Soul Doubt IPA | Freetail Brewing Company

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Soul Doubt IPASoul Doubt IPA

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 134
Photo of Jeffrey-J10
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured in Imperial Pint glass
- Burnt orange color, like warm copper
- Opage
- Medium fluffy head, laces nicely
- pretty in the glass
- Mild aroma
- a bit grainy
- mild, but crisp, pineyness
- Very malty and roasty
- Mild sweetness
- a hint of coffee roast every now and then
- mildly smooth
- mild carbonation
- pleasant and balances the flavors
- decent IPA profile, but would prefer a bit more hops
- maybe a bit over-roasted

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Photo of The_Epopt
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The flavor and nose are good, citrus, piney, medium nutty malt body, medium-high hoppiness. Deep-Golden colored body...with chunks of trub floating. A lot of chunks, big ones. I hope the next can is better

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The can promised a pale, pilsner-like appearance. Imagine my surprise when it poured a cloudy, burnt orange. Subdued aroma with at least as much malt as hops on the nose. I would prefer an IPA to hit me in the face with hops but I have had great IPAs at the brewery so I have high hopes. Nice and bitter up front with some malt sweetness kicking in mid-palate. Maybe a little too caramelly for my taste. Some lemon/grapefruit, not much pine. I like this beer but it I may have been spoiled by their Simcoe IPA that blew me away and now maybe I expect too much from them. But again, a very good IPA in my book.

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Photo of bigchiquilin
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this IPA, maybe not as much as others, but I usually prefer supremely hoppy heavy pales that hit you right in the face with aroma and flavor. Soul Doubt just isn't that kind of a beer, and I'm okay with that. Plus, the wife likes this one alot, so I couldn't possibly besmirch it too much.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow glass shows heavy haze to the point it is opaque. Holds a frothy white rocky head that lasts and laces.

Aroma: Clean malt base, bit of grain, bready yeast note, mild hop is a bit earthy and pine.

Taste: Sweet start covers most of the alcohol before it dries out to an oily slightly leafy hop bitter finish. The hops are a blend of citric and pine that fade into a earthy tonic, almost woody finish. That first sugar rush is heavy handed.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation and heavy body give a frothy texture that is a bit much. Has a small chew and an oily coat that lasts and dries.

Overall: A solid IPA. Big body, hops are actually a little overwhelmed but come out slowly in a dry bitter finish that encourages the next malty sweet sip. My first taste of Freetail in a can, I will try other offerings and have no regrets about this 6 pack.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: frothy white head and slightly golden amber in color. Slight lacing
S: Peanuts? moderate pine aroma hops, slightly phenolic yeasty smells.
T: Initially a good caramel malt presence with underwhelming bitterness for an IPA. Some yeasty flavors follow.
F: Pleasant feel, medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Matches the flavor profile.
O: Not a bad brew, all aspects are balanced well. I'd like the yeasty flavors/smells cleaned up for an AIPA.

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Photo of wmaloy35
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass and let it sit for a few min to get an idea of the head. Golden w/ a reddish hue, beautiful cream colored, tight head. It wasn't the clearest of beers, but that could've been the sweat on the glass from sitting out. Nose was citrus and dank. Mouthfeel was fantastic. Carbonated perfectly. Lacing stayed for a few days (had to rewash the glass).

Excellent IPA.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this can up in San Antonio. Popped the top and BAM...the smell of grapefruit overtakes your senses! Light frothy head with some beautiful lacing. Taste follows the nose with a big citrus rush (only negative is the first couple of sips were almost perfumey). Very smooth. Great beer!

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Photo of popery
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer is golden amber. Fairly cloudy. Medium-sized white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a tad boring. Some dank-ish pine and grapefruit. There’s not enough hop presence, though. The caramel malt character is too heavy for my taste in IPAs. The taste is moderately bitter. Doesn’t get too sweet but there’s a good bit of caramel malt flavor. Some ho hum hoppiness. It’s a bit heavy. The mouthfeel is fine, standard fare. Eh.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not very pils-like in appearance, per the can. Cloudy orange with a solid frothy white head. Smells of tropical fruit, musk, burnt rubber. All hops in the nose. Taste: loads of citrus from the orange and grapefruit spectrum, along with a bit of funky hop. Good bitterness with a bitter-sweet balance. Ends with a lingering bitterness and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a moderately weighted body. Excellent. I can't believe this is from TX.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy and a darker burnt orange at first, it clears up after a while and lightens up just a bit to reveal a light burnt orange color with plenty of carbonation inside. The head starts off about two fingers thick and thins out into a light layer of bubbles with some thick lacing.
Hops and mild spices mixed in with some grapefruit and floral aromas.
The bitterness kicks in as soon as it hits your tongue and gains strength as it hits the corners of your mouth. The sweetness In it comes out around the middle of your tongue. The hops leave a nice lingering flavor well after you swallow.
Medium bodied.
Very good overall, the balance is pretty good and it’s a smooth drinker.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can pours a slightly hazed gold with a nice-sized cap of off-white head. Retention is excellent thanks to a steady feed of bubbles and the lacing nice as well.

Citrus and tropical hops are there, as well as a peppery-floral character. Malts are light and there is a bit of white bread from the yeast. Not overly powerful or intoxicating. Middle of the road, typically hoppy IPA nose.

Taste throws down more flavor than I thought it would based on the aroma and the draft sample I had at the brewpub. Lots of leafy, tropical hop flavor with a moderate bitterness, great balance and the malt lets the hops shine. A pretty nice take on the WCIPA. Very glad I picked up a sixer. Would drink again, no problem.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can marked 10292 at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of a standard lager - no pine or citrus
Head large (7 cm), off-white, frothy, diminishing to 1 cm layer
Lacing good - complete rings of tiny to large bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor very bitter citrus, no pine, finishes with an astringent after taste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 2, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3.25

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, no date
Riedel tulip

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange amber color. Two full fingers of fluffy off white to light tan head. Sticky lacing.

S: Smells good. Earthy spice. Hop aromas. Some fruit, mange orange and overripe peach.

T: You get a touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Some pine and earthy hops. There is some sweetness from the malt additions. But it's got nice hop character throughout. Dry finish. Lingering hops.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber to copper color, mostly clear, with a creamy head that left about a 1/4" sheet of dense foam capped on top the whole way down, leaving sheets of nice sticky resinous lacing.

The aroma doesn't blow me out of the water, by any means. It's somewhat subdued, but I get Cara-Munich malt first, then some herbal, earthy hops.

Flavors much follow the aroma, but they stand out more, and leave me wondering why I don't make it out to freetail more often! The Cara-Munich and aromatic malts (along with whatever crystal malts they used) make a great base, and an unusual one for an IPA. I like the innovation! It's well hopped, but balanced very well with the moderate ABV and bold malty backbone. There's a little citrus, but I am getting mostly heavily earthy and lightly floral or grassy hop flavors.

This IPA is very unusual, and very likeable. Just don't expect to be getting a standard west coast 47 lbs of hops per five gallons type of IPA. This beer is well crafted and delicious, but it's not Pliny the Younger or Heady Topper.

When I popped the bottle and had my first sip (before I looked it up) I thought it was going to be an English type IPA. Well, I was wrong on that one. But the fact that this beer is classified as an "American IPA," along with such a huge and highly diverse group of other beers, says to me that this category may be too broad. Just a few ticks lower on the ABV and I'd think it was getting into "session IPA" territory (but nowadays, that's practically an inflammatory statement, and is likely to initiate a raging discussion about the definition of session beer, session IPA, and who knows what else).

Overall: Freetail is a great brewery, and this is a very tasty beer. It's not going to impress west-coast uber-hopheads that much, because it's more of a reasonable, drinkable IPA (the horror!), than an in-your-face, over the top, high ABV, massively hopped (to near the point of over-hopping) double IPA. I don't think that way-over-the-top was what Freetail intended, and I doubt whether the double-IPA as the "gold standard" craft beer drinker was their target here anyway. I suspect their assistant brewer just knew this recipe would make a great beer, so they brewed it, and damn the classifications or ratings.

Cheers to Freetail brewery!

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by an impressive layer of foam; both the retention and the lacing impressed

Smell: A rather oniony tone from the hops; biscuity sweetness underneath

Taste: Biscuity malts, up front, with a pithy/oniony character developing in the middle and lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: The last of the Freetail beers that I have been enjoying over the last few days and, while good, is probably my least favorite of the bunch as it lacked the citrusy/piney character of some of the other offerings

Thanks, jl28r1, for the opportunity

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Photo of beenitty
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always happy to show Texas some love.

Got a buddy to send me some stuff from the brewpub

A: Pours Orange/Brown with a nice bubbly head and good retention

S: Earthy, Yeasty, Pine. A bid subdued for an IPA in terms of something that stands out here.

T: Bready. A bit watery. Nice hop finish.

M: Crisp, but nothing amazing. Flavor builds with each sip but still leaving something to be desired.

D: Easy drinking, sessionable IPA.

From the artwork, I was expecting a bit more flavor from this IPA. I figured that since its dry hopped it would stand out a bit more but it left me hanging a bit. I think I'd like to try this on draft to compare because the other reviews seem to indicate that on tap the taste stands out a bit more.

I think its good, but other Texas IPAs like Stash IPA blows this outta the water. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freetail is calling this a SoCal punk inspired IPA, which … well, I’m not sure what it means, exactly. They’re clever and creative, and anything west coast tends to be easily summed up as: hop bomb—but this ain’t your one-dimensional cliché of a hoppy IPA in the least.

It pours an auburn color, dark and caramelly.

There’s a lightly hopped aroma to it, along with a delicate hop flavor and a slightly bitter, crisp finish. This is more akin to a hoppy pale ale, with a well-balanced malt backbone and enough sweetness to contrast the hops. Another good one!

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Photo of jamescain
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours golden-yellow with about a fingers worth of head that fades into a thin lacing and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Huge citrus notes with subtle tropical fruit and pine blending with malty sweetness.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit and piny notes with a nice malty backbone balancing it all out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a dry finish and lingering bitterness.

Overall: I'm glad Freetail decided to have an IPA on tap at all times. So far this is my favorite of the versions that they have brewed. Good aroma, balanced taste and refreshing to drink. I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold like straw with at least a finger of head that has decent retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malts and big citrus hops.

T - Follows the nose, caramel sweet malts, citrus and grassy hops that are very prevalent.

M - Well balanced, medium in body and rather smooth.

D - Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Soul Doubt IPA from Freetail Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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