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North Loop Brew Co
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by sonata2008 on 10-18-2012

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Reviews by hopheadfred:
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5/5  rDev +32.3%
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 bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Hoppy with a nice finish. Made my girlfriend gag which is a good sign!

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Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 warmbier804
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of schoon
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of johnwetterstrand
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with just over one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Hoppy aroma of tropical fruit and citrus. Faint floral notes as well. Not much from the malt except a slight breadiness.

I like the hops the brewer used here. Starts off with a splash of tropical fruit and citrus, and then finishes with floral and spice notes. West Coast IPA type of malt bill that is dry and does not add much flavor. Bitterness is moderate and they got a lot of flavor out of the hops without bitterness getting out of hand.

Solid body with lively carbonation that suits the beer well. Not harsh at all and helps drinkability a lot.

This is a very solid IPA. Good to have more local options on the store shelves.

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Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 219 ratings