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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tap It Brewing Co.
California, United States
tapitbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This first wort-hopped IPA has a harmonious explosion of hop flavor and aroma. A hazy head leads drinkers toward a beer rich in citrus and earthy flavors with a smooth and rich finish. The complex floral and citrusy tones from the Citra and Simcoe hops welcome you, while two more aromatic varietals mate perfectly with specialty malts for an unmatched aroma.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 03-04-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
304
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
25%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
49
For Trade:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 304
Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma was a bit sweet and malty, some herbal/dank hops present - some butterscotch alcohol. Medium bitterness, some decent hop bit - hard to place the hops style but more of a middle american style than West coast. Reminds me of something that might have come from Oscar Blues. Mouth feel is a bit heavy - some sticky malt is present all the way through. Middle of the road IPA IMO.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Succulent Cafe Wine Charcuterie, Solvang, CA

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has some flavors of caramel malts along with strong notes of citrusy hops, the latter of which contributes a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. My second beer from Tap It Brewing Co., acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A juicy hazed golden orange body, one finger of thin wispy frothy white head that leaves minor spotty lacing. Appears adequately carbonated. Some sediment visible in the glass. Looks good.

S - Aroma is grassy & earthy, with bready notes of sweetened caramelized malts, toffee, and candied orange. Has that earthy spicy horseradish note that I sometimes find.

T - Taste is the same: sweetened caramel malts, toffee, candied orange / orange peel, lemon zest / pith, grass, herbs. The malts are definitely the main players here, far overshadowing any hop presence. Not sticky, dank, piney, or resinous, not typical of West Coast style IPA's.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, sweet & sticky, with crisp carbonation. Medium-bodied, but easy drinking for the moderate 7.00% abv.

Overall, a caramel / toffee malt forward IPA; and the Berghoff IPA I had the other day was a better example of malt forward IPA's like this one. An average offering from Tap It Brewing, as others have said, you are sure to find something better coming out of California.

Tap It Brewing IPA -----3.5/5

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker color, bordering on a darker amber/auburn concoction. Aroma was a little bit of citrus and caramel malt smells.

Definitely a bitter beer. A little bit of hop flavor. Like they used 90% c hops and threw some proprietary shit in there, but not enough. Its decent enough and in a 12oz/6 pack format. Its a crowded market, but this is decent enough to pick up if youre at a corner market or whatnot. I don't see it being a choice when there are ample other choices, you're going to find something else in California that is probably better.

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Photo of daisyfching
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A lightly carbonated beer on the lighter side for an IPA with mild hops. Overall well-rounded flavors with a refreshing feel to it though not my first choice for IPAs.

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Photo of raiderob
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber into pint glass.creamy foamy head that fades away leaving nice lingering lacing.Amber ish in color with citrus aromas that taste fresh and goes down nicely❗ Prost

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought it on a impulse. Nice colour and aroma; Hoppy, grassy, citrus. Above average American IPA. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. I'd do it again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine two finger head with great retention and lots of thick lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruit and light dankness, just what I want my IPA to smell like. Flavor is mild caramel malt, lemon, orange and grapefruit citrus, tropical fruit, citrus and dank piney hops. Finishes with citrus rind, and piney bitterness. Good medium body with light creaminess. A well done Western style IPA with a nicely selected hop bill that delivers herbal flavors and good bitterness. Well balanced and flavorful. I'll look for more from this brewery when I'm back in So Cal.

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Photo of camshew
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Vibrant orange color. Rich head that quickly fades

S: Juicy citrus fruit and pineapple

T : Crisp, bitter, earthy, and citric, with some malt. The flavor profile got even more complex and interesting as it warmed up.

M: Full bodied. On the bubblier side.

O: I liked it at the start, but was digging it by the end. Slightly sweet, sticky finish. Very solid, highly drinkable west coast IPA.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Deep orange with a medium white head. Dissipates quite quickly to leave wispy lacing.

S - Citrus, Grapefruit, Pineapple and Bubblegum

T - Begins with lots of grapefruit and pineapple, then a touch of bubblegum. Eventually fades to a nice piney malty balance leaving traces of Bubblegum behind.

M - Very smooth for an IPA. Medium carbonation, finishes sweet.

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Photo of LovingCup
4/5  rDev +5.3%

citrusy and piney. you know, an ipa. Moderate bitterness. Has some bready, sweet maltiness. It's got a good balance between "dankness" and just being an easy drinking ipa. It's mos def hop forward but not a palette wrecker. I think it's fairly sessionable for the style. For some reason I could see this being one of those "go to" ipa's for when nothing else is striking a chord at the store, despite the fact that it doesn't distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. Not mind blowing by any means but certainly a solid west coast ipa. Cheers!

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Photo of avwrite
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

At first I rated this lower, but upon trying some more IPA's, I went back and boosted the rating. It's really refreshing for an IPA, and great on a hot summer day. Color is slightly dark, but also nicely golden. Behind the bitterness is a sense of sweetness. Crisp.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: starts a gorgeous light yellow cascade of nitro bubbles, then fades into a golden yellow with a healthy amount of creamy white head

S: Subdued citrus hops, some malt sweetness. Not much going on here, though that might be due to the nitro

T: Citrus hops, grapefruit and pine bitterness, malt sweetness, clean finish

M: Creamy and quite light, but also a bit watery

O: Bites more as it warms up, but I think the nitro tames it a bit too much. Definitely want to try again bottled or on regular tap.

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Photo of jeff12hoops
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Impressive IPA from halfway between SF and LA! Excellent balance of bitter hops and citrus lightness without being too heavy or harsh. Incredibly smooth and a nice finish. Pours a golden auburn with minimal head. A great beer to make a night out of with a few glasses worth!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lake Placid Brewing Company pint glass
From: VONS in Montecito, Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a 6-pack (w/ VONS card)
Purchased: March 28, 2014
Consumed: March 28, 2014
Misc.: There was a born on date, but I didn’t log it

Poured an orange clear color with three fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up. Uneven, light lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention.

Smelled citrus notes, orange, apricot, light peach, Orange Creamscicle, tangerine, floral hops and some bitterness.

Tasted orange, Orange Creamscicle, fairly bitter, floral hops, citrus hops, some apricot, honey, tangerine rind and caramel.

Light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, very bitter finish.

A good beer, but not great. A bit disappointed overall.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a single bottle at J Webb Wine Merchant in Calgary, poured into a standard shaker pint glass. An orange-copper hue with a shapely and copious beige head, smelling of rather fresh, strong citrus (grapefruit mainly but some lemon and tangerine as well), pine needles or mentholated cough candies, green leaf, and flower shop, with rather subdued toffee buried somewhere underneath the green resinous pile o' goodness. Palate largely mirrors this, certainly swinging well toward the piney, citrus, and floral hop flavors with a crystal malt backbone just barely peeking out. Tons of green, coniferous needle/pine cone, tannic bitter tea, and cannabis flavors that dry the palate, not terribly sweet and a bit like biting into a green banana peel infused with citrus and rose oils. Middle of the road in terms of body and the carbonation is rather prickly. Some green onion appears after a while and the pine gathers steam. Whoa. This might be less zingy after sitting on the shelf for a while. I might have lucked out and snagged something pretty fresh. Great American IPA if you enjoy all the excesses associated with American hopping regimes yet not undrinkable. This brewery seems to fly under the radar a bit and I'm glad these brews have hit Alberta "shores".

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Photo of Celtics17
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a local brew for me. I enjoy it. This beer has a nice look, light orange coloring, good lacing. You can smell the caramel malt , with slight fruit notes. With the taste, I got the sweet caramel malt, along with bitter grapefruit, and peach. Not much pine bitterness, or resin, some floral notes.

One of my first IPA's ever. Not the greatest, but solid.

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Photo of Mattoleary4
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I'm a sucker for all the citrus notes and flavors of this beer but I think it's a delicious balance of the power you want and expect from an American ipa and a lighter crisp floral bouquet beer that a lesser ipa can't provide. Fully endorse it. A lot of alcohol but I don't find it gratuitous at all.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Tap It IPA is typical of most IPAs that have elevated alcohol. The beer pours a cloudy orangish copper with foamy white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent is mostly sweet malt with some fresh hop presence that is leaning slightly piney. The taste is a nice balance between bitter hop and sweet malt with some pine backdrop. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cutting to the chase, this is a great beer. A golden beer with a good head that laces very well and lingers. You can smell the hops but also some sweetness that is very pleasant. Upon tasting, grapefruit and other citrus hits the tongue and really turns the bitter hops into something great.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 9 of the 2013 Craft Beer Advent Calendar, and a new Cali brewery's IPA to boot!

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of aggressively puffy, tightly foamy, and marshmallow creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly sinks away.

It smells of sharp pine resin and mixed citrus pith bitterness straight out of the gate, with some mildly toasted caramel malt, dry toffee candies, and further soapy, lemony, and leafy hops following things up. The taste is more grapefruit, orange, and blended tropical fruit hop esters, neutered pine needles, lemon pudding, bready caramel malt, and a slightly perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is generally quite unobtrusive, and barely supportive in its quotidian duties, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather smooth, the hops pulling a certain gentlemanly absence. It finishes well off-dry, the faltering, but still agreeable hops keeping the staid malt honest to the end.

A tasty, fairly well-balanced west-coast IPA, the hops not quite up to palate-wrecking levels, and that's a-ok once in while, IMHO. Flavourful, with an AWOL alcohol quotient, easy to drink, and hardly the mess that all you Advent Calendar "open and drink the IPAs early!" naysayers were baying about a few months ago. Party-pooping morons, the lot of ya.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured three fingers of head on a clear, amber colored body.
The aroma is a nice mixture of mango, mandarin and pine.
The taste has a nice fizzy lemon beginning that rolls into a pine and grapefruit bitterfest.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single 12 ounce bottle poured into its own branded shaker pint glass. On to the beer:

The yellow orange color of the beer has a moderate hazy appearance. To some surprise, the head forms thin on the pour and never thickens, though a few spots of lace clings to the glass. One smell and I know it's going to be a coarse adventure. That said, it's not hopeless. The smell of lycee, burnt caramel, and decaying leaves highlight, albeit unbalanced overall.

Tastes like faded hop juice, if such a thing were to exist. Sort of like Ruination IPA but withered down. There's candied grapefruit, plenty of resin, and a strong herbal aspect. Yes, IPA's aren't normally balanced, though the profile here is borderline whack. At least it tastes hoppy. It's medium bodied with some slick and lighter than average carbonation.

Tap it. Taste it. Okay with it. The IPA field is a crowded one and Tap It's version doesn't stand out.

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Photo of charlzm
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed August 17th, 2013 at The Fairplex in Pomona. Obtained form a mobile seller called the Draft Beer Depot.

Beer is a clear, orange-yellow with plenty of active carbonation and a creamy white one-finger head.

Aroma is a bit maltier than expected, with a touch of soap. Fruity, piney notes dominate, however.

Flavor - a little caramel malt then wham! Quite a bite from the combined ABV and crisp carbonation. Some grapefruit peel then very bitter on the finish. This is a big beer.

The mouthfeel is sharp and tingly and a tiny bit thick.

So glad to find this in a place that promised only macros. I would drink another pint of this if I found myself in the same situation in the future, which was standing around at 9:45 am on a Saturday morning, waiting for someone to complete a 5k foam run.

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Photo of joe1510
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber
$5.99
Binny's, Bloomingdale

This was the first I've seen of anything from Tap It Brewing Co. on the shelves here in IL so I figured the IPA should be fresh. An aggressive pour produces a dusky orange body with ample carbonation rushing to the tightly bubbled, oatmeal colored head. The head becomes creamy as it sits and leaves behind some spotty lacing.

The aroma is pretty ho-hum. A heavy dose of brown sugar sprinkled grapefruit leads the way with more brown sugar than grapefruit. Caramel and Saltine crackery malts are also pretty upfront in that order of intensity. As it warms an earthy character emerges. This IPA smells alright but if the nose is any indication it'll will be a little more balanced than I prefer.

I like the flavor profile more than I expected. The grapefruit is more of the candied rind variety than the brown sugar coated. The caramel malts are light and work well with the grapefruit. This is a pretty balanced pretty straightforward but, ultimately, enjoyable IPA. There's not much bitterness on the first few drinks but the bitterness builds to moderate halfway through a glass.

Medium bodied with a slick feel and moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty soft and a dryness creeps in a few seconds after the swallow. There's absolutely no discernable alcohol which is pretty impressive for a 7% IPA.

Tap It Brewing Co's IPA is an all around enjoyable beer. I don't usually care for IPAs of this nature, the very balanced variety, but this is an easy drinker and although not complex it's juicy enough to finish a bottle.

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