Amherst Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #572
Ranked #5,886
4.09 | pDev: 9.29%
Amherst Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 93 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazed orange with two fat fingers of yellowed head. Solid retention. Spotty, soapy lacing.

Restrained aroma with sweet citrus and tropical fruits.

Pine, tropical fruit, light citrus and black tea in the taste. On the sweeter side up front. A mix of earthy, tea-like hops and peppery, lightly pint hops in the finish.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

The beer is fine, but not worth seeking out and not one I would return to with all the other options out there.

Dec 27, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First beer from the brewery.
Light cloudy golden color with a 4F head in a Spielgelau IPA glass.
The aroma is not strong with melon and citrus.
Light MF. Smooth.
Strong taste with lots of character. Melon and citrus.
Mild hoppy finish.
Excellent beer. Looking forward to tasting their beers.

Jul 03, 2019
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usernamenotinuse from Massachusetts

2.97/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can poured into a pint glass.
Appearance is golden hued yellow, very turbid, with small white evanescent head but lasting lace.
Smell is Dank, jungle floor, soft, fermented lemon.
Taste is soft, dank, rotten fruit, a little pale malt, herbal, wild honey.
Medium bodied, low carbonation
Overall, similar to Alchemist beers; in particular, focal banger, for better or for worse. A new-profile hop tea.

Feb 12, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ordered this randomly off of a mediocre draft list, not really knowing what i was in for, but this totally impressed me! really awesome ipa here, and as dry hoppy as it is, it seems at least partially west coast to me, more clear than cloudy, and with more bitterness than a lot of these have, this reminds me of something green flash would make in their glory days, which is a high compliment. its oily in feel, thicker, some oats in the mash right? it holds a resinous honey sort of texture to it and has elements of fresh orange juice, heady weed, and sticky hop buds in it, really fresh and balanced and good. not afraid to use a little malt, which i like, just a trace of sweetness to the base lets the oils of the hops latch on and linger, sweet peach, ripe melon, juniper. simcoe, citra, mosaic, i mean, come on, how common can you be at this point, but this beer seems to employ them uniquely, i thought it was awesome! great body, killer balance, really assertive but dangerously drinkable too, this really turned me on!

Aug 31, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, neutral amber color. Beautiful 3D streaks and spots from the modest head.

I get an interesting weedy aroma along with a light bubblegum sweetness. When I re-froth the head, I get an earthiness which fades quickly, not to be captured again.

Strong start to the hop. It forms the base of this beer. The malt is toasty and dry with a rich "chew" to the mouth. High carbonation. Balanced (leans to the bitter) finish. Long aftertaste which becomes completely bitter.

Jul 28, 2018
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Blackrobe from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 4/25/18 on the bottom of the can, just under 3 weeks old.

Pours an unfiltered deep amberish bronze in the glass with two fingers of creamy white head. Nose starts off with a blend of dank citrus followed by a hint of peach, mango, pine, wet earth, pineapple, lime, pink grapefruit pith, slice of herbaceousness that borders on floral and an underlying honeyed bready malt. Taste follows the nose although a bit more muted. I also get a bit of increased sweetness I didn't pick up the nose changing the malt to a sort of raisin bread quality. Medium body with low bitterness and no drying. No detectable alcohol and a well balanced profile. A solid, well brewed balanced IPA that only really suffers from a lack of distinctness from other brews in such a crowded field.

May 15, 2018
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farrago from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice 2-3 finger head with a broad array of larger bubbles popping across the surface causing dimples, fairly openly knit frothy, cream white in hue, very good retention and leaves a thin band around the glass at the dissolve starting point. Mildly hazy copper orange colored liquid, you can see a fine particulate suspended in the glass, the bubbles have average activity and tend to cling near the glass sides. The nose puts a focus on the tangerine, orange citrus yet this steadily fades in favor of damp leafy matter, pine tar and rock salt, plenty of juiciness in the nectarine, peach, mango, papaya fruit scents, dankness does not take the fun out of it, some bread crusts and light touch of pretzel dough. Medium-bodied, big creamy initial foaminess fills the mouth but there’s no “bottom” to carry it further. On the sweet side, concentrated and sugary quality to the apricot, peach, guava, pear fruit. The pink grapefruit, tangelo citrus likewise sweet and latches onto the caramel element. The herbaceousness steps back some. So, here it is biscuit and bread crust which gives it spine and there is also a nice pepper/salt mix, something like basil leaf. High degree of drinkability.

Feb 19, 2018
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours orangeish white and an off white soapy pillowy head. Smells of unripe mango and some papaya. A little bit of grapefruit peel. Kind of has a freshly milled malt up front flavor, it's soft and gelatinous though with some mellow citrus flavors. I don't hate it, but it doesn't stand out.

Feb 02, 2018
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twelve dollars. I have never heard of or seen this brew before. Very clever names. Nice, if unremarkable brew, would buy again.

Jan 20, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Sam Adams glass

“Born on 12/12/17”

Deep amber golden liquid, two finger off white creamy foam cap, settles into an off White Island, some lacings, good carbonation , slightly unfiltered

Get aroma of peach , pineapple

Taste is biscuity followed by a little bit of the hops but without a big bite

Low sudsing

Good beer

Dec 31, 2017
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ddean from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in a snifter glass at The Mission in Pittsfield, MA. Look is an attractive hazy orange. Smell has a nice peach/apricot nectar quality. The flavor is very interesting and similar to the smell, but I'd add pear in there for the taste. I rated the taste relatively lower because, for me, there was a a little too much sweetness and a perfume-like aftertaste. Low hops for an IPA in my opinion. Feel on the tongue was low in carbonation, sweet, and syrupy, complementing that peach/apricot/pear quality nicely. A creative and very good beer, even though I generally gravitate more towards pine/spruce hops in IPAs.

Oct 09, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pours hazy, orange-yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is big peach puree with underlying pineapple and biscuit. Medium bodied and sweet. Makes for a tasty New England style IPA. First beer from Amherst for me and it keeps me interested and wanting to try others.

Aug 29, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can from the brewery 7.3 % abv.

Hazy, opaque straw golden color with light amber hues. A thick, bubbly and lacy white foam cap shows of it's staying power. Total coverage throughout.

Sweet fruits, tropical and juicy hops aroma, citrus and banana, mango and pineapple. Yes, seriously ftuity complexity. A sweet, bready, honey soaked malt delivers even more pungent aromatics.

A Full bodied, lush sweetness in both body and taste. Massive tropical fruits with , once again, banana and mango sweet hops, mild citrus, lingering pineapple and mango fruitiness. A bit of a relaxed, heavy and mellow mouthfeel, slight lack of zip and carbonation. Almost cask feeling. Still, the complexity in hoppy flavor is excellent. Sweet, honey, bready malt brings it all together for a decent balance, but certainly hop forward. A very mild bitterness from a grapefruit and tangy effect. Juicy, juicy and more juicy!! Jess=juicy. Ooohh.

Jun 01, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can, undated, purchased at the brewery. Served in a nonic.

Pours a moderately hazed, copper-gold with less than a finger of tight, creamy head, retention under a minute, thin sheets of lacing.

Smell is biscuity and vaguely tropical, sharp citrus and sweet pineapple. Faint but appealing.

The taste follows the nose, a good, biscuity malt base with understated but detectable notes of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and guava. Nice, low-key bitterness that lingers. A very slight solvent burn at the finish but not enough to bitch about.

Feel is medium-light bodied, better-than-adequately carbonated and thirst-quenching.

Overall, a well brewed, nicely balanced, modest AIPA. I would definitely have this again, probably more than one.

Feb 25, 2017
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Nordicsk8er from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

This IPA has some fine hop flavors for sure, citrus, resin, tropical fruits and a decent malt backbone with well hidden alcohol @ over 7% ABV. Very fresh tasting and smelling when poured from the can, cloudy orange haze with some residue. Perhaps I should have poured more gently. I concur with others that this seriously lacks in carbonation and has a rather thin and watery mouthfeel compared to similar "American style" IPAs.

Jun 08, 2016
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Dannyz92 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Good looking Beer nice hazy orange color. Almost no head poured from a 16 Oz can.

The smell is fantastic juicy citrus and tropical fruits with a good hint of pine on the nose. No alcohol present.

Taste is great. Big pop of bitterness upfront. Juicy tropical fruits pineapple mango little peach. Nice dry pine finishes this beer out. A nice sweet maltiness that gives these flavors a nice weight. Still no alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium, but the feel is where my only complaint comes from the fact that there is not enough carbonation in this beer. It really detracts in what would other wise be a very very good beer.

Overall A-

Apr 05, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Can review after having this on tap about two weeks ago. So far the new cans have been high quality out of ABC, possibly the best I've had by them in ages.

A- Tallboy split between two vessels with a hazy but not murky deep orange body. The head is frothy, white and about half an inch high with subpar retention; can did not really hiss open too loudly perhaps a bit low on the carbonation. A medium ring remains after the head dissipates and plentiful webs of lace drizzle down the glass despite the lack of head retention.

S- Tropical fruits off the top with plenty of help from citrus and stone fruit hop tones. Mango, tangerine, peach and oranges come to mind without any abrasiveness; juicy and smooth.

T- Tropical Mosaic hops at a moderately high level with mango nectar front and center. Peach, orange, clementine, mandarin, pine resin, slight melon and herbal hop profile. Hints of cereal grains and basal yeast bread notes.

MF- Perhaps the first flaw from the new canning project for me is the lack of carbonation here. The flavor is mostly unaffected but the crisp and zesty pop of fruity IPAs is not happening with the low bubbles. Comes off a bit frothy in texture and finishes with a light herbal bitterness.

The can was a bit under-carbonated but that left the flavor profile mostly in tact. Fresh tropical and stone fruit hops with citrus and herbal undertones shine without interference from sweetness or poor fermentation. Amherst brewing really doing well lately for me.

Mar 05, 2016
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ironchefmiyagi13 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz Crowler given to me in a trade from Caleb that works there. Thanks again, man!

Pours very much like any other NE IPA: murky and golden.

He said it had just been pulled off the dry hops, and boy he wasn't kidding. Nose is very tropical and 'classic' in terms of the aroma under the style.

Flavor was great. Sweetness in the form of fruit and not malt is preferred in my own opinion and this was just that.

Only knock was that it wasn't fully carbonated, but that didn't deter me from enjoying the 32 ounces.

Keep it coming, guys. Fantastic stuff!

Sep 04, 2015
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the Valley Brew Fest. Served in a sampler size glassware provided by the festival. The beer had a cloudy orange appearance with a decent sized head through the glassware. Very good aromas of spiced hops and a mix of citrus flavors. Pretty good taste that follows the nose; a little bitter with a hop punch to it. Good body and carbonation. Overall, a nice IPA from ABC.

Aug 30, 2015
Jess from Amherst Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 93 ratings