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Heavy Machinery Half IPA | Austin Beerworks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks
Texas, United States
austinbeerworks.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by inlimbo77 on 07-26-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
110
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
44.95%
 
 
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9
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4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Heavy Machinery Half IPA
Austin Beerworks
20130813
16oz can to modern pint
Canned around 07/16/13, bought 08/10/13

A – A very clear, slightly greenish, darkish gold. Spotty burnt white head. Bubbles rising lazily.

S – It smells like I’m between a tropical oasis and a super clean, vegetation only farm, which I really dig. Citrus and tropical fruits, with a pinch each of pine and floralness. I think the floralness can be described as similar to a lily. Light hop spices and a light malt sweetness that really lends itself to the fruits; the sweetness seems to comes more from the fruit than malt, as if the fruit was freshly cut up a few yards/meters away. Papaya, guava, some pineapple and orange, it’s quite amazing.

T – Wow, almost as good as the smell. Despite a bit less oomph, this one still punches like a pro. A lot of hop fruitiness and floralness, with some spices, and it’s pretty balanced. Mainly getting citrus and pine, with some grass. The flavor really comes out on the swallow and the aftertaste lingers with just the right amount of bitterness, and a good chunk of the flavor. In fact, the bitterness the whole time is very good. The flavor is supported by the bitterness, not obfuscated by it.

M – Heavy-light bodied, good amount of pep from the carbonation, especially on the swallow, though it’s never needle-like. A pretty wet finish, though the tip of the tongue and back of the mouth are dry, lending itself to a refreshing yet soothing feel.

D – I am fully digging this beer, like it’s the younger brother of the Enjoy By 7.4.13 that I really liked. I can see it being great in the morning, with most dinners, during a day of drinking (yard work, football, etc.), perhaps even as a perky night cap. Considering going to buy more before it’s gone, even though the place with it is quite a bit farther than my usual places. I want to have another and send a can to my friend in CA. I tried a sip from the can and even that tastes great, a solid 4, if not 4.25. For an APA, this is world class. It’s leagues above some great IPAs I’ve had. If this was not a one-off, I’d buy it regularly, which I only say very rarely.
4, 4.75, 4.75, 4.5, 4.75; 4.65.

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Toasty, Tropical, Pine, Herbal

This isn't an IPA, it's a half IPA. So, a Pale Ale. It pours golden with a foamy head that quickly drops a lifeless lace. Aromas of toasty malt and floral hops precede soft, prickly carbonation with a firm and smooth body. Heavy Machinery is malty sweet with a juicy tropical fruitiness, light pine and resin character, and herbal notes that drive into the finish. To me, it drinks more like a 3/4 IPA, but who's counting. Light-ish with an average ABV, but packed with flavor, Half IPA is the new Session IPA. Spread the word.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #105 (October 2015).

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16 ounce can into a tulip glass. Picked up in Austin at the end of July and I'm not sure what the canning dates are.

Bright copper-colored beer with substantial head and lacing. Surging carbonation shows through the pristinely clear body. 5

Lighter in aroma than I remember on tap. Faint dankness and resin meets sweet malt and citrus. 3.5

Again, not quite as magical as on tap. Less fruity and tropical. It's still got a bit of a sweet fruity funk, something melon-like, but it's not nearly as potent or pronounced. A floral, resinous mix does most of the interplay with the malt here and it's actually pretty nice and drinkable, so I can still enjoy this. 3.75

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I wish I'd taken notes after having this on tap to compare to this canned version. I feel it's two different beers in a way. But this brew ain't bad at day's end.

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Heavy Machinery Half IPA from Austin Beerworks
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