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Tippecanoe Common Ale | Lafayette Brewing Co.

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Tippecanoe Common AleTippecanoe Common Ale

Brewed by:
Lafayette Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cerevisiaephilus on 09-11-2003

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper/amber arrived with a quarter inch of white frothy head that collapsed in a minute or two.

Smells of biscuit and honey malts melded well with astringent hops.

Taste is sweet malts with some citric hops; not too much of either. Well balanced and happy. One of LBC's more consistent and better recipes, served consistently well. Strong representative of an English-style bitter, English in its heritage and American in its presentation.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Would prefer more carbonation and better head retention as well as greater clarity of flavor. More hops, or better stated, newer more assertive American hop varieties would bring it up to speed with changes in the APA style. That would be welcome. We're always harshest to those closest to us, I guess.

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Photo of soper2000
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep orange color into an imperial pint glass. Everything about this beer screams hops. Smell is very floral and loaded with hops as is the test. Very citric and bitter with just a faint note of hops. This definately has to be on of their more hoppy beers. Decent mouthfeel but the drinkability isn't too strong as the IBU's on this one appear to be through the roof. A definate must try for the hophead.

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Photo of beveritt
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: One of the first two beers that LBC has started bottling. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The label is pretty simple, maybe a picture of petroglyphs? No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 inch of light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind nice sticky lacing. The beer itself is a nice orange/amber, with just a hint of chill haze.

Smell: Spicy and floral aroma, with undertones of sweet fruitiness. Hints of grapefruit. Really a great nose.

Taste: Sharp and spicy upfront, with strong flavors of pine and grapefruit. Biscuity malt flavors. Finishes with a long, lingering medium bitterness. Some residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation level. Average body.

Drinkability: Now that I have moved away form LBC, I am very glad they are offering some of their beers in bottles. This is a classic session beer and sure to have a reserved spot in my refrigerator.

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Photo of warpig372
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerPunk1312
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Definite hop aroma present with the nose leaning towards a light pine hop

Appearance - Orangish red with a slowly dissipating off-white head

Taste - Slightly roasty malt ale with a balanced hop flavor profile. This is a different take on the APA style but some of the flavors seemed a little uneven like the roasty malts and hop flavors didn't meddle well

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Photo of biggred1
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange amber with a patchy cream colored head that leaves a little lace behind on the glass. The nose is piney hops and roasty smelling malt. Grassy, citric hop flavors with an almost tea like bitterness and just enough malt to create balance between flavors. Medium thin bodied and easy to drink. A decent enough IPA but nothing special.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped in Lafayette for lunch on the way to DLD '08. A much slower pace to the crowd here, the calm before the storm...

Appearance - pours a coppery color, a thin soapy layer of bubbles foams up and clings pretty well.

Aroma - aromatic and citrusy, the hops are fresh and in abundant supply here. A fine sniffer.

Taste - biscuity up front, slightly sweet. Citrusy hops on the swallow, turning piny as it goes. It finishes with a flavor pushing grapefruit rind. Not quite medicinal but getting close. Very good with a pulled pork sandwich at Lafayette's brewpub.

Mouthfeel - decent crispness, a slight oiliness that doesn't go overboard. Medium weight to the body.

Drinkability - a great session beer. I had way too many trades lined up at Dark Lord Day to justify buying a sixer of these, but I still wish I had...

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Photo of amart80
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of robwestcott
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz taster poured from the tap a translucent gold without a head and a tad bit of lace.

subtle piny hops aroma.

piney hops up front, lemon rind and citrus follows. very mild.

mild bitter, low carbonation, sweet malts follow.

drinkable - yep, easily all night.

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Photo of rxthree
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of emmasdad
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing this one with us last Friday night. Thanks to Don as well. Bottle poured a clear amber with a small amber head. Aromas of bread, light caramel and light fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, caramel and light fruitiness with a crisp dry finish.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how often they brew this beer. I had it last summer at the Stoudt's Beerfest. It is very hoppy. I was told by the brewer that there are lots of Amarillo hops in the kettle and TONS of Cascades in the fermenters. The malts are pretty simple, but no matter, HOPS.

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bpkrippner
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of cnally
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a sixer of this on my first visit to the brewery.

The beer pours a murky golden orange, hazy and pretty opaque. Virtually no head whatsoever, even with a vigorous pour, but wisps of white foam linger a little.

The aroma is concentrated in a really refreshing base malt caramel aroma, some piney hops shine through. Summery and certainly balanced between the hops and malt.

The flavor comes off a bit hop heavy, with good piney bitterness that is punctuated in its astringent finish. If kept on the front of your tongue, you can really pick up some of the caramel malt detected in the aroma. Certainly less balanced than I would have hoped.

The mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. Heavy, slick and such a low dose of carbonation that it feels like it just ain't ready. A single step above serving straight from the fermenter.

Overall, I was hoping for more balance and a lot more body from the mouthfeel. However it does showcase hops quite well and seems like it is better mouthfeel away from being a very decent beer.

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Photo of JamesS
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice mid-dark copper color with good head and a bit of nice lacing. Excellent hoppy scent, slight citrus and pine, along with a nice malt sweetness in the back. Very good taste, a wonderfully deep hoppy beer without going overboard, very nice American hop attributes, with a very nice solid and sweet maltiness. Goes down very well, with just the slightest roughness from the hops.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of BGCoon
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BriaCloette
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Arsenal0328
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Tippecanoe Common Ale from Lafayette Brewing Co.
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