Woodchipper IPA
Fargo Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #5,643
Ranked #31,695
3.75 | pDev: 13.33%
Fargo Brewing Company
North Dakota, United States
Very Good
Notes: This classic American IPA showcases an aromatic, bold hop flavor. Horizon hops and oats provide a sleek, velvety body and balanced bitterness while two pounds per barrel of Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe hops give this IPA waves of pine flavors. "That's one delicious beer, eh?" "Oh yeah. You betcha!"

70 IBU
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Photo of KTCamm
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

6/22/19...pours reddish amber with light foam layered lid. Minor malty nose. Chewy malted bitter. Toffee too. Bitter surrounds. Slight cola and vanilla too. Very nice.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly translucent muddy-orange that develops just a little light obscuring fog. Head is a finger of khaki foam. Aroma is malty with hints of hops. It hits notes of biscuity, bready, biscuity, earthy malts with herbal, floral, resiny, piney hops shoved through the crevices. Flavor profile is herbal, floral, resiny, piney, lightly dank hops, forming a sticky, lingering taste. Biscuity, earthy, bready malts add a good deal of substance, and are kept at a volume just slightly below the hops. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a lightly fuzzy texture. Overall, a very malt forward IPA with sticky hop notes.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of ipeters1017
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red with a white, quickly dissipating head. Smells of pine, slight see maltiness. The taste follows--fairly bitter, piney, and slightly earthy. Medium bodied and a very dry finish. A fairly average, easy-to-drink IPA.

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Photo of jkblr
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated can poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6.5% ABV 70 IBU. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with off white head. The aroma is caramel, faded pine and cardboard. The taste is semisweet caramel with a tea-like light piney hop presence. Bitterness is noticeable on the finish, but not out of control. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. This could be a really good beer fresh, or maybe not, but it's ok now. Kind of old school but enjoyable.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass

L: Clear golden amber pour with thick foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Pine and light citrusy hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Nice caramel malt bill... bitter pine forward hops with mild citrus and slightly floral. Earthy... mostly balanced. Medium to light in body.

O: A solid west coast style IPA. Good flavor/drinkability. Not elite but a fun beer to check out. Love the movie reference in the name.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is of pine, with some floral notes. Pours a clear amber with a white head. This is definitely on the hop forward side, with just a touch of sweet malt notes coming through with a kiss of caramel before pine, pith, and bitterness come through. The bitterness lingers for a while, with some earth noticeable in the finish. A bit light in body, but overall a solid IPA.

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Photo of dcotom
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12-ounce can into a plastic cup out of necessity. No date on the can. Bright copper color, with a thick, long-lasting snow-white head that left lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is rather malt forward, with citrus (grapefruit, orange) and pine undertones. Very well balanced on the palate, with the citrus and pine coming through along with some resiny grapefruit zest. Medium mouthfeel, with a dry, bitter, and slightly astringent finish. Overall, a pretty good and food-friendly IPA.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours amber with a nice one and a half finger head. Nice lacing. The aroma is floral and piney with some sweet caramel from the malts/ Intense bitterness especially toward the end.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz. can purchased at Happy Harry's in Fargo on 8/19/17. I rarely buy IPAs off the shelf in bottle shops because they're rarely fresh, but with this name, how could I not?

L: 2F head with good retention, nice lacing and a cap and ring. Bear is a mostly clear deep amber. Looks nice. Lack of a ridiculous head is a good sign on freshness.

S: A bit malt forward. Cracker and 2-row seem to be prominent here. Some orange and some earth.

T: Some citrus, then a fair amount of malt into a slightly bitter and earthy finish.

F: Medium-ish body, moderate carbonation. Put together decently, though balance could be better.

O: Might be better fresher and off the tap, but not bad.

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Photo of viking77
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance, gold to orange. Tastes great, better than I remembered from last time I had Woodchipper. Mouth feel is also very appealing... smooth and silky.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to sembo for this brew.

12 oz. Can

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, pretty nice citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. Medium body, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. This is my 50th state brew, finally. Thanks Eric!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft at the brewery on a beuatiful but hot summer day. Pretty solid beer. Loaded with pine and citrus hops with a welcoming malt backbone. I normally like the hop bitterness but I could feel this one getting away without the malt presence. Aroma was piney, flavor was more citrus with fresh grains. Great on the tongue with a sharp carbonation bite.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold/pale auburn (9 to 12) with fluffy white head; long lasting cap and heavy lacing; good clarity. Pine and citrus hop nose; pine and grapefruit upfront followed by caramel malt and lite bitter hops. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice lite bitter citrus linger.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange with a hint of brown and a thick head
S: Pleasant orange/grapefruit with light pine/grass
T: Matches the nose though less fruit, more grass and less interesting
M: Medium-bodied, a touch sweet
O: I get the feel this may be a bit old (no clear freshness date) so it may score a bit better on tap

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Photo of Antg8989
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at the Fargo Brewing Company. Not a bad IPA. Not much lacing. Aroma is grapefruit peel. Taste is citrusy and a bit pinier than anything offered in the nose. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall, nothing overly impressive, but solid.

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Photo of Callipygea
1.73/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

I wanted to love this, because I live down the street, but I couldn't get more than a couple sips in. Far too piney, astringent, and bitter for me. It's probably a moderate level of all three, but I have a low tolerance for those tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a pretty good ipa from a brewery i had not heard of before this trip. all their stuff has been nice. a clean but still kind of big american ipa here, golden and bright on the pour with a tall white head rising over the rim of the shaker pint its served in and holding on nicely. the aroma is great, citrus forward hops with notes of tangerine and bitter orange peel, but quite oily and west coast feeling as well. the taste is maybe a little less fruity than the nose, with some generic kind of sweetness creeping in from the malt, and a bit more of the bitterness than the orange, although its pretty close. amazing how easy this goes down, even into a full belly. despite having a hoppy texture, a little residual sugar, and a sturdy abv, i still have no problem putting pints back. smooth and simple, i think its simpler flavor profile lends to that for sure. overall a great ipa out here in the high plains that people dont seem to talk much about, but this is one to definitely try while traveling though this part of the country. i liked this and the iron horse pale they do quite a lot.

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Photo of matcris
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy, amber/orange. About a finger of off white foamy head that settles pretty quickly to a ring. Leaves some minor lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Nice citrus/orange, pine, and caramel malt. Some tropical fruit notes as well.
TASTE: I get some sweet malt and citrus and pine first. A nice mild bitterness takes over and builds a bit throughout the life of the beer.
FEEL: Dry overall. Medium thin body and mild to medium carbonation.
OVERALL: I've had this about a year ago, and I'm more impressed than last time. Pretty balanced between sweet and bitter, no off flavors, nice aroma, and citrus, pine and slightly tropical in the taste. Good stuff.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, purchased at the brewery on 11/13/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderate sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated can at 51 degrees into shaker
Aroma of conifers
Head enormous (8.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy/creamy, slooowly diminishing to irregular frothy layer
Lacing good – frothy curtains and some stalactites
Body light orange, clear
Flavor slightly bitter, somewhat melony flavor; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Treyliff
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into Fargo can glass, no canning date

A- pours a hazy amber color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top

S- mixture of piney & citrus hop aroma, with a bit of juicy tropical notes. Underlying bready malt

T- juicy tropical hop notes up front gives flavors of mango, guava & fresh cut grass. Hints of pine and resin kicks in mid-palate, followed by subtle underlying toasted malt. Citrusy hop finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- plenty of lush tropical hop flavor, while remaining very balanced and drinkable, very good!

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Photo of MrUse
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am very impressed with this beer. Has a nice pine smell. The hops and malt balance nicely in this one. Has a nice finish, not dry, just refreshing. I will definitely be purchasing this again.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
2.11/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is one of the blandest ipas ive had in a very long time... Id like to think its old but i dont know. So bland. Nothing in this beer pops. Its almost like a bad example of an english or british style ipa.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical appearance of a quality ipa,
Orange hues and 2 finger head.

Outstanding smell. I didn't even have to hold it to my nose, cracked the can and the crisp citrus hops and sweetness of the malt flew at me.

Taste was outstanding. Citrusy refreshing hops at the start with a nice sweet caramel piney back end.

The mouthfeel was great unless you like the back end dried out. It goes down super smooth and then stays kinda wet which I took as refreshing.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer for a few reasons. 1. The very refreshing citrus beginning paired with the piney more earthy back end made it complex.
2. The oats added a velvety smoothness that did not dry it out.
3. My mouth was satisfied for a bit and then was begging for more.


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Photo of jwhancher
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer of cans while visiting Dickinson, ND from the House of Booze. Poured not a Hampton Inn cup, thus I couldn't see the color or clarity all that good. Nonetheless, it pours a gold orange color with a large fluffy head that persists quite awhile. Smells sticky sweet with American C hops and some underlying malt sweetness. Tastes upfront hoppy, piney and citrus mostly, with a decent amount of caramel for malt backbone. Decent amount of bitterness involved. I personally prefer less caramel in my IPA's and a drier mouthfeel. This one is a little too much medium to full bodied. Still a very nice beer though and glad to have tried. Will definitely be finishing the rest in a day or two.

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