North Loop Brew Co

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American IPA
Ranked #4,579
Ranked #24,179
3.81 | pDev: 13.39%
North Loop Brew Co
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a forgotten bottle of ipa so old now that the label says lucid still, not north loop, a name change which happened at least a couple of years ago. the beer unsurprisingly hasnt held up great, being an ipa and all, but it ends up drinking heavy like an american barleywine for what it is, and still has some merit, oddly enough. a lot of the hop bitterness has been retained, which is nicely set against a pretty heavy grain base for a basic ipa, probably oxidized and turned a bit sweet since it was brewed, but with the aggressive high alpha bitterness, it actually works. the beer has lots of body and a ton of head on it, really active and alive, which i guess lightens it up some. no infection or anything weird with the yeast at all either, just tired at this point. i suppose its not really fair to rate or judge a dated ipa like this, but its interesting to see how some age decently and morph into drinkable beers resembling other styles, while some just decay into oblivion. id like to revisit it fresh, it sure seems like its mighty robust on the hops, but i dont even know if these guys are making this beer anymore...

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Photo of snilsen13
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unlike a typical IPA hop profile, that focuses on piney or grapefruit or "juicy" flavors, this beer piles them up and provides a long bitter flavor with a note of everything. For clues, the brewers offer only "4-pounds of hops per barrel''. The body and finish are fine for the style, and it looks like a solid beer - it has a healthy head and nice clarity. I could understand why this beer isn't a favorite for everybody - its could be too bitter, it has a weird label, nobody hypes it, it doesn't have a huge stinky smell. ANYBODY who thinks highly of Surly's IPA should give this a chance again. Maybe Surly woke up your palette.

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Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight piney hops, citrus hops, slight wheat, hint of tea, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of earthiness, caramel malt, slight yeast, hint of biscuit, grass, citrus hops, alcohol, slight tea, and a hint of piney hops. Overall, good appearance and complexity, but aroma and body are average while the blend is decent.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light amber with a middling head. The aromas are primarily piney and tropical, with an hint of citrus. The taste leads with tropical flavors, followed by a pine blast and lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but pleasant. Overall this is a decent IPA, but a little dull and unbalanced.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Lagunitas jar.

A good, standard American IPA by Fulton, sent to me courtesy of Hop-Droppen-Roll. Something I'd be happy to see in a restaurant setting, especially a wing place. Nice citrus, little bit of pine and enough of a malt backbone to pull it all together.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Small head with a dark golden color. Poor head-retention, but otherwise a nice appearance.

Smell is sweet, and citra-abundant.

Taste is quite bitter, with some citrus and floral notes in the aftertaste. Taste is light, with high carbonation.

This really didn't work for me. The combination between the high carbonation, and the intensive bitter-flavor, did not add up to an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ceanderson
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just finished drinking the line up at Bemidji Brewing, time to find food. Everything in Bemidji is packed...except Applebees. Applebees...I won't review this place, but one shining light was a tap handle, third from the right, that said Lucid Foto. Dayyamm, "I'll have the Lucid!" This beer got me through a very bad steak experience, I owe you Lucid! Poured a beautiful light amber/dark yellow with a THREE finger head. Light citrus smell, not much pine. But the taste, ahh the taste...made me forget about the bad steak. slight citrus and pine, light carbonation, very smooth. I did send the steak back, second one was better, and I ordered another Foto just in case.
I'm making it a point to stop by Lucid and getting a growler of this. Foto could easily be an everyday beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant dark amber under a persistent, lacy 2” sudsy white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Light grains with rich hop aromas, grass, melon and citrus.
T: Biscuit flavors seasoned with melon, citrus, and herbs.
F: Very creamy, medium body and carbonation. A slight drying astringency on the finish from the hops.
O: A very drinkable IPA that deserves a wider audience.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lucid Foto IPA, Lucid Brewing Company, Minnetonka, MN, U.S.A. 6.5% ALC by Vol.

Transparent amber appearance. Slim white head.

Pleasantly bitter nose, grapefruit and pine needle, spritz of lemon, peel of orange. A nicely hoppy aroma.

Taste: Massive attack on initial entry. Great big bitter load deployed on the palate, matched with earthy malt flavors. The aroma brought the promise of a possible West Coast -style IPA, and the taste is giving us more of an English-style. No problem there, just a bit of a shake-up. Most West Coast IPAs may look and smell like this, but they don't taste like this. Again, I don't find a fault, but the more English-style malt profile may throw others off expecting something "cleaner" or with more tropical fruit hop notes.

There's some grainy tones and some sweet ones coming from the malt, and just a bit of butter. A hint of diacetyl (maybe?), quickly smothered by hop bitterness. Hop add spice to this, and a good deal of coverage.

Not a bad beer, but not about to become a favorite. I'd drink it again, though, in the right place and time.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Foto pours a copper color with a great big lacy head. There is a sweeter hoppy aroma, with hints of yeast and earth. The taste has a nice bold hop flavor, with sweet notes of crisp malts, fruit and yeast. Nice flavors, good body. Overall its good, sweeter IPA, some unique sweet flavors.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks back at the Bottle King in Livingston. This was going for around $5 a six-pack (on sale) and since I never had it before, I picked up one to put into my rotation. I always say that IPA's are a dime a dozen but this one was better than I expected it to be and was a good example of what one should be, when it came to emulating West Coast styles without actually being from there. There was a nice body, good balance, and enough hops here to satisfy me and I'd expect nearly anyone who gave this a go to feel the same way!

The pour to this was great, as this beer had a dark and glowing amber hue that was a bit cloudy, with a thick head the quickly settled and nice,soapy rings that settled in nicely on the side of my pint glass. Not much of an aroma here but there was some earthy hops that could be discerned. More of that was in the taste, along with some pine, grapefruit and a slight metallic astringency. The malts were somewhat sweet with a hint of caramel stickiness while the carbonation was spot-on and scrubbed away everything nearly perfectly. The body was nearly perfect with an oily consistency to it and a floral undertone that served as a reminder of the aspiration of this beer.

The alcohol was a bit high but you wouldn't have known it by the taste, as it was only when I finally polished this off that I could feel a slight buzz and warming sensation. No, this didn't measure up to the heavyweights of this style but that's not saying much given how many outstanding IPA's are out there. People in Minnesota should be thrilled that they have this available and that the beer scene in the Midwest is catching up to that of the West Coast, Rockies, and Northeast - this was a solid brew that I felt like I stole from the store.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Teetering between a rich golden color and crimson. Smells like hops and grains. Might have had a bad pour at my bar but it had a soapy taste to it. Disappointing

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Photo of mwilbur
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear dark straw yellow hue with 1/2 inch white head with decent retention. Hint of sediment floating throughout the brew. (4)
S: Mild orange, grapefruit, and pine notes. Fairly subdued. (3.5)
T: Sweet citrus (orange more than grapefruit), lightly sweet caramel malt, bready yeast, and toasted grains. More malt presence than I was anticipating. (3.5)
M: Smooth and lightly sweet. Moderate hop bitterness and dryness in the finish. Slightly oily feel. Light body. (3.75)
D: A decent brew. More sweet malt presence than typical for style. (3.75)
Thanks Kris!

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Photo of KFBR392
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orange color with accents of brown. Light head on the pour and slightly present while drinking. Low to medium active carbonation in glass. Some random lacing.

Smell: Subtle aroma. Accents of caramel malt are picked up first. The hop presence is a heavier resin and pine body. Some fruitiness but gets buried underneath the heavy pine and malt.

Taste: The front is a spicy pine hops and medium bodied malt with accents of caramel, oak, and resin. That resinous feeling doesn't let up and is very present throughout the beer. Mild fruits with grapefruit and tangerines round out this brew.

Mouthfeel: Really heavy on the palate with the resinous hops. Carbonation is low which contributes to the lingering bitterness.

Overall: A pretty okay IPA. If you are a fan of heavy piney IPAs this would be right up your alley. Execution is a little off, I feel like the bitterness is off balance and goes too hard.

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Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of piney hops and citrus with burnt toast malt. Nice bitter piney bite with some citrus kick. Sweet caramel and toasted bread for a backbone.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Randomly ran into this at the Wild game, and was impressed. . Always looking for good local IPAs. Unsure how fresh this store bought bottle is (damnit). But I don't think this was released all that long ago, and it was in the fridge at the store.

Pours light orange, darker than most IPAs. Carbonation is fine.

Smells are piney/grassy. Some carmel malts too. But definitely has the IPA aromas.

Tastes are bright and bitter pine, citrus in the back. not a lot of malt, but enough to support the hops. I liked it more than I expected to, and there are more hops here than I figured there would be. .

Pleasantly surprised. They hopped this one up nicely.
Needs to be dated, however. If I could pick up a 6 pack of this and know the freshness, I'd buy it at a bottle shop once and a while.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear amber-bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into a small cap of foam. The aroma is grapefruit, citrus and some underlying caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma with a sharp bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smoth texture. Overall, this is a solid ipa that I would drink again.

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Photo of ryalda
4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

one of my faves!! fantastic.

bitter and hoppy! no sweetness!! zen

great local beer. gotta try this one. Now it just needs to be more available. Plan to get this one on tap at one of my restaurants.

IF you are Minny try this beer. Local scene is hot

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Photo of hopheadfred
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the local brewing scene! This beer was awesome! Loved the big hoppy nose and flavor. Unlike some IPAs this one is dry and refreshing. All the hop goodness and a clean finish. The only problem is that it is hard to find. My liquor store keeps running out...

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a minute or so ago into a glass, crystal clear golden orange color with a pillow finger and half of head with good lacing.

smell is sweet fruit, tropical oranges, mangos, pinapples with a decent caramel malt coming through.

Taste is zesty lemon, bitter orange rind, grapefruit and a HUGE bitter finish!

Mouthfeel is dry crisp and bitter.

Well I picked this six up off a whim in MN when I went for a little Abrasive.... And I am glad I did really a great suprise! Good stuff, get it if you can.

One big problem is no date which I usually do not purchase beers with no date... However then store owner told me they just got it within the last week so I figured it could not be more then a couple months old, so I gave it a try and it is definitaley fresh!

However my score will be .25 lower then what I felt the beer was because of the dating issue... I am just sick of breweries not dating... If you can afford a label you can afford to at least have a notch system on the side to let people know the month or week it was bottled!

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Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Light gold with frothy, stark white head and light lacing rings.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit, lemon and floral notes. Some caramel. Similar to other beers that say "West Coast IPA", the aroma seems oddly mild.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter, with grapefruit, lemon and orange. Some spice, floral and pine notes. Not much malts here. Despite all the hop flavors, it gets slightly muddled and overly bitter.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body with a very dry finish.

Overall: While a good IPA, it seems to be more about bitterness than flavor. I like West Coast IPAs that are actually made on the West Coast, but the "West Coast IPAs" from Midwestern and Eastern breweries never quite live up to their biling.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date. unfortunate facebook plug included with the label blurb

clear, golden color with amber highlights. small head is sudsy and bone white. retention is decent, as is lacing. smell is spicy, musky, lemon hops. honey and grain in the background. taste is also spicy hops; lemon, grapefruit, and musty pine. feel is a light medium with no offensive slickness to mention.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another single from Princeton's Liquors. Man, I had this back to back with Lift Bridge's Hop Dish and this beer can't quite stand up. The aroma has a mild floral apricot character and the flavor is most balanced. The sharp, piney hops are complemented by a toasty, dry pale malt, that while unusually big for an IPA, does taste good. The finish has an earthy bite, not soft like a lot of fruitier beers. And while it's not as hoppy as many American IPAs, it does has an unusual and interesting mix of flavors. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden, with a one finger white head that retains well.
S- A very nice smelling beer that brings out hoppy aromas of tropical fruits, grapefruit, lemon, and a touch of floral. Big hop aromas, complex without competition.
T- Very very good tasting beer. What an IPA should be. There is enough malt to keep it semi-balanced but it really lets the wide array of hop flavors shine. Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and grass are the big flavors I pick up.
M- Crisp carbonation, medium-light body.
O- One of my new favorite IPA's, this one will stay in the regular rotation.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner style glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A sharp and ripe hop forward aroma. Hints of citrus grapefruit, oranges, mango, tangerine, and lemon zest. Lots of grassy hops. Fairly earthy and floral with some pine resin spice. Some sweet malts in the background with hints of biscuit, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Solid smell.

Taste: A taste of ripe bitter hops and grass like the smell leads. Big citrus hop taste upfront with notes of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mango, and lemon. Some earthy hops and spicy pine resin. A somewhat floral taste to the hops with a good dose of grass. Soft malts add some sweetness with a taste of biscuit, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Taste is very hop forward and drying. Pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Tingly, juicy, and somewhat oily. Very drying on the mouth.

Overall: A pretty solid West Coast style IPA. Nicely bitter hop mix with good citrus taste. Another good Minnesota IPA.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 220 ratings