F5 IPA | Coop Ale Works

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Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A straightforward malt body supports the distinctive bouquet of Columbus and Falconers Flight hops that impart citrus, grapefruit and pine notes characteristic of the West Coast style. F5 is a belligerent hop reckoning.

100+ IBU

Added by bump8628 on 04-11-2010

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Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 569
Photo of thebeers
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold with three fat fingers of dense off-white head that slowly recede to leave soapy lacing.

Pine, honey and some light peppery spice in he nose. A hint of pineapple, too.

Dull pine up front in the taste, heavy bready malt mid-palate, and a bitter, peppery aftertaste. A touch of cardboard at three-and-a-half weeks knocks it back a bit.

Heavy bodied with a prickly mouthfeel. A little on the flat side.

Overall, a nice West Coast example. 03/01/17 canning date.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Per someone's suggestion below, this is the lower ibu, higher Abv version. Hopcentric but not tongue unraveling. Poured from a can, murky goldenrod, smells of rainy pine woods, tastes of grapefruit. Light and refreshing mouthfeel, I'm asking this beer to take the edge off the day. It's delivering.

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Photo of BigGold
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had in Norman, Okla., on draft into tumbler, and later poured from 12-oz. can, purchased in Okla., stamped "09/14/2016," into tulip. This is an excellent hop-forward west coast-style IPA.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a shaker, this was probably the best ipa I had in OK...it was totally solid and I'd be happy to drink it again, though it was well short of amazing. The hop bill brings a nice mix of fresh pine needles without the resin and some light bright citrus. A little dry on the end, but not too much, and a lively mouthful.

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Photo of RDLARK
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a real shame what they've done to this beer. Recognized by various publications as the finest IPA made in Oklahoma, F5 has been a go-to for me.

I have no idea why, but along with transitioning from 16 oz to 12 oz cans, the beer has also had the recipe changed. The resulting brew is 85 IBU (vs 100+ previously) and 7.1% ABV. The result is a sort of watered down version of the original. More malt-forward than it was with less aggressive hop smell on the nose.

Still decent, but not the same. It almost seems like this page should be retired and a new page set up for the new recipe. Suggest others note whether the beer they're reviewing is 85IBU/7.1ABV or 100+IBU/6.8%ABV

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is biscuit malt and pine dominant, with accents of grapefruit.

Flavor is more citrus pith at the base, with an aggressive, overly bitter, earthy finish.

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Photo of D1noB
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

An IPA that fades in and lingers with bitter and citrus.

Taste Rating in Words: A marathon, you hold steady throughout and drag into the finish-line, Then you realize, the finish-line isn't the finish, you decide you'd like to continue by running home because you're a beast that can't be stopped.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden orange with a fluffy white head, excellent retention and lacing.

melon, candied orange, grapefruit, earthy floral notes, herbs, pine, grass on the nose. on the palate is bright orange and grapefruit up front, sweet bready malts, some floral notes and a resinous pine on the finish. overall and enjoyable and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of ResidentHobo
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Drank it from the can, didn't see it.
S: Smells like grapefruit and maybe a bit of mint.. It' a refreshing smell
T: Overwhelmingly bitter. It does have a nice citrusy after taste though
F: Light-medium carbonation, consistency slightly higher than water
O: If you've not had and IPA before, you may want your first one to be under 100+ IBU. For a drink with this much bitterness, it is very good. It doesn't quite match my tastes though and I probably wont buy it again.

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Photo of Tommo
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Top of the line for oklahoma. Pours a deep amber color. The nose is floral with deep hop aromas. Taste is an excellent blend of floral hop, bitterness and malt. Crisp finish, very nice

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a pint glass. Pours a hazy, copper color with a white, one finger head that dissipates moderately leaving a small ring of lacing. Good aroma of pine and grapefruit with underlying malt. Taste follows the nose with citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops fronting a body that holds it own. Very balanced and not overwhelmed by the hops. Medium body and medium carbonation with no after tastes. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is very drinkable.
This is my favorite OK IPA. Undeniably an IPA without hop madness overwhelming and making it too bitter. The hops shine through without eviscerating the malt body. Something worth checking out if IPA's with some malt are your thing.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Dominant notes of pine and light citrus fruit rind in the nose. Quite a bitter taste but it's balanced by some toasty malt sweetness along with the aforementioned citrus zest. Medium to full mouthfeel - goes down very smoothly in spite of its bitterness. Not groundbreaking by any means, but a very solid and successful example of a west-coast style IPA. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Understated yet surprising West Coast style IPA---- made in Oklahoma. Coop Ale Works does great job. This is a very good go-to IPA with outstanding character and balance.

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Photo of JimFalzone
2.06/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Maybe I'm spoiled by east coast (heady) and west coast (Pliny) IPAs, but this was disappointing. Not sure why it is scoring so high on Beer Advocate. The hops have that dirty earthy taste that isn't as appealing (to me) as grassy, citrusy, or clean hop flavor. Not a horrible IPA, just not a top IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden amber poured from 16 oz can. White head didn't last. Smell was citrus, fresh, hops. Tasted grapefruit, citrus, maybe pine, and Very Noticeable hop Kick. If you want a High ibu ipa, this one will treat you Right. I didn't get much of a malt base though. It was all hops all the time.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Amber orange color with slight haze, fluffy head with lots of lace. Aroma is mix of floral piney hops and toasty bread. Taste starts with solid semi sweet caramel malt backbone with some dark fruit and citrus. Finishes dry with floral and piney bitterness coming through and lasting awhile. Medium mouthfeel with touch of oiliness. Good IPA overall.

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Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, piney hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of pine. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American IPA. Tastes of strong citrus hops, alcohol, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight pine, and a hint of earthy malt. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of tlema1
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: cloudy gold color, thin head
S: tons of citrus, some tropical fruit
T: nice citrus, yet no overpowering flavor
F: light body, clean finish
O: very nice IPA, smells better than it tastes

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Photo of donspublic
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into shaker from tap, 1 inch cream colored head fades slowly, nice lacing. Clear amberish gold in the glass. Smells of citrus and pineapple. Taste initially of caramel sweetness followed by citrus and pineapple and a sharp bitter finish. Good mouthfeel and body.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Oddly flat. Flavor and aroma are solid but that kills appearance and feel. Lots of citrus, pine. This is a bit musty in the finish so perhaps an old can.

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Photo of BriantheBeerHound
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Beautiful orange-amber color. Cloudy, partially-filtered clarity that is just outstanding. Head is a white, medium- density foam that leaves laces on the pint glass I poured it into.
Smell: Despite the moderately high abv, alcohol presence is limited. Nose-stinging citrus hops, basically. See taste.
Taste: Resinous pine notes and grapefruit, pretty much. Pretty straightforward, but simply on point for style. I will say that the
Feel: Nice lingering head smooth out this medium-bodied beer. Despite its bitterness, is extremely "drinkable" for the style.
Overall: easy to put away, hard to put down. +points because it's brewed by a local brewery in my home city.

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Photo of Pascal1967
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Loved this IPA. Had it in Tulsa, OK and was thrilled. It was the perfect IPA. Great hops (west coast style) no malty-sweetness that interferes. This is every bit as good, or better, than some of the greats: Bells' Two Hearted Ale, Loose Cannon, Truth (Cincinnati), Stone IPA, etc. My opinion is that F5 was better than them all. Amazing IPA. Very deserving of a high rating (currently 92).

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.9/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - standard IPA, not much head
S - delisious, piney, hoppy, slight citrus
T - very clean piney up front and on the aftertaste
F - slight carb but not much
O - One of the best IPAs out there. I am starting to notice most great IPAs are coming from the Midwest, maybe the water is a contributing factor...

Update: Beer seems to always be fresh so I am raising it to #1!

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Great color typical of a good IPA. Off the charts IBUs and you certainly get that with the smell and taste. Not for the faint of heart, but not smothering. I get piney notes on the smell and the distinct grapefruit bitterness of a good IPA. Not one of my favorite IPAs but that could be because the IBUs were a bit strong for my taste.

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Photo of Zorro
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange colored ale with a medium sized white colored head. This is decidedly IPA Orange.

Smells strongly of pine and roasted grain. Scent of orange and grapefruit but this is a big piney IPA.

Starts out sweet and mildly woody with a strong pine and citrus taste. Medium level of bitterness and a strong citrus after taste. Strong but not harsh at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very good IPA. Truth is I drank this stuff on tap for a week when I had to do some training in Oklahoma City.

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