Kodiak IPA | North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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Kodiak IPAKodiak IPA

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North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-18-2005

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by kbub6f:
Photo of kbub6f
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first ever bottled beer from NxNW. It's available in bombers at the brewpub. They're in plain brown bomber bottles, no label, with a 3x5-inch card hanging from a twine loop. According to the card this is an IPA with 7%abv, 70 IBUs. It's made with Pale and Crystal malts and Belgian Caravienne malts; Horizon, Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo hops.

The head is small, white, filmy and leaves fine, spotty lacing. The beer is a hazy caramel color. Aroma is sugar and major spicy hops. Grapefruit and caramel. Huge, piney hops and pepper up front. The middle is oily and caramel sweet. Brown sugar. (Did I say oily?). More big, spicy hops in the fruity finish. Alcohol and a little anise. It's good. A very sweet, spicy, fruity, hoppy IPA. Plenty of caramel. It's almost cask-like with the fruit and oily feel. Very good. Probably the best I've had from NxNW.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orangish-amber color with a tan head. The beer is clear but there is a lot of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is very fruity. I get notes of orange, grapefruit and apricot, with the apricot standing out the most. The flavor is semi-bitter citrus with a nice caramel malt backbone. I get some orange and apricot in the flavor plus the addition of pine. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I think this faded a little bit from when I had it on tap, but it was still very good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very decent and drinkable IPA, though somewhat overated. Cellared for several months though still in fine shape. A real super-foamer, I needed three tall glasses, as the foram kept coming. Decent average golden glow yellow,with lots of white foam of course. Soft mouthfeel, easy drinking and reasonable bitterness.

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Photo of DerekSmigelski
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to screach for tossing this in as an extra, never heard of the beer or even the brewery, always good to discover new ones.

No best by or bottling date, also the bottle I have lists it as 6%, not the 7% listed here.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a large fluffy head, fades very slowly and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing.

The smell is a nice aroma of earthy hops with a slight citrus kick, but the earthiness really takes hold. On the bottle it does say aggressively hopped with horizon, cascade and amarillo hops, looks to hold true so far.

Taste is a bit underwhelming as the rest of it built me up, carbonation is rather low considering the sizeable head, it also seems a bit thin, the hops aren't as pronounced as it was in the aroma with the sweet malt backing taking more of the show now.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy orange/amber with a small white head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary citrus, and pine on top of a light maltiness.
Taste is of the same aromas...perhaps a bit weaker.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied but slightly thin with a sugary, quick finish.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the cloudy amber brew. Head is just hanging out, hardly any fade, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is big time juicy fruit, apparent as soon as you start pouring. Taste is malt sweetness upfront, with fruity and lightly pine hops in the middle, not as intense as the nose hinted, but that's okay. Closes with moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a bit thin, and drinkability is very nice. Would revisit this one on the off chance I got it again in trade or happened to find myself in Texas. Worth a look-see if you have the opportunity, for sure.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cgrunin
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of midaszero
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the first bottling of the 2008 batch

A - Mostly clear light amber with 1 finger of white head and good lacing

S - Hops, citrus, and a little honey

T - Not a bad balance between the malts and the hops for an IPA. A little sweeter than normal

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good but not as enjoyable as past years, pretty sure the recipe has changed

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Photo of JDV
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Honey colored pour, that is unfiltered and has some small floaties. Smell is very nice and big with fruity, honey soaked hops, reminiscent of grapefruit and peaches especially as it warms. Taste is nicely hopped, but not overly full bodied. Very low hop bitterness in fact, and could use a touch more bitterness to make it pop, but the hop flavor is very good. No astringency or unappealing hop flavors whatsoever. The 7% ABV is completely hidden, and overall, a really nice beer! Worth a try for sure.

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

Photo of redraider2323
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice orange hue, tight lacing and good foam stability

S - onion, garlic, dank hop aroma

T - hop forward with more of the dank, onion, garlic hop flavors shining through. Some citrus too. Not much in the way of malt complexity, but that's ok with this beer.

M/D - dry and drinkable. Packs a punch at 7% ABV, but does not taste hot or astringent. Solid American IPA.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a bit of orange. A finger's worth of white head leaves a ring of lace.

Aroma is resin, pine, citrus. More orange than grapefruit. A light caramel in the back.

Flavor is on the sweet side of IPA, my favorite side. Sweet honey caramel, orange, resin, a little pine than in the nose. Lots of flavorful hops but a somewhat restrained bitterness. Still IPA bitter, but not completely over the top. As the sweetness dies in the finish, the bitterness takes over and stays for a long time. An very smooth bitterness.

Medium body with just enough carbonation to make it interesting while still keeping a soft feel. A bare hint of oily.

I like sweeter, aroma-focused IPAs. This delivers. A perfect blend of hop for me, big aroma, good flavor. Thankfully, Austin's a pretty short drive.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 22 oz. brown bomber with a NXNW sticker with Kodiak written in, no other information. Picked up at the brewpub and sat in my fridge for about 4 months.

Aroma: Great west coast mix of hops and solid light roast malt base. Nose reminded me of Dreadnaught. No grassy notes, not over the top, just juicy hop goodness, well done!

Appearance: Very hazy amber orange with sediment flakes making the rounds. Nice fluffy white head that held a good finger and a half lacing curtains with thick tide marks.

Flavor: Great balance for an IPA, lets the hop flavors pop without going all bitter, malt base is solid but doesn’t go sweet, really well put together. Again, juicy west coast citric and pine hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly rough texture.

Overall Impression: Nice beer! Easy drinking, full hop flavor, no real flaws beyond the sediment flakes, which didn’t bother me much. I think this is my favorite NXNW beer!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fully hazy, orangish gold color. It has an incredibly amount of carbonation (enough that it lost a few ounces of beer in transit to me) and pours with a frothy, three-finger thick pale tan head. Hundreds of streaming rivulets of carbonation bubbles stream up through my beer. The aroma has notes of sharp herbal notes, and lots of citrus notes (composed of orange peel, and grapefruit).

The beer absolutely explodes on my tongue, the carbonation quickly turns it into a frothy bubbled mass of beer. Ok I got rid of a bunch of the carbonation. The beer is very dry, but still has quite a bit of citrus like notes (predominantly grapefruit and orange again). The beer seems to be in the first stages of being infected, perhaps by a Brett strain. The beer finishes with a solid bitterness, that actually starts and is quite noticeable starting in the middle of this beer. This is a pretty tasty beer, I have been thinking about Brettanomyces lately, so even the totally inappropriate funky notes are not too objectionable.

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Photo of rsfleming
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 22oz bottle at NXNW brewpub in early March, drank in late April. Bottle had small label indicating 6% ABV. Summary above indicates 7%. Orange, slightly hazy appearance on initial pour with huge, off white, fluffy head that wouldn't stop. Temperature may have been a little too low. Aroma was more malty than anything. Taste was a very nice balance between bittering and aroma hops and malt. Head stuck around for a while leaving nice lacing behind. This tasted more like a really fresh, draft IPA. Second pour revealed either bottle conditioning or bottle dry hopping with just as much head as before. Excellent mouthfeel that lingers long after last sip. I don't think this was offered on tap the two times we visited NXNW. I would love to taste a draft version. I will go out of my way to pick up more of this beer when in Central Texas.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, local brewery/restaurant that turns out some decent stuff every now and then. This is one of the better offerings and I picked up a couple 22oz bombers today. Pours a hazy, golden hue. Took a hard pour to get a good head out of it. Aroma is somewhat funky for an ipa but still has the hoppy/citrus notes to it. I picked up a bottle of this last year and I remember it being a bit different than this. Taste up front is a bit mellow for the style. You don't get the initial rush of hops but it does show up. Has a somewhat creamy feel to it with that oily, hop bitterness. Very drinkable and almost leaves you wanting more. I bet this would be great on cask and even better if the kicked it up a notch.

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4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bought at the brewery in December 2005.

A - 3" off-white dense head with at least 1" above the rim of my glass. Great retention with thick foamy lace. The IPA is a deep honey golden color with good clarity. Second glass was hazy due to bottle conditioning.

S - Grapefruit, lime, lemon -- all the citrus. The hops dominate the nose with only a hint of malt shining through.

T - WOW!!!Earthy malts on top of limey citrusy hops. Wonderfully well balanced! Loads of deep complex flavors rock back and forth between malt and hops. Near perfect bitterness levels. Delicious.

M - Fuller bodied IPA. Medium carbonation. Smooth and a pleasure to drink.

D - Excellent drinkability. Easily my favorite beer from NXNW.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange amber with an inch-thick white head. Aroma is sweet, juicy mandarin oranges and a little toasty malt.

Taste is initially lightly toasted malt, even a little bready. Following the first flavors is a mild but bright orange hops, more sweet mandarin oranges and citrus and a tiny bit of cinnamon. Almost bi-layered, a crisp IPA on top of a good English pale.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and extremely quaffable with no trace of its alcohol content. I would like the hops to be a little stronger but I could easily session this one, the best I've had at NXNW. Sold in an unmarked 22-oz bottle for home consumption.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few (read: 5) bombers of this beer from the NXNW brewpub, and cracked one open at a tasting at JDV's place later that night.

Pours an uber-cloudy, hazed orangesicle hue with some good head retention to the creamy cap of light khaki bubbles. Aroma is fruity and almost candy-like, with hints of musty grapefruit peel, mandarin orange, and Smarties candy (I'm not joking; think back to when you were a kid after Halloween and just opened a roll of Smarties, it smells eerily similar...but it's a good thing).

Flavor starts off with a punch of citrus-y hops and tropical fruit notes from the yeast, and quickly gives way to a nice balance of (slightly stale) biscuit malts. The hops could stand to be dialed up a notch, but the moderate bitterness lends to the drinkability. Body is on the thin side of medium, with a light & crisp finish. Again, I could use more hops, as the finish is a bit too clean for an IPA. Still, this is a good beer that bends the style a bit (touches upon the Belgian IPA style) but ultimately succeeds. Looking forward to having this one again.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus and pine hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a solid beer that is good for style.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color. Very little head but lots of lacing. Citrus, slightly piney nose -but less than I'd expect from an IPA. Thin mouthfeel, I kinda like my IPAs "oilier" than this one. Big hop bitterness is present with high amounts of carbonation. I would have liked a bigger malt backbone. Not too bad but I've had better IPAs.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 21 Jun 2009.

Poured in an Abita shaker pint. Large fluffy buttercream colored head is long lasting. Cloudy golden orange in color. Medium carbonation. Caramel, piney, floral, salty aroma. Buttery toffee sweetness to start. Hoppy bitterness is mild, grapefruit zest, hint of resin. Through middle and finish buttery flavors start to dominate. Light body.

Don't really like butter in my IPAs...

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Kodiak IPA from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 25 ratings