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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Photo of projectflam86
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber/golden color with a thick forth white foam head. Nice lacing left down the side.

S- Some nice citrusy hoppy notes (grapefruit, orange, lemon) with a bit of honey.

T- A light bitter hoppiness initially with pine and citrus flavors. A deep rich malty flavor in the finish with honey and caramel in the forefront.

M- Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Almost a bit 'too' balanced for me considering this is an IPA.

D- A nice brew from a little known brewery.

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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 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 charlatan
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tan colour with a reasonable head for such a strong beer. It has a sweet citric nose with grapefruit to the fore. I taste in order brown sugar, lemon, grapefruit, something biscuity and then a herbal hop finish. It isn't as sweet as the nose suggests. This is a big, all grown up beer with a pleasant degree of carbonation: an excellent sipper. The 22oz bottle should last all night.

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Photo of AltBock
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber bottle with a dirt simple plain white label that has '76 in red and blue letters. At the top of the label is Buckeye Brewing underlined in red. At the bottom are the words "India Pale Ale" in bold red letters. Just below that is a short description of the beer. To the far left of the label is the Government warning and to the far right of the label is the address of the brewery. Buckeye doesn't date their bottles and this one is no different.

Appearance: I didn't have any suitable Ohio glassware for this beer, so I poured it into my Imperial Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. '76 took IPA hazyness to a whole new level. It wasn't hazy because hop particles. It was more of a natural hazyness. It was so hazy that I could only see the shadow of my fingers on the other side of the glass. For the color of the beer, it was a mix of amber and a golden orange color. Along the sides of this mixed colored beer were a few sunshine yellow highlights. Sitting on top of this IPA was only a small skim of white foam. Yet despite it's small size, this skim of foam lasted the entire time this beer was in my glass. When the head of foam receded with the beer, it left behind tiny streaks of lace in its tracks.

Smell: You'd think that a IPA named '76 would be hoppy in the nose, but here's the catch. It really wasn't all that hoppy. Instead, the aroma went down a well balanced citrus road. The first citrus aroma that came to me was the scent of a tart lemon. Quickly following the tart lemon was an aroma that smelled like malted tea leaves. When the tea leaves left the nose, in came a splash of orange peel, a hint of tart grapefruit, and a subtle touch of citrus hops. If you're lucky, you'll get a small whiff of gently toasted malts at the end.

Taste: Like the aroma, the first taste that came to me was the tart lemon. But unlike the aroma, the taste then goes bitter directly after the lemon. The hops were of the citrus variety with a touch of piney hops backing them up. The hops did a minor build up and when they reached their bitter peak, they dropped like a rock. When the hops dropped off, the taste then flowed into a subtle toasted maltyness. In between the cracks of the citrus and pine hops was a splash of lemon peel, a hint of orange peel, and a speck of tart grapefruit. Not an overly hopped IPA, but it sure was packing in the flavors.

Mouthfeel: '76 is a medium bodied IPA with a decent amount of carbonation and a long lasting dry hopped aftertaste of dried citrus hops, a touch of piney hops, tart grapefruit, and a lemon peel. I couldn't taste any malts in the aftertaste. That's probably due to the hops kicking them out. This dry hopped aftertaste lasted for a good 4 minutes before it decided to move off the tongue.

Drinkability: If you like your IPAs that are not overly hopped, but still pack in the flavors, then you should seek out this Ohio brewed IPA. Would I ever drink it again? I most certainly would! It's really good and it's easily affordable.

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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 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 ROBORB
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle via trade from Rhinoos, Thanks Alex!

It pours a hazy orange color with a very large white head. The Aroma is great for an IPA. It has a very distinct citrus and fruit smell. There is great lacing and I find myself really digging this beer. I had no trouble finishing a bomber and found myself wanting more. This is a great, very drinkable, IPA.

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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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Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber poured into my DFH pint glass.

A: nice tan amber color, froathy 1/2 head with good retention. Lacing rings around the glass

S: citrus and earthy hop aroma greets the nose

T: solid and complex IPA flavor with the citrus tones from centenial hops. Personnaly I feel this is better much better than their Hippie IPA

M&d: full to medium bodied, plenty of bubbling carbonation to help. Decent mouthfeel with out the typically dry aftertaste on an IPA.

This is an excellent beer, close to the likes of SN Celebration Ale. Cudos to buckeye brewing for such an outstanding beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy dark amber color with full white head that diminshed very slowly with good lacing.

Very good aroma of hops and citrus.

Medium to full body with a slick texture.

Flavor was also very complex with the same tones as aroma with a citrus and alcohol finish.

I enjoyed this greatly and will look for more from this brewer.

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Photo of tburkhart
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle with BA raznug at his place. He picked it up somewhere since we've both enjoyed other Buckeye Brewing Co. beers.

Pours golden with 1/4 inch head sitting nicely on top of the glass.

Aroma is a very nice blend of malts and centennial hops.

Taste was balanced malts and hops. There was a slight bitterness, but it is an IPA.

Pretty good mouthfeel.

We both really enjoyed this one from Buckeye. I look forward to finding it again and sharing with others.

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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 mwa423
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - About a finger of head, lacing keeps throughout the glass, clear and light amber color

S - Strong hops, hops and more hops

T - All the best parts of IPAs and hops, citrus and pine flavors

M - Goes down smoothly, leaves a pleasant tingle from the hops

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Photo of sgoodship
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Rozi's in Lakewood during my last Cleveland trip. Thanks to Coreyroz. OK, I have to admit that this brew got accidentally frozen. I think the only impact may have been the appearance, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. OK - onwards!

A: Nice 2 finger, fine, fluffy off-white head. Light amber, slightly hazy.

S: Very nice fresh, grassy and fruity hop. Got the typical grapefruit but I picked up some lemon citrus type smell as well as some apple at some points. Some caramel but hop reigned supreme.

T: Started with an aggressive hop. Mellowed and then delivered the knockout punch of more hops. Never ceases to amaze me how addictive the aggressive hop taste becomes. There is a biscuity malt backbone there but like the smell, the hop is king. Very very tasty stuff.

M: Nice, crisp and clean. Nice perfect amount of lively carbonation.

D: Really impressed with the 2 offerings I have had from Buckeye. Looking forward to trying something else or drinking '76 and Mammoth again. I think a trip to Buckeye's Beer Engine is in order the next time I am in Cleveland.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky, gold and brown mixture. Nice thick white head, slow to leave, webby, sticky lacing.

S - Biscuit and citrus dominate. Yum.

T - Taste follows smell. Lots of biscuit with citrus notes. Creamy goodness.

M - As mentioned, creamy, medium mouth, good carb and balance.

D - Very , especially considering the ABV. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of jpiper
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Buckeye Beer Engine. This is an extremely drinkable IPA - with excellent balance, but plenty of hop bite. The nose is citrus and floral. There is enough malt to balance the hops, but not enough to distract from the bitter hop bite. The palate is clean and dry. It never ceases to surprise.

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Photo of Matty1918
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to csmiley for this sample!

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a hazy orange/golden amber color with a nice foamy head that takes its time going down. Nice lacing too.

Nice pine aroma with faint citrus and sweet fruits. Very nice.

First sip is a treat. A nice hop bitterness thats a bit spicey but not overpowering. There's a nice finish to this leaves a little oily, buttery resin but not too much. I like.

Very easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. You can almost chew this beer. Recommended. Wish I could get this here in Ma.

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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 lightindarkness
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a darkened amber color with mounds of foam, melting slowly down to a bubbly film. Big sticky patches of lace.

Nose has firm pine resin with slight sugary whiffs and an almost sandalwood spiciness. Some lime citrus and faint peach fruit round out the overall aroma, remaining dominated by the resinous hops.

Heavily hopped, this one tastes of lighter grains spiked with resin that's strong enough to be almost spicy without being overly thick or chewy. Finishes with a moment of watery thinness, but fills in again with a nice full bitterness that's not too sharp or broad, but washes nicely over the palate. Also has notes of pine cone, citrus, and lavender. Somewhat slick oily finish with the bitterness hanging around nicely.

Impressive taste for an IIPA with 7.8%abv, making it more drinkable than many with a full strong bitterness and meeting the overall flavor profile expectations for the style. Not as chewy as some other similar IPAs, but somehow pleasantly so.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost a copperish color, a bit dark for the style, in a similar fashion to HopDevil ale. Nice piney scents on the nose, very floral aroma with some sweet apricot smell. Interesting, to say the least. Very crisp, smooth and clean mouthfeel and quite easy to drink. I had seen this beer a few times and never tried it. Now I have and it will become a mainstay. Very drinkable and high in alcohol, which is well hidden.

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Photo of JDV
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to trade with Miketd
Pours a clear vibrant amber with a big lasting fluffy offwhite head. Smell is very balanced with fruity maltiness and mild hops for the style. Some doughiness and candied orange sweetness as well. Very nice. Taste is nicely balanced with a good orange malty sweetness and a finish of resin. Not too intense at all, and very balanced for the style. Nice body and a creamy mouthfeel with a solid finishing and pleasant bitterness. Very good and very drinkable!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold in color. A nice one inch head forms on the pour. Smell is all centennial. Somewhat subdued since being bottled in the summer. This is a well put together IPA. Balanced very well and full on the mouthfeel. I'll definitely pick up a fresh bottle next summer.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass pour from a 22oz bomber purchased from Warehouse Beverage (South Euclid, OH).
Pale yellow color with thin white foam, minimal head but plenty of lace.
Floral accents predominate with a backing of hops.
Big hops hit from the start which cascade down the gullet hanging around to the bitter end. I have had this brew on tap and don't recall the prolonged aftertaste. Not particularly offensive but strong from start to finish.
Solid flow from buds to oropharynx; not at all oily or thin like some other high hopped IPA's. Palatable, from start to finish.
Nice IPA overall. Upper quartile in the category. The numbers would improve with a draught specimen.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden burned orange with a frothy white head that laces and dies slow. Smells of grassy piney hops with a little malt in the back. Taste is nice and big grapefruit, citrus hops with a bitter rindy finish. Malt comes to the plate but kind of as a sacrificial lamb to the hops. Medium in the mouth with crisp carbonation. Very sessionable which is dangerous with a higher ABV. Oh yeah....GO BUCKEYES!

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