Thunder Canyon Thunderhead IPA | Thunder Canyon Brewery

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Thunder Canyon Brewery
Arizona, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The granddaddy of pale ales, this style got its start as a special brew for English soldiers living in India. Our IPA is a medium bodied ale, with a light copper color and characterized by an intense hop flavor, with full flowery hop aroma and higher alcohol content.

Added by Gusler on 02-15-2003

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Lobina
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yemenmocha
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teraflx
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nhoelzen
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Satan70
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bsnone
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sooner961
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium sized off white head quickly falls above a clear bright copper golden colored beer.

Big nice aroma of citrus hops with a nod towards some pine.

Nice west coast citrus and pine hops taste.

Slightly bitter in the aftertaste that brings along the citrusy hops taste with this medium bodied IPA.

Nice tasting easy drinking IPA, a worthy drink.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of LittleDon
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with some haze. It has no head, but this may be the product of very wet glassware or how it was poured. It produces some lace that slides down the glass. Light carbonation. Strawberries and hops aroma. It's clean and hoppy up front. The hopping indistinct, nothing spectacular about their characteristics. Medium bodied, pleasant bitter finish that doesn't stick too hard to the back of your tounge.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkish/pale hue as poured from a growler purchased at the brewery. It has a nice white foamy head, with aromas of grapfruit and citrus upfront. Pretty smooth for an IPA, but packed some bitterness that lets you know this is a well hopped beer. Flavors stayed throughout the drink. A very nice beer, worth tyring if you are in the area.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy yellow with a fair amount of foam. Moderate citrus smell, not overwhelming at all. Tasted a bit weaker than the smell would lead you to believe. A decent flavor, but a bit one-dimensional and not similar to a west coast IPA. Very drinkable, but just not the hop bomb that you tend to get out here.

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3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep golden bronze color. Orange - amber is another good descriptor. Clear and clean. 3" off white dense head. Excellent retention. Thick, foamy lace.

S - Huge grapefruit. Bitter peel. Some skunk that kind of throws things off. Hint of a creamy malty character hiding under all of those hops.

T - Hops not apparent up front. More of a malt in flavor than expected. Hops stay mild in the middle but explode into a sharp, bitter finish. Some creamy vanilla flavor in the mix as well.

M - Medium bodied, close to full. Low carbonation. Round and slick mouthfeel.

Good drinkability. Looks great, but struggles to keep up the rest of the way. Still, a good IPA.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clean copper color, light tan head, about 1/2 inch thick with decent retention. The smell is quite hoppy, more of a citrus hop scent. The citrus hops are strong with the first sip also, but not much flavor from the malt. The finish yields a moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but it leans toward being a bit thin/watery. Carbonation is nice, alcohol doesn't seem overpowering. Overall its a very drinkable brew, but I would have enjoyed more malt flavor/complexity.

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first impression of this beer is very good.

Color is a deep gold, resembling apple juice. Thick, strong head, with lacing all over. The head never really disappears.

Very strong, piney, hoppy scent, just the way I like it, without too much citrus. The spicy, floral smell is perking me up at the end of my meal.

Tastes much like it smells, but there's a moderate bitterness to boot. The bitterness doesn't linger too long though, so it's not too hard to drink.

I'm looking for some more malt though. This might be a bit off-balance. But those are some nice hops. I can never identify the type, but I know these are the kind I like.

Mouthfeel is fine, good carbonation, goes down well.

An IPA fan should like this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color and is visually quite clear. It is topped by a pale off-white head. This has a fully aromatic hoppy nose, citrus dominates with notes of grapefruit, and perhaps a hint of pine. This beer is fully hoppy throughout the flavor profile, it starts with a spicy herbal character up front. The bitterness starts to be apparent in the middle and then blossoms in the finish. There is a nice level of toasted malt in the middle that helps to accentuate the hops. This beer really showcases the hops without being overwhelming. This is lightly sweet as well, but it is not that noticeable because of the hop bite. This is nice and clean, and is technically spot on for the style.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium copper color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops and citrusy (orange peel). A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are fairly bitter and grapefruity. Nicely balanced towards the hops. It's hoppy without being over the top. Very drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light copper color, the head unpresumptuous in size, the consistency frothy, the color a light tan and the residue forms a nice clinging sheet upon the glass. Big floral nose, sweet malt, orange peel crisp and fresh as the morning dew. Front is malt and sweet, the top has a moderate feel to the palate, then “BAM”, kicked it up a notch with the hops ferine in their bite, stingingly acidic, dry and bitter lingering aftertaste, what a treat for us “Hop Heads”, once again “Draught Only” as I understand it.

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Thunder Canyon Thunderhead IPA from Thunder Canyon Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 18 ratings