Anna Belle's IPA
Galena Brewing Company

Anna Belle's IPAAnna Belle's IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,777
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,160
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.28%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
84
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Galena Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Anna Belle's IPAAnna Belle's IPA
Notes: A ruby beer with a burst of hop flavors and aromas are paired with a solid malt backbone and a clean and pleasant bitterness that lingers on the palate. Aromas of pine and citrus are prevalent due to heavy dry-hopping with a blend of West Coast hops.

80 IBUs
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 84 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a real malty ipa, but also intensely hoppy, kind of the best of both worlds here, on the edge of being a red ipa, although its more deep crystal malt color than amber to me, more in the gold and bronze family than red, nice head from the bottle holds on well. aroma shows a little oxidation, i wish i got to this one a little sooner, it seems to have fallen off just a bit. big baked sweet almost comforting grain complexion in the nose and taste, but also piney and very intense bitter hops, northwestern to me all the way, and even kind of old school in terms of varietals. the hops are there all the way through too, not just in the finish, balancing the malt the whole way, its a lot of both, and its pretty strong as they go, so its kind of filling and slow going, at least for me, more of a sipper than a pounder. some sweetness remains at the end, and the body is really heavy without a more lively carbonation. i feel like i might not be getting the best foot forward on this one, and ill have to seek it out again fresher next time, but i like the boldness here, the heavy balance, and the sort of timeless nature of the flavor profile.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Has biscuit base with amber malt, honey, and hops accenting. Nothing too exciting, tastes like a beer that was innovative 20 years ago, but now has been passed by. Little watery. Still a solid offering worth tasting.

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Photo of Thebrewdude08
1.77/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Had on tap at two location in Dubuque Iowa the week of Dec 19 2016. Unfortunately it receives a very low score because it was a dactyl bomb at both locations. Never an excuse to have one of those on tap anywhere.

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was in a hurry to get to the golf course and picked up 4 of the 16 ouncer's to take along. I consumed right out of the can but damn this is a great IPA! It seemed perfectly balanced to me and the 16 ounce cans make it very enjoyable because it is not gone after four quick swallows. I noticed the slight brown sugar flavor as well as the tropical sweetness that I am pretty sure was accomplished with the yeast. This beer is very drinkable at 7.5% ABV and if you get a chance to try it, it will not be your last time drinking it!

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Photo of cosiv
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a can into a pint glass. Golden brown with a small head, noticeable sediment.

S: Notes of hops and brown sugar

T: Well balanced hop flavor.

M: A little watery, but a nice carbonation.

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Photo of Pepper167
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Here's the gist... This beer is fantastic. It's not as "grassy" as I like my Pale Ale's to be, but it deserves way more respect than it gets on this site. It may be due to lack of popularity or bad marketing, but I would LOVE to see this beer selection in my beer aisle. 10/10 would buy again.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange color that has a very murky body. This beer has a gorgeous glow. Half a finger of creamy head on the pour. Rich sticky lacing left behind with each drink.

Smell: Bright citrus exploded out of the can. Nice pine body with lingering fruit accents of tangerines, mangos, and oranges. There is a touch of spices and peppercorns on the nose as well. Fresh caramel warms up on the body. Grains and freshly cut grass bring it on the body. Touch of bready, airy yeast rounds this one out.

Taste: The front is saturated undistinguished citrus fruits. Caramel and molasses syrupy malt profile warms up on the body. Sticky toffee continues to linger and sit heavily on the palate. Lighter tropical fruits with accents of mangos, tangerines, pineapple, and pine hit on the back end. Pine rides out hard into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich syrupy malt texture wins out on the palate. Lingering bitter pine also takes its toll. Carbonation is low but fits the big malt backbone.

Overall: Digging this local IPAs that are popping up all over the place. The dry hopping really stands out with this brew and is certainly the highlight. Nothing about this brew is watery, its more potent tones linger long after drinking.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bombfire Pizza in Sabula, Iowa. (Every word in that last sentence was spelled correctly, even though they don't look like it).

Pours a thick amber with a nice head. Smells like citrus and pine hops against bread malt and a nice, doughy yeast finish. Big nodes of cascade, but the balance is what really makes the beer worth writing about; that, and the fact that it does a grand job hiding its fairly high ABV. The hop profile isn't exceptional or anything, but overall this is a wonderfully quaffable strong-ish IPA.

I've had a few beers from Galena, and this is by far their most solid offering. Makes me think they might be getting their act together and maybe even producing beers worth seeking out.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours from bottle with 1 & 1/2 finger sized rocky head; holds very well; moderate level of foamy lacing; body is dark copper in colored and opaque;

S - Very hoppy nose; roasted malt comes up right after; caramel; pine; touch of cotton candy; sweet

T - Smooth caramel and roasted malt flavor; hoppy, pine taste; delicious hop flavor; not to heavy and not to weak, just right; slightly sweet

M - Thick body; moderately bitter aftertaste; very well carbonated

D - Very well balanced flavor and mouthfeel profile; great taste and fantastic drink

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Photo of drn
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The GBC’s entry for those desiring lively, hoppy beer (as the servers' shirts say: “Don’t worry, be hoppy”).

Annabelle has a great slightly cloudy golden color with reddish tinge and well-formed head with generous lacing of the glass. Brilliant piney, citrus (slightly grapefruit) hoppiness up front which holds, then finishes with a snappy cleanness.

Food pairing: Pairs well with Oriental food, especially spicy food. Able to take on stronger flavored food and stand up to it, but not a good match to overly acidic foods.

Available year-round on draft, in bottles and in kegs. My favorite at GBC.

IBU’s 70; 7.5% abv

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Photo of crewfan16
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stella goblet. This is another one I have had on tap at the brewery, but recently found in bottles. Thought I would give it a shot.

a- aggressive pour gives it an inch and a half of creamy white head. Not quite as thick as some IPA's I have seen, but it still has nice tight bubbles and lasts quite a while. Leaves a pleasant lacing on the glass. Color is light burnt orange, typical for the style.

s-sweetness or tropical fruits, pineapple maybe. some bitter hops and some sweet malt

t- sweet malt and sticky hops resin. Tropical fruits, pineapple and maybe mango and as it warms a little cherry. Some sugary sweetness on the backbone and then more hop resin bitterness.

m- very slightly oily feel, coats the mouth nicely. Lots of sweetness in the beginning and dry bitterness doesnt come on til the finish. Extremely drinkable for being 7.5 abv. This is a sessionable IPA that could catch up to you quickly.

overall, this is one of my favorite Galena Brewing Brews. I have had it from the tap as well, and neither dissapoint. This is the first time I have seen it bottled, and hope they continue to do so. At $7.50 a six-pack, it is a great beer and one I will continue to seek out if I cant get downtown to the brewery. 4

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh on tap today at the brewery.
Review from written notes, scoring to style

Deep saturated orange color, fairly bright and clear.
Sticky collar of white foam that leaves some lacing on the way down. Herbal and citrusy hop smell, dried orange peel from the Cascade and Amarillo. Moderately bitter with some citrus and caramel notes. Dry resiny finish. Meduim bodied, approaching a DIPA in terms of the abv range (7.5%), which was thankfully hidden. Pretty tasty, could be a little more aromatic and punchy with the hops. Bartender said they ran out for a week or two recently due to a scarce hop supply... better stockpile!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light amber/rust/orange body, finger head, patchy lacing

S: lemon grass, malt, floral

T: light sweet lemon grass, malt, floral, earthy,
light long bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, hint of oily/sticky mouth

O: Very earthy, malty IPA. Interesting
offering from Galena. Was able to share a growler
with my brother-in-law. This is a nice session brew,
the alcohol is very well hidden.

QUITE NICE, WORTH HAVING!

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Photo of Loki478
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of tasting this fresh out of the tap at the brewery in a flight, and everything I tasted there was good. This one stood out, so I bought the growler, and this review is based on a second tasting from that growler.

Annabelle's has a lovely amber color, and it is slightly opaque. In this pour, the head was non-existent. Swirls leave a small trace of bubbles on the side. The smell is, to me, lightly floral and grassy with a touch of citrus. The nose is very light.

The taste is well balanced, with a hint of fruitiness and malty sweetness up front. The backend is hoppy, on the floral side. It leaves a nice trace of bitterness at the very end, and a classic hops flavor lingers in the mouth for a bit after every sip. Very smooth mouthfeel, not very heavy. This beer is very drinkable, would make a great session beer, and seems like it would also play well with food. So far you can only get it direct from the brewery in Galena.

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Anna Belle's IPA from Galena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 84 ratings