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Felony IPA | Prism Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#39,991
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
141
pDev:
17.43%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's Black Friday event: This poured out as a nice looking golden copper color. The head was minimal here and didn't really have any lacing either. The smell of this beer has a really nice floral hoppy aroma to it with some citrus notes in the back end. The taste of the beer had some of the earthy floral flavors with some nice fruity melon flavors in there too. The mouthfeel of this beer was pretty good, it was soft and oily. Overall I liked this IPA, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Capone's Black Friday event. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with hardly any head at all.

Smell: Sweet malt with some fruity notes, mainly banana. There are some mild spice notes. Not a whole lot of hops.

Taste: Malty with some fruity notes. The banana shows up again with some caramel and spice. The finish is quite bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium. The carbonation is tingly with a slick finish.

Overall: This is a really fruity double IPA. The malt is more prevalent than I expected. I might have another.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Prism Brewing Company "ParTea Pale Ale"
at the brewery on 9 April 2016

Notes: Hazy amber body with golden highlights beneath a creamy head of off-white. Aroma expresses mainly sweetish and caramel-tinged malt with floral, leafy/grassy, and citrusy hop notes. The flavor is fuller, delivering a solid toasty and nutty malt base along with some more hop character, mainly pine. There's a touch of yeasty fruit as well (apple), and a massive bitterness and slap of alcohol. Balance is not the strong point here, nor is focus. The maltiness might be good on its own, and the hoppiness might work as well, but together they just get muddy. It's very bitter and it lingers heavily, but more importantly, for a double IPA there aren't enough hops in either the flavor or the aroma - and I know where they're going with this, as a kind of English strong ale, but it comes off as sloppy and muddy. If they took this recipe down halfway to about 5% ABV it would probably work, but as it is it's anything but focused.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Very nice IPA. Poured into a tulip glass, a darker honey-amber color, clear--maybe a bit of chill haze--and a small layer of off-white head. Wide variety of hops in the aroma, with a resinous scent being dominant, and a detectable sweetness in the background. Definitely hop-centric on the palate, with oily pine notes, dried fruits, and plenty of bitterness. A solid sweet malt base still noticeable. Medium-bodied, filmy, and generally drinkable, if you're in the mood for a strong, non-subtle IPA.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange in color with a minimal head that breaks down pretty quickly.

Smell: caramel and malt sweetness, with some grassy and earthy tones.

Taste: caramel, pear, some grapefruit, grass, a nice bitterness that isn't overboard, and a milder earthy flavor arrives late. Alcohol is pretty well hidden here, but is warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, dry and smooth at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth a while.

Overall: a dangerously easy to drink DIPA with just the right amount of hops that compliment the beer.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 10 hops, 10% abv, 100 ibus.

A: A great sized building head rests above an autumn orange colored body. A strong sense of effervesce rages within. Head retention is rock solid, lengthy in stay and leaves big clumpy patches of lace on the glass.

S: Nose showed a brief moment of tropical fruitiness and caramel, sweet and wet sense, fresh, very nice.

T: Flavor had a sweet lemony pine start, fresh citrus, wet with some spruce and warm toasty caramel. Tropical fruitiness with a finish of a small alcoholic lemon warmth. Warm pine, evergreen and a fading mint flavor.

M: Prickly mouthful, active carbonation, body leans on the light-medium side.

O: Overall like the fresh and wet approach, sweet and smooth start, citrus, nice complexity of hops that accent and play off one another rather then clash like so many other examples that overload the hop bill. The alcohol is near undetectable, with a very high rate of drinkability, multiples are not an option but a must and given. Tasty, sweet flavor forward hop palate, not dry and overly bitter like the norm, very good and a crime to miss. So far a newer offering that seems to be flying under the radar but for how long.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on tap at the brewery, served in a 10 oz snifter-style glass.

appears a hazy dark golden color, with a thin bone-white head. decent lacing as a I drank the beer. smell is a variety of hop aromas, pine and floral notes dominate.

taste is also dominated by the hops. the underlying malt is sorta there, I personally would have liked more. Mouthfeel is decent, medium thickness with medium to high carbonation. easy to drink, no alcohol flavors show up.

Prism played this one straight, with no funky ingredients. A good result, but there are other DIPA's I prefer.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Casey3236
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

10 hop varieties? OK, but it was impossible to pick any one hop out, as the flavors did not jibe well with the juicy, estery 10% ABV. Both the malt and hops seem muddled here, and with the moderate level of carbonation, none of the flavors are able to really follow through. Decent, but a bit of a hot mess.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed amber hue, thin lacing

SMELL: Juicy, taffy, tropical fruit, faintly buttery, cake batter, soft hop resin, orangey, alcohol

TASTE: Thick medium body, light carbonation, semi-sharp hop bitterness, thick hop resin, esters, juicy, slightly dank, pineapple, doughy malt, nutty yeast, warming alcohol, leafy hop aftertaste, finishes on the dry side

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Photo of justintcoons
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
gold with hardly any head to speak of. Decent clarity with suspended yeast particles throughout. Light carbonation.

Nose
Sugar coated grapefruit, melon, bubblegum, apple juice, honey, lemon, lime, and caramel.

Taste
Bubblegum, sugar coated grapefruit, apple juice, honeydew melon, lemon pith, and lime. Caramel and honey. Wintergreen and wet pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, smooth, warming, and moderately bitter.

Overall
A lot of melon, apple juice, bubblegum, and honey. So it's a bit off from a more classic DIPA. Pretty smooth for 10%. Maybe throwing 10 hop varieties into a beer isn't necessarily the best way to go.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LehighAce06
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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Felony IPA from Prism Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 141 ratings
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