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Vindicator IPA | Wallace Brewing / Orehouse Tasting Room

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Vindicator IPAVindicator IPA

Brewed by:
Wallace Brewing / Orehouse Tasting Room
Idaho, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the Vindicator mine in the Silver Valley, it is our biggest beer to date. A refreshingly mild flowery start with a nice rich, malty sweetness that balances the citrusy hop finish. Coming in at OG 1.079 and 80 IBU the Vindicator packs a wallop. We use the finest malted barley grown in Idaho along with pacific northwest hops.

Added by Lakes on 07-04-2010

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of BlueSpader
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Bottle from Brewers haven. Deep golden body, small, soft silky head, streaky lacing. Piney, hoppy aroma. hop forward in the taste, soapy and bitter. Some nice malts float around in the background, but this is a fairly hoppy IPA.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 12/01/16:

Dull orange-amber, mostly clear. Light tan to biscuity head of creamy fluff, well-retaining, chunky, quite lacey. Resin and caramel aromas, little else. Pleasant enough, but could stand more complexity. Resin nearly turns to pine and leather and leaf matter on palate, this is good. Caramel present still but more subdued by hops here than on nose. Bit of lemon-flavored tea in here as well. Tolerably bitter finish. Medium in body, somewhat syrupy, with abundant fine and prickly carbonation, a little too astringent.

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Photo of BeerReviewersAreGay
4.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Much better than many overpriced and overhyped IPAs, would buy again. Wallgreens

Smell: one of the best, cleanest hop smells ive ever sniffed.

Look; like any other IPA

Taste; Very tolerable for 70IBUs, also very much of a kick for a small 7%ABV.
Darkish taste to the hops, followed by a very caramely undertone, very unique, reminds me of Hop Stoopid but more IPAish.

Feel; Feels great in my mouth no home bro.

Overall; buy this over the torpedo or rampant that doesnt bite like the abv describes it should, Its always better when a lower abv bites harder than its bark, rather than a boasting 8% that doesnt do anything to you 8 down the road.

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Photo of drned
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy light-tan foam.

Smell: sweet, slightly bready malt aroma with an earthy hop character that also has a dash of citrus to it. Nicely balanced.

Taste: toasty malt base with an earthy hop character. There's also a bit of biscuit in the mix, which is not my favorite, but otherwise a nice earthy IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a nice creaminess for the style.

Overall: objectively not a bad IPA but I'm not a huge fan of the biscuity malt character.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rogerlb
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden, with a thin head that shows bubbles. Carbonation is fairly obvious in the clear liquid.

Nose is hoppy with some citrus and sour rind coming in. Also a slight breadiness. Fruity promise. Taste is typical IPA, less sweet at the beginning and a bitter pine before citrus comes on nicely and then a thin caramel malty finish. It feels creamy has no real hop resin, doesn't come in with big bitter aftertaste although presumably an 80 IBU. Slight basil or mint as one other user said makes the end of the sip very interesting.

My first impression is it's quite well balanced, doesn't overpower in any department. Hides the apparent 7% ABV very well. My second impression is there's nothing here that knocks me out, it's just a solid beer I almost feel I had to pay more attention to to appreciate it.

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Photo of rarigney
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnyminor
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snohojimbo
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hreb
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Truly pale in color, on the yellow side of amber. Moderate white foam. C-hop aroma balanced between pine and floral. More pine and resin on the tongue. But, surprisingly, it's matched with an ample richness. Not quite sweet, but there's evidence of residual sugar here. I did not expect that based on the color, which, combined with the 7% ABV, lead me to assume this would be a bomb of ethanol and IBUs. I find the result to be pretty well balanced. Purists will find the volume is turned up too high for a "single" IPA, and will no doubt find other defects. And it's insufficiently dry-hopped to be remarkable as a double IPA. Still I think this is underrated.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - with a nice little history lesson about a town of which I'd never heard laid out on the label.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly ecru head, which leaves some random alien script lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of piney, leafy hop bitters, grainy, crackery pale malt, faint muddled tropical fruit, a bit of more generic orange and white grapefruit rind, and a further weedy and herbal hoppiness. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, a touch of crackery graininess, pine resin and citrus-tinged bitterness, fading tropical fruit, and rising herbal, leafy, and zesty floral astringencies.

The carbonation is nice and light in its genial frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, the hops suddenly all out of their particular brand of sass. It finishes off-dry, as the biscuity caramel malt shows a bit of resurgence, while the hops turn out (surprise!) mostly fruity, instead of bitter.

A decent IPA, the robust maltiness and fruity hops going a long way in providing an amiable experience beyond this just being a bitterness delivery vehicle. Tasty, full, and worthy of repeat engagements, if I were to have more time to spend here in bucolic NOHO.

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Photo of Donkster46
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much flavor here. Just pine.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Birdlegs
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Justin-m
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of mr-jj
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber. No date.

Color is deep amber with a nice white head. Retention was good, lacing was excellent. Smell is sweet - cotton candy? Some floral hops on the nose as well. Flavor is very balanced - hop bitterness on the palate that gives way to caramel malt sweetness and finishes with a clean citrus bitterness. Body is medium, carbonation is moderate.

Overall, a very nice flavor profile, but the nose is missing more hop presence. Its a very drinkable beer and I would be happy to drink it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass.Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger light tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of mild caramel and bready malt and very nice piney, floral hops, slightly spicy. Flavor is hop forward, with somewhat resiny pine, hay grass; a light toffee flavor appears just before a rather abrupt finish of lingering resinous hops with just a light residual flavor of pine. Medium bodied with light creaminess, nice mouth feel. Has a good hop intensity, but the hop flavors are not as good as the aroma. The finish seems a bit unbalanced, with more bitterness than hop flavors, but I liked the hop flavors throughout. With a little more malt support and more herbal flavors in the finish, this could be quite an IPA. Good, but does not stand out in a style that is reaching new levels of excellence in the Northwest. Did deliver me my daily hop RDA in an agreeable way.

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Photo of calinative68
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

I grew up in the Silver Valley in the early 80's. Wish this brewery existed then! Picked up a bomber at Pilgrims in CDA at the recommendation of the store's beer sommelier along with other ID and MT brews.
Poured this when we got home this afternoon - the first thing that strikes me is how balanced it is; solid citrus hop in harmony with the malt. I could drink this all day though at 7% maybe not!
With all the over the top hop monsters out there it's nice to see this offering. Solid job!

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Photo of Duggie
3.44/5  rDev -5%

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