French Broad IPA | French Broad Brewing Co.

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159 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
French Broad Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
frenchbroadbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GJ40 on 08-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
159
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 37
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus.
T: Lie the smell, the taste has some hints of initial sweetness from the caramel malts that is followed by notes of caramel malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable maltier version of an American IPA that is quite drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the ebbs-and-flows of IPA seem to veer at every turn, it's a good reminder that a fantastic IPA is still a fantastic IPA at any of the stops along the way. A showcase of hops in bitterness, flavor and aroma with a firm malty support and you really can't go wrong.

French Broad's flagship IPA pours with the familiar amber color that we've become accustomed. Capped with a creamy off-white froth and the beer comes to life- shedding an array of hoppy perfumes. Citrus, herbal grasses, fresh pine and light tropical fruit peel off from the hops as a honey-like biscuity scent gives the fruit impressions a ripe, radiant and vivid fragrance.

Gentle sweetness rolls onto the tongue with a toasted nuttiness to complement he calm honey and caramel sweetness. But the ale doesn't hold onto its sweetness too long, quickly favoring the growing hops and calming the malts gradually across the palate. Trailing hop bitterness is of fresh grass clippings, freshly shaven pine and fresh citrus peels in a smooth but piquant resinous tang.

A crisp and brisk finish proves to be highly thirst quenching and drinkable. Medium-light in body the remnants of malt are toasty and faintly starchy and upholds the hop bitterness, giving it roundness and calmness. Spicy bitterness clings onto the finish and outlasts all other flavors by a long piney margin.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like the new grading system here on BA.Poured into an imperial pint glass a hazed burnt orange tinged deep golden with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.The hops are not real big in the nose,there is some floral and leafy notes but the biscuit malt is almost as big.Citrusy and leafy hops have a good presence on the palate but they are not huge,a somewhat sweet caramel/biscuit malt base is pretty large.It's smooth and it has good hops it's just not as big as many American IPA's.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A: amber color; clear with modest size off-white head. The head is exceptionally sticky and leaves great lacing.

There's plenty of grapefruit and orange in both the aroma and the taste. The malt is more evident in the nose, and implied by the tempered bitterness in the taste. The beer is, nonetheless, rather bitter, with a lingering grapefruit rind flavor in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not hidden at all.

M: smooth; very good carbonation level; medium body; semi-dry finish.

O: a solid if rather unremarkable IPA. Enough hop load to satisfy hop heads.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour an effervescent orange/amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Superior lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & faint fruitty notes

T: Breadyness, grassy woody, & citrussy hops up front. Some caramel, dryness, piney & woody hops as this warms, some orange rind as well. Finishes with woody hops, a touch a of grainyness, mineral hops & caramel notes

MF: Medium bodied with fairly subtle carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy enough, kind of subdued as AIPAs go. If you like them balanced & drinkable this a good choice. Would drink this again when seeking that

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy burnt amber with a thick off white, frothy pillow like head. Thick gooey lace poured down the glass and lingered long after it was empty.

strong piney hops very much balanced against a nice mellowed malt sweetness. Smell did seem kinda muted though, could have been more full. slick, with not alot of carbonation. Taste was very bitter with a dry finish, but not llong lingering as I had hoped. Came off a little oily, with a lot of bitter piney flavor.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale amber with a faint orange hint to it; big inch of white head that is thick, soft, and cloud-like; great retention

S - big orange, citrusy notes first followed by a solid floral aroma

T - faint bread, sweet, faint birthday cake, big hoppy character, citrusy, oranges, floral, bitter, lightly piny, bitterness hangs on the palate for a while after the swallow

M - lightly carbonated, medium bodied, smooth

This an enjoyable, highly drinkable beer. The hops are intense and the overall flavor is solid despite the below average malt character. I would have preferred a little more malt to lend some balance to the intense, flavorful hop character. Overall though this is one more solid French Broad offering.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, hint of pine, sweet malt, and caramel malt. Fits the style of an American India Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, strong earthy malt, slight sweet malt, hint of biscuit, citrus hops, and slight floral hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body. Smells very similar to Lagunitas IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's, Asheville, NC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy citrus hop with a light sweetness.

The taste offered elements of pine and tropical fruit as well as a moderately sweet pale malt and a touch of diactyl.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA going in many different directions.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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French Broad IPA from French Broad Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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