Category 5 IPA | Due South Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
361 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:
361
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
70
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Mdodge8837
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GFD400
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Solid IPA. Pours a little hazy with an orange tint. Nice aroma and really nice hope bite. Decently balanced. Highly recommended.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one had floaters. Checked the date - only 3 months old.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinTauscher
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reizorc
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of LoRyder97
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twizzard
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kell50
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gmcsierra91
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brett47
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of let8it8grow
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wander4
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dizzy242
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 361 ratings.
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