F5 IPA | Coop Ale Works

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of RDLARK
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
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 -7.1%
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 -20.2%
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 +1.2%
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 -4.7%
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 +1.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +5.4%
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 -49.3%
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 +1.2%
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 -1.7%
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 -3%
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 -5.2%
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 Kurmaraja
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
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 -1.7%
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 +21.2%
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 +20.7%
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 -18%
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 +1.2%
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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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orange color with 1 finger white head that quickly dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained, there was some lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: pine resin, citrus and bread.

TASTE: initially sweet for just a moment and then the hops burst onto the scene, nice pine resin hop profile that really lingers, there is some grapefruit citrus and bread.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: this is a very good traditional IPA that would appeal to anyone who enjoys the style, I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of itshartshaped
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the grapefruit, citrus aroma and taste. Crispy. This is such a great Oklahoma beer that I can have locally on tap at one of my fave pizza places, Hideaway. Pairs nicely with their high end pizza. Sorry I'm deprived of drafts here. This is definitely low on the bitter scale, which I like. Very smoothe. So.. get your own 4 pack (no sharing), pace yourself, its a delicious porch pounder lol.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: The beer is a slightly hazy orangish-copper color with a very thick, foamy cream colored head. The head takes a while to settle and leaves thick bands of foamy lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Really strong citrus notes coming through with a lot of pine on the back end.

Taste: 100 IBUs of pine, cedar, grapefruit rind, on top of a malty base. The finish is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and creamy.

Overall: This is excellent if you want lots of bitterness and a thicker feel. Not much in the way of tropical fruits -- a lot of grapefruit and pine.

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Photo of halfgermanhalfirish
4.96/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I have tried well over 100 IPA's and most of the popular, highly rated ones from Dogfish, Goose Island, Founders, etc., etc. This little brewery in Oklahoma makes the best one, hands down. It delivers a classic IPA smell and taste that is off the charts. All IPA's are bitter and for a lot of people (including myself) they can be a little to harsh....not this one. You get the hoppy bitterness but it has an amazing smoothness and mouthfeel that adds a level of drinkablity that most IPA's don't have. Pay no attention to the negative reviews on this beer.......if you have a FRESH can there is no way it will disapoint.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium frothy white head that goes to a film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet tropical and citrus fruit with some crystal malt and piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruit with dank and resiny hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, decent fruity resiny IPA but a bit watery.

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