Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Blue Hills Pub Draft IPA | Blue Hills Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Blue Hills Pub Draft IPABlue Hills Pub Draft IPA
51 Ratings
Blue Hills Pub Draft IPABlue Hills Pub Draft IPA

Brewed by:
Blue Hills Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
the 22 oz bomber & draft version of the IPA.

Added by Duhast500 on 09-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of milkbone_underwear
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of Duhast500
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a clear dark amber/gold with two or three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a bit bitter with some spicy hop flavor coming out first in the nose. Upon further inspection there is some lemon flavor mixed with a slight boozy alcohol flavor.

The taste is bitter at first with the same bitterness that was there in the nose. Some sweet malt flavor is hidden behind a wall of bitter hop flavor. It's there and is detectable but is almost washed completely by the bitterness of the hops. As it warms up, and I get used to the bitterness, there is a nice still hop flavor that brings some earthy flavors and reminds me of autumn.

This beer has a good-sized body and it hits with a good-sized hop punch. There is a decent balance to this beer once the beer warms up. The malt is able to shine some and the bitterness lets go. It has a good drinkable feel and goes down well after the first bitter pop.

 994 characters

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of electtodefer
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from brewery tasting.
A hazy yellow slightly darker but not quite an orange color. A decent head that dissipates to an even layer of lace. Nose is a caramel and biscuit malt body that has a nice kick of earthy citrus hops. The body here is great. A fine balance of a full bodied malt bill and some east coast hops. A caramel/biscuit body, just like the nose, with a great kick of citrus, slightly tropical fruit with a nice earthy character. A full bodied IPA with a lot of great subtle characteristics. This IPA isn't try to smack you with hops, which is a good thing.

 576 characters

Photo of gregshead
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 6/18/11. Reviewed from notes

A: Pours an amber color. Mostly clear. Finger thick head

S: Good citrus/grapefruit aroma. Some sugary malt on the nose

T: Taste is much more orange and lemon than grapefruit with a caramel malt backbone. Really refreshing.

M: Little bit thicker feel. Light on the carbonation

O: Surprised by this IPA. Tasty and unique flavors. A nice change of pace.

 395 characters

Photo of AllHatDavidson
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It breaks the traditional model of an IPA, so if you’re expecting intense, liquid hop nectar or west coast bite you won’t find it here, though the hoppyness and bitterness is definitely present enough to warrent it being called an IPA. It’s just different. Medium to full-bodied, and very drinkable Pretty good overall effort.

 332 characters

Photo of xxHelderxx
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. For the price point you really can't beat it. I paid $3.95 for a 22oz bomber and this beer is just lovely.

Appearance is a burnt orange color with good clarity. Not a whole lot of head retention as the small amount of head that resulted from my pour subsided rather quickly. Only a thin rim remains.

The nose on this one is all about caramel/malty sweetness. Very pleasant notes of cereal grain and toffee.

The taste is much like the nose but with a hop presence that you can't really smell. Great balance here. It starts sweet up front with notes of caramel and grain, then eases into a bitterness which sticks around but isn't overwhelming.

Mouthfeel here is medium, with adequate carbonation for this style.

This is very very drinkable. I didn't expect this beer to be this good. Its a serious bargain, quaffable and a true delight. You need to try it.

 881 characters

Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured beer out of the growler into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Nice citrus hops followed by caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Grapefruit and orange flavors balanced by the caramel and bready malts. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, drinkable, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice IPA that I look forward to drinking more of from the brewery. Such a drinkable and enjoyable IPA.

 616 characters

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic tumbler. Pours a pretty clear golden copper color with 2.5 fingers of creamy white head, good retention and nice lacing. Fine looking brew.

Smells pretty citric hoppy. Lemon in particular. A bit of pale malt. Nice but not exciting.

Tastes good- very drinkable. Malts are pretty evenly balanced with the hops (for an IPA). Pale malt sweetness washes over the palate first, followed by a round hop-tang. Get more lemon towards the end and finishes relatively dry.

Mouthfeel is very nice- medium light body with light to moderate carbonation. Goes down pretty easy and very refreshing. Not bad for 4.49. Not the best IPA but good enough to drink for sure.

 695 characters

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours somewhat hazy medium orange with cream colored thick head that doesn't last. Not a speck of lacing. WTF.

A nice blend of spicy resinous hops and malt. The malt has a slight sour twang, but it works.

Good hops up front. Piney flavors combined with toasted malt. Not really a sweet beer. I find toasted bread, no caramel. The hops dissipate to bitter malt in the finish. It works, but will not b a favorite of hop bomb lovers.

Medium body. I want a little more carbonation; a little more zip.

Not bad. A decent flavor and a mediocre structure. A good beer overall.

 572 characters

Photo of Stockfan42
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour with slight chill haze and a short beige cap. Fine, sticky bubbles clung to the glass. Nice aroma. Hops were citrusy with a bit of spiciness, but fairly light. It was also a bit fruity with a clean malty nose. A little mild overall though. Soft bitterness up front that melded nicely with fruity hop flavours and malt sweetness. Towards the end the bitterness really took over, leaving a resinous, spicy taste that mingled well with the alcohol that was present. Notes of biscuit, caramel, and grassy hops were also present. Medium bodied with carbonation that was a little lower than average, light dryness, nice texture. I liked this one. Refreshing and flavourful, pretty tasty.

 694 characters

Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours a typical amber color with some slight haze along with a 1 finger thick bone white hea forming on top that dissipates to a thin surface layer while leaving SOME LACING on the glass.

Thinking I'm getting a bit of a cold, it's tough to get very much on the nose out of this one. However, from what I gather I can smell a bit of pine (cascade hops) along with a hint of grapefruit and maybe some orange peel. Somewhat weak, but it may have to do with my sinuses having "issues".

Sipping reveals a rather bitter hops flavor, while the pine on my nose is not really there on the sip. A slight grapefruity flavor or lemon rind flavor comes through as well. The swallow gives a somewhat "old english ale" flavor which is nice.

The body is nice in terms of drinkability. Very easy drinker, and the near-7% is hidden well, but nothing real flashy here. Would make an excellent session beer.

 929 characters

Photo of Sensaray
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark golden tone. Very earthly looking, cant see thru. Thick head, although I may have had an aggressive pour

Hoppy aroma

Earthy hop taste. Orangy citrus and caramel sometimes into bitter hop finish. Theres a hint of malty character, but not much to it and not very present. The bitter is the prominent thing here.

Medium mouthfeel. I didn't really like it for some reason. It was ok, but not digging it.

Overall decent example of the style. Wouldn't get six, but would have 1 or 2

 498 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Orange in color with a nice head.

S-Well balanced in the nose. Crisp hops and deep malts combine together quite well.

T-More bitter than expected. Piney hops overpower the caramel malt. The bitterness lingers. As the beer warms it becomes more balanced.

M-Fairly heavy body with a smooth finish. Slick and a bit resiny.

D-Nothing to complain about here.

Give it a try support your locals.

 396 characters

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured only a 1/2" off-white head but it did last quite a while. Hazy apricot color bordering on copper. Smells of tart fruit. Taste is only mild to moderately hoppy but it has a decent richness and a malty aftertaste. So I find this to be a quality beer but not among the IPA elites.

 284 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in followed by a strong but not over-powering hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not a bad beer but there are several others that are better in the style.

 723 characters

Photo of morebeergood
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an Irish style pint glass. Clean looking beer. Translucent body with a nice sunset orange color. Nice head forms, and there was also a good amount of lacing on the glass. Smell was hoppy and had a slight smell of lemon. Taste was very good. Nice balance of hops, but I could definitely taste some of the malt here also. Mouthfeel was pleasant, but had a bit of sweetness that I could have done without. Would have liked to see this beer finish a bit more dry. Overall, this IPA was pretty enjoyable to drink. I found this version much better than the 12 oz bottle from a six pack. The bomber Pub Draft IPA is totally different in a good way.

 673 characters

Photo of Bjlps
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Mikeynas
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Blue Hills Pub Draft IPA from Blue Hills Brewery
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 51 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.