Homefront IPA | Perennial Artisan Ales

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Homefront IPAHomefront IPA

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Perennial Artisan Ales
Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JoEBoBpr on 06-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an awesome ipa from perennial, one of the first in this style i have ever had or seen from them. something really different too. aged on top of louisville slugger baseball bats. i would think the bats would have to be raw, unvarnished. i can imagine lacquer would taste great in an ipa, but ive been wrong before. a nice slightly hazy bright orange glow to this one, with an inch of airy lacy white head from the tap. it smells fantastic, driven by citrus forward hops with plenty of oils and bitterness too. more pine than anticipated on the first sip though, the citrus really is more in the nostrils than on the tongue. more of a northwestern thing going on here, still oily and with some sweetness there, but pine seems to take over citrus. not sure if this has to do with baseball bats, which have to made out of some hardwood like hickory or something right? not pine. how much flavor could wood like that put in a fresh ipa like this? i think the answer is not all that much, there must be some woodiness to these hops though, and thats likely about it. plenty bitter on the back end, dry by the end too, and with excellent carbonation keeping the oily medium body feeling very much alive. really fun idea, gimmicky or not, and the quality and deliciousness of the final product cannot be debated. nice to see perennial tackle a style like this and have it be so good. well worth purchasing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop presence that is slightly better in the aroma.

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Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a golden yellowish orange.

The aroma has pine, citrus in the front, and then also a grassy and woody note. It's not dank and deep, more of an almost British hop profile.

The flavor follows with spiciness, pine, grass, orange with a light bitterness on the back.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium.

A decent IPA and a bit different from others.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with Meg, Poured to Russian River stemmed ware. Hazy golden orange in color, fingers width of white head sits atop. Beer aged on baseball bats? Yes please. Smell has a lot of piney pungent hops backed by notes of citrus fruit. The taste has that nice punch of piney hops that's been balanced nicely with notes of citrusy orange, lemon and apricot. Nicely carbonated and very approachable

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of orange peel and pine. A slight woody note.

T - It tasted spicy with a piney bitterness. Some orange notes with a toasty malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good IPA. And it nice to have the proceeds go to a good cause.

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Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper-amber color with a big head that fades slowly to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, pine and a hint of sweetness.

T: tatse of some citrus and malt sweetness with just a bit of grain. Very nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, quite crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Very enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow without much of a head. Nose is soft, citric hops with a little bit of fruitiness from the orange; I couldn't detect any Louisville slugger. Taste starts off with sweet citrus flavors that move to some grainy malts. More citric hops with some coriander and orange flavors are on the backend. Overall, this is a a soft IPA, I don't really know how else to describe it - pretty solid, non-offensive and delicious.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a super big white frothy head that slowly recedes leaving some nice super solid soapy lacing.

Aromas are herbal and with a pine edge to them and a little bit of orange peel. The Maple wood aging begins to emerge after you get past the lightly toasted sweet maltiness and the hops.

The tastes begin with a pleasant enough mix of oranges and other citrus with pine and a little papaya or something vaguely tropical. There is a little bit of a sweet maltiness that is almost creamy. Hops become more bitter on the palate as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, a little high for my preference. Finish is super dry thanks to the hops, maple wood aging and abundant carbonation.

Overall this was a nice beer for a good cause. Nothing super amazing but just really solid. Bordering on sessionable and I would gladly purchase again if offered at a lower price point or a more economical package size.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750Ml poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Pours slightly hazy straw yellow/orange with a monster three finger white head. Good retention and excellent lacing. Nice looking beer.

S- Very hoppy, there is a lot of citrus like pineapple and orange. There is also a noticeable aged hop character in the beer that reminds me of plums and grapefruits.

T- I get a lot of hop bitterness up front and a high carbonation. The hop flavor shows some elements of an aged IPA but its not too noticeable.The hop flavor is citrusy with some orange and lemon and earthy with some spicy notes. The wood aged character is subtle but adds an interesting element to the beer.

M- Very high carbonation and very cleansing. The beer finishes clean and has a hoppy metallic aftertaste. Nice stuff, this is a good one to sip on.

O- A solid IPA, Being a Louisville, KY local, I just had to know what our baseball bats taste like.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap & bottle at brewpub.

A - Pours a mirky orange color, white head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Very citrus & piney/floral hop presence...not sure if the oak really shows up too much on the nose, but the piney bitterness of the hops does show a light woody note.

T - Lots of orange peel citrus notes...a ton in fact. I know what these guys did and the amount of oranges they put in here, so it's easy to pick these out. The bitterness really works well with the oranges, and there's more pine and light herbal bitterness.

M - Light body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A nice IPA from Perennial and I'm curious to see how the other breweries that brewed this beer did. I enjoyed it both on-tap and out of the bottle, but I prefer the tap version, so that's what I'm rating.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden orange. massive fluffy cloud like head. sticky lacing. very beautiful.

very hop forward on the nose, juicy citrus and fresh pine.

flavor is still hoppy but a bit more muted. a mix of pine resin, malty body, and light orange. a hint of citrus mixed in.

very moderate carbonation with a hint of bite.

very tasty, very interesting, great ABV for easier drinking.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy almost peach colored liquid with some golden edges. there is a nice sticky and fluffy white head that has some nice dense bubbles and rise about 1 inch. It recedes very slowly.

Citrusy start with some mild pine on the back end. Tropical notes as well with some passion fruit and maybe some mango. Bready toasty notes can be perceived in the background. Nice and appealing.

Flavor starts off with some interesting notes. I can see where the baseball bats come in. There is definitely and interesting woody note in at some point in the front. Then there is a nice citrus blast that isn't too intense but just enough to make you think its an IPA. there is definitely and orangey quality too it with some fruit sweetness. The hops are citrusy and slightly tropical as well. There is a nice bitterness to the brew that gets pretty intense on the backend but nothing too crazy. As the beer warms you can definitely perceive some of the maple sweetness. Pretty interesting brew. Mouthfeel is crisp and clear with a good bitterness on the backend.

Overall this brew is pretty solid. Good interesting flavor profile with still a solid IPA backbone of hops and bready malts.

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Homefront IPA from Perennial Artisan Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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