Category 3 IPA
Due South Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #7,035
Ranked #46,428
3.53 | pDev: 13.6%
Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
Category 3 IPACategory 3 IPA
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metter98 from New York

3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Marriott Delray Beach, Delray Beach, FL

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of piney hops along with notes of caramel malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a nice mixture of malts and hops. It starts tasting a little like a cream ale once it starts warming up.

Serving type: on-tap

Nov 02, 2018
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can, served in a pint glass.

Look: It develops a strong, one and a half finger head. It's a crisp, clear gold color and leaves some good bubbly lacing.

Smell: Strong pine resin hop scent up front with beautiful citrus notes in the background. Very aromatic but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste: It has a strong fruity, citrus character reminiscent of the nose but without the strong pine in it. It has a very peculiar sweet character and not that much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, it goes down smooth. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A very characteristic sweet and fruity taste sets this one apart from you typical bitter IPA. The fact that it looks great and is easy to drink just rounds out the package nicely. A very nice beer by Due South.

Aug 21, 2018
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with a long lasting rich foamy head. Strong citrus smell with malt background. Both citrus and some pine hop notes with a pronounced malt finish. Excellent carbonation level with a very smooth mouthfeel. Overall a very good IPA worth giving a try.

Jul 19, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to awoek305 for sending this one as an extra in our trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Mildly hazy gold, lots of lively visible carbonation, and a two finger white head with good retention. This is pretty for sure.

S: Resin and citrus hops, and light biscuit malts. More subtle notes of melon and flowery hops. Not a big aroma, and fairly simplistic – though remains appealing.

T: Resinous pine, and sweet biscuit malts that contribute a fair amount of sweetness without resorting to caramel or toffee flavors. There's also substantial melon hop flavors – more so than the nose suggested. Bitter grapefruit rind with some spicy and tropical fruits as well. Moderately bitter in the hang – grapefruit and melon.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence. The carbonation sensation is a little on the low side of average.

O: This grew on me after the first few sips. It’s a pretty solid shelf IPA. Nothing I’d seek out or trade for specifically, but it was an awesome extra and certainly you could do worse if you were at a bar and this was on. There are IPAs/APAs sitting on the shelf around here that I’d prefer personally. But this is not bad at all.

Jan 07, 2017
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Vestlake from Alabama

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce cans bought in Orlando, FL. Nice piney aroma and taste. This is my kind of IPA. Nicely balanced. I really enjoyed this and would buy again.

Nov 24, 2016
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jonwiseman from Florida

3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light unfiltered copper look. Smell is very light. Probably too light. Citrus primarily. Mouthfeel is a malt cream. Hard to pin down but bitter hops all the way to the end in the taste. Good but not exceptional.

Oct 01, 2016
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with an inch of creamy tan. Moderate lacing. Citrus aroma dominates, but seems subdued. The taste is very citrus upfront with orange peel and grapefruit. The hop flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Not much malt is detectable. There's a gentle hop burn in the otherwise dry and lightly sticky mouth.

Sep 15, 2016
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MJSFS from Florida

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 3/30/16 poured nearly opaque into a pint glass with tons of bubble streams and pieces of floating yeast throughout. Thick off white marshmallow head that didn't recede but strangely left no lacing. Smells very malty and earthy. Maybe it's turned already being nearly three months in the can. Taste is earthy grassy and slightly bitter which leads me to believe it's age is affecting it. Mouthfeel is light and a little too watery. Not something I would purchase again.

Jun 22, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a basic, drinking cylinder style glass.
Coppery color, white head.
Very enjoyable beer, touch more hop forward as an American IPA.

Apr 03, 2016
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Billolick from New York

3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned and w/o freshness info

Pours medium almond Amber, frothy off white head, gauzy froth and splashes of lace.

Resiny hop nose

Better the average IPA with a respectable Resiny and grainy hop bite

Worth a try

Good to see more and more real beer being brewed in Florida

Mar 30, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Up until now, this Florida trip had been surprisingly good, beerwise. This one is by far the worst. It could be a bad can, but I have a sample of one and I will leave it at that.

It looks like an AIPA - yellow. It has a very nice head. The aroma is the first hint that something might not be right here. The sourness is broadcasting. In the taste is it screaming, "Pour me down the drain." There is an overpowering sourness. I was hoping to have a nice sour beer at some point in this trip (Tomoka is supposed to have a couple), but not like this.

I had to go check the can in the condo's recycling bin. Yup - it's 5 months old. Still, it went really, really bad.

Mar 16, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the Hurricane in Marathon, FL. A slightly murky pale amber color with a thin white head. Initial impression is citrus, some pine resin, and not much malt presence. Medium-light bodied, with medium carbonation. Fairly dry, slightly bitter finish. Easy to drink - not gonna set the world on fire, but OK.

Jan 26, 2016
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ommegangpbr from New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the amber side of the IPA spectrum and I don't mind!
Cloudy looking on the pour. The scent is a bit mild or weak and reminds me of homebrew. Flavors are lightly sweetened pink grapefruit with some black tea in there. Not transcendent, but not bad.

Jan 22, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap poured into a pint glass

Clear golden yellow, micro carbonation , thin layer of white bubbles

Aroma of citrus

Taste of hops

Sudsy , hop forward , lingering hop bite aftertaste

Okay beer

Dec 27, 2015
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Citrusy, slightly piney/resiny hops, followed by a fair amount of malt sweetness

A: Light orangeish color, totally clear with a thick white head that quickly recedes to a film across the glass. Some lacing is evident.

T: Moderately fresh citrusy, slightly piney hops, with a fair amount of malt support. The beer is crisp with a fairly sharp hop bitterness and dry finish.
M: medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Good; while not overly complex and a little bitter the beer’s crisp character and dry finish make the beer easy to drink. While not stale, I’d be interested to see what this beer drinks like super fresh.

Dec 06, 2015
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Roguer from Connecticut

2.89/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Very dark orange brew for an IPA, topped by a nice off-white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is grainy and slightly stale (despite being a freshly tapped keg), with some old-school hops showing through (grapefruit peel and pine).

Flavor follows: there's a nice, pronounced bitterness, but stale cardboard and caramel grains overwhelm any hop flavors, which manifest primarily as a bitter, oily aftertaste.

The brew almost comes across as a more bitter AAL, grainy and overall unpleasant in most regards.

Aug 16, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy amber with a large white head that dissipates quickly. Faint aroma with citrus, grapefruit and some floral notes. Taste is quite bitter with grapefruit and some orange. Faint malty presence. Finish is dry and very cleanly bitter. Overall an OK IPA.

Jul 19, 2015
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TH28 from Florida

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. No date. Appearance: Golden, clear, moderate white head with nice lacing. Aroma: Mellow pine resin, with a slight cheese quality. Not a fresh hop note. Taste: Bready malt with slight crust, turning immediately into a harsh hop bitterness and resinous flavor. Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation Finish: Dry resinous bitterness lingers long past the swallow. Overall: A standard AIPA, especially with a sharp west coast type bitterness. Flavor is relatively one dimensional, and the aroma isn’t as strong as it’s counterparts.

Jul 12, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 02/05/15 tasted on 06/08/15

A — Pours a very deep hazy orange color , with a dark overall appearance, there is a great tall light orange colored head, leaves behind great lacing.

S — Smells very limey, pungent, bright, citrusy, lots of lemon and lime tartness.

T — Tastes of sweet notes initially, bitter balance of lemon, lime, citrus notes, it's almost like sprite, which is weirdly refreshing.

M — Light-Medium bodied, big flavor profile and it is dry overall.

O — Nice surprise overall, a unique lemon-lime note to it.

Jun 09, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My local, in-person trader, tone77, headed Due South for a while and returned with a bunch of CANs for me in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! It is like a twist on the old t-shirts in that my buddy visited the south and all I got was a bunch of CANs. In this case, that's okay by me.

From the CAN: "Brewed with loads of malts and loads of hops, this golden India Pale Ale is true to the style while maintaining a balance between malty and bitter."; "A special blend of Ameri[CAN] hops give this beer its unique flavor. Although fruity and citrusy, this beer has only four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water."; "Drink Local [-] Drink Fresh".

The Crack! released a little spritz across my fingertips, signalling that I might want to go easy on the Glug, given its advancing age. Settling, I could see that it was brimful, which was another CANtributing factor. Sure enough, even a gentle pour generated a whole lot of foaming, creating three-plus fingers of puffy, tawny head that quickly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with some floaties in evidence. Nose was very grapefruit-citrusy, underlain by a malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium to full. The hops jumped out immediately on the tongue, but they were beginning to fade, allowing the caramel sweetness of the malt to start to come forward. I really had no problem with this as I have plans to drink a number of AIPAs this evening and if I don't blow out my palate early, so much the better. Finish was semi-dry with a grapefruit-like bitterness that lingered in the back of my throat.

Jun 02, 2015
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FLAbeergutinMASS from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Having tried this beer several times while vacationing, my thoughts on it were average at best. Had the opportunity to try this one again after quick weekend trip but not sure too what happened because this beer has had an overhaul the likes of you see in South Beach. Ridiculously good! Currently residing in a beer mecca and comparing to what is available in Western Mass, this beer hangs right in there with many of the more common of beers one can find. Pours super hazy, opaqueness similar to an unfiltered Hefe, cloudy, wispy with a solid head and nice lacing throughout. Very nice mouthfeel and nose- super fruity orange, melon, and tart citrus from front to back. Do not let the ratings fool you on this one. Find a fresh draw and dig in. Very solid offering.

May 16, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Disney World - poured into a plastic cup

L: Pours a hazy golden amber. Moderate white head.

S: Biscuits and piney hops. Sweet.

T/F: Not as hoppy as the smell would have indicated. Biscuity and sweet, and frankly I didn't much care for the flavor. Moderate carbonation and a bit thick.

O: Below average IPA and not one I'd try again. Too bready and sweet and something was off flavor wise that I can't put my finger on.

May 04, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, citrus. Taste is piney hops, some citrus, but not like the aroma, a bit of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but nothing special.

Mar 11, 2015
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barfootbandit from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can, pretty decent IPA. Hazy color and even smelled a bit hoppy and citrusy. Good hop character but not overwhelming or heavy and quite drinkable. A decent 6.1% ABV also helps this beer in taste and body. Overall this was a good but average IPA.

Feb 06, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a citrus and hops aroma with a yeast backdrop.
Appearance- Has a semi-murky amber color with a large white head.
Taste- The taste is straight forward strong IPA with a citrus finish.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation.
Overall- A pretty good American IPA worth trying

Feb 01, 2015
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