IPA | Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
Nebraska, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
India Pale Ale is about balance. The right balance of malt, hop flavor, bitterness, and aroma to create an unforgettable ale. Lucky Bucket's Original American IPA begins with a nice malt bill that lets the brew stand up to the mountain of hops added later. After the boil, the hot wort (the beer before it's really beer) is fired through a hop back, a unique four-barrel stainless steel tank filled with a gratuitous amount of raw flower Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade hops, extracting the aromatic oils and flavor of the hops. Followed with additional dry hopping in the fermenter, the end result is a big, well-balanced West Coast-style IPA with terrific hop flavor and aroma. Lucky Bucket IPA weighs in at 65 IBUs and 6.3% ABV.

Added by RedHaze on 05-23-2010

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, no dating. Obtained via a friend's beer of the month club.

Appearance: Standard dark yellow color. 1 finger of head, off-white. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Clean, grassy, orange, lemon, pine. Some sweetness on the nose as well, maybe honey.

Taste: Upfront tastes much like the smell, somewhat subdued, with good hop taste. Towards the end of the swallow however there is some unpleasant sourness and unpleasant taste. Moderate bitterness at the end but again the lingering aftertaste is that of lingering acid and sourness.

Mouthfeel: Along with the smell, probably the high point in this beer. Fairly smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A young brewery, not necessarily a bad offering from Lucky Bucket. A good hop selection with nice mouthfeel makes this one drinkable, but the meld of unpleasant tastes makes this something I would pass on in the future.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a cloudy tan and poured a slight head with slight lacing. The smell was hoppy with a woodsy smell. Very Christmas tree tasting. Citrus hoppy over the top for me. I will not buy again.

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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer review for my Christmas present; a beer of the month club subscription. I was kind of impressed they found a Nebraska brewer I'd never even heard of. Pours a light orange brown with nearly full clarity. Really like the head and lace combo. Nose is light and fresh with floral and citrus hops and underlying biscuit malt.

Mellow and well balanced in the first sip with an outward citrus and herbal hop lean but plenty of medium malts. Finish is more slightly spicy hops. Texture is just thin enough to really increase the drinkability quotient. This is another decent, if not spectacular entry into America's crowded IPA market. This is easy to drink and satisfying, but not up to the level of the elite examples of the style.

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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a darkish orange color with a one finger head that lasts a bit. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: orange and floral hops rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, a hint of lemon zest, pear, and a floral bitterness creates a mild flavored IPA that is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Short aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: a very easy to drink IPA that won't overwhelm the taste buds. Decent version of the west coast style here.

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3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Clearish gold with a finger of white head.

S: Fruity piny hops. West Coast-ish and very nice!

T: Good beer, moderately good IPA. Malty, soft, and round with noticeably fruity body and a nicely bitter hopbite on the endtaste. Aftertaste is dry and bready.

M: Robust and pleasant.

O: Not a great IPA, but a decent beer. Drinkable. I'd maybe have another, if not recommend.

ABV: 6.3%
IBU: 60
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel 60L, White Wheat
Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo

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IPA from Lucky Bucket Brewing Co.
3.64 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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