India Pale Ale | Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Court Avenue Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bditty187 on 07-30-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear coppery orange beneath a small beige crown. While it lasted, the foam was decently creamy and was sticky enough to leave a smattering of lace in a 'painted on with sponges' pattern. Not a great IPA look, but more than passable.

The nose was pretty good too. It didn't burst out of the glass, but neither was it something that required concentration to appreciate. I'm guessing that Cascade was the dominant hop (perhaps the only hop) in use. The beer smelled grapefruit fruity and... well... just very Cascade-like, it's as simple as that.

What malt was appreciated (not much) was slightly caramel-like. The first few mouthfuls seemed to have a modicum of sweetness buried down deep, but that impression lasted only as long as it took for the unleashed alpha acids to gather steam.

The flavor was akin to white grapefruit peel (not the yellow, oily, pungent zest, but the firmer, white, pithy peel underneath the zest) liberally coated in crushed aspirin. I'm all for bitterness, but not bitterness to this insane degree, bitterness unaccompanied by any hop flavor. India Pale Ale was well beyond my threshold for enjoyment.

The mouthfeel was suboptimal for an IPA since it was light-medium at best. The harshness of the bittering wasn't helped by a fizzy, fairly harsh carbonation that barely began behaving by the final few swallows. There was no trace of creaminess in the mouth. Not one bit.

My biggest problem with Court Avenue IPA (other than the flavor, of course) is that it's bound to turn off those casual drinkers who muster up enough courage to order a pint. Whereas they might have been persuaded to explore (or to further explore) craft beer after drinking a good local IPA, after sampling this one they're more likely to have their worst 'bitter beer' fears realized.

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Photo of bditty187
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coppery-bronze hue, served with a skimpy, soapy white head. Slight haze. Webs of lace. Pleasant hoppy nose, mildly aggressive, inviting for sure (even without much complexity). Dry palate, clean and leafy... no citrus, no pine, flatly hoppy. The body is thin, little malt backbone, too clean (to be great). The yeast is noticeable at the finish. Modest carbonation. Refreshing and drinkable… it’s just not very aggressive, Pale Ale-like. Decent, try one.

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India Pale Ale from Court Avenue Brewing Company
3.32 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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