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Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sfprint on 11-10-2013

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 9
Photo of Zet
3.87/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orange colour with a decent head of foam. Standard USA IPA smell of melon, grapefruit, peach and pear. Malt is also present. Smell gets weaker quite fast though. The flavours return in the taste, which i actually found quite good. Due to the malts, this beer seems to have more body than most IPA's i've encountered so far. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, which might be a turnoff for the hophead though. Might be better classified as an APA instead of an IPA. Medium to full-bodied mouth feel, smooth drink.

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Photo of sfprint
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: very light golden orange, a little slow rising carbonation, two fingers of sea foam head.
S: a cross with an ipa and honey, light and piney, but also like better eastern european lagers
T: less ipa like, actually fairly lagerlike, fairly watery and light, a hair grassy
M: very little felt carbonation, on the dry side
O: not the best ipa, but okay. definitely not up to us standards

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Photo of Joopjoop
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First beer from Muifel brewery for me. I wish this beer was more like a real USA (or CA) IPA because the brewery is located 15 minutes from where I live :-)

The smell is pilsner-like, with a bitter aftertaste which shows little signs of the Amarillo, Columbus and Cascade hops that sounded so promising.

The USA_IPA tastes more like a hoppy lager than an American IPA. Like many Dutch versions (or attempts) of an IPA this beer is too light, and lacking in the hop department. I'd like to see a much bolder attempt than this safe (for the Dutch market) brew.

The 7% abv is well hidden in the taste, After only a couple of sips I could have easily taken this for a 5%-er.

Not a bad drink by any means, but to call it a USA_IPA might give a beer novice the wrong impression when it comes to this relatively unknown beer style (in the Netherlands of course).

Overall mediocre.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.41/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this at the Duvel guy down the road

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 08 December 2016
Amarillo and columbus hops. Cascade dry hop

APPEARANCE: Pours a huge, 4 finger, thinner, foamier, off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear safety orange body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a loose foamy cap leaving chunky lacing down the glass. A half foamy wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of foamy lacing. Too foamy, obviously.

SMELL: Decent hop nose with grapefruit, mango and lemon aromas. Some caramel as well, with notes of orange. Okay and forthcoming enough.

TASTE: Unfortunately this one just doesn't have the hop flavor to go with the nose. Pale malts, grainy flavors and a bit of melon up front, then a heavy dose of bitterness at the swallow. Bolder finish if floral, very bitter, with some grainy sweetness as well. A touch of grapefruit later in the finish, but it's too little, too late.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down a bit airy and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Some bitterness lingers. Airy and foamy.

OVERALL: This is not a bad creation by any stretch of the imagination, but it's also a perfect example of what's going on in the Low Countries. People hear that American IPA's are all hot and trendy, then they hear that IPA's have higher IBUs, so they brew up a Belgian strong pale ale and add higher quantities of US hops to bitter it more. Then they hear that dry hopping is cool, so they dry hop it. Yawn. An American IPA is not a Strong Belgian Pale Ale with more bitterness and some US dry hops. This is a decent beer but falsely advertised, like a lot of them are around here. Pass on this if you're looking for an American style IPA.

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Muifel USA_IPA from Muifelbrouwerij
3.1 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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