biscuit of malt initially, but acidy finish builds up by 3rd glass, even with a meal. Best with food BTW.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A completely understated brewery and beer. A simple and unadorned label doesn't exactly scream excitement, but the beer inside demands appreciation.

The beer opens with a froathy pour of copper, golded, and orange rust hues. Fantastic head formation and retention leaves a lot of lacing behind. A persistent dry-hopped haze keep light from permiating at any great clip.

Very bold aromas of 'C' hops give a sharp and pungent grapfruit scent. Following up, are orange zest, pine, and pineapple. But the beer isn't all hops; the malts give a sweet caramel malty note that balances the hops well and later gives body and structure to the beer.

A good balance of sweet but restrained malt sweetness gives some bready flavors and light caramels. Just enough to prop up the hops. The Centennial hops are showcased well with the huge emphasis on the grapefruit, orange peel, and pineapple flavors. Moderate yeasty fruitiness gives a background layer of complexity, thought the alcohols give a sweet paint-thinner taste.

The body is a bit heavy, giving the feel of a big Double IPA. Sweet textures show the relatively low attenuation and, along with the fruitiness, gives the impression of a big Enlgish style IPA. Still, bitterness and bold hop bite tells me its an American beer. The alcohols get bitey from time to time, but the other complexities and boldness more than make up for the slight flaws.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a a copper color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with some floral notes and a nice caramel malt backbone. Taste is also a nice mix of well balanced bitter hops with some floral undertones and a sizable caramel malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Very well done, easily drinkable and very refreshing.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev 0%
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 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 RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, amber-copper color and is topped by a three-finger thick, light tan colored head that is quite long lasting. The aroma is definitely hop dominated with notes of pine and herbs being evident. Underneath the hop aromatics there is a bit of dry, toasty malt and a hint of sweet caramel. There is also a touch of orange and citrus type aromatics in the nose.

The beer has a nice, up front, candied sweetness that serves as a foil to the herbal pine-like hop notes. The beer also coats the mouth quite nicely with a lingering, creamy palate fullness. This beer strikes a nice balance, but the hop-head in me thinks that the hops could be a bit more in evidence. The malt notes make me think of caramel, a bit of toffee and there is a particular note that makes me think of slightly old malt extract (i.e. the malt seems a bit flabby). Despite my gripes about some of the flavors, this beer is definitely is hitting the spot right now.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this 22 oz bottle...
Appears a hazy, light orange, with a creamy white head that slowly fades out into a floating cap. Lots of scattered lace sticks along the sides of the glass.
Smell is of caramel, citrus, oak, pine, toffee, with biscuity malts jumping out at me.
Taste is of the aromas with a nice blend and balance making for an enjoyable IPA. Good caramel notes in the malt mixed with the toasty biscuits and bitters of the piney/grapefruit hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, bready, sweet, caramelized malt, and a spicey bitterness.
Drinkability is that of a nice, quaffable brew.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bomber purchased at Vintage Estates.

A: The IPA is a golden orange color, bright and rather cheery. The ale is cold, so it has retained a haziness. Two and a half fingers of head are leaving legs, but no lace, as they recede.

S: Immediately on opening the IPA, I was created with an awesome citrus blast. In my glass, the Centennial hops and caramel malts seem to be outdoing each other, thickening up the aroma significantly.

T: The IPA has a huge flavor from the first sip. Peppery citrus hops leap off the ale, bitter and sharp. Malts are caramel and a nice match against the hops. The flavors are big enough that the IPA could pass for a double IPA. Big hops, citrusy sweet with orange peel flavors, drive the finish. Pepper is also prevalent whenever the hops shine through.

M: The mouthfeel is a hoppy delight, bitter and biting. Citrus and pepper are in strong supply with a malt backbone that readily stands up to them.

D: A little on the strong side, the ale rarely betrays its strength. That's a good thing because I like sipping on this IPA, even if I have to have the damned Buckeye staring me in the face.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 jrallen34
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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 cpetrone84
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent dark sunset orange with a tight, thick off white head, about one finger that lingers for a bit of time slithering down the side of the glass

S-the nose is pretty big and very hoppy! Appricot and grapefruit grace the nose initially, very wet, giving way to a big nose of oily pine. Floral notes try to poke through but are beaten back by pine needles and more oily hops

T-the taste is quite big, oily and bitter. The tropical fruit hops are faint and are beaten back after an initial greeting. The pine and oily hops dominate the middle only to be toppled by a big bitterness. This is huge and hoppy, the way an IPA should be

M-medium bodied, thinner end of medium, smooth as it coats the mouth and dries it in the back. A prickly carbonation makes a slightly unwelcome appearance on the back of the throat of this syrupy concoction

D-this is a bitter piney hop lovers dream. Big time pine, oily, and bitterness. Very solid brew and easy to enjoy because it just tastes so good.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Dogbrick
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely amazing brew. 2002 bottle (the first of many hopefully): Pours a deep orange with a medium off-white head and nice cascade and thin lacing. Unbelievably floral hops aroma with a hint of citrus. As for the flavor, well the relentless hops assualt is second only to Ruination as far as I am concerned. That may be why I actually like this one more. While the hops are definitely first and foremost, they don't go overboard as much as Stone's version. It made for what I now consider to be the IPA to beat in my book. There are also underlying malt, caramel and toasty tones that balance it very well. I was hoping I had saved the best for last in this Buckeye tasting session - mission accomplished! Superb.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow/ orange-ish color, with a big white head. In the aroma, citrus and a grapefruity hop sweetness. In the taste, grapefruity hops and a citrus sweetness. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a sticky-sweet hop aftertaste. A very nice IPA, big grapefruity/ citrus hops and a nice balanced malt.

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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 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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into Imperial pint glass on 3/18/09.

A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with tons of tiny perculating bubbles of carbonation and half a finger of white head that yielded decent lacing.

S - Some floral and perfumy notes, a bit muted perhaps. Pertty malty nose with caramel and subtle toffee notes. Some fruity notes emerged as it warmed up a bit. Hops seem to have faded a bit.

T - Floral and perfumy notes with hints of sweet fruit and citrus. Hops are pretty jumbled, but results in a tasty IPA overall. Some buttery notes are also present. Finish is quite hoppy, actually.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture, perhaps a bit oily and a tad watery. Carbonation is soft overall. Bitterness is moderate and lingers for a while on the palate.

D - Not a bad IPA at all. Hops seem to have faded a bit, resulting in a maltier affair, but it's still flavorful and quite bitter.

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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 siege06nd
3.8/5  rDev -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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Seventy-Six ('76) from Buckeye Brewing Company
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