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First Frontier IPA | To Øl

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First Frontier IPAFirst Frontier IPA
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3.82/5
Very Good
95 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#16,204
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
95
pDev:
10.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 32
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of shanblur
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on a recent trip to St. Louis. 13 printed on bottle cap. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. A - Hazy orange with some brown highlights. Thick foam from the pour leaves patchy lacing. S - Citrus and piney hops mix with some sweet malt. An earthy presence. T - Piney hops predominate over citrus with a hint of sweet malts. Nicely balanced. High level carbonation. A good IPA

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours semi-hazed light golden color into my tulip glass, fluffy two finger head that leaves really nice lacing for an IPA.
S. At first I get a bit of the caramel malt peeking through that gets covered up by a nice pine resin scent mixed with a heaping dose of floral hopping tones.
T. It certainly comes across as an American IPA feel. Juicy pine and grapefruit peel mixes with a caramel malt that finishes mostly dry with an extended citric / herbal Simcoe finish. Actually, I was hoping for something a little less by-the-books since it is a European idea of what an American IPA is, but they nailed it so well that it comes across as standard. So than the question becomes: Why bother with the extra cost of an imported beer if I can drink this domestically? I suppose if a person was in Europe, it would be worth trying this brew to experience what one of the better American IPAs taste like, so I won't mark it down on reviewing for that.
M. Crisp, light, refreshingly carbonated. Nothing wrong here.

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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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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3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A foreign IPA with an American twist to it.

Right off the pour my entire Stone pint glass filled with a massive white head - it went down quickly but left traces all over the top of the glass.

Has grapefruit/flowery scent but more of a malty taste at first sip. After taste is dry and very bitter.

Overall, a decent IPA - wish it had been a little fresher.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden-yellow color with a three-finger, foamy, white head. It was fairly long lasting and left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - Big grapefruit aroma up front with some other citrus fruits, too.

T - It had a strong grapefruit flavor with some sweet tropical fruit flavors. It had a nice caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty beer, however, it is really pricey at $8.99 for a 12oz bottle.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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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2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pale yellow head is very high, firm and compact. The liquid is almost clear (the beer is bottle conditioned), the colour is pale amber. Lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy, fat and bitter with some grapefruits, but also some stale-earthy notes and a hint of sour milk.

The taste is bitter-sweet with some hoppy-citric flavours. The bitterness is quite light for an American IPA. Some earthy flavours that make me think of tree sap, almonds and ripe flowers. The aftertaste is hoppy with hints of sap, a stale sweetness and a bitterness that borders to sour. Almonds in the finish.

The carbonation is light, the bubbles soft and small. The liquid is thick and sticky.

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4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
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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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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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First Frontier IPA from To Øl
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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