ZIPA | Z Street Brewing Company

30 Ratings

Brewed by:
Z Street Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by TXHops:
Photo of TXHops
1.99/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The brewery website provides no info about the beer. No idea what the ABV, OG, Malts, Hops or anything else. It’s a pet peeve, but I can get over it if the beer’s good. This IPA emerges from the bottle with a huge, foamy head driven by the obvious bottle conditioning (there’s about a quarter inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle). A huge, solvent-like orange-pine aroma screams from the top of the glass. The beer smells somewhere between Pine Sol and that European soda, Orangina—the one with little bits of orange in it… Actually, the smell is somewhat reminiscent of bottle-conditioned Young’s Special London Ale. That same smell of orange juice in sprite is evident and the beer is just as over-carbonated. I could only get my glass about half full before it overflowed…

The taste is pretty much as the aroma suggested—super pithy hoppiness abounds. It tastes leafy and almost chewy (the hops, that is). The orange is still evident, but it picks up Spritey “limon” along the way. There—all the major citrus fruits are represented. The pine aroma translates into the flavor somewhat—the mouthfeel would be resinous from the hops if not for the intense carbonation. A drink of this stuff makes me feel like I’m gargling peroxide right from the little brown bottle. The pithiness catches up again after the violent foam dies down a bit, and re-asserts the hairy-root-like hop flavor, which is not at all pleasant. I’ve never disliked hoppiness, so this is weird… The medicinal quality also continues to grow as more and more beer is consumed. This beer is slowly moving from bad to worse.

To summarize—it smells like Pine Sol; it tastes like citrus-flavored, fuzzy ivy and it’s so carbonated it hurts my stomach. Unfortunately, the bomber bottle contains no date code at all, so I can’t determine if the bottle’s old, though it doesn’t taste at all old: no oxidation no sourness and mercilessly, no dull flavors. Honestly, I don’t think anything’s wrong with this beer except for the recipe…

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.09/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: As far as clarity goes it is just fine, slight chill haze that dissipates, with a weathered golden hue. Sticky thin lace is all a hard pour yields.

Smell: Perfumy, citric, floral and a tad estery. Big yeast bite that throws a nearly tart twang in the aroma.

Taste: Unmistakable yeast bite is quite blunt on the tongue, adds an odd twang right from the get go and does not let go. Hop bitterness is par to style though seems to only intensify the off character of the yeast. Maltiness is there but the taste buds are again taken over by the yeast. Hops leave a long trail of flavour and are the only redeeming quality.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, slickness in the mouth and a vague smoothness is all that is there.

Drinkability & Notes: Similar yeast flavours as their Summer Wheat, my advise would be to ditch the yeast strain as it has gone sour … go with a fresh strain. It almost has that homebrewesque dry yeast fermented flavour and aroma, not too pleasant at all. Regardless there are tons of other IPAs to pick over this one.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer sampled, now brewed by Mercury in Ipswich Ma., I found this one to be tasty and quite worthy of BA attention. Pours a moderate shade of almond amber, quite clear. With initially a long lasting creamy light tan head, then comes the telltale tiny bubble film, leaves fine, spotty lacing upon a moderate swirl. Nose of nice oily, and citric hops. This is a respectable IPA, more citric, grapefruit hop notes, moderatly full bodied, enough doughy, yeasty malts to add the requisite appearance of balance making this a worth trying IPA. Long ballsy finish of grapefruit, honey and overall IPA goodness. Nice

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Photo of sloejams
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Z Street's IPA pours an orange-yellow with some head. A decent hop bouquet with some grapefruit flavors, that covered a light sweet malt. The flavors is a bit powered with the citrusness, that gives it a bitter bite at the finish. All and all, this is a serviceable IPA but I would not trouble to seek it out.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An above average IPA with three hops: Cascade, Centennial, and Kent. Bitter and full bodied, a good palate cleaner. Golden peachy colour with moderate white head. Lemon Fresh and refreshing, but must go with food. Some leafy mintness in finish. Appropriately carbonated.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a thick white head and nice lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of citrus hops and a sweet molasses aroma, an enticing IPA. Taste begins with a big hop wallop, with a big citrusy smack from the centennial and cascade hops and a nice spicy bite from the Goldings. The malt flavors are mostly bready and lightly sweet caramel flavors, not very balanced but still very drinkable. Mouthfeel is creamy with moderate carbonation and a crisp, bitter finish.

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Photo of goz
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Re-rate : Bottled version. Bumped up a bit for aroma, flavor and overall. Beer seemed much more balanced than the tap version I had before. The tap version had a very green, almost 'raw' taste to it, where the bottled version was much less harsh, and quite enjoyable. On tap at the Central Mass Blues n Brews Fest 2002 : Golden amber color, no head to speak of. Aroma is a little malty, a little hoppy. Slight malt at first, then an overpowering hops bitterness. Wasn't really too impressed with this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet with caramel, honey and citrus along with a mild background of hops.

T: The taste is likewise quite sweet for an IPA, with flavors of caramel, honey, spices and some citrus. The hops presence is pretty subdued for the style, but it comes out a little bit in the after-taste. The malt character is hearty and about on-target with the style.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of the American IPA style but might better represent the English IPA style, it’s a decent beer but not one of the first ones I’d pick.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at a tasting at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge. Hosted by Dan, who was very well-versed in the history of the brewery and knowledgeable about the beers he was sampling.

This beer was a deep yellow color, with a low but lacy head. Attractive for an IPA.

The aroma was of grapefruit hops, and was very strong. Nice.

The taste was of sharp grapefruit hops, with a persistent bitterness on the center of the tongue.

A pretty sturdy beer... gave it a little lower on drinkability, though, because the bitter aftertaste seemed to be just that... bitter, not a lot of hop flavor to accompany it.

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Photo of LarryV
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't help but feel that the overall rating of this brew is a reflection of it's previous incarnation before the relaunch of Z Street. Pours a heady orange-amber color that seems to glow from the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops is spot on. Hops dominate the flavor as well, but there is a nice malt backbone to back them up. Chewy mouthfeel adds to the pleasure. This is a solid IPA, don't let the overall lower rating be a deterrent from trying it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Back as a contract brew at Concord, from what I understand.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head above the slightly cloudy dark golden/light amber brew. Head fades but still there, with average lacing. Aroma is piney hops with a light pale malt presence. Taste is pale malts in the front, and then the piney hpos character comes on, big time. What I expect from an American IPA. Mouthfeel is very nice for the style, and drinkabilty is great as well. My favorite so far of the new old Z Street offerings.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours with a bubbly head that fades quickly with some lace. Color is an orange/amber color. This is a good IPA with a grapefruit/hoppy nose. Starts hoppy, finishes with a hoppy and bitter taste - were we expecting anything else?? Not my type of beer. The ABV is 5.8%.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a piney hop aroma. It appears dry and bisquity. The taste is good. It has a solid malt bill that boasts of pale, Carapils, and Munich malts along with a bitter hop bit in the finish that is dry and piney. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It's bitter, but heavy enough in the malt department to balance it out.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange/amber has a 1/2 finger head with very little retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is a strong citrus at first but as the beer warms there is a earthy bread odor. The taste is a spicy citrus with bitter grapefruit in the finish. This beer is smooth and very drinkable, I plan on having this one again.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.12/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never saw this before until I was at Marty's in Newton. Picked up a six pack and was intrigued that it was brewed by Mercury, brewers of Ipswich and others.

Pours golden with a hint of orange, small head, that leaves some lace. Smells hoppy with a fruity or floral background. Tastes a bit fruity, distinctly hoppy and a tad bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty good making this beer very drinkable. Goes down smooth, but I'm not suprised coming from Ipswich...

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light rosey amber color with a solid one finger foamy white head and great lace. The aroma is a mild flowery & carmel hops, very nice but not too strong. The taste is of creamy bready hops, very solid but not overpowering at all. A little grapefruit bite on the tongue and a likeable bitter finish. Not highly carbonated. This has a curious cracker background, sort of salty. Different. Very easy drinking yet reputably tasteful. Definitely gets your tongue's attention and stays with you for a little while. Recommended. I will have to try more offerings from Z Street.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from the newly relaunched Z street brewery.
Pours a dark gold, topped with a two finger creamy off white head, leaves bands of lacing.
Floral, spicy, fruity aroma, citrus (orange) notes.
Citrus, toast and pine in the taste, spicy with caramel and grapefruit.
Medium bodied, session beer drinkability.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Hazy, deep camel in color. Half-inch high, creamy white head that settles to an intact sheet. Trails of thin lacing with decent strength.

Bright, burnt pine and floral hop aromas; musty wheat and grains with phenols. Sweat-like, burnt-toasted malts.

Pine, spruce, earthen-floral hops; burnt hops, almost muddy in flavor. Beneath a layer of astringent-mustiness is a grainy flavor profile. A moderate bitterness is followed by an earthen-citrus aftertaste.

Medium bodied; gritty, yet filmy on the palate.

Too earthen and waxy for my preference of an IPA. Not an IPA that I'll be going back to.

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Photo of jward
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Multiple attempts at a hard pour all fail to yield anything but a slight and still incomplete head on this rust-amber colored beer. I even tried, unsuccessfully, to produce a head by swirling the beer around and then pouring it from a first glass to a second one. No noticeable lacing. Initially the nose is mildly floral, with hints of lemon zest and bubblegum, but it becomes a bit sour as the beer warms. The taste of this brew was disappointing. An initial hoppy bitterness is familiar and appropriate for an IPA, but the dry finish is too sharp and astringent, with some lingering smokey and ash-like earthy notes that seem harsh and out of place.

Note: Although it's possible that I've simply gotten ahold of a bad batch, I should note that this six-pack was purchased from the refridgerated section of a large and respectable store, in a well-populated area within an hour's drive from the brewery.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy golden amber, with a touch of orange. A fat, foamy white head tops the brew, dissipating into a ring of head very quickly. Some sticky cobwebbed lace.
Aroma is almost all hops. A very light maltiness weakly tries to break through the foliage, but fails. Strong citrus/pine aroma, very tangy, suggesting that this beer is going to be pretty bitter. I better get my bitter beer face on.
Flavor is less hoppy than i expected, with a bready maltiness prevailing initially. It's quickly swept over by a powerful citric/piney hopping, which carries the beer all the way into the finish. A bit ham fisted hoppiness, surprising for such a light bodied IPA. Some grapefruity hop flavor, with a light hint of pineapple. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I could definitely stand for a bit more balance. Slightly oily, with a buttery feel in your mouth. Moderate carbonation, with a fairly light body.
Not a bad brew, particularly if you desire some hops. Malts are all but overrun by the agressive hopping. I didn't think it was particularly balanced, probably my least favorite from Z Street.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean orange/amber beer. Has a big creamy off white head with some chunky lace. A nice citrusy hop aroma is the first thing you notice with a warm malt background. The taste starts with a light touch of malt sweetness on the tip of your tongue. Followed by a nice sharp, but yet floral, hop bite which blends into the nice dry finish.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I seem to like this more than others, but I had this at Redbones on tap and was very pleasantly surprised, so much I had to have two.

Nice amber color, decent head, little bits of lace left in my glass.

Fresh smell of hops, mouthfeel was very good. The hops and malt were very nicely balanced, pleasant body. Hops were very much present, but not extreme. Slight grainy malt in the aftertaste.

I enjoyed this and would get again. pat

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The clear bright and shiny amber/copper color and the potent hoppy aroma gets you really pumped for an IPA extravaganza-like experience, but unfortunately, the color and aroma are this beer's best attributes. Oh, ZIPA is a good IPA, it's just that rest of the ale experience paled in comparison to the initial expectation. The medium malt body is a little grainy creating a course mouthfeel and the high and raw grapefruit peel-like/lightly metallic hop bitterness is a bit too much, giving the brew a grassy hay aftertaste. A hint of malt sweetness inches forward, but fails to advance to temper the overwhelming hops. All-in-all an Ok fact it's time for another. burp!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck bottle, no freshness date.

This IPA poured a clean, light amber (golden) color with a huge! foamy head that left good lace. The pours from the bottom of the bottle were more hazy, but still had very good foam (slightly tan). The aroma was great: very potent floral hop bouquet with some malt and citrus coming through. The taste was dominated by hops, but some malt sweetness did manage to balance it. There was a taste of lemon/citrus also. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, smooth, and crisp, with a lingering hop flavor. Good carbonation. This was a fine and very drinkable IPA. It is too bad that this brewery seems to have consistency problems, because they are very capable of brewing some very good beers.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess that I had high hopes for this beer. It just didn't seem to please. Pours amber in color with no head at all. Not much for smell, just a bit of hops. Something doesn't seem balanced with this beer. The malt is too sweet and just doesn't seem to blend well with the hops. The ending just drops off, no hops any place to be found. It is by no means a bad beer just not what I was hoping for. I like a lot of the other Z Street brews. I would like to try this on tap. I think it may come out a bit more balanced.

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ZIPA from Z Street Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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