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F5 IPA | Coop Ale Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States
coopaleworks.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
554
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
30.54%
 
 
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39
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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is sunset orange with a frothy, off-white head. Lots of citrus and grapefruit right up front. Big time grapefruit and fresh hop presence. Profoundly bitter finish, with lingering tartness. Grapefruit rind, orange rind. Dry. Yet, the feel is somehow creamy and smooth. Well done. I hadn’t heard of this beer and had no expectations.

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

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! Hated this beer when I lived in Oklahoma. Now I've learned to love the hops and am happy to try this again.

A: Slightly hazy darkish red/orange/amber. Finger of bleached head. Head retention is moderate. Lacing is outstanding. Carbonation inches its way to the top.

S: Big dank grapefruit. Leaner citrus (lime/lemon). Noticeable malt in this one as well. Comes across as a sweet breadiness.

T: Huge hops. Mouth punch. A 100+ IBU single tier IPA is going to be bitter, and this one is. Hops contribute a definite west coast vibe. This one is grapefruit rind, pine needle, slightly floral. However, there is a persistent grain quality that carries from the mid palate through the finish. Finish is a floral and sopay bitterness that definitely lingers.

M: Medium bodied for the style. Fairly crisp, slightly creamy and very, very dry.

O: Good stuff. Used to live two miles from the brewery and never once tried the IPA. What a shame.

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Photo of hbensinger
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful light amber color with a hint of red. Thin but persistent head of foam with great lacing.
S: Strong floral and piney notes with a hint of citrus.
T: Big hop bitterness but well balanced with body.
M: Good mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
O: One of my absolute favorite beers from COOP Ale Works. I try to get my hands on it any time I can.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this beer is like the nice little christian girl you've known for years, always thought was pretty cute, but way too nice for you. then, one day, after too many india pale ales, you find yourself with her, and she performs unspeakable acts upon you, to your utter astonishment and delight, your mind is blown, and she's not such a goody goody after all. not that such a thing has ever happened to me, it hasn't, but this beer is a good proxy for what it would be like if it did. I've had a million india pales, love them all for the most part, so you don't expect to be floored by one on a last sunday early afternoon. f5 is all of that. rich hazed over pale bronze colored with a lasting inch of dish soapy white fluff. the nose is beautiful, floral tropical hops, like new zealand varietals, I'm expecting a soft and delicate hoppy beer, but nope, one sip and i realize this is a 100 plus ibus of hardcore bitterness and assertive hop punch. my first beer from coop sort of wiped me out, palate wrecker status. so hoppy and bitter, resinous, west coasty. tasty as heck, but unfortunately the fruity hop notes from the aroma don't translate to the taste at all. feel rules though, big and fluffy, well carbonated and robustly bitter. the aftertaste is a little much for most people i imagine. this was an adventure to say the least.

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Photo of markgugs
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra beer courtesy of trade with okbeerlover. 16oz. can poured into a NEBCO tulip

A: Poured vigorously into my glass, this produced a huge, dense head that gave way to rings of sticky lacing. Color is fairly typical-yet-enticing Arnold Palmer iced tea in style.

S: Somewhat lacking and definitely doesn't give away the massive hops that are contained within. Slightly sweet, smells fresh.

T/M: HOPS! Truly a west-coast style IPA, and one that's done very well at that. Profile here on BA mentions grapefruit, citrus & pine, but the to me it's ALL pine with lingering grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Not quite out of balance, but the hops overpower everything else. Malt is on the moderately-burnt toast side of the spectrum. Perfect carbonation, so mouthfeel is about what you'd expect.

O: I will stop just short of calling this one-dimensional because it's still immensely drinkable, and I don't typically care for unbalanced, overhopped IPAs. So this isn't that. It is, however, a very well-crafted west coast IPA, and as long as you enjoy a pine/grapefruit-heavy hop profile, this will be right up your alley.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is sunset orange with a frothy, off-white head. Lots of citrus and grapefruit right up front. Big time grapefruit and fresh hop presence. Profoundly bitter finish, with lingering tartness. Grapefruit rind, orange rind. Dry. Yet, the feel is somehow creamy and smooth. Well done. I hadn't heard of this beer and had no expectations. A solid beer. I'd happily drink / buy this again.

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Photo of B75Avery
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Go to IPA off of shelf when able to get. Plenty to be had on tap at local restaurants which is great! This brew is comparable to any west coast IPA. If you have never had this beer your missing out on something special. Oklahoma is stepping up in a big way with this 100+ ibu brew.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can a hazy copper with a thin, foamy head. Big grapefruit nose. Grapefruit carries over to taste, along with citrus, pine, malt and hops. Serious bitterness. Oily mouth with some carbonation. If you like big, bitter hoppy IPAs - and I do - you'll love this one.

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Photo of jordanimal
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out from a 16 ounce can. Has an orange/gold hazy appearance, smell of hops and pine in your face. The punch of pine and hops hit you on taste first followed by citrus and more pine. Has a lighter mouthful and the finish retains a lot of the oily hoppiness and pine that slowly wear down your tongue.

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Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade. Hopefully this is a better representation of Falconers Flight hops than the other beer I've had them in. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice very slightly hazy rich amber (like the rock)/honey hue with a good two finger off white head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing.

S - Aromas are pretty good here. Much better than the previous beers I've had with Falconers Flight. Big citrus (orange) and pine. Very faint grapefruit notes and very faint malty sweetness. Smells pretty darn good.

T - Taste is pretty solid. Pine is the dominant flavour here, nice and resinous. Malts are in the background providing faint sweetness and balance. Very nice lingering bitter finish that prevents any caramel malt sweetness from ever getting too noticeable. Tasty, but rather one trick compared to the nose.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good, crisp and clean here with a good bitter finish. Dangerously drinkable.

O - Overall, a shockingly good IPA from Oklahoma. Wish the nose translated more in the taste. While this does not contend with the big west and east coast IPAs, if this was all I had to drink for a fresh IPA I would be quite content. Very nice.

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Photo of thebigfriendly
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hands down this is one of my favorite IPA's. In moving to Oklahoma City from
San Diego back in 2007 I was highly disappointed with the OK beer offerings. F5 renewed my hope when it was released in 2010. It competes with any of the west coast style IPA's that I had grown accustom to drinking.

The hop varieties of Falconers Flight, Columbus, and Amarillo blend quite nicely from start to finish. I would highly recommend getting your hands on a few!

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

A- rich golden hue

S- citrus, pine, lots of depth, big bold hop character

T- huge bright hops that linger with just enough malt to round it out and add a bit of balance

M- snappy, dry, refreshing

O- great ipa, crisp, very drinkable, hops with a big hit, really nice depth of character. I need another one!

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Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into an Idle Hands tulip. No date on can, but I am told that this is very fresh.

A - Pours a hazy, medium amber color. Seemingly very low carbonation with only a faint attempt at forming a head with what appears fizzing away quickly.

S - Big piney hop aroma...practically completely dominates the aroma. Lower level grapefruit and tropical mango make an appearance. Malt base is faint and consists of a bready and low caramel aroma.

T - Piney hops dominate. Medium high level crisp hop bitterness comes on and lingers well past the swallow. Grapefruity hops hand around in the background, just making a small impression. Malt is very mild contributing a lightly sweet caramelly flavor.

M - Quite piney/resiny with a strong bitterness that comes on mid-sip and lingers far past the swallow. Body is medium and carbonation is quite light...not still, but lacking vibrancy and managing only a faint tingle on the tongue. Detracts a bit, especially since I feel a healthy carbonation is essential in a good IPA for bringing out all of the hop qualities in full force.

O - Good IPA overall although far from perfect. The very low carbonation can take the blame for any negatives to be found...a lackluster, headless appearance (even with a somewhat aggressive pour), and a somewhat dead mouthfeel hurt the overall score of this beer. Flavors are typical west coast IPA with a super piney flavor throughout - very solid and tasty. Amp up the carbonation a bit and this could be a real winner.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Wes Welker's Sports Bar & Grill, poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - golden, some carbonation, medium, white head. Very nice lacing!
Smell - balanced citrus hops and calming malts.
Taste - follows the nose; well balanced beer!
Feel - complex; nice malt backbone, but the grapefruit bitterness is the highlight!
Overall - nice surprise...wasn't expecting this type of quality from an Oklahoma IPA!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can, shared by Doug at our recent HF tasting today, 10/22/2013. Poured into a Founders' snifter.

Pours a clear straw body, with a nice 1cm white head that dissipates slowly. Good lacing and retention. Not much else to describe here.

Smells awesome. Lots of grapefruit, citrus and pine. A little bit of bready malts in the back. But this is definitely a very hop aromatic beer.

Taste really doesn't back up the nose. Mostly a toffee bready maltiness with a lot of non-descript bitterness. Not that great, to be honest.. which is disappointing given the aromatics on the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, mostly just a non-descript bitterness. Not the most outstanding mouthfeel on an IPA, but by all standards its pretty solid.

Decent, solid even, IPA that has a fantastic aromatic component but fails to live up to that aspect in terms of the flavour and mouthfeel. That's all I have to say about this brew.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a deep copper in color with 2 fingers of foamy white head, tons of sticky lacing. aromas of grapefruit, grassy bitterness, soapy/pine, caramel. a garli-like spicy bitterness, tons of grassy flavor, lingering minty bitterness, basil, sweet malty backbone. medium in body, medium carbonation - an overall bitter, but refreshing beer.

this is a pretty nice ipa, very comparable to sixpoint's resin in flavor. pretty cool looking artwork on the can to boot!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One that I have had on tap numerous times in the Tulsa and OKC area. Great anticipation on the can release.

A- Immaculate looking amber colored IPA. 1.5 finger white head that has a solid amount of retention. Soapy lacing. Reminds me of a hoppy amber.

S- NW hops with a malt back bone that really stands out. Citrus and strong pine, but the biscuity malt base takes a back seat to nothing.

T- Hop city with enough malt to put up a reasonable fight. Grapefruit and pine galore. Ton of IBUs, but not really pounding you to death with bitterness.

M- Mid body near full. Not overly dry. Drinkability is respectable. Very little alcohol noticeable.

O- I certainly prefer it in a can over on tap. Not sure why. There is a lot of local hype with this one, and i will say it is maybe the best OK IPA along side Atlas from Marshall. A true delight for hop heads, but one that can still be really respected even if you are not.

$8 for 4 pk of 16 oz cans

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Photo of Hoppy_Girl
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It now comes in a can!!! Oh what a hoppy experience! The first smell is so clean and refreshing. For a beer with 100 IBU it is highly drinkable, especially for a hop head like me :) The one bad thing I have found with this beer is I can't just drink 1. My favorite Oklahoma beer by far!

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Photo of 4balance
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a gorgeous golden copperish color with small white head,this is so close to tasting like what's on tap. Canned 3 days ago.

Smells of citrus, grapefruit and pine begging to be tasted.

Taste is much more aggressive than the smell. Super citrusy face slamming hops, grapefruit and pine finish with a slight malt. Columbus and Falconer's Flight hops FTW.

Dry bitter finish that leaves your taste buds craving more.

Overall absofreakinlutely amazing. Left coast style done right in the Midwest.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright gold with maybe a tad of copper hue. Nice foam cap with great lacing down the glass.

Very citrus forward aroma. There is some pine in the background supported by fresh orange and grapefruit. Definitely leans West Coast style.

Fresh juicy citrus in the flavor too. Lots of dry hopping here as the front of the palate tastes like biting into a tangerine. As those flavors fades, a touch of malt comes out as well. Finishes piney with a tad bit of alcohol burn.

Medium bodied, but still fairly light on the palate, since the body comes more from the fruit juice aspect than malts. Only slight complaint is alcohol is a touch too noticeable for the ABV.

Very tasty beer and a good west coast style offering. Delicious juicy fruit sensation. Only minor quibble is I wish it were a bit smoother. I'd definitely drink this anyday.

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Photo of okbeerlover
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to IPA on tap at local establishments. Lots of hop flavor. Seems to be in between a standard IPA and an imperial IPA. Really like that I can get a West Coast IPA locally here in Oklahoma without compromising flavor. This is what I recommend to friends from out of town that love hops.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pint at McNellie's Public House in Tulsa on 3/6/13.

Hazy and copper tinged. Poured with a decent head and good retention. Muted resinous aroma. Big mouthfeel, very full bodied. Lots of bitterness middle to finish. Carbonation toward the soft side. Flavor profile reminded me more of a double IPA, decent amount of malt sweetness, but still very hoppy. Piney with a bit of citrus.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basic gold color with some yellow and orange. Thin but very clingy head leaves some solid lace on the glass. On the citrus side of the aroma equation but has a little resin in there.
Initial upfront taste is very floral and then malt washes over the palate.
Have to say these one caught me a little bit by surprise. little more complex than I expected. as it warmed up just a hint of booze showed to complete the hop, malt and alcohol triumvirate so dear to all of us.
really nice beer and good surprise from my Tulsa visit

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Photo of mhaugo
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.
Appearance: The color of polished gold. Perfectly clear. Thin cap of tight foam.
Smell: Very citrusy, like an overripe orange. Maybe add a touch of pineapple to the fruit salad.
Taste: Nice, clean citrus. Dry and drinkable as hell. Very well balanced. A nice little bite on the back end, but it has the good sense to only stick around for a bit.
Mouthfeel: Light and mildly effervescent.
Overall: Outstanding west coast style IPA. The citrus character is presented perfectly, and the bitterness is well balanced. I could drink a pile of this stuff.

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Photo of 6SpeedTA95
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, lets hope I can make it presentable!

Appearance: This beer pours a moderate gold color that leans a bit orange. Great lacing and good foam.

Smell: It smells piney and with a hint of fruit, perhaps orange? Hard for me to put my finger on it.

Taste: This beer is a touch fruity on the front at which point the fruit slowly fades and givesway to herbal notes. It has a hint of that alcohol smell (another called it boozy, not quite that strong IMO). This is an IPA and it wouldn't be an IPA without a good hoppy flavor. The hops are present from start to finish with what I would describe as a mild to moderate hoppy bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: This is what I would consider a medium bodied beer. It's not light and not heavy. The beer goes down smooth and has a solid hop presence throughout. I'm not generally a fan of fruity beers, I would not consider this fruity but there is a hint of fruit that is more prominent up front and givesway to the stronger hop finish.

Overall: This is by far the best IPA brewed here in OK and is more of a true IPA in my opinion when compared with some others, like Marshall's Atlas IPA (also good but different). In my opinion this is a top notch IPA that can compete with anything else I've had.

I've had this served on draught at a couple of local joints and it's currently in my keg here at the house.

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F5 IPA from Coop Ale Works
4.06 out of 5 based on 554 ratings.
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