First Frontier IPA | To Øl

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First Frontier IPAFirst Frontier IPA

Brewed by:
To Øl

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, oats, hops (Warrior, Simcoe, Centennial), yeast.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

Added by bark on 03-08-2011

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a very cloudy burnished orange colour, with an immensely frothy head of yellowish beige. The head collapses relatively quickly, leaving a scattershot decay of bubbly lace. Body is solid, although the carbonation rushes through it very quickly. The cloudiness is a little excessive, as, it seems, is the carbonation, but we'll see how it goes...

Nose is solid and fruit-forward, with big, although not particularly sharp, citrus and tropical notes. Some guava and pawpaw come through but the basis is in rubbed peely grapefruit and lemons. Some mild caramel sweetness underneath skews off the citric sharpness to add a mild menthol aroma. When you inhale long and hard, there's a piney or dark green vegetation character to it as well. It's strong and solid, all up.

Taste is a little thin: surprising, given the body and the ABV. Hops lead the way, with a resiny, slightly peppery and really quite bitter flavour right from the start through to the back. I don't mind bitterness, especially of course in an IPA, but there's very little sweetness or malt to balance it. The only suggestion is on the very back, where a faint toffee character lingers, trying to pretend it was there the whole time. Ultimately, it ends up bitter for no reason.

Overall, this is a slightly sub-par IPA for me. The aroma is good, and gives fair warning of the amount of hops in the beer, but overall it just doesn't make the grade in many areas.

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Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of stephenlee
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daveytheformer
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes.

Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a thick white head that fades to a good amount of lacing.

Smells like flowers, pine, and grapefruit citrus. Sweet caramel malt kind of lurks in the background. Couldn't really ask for a lot more.

Tastes of super resinous pine, very floral, sharp citrus and a pretty dominant metallic bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Long lasting bitter aftertaste.

Overall is an excellent beer. I went and bought another the next day.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, some old-seeming and pandering western expansion photo imagery on the label.

This beer pours a rather hazy, pale golden amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, stocky, and shiny ecru head, which leaves some layered streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of bitter orange cream, pine needles and petrichor, biscuity pale malt, restrained caramel, faint tropical fruit - maybe a touch of pineapple and kiwi - and further leafy, musty, and perfumed floral hops. The taste is gritty pale malt, chalky caramel, muddled forest greenery - the pine fused with leaves, twigs, and musty undergrowth - sharp citrus notes, both domestic grocery aisle and more far-flung in origin, a bit of white pepper, and a perfumed floral essence that does well to stay even and noninvasive.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, barely kicking up a fuss for anything beyond the initial outburst (head - amirite?), the body a decent medium weight, and more smooth than I might have been expecting, given this particular hop-bill, but a wee bit clammy too. It finishes off-dry, just a smidge, as the now biscuity malt flails about, in the face of some seriously lingering, world-spanning hop bitterness.

Good stuff, the hops are large and in charge, even as the malt does well to play the supportive secondary role, for the most part. Any effect from the 7.1% ABV is generally sublimated into the floral character, as noted, and is a real bonus as such. I can take or leave the marketing angle here - the beer speaks well enough for itself.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above average IPA, an expensive one, perhaps more so than it was worth. 1.5X an IPA in bitterness, and that was still well malted. Tasty citrus flavour, refreshing, and good drinkability. Enormous head in my Sam Adams glass. Not outstanding but worth a try.

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Photo of robbirefur
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcthfg
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of mscudder
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 11.3 oz bottle in a snifter. This AIPA pours a lightly cloudy light orange color with a fantastic head of off white foam that dissipates to a thick layer and ring with AWESOME lacing. Nose of light caramel, moderate citrus notes of pineapple, green apple, and earthy piney hops. Flavors follow the nose with light citrus and caramel notes to the front that fade into a sticky, piney, bitter hop profile that is well rounded by the malts. Moderate carbonation sears in the hops while maintaining a smooth and lightly sticky mouth feel with a bitter pine hop aftertaste. Nice


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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a lasting head.
Nose shows resinous hops, grapefruit, overt caramel and sweet crystal malt.
Very hoppy flavours, more resinous notes but mainly in regards to the bold, almost aggressive piny bitterness. Loads of sweet malt underneath to balance things out.
Body seems a bit too thick and syrupy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops is interesting. Taste is a mix between some citrus and pine hoppy notes with some lightly unrefined cereal notes. Body is quite full with good bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Overall, I though this was OK thought the balance between the cereal and the hops is a bit off.

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3.52/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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