Harper Valley IPA | Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by assurbanipaul on 03-31-2004

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by ttu94:
Photo of ttu94
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this fine brew on tap last week. Very nice looking beer. good head and head retention. Smell was a bit understated but a nice hop presence was noted. Very nice tasting beer. Good hop kikc but not biting. Balance is the word for this IPA and the brewer should be commended for it. This was first beer at this rocking lillt brew pub and a very good start to a great evening.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hiikeeba
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an amber/red with ruby highlights. The dense off white head dissipates into a small cap on top of the beer.

S - Hops dominate, but the malt sweetness backs them up nicely.

T - The hops are present from the beginning. The sweet malt flavor is quickly overwhelmed with hop bitterness. Is it cascade?

M - Full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Not thin at all.

D - I'm not a hop head, but I don appreciate a nice IPA every now and again. And this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Anayalator
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Underrated IPA

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Photo of NodakEric
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy deep copper color, with a moderate white head, thick broken lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Strong pine tar hop note, with lesser caramel malts beneath.

Taste: Opens with strong pine tar hop notes, with a sturdy backbone of caramel malt beneath, both of these carry the taste from start to finish. A lingering grapefruit and pinf hop note bring the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite full, with little carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A quite well-made example, perhaps a touch overhopped, but quite good, nonetheless.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I get no nose on this. All malty sweetness. That said, it doesn't taste bad. definitely cascade hops.

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Photo of JohnBender
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of PhxHorn
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap while visiting the Nimitz museum across the street, which is worth the trip from Austin. It's a light orange color with a quarter inch off white head. Smells of citrus, and tastes moderately of citrus with a strong bitter aftertaste. As it warms up, the citus component backs off a bit and the flavor wasn't as intense as it was from the start. Good, but not great complexity, but a solid IPA. As IPAs go, this is worth trying if you're in the area.

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Photo of batt6343
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lukebell15
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brett606
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into a plastic cup, nice 1/2 finger head minimal retention and lacing (could be due to the cup). Smells of caramel malt, citrus and a little pine resin thrown in. Taste pretty much the same. Nice bitterness, and really good mouth feel. A good serviceable IPA that you can have several of throughout the night without jacking up your palate.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A little hazy, and pretty much copper in color. Good head and lace.

Smell - Sort of a combination of pungent and floral hops dominate, with malt for balance. Appealing.

Taste - The flavors of the beer is strongly hoppy. Simcoe, Chinook, and Cascade are among the hop varieties used. Not really a hop bomb, but hopheads ought to enjoy it.

Mouthfeel - Good. Nothing outstanding, but certainly not wrong for the style.

Drinkability - Overall, this is a decent drinker. The bitterness is a little rough, and could be balanced a little better (possible with more dry hopping and a slightly lower IBU rating).

Comments - Worth a try. Actually, be sure to pick this one over their pilsner.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m not sure they still have the same name, but this is their IPA. Got a growler from a recent visit.
Aroma: Strong grapefruit and possible Amarillo hops with a fruit smell vaguely reminiscent of peach.
Appearance: Light amber with a collar of ashen head that leaves a touch of lace.
Flavor: This is from a growler so a combination of two nights reviews. At first I noted an off taste, a bit papery perhaps, but the second night I really enjoyed the brew. Nice firm hops but not over the top. Bitter by balance (as it should be) without a sweet malt back, but mild enough not to screw your face.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation out of the growler, but appropriate. Noted oils on the first night, not so much on the second.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed it. This was the pick of the litter on our visit and I’m guessing it was the freshest. The staff was kind enough to give us (our brew club) a tour of the place and answer questions. I nice brewpub and highly recommended if you are in the area and need a day trip.

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Photo of acashk
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown with a fluffy, white head. Strong hop nose you can pick up from several feet away. Aggressively hopped, taste similar to an Arrogant Bastard but with less of a malt profile, not quite as strong or puckering. Good and fresh, easy to drink. Best of their selection that I've tried.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper color with a small foamy head. Head retention is mild, as is lacing. There is some citrus maltiness with a mild hoppy resin in the aroma. Somewhat malty taste with some citrus undertones and big piney hop at the end. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Decent beer

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Harper Valley IPA from Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 20 ratings