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Li'l Napoleon | Pensacola Bay Brewery

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Brewed by:
Pensacola Bay Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Napoleon never set foot on Florida’s shores, but if he did, we’re sure he’d be looking for a way to conquer the land from coast to coast. He’d probably have some supporters – after all, the French helped settle Pensacola.

Our Li’l Napoleon was christened in the name of all short bastards – the good, the bad and the infamous. Strong and hoppy, Li’l Napoleon can sneak up on you if you let it. With a smooth caramel and honey finish, you’ll want to have a second. And probably a third.

Take time to savor the good ole days, when the French had power and Florida was a territory waiting to be developed. We reckon Napoleon would be proud of the IPA that bears his name. (Aside from his hatred of all things English, naturally).

70 IBU

Added by cjgator3 on 12-29-2010

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4.92/5  rDev +37%

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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sereved on tap at the brewery in a branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thick, medium-sized off-white head that leaves behind hick lace.

Smell: Bready malt with some herbal hop backing.

Taste: Begins citric and mildly bitter, rounding out to bitter and melony hops and finishing very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with rounded carbonation and a sticky finish.

Overall: A solid, enjoyable IPA. Highly recommended.

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4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lil Napoleon IPA, 1 week after this establishment opening in November 2010.

A Orange amber color, some head, but not significant 4

S Nice citrusy hop aroma, some breadyalt aroma also. 4

T Big hop hit at first, followed by some nice roasted malt, a little diacetyl, but it's good and doesn't detract.  Finish is clean. 4.5.

M Med to heavy body, good thickness, could use more carbonation. 4

D This and the Brown were the best beers on this day. This one was my favorite. 4

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4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting in a craft beer bar, you can get a feel for the quality of a beer as far as the comments of the people drinking it. This IPA is liked by experienced craft beer dinkers as well as newbies to unpasturized cold beers. It rates very high. With a hint of the citrus trees that grow in a church yard across the street and the scent of the pine trees growing on the beach at Ft Pickens across the bay, this beer seems almost hisrorical---as if the French put their best into this Spanish village. If Napolean approved anything other than cognac it would be the taste, scent and drinkability of this beer.

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4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this at Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom on Sunday, September 25, 2011. I specify the date as this beer was phenomenal. I have had it in the past but is seems that this new brewery had hit the nail on the head and perfected its recipe.

A: nice hazy golden color with nice head that stuck around for awhile, good lacing on the glass.

S: this is always my weakest review as I typically have stuffed sinuses...some detections of citrus, hops, wheat.

T: delicious, this rivals some very well known IPAs and is on point for an IPA as far as style characteristics. Had the citrus peel/grapefruit flavor, lots of hops, spices nice refreshing drink.

M: I had ridden my bicycle to the pub and needed a refreshing drink, this hit the spot. Crisp, full of effervescence.

Overall: I have had this beer several times now and this was the best batch thus far. Hope the brewery will be consistent as this could be the beer that launches a thousand barrels. Also hope they start bottling soon. Great job guys.

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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint served at brewery.

IBU = 70

A well made IPA with substantial hop flavor but lots of malt for balance. Malt is at least as strong as the hops in the aroma, and surprisingly pronounced in hte inital taste, but this IPA has a strong biter hop finish.

A - Clear dark amber. Off-white head has moderate retention; medium carbonation.

Malt/hop balance too high for style? probably, but this was forgivable given the fine mix of flavors. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a thick white head that fades slowly and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, toasted bread, melon, floral hops, and citrus.

The flavor tends toward melon, pineapple and orange with some floral honey suckle notes and orange blossom.

Good balance, slightly watery

Overall, good beer.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from the tap a clear copper-gold with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of pine resin, floral notes and caramel malts.

Hoppy taste of pine along with a light fruitiness and caramel malts.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with a moderate carbonation.

My first beer from Pensacola Bay Brewery and it's a winner.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Li'l Napoleon from Pensacola Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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