Half Cycle IPA | Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Half Cycle IPAHalf Cycle IPA

Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by AaronHomoya on 12-30-2010

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Photo of jjb1970
2.28/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Terrible beer that tasted like an old gym sock, practically exploded when opened, now I am stuck with 4 cases of this terrible beer. I made multiple calls to flat 12 (Kentucky location) and was promisied I would be taken care of after this beer axploded where opened making a horrible mess (crappy flavor also). Never heard from flat 12 after the complaint. Called the Kentucky location and spoke with the "manager".. some female.. again.. promised I would be taken care of.. never heard from them again. Called the Indianapolis location about a month later, got the same old story, never heard from anyone.. stuck with 4+ casesd of terrible exploing beer that makes a horrible mess wherever opened. HORRIBLE COMPANY AND WORSE BEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Photo of tnmiami
2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I recently purchased this beer and was highly disappointed. I bought a six pack of bottles and every single time I opened one it exploded everywhere. I will not buy this again.

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Photo of theRooster90
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off I wasn't impressed with this because it instantly smelled like marijuana to me!

A: A good looking amber golden

S: Weed! Smelled like very dank hops and weed. Which I didn't like at all to be honest.

T: Still had the week on my palate so it tasted like it as well...

M: Typical IPA mouthfeel with a clean finish but still had a lingering weed feel...

O: I'm sure pot smokers would love this but I didn't like it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a touch of haze to a orange body with a thin ring of white foam supported by a few big bubbles working to the surface.

S- The notes of light toasted malt have a mineral quality to them with some caramel sweetness growing in the finish. A faint hint of green hops come through as it warms.

T- The dandelion greens hop flavor is all bitterness from start to finish for the first few sips. The dandelion milk bitterness stains the tongue as it lingers after each sip. There are some British hop qualities that come through as it opens and some watery malt notes try to fight its way in but the bitterness just dominates.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation in the finish.

O- The full bitterness dominates and stains the tongue with really no other hop character standing a chance. There are faint malt hints but they remain buried. This beer was all one sided with no other character and it was tough to get through the glass.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wow. Been on BA for years and if I don't like a beer now a full review is needed?
Ok: looks fine. Taste is too English for an ipa with no bite. Didn't enjoy it.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tom Tap Room

A: Golden Straw with light lacing and no head retention
S: Straight pine with just a touch of malt trying to come through
T: The pine is the main focus here, but I sure don't think this thing is 104 IBU's. The flavor is all pine without much coming through.
M: Medium bodied
D: I wouldn't say no to one of these, but I wouldn't reach out for it either.

I think they have the base for a really great beer here, but it just hits one note for me.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, freshness date appears to be smudged. Thanks to my friend, Ken, for giving me a bottle to try
A - very cloudy and chock full of yeast chunkies; tangerine colored body, foamy off-white head
S - earthy, piney, spicy and citric hops coupled with bready malt and caramel
T - wickedly and pungently bitter hop tea with tons of pine and grapefruit rind & pith, earthy & spicy hops also, caramel malt doesn't stand a chance against this hop bomb
M - medium body, dry and resinous finish with zest & pine lingering
O - disappointment here. I like my bitter hops but this is too far gone for enjoyment.

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Photo of mynie
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh pint at the brewery.

Smells ashen, like roasted peat moss mixed with a fistful of piney, west coast hops. Neat smell, I guess, but a little unbalanced.

Tastes like it smells, only with some more herbal complexities. Pine nodes are almost overwhelming at the front end, but some wisps of earthen and toffeeish pale malts come in by the middle. The sweeter malts gain strength and this winds up being decently balanced.


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Photo of Buck89
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. No obvious date on the bottle. Slightly hazy straw-orange color with a 2-finger white head. The nose was the best part: a nice mix of pine, citrus and caramel.The taste was bracingly bitter with a little hop flavor, but really more of a pure bitter sensation. Hard to detect any citrus, pine, etc. Not much malt either. Finish was clean and very bitter.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, white head that has a bit of lacing. Huge, bright grapefruit aroma with a faint sweet malt in the background. Radiant gold color. Starts with a very bitter (and surprisingly) intense pine flavor that almost reminds me of gasoline. It subsides briefly to have a medium-high pine citrus, with mostly bitterness in the finish. If you let it sit a bit, the malt does come through, and the pine sap bitterness subsides into a really pleasant hoppiness.

Holy hell was this unexpected. 104.1 IBU's at 6% ABV. This is an absolute kick in the tongue, which isn't my thing, but maybe it's your thing. I like my hops floral and intensely aromatic, but without such bitterness. Maybe a little bit of pine, and citrus is always nice, but I just don't dig such an aggressive pine profile. If you like to lick sticky pine sap, and you crave bitterness, head over to this one.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ Flying Saucer in Nashville

A - Light orange/yellow with a ring of white head.

S - Grapefruit, orange and some caramel malt sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness with a huge caramel malt sweetness. Some pine and floral flavours with a touch of citrus. Low bitterness for the style.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

Brilliant deep golden beer with a lingering, frothy cream head. Aroma is floral, resiny, and piney, with a touch of grapefruit pith and bready malt. Flavor reveals resin dominance early, becoming very bitter and somewhat harsh after the bready malt subsides. Fairly solid beer until the finish. Too harsh for my liking. Lingering bitterness makes me want to drink something else.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/15, 12oz poured into pint

A-pours a murky Amber color with some orange hue and plenty of floaties swimming around, one finger creamy white head retains long after the poor

S- pine and citrus hop forward with a big biscuit malt backbone

T- pine and citrus hop follow the nose quickly followed by some fruity red berry flavor, big toasted malt undertone that finished buiscuity with more red fruit on the close

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- drinks more like a pale ale, but very drinkable

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Photo of sommersb
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 03-20-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: A big whoosh when I pop the cap and a huge glass of foam tell me right away we have an over-carbonated beer. The massive white head, while annoying, does leave a super amount of lacing and head retention. The beer's color is a hazy yellow.

S: Aromas are mostly of hops, both piney and citrus, with a bit of yeast spiciness as well.

T: Big hoppy, West-coast style IPA bitterness, with the tartness of grapefruit. Not really any hint of malt.

M: Crisp mouthfeel and very much over-carbonated, the body is medium. Finishes with the same big hoppy bitterness as noted in the taste.

O: Overall a highly bitter IPA; not very balanced so not a very interesting take on the style in my opinion.

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Photo of jdhops
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from The Filling Station East Nashville poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper, with a creamy off-white head. Pretty lacing.

S: Bits of citrus and pine, but nothing strong.

T: Hop forward and piney. The hop bite is short. Smooth finish that becomes dry but not bitter.

M: Medium feel. Carbonated just right.

O: A solid IPA that hints at more. More hop forward than expected, but those hops quickly give way to a smooth dryness. Very sessionable. Could pass for a DIPA for just a second, but then reveals itself as a just-fine IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow. A gusher? And it's an IPA? I think I got about 8 ounces out of the bottle, at most. Tastes okay. Kind of like a resin tone with the wrong kind of fruits mixed in. Perhaps this is a gusher because the beer is just bad. Either way, lame experience on all ends.

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Photo of roger617
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass

A: 3.75 pours crystal clear with 1 finger of head. Light golden in color. The head reduces quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacin.
S: 3.25 the aroma is not overpowering. Pine is the dominant aroma, with faint citrus lingering in the background.
T: 3.5 pine in the front. I don't get much citrus with this one. This beer leaves a very crisp and dry after taste. The malt backbone is very fitting with the hop build.
M: 3.5 smooth, crisp.
O: 3.5 this is a solid flagship IPA for a brewery to have. For me to rate this higher, I would need more balance in the hop presence. The bitterness is great with a dry finish, but I get very little beyond the pine flavor. I wouldn't seek this out, but I certainly will have again.

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Photo of dougdecinces
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Copying all my ratings over from ratebeer.com. I feel I should be represented on both sites. This is #1 of 83.

On tap at twenty tap. Hop aroma was nonexistent, but very good hop flavor. Grapefruit and mango flavors. Complex malt flavors. Sweet, bready, and biscuity all at once. Very well balanced. Good beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy saturated orange, thin collar of white lacing around the edges. Thin surface skim. Rising trails of visible carbonation.

Mellow malt sweetness in the aroma, dried apricot and earthy green hop resin.

Tastes like a mouthful of raw dandelion greens. Uncompromising green bitterness, resiny and piney. Coats the tongue and remains too long in the aftertaste. Some toasty caramel malt under that. Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Overall it's ok, but not what I look for in an IPA flavor-wise.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned October 3rd.

Pours a hazy straw gold with plenty of foam. Above average lacing.

Pine and grapefruit dominate the smell; degree of dankness pretty high.

Pine and grapefruit clearly in the taste. Dank tropical fruit permeates. Very very bitter. No malt that I can discern. Like in a triple IPA. Onions? Yep.

Good mouthfeel.

A bit over the top for me regarding the bitterness level but I am glad that I got to try it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do love tall boy cans craft beers, esp IPAs, but doesn't look too great, but still my first beer from this brewery. Thanks to rudzud for leaving this with me.

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent spotty lacing, semi hazy honey orange colored beer.

NOse brings IPA, but so-so IPA hops, more like an IPA from 10 years ago. big earthy piney slight citrusy hops, a piney resinous forest floor like aroma that can be nice in moderation but a bit much on this one, a little candied orange peel and fluffy candy malts, also a bit of an herbal peppery almost hop oil like note.

Taste is even more out there, hops are there, but different hops than I'm used to, some herbal flavors, a little herbal tea, earthy pine forest floor, some candied orange peel, a bit of an oily pine. It also has some fruity flavors, hard to nail which fruits, but a weird blended fruit kinda thing, A bit of sweet almost toasty grainy malt base, mild sweetness, etc. Back end gets a bit more orange peel and zest like notes, chewy hops, etc. Finish is very bitter, little sticky but mostly dry, long bitter earthy piney hops, gets pretty spicy and chewy as well, a little herbal and oily too.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

overall OK, nothing too great, a bit overly on earthy herbal spicy piney hops, quite bitter esp on the finish that just doesn't go away, OK malt base but also not great. It's the style IPA that was good years ago, but these days with the great hop explosion I feel they could have made better hop choices for an IPA, although if this is what they were going for it's not bad.

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Photo of patpbr
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured copper without head retention.
S - A little sweet with grapefruit and other hops.
T - Like the nose and a malty and bitter aftertaste.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Its ok just not my cup of IPA.

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Photo of rudzud
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a thin one finger head that faded slowly to leave a small half finger blanket.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, light citrus and pine, faint honey, earthy malts.

T - Taste is more malt forward than hops. Very nice bitter light pine finish that seems to grow the more one drinks. Malts are sweet, lightly earthy, faint grapefruit peel and pine resin. Solid, but malty.

M - Mouthfeel is easy drinking, nice bitter finish. Solid.

O - Overall, a decent enough IPA, however, in today's world of hop bombs this really can't hold up at all.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden straw color with 1 finger of white head that dissipates pretty quick. Vertical streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - Dank concentrated herbal hops, some floral. Smells like cannabis. Not getting much else.

T - Follows up the nose with crunchy herbal hops, dried pine needles, floral purfume, dry cereal malt barely shows up but doesn't stand a chance against the hops. Finishes bitter and very dry.

M - Slick and oily feel, medium carbonation that drops off.

It's good for 1 pint. The dry herbal hops just wreck your palate. Good if you're in the mood for an herbal hop bomb.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fiddler's Hearth in South Bend over the Christmas holiday. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice orange color with a good white head and plenty of lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries some good notes of pine plus some orange and other citrus. Flavor has the hops, but not quite in the same bouquet as the aroma. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Good brew.

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