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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.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 37
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Rogerlb
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 hreb
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +5.3%
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 mr-jj
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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 -2.8%

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 archyquaffer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The label claims 7% ABV, in contrast to the profile on this website, which states only 6%. Attractive label art with a prostitute who looks surprised to see you, along with a miner's helmet and crossed picks. Wallace is an awesome town and sorta like my town of Butte, Montana, but quite a bit smaller as well as WAY less sunny. I believe prostitution was legal here into the 1980s, which I heard tales of during my sojourn in nearby Missoula, Montana in my good ol' UM days .

Poured from a bomber into a shaker. A moderate or even semi-aggressive pour produces only about 1/2 inch of a creamy, but patchy looking head with bubbles on the edges. Nevertheless, the small head is quite sticky, with lace more or less covering the top and leaving creamy patches up the sides. The beer is a ruddy golden, middling pale color with plenty of haze. Ample carbonation can be seen.

Citrusy and slight piney hops are quite evident in the aroma, but I swear you can actually smell some malt. These floral characteristics are quite distinctive in the taste as well, along with some caramel malt flavors that linger into the aftertaste and seem to add to the mouth feel, which is pretty creamy. A little butter is also detectable throughout the quaff. The flavor is predictably citrusy and piney but overall very well-balanced with some genuine malt complexity that you can actually taste.

Many IPAs seem a little over the top to me, and I will sometimes avoid them. I had tried another of this brewery's offerings (I think a red ale), and found it very good. This one kept beckoning to me from the shelves. This IPA is a winner- it's about as hoppy as a typical northwest pale ale, but with plenty of malt complexity and a big body to go along with the enhanced ABV. Bravo!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Thanks to my folks for grabbing this one for me on the way up to Montana.

A- One and a half thick white, fluffy head with long retention. Large bubbles and sticky white lacing in the head's wake. It's all atop a crystal-clear light golden body. Looks ok.

S- Aromatic and floral hops. Fruity and pungent, with golden malts underneath. Great aroma.

T- Not as interesting as the aroma, still floral, and semi-fruity hops with a pleasant bitterness.

M- Lighter bodied with a clean, wet finish.

O- Decent IPA. I've had worse. The taste doesn't match up with the great smell though.

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Photo of Redrover
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at the At Saranac in downtown Spokane. It’s a nice place with good food and a pretty solid beer list.

This one was served in a standard pint glass (a Mariners logoed one at that!). The beer is a dark bronze with a beige head. It has lots of lacing.

Big jolt of pine and slightly sweet smelling grains in the nose.

The bitterness is balanced by the malts. Pine and citrus, a hint of mint and spice like basil. I liked how this one hung the flavors off a solid caramel malt backbone.

The mouth is thickish and coating. Very nice!!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought bomber of Vindicator IPA in a bottle shop. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color, hazy, with a thick bubble white head. Bubbles are slowly rising in the glass.

The smell is a sweet baked bread aroma. Candy scents like caramel are also in the aroma.

Taste is sweet bread and malt flavor up front, with a sweet citrus and pine flavor, more sweet than bitter, and a mildly biter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wet and crisp feel.

Overall a good IPA. Tasty and drinkable, not overpowering in any way.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up today at the Bench Fred Meyer... New to me brew and brewery.. Even cooler that it is an Idaho Brewery... Poured into my slim tulip.. short time white head... good spotty lacing.. the brew is clear light orange..

Nose shows more malt than hops .. pale malt and just enough citrus hoppiness to balance and weigh things slightly into the hop realm... but seriously... the hops are lacking on the aroma. MORE HOPS.

Decent hoppy bitterness.. but the main flavor is the pale malts/okay citrus hops... needs more hop flavor and a lesser maltiness to get into the "great" IPA category.. MORE HOPS.

Body is about right... probably a touch heavy, but I am not complaining too much...

I am happy I was able to stumble upon this one at Fred Meyer.. but it is going to need to be dialed down significantly to be picked up at the Boise bottleshops.


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Photo of harrymel
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At brewery was told: 7.5% ABV with 78IBU.

Pours a nice ruddy amber with a bit of light cream foam. Nose has some malt and hints of grapefruit, the nose didn't really open up for quite some time; initially I could smell nothing save an herbal hop tone. Flavor blends amber malts with some grapefruit and bitterness. Medium bodied with average carb. This is a middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of Solomonj515
1.69/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this beer has a very nice color and an amazingly nice thick head creamy peach color head.

very sweet smell like a nectory fruity smell.

not a very good taste for an IPA to me was not IPA. very sweet with fruity flavor. not very hoppy.

nice in the mouth very clean just a bit to sweet.

Overall not very good IPA no hopps and very sweet. but a very good looking beer.

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Photo of beerman1234
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer first off, reminded me of Inversion by dechutes brewery. I love that beer and when I tried this one I melted. I love this beer by Wallace. I found it extremely enjoyable to drink. It has a very distint IPA style, hop schedule was perfect and the the malts used in it were very balanced and tasty. Just seemed like they really put a lot of time in the making of this beer. I've been working on my recipes for my future micro brewery and I know how hard it is to perfect a beer recipe. Its a challenge and these guys definitely show great skill and craft in the making of this.

Taste: rich caramel and Hoppy, well blended and balanced

Nice appearance - thick caramel color with a nice head.

Aroma: Hoppy/earthy/somewhat fruity and a nice malty smell, overall balanced perfectly.

I put them on my resources site at: http://www.beerhopsnbarley.com and anything I can do to make this beer and the brewing company known beyond the northern idaho area I will definitely do. I spoke with the owner at the Harrison Idaho October Festival yesterday and he talked to me about the mashing process in the making of this IPA and I was blown away with the process of their mash temperatures to get that perfect alcohol level and taste. Thanks guys!

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Photo of MrSlim
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My daughter brought a case of Vindicator (bottles) when she came to the Midwest to visit. The bottles are 22 ounces. It didn't take long for the beer to disappear!

The flavor is excellent, I'm not a big hop head so I like that it has a full balanced flavor. You can taste the hops, but it's not bitter. Good aftertaste.

Wishing I could get Vindicator in Chicago.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Hazy straw colored with a nice white head. Good lacing.

Smell- Odd smell to it. Grassy hops and a sweet malt flavor. But there is something else. Has a "trub" taste to it.

Taste- Bitterness is right up front. Very sweet. There is a yeasty or "trub" taste to it that is not very pleasant.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is at least what a IIPA should be. It is a little on the thick side but not in a slick sort of way.

Overall- This is not very good, I am afraid. The yeasty taste is prominent and takes away from the rest of the beer.

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Photo of waterintobeer
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer form such a small brew staff.
Very copper brown color.
The smell is of hops and sweet malt.
A little more carbonation wouldn't hurt but a very good brew.
Good citrus taste and a local favorite. I hope expansion is in the future.

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Vindicator IPA from Wallace Brewing / Orehouse Tasting Room
3.6 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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