Category 5 IPA
Due South Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,827
Ranked #15,169
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
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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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange to gold in color with a very murky complexion and plenty of sediment suspended within. There'a easily an inch of creamy beige foam on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of intense citrus hops and light malt. I'm tasting a wallop of citrus hops and a hint of light malt. The mouth is a bit sticky and resinous, true to style.

Oct 22, 2016
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy look, amber with orange highlights and a dirty white cap of foam. Smells bright and danky but fades over time after opening. Taste has plenty of bitter hop to bite on. Good amount of alcohol and you can taste it. That gets +points in my book.

Good stuff to over-indulge on and pull a Florida Man or perhaps a Rodney King (the swimming pool or the LA incident)

Jul 02, 2016
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was looking forward to this beer after trying Category 3 first, and it didn't disappoint.
12 oz can poured into a glass.
Distinct hoppy flavor punch right up front, with a nice citrusy finish.
I highly recommend this beer.

Apr 03, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with "canned on" dating

Pours heavily hazed dark orangy amber, and leaving a load of fine lacing all up and down the glass.

Softly citric nose with grapefruit, pineapple, mango and general fruity goodness.

This is a big and bold, fresh tasting "imperial" IPA (according to the can), loaded with more citric fruits and hoppy goodness.

Pleasingly carbonated and easy flowing in the mouth. All in all a terrific brew. Happy to see more and more quality craft created in Florida.

Apr 01, 2016
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senglish7 from Mississippi

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grapefruit nose. Very fruity and malty taste. Mostly smooth with slight bitterness left on the tongue. Overall a solid IPA. I'd love to compare to category 3

Mar 08, 2016
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a small chalice, color is an opaque copper, head is off white and thin then dissipating to a ring and some lacing.

Smell is heavy citrus, a big wallop of citrus, juicy hops; subtle and clean malt presence.

Taste is very fruity, heavy citrus and grapefruit rind, some mild earthy hops then cleaner toasted malts

Mouthfeel is crisp and lingering bite from those strong dank hops.

overall, a solid and heavily citrusy IPA, way different than others i've had, but I'll look for it again.

Jan 09, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My (usually) local, in-person trader, tone77, has taken to flying south for the winter, having proven to be a nomadic snowbird. His return is also the harbinger of the arrival of CANs from the southern regions, which brings a renewed level excitement to Chez Woody and The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Hand Crafted Ameri[CAN] Ales"; "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."; "Drink Fresh. Drink Local."

I Crack!ed it open and stared, mouth agape, into the vent. I CAN't understand how they got it this full without anything untoward happening when I opened it! Brimful hardly begins to describe it. A light Glug later & I had a finger of foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose brought a 1-2 punch of dank hops & caramel malts and I recoiled from not being prepared for the onslaught! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was big on minty, pine hops, underlain with grapefruit-citrus bitterness and shored up by the aforementioned caramel hops. Still, there was some heat to this one and an intake of breath following a sip really brought forth the mintiness. Whew! The finish was dry, but cool, very minty and quite refreshing. Only the (relatively) high ABV prevents me from reCANmending this as a regular thing. If you CAN get one, give it a try, but beware, a Category 5 is nothing to take lightly!

Jan 08, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

THis one was just ok for me. It had a solid mouthfeel and good hop character, but the balance was off and it didn't quite give me the juiciness I expected.

Jan 07, 2016
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kell50 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a 12oz can from the Viera, FL Total Wine. No freshness date. Poured into a screw top Mason jar mug with handle.

A: Beautiful deep orange. Huge fluffy, chunky head with wispy lacing.

S: Dank hops, orange zest, overripe peach, mango. I'm also picking up a bubblegum sweetness.

T: Super hoppy. Citrus juiciness, slight malt, and some herbal notes on the finish.

M: Big chewy brew. Medium carbonation, sticky consistency. Hop oils have attached to my tounge. Not a beer to gulp down.

O: Impressive IIPA from a can. Aggressively hopped without much malt balance. If you're looking for a hop bomb look no further.

Dec 24, 2015
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BayouBengal1537 from Louisiana

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reasonably fresh can poured into a tulip. Pours a dark copper, slightly hazy color with a one finger white head. Smell is big malty sweetness, citrus, fruity hops came out as the beer warmed a bit. Taste was big malty caramel sweetness followed by some citrus hop flavor followed by some bitterness. The feel was medium with some decent carbonation. Overall, a solid DIPA that was a little too malt forward for me. Worth trying at least once.

Dec 24, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I am currently snowbirding, the legacy of woodychandler lives on. This beer is another from him. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a beige/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus hops. Taste is pine, alcohol, some tropical fruit, medium bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer, but not as good as I expect from this style.

Nov 23, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter, canned on

A- pours a murky golden-orange color with a thick and creamy two-finger white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- very fruit forward aroma with some mint and dank pine aroma, also picking up a woodsy tartness, reminiscent of an American wild ale, strange enough

T- fruity and tart with notes of tropical hops, mint and earthy herbal flavors. There's a fruity tartness that kicks in mid-palate and continues through to the close, leaving a linger of grassy hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- I'm not sure if this was an infected batch, but it worked for me nonetheless. It's like a cross between an IPA and a sour, interesting

Oct 06, 2015
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clear amber, finger white head fades slowly leaving some lace. Sweet fruity aroma. The taste is sweet and fruity as well, but mid sip is countered by some pungent resiny hops, piney with grassy notes and some citrus peel. Alcohol comes out in the swallow. This is a really solid tasty IPA, will be hitting some more of this up next time I'm in Florida.

Sep 21, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice burnt orange. Hazy. Nice off-white fluffy head with good retention. Aroma surprisingly faint, with only trace citrus and some caramel. Taste is bracingly bitter with surprisingly little citrus or orange. Some faint pine and dank. Clean finish.
Overall, I wonder if this is old - no date stamp seen on the can. Plenty of other good alternatives out there.

Jul 17, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Pungent, Rind, Bitter, Warming

One brewers IPA is another’s Double IPA, so from that we’ll take the brewers word that this is just an amped up IPA. This beer stinks, a good stink at that of pungent hops. The hefty malt base is big enough to hold up to this onslaught of hoppiness and even alcohol. A massive brew for drinkers with venturesome palates.

STYLE: American IPA | ABV: 8.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Jun 26, 2015
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Donsolo420 from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My beer had black shit floating around in it. I emailed the company and they said it was the bottom of the batch and it shouldn't have made it through the distribution process but it did. And I was stuck drinking it. Fine. Whatever. I still don't want black flakes floating throughout my beer. I drank one and returned the the other 3 from my 4 pack to ABC. I like the taste but not the funk in it

Jun 17, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I like that this IPA is murky and has an anchor on the front denoting an unexplored part of the ocean, just due south of there. The body is brownish/orange. A good deal of floaties and particles. The head is white, nice, and fluffy. The aroma is a little off. Some hops, orange, and staleness. The taste gets mixed reviews. Chop Chop. It is missing the "Zing." The flavor is a mish mash of stuff. Nothing stands out. Some hops and other fruit. Now, the mouthfeel gets an "A". This is where they have success. Creamy mouthfeel. The right amount of carb at the right time, in all the right places. If you couple this mouthfeel with some of those IPA teetering on the brink of greatness, this would bring them over to the other side.

Overall - I bet this would be very good on tap. Maybe I received a bad can. I would re-visit this in the future.

Mar 13, 2015
Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 382 ratings