Felony IPA | Prism Brewing Company

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81
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141 Ratings
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Felony IPAFelony IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Prism Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
prismbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Felony IPA is an English / American Hybrid double IPA that features more European hops than American. Brewed in an English style to maintain a malt backbone and coming in at 10% ABV, 100 IBU’s and using 10 hop varieties to give it that American attitude Unlike those traditional IPA’s that hit you in the face with citrus, we prefer to sneak up on you with an amazingly smooth 100 IBUs of piney, earth, and citrusy hops and high octane 10% ABV. This translates into an experience that should be illegal.

This beer is one of the few beers in the world whose base malt is Low-Lox, an anti-oxidation malt that provides superior shelf-life and flavor stability which we believe is of utmost importance when making IPA’s. Learn more about the Low-Lox malt that we use.

We decided that although we love our West Coast brethren, we wanted to make our double IPA a bit differently. Our anti-reinheitsgebot perspective made this ‘illegal’ in our books so we made it the first of our Prison series. Originally a limited release beer it quickly became such a hit that we decided to make it available year round.

Added by BigMike on 11-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
17.33%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

This beer is incredible! My first two criteria for an IPA are hop bitterness and bitter/malty balance, and this beer has both turned up to 11! Outrageous excess in perfect balance! My only reason for giving this beer less than a 5 rating is that something better may conceivably come along.

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One of the best DIPAs I have ever had. It's called Felony because it's 10% and by tasting you'd think it was a 4%, and by the time you realize it's 10%, you would have committed a Felony! It's an awesome beer, and I would recommend this to even the non-IPA drinkers.

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4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updates:
10-13-15 - Two years (maybe to the date) after my first stop here, I'm back after a bad round of business golf. This beer is so good - right from the teet. Served in a short tulip glass due to the high ABV. Aroma, smooth feel, and taste, above all, are oh so good. Get here. Great vibe at this somewhat hard to find neighborhood brewery (it's in the back). Get here.
5-20-16 - On tap at The Landings in New Hope, PA. Here with my bride for our 27th! Had to again this local double IPA to kick off the night. Tasty IPA from Prism.

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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is Felony IPA from Prism Brewing. It's a 10% Double IPA that uses 10 different hop varieties and comes in 100 IBU's.

A: Felony pours a warm golden orange honey color. It's pretty hazy and looks to be unfiltered or not filtered much. Even from the growler, the pour produced a nice thick head consisting of small and large sized bubbles. It's an eggshell color and seems to be leaving some nice lacing along the glass. Overall a real nice looking beer.

S: So there is a few different aromas i'm picking up in the nose. Different from most DIPA's i've smelled. Instead of the usual pine,citrus,tropical like most ipa's, this has a bit more earthiness and grassy aromas coming out of it. A touch of floral in the backgrouns and some light caramel maltiness also. I'm curious as to what the 10 hop varieties are. I believe i read one of them is Brambling Cross which is an English hop. It makes sense as this beer has an English feel so far.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty closely. Grassy, earthiness, floral. Again, the toasted caramel malts are present. For 100 ibu's i was expecting an extremely bitter beer but this isn't all that bitter. It's actually very balanced. There's an initial bitterness upon swallowing but it's gone in a second and the rest of the flavors take over and this one finishes very smooth.

M: For 10% Abv. this beer is insanely easy to drink. I'm getting zero alcohol flavor. It's just not there. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation seems to be right on. It's really soft on the tongue and finishes very smoothly. I would say they nailed the body on this one.

Overall: My overall opinion of Felony IPA from Prism is, i really like it! It's nice to have a different style DIPA then the usual. Seems to me that lot's of unique hops were used in making this beer and it shows. You wouldn't think a 10% abv, 100ibu beer would be subtle. But thats exactly what this beer is. It's well balanced and feels great in the mouth. Easy to drink and very tasty!
This is only my second beer from Prism and i'm very intrigued by them. I can't wait to sample more of their offerings.

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4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

DATE REVIEWED: August 31, 2014... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Labor Day celebration begins early... APPEARANCE: intimidating dark, murky burnt sienna body that hoists thick, foamy off-white head; lacing stratifies beautifully and with balance... AROMA: explosive hop bomb that borders on pure syrup--but the cone is legitimately a west coast varietal; welcoming despite its intensity... PALATE: full-bodied, somewhat crunchy--but highly drinkable at 10 ABV! incredibly long aftertaste... TASTE: the hops are strong though not aromatic; the malts are present but not noticeable; a rather middling effect, with heat overtaking the profile ...OVERALL: impossible to say this is better than Two-Hearted or Heavy Seas, but third place in the roommates IPA challenge isn’t too shabby considering the competition--this packs a warming wallop, a powerful albeit more singular profile than other BIG IPAs...

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Felony IPA from Prism Brewing Company
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