Tap It IPA | Tap It Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Tap It Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

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303
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3.8
pDev:
25%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, malted milk, and citrus zest. Taste is of citrus zest and herbal hops up front with a malt finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness after each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and much better than their APA I tried before.

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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 largadeer
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg on tap at Harry's Hofbrau. Brilliantly clear golden amber with a clingy white head. Big bright citrus hop nose with some bready malt buried beneath. Floral aromas meet pineapple and grapefruit. Gentle bready malts hit the tongue first, followed by floral hop notes, grapefruit, pineapple. Nice medium-light body with gentle bitterness in the finish. This is quite good. Maybe not quite world class, but very well balanced and drinkable with some great flavors.

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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 kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a conical Guinness pint last week at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours no head at all. Body colour is a textbook copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Clear. Quite appealing, if simple. Inviting, in spite of its poor head. Glowing.

Sm: Piney, lightly oily, floral. Piney hop character is dominant. Pale malts. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's weirdly half fresh (up front) and half muted (on the back end). Not real fruity, but seemingly balanced. A mild strength aroma.

T: Floral hops. Light piney hops. Pale malts, amber malts. Clean and crisp. Fairly balanced. I do like it in a general sense. The malts aren't married well to the hops. It has some interesting elements, but it doesn't feel cohesive and focused. Somewhat complex. Not at all subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Full bodied, yet thin - which is awkward. Decently carbonated. Unrefreshing. Suits the flavour profile decently.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. It's not bad, but I wouldn't get it again. Nicely done and all, but it's largely unimpressive. There's definite room for improvement here; I can tell the brewers are a bit green. I'll try their other offerings in due time, but this one leaves something to be desired.

C+

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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical IPA appearance with orangey amber color and a decent white foam. Carbonation is nice and finely bubbled. Less aromatic than many IPAs, but some fruity, piney notes. A lighter body but some malty substance.

Lots of hops with more of a fruity flavor. Mango nectar is what I keep thinking. Rather malty and quite mellow overall. Plenty bitter after a few sips and it lingers long in the aftertaste. Sweetness stays with you, too. Thoroughly drinkable, but not very interesting.

From the 22 oz bottle for five bucks at Olive Tree Market in San Diego.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Light gusher upon opening. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, passion-fruit, peach, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, floral, grass, honey, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Awesome aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion-fruit, mango, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Decent amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, peach, passion-fruit, mango, floral, grass, light pine, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor complexity of citrus/tropical hops; with a nearly balanced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Feels so good to have my jar back, especially when a new California brewery finds its way to me. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, pine sap, light leek, light menthol, and a backbone of lightly-buttered biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the sap's bitterness really shining through. The menthol and grapefruit peel combine to contribute their own brand of bland bitterness, all the while subduing the biscuit beneath their mixed will. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is a meager, run-of-the-mill IPA that embraces the lack of balance in a negative way. We need less of these around here, not more...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to SubpoenaDeuces for this one. Served in my Jack's Abby pint glass. No obvious freshness date, but I'm pretty sure this was bottled recently.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick cap, splotchy lacework. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Big mix of tropical fruits and citrus, with ripe grapefruit most preeminent. Toasted biscuit and light caramel malt backdrop. Fairly balanced for the West Coast, but still decidedly hop-forward.

T - The taste is similar, with tropical fruits, juicy citrus, and lightly sugary malts at the forefront. Perhaps a touch of earthy and zesty hops. Bitterness is moderate but sufficiently restrained.

M - Upper moderate carbonation supports a creamy medium body. Some residual oily hops linger on the palate following the dry finish.

D - It's a solid IPA. I can think of many better ones, but I can think of a lot more inferior ones. I'm a tad surprised this won a Gold Medal, but I suppose if you're looking for a textbook example of the style this would be a good choice. I crushed the 12oz bottle pretty quickly.

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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 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 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 Halcyondays
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, average head retention, some lace.

S: Fairly light, has some earthy hop and grass, but I'm really not getting much.

T: Grapefruit and grass, light hop character for the style. Some mild biscuity malt. Undercurrent of earthy hops.

M: Light-bodied, clean, fairly crisp, a bit flabby.

O: An OK starter IPA, it didn't really have more of a hop character than most pales I've had, a bit on the high side price wise as well.

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Photo of Zorro
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly chill hazed orange amber colored beer. This fits the color spectrum I refer to as IPA Orange. Tall light tan colored head.

Smell is strong C type hops biggest scents are grapefruit. Malt exists here as only a vague sweet scent.

Starts out slightly sweet and bitter with a woody aftertaste. Good basic IPA flavor with a woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good drinkability. Not a bad beer but not outstanding either. Essentially an IPA that any good brewer is making a version of.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of these at some corner market in Paso Robles. Poured out a dark copper color, auburn, that kind of thing. Aroma, depends on which bottle I had. The first, the usual citrus aroma and a little malty heaviness. Subsequent bottles were a mixed bag, some of the bittersweet hop transformation, malt soggy woodness.

Taste, plenty bitter, a substantial beer, every bit of 2 row used to give the beer a hefty mouthfeel. Abundant caramel. Depending on which bottle, sometimes a little sweeter. Being that I got this at a corner market, and no apparent bottle dating, who knows why the bottles were a mixed bag. Overall, the hopping seems to be of the desireable kind, cascade, citra, simcoe probably.

Good beers in a style and geographical glut. Worth trying, I dunno about going back, just would depend on what else is around, some stores, this will be the best thing on the shelf.

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

1627th Review on BA
Bottle to Spieglau tulip
22oz

Purchased from The grog shop for $4.99
Paired with Thanksgiving lunch, Lamb, asparagus and couscous

App- A very deep orange. A bit syrupy looking with a top fading dark to lighter orange color in the glass. A nice big and puffy 2 finger slow receding white head was there and faded to a great amount of cling and lace that held up great.

Smell- A lot of heavy cream behind this one. A good hop profile with tinges of bitter and candy caramel. Fairly sweet and citrusy with a medium booze note from the 7%.

Taste- This was a nice IPA. I still am not sure how this was so highly ranked in the world of DIPAs from CA. However, it was drinking bigger than its 7% and it held onto the creamy profile, with deep creams, orange and bitter hops. Very layered.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A good amount of the candy like orange/caramel remains on the finish.

Drink- It was good and flavorful and actually had another bottle later in the weekend. Not sure how again how it was higher rated, but still flavorful and creamy. Id have it again. Like to see it on tap.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, SubpoenaDeuces!

Mildly hazed dark orange. Large off-white head. Stripes of thick lacing left down the glass--a sticky IPA. Pretty and appropriate.

Sweet, candied oranges in the aroma. Caramel complements and just a hint of alcohol. Fairly average, I suppose, at least when compared to Southern California's usually upper echelon of hop bombs.

Sweet candied orange flesh, caramel and bready malts, moderate bitterness, and incredible drinkability.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but a sweeter IPA compared to other SoCal gems.

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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 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 BarrytheBear
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received completely unexpectedly from a generous Californian. Well played Rich!

Pours an opaque deep orange with a massive cloud of sticky off whites: oodles of stickiness here.

Smells of subdued orange juice and a splash on tangerines. C-hops all up in my grill, though some additional dry hopping might help this to pop.

Moderate bitterness and citrus fruits rule the show. Malt takes a backseat to the hops here.

Highly carbonated and medium bodied and sticky. The carbonation makes this fluffy and very easy to drink. I slammed this glass.

Not the most diverse or over the top IPA, but that can be overblown and overdone. I enjoyed this.

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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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Photo of jdense
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, 6-pack purchased from Total Wines and More Summerlin, NV, poured into 16 oz. beeker.

Clear deep gold body, several trails of small slow rising bubbles under 1 finger white head, fairly quick dissipation with thin ring retained around edge of glass. Tropical notes in nose, guava with some casaba melon (!), a bit of restrained pine notes. The fruit and pine are more in balance tastewise with good dose of grapefruit pith bitterness. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium. Needs to warm up a bit for pine and grapefruit notes to be fully enjoyed. IMHO this beer is ranked too low on BA, 2012 GABF Gold Medal winner in the most competitive category in history (200+ entries). I'd really like to try this on draft. Highly recommended for all hopheads.

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Tap It IPA from Tap It Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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