Old Battle Axe | Engine 15 Brewing Company

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Old Battle AxeOld Battle Axe

Brewed by:
Engine 15 Brewing Company
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kylehay2004 on 02-14-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 50
Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Florida.
Look: Hazy copper body topped by a decent white head that leaves plentiful lacing.

This is a very mild IPA; heck, it's mild and sweet for an APA. You should ignore the discrepancy between style expectations and flavor profile and just enjoy this tasty beer. It's plenty flavorful with toffee, caramel, pineapple and soft ripe fruit notes dominating. Sweet up front and mildly bitter by the aftertaste.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of FBGordon
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft into a cold pint glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a touch of orange. Head is off-white and somewhat creamy.

S: Medium hop notes, mostly fruit with some pine. Nice hop presence.

T: Almost no hop bitterness, Hop presence is swallowed up by an almost sweet maltiness. More sips intensifies the sweetness. Bitter notes linger minimally on the palate.

M: A watery, medium body with low carbonation presence.

O: A decent IPA for crushing on a hot day; it's quite thirst-quenching. For those looking for a hop bomb, this isn't it. But I would definitely drink some in the hit Florida sun.

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Photo of Simont
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber mailed up from FL. No date on bottle but appears to be a good deal of age on this beer, malt has strong cardboard aspect and amost sherry-like notes along with toffee-like caramel malt. Hops are mildly pine and floral, but mostly flat with hints of sulfur, skunk and onion. Not a good representaion of American IPA - but surely just a bad bottle. Illustrative of importance of dating bottles, and encouraging retailers to appropriately store and shelve light- and age-sensitive beers. Will have to try this at the brewery sometime.

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Photo of cyoung35
4.58/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer so much that I brought home a keg. It had B#19 on the cap and I think this is the batch number. I will be enjoying it for the next few weeks. Very well balanced. Smells malty and floral. Not dry and not sweet, it's perfectly medium. Hop flavor is citrusy. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at The Flying Iguana in Atlantic Beach, FL.

Pours a clear amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like pine, onion, and caramel.

This is made with Summit hops- if I had known this, I would not have ordered it. The oniony aspects of this are pretty apparent. There's an oniony astringent finish, with pine and caramel up front. Despite the only 6.4% ABV, this feels pretty boozy. It just doesn't feel well crafted at all. Change the hop bill, Summit hops are garbage.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation.

Not very good at all.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Funky, worn t shirt taste. Tastes very much like an English IPA that has been aged for a while. Not a lot of hops are shown in the taste. More of a sweet caramel, and strange earthyness.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: Very hazy and dark gold, with an average level of visible carbonation and a one-finger white head.

S: Grapefruit and citrus, resinous pine, and caramel bready malts. Not a particularly strong aroma, and certainly forgettable though nothing offensive.

T: Citrus (grapefruit and orange) and sweet bready malts with prevalent caramelly notes. Some milder resin and herbal and grassy flavors to the hop profile. Finishes nearly balanced (i.e., malt-forward for the style), although the bitter flavors ultimately outlast the sweet malty ones in the hang.

M: Medium heft to the body, average alcohol presence. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Caramel malts in an American IPA is still just not a favorite approach for me. It's nothing offensive, but nothing I'd be in a hurry to repeat on a personal level.

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

Yet another local option from the Magic Mushroom at Jacksonville Beach. I have been to Engine 15 before but did not try this one.

It was served in a standard pint; the beer is a chill hazed dark gold with an off-white head. Nice lacing.

It has a big pine in the nose. There is some Caramel apple in there as well.

It is pleasantly bitter, with pine sap and citrus. A little bit of sweet malts for balance.

The mouth is oily yet the active carbonation keeps things from being to coating.

All-in-all, a very enjoyable IPA. I will try one at the source next time I go to Engine 15.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: murky golden with a crimson hues body. Nice lacing. 1.5 finger head with little retention.

S: musty, light citrus and pine.

T: initially earthy and hoppy with a finish of pine, coriander and floral notes.

M: sharp, moderate to high carbonation and medium body.

Overall an average IPA. Neither complex or hoppy enough for my tastes.

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Old Battle Axe from Engine 15 Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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