Invasive Species IPA
Captured By Porches Brewing Company

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Captured By Porches Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
IPA - American
2.94 | pDev: 27.21%
Mar 09, 2020
Jan 02, 2009
Invasive Species IPAInvasive Species IPA
Notes: 92 IBU
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Ratings by Docer:
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2.74/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Docer from Washington

Grabbed a flip-top $1 dep. bottle of this at The Beermongers... heard about this brewery... and St. Helens needs one... even though many good ones exist further over in Astoria... Like Astoria Brewing (wet dog cafe) and Fort George brewing etc...

- Thick murky dark amber IPA... looks more like a cloudy double, or barleywine styled ale. White thick head down to a cotton sheet over the top.

- Estery... brown sugar... little bit of green olives... funky scent.. meaty really.... don't know what to think here. Not much hops showing through.

- Certainly some earth bitter hops show up in the flavor. Loving the hops... not liking the malt so much... a strange funky earthy meat flavor on top of a thick syrupy molasses.. strange indeed. Loving the hops again though even when I belch...

- Medium and slightly thick bodied... smooth really....

- Overall it needs some work... and my sister lives in St. Helens and helped fix the place up a bit... nice local support there. So far consistency is off... but I am sure we will see more great things from this brewery in the near future once they get things settled.

Jan 19, 2010
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3.38 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Mar 09, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Skrumpy from Oregon

I have read quite a few of the reviews & I understand why people may not like it. As an IPA, it is on the malty side. The hops does come through in the finish though & I thought it was a decent beer overall. Cloudy orange with a thin, tan head. Minimal lacing. Low on the carbonated side. Aroma is stone fruit and bread malt, with orange and yeast. The flavor has the bread malt up front & then some citrus, fruit, and floral notes follow. A bit of hops bitterness at the end, but not much. Doesn't leave a bad aftertaste though & it's quite drinkable.

Jan 27, 2017
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2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

One of those old fliptop 1L bottles, coveted by homebrewers.

Top almost became a product liability issue as it burst right off when opening, nearly taking an eye out, this ain't no red rider bb gun yall! A darker brown appearance, head inconsistent, lots of particulate floating all over the place. An aroma that was more like a plate of dinner than a beer.

Very bitter stuff, not much in the way of flavor. Nothing was enjoyable about the product, just merely a cool bottle you can reuse.

Jun 01, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MtOrion from Nebraska

I have not had many organic ales so far and I know that this is an experimental batch. With that said, Invasive Species does not disappoint unless you are after a hopped out, punch me in the face, IPA. The Citrus rings through and yet still rounded to keep your mouth calm and relaxed, allowing the bouquet to bring in the essence of sweetness. The malt does well holding hands with the chosen hops and delivers a unique and memorable bouquet which of course couples magnificently with the mouth feel. It is easy to see when unique is done very well, and here is where it can be found. If you want a memorable IPA that does not fit the mold and walks its own line and brings its own excellently executed characteristics, then do not pass up this beauty. Well done Captured by Porches for staying true to your Oregonian individualistic roots.

Apr 01, 2015
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4.36/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

I really liked this. It's a monster of an IPA with lots of hop bitterness, a nice malty backbone, and a tinge of amber character that helps round out the bitterness well! Slightly amber in color, medium/thick mouthfeel. Would definitely buy again.

Mar 30, 2015
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
by Spikester from Oregon

Nice looking IPA. About two fingers of off white head and good amount of lace. Head lasted at least five minutes. Smell is not much. A bit of grain and some dank hops.
Taste is standard American IPA but not as bold as the West Coast style. IBUs are now listed as 70 and it is plenty bitter. The hops are not complex at all just bitter.
Mouthfeel is just above light and carbonation is just enough.
Overall an average IPA. Plenty drinkable but not one I plan to revisit.

Nov 23, 2014
3.5 by rbeechan from California on Feb 28, 2014
3 by Kylemif from Oregon on Nov 07, 2013
3.5 by Kopfschuss from Oregon on Oct 26, 2013
3.25 by leftoverburrito from Oregon on Oct 11, 2013
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3.29/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mactrail from Washington

Pours a slightly hazy amber with an orange tint. Really nice cream puff head in the tall glass. Bubbly streamers and plenty carbonated in the mouth. If I had been given this in a blind tasting, I would have said it's a pleasantly dry cider with a touch of sugar and a surprising bitterness. The attractive foam lasts to the bottom of the glass. There is a woody and earthy taste. Nothing seems to identify itself as either grain or hops, so it's a rather mysterious concoction. It even smells like pears and apples.

I can see why people would rate this low as an IPA, but think outside the box. If you don't try to think of this as a beer it's a pretty good appley, tart drink with a bitterness like an Italian aperitif. Might be good over ice with a lemon twist. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice on 29th in Eugene.

Sep 09, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by oceanman907 from Texas

Shared with a friend and poured into two small tulip glasses.

A- Totally unfiltered and it shows, very hazy, but not the amount of sediment that some of the reviews have mentioned, A really thick head that had lots of surface tension when poured, but did not leave much lacing on my glass.

S- For me this was the best part of the beer, but a very atypical scent for a west coast IPA, chamomile and fresh cut grass were both noticeable, hints of sweet citrus, but only underneath the gassy exterior, and there was almost a lingering scent of papaya and banana, almost like a german hef, strange but intriguing.

T- Well it didn't taste bad, but for an IPA there just wasn't much hop flavor at all, the hop schedule for this beer must not be that aggressive, even though it was rated at ~60 IBUs, it tasted more like ~40, and as it warmed it tasted more like a Belgian Pale, with a stronger hay flavor that was bordering on skunky by the end... Makes you wonder when this was brewed and maybe thats why the hop flavor has degraded

M- Not enough carbonation for the style

O- I dont think this beer is totally unsavory, but it does need some work. Probably the best part of this beer was the bottle, which came with a flip top and a dollar deposit if you dont want to homebrew with it, a cool idea that I hope to see more small local breweries adopt.

Aug 11, 2013
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2.59/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by jamesonwilliams from Oregon

Bring a spoon, we've got a gusher!

The brewer is small and local, and I have enjoyed this particular offering on tap. When I bought two bottles today, though, I found the head to be very aggressive, and the sediment content to be overwhelming. Bottled, a lot of the flavors I initially liked about the Invasive Species are not present; it is bitter and vinegary, without the same complexity.

The appearance is great, and so is the texture, both bottled and tapped. It is a complex, opaque amber brown color, reminiscent of apple cider. Very unfiltered.

As with other offerings, "IPA" is a loose approximation of a title. In reality, the Captured by Porches brews are their own animals. In the case of the Kolsch, I would call it an innovation -- for this beer, perhaps there is more experimentation needed to offer a strong entry to wear the title.

Jun 15, 2013
2 by kscaldef from Oregon on Jun 03, 2013
3.25 by HarmonMW from Missouri on May 12, 2013
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2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by scottfrie from California

A: Pours deep amber with a huge, oily off white head slow faded into a greasy rocky film leaving patchy lace.
S: Bready malt dominates with some herbal hops and sweet caramel undertone.
T: Follows the nose. Bitter leafy hops, herbal, slighty piny, resinous and sticky hop oil. Finish is a mix of bitter cones and bready caramel malt, and aftertaste is full of hop resin and lingering bitter. Sweet and oily.
M: Medium full body, soft carb, sticky oily mouthfeel.
O: Strange, bitter but lacking complex flavor profile. Too much malt flavor but great bitterness.

Apr 03, 2013
1.5 by Weebay from Canada (ON) on Jan 23, 2013
3.5 by throwerbri from Oregon on Sep 29, 2012
2.75 by fitius5150 from Oregon on Jul 01, 2012
4 by amnesia85 from Connecticut on Apr 24, 2012
3.25 by rogerthegill from Oregon on Apr 14, 2012
3.5 by bluckbeyes from Oregon on Mar 28, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by dipso123 from Oregon

500 ml bottles w/crown cap.

Had a couple bottles, one nearly flat the other over carbonated. Both were very bitter and yet very little hop character. Pine is over the top and there is no malt to support it. Overall unpleasant.

Mar 28, 2012
1 by RElliott12 from Oregon on Feb 12, 2012
3.5 by shelby415 from Oregon on Feb 12, 2012
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2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by GreenCard from Maryland

Appearance: ruddy orange-brown, hazy, big layer of yellowy fine-beaded foam with good head retention; but VERY CHUNKY... if you don't pour the entire bottle into a glass with the first tilt, you're going to need a spoon to finish your beer

Aroma: herbally/citrusy hop scent with a nutty malt backnote

Flavor: bready, chewy malt profile that threatens to turn sweet but is tipped back by an acerbic, throaty hop bitterness; finishes dry with a long-lingering bitter aftertaste; hint of rust

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, mouth-scrubbing carbonation, fairly astringent

Other comments: A very raw IPA with a kind of throaty bitterness that verges on off-putting. The harshness dies down about midway through, though.

Jan 09, 2012
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2.92/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Jeriba from Arizona

$1 deposit bottle unlabeled. A gift from a friend-of-a-friend, who tells me it was the IPA. I'll take his word for it.

A: Pours a murky amber-yellow with a topping thick, creamy off-white foam.

S: Prominent floral aromas, followed by pine and citrus.

T: Lemon/citrus, pine--your typical fresh IPA first. After the first glass, it turns yeasty with lots of bananas. I was pretty careful to let the bottle settle before I poured, but this has a LOT of sediment.

M: Somewhat watery, and very carbonted, but certainly not a "gusher" as described by some of the other reviewers.

D: It's a strange experience to finish a bottle of "homebrew style" beer. This kind of thing will fly in the Portland area, if anywhere.

Feb 08, 2011
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2.04/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
by Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

Figured hey, a flip top 1L, good for homebrew. This beer wasn't even average homebrew.

Gushed from the pop. I mean, the top blew off the bottle! Chilled out after a few minutes. Clumpy head still. Aroma was garlic and steak seasoning (did I spill some on the beer in the cooler?).

Taste, so gritty, looked like homebrew. Maybe even nugget hops, was extremely bitter. Wasn't enjoyable in any sense, may have taken a little enamel off the teeth. Was very happy to get this one over and done with. Would like to try it again, but fool me once, twice, you know the saying.

Sep 21, 2010
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1.91/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by brewcat from Oregon

WTF. Can't imagine this is the beer they intended to sell. At the first pop of the swing top I was doomed. Gusher! Foam everywhere and difficult to poor. When everything quieted down the aroma was a blast of sour/tart citrus (lemony) which was present in the taste as well. The body was thin and abrasive. Would love to try this fresh to see if it's just a bad bottle. Bummed too because I hate to write a negative review of such a small brewery.

Jul 11, 2010
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1.4/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
by philbertk from Washington

Captured By Porches Brewing Company--invasive species ipa--2010 25.4 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 70 IBU's. (1.0 / 5.0) Huge foamy thin rocky mild lace off white head. Big tight sour sediment pellicle. Clear pretty bright rich orange gold color. Sour floral pine hop front. Tangy sour sweet fizzy fruity body. Sour citrus end. 2nd Bottle tastes better, and hints of a good IPA when fresh and bottled properly, but still dumped both. Sampled 7/4/2010. 2 @ $4.70 Each

Jul 05, 2010
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3.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by goatgoat from Arizona

The server at Saraveza sent me back to California with this bottle.

Pours a muddled rust color. Thick foamy head, tan in color, leaves a sticky lace. Aroma is thick sweet tropical fruits, lots of pineapple. Moderate malt body with a good bitter finish. Medium body.

Nothing special, but a nice offering from a small brewer. I do enjoy the starling label.

May 29, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

Flip-top bottle.

Pours dark copper with thick haze and a full inch of beige froth. Plenty of lacing throughout the glass and a solid skim coat held tight.

Aromatics start off with pungent tangerine pith and dank herbage. Crushed chives stuffed into a tangerine peel with earthy bark. I was getting a lot of Summit hops, but there is plenty of garlic and onion as well.

Medium bodied with a slightly tacky mouthfeel.

Oily citrus and a medium malt base start the palate. Slightly resinous with orange oil and candied grapefruit. Hints of pine and earthy grass.

Finishes with a light bitterness, lingering tropical hops and sweetish malt.

The nose is so dank it might be over the edge, and the palate comes off a bit light on the hops after the massive promise form the nose.

An interesting IPA and would certainly revisit.

May 13, 2010
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3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by cswhitehorse from California

I was looking forward to this as it came it a cool flip top bottle to re-use next time I bottle. Pouring into the glass it had a good head but color was a hazy amber with some lacing.

The smell was a little off and gave the aroma of green apples. It was more malty in the nose than I am used to. Taste was dominated by the off flavor which I would gather is the green apples. Some citrus in the background. In the mouth it is semi dry and goes down easy. Overall the bottle was sweet but it may need some re-tooling.

Feb 02, 2010
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3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by sinistermadman from Oregon

Pours a hazy deep gold with a creamy, burly pancake-like head that retains well. Minor lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is slightly sweet but mostly subdued.

Initial taste is underwhelming, but midway through the beer brightens with some mild rind-like hop notes. Finishes somewhat grassy with a faint veggie undercurrent.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin with a slick presence on the palate. Malt profile could use some bolstering and the overall "feel" comes off a bit watery. Overall not a bad beer, just not my style. Cheers.

Feb 01, 2010
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3.02/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
by inthebeeraisle from Oregon

I bought this bottle at Cork on NE Alberta. The bottle is a $1 deposit, the brewer reuses the bottle. It is a pop-top bottle listed as 1 pint and 9.4 oz. American pints here so the bottle is 25.4oz or a normal 750ml wine bottle size. I used a english pint glass 20 oz.

A- After noticing a heavy yeast content in the bottle I poured this beer slow. It poured dark, unfiltered, and heavily carbonated, but head dissipated quickly despite being thick.

S- A sweeter note then one would except from a 6.3% IPA. Almost a Belgian golden ale smell. Low hop content on the nose.

T- Okay, this tastes like an IPA now. A slightly sweeter malt front is backed by a fairly dry hop profile. The flavor of the hops & yeast stay with you.

M- This beer feels much lighter then I expected.

D- Yup, I'll have another one sometime. Good luck young company.

Jan 28, 2010
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3.86/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by MadeInOregon from California

Well, with the bad reviews already posted I was kinda dreading popping the top of this artsy-labeled beer which I picked up recently while in Oregon. Personally, I think the reviewers are being too harsh. This beer isn't the best, but it certainly is not bad...

The appearance is quite dark for an IPA--the darkest IPA I've ever seen in fact. It resembles a dunkelweizen in color. It also has the massive, pillowy off-white head to match with nice frothy lacing throughout drinking. It looks nice, just a little too brown for an IPA. There is LOTS of yeast in the bottle which makes for an extremely cloudy brew, which is nice.

The smell is interesting. I think this is the lowest point because it is unusual. After several whifs I picked up hops, yeast, and an odd nutmeggy cinnamon-like spiciness.

The taste is more similar to a nice pale ale than an IPA in that it's not very hoppy and lacks the intensity of most IPAs...especially the ones coming out of the NW, like this one is. It is also quite carbonated from the yeast, which adds a nice Belgian-ish flavor, by the way. There is also a good bit of alcohol in this beer. The label says 6.3% but mine tastes and feels more like 6.8-7.0%--perhaps it fermented more since December (?).

The Invasive Species IPA has a good body and nice consistency all the way through. I found it very drinkable and very enjoyable. I think it could be improved by adding less yeast, but, as it is, it's an interesting variation on a NW IPA.

One more thing, the flip-top is dope, but I'm not really feeling (or understanding) the whole bird theme. Is the beer commemorating invasive birds in Oregon, or is the beer invasive? Seems like another brewer putting inside jokes on their labels. And what's with the Imperial Japanese flag motif? Weird.

Jan 25, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by ccrida from Oregon

Hazy bronzed orange with a light, frothy white head, small,with big bubbles and little last.
Smell is sweet citrus, like orange marmalade.
Taste is also fruity, cascade hop flavor and esters reminiscent of belgian yeast. Fairly malty, moderately bitter, a slight off-flavor masked by the fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is dry, lighter bodied.
Drinkability is ok, not bad but still can use some work.

Aug 07, 2009
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2.12/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by RedDiamond from Oregon

A problematic beer in every dimension outside the visual. This IPA's appearance forms around classic amber tones with a soapy head of airy froth. Looks good. But the first whiff carries with it a troublesome cidery element suggestive of acetaldehyde. The flavor is a fierce, overwrought maelstrom of bittering and little more. An acerbic fist of lemon rind punches through. And the mouthfeel is like razor stubble.

Drastic and scorching. And it gets worse as you drink it.

Jul 13, 2009
Invasive Species IPA from Captured By Porches Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 40 ratings