Category 5 IPA | Due South Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
363 Ratings
Category 5 IPACategory 5 IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
duesouthbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SaCkErZ9 on 10-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
363
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
70
For Trade:
3
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3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber verging on apricot; the modest head is firm but doesn't make much lace

Smell: Cracker malt, a touch of caramel and a wallop of sugary tropical fruit esters

Taste: As in the aroma, the sugary tropical fruit (pineapple, pink grapefruit and mango) flavors dominate, with the cracker malt building along with some caramel; the bitterness takes over, after the swallow, in a herbaceous fashion and adds a nice balancing touch to the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat sticky; moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA verging on a DIPA; perhaps a bit too sweet, but the herbal bitterness does a good job of keeping the sweetness in check

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay IPA in can thanks to joshtahan (Reddit). It tells me to drink it fresh but doesn't give me a date... really?!

Head riles up and I have to pour carefully, eventually settles at a nice creamy frothy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, soapy bubbles on the sides with nice lacing but lighter than expected, very hazy murky reddish orange color.

Nose decent hops, pretty big hops and seem mostly spicy and earthy, some mild citrus and candied orange peel, a little fruity, ruby red grapefruit, mild pith and plenty of citrus like juice, some sweet candy malts, little toasty reddish malt.

Taste brings candy malts out front, caramel sweetness, with a little toffee and syrupy candy uh syrup. Then hops come through but mostly drowned by the malts, a fair spicy hop note with fair bitterness, little rind and candied orange peel, into light pith and just a hint of ruby red grapefruit, and even a touch of melon rind fruitiness. The back end gets fairly bitter and eventually very bitter on the finish as it starts to dry off. A touch of booze comes through with mild warmth and some spicy hops, more orange peel, candied orange, little pith too, but also a bit sticky and syrupy feeling. Eventually booze gets a little hot and very slightly feusel.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, syrupy, lighter carb, some warming then a bit hot booze.

Overall meh, it has some nice hop characters but the malts are just way too sweet, syrupy, and booze cuts in too much for only 8%. I'd be curious to try the Cat 3.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of vfgccp
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Leftovers. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep orange. Hazy. Nice white head and great lacing. Retains very well.

Smell - Pine and pithy grapefruit hop aroma. Musty with some caramel sweetness.

Taste - Brighter citrus just for a moment. Orange becomes grapefruit which becomes piney and grassy. Builds into a musty bitterness, eventually overpowering a slightly sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Quite bitter. Medium heavy body. Weird malt flavor at the very end.

Overall - Pretty good hop flavor, but a rough finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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