Overly Friendly IPA
Holy City Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,489
Ranked #16,311
3.92 | pDev: 8.93%
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Charleston's got a rep as a friendly city. We're probably on some dumb list for it. All we know is word has spread further south to Florida, because our friends from Boca Raton's Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery told us "people in Charleston so so damn friendly" at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival.

Sure, we smile. We wave. We say hello, "hey y'all," and other cute stuff. But that friendliness can be a little overwhelming to folks that aren't used to it. Same goes for this IPA, whose name came from our intern, Brynn. A double dose of Citra and Sorachi Ace in the boil and the dry hop impart a massive, citrusy nose to the beer, which is backed up by pale and wheat malts.

We love hops, but if you're not used to them, this might be too much. Don't worry, we'll keep smiling at you.
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rjal from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark gold from can dates 5/17 on 6/18. No head some citrus notes in aroma but not as strong as anticipated or sold on the can. Great feel with lasting bitter notes on pallet.

Jun 18, 2021
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Passed through Charleston a few days back and hit up a Harris Teeter for a mix your own six along with other roadtripping supplies. This one starts strong with a huge, fluffy head and a balanced nose. Good overall bitterness here, through the end of the sip. Oily with medicinally dominated hops, this one provides a slightly different angle. I dig it but it might not be for all hopheads.

Mar 31, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can

cloudy dark orange in color, thick cream colored head. good lacing. aroma is classic c-hops - citrus, pine, floral. taste is a bit of malt sweetness, balancing bitterness and similar hop flavors - but the hop flavor is fairly muted and a little stale tasting. medium bodied.

with no date on can, not sure if this is old or just fairly muted hop aroma/flavor.

Jan 18, 2021
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy copper with 4 fingers of white rocky head.

Smells of brown autumn leaves.

Tastes of dried brown vegetal matter.

Medium resinous body with medium carbonation.

I got this at Whole Foods Columbia and am drinking it in Summerville, SC, June 29th, 2020.

Jun 29, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very solid ipa, uniquely drinkable in the style, especially for the higher abv. i am a huge sorachi ace guy too, so the hop complexion of this one really appeals to me, that in combination with citra, a really dynamic and flavorful ipa, among my favorite hoppy beers i had while i was in town here. fresh pineapples and sliced lemon and lemongrass in the nose, a honey sweetness to the malt and a definite resinous sort of waxy sticky fresh vibe to the hops. the sorachi ace is apparent, but its also well integrated into a beer far more complex than just one hop can create. the flavor is really good, fresh and bold and bitter for these varietals. lemongrass and fresh citrus, an oily middle but a drying and snappy finish, surprising for what this is really. the hops are well layered and are robust not just in the finish but for the whole drink, and this is incredibly satisfying overall to me, best when ice cold but opening up pretty well too. surprised how easy this one goes down for its strength, love the sorachi ace in here, and think this is the best of the holy city beers i had on my trip. highly recommended!

May 14, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm trying this at the house my Bestie rented on Hilton head. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle bitter finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Aug 08, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Get a room already!" Those brewers at Holy City and Funky Buddha cozy up together for a unity in taste that spans some of the sexiest hops on the planet. Their IPA showcases what's best about Citra and Sorachi Ace hops.

Overly Friendly IPA swoons the nose with candy, citrus and a mild herbal backstory. Pale gold and with a hint of amber, the bubbly beer crowns with a froth, persistent lather. To taste, is light coat of honey and caramel give the impressions of candied oranges and light marmalade in initial taste.

The flavors simply blossom on the middle palate. Its radiant orange taste bridges over to the tropical side with mango and apricot. Pink grapefruit, peach and kumquat leave a high fruit flavor on the tongue before trending smoothly bitter with bold suggestions of pine and freshly muddled grasses in tow. Peppery to finish, the herbal, tea-like flavors bring a lemongrass and lemon pepper taste to balance.

With sweetness fading, the finish is softly resinous with sticky bitterness and a linger of honey to give the beer's closure a balance while still hop dominant. A long and citrusy aftertaste is of orange peels, rinds and pith, in the softest way imaginable.

Jul 16, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from @DragginBalls76 post NBS BIF #5 (Ninja box).
Undated can stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – a lot of citrus and a little pine.
Head – Gigantic (Maximum eight cm, slow pour), white, very low density froth, slooowly diminishing to an irregular three to twelve mm frothy ring and a thick frothy island. Second pour produces much less head.
Lacing fair. Isolated irregular islands of thick foam.
Body – light yellow, cloudy.
Flavor – distinctly bitter with very little citrus presence. The bitterness is most typical of the white reticulum found inside citrus peels. A bit of malt shows up toward the end. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Follow up belches are light and refreshing.
Palate – light, watery, a bit fizzy.

Overall, a pleasant IPA that seems very close to an APA. This one is sessionable and is something I’d keep in my reefer if it were available around here.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.

Apr 17, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA, pour hazy orange with nice white head great lacing. Wonderful aromas of pine, mango, orange and pineapple. Flavors a little more west coast pine resin and grapefruit very balanced. Medium body very well carbonated. Great flavors.

Dec 27, 2016
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SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am giving this one high marks because it deserves it. Poured from the draft into a snifter at Craft Conundrum in super friendly Charleston, SC.

As soon as this one comes to me, I smell the hips jumping out of the glass. Pure hoppy goodness, much like hop juice. The hops represent a bit of floral aromas in the way of rose petals, but mostly just good ole citrus.

The flavor and the body of this one are damn near perfect for my tastes. I like dryer, more bitter beers. Fuck all that caramel flavor and "body". Give me some effervescent, alcoholic hop water. This delivers in that regard. Hop bitterness is perfect and the hop flavor is outstanding. I happen to think this one is very well balanced, toward the bitter side, of course.

Outstanding beer worth whatever props it gets.

Sep 13, 2016
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lostbeers from South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this IPA. Pours a nice light orange, thick head sticks around for a good while - the sign of a well made beer! Great hop character, pine, citrus, lemon, in both the flavor and the nose. Good malt character. Nice medium bodied IPA, easy to drink and well made from HCBC.

Jul 22, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Orange bronze color, with 1 finger of head and some nice sticky lacing left all over the glass

S - All things fruit, pineapple, oranges, and mangos.

T - Deep citrus and pine flavors, very complex and tasty. Freshly squeezed from an orange.

F - Full body and carbonation. Oily slick.

O - An awesome strong almost DIPA. Well done

Apr 08, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The continuation of vacation, this time pit stopping in downtown Charleston, SC.
Enjoyed a 12 oz can of this beer, drank straight from it.
I like the slightly more hop forward IPAs that so many great breweries are releasing.

Apr 03, 2016
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KABC from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like hops this is for you. Very strong hop flavor that lingers long after the sip. Body and mouthfeel is almost creamy in texture. This is a well made hop forward beer. Good for warm weather but can even hold up in the cooler months. Another good one from Holy City Brewing.

Mar 29, 2016
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden/orange combo two finger off white head not much lace.

Aroma is defiantly fruity mostly sweet orange touches of mango more then the usual bitter citrus fruit. That being said I find the nose very enjoyably. Bready malt notes made more so by the wheat notes. To me more hops don't smell bitter more fruity sweet.

Taste is fruity notes more IPA bitter, orange peel touches of more bitter grapefruit rinds and some herbal earthy notes. Finish has bitterness maybe some veggy or tobacco notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with good level of carbonation.

Overall a normal IPA, nose is little unusual and I like it, but taste is regular IPA.

Mar 17, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice bright, medium gold color, thick lacing that's bright white.

S - Juicy, bright citrus - lemon/orange/grapefruit aroma.

T - Hops from start to finish with juicy citrus orange/grapefruit/lemon rind. Some sweet flowery lavender presence. Nice lingering tropical fruit rind.

M - Thick medium body with no carbonation, creamy and gentle.

O - A nice IPA!

Mar 02, 2016
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jpro from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a globe glass... Hazy, golden orange with a cream, one finger head that leaves a few specks of sugary lace. Smell is citrus hop dominated - orange rind and grapefruit - didn't realize they used Sorachi Ace, but that makes sense. Taste is light bready / wheaty malt and followed by citrus hops... Pretty standard American IPA in this regard. Medium mouthfeel and a tad sticky on the palate. Overall, a real nice IPA.

Jan 31, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Murky orange brown color. Lots of moderate sized yeasties throughout. Two fingers of dense frothy off-white head. Retention is very good and glass covering lacing is left.

3.75 S: Tons of orangy citrus. Secondarily piney with grapefruit. Earthy hoppiness to follow with hints of grassiness and cat piss. Bready yeastiness with just a light caramel maltiness.

3.5 T: Mild to mild-moderate bitterness. More earthy and resiny than the nose. Orange, pine, grapefruit fall to second. Again bready yeastiness with mild caramel.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess with a mild bitter aftertaste.

3.75 D: Pretty good beer. Lots of good hop flavors in this.

Jan 25, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of lemons and hints of caramel.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of grapefruit and lemon citrus along with hints of the underlying caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of hoppy aromas and flavors. I found it to be quite enjoyable and the use of wheat makes this very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Jan 01, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Southern style ipa. Bitter. Sweet, earthy malt, fruity hop flavors and tea leaf. Muted flavor profile. Super dry finish. Eh, not bad. For me, needs some sweetness.

Nov 24, 2015
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Cottontown201 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the apparently undated can, but Charleston is right down the road, so I am not overly concerned about freshness.
Drinking everything out of Solo cups due to the inability to wash glasses #scflooding.
Appearance is clear, golden with a normal inch of head.
Aroma: some grapefruit, some spruce; pretty much what I'd expect in West Coast IPA town.
Tastes: On the Piney side of the street, but hold on, some citrus fruits are leaking out. The finish is definitely pineapple and grapefruit.
Mouf feel: Didn't even notice the autonomic beer opening system before two were consumed. Must be a nice smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: They keep selling this, I'll keep buying. Comparable to Westbrook IPA.

Oct 10, 2015
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5thOhio from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Typical IPA, hazy golden honey color. Creamy white head that stays with it and small amount of lacing. Aroma is floral/fruity.

Mouthfeel is solid with good carbonation. Plenty of hops in the flavor, starts slightly fruity/floral like the nose and finishes with a decided herbal bite. Strong on the hops, this is, with slight malt underneath. Can't say I get all the citrus promoted on the can info, but tasty notwithstanding.

Certainly worthy to purchase again. Need to sample it on tap.

Sep 26, 2015
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: golden with a nice head
S: malt and citrus
T: malty backbone, some grapefruit
F: lingering bitterness
O: solid effort, but probably won't revisit

Jul 28, 2015
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Relatively dark gold color. Slightly murky looking

Smell - Malts and citrus, piney/earthy smell

Taste - Malt heavy, not very bitter just that chewy malt taste. Aftertaste of orange, grapefruit and a little lemon.

Feel - Smooth, lightly carbonated. Thick for an IPA

Overall - Average beer. If you like malt you will score it higher than I did.

Jul 23, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the tap at Holy City Brewery into a pint glass.
Aroma- Big citrus smell with a followup of hops and malt.
Appearance- Pours a murky golden yellow with a small white head.
Taste- Nice citrus flavor with hops and malt, real good flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. this beer has a slightly oily texture that goes well with the flavor.
Overall- Another strong candidate from Holy City, if in Charleston, SC I recommend trying this beer.

Apr 04, 2015
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