Category 5 IPA
Due South Brewing Co.

Category 5 IPACategory 5 IPA
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Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
Imperial IPA
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Feb 28, 2022
Oct 29, 2012
Very Good
Category 5 IPACategory 5 IPA
Notes: The most powerful IPA in the Due South Category series, the Cat 5 is big on hops and big on flavor. Clocking in at 8.5% ABV and 96 IBU’s, the first bands of malts will make way for the surge of hops on the palate. Designed for the true hophead, this is not a beer for the faint of heart.
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Rated: 4.1 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Feb 28, 2022
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Reviewed by OfficerVZdiver

3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Didn’t realize this was an Imperial until I reviewed, and then checked again on the can for the abv content. Not much flavor to it, just seems like straight up hops but not too intense, just taste the high level of alcohol. Have had way better imperials in the past and this one is pretty basic. Good for those who like ipa’s and want to get a led fast but not too good for those who like flavor.
Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by MjamesL from Pennsylvania

Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by cryptomath from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
In the Taproom. Amber pour with good lacing, Good hoppy beer with grapefruit / mango / pine notes. Well balanced mix.Alcohol adds good warmth but not overpowering. Tasty!
Dec 13, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by ViggieMech from Florida

Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by Echo1M4Carbine from Florida

Jul 03, 2019
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Rated by blognog from New York

1.51/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5
Ehh weird after taste
Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can dated 1/2/19 into red plastic cup (hey I'm on vacation in the Keys and it's the best I can do). Pours a nice amber color with a pretty decent off-white head. Initial impression is solid grapefruit, orange, mango, caramel, and a touch of pine. Mouthfeel is not quite sticky, but definitely has some substance to it. Finish is remarkably smooth, ading to a slight bitterness. Quite enjoyable!
Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by BFCarr from New Jersey

Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 3.14 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by baklo from North Carolina

Apr 04, 2018
Rated: 4 by Jodio from Texas

Feb 18, 2018
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Reviewed by markjknowles from Oregon

4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz can poured into a .3 l glass. Foamy off white head meringue looking as it rises in the glass. This has such great balance, hop forward bitterness complimented by the malt flavors integrate so well into a delicious whole. May not lay in bed thinking about it but excited for my next one!
Feb 06, 2018
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can served in a tulip. Canned on 12/22/17. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours a fairly clear, moderately dark amber with a very large head that fades very slowly. Smell is fruity, maybe mango or something else tropical, with pine in the background.

Taste is bitter as hell. Tropical fruit has a presence, but my lips are literally coated in bitter hop residue. Wow. It's totally unbalanced, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is moderately thin, but filmy -- leaves a coating in the mouth. Overall, this is a ridiculous beer and I like it.
Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by rarigney from Washington

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by Donkster46 from Washington

Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by Griphon from Florida

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by Noelito76 from New York

Nov 25, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by mig100 from Texas

Nov 01, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Jcbroome from Florida

Oct 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by grahuba from Connecticut

Jul 07, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by wertschy from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2017
Rated: 3.92 by JohnTurano from Florida

Jun 28, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by BeerBeast from Florida

Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 4 by BallsDeep from Florida

Apr 27, 2017
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Reviewed by uwmgdman from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours cloudy golden-orange with a big billowy white head. Nice citrus nose, maybe a hint of honey? Flavor is bitter upfront, citrus rind, some sweet light caramel candy presence, before returning to citrus rind bitterness and a bit dry. Solid offering. Love the hurricane categories for their IPA line.
Apr 10, 2017
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Rated by hogrider from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I can drink lots of it.....all day long
Apr 07, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by DougT from Ohio

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 3.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts

Feb 27, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by Imperialjake from North Carolina

Feb 27, 2017
Rated: 3.24 by tommy5 from Michigan

Feb 18, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by paresis from Massachusetts

Feb 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Hopulation_Control from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
Got off the the tap at the Eastern Market bar in Winter Park, Orlando.

Pours a clear copper-amber color with a small but dense head.

The nose is very dank and citrusy right off the bat, almost a bit grassy to me. Alcohol is also very apparent as is the malt.

Sharp bitterness and citrus flavors that roll into the dankness. Very little malt flavor at all. Finishes with a bitter bite.

Full bodied beer, nice amount of carbonation is the perfect start to a very dry finish. Overall I feel like for how much bitterness there is it lacks some of the flavors from the hops. The malt is balanced well with hops but almost soley in bitterness and not enough in aroma and taste, in my opinion.
Jan 23, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Jan 17, 2017
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Due South Brewing Co. "Category 5 IPA"
on tap @ South, Philadelphia, PA on 10 May 2016

- Haha! I was told this was "Category 8" and I had to call the brewery to make sure that wasn't true. Not normally available in PA, this must have been a left-over from the Craft brew Conference a few days earlier.

Notes: Hazy amber orange body. Short but creamy white head. Better than average retention and lacing. Aroma is pungent with hop resin, pine, a little bit of citrus, and caramelish malt. The flavor follows with more tropical fruit and a splash of alcohol. Solidly malty and bitter, it finishes dry and somewhat herbal and spicy/piney. Overall it's a solid, kind of big IPA, but in that it's also a bit blocky and unrefined.
Jan 12, 2017
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can picked up at Knightly Spirits in Orlando. canned 11/16/16, so less than 2 months old.

hazy dk orange body, big foamy white head, excellent thick lacing.

fruit & hops on the nose.

good tasty DIPA. sharp hop bite. seems to have both citrus & non-citrus fruit flavors.

between medium and full on the mouth. slightly sour finish. faint alcohol burn on the back of the mouth.

overall, very enjoyable DIPA, first beer from this particular brewery.
Jan 12, 2017
Rated: 4.47 by GClarkage from California

Jan 11, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by Nunya from Ohio

Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by JandJMD from Maryland

Dec 15, 2016
Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 384 ratings