Cruiser IPA | Beach Haus Brewery

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Cruiser IPACruiser IPA

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Beach Haus Brewery
New Jersey, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jtierney89 on 05-06-2013

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Photo of CHickman
2.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear amber color with a 2-3 finger big foamy light tan head that was full of tiny bubbles, fading very slowly as this cloudy head dissipated at a snails pace, leaving really nice foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of waffles with maple syrup, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, vegetable husk and graham cracker. A hint of fruity sweetness, but zero IPA hoppy character. Smells like a bitter or brown ale with heavy caramel malts. Way off the mark for an IPA.

Tastes of mineral water, caramel, brown sugar, wet grass, sweet malt, vegetable husk and graham cracker. This is my second bottle from this 6 pack, so unless this was a bad batch I assume that this beer is just not made with the correct blend of hops since it does not resemble an IPA in any way. This wouldn't even pass for an English IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and watery with mild carbonation, a light body and more malt that any IPA should release in each sip. As an IPA this beer just does not do anything for me. Overall not very good, even for a bitter it would not taste right.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.66/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

-Mahogany. White head
-Caramel, sweetness. Not much else
-caramel, sugar, roasted grain, very little taste of hops
-Silky, smooth, but cloying and slick, almost no carbonation, pretty flat

Sad to say but being honest. I did not like it too much. Too sweet for me. Looking forward to trying their Winter Rental this year though

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Photo of poorbuthappy
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Wasn't expecting much when I looked up the BA score, but I was pleasantly surprised when I actually tried it. Not really an American IPA (more like an english IPA or bitter) but still quite good.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.13/5  rDev -28.8%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass. Brewed in Rochester, NY, and with a twist-off cap - translated to beer geek, it means it's really from Genesee. Hear that sound? It's the sound of my expectations going right down the crapper.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark copper color. The head is a finger high (maybe a bit less) and off-white in shade. Retention isn't fantastic, and the texture looks a bit rough upon first pour. All told, though, this one looks good. (3.75)

Smell: Not that IPA-like, as expected. There are touches of apricot, marmalade, and citrus; other than that, this one is a lot like an ESB. Anyone who knows me knows I don't look upon ESBs that fondly. There are plenty of nutty, toasty, caramel-laden malts around, further creating the ESB illusion. It's called an IPA, though, and for that reason I'm lowballing the aroma score. (2.5)

Taste: Yep, this is no IPA. It attacks with some caramel malts first, before *trying* to show off some piny hops. Key word, trying. The finish, aside from some marmalade touches, is just bitter without any hop flavor. Even worse, there are some nondescript off flavors I'm also getting (when it comes back up, it almost tastes like flatulence). A stinker, pretty much. (1.75)

Mouthfeel: It's not quite as failure-riffic here. For one, despite the crap flavor, it's somewhat easy to drink. It's moderately crisp and dry on the back end. However, it also seems weirdly chalky - heavy, as well. What this serves to do is expose the negative flavors even more vividly. Carbonation is above average. (2.5)

Overall: As an IPA, this is just one big fat "no". Even as an ESB it's deeply flawed. With so many great IPAs on the market, there's no reason at all to even give this a consideration. (2)

2.13/5: Stay home, and drink something like Sculpin instead

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Photo of Mineo
1.9/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer seems confused between an American IPA and English IPA -- the malts are way too dominant to let any hop character shine through (and I had it fresh on tap). tastes stale with hints of rotting apple and vomit, to be honest.

I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with at their new brewery in Belmar, but this wasn't the most promising start, especially considering Kane's IPAs are a ten minute drive away.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mix a six pick up at Wegmans. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours bright copper, 1/4 inch white foam. Active cascading bubbles.Malty nose, light toffee note. Baked bread. Taste is a caramel/toffee bread, which flows into a mild hop. Sweet. Tangy bitter in the back. Milder/sweeter than a typical IPA. But good.

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Photo of jwc215
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a sizeable white head that soon descends to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of mild citric and tropical fruits.

The taste of sweetish caramel almost overtakes the citric/tropical fruit from the hops, but stays even. Somewhat abrupt finish. Rather thin, but stays above watery.

This isn't a bad brew, but it's rather weak for an IPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured nice looking 12oz bottle in a .5 cylinder glass. I am re-reviewing because the next night the 2nd bottle was much better and a keeper! Try some. Will review again as I finish the 6 to see if consistency is an issue. 3rd time's a charm, consistent and had to seriously upgrade this beer.
A completely original and pleasant IPA, I found myself reaching for it over faves like Ipswich and Dales Pale Ale.

A- Bright amber-orange color ala Dales Pale Ale. My 2nd and 3rd bottle were lovely. Great thick lasting head, great lacing, great looking beer.

Smell- The recent bottle distinctly offered a fruity, peach like aroma. Malty with grass, herb, fruit, and a little hop aroma. Better as it warms. As another NJ reviewer wrote in both smell and taste this beer is closer to a pale ale or APA. (which is a style I love - See Dales Pale Ale) More malt than most IPA. As he wrote "Sweet caramel smell for an IPA" - I agree.

T- Tasty clean, caramel and malts dominate, fruit, herbs, grass, but not sweet, great finish, a little bit of hop tingle. Very subtle hops. Clean and refreshing, sessionable for the jersey shore crowd. This is a board walk beer, captures that salt, tar, taffy feel of summer.

M= Nice finish. Summery and refreshing. Good after sweat. Very little hop bite. Not too hoppy ipa, a great beginner ipa. A Refreshing and an original beer. I like it.

O- The other NJ reviewer called it a "Summer red ale", like the original Red Tail Ale. Or a more modest APA. Will definitely enjoy this as a summer six pack. This is easy going, solid, and original. Becoming one of my favorites. I encourage open-mindedness to this lighter, BEACH style. Thank you Beach Haus!

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a pint glass

A- Bright golden-orange color. Crsytal clear, minimal bubbles. One-finger off-white colored head, that makes a fast fade to a film and leaves a little lacing.

M- Very mild pale ale type aroma. Malty without hop aroma. Sweet caramel smell for an IPA.

T- Caramel and pale malts No hop flavor at all.

M= Quite good- the feel is chewy. There's no hop bite or IPA finish, though.

O- There's nothing IPA about this. It could go as a Summer red ale or alike, but it's NOT an IPA!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faintly hazed orange glue with a super tight and clingy craggy white head. Flowery and citric hop presence on the nose. Mild caramel notes comes through underneath.

Crisp medium body with bright carbonation. Rolls down smoothly. Semi-sweet malt presence on the tip of the tongue opens up to floral hop flavor with a piney and citric punch. A delicate balance of malt and hop. This beer allows you to taste all the hop flavor without any of the traditional IPA bite on the back end. Pretty good and, highly drinkable , and makes for a nice session IPA.

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Cruiser IPA from Beach Haus Brewery
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