Category 5 IPA
Due South Brewing Co.

Category 5 IPACategory 5 IPA
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Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,347
Ranked #15,428
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Jan 08, 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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Ratings by Agentveba:
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4/5  rDev +2%
by Agentveba from North Carolina

Nov 02, 2014
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3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by OfficerVZdiver

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
3.93 by BeerMe8 from Florida on Jun 19, 2020
4.1 by MjamesL from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2019
Photo of cryptomath
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cryptomath from Florida

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
4.14 by ViggieMech from Florida on Aug 25, 2019
4.48 by Echo1M4Carbine from Florida on Jul 03, 2019
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1.51/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5
by blognog from New York

Ehh weird after taste

Mar 20, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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
3.87 by BFCarr from New Jersey on Jan 12, 2019
3.14 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Dec 27, 2018
4.02 by baklo from North Carolina on Apr 04, 2018
4 by Jodio from Texas on Feb 18, 2018
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4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by markjknowles from Oregon

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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4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by snaotheus from Washington

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
3.96 by rarigney from Washington on Feb 03, 2018
3.85 by Donkster46 from Washington on Jan 29, 2018
4.03 by Griphon from Florida on Jan 08, 2018
3.93 by Noelito76 from New York on Nov 25, 2017
3.88 by mig100 from Texas on Nov 01, 2017
3.75 by Jcbroome from Florida on Oct 12, 2017
4 by grahuba from Connecticut on Jul 07, 2017
4.25 by wertschy from Pennsylvania on Jun 30, 2017
3.92 by JohnTurano from Florida on Jun 28, 2017
4.18 by BeerBeast from Florida on Jun 13, 2017
4 by BallsDeep from Florida on Apr 27, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by uwmgdman from Wisconsin

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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3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hogrider from Florida

I can drink lots of it.....all day long

Apr 07, 2017
3.89 by DougT from Ohio on Mar 25, 2017
3.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on Feb 27, 2017
3.89 by Imperialjake from North Carolina on Feb 27, 2017
3.24 by tommy5 from Michigan on Feb 18, 2017
3.85 by paresis from Massachusetts on Feb 14, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
by Hopulation_Control from Florida

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
4.19 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Jan 17, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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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4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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
4.47 by GClarkage from California on Jan 11, 2017
3.58 by Nunya from Ohio on Dec 31, 2016
3.96 by JandJMD from Maryland on Dec 15, 2016
Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 383 ratings