Overly Friendly IPA | Holy City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holy City Brewing
South Carolina, United States
holycitybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jonothehut on 12-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
134
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, yellow-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, white head. Nose of citrus tart and sweet forward, with a toasty backbone. Light and crisp. Flavors are resinous forward, pine pitch and tassel, with a dank overtone on a light citrus and cracker backbone. Tasty brew. Light and smooth in mouth, with a resinous pitch aftertaste. Smooth, slick finish. This one could sneak up on you. Damn tasty!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tlema1
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcorn
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.
This is a solid West Coast style IPA, Moderately bitter, at most, with lots of citrus notes from the hops. Good level of malt balance. More complex than the average IPA. Aroma approaches 4.

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Photo of VinceMig
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcbeers
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdcarone1
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian74
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of aleckpa
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mriley1984
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mbmiche
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigTobyDog
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid IPA.

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Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of ChaseBoat77
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Exceptional IPA with an amazing smell and great balanced hop taste. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.09/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of markjarema11
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Overly Friendly IPA from Holy City Brewing
3.97 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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