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 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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Photo of kirok1999
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Started with this one a little too cold. Had to wait a few mintues for the character to really come through. Pours a dark copper with tons of sticky lacing.
Smells pretty mild, lots of hops with a nice hint of sweetness behind.
Taste is much better warmed up a bit. Hops come through in the start, grassy and piney with a hint of earth and musk. Dark malt and lingering hops in the aftertaste.Theres some fruit there in the malt as well, maybe raisins? Hard to define.
Feels a little thin yet is sticky in the mouth.
Easy to drink watching the NASCAR cars go round and round.

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Photo of pwoods
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber from Dilly Deli poured into a pint. No dating

A: Pours a hazy orange. Huge fluffy white head that takes quite awhile to die down. Leaves strong lacing even for a double.

S: Grass and citrus hops up front but not as overpowering as other DIPA's, which actually leaves me wanting a little more. Enough deep roasted malt to equal the hops.

T/M: Big fruity hops up front. Bitterness is also great. The biggest draw back here is the malts come in so quick it stops nearly all the bitterness. Not all of it as the finish is nice and dry with lingering hops. Body is a medium and creamy. Actually reminds me of a slightly weaker Dreadnaught... starts wonderful but malts come in too quick/hard.

D: Tasty and easier to drink than most DIPA's. At $5 a bomber, I'd honestly rather get a Ruination for the same price.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a decent head that diminishes to a thin layer. The aroma is of earthy hops and some caramel. The taste is of deep pine hops and burnt caramel. The beer is slightly heavy but still somewhat crisp. This is a good enjoyable regional beer, one I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-8-07

Pours a nice orange/gold with a big, bubbly white head that leaves big circles of lacing on the glass.

Smell is huge, floral, fruity hops, with big earthy malt underneath.

Taste is good, big citrus hops backed up by a surprising malt character. The finish is quite bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, thick for the hops.

Drinkability is also very good, good flavors with a super balance.

Overall, an impressive beer from a brewery I've never heard of. But, based on this, I'd be very interested to try their other offerings.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby underneath a bleached-flour head of foam. Minimal/cheap label art. Spots and speckles of lace.

Nose is mild and beer-y, but not overly hoppy. Always a disheartening find in a double IPA when there’s no dank lurking hop-fumes poking upward. Eventually sort of dry-hoppy, creamy, oily, light citrus fruit.

Taste is dry to the bone; one of the driest I’ve had, crisp, but the lack of malt girth eventually bottoms out to TANG-like artificial oranges and intense bitterness. Lack of true, rounded hop-flavor. Rather one-dimensional but decent.

Mouthfeel or drinkability is not high but this is enough of an introduction that I’d give their beers a shot in another situation.

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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 giblet
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another very good APA. this beer poured nice with a nice head, carbonation and nice lace. loved the smell, citrus and pine. very good flava. nice body and dryness.

i love IPA APA beers and this one is a good choice. very pleasing to me. i had it on a hot sunny evening after work and my only regret was that i only had one bomber, two would have been nice.

good choice.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of klewis
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours golden with a finger and a hlaf of foamy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pine in the nose with a slight fusel smell.

T: Not much flavor besides a metallic, oxidaized taste. A light lemon zest flavor in the finish along with quite a lot of hop bitterness. Unbalanced, and stale tasting, this beer is a mess.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Not quite a drain pour, but not far off. I'm hoping that this is a bad bottle.

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Photo of Daehpoh
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'76 Imperial IPA bomber poured into a pint glass

Poured a very hazy, burnt orange color with a decent head and nice lacing
Smell of floral hops, some citrus in there as well
Label claims this is brewed with all Centennial hops and they are certainly evident
Taste includes a good hoppy bitterness with slight caramel malt flavors, some alcohol peaks through
Relatively light palate with some slickness, little too light for IIPA
Overall, a well flavored and aromatic IPA that I would recommend
However not quite Imperial, IMO

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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 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 rabsten
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta hand it to Buckeye: they stand on their beer and not marketing. White plastic label on a brown glass bottle. Same as the Hippie IPA and their X-mas brews.

Bomber into a pint glass. The Beer is clear amber with fluffy white head. Good lacing.

Citrus-y hops with mild malt aroma. Mild all over, actually.

Wow! Surprising amount of hops and highly bittered flavor. Malt is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is somewhat harsh in its skewing towards hops.

Drinkability takes a hit because of the unbalanced quality. Never really matures, even as it warms in the glass.

Bottom line: If you want a hard hit of hops, this is for you. I used the second part of the bottle to add some bitterness to a cream stout, and it was much more enjoyable.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.
Undated bottle.
Label states Imperial IPA hopped with centennial.
Purchased at Bailey's Beverage Center in Toledo, Ohio.

This IPA pours a pale orange color, mostly clear with a decent amount of carbonation. Half inch thick, white head forms. Some spotty lacing is left behind. Mostly floral and citrusy aromas, no hint of malt whatsoever. Aromas are pretty weak, a deep breath is needed to get a good whiff. Taste is nothing but centennial hops, no malt backbone, in fact, no malt flavor to be found. There is a little sweet taste to this brew upfront. Finishes very bitter. Very dry finish, with a ton of hop bitterness. This beer is unbalanced and has a medium body feel to it. Not my favorite IPA by far, needs some malt!

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Photo of thaichile
2.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. Pours an orangey golden color. Hop florality on the nose. A hop infused brew without the requisite malty backdrop to temper the hop onslaught. Don’t get the citrus/"sweet orange peel" flavors, but rather the bitter, somewhat metallic flavor. A middle of the road 2IPA. Thanks to Kramer 17801 for the bottle.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
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 cheers2beers
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this beer from babyhobbes in BIF

Served in a wiezen glass:

Appearance: This beer pours the color of applecider, a light tanish brown,cloudy slightly orange. The head is a nice creamy head decent laceing.

Smell: The aromas are of grapefruits and oranges. Nice sweet malt to balance followed by a great hoppiness.

Taste: The flavors are piney hops, nice sweet malt to balance out the hoppiness. Good alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice bubblely,slightly grainy, and even a bit slick. Medium to high carbonation. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: This is actually a good beer to just chill out with. Not too overly bitter, its just right. I would recommend you trying this one.


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