Inukshuk IPA | O'Dempsey's

Inukshuk IPAInukshuk IPA
BA SCORE
27.7%
Liked This Beer
3.42 w/ 94 Ratings
Inukshuk IPAInukshuk IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'Dempsey's
Georgia, United States
odempseys.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by allthatAles on 09-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,060
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
94
Liked:
26
Avg:
3.42/5
pDev:
14.91%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
5
Trade:
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

O'Dempsey's "Inukshuk IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, contracted through Thomas Creek Brewery, date code is illegible

Notes: Hazy deep amber-copper beneath a rocky head of light khaki that holds very well and leaves some thin streaks of lace. Good appearance overall. Limited aroma with light to medium caramelish malt that's infused with floral and herbal hops. The flavor is the same with the addition of some light pine/mint. Solid bitterness. Some yeastiness, and a mild apple-like fruitiness. Dry, lingering finish.

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Photo of chinchill
2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.
Looks fine, but has an odd sour/sweet aroma that's a bit musty and funky. {No other signs this bottle was bad]. The flavor is better but lacks any semblance of fresh hops and is insufficiently hoppy for style. The flavor is only very slightly bitter and is quite earthy. Medium body and proper carbonation.

O: Avoid; PLENTY of better IPAs out there.

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Photo of oberon
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint a clear medium golden with a thin wispy white head atop.Faint leafy hops and sweetish biscuit malt in the nose,both are light and unassuming.Dryinsh with only muld caramel/biscuit sweetness on the palate but where are the hops?Just faint leafy hops wich really play a small role on the palate.A very average to even below average ipa in my mind,it would be hop-light even for an English ipa,I wouldn't recommend this sad to say.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at The Fred in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Appearance: Arrived at the table a particularly cloudy, dark ruddy-colored body with a fizzled, off-white head.

Smell: Pale malted barley with hints of caramelized sugar and lightly toasted bread. Citrusy, faintly floral hops lead by a scent of oranges (while the flavor generally embodies a basic lemon flavor, though that's just one drunkard's opinion).

Taste: Bready, caramel-coated maltiness with a soothing sweetness to it. On the taste, the hops impart a lemony character, with lesser, lighter hints of oranges and grapefruit. Very minute underlying earthiness. Medium-plus bitterness. Tastes of whole-grain bread and cooked lemon on the back half. Bittersweet, creamyish finish.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's definitely a slight heft to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good India Pale Ale swelled up with maltiness and residual sugars, though, admittedly, that's not generally desirable to your average hophead. As for me, I appreciated the near-chewiness of the brew and felt it was well suited for the approaching Autumn.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one came out of the cooler at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "Beer to Die For"; "We chose to use these balanced rocks for our label to symbolize the balanced nature of our IPA. These sculptures are known as Inukshuks and are erected to represent hope, friendship and hospitality. While we want it to symbolize how balanced our IPA is, we also really like that Inukshuks symbolize hope, friendship and hospitality as well. Why not have an Inukshuk represent both concepts? O'Dempsey's Inukshuk IPA combines a bitter hop bite and citrus notes with a huge amlt backbone to achieve a balancing act for your senses. Enjoy." Too much repetition.

My gosh, it is humid today! I am sweating, the bottle is sweating, I don't know what it takes to cool down at this point. I popped the cap, began an uncaring pour that I only cared about when it threatened to overflow the glass, and then backed off. The pseudo-cascade produced about three fingers of rocky, tawny head that teetered and tottered and then fell like Humpty Dumpty in a big crash. I will say, though, that the resulting lacing was fabulous. Color was a deep, dark-gold (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity and while I wish that I could tell you that this summoned Midas, Mammon and Croesus, I can't. You see, given an afternoon of golden AIPAs, they NEVER left! The nose had a very biscuit malt character, so I am unconvinced that this is an AIPA. Mouthfeel was medium and the malt was really the guiding light in this one. It should either be changed to an EIPA or suffer according scores when reviewed as an AIPA. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The flavor was more towards biscuit malt with just enough hops to give it a mild tang on the tongue. I just found this to be profoundly boring, as long as it is identified as an AIPA.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inukshuk IPA is another beer I bought at Vulcan Beverage here in Birmingham, AL. The appearance is good. Light copper color that was cloudy that has small floaties. There is a thin white head that seems to be lacing nicely. The smell includes fresh hop, spice and pine. The taste is very bitter from start to finish. The bitterness is in teh form of grapefruit/apricot. The mouthfeel is ok, a little too much for me...one is enough.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - translucent copper amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - bread, fruit, faint alcohol

T - bread, faint citrus, herbal, alcohol, faint fruit

M - medium bodied, a bit of alcohol warmth, smooth, well carbonated

This is a very malt forward, bready version of an IPA. The hops are present but in no way overpowering. There's nice balance with just a little alcohol in the finish. Overall, a decent IPA if you want more malt than hops.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange/beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is also malty, slightly sweet, light hops in the background, not much in the way of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but drinks much more like and English IPA than an American one.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a medium head that fades to a swirl and ring. Smells slightly sweet and grainy with a modicum of citrusy hops. The taste is also a bit on the sweet side with slightly subdued citrusy hops as well. A little thick and grainy in the mouth, this could use a bit more work- needs to be cleaner, smoother, and hoppier.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, malt, and a bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of grain (not a lot, but certainly there), malt, some citrus, and a moderate amount of hops. A pretty solid flavor, though not overly spectacular.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A generally well done (with some rough patches) beer that's definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate during a local beer takeover.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with floral and light citrus hops. Also present are hints of indistinct light fruits that I'd attribute to the yeast.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the pale malts hold more sway in the flavor profile than they do in the aroma. Pale malt flavors with hints of breadiness kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops turn more toward citrus flavors, then carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure I'd be interested in another.

Overall this was a solid beer but there are a few tweaks that could be made to make it a better beer, namely crisper malt flavors. Not worth avoiding but not worth seeking out either.

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Photo of cjgiant
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Gatordaddy
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is strongly hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit, typical of a high-quality IPA. It pours a hazy, barely translucent dark honey golden with a fair off-white head that doesn't stick around too long but leaves a little lacing. Flavor is nicely hoppy, barely bitter, with hints of sour citrus, honey and malt. Texture is quite smooth and not too fizzy but still pleasing. Overall, a decent IPA worth a try.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of argock
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from little sister Tami.

A: Light copper with 1-2 fingers of off-white, foamy head with decent retention and some webs of lacing down the glass.

S: Very malty and caramelly with some light citrus and pine notes. Too malty for an Am IPA.

T: THe flavor is more reminiscent of an English IPA with big medium crystal caramel malty notes that equal if not overwhelm the light orange citrus and floral hops notes. There is a touch of pine in there too. Overall though. this is way too slanted to the malt for the style.

M: I would not call this thin at all -- the feel is above-average for the style with a fairly sticky mouthfeel with lowish carbonation and medium-dry finish. Not bad for a malt-dominated beer.

O: I think this beer would score a lot better as an English IPA or Imperial Amber or some other style -- this is way too malty to be an Am IPA that competes with the likes of Two Hearted, Alesmith, Alpine Duet and Nelson, BR Racer 5, etc. Not a bad beer but they took balance a little too far.

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1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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