First Frontier IPA | To Øl

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First Frontier IPAFirst Frontier IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark
to-ol.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Rwalford74
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours hazy amber with a white creamy thick head, that slowly sinks into nice lacings.

S: Caramell malt with some sweetness to it, is overpowered by the floral and bitter hops, that holds pine, pineapple, grapefruit - very American in style!

T: At first sweet caramell malt but then the bitter hops kicks in followed by the floral - lots of piney and citric notes; pineapple and grapefruit mainly.

M: Body is medium and dry, carboantion is mild. Aftertaste lingers for some time and holds bitter dryness.

O: This is a great example of an American IPA - very nice balanced.

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Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of bmaggot
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarbring
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is very clouded, orange, a pale yellow head, good lacing and some curtains.

The smell is citric and floral, as should be! Grapefruit, pine resin, hay and flowers. Some toffee notes.

A rather small initial sweetness, caramel, brown bread, soft citric aromas, grapefruit, bitter oranges, some flowers.

Medium carbonation, a good body, soft and oily, a dry finish.

A clean, nice, flowery IPA with a good balance.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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 jooj8
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Luchman
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold/orange color with a thick and fomay white head.

S: Sugary sweet lemons, grapefruit, and pine with a grassy/earthy tone.

T: Sweet citruses and pine with a nice bitter bite. Little caramel malt, but its there to balance, as well as some earthy notes and hay.

M: Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Ends slightly dry with a crisp bitter bite.

O: I like it. I definitely came into it thinking it would have more of Belgian character to it, but it turned out to be a very nice IPA fit for the American style that is very drinkable.

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Photo of pkenkman
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mrand01
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Cap reads "24/09/13"

A: Pours with about an inch of tight off-white head. Amber/caramel/orange in color, and very opaque. Lots of residual lacing.

S: Citrus hops, caramel malt...that's about it.

T: Grapefruit, tangerine, some pine, caramel. Nice crisp taste.

M: Crisp, light to medium bodied, prickly carb.

O: A solid example of an American IPA from overseas. I'm impressed...it seems most breweries overseas don't live up to the IPAs we make here in the states, but this one can hang just fine.

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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 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 StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky pale amber with piles of deeply crevassed beige head and lots of trails. Dank herbal cannabis nose - deep and lovely.
Some mango and bread kicked to the curb by tangerine, sticky resin and pine sap.
Orange sorbet ending and scraping bitter linger. Medium, super chewy, creamy and oily.

Wow - can't remember last time I got a hop dose like this from something outside the US. Simcoe always brings some funk, Warrior heavy bitterness and Centennial the citrus. The student beats the master! (Little Mikkeller in-joke there.)

Superior IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark golden orange in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized very thick patch in the center of the beer with a thick (3/4 finger tall) layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops and a light to moderate amount of pineapple/tropical hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt flavors with just a hint of sweetness. Significant flavors of grapefruit/citrus hops with just a hint of pineapple/tropical hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer with a wonderful hop profile (both smell and taste) - I could easily have a couple of these though it fails the sessionability test for me. I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of parintele
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. Stamped 792112.

A: ALmost three fingers of fluffy head. Good retention, sticky lace. Opaque, flat, yellow brown.

S: Chives. Which is not necessarily what I wanted to smell, but there is also some nice citrus fruit, piny topnoes, and malty base.

T: Mmm. The foretaste is astringently hoppy (presumably from the Warrior?) before a slender malt presence manages to make itself noticed. The remainder of the maintaste is a stereotypical (and tasty!) American IPA. The Simcoe from the smell is more citrusy orange in flavour, especially on the lingering aftertaste, which is herbally (almost medicinally) bitter and mandarin oranges.

M: No complaints here.

O: A classic IPA. If you like the style -- and I certainly do -- you're certain to appreciate this beer. Drinkable, if a little heavy on the pine/citrus hop thing. Recommended.

Notes
Tagline: "We all got pieces of crazy in us, some bigger pieces than other."
Ingredients: Water, barley malt, flaked oats, hops (Warrior, Simcoe, Centennial) and yeast
ABV: 7.1%

Brewer's description: The thing about First Frontier is the hops. Easy… This is an IPA "the American way", no sticky-sweet malt profile, just the real deal potent and aromatic hops. The result is a refreshingly dry, fresh and bitter IPA, heavily dryhopped with the three American hop varieties Warrior, Simcoe ,and Centennial, dealing a punch of citrus, peach, and grapefruit from the deepest of our hearts directly to ya face. Just added a bit of caramel malt; merely to harness and balance the alcohol.

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

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy dark amber with a fairly thick golden-buff head. Strong, hoppy aroma has firm yeasty and sour fruity notes, the latter mainly apple with some orange. Flavor is quite hoppy and bitter, and has notes of citrus, yeast and fresh-cut wood. This is a rough and rugged IPA! Lively texture has good body and lots of fizz. Can you handle this one?

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Photo of patpbr
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured orange in color with almost 3 finger foamy aggressive head.
S - Citrus and grapefruit, floral
T - Slightly bitter with grapefruit, citrus and pine. Caramel malts.
M - Medium body and a dry finish.
O - True to style but not over the top in any ways. On the expensive side.

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Photo of CesarLopes
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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First Frontier IPA from To Øl
3.83 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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