Greenhouse IPA
Hops & Grain Brewing

Greenhouse IPAGreenhouse IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,311
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,453
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
266
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Hops & Grain Brewing
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Greenhouse IPAGreenhouse IPA
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kemoarps from Washington

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've got a can of #50 (Calypso/Centennial/Meridian/Simcoe) and one of #51 (Equinox/Lemondrop/Meridian). I'm going to assess each one independently and assign the score that best meets between the middle of the two of them I suppose.

50- Turbid honey amber body with a massive tuft of soft sticky off white head. Fair amount of floaties. (4.25)
51- Body is a little less opaque, and a little more on the crisp/burnished copper side of the equation. Head is a little bit more lacy/soapy, but still pretty sticky (4.25)

50- Nose is grassy and vegetal with a light caramel sweetness underneath. Lightly floral accents as well. (3.75)
51- Nose offers some spicy hop aroma. There's a bit of the mugginess to this one that I've noticed (probably imagined, but could easily be a feature of the Austin water -- my brother's tap water had some of that to it as well) in a couple of other Hill Country IPAs, but did not notice in #50. There's a little bit rounder edge to this one, where the 50 was more of a flat plane. The malts open up to reveal a pleasing almost nutty/baked element, and as it warms I almost get this subtly dominant cedar-like character. That's a huge boon in my eyes. (4)

50- Starts off with some dry malt and grassy hops. Leads into a bitter finish with some interesting accents. (3.5)
51- Flavour is again somewhat blunt, but a warmer more welcoming environ. Finish is much less bitter opting instead to end with a certain finality, not drawing out a long afterward. There's some grassiness, and a touch of... not quite floral, not quite nectar, but something similar sweet highlights and a light touch of honey and sweet lemon. (3.75)

50-The first two thirds of the flavour profile don't really move the needle much for me, but along with the lightly bitter finish there are some flashes of more depth and a little sweet complement to the edges. Delightful pricks of carbonation like chamagne, and easy drinking enough. (4.25)
51- A little bit more dry and a little rougher down the gullet than its immediate predecessor, and the carbonation isn't quite as deft, but still pretty damn drinkable. (4)

50-3.75 (3.73)
51-3.75 (3.87)

All in all I preferred the 51 to the 50.

Oct 19, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Citrus, pineapple, pine, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with citrus and light fruits with pine.

Jul 06, 2016
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PhilsPils from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was trying to order an Uncle Billy's Green Room but was served this instead. I noticed it as I was finishing the pour. No worries, it's another Austin beer I have been wanting to try. I didn't know there were batch variations to look for on the can so I didn't. Reasonably clear golden amber with a fairly dense head. Nice aroma of grapefruit and lemon. Slightly bready malt notes poking through. Slides easily over the tongue, not particularly bitter but decent balance. Slightly piney as it warms in the glass. Wish I knew what batch it was. Without that info, this review is probably pretty useless. I can tell you that I liked this one quite a bit, though. I had it after a Dankosaurus and I think I would give a slight nod to the Greenhouse. They were both $2.00 cans at the Shack on Telge in Houston, so...hard to argue about value for sure!

May 18, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the brewery. Batch #40. What a letdown. Things were starting to look up. Hops make a notional appearance in the aroma, all other features are nondescript. Very unremarkable.

Feb 11, 2016
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NoZeFace from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had Batch #39 at Hops and Grain. This knocked my socks off. It is one of the better IPAs I have had in a while. Crisp, clean, a bit juicy. Not overwhelming bitter (which was the goal, according to Bob who poured it for me). Super glad I made it out there. Looking forward to tryingmore of their brews.

Jan 21, 2016
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Tommo from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hops and grain makes the best ipas in texas and this stands as testament to that. A wonderful IPA easily available. I like the low malt, high hop, medium bitter style that this embodies

Sep 20, 2015
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core42 from Michigan

2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had a can from Batch 26. It looks ok but smells less than stellar. It is an ok tasting IPA but, for me, there is too much carbonation in this can. The carbonation takes over the taste which is unfortunate

Aug 23, 2015
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a stemless wine glass style beer glass. Batch #25

Appearance is a dark orange, amber, not quite copper. Minimal head retention. Not effervescing with carbonation. Barely translucent, but not particularly hazy or murky. Smell is of papaya and peach. Again, there is little to no head and the aroma is pleasant yet not overpowering. Taste of tropical fruit, unripe mangoes, papaya, and peach. Some pleasant piney bitterness to cut that sweetness. The mouthfeel is good, but not great. This beer would be assisted with a little more carb as it's a little flat for my taste.

Overall, this is a solid IPA and one that I would drink again. It's not on the level of the tropical juice bombs I am used to in the Northeast, but it is closer to them than not.

Aug 21, 2015
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ElJacobian from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Love this Austin beer. Makes me proud to be from the great state of Texas. It looks a little golden, like it might taste like bread, but the smell is floral and just subtle enough to leave you wanting more, and the taste is way heavier and hoppier than you'd anticipate from the color. Awesome beer with a great danky aftertaste. Texas Pride!

Jul 26, 2015
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almostjay from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Savor DC. Not sure what batch number this was, but I was told it was dry hopped with Lemondrop and Belma.

Long story short, this was my favorite beer of the night. Bready, biscuity mal backbone with a really nice, refreshing fruity hop aroma and flavor. I am not impressed, in general, by massive barrel aged stouts and sours. A good, solid IPA, Porter or Brown Ale is what I'm seeking most often. This beer was that for me at the over the top Savor event.

Great beer!

Jun 06, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 19 with Calypso hops

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color; the head is pretty modest but leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Cracker malt, melon, pith and pine

Taste: Crackery, up front, with melon, pith and pine flavors developing; assertively bitter through the finish with a hint of lime

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Fresh this week, it is a nice, refreshing IPA; it would be fun to live in Austin and try each new batch

Apr 30, 2015
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HipCzech from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can (marked "batch#16") poured into an IPA glass. Almost clear gold with a full, rocky head of white foam; recedes quickly but leaves nice lace. Fruity and vegetal hoppy nose: melon, citrus and dank hops. Round malty and fruity body (tropical and melon) with spicy bitterness. Smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation. A very drinkable IPA with layers of fruity hop notes.

Apr 06, 2015
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a 3 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are good. Has a strong piney, slightly citrus aroma. Slightly bready taste with a moderate piney hop and mildly astringent aftertaste. Nice grapefruit and lemon zing at the end. Very smooth taste. Not overly abrasive. Light bodied.

Apr 05, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #17 can poured into an oversized snifter.

Frothy pale white head over a cloudy, unfiltered-looking orange and amber body with a nice glow to it. 4.5

Delicious-smelling nose, melon-y, floral and light citrus. 4.5

Damn son. Bubblegum baby. Kinda reminds me of Big League Chew. Big fruit flavor like honeydew before a spicier,pinier hop flavor on the finish. 4.5

Juicy with mellow sweetness and a smooth creamy feel. There's a strong lingering bitterness that is hardly apparent until I've made my way through 3/4 of the can, so it appears to have slowly accumulated. 4.25

What a great brew. I love the juiciness and the honeydew flavor. I'm becoming a sucker for the melon fruit flavors in IPAs, they're just tasty as hell.

Apr 01, 2015
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obrike from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty canned IPA from Texas. What's not to like.

Love the fact each release is a bit different than the previous. This is a pretty big IPA and a tasty bang for your buck at 7.6 abv. Zesty citrus hop attack.

Well done HAGB.

Mar 10, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The mighty JenRay has come through yet again, supplying The CANQuest (tm) with yet another new CAN! Let's see what's inside.

From the CAN: "Sustainable quality"; "Cheers!"; "Small Batch"; "Hoppy, [CAN]sume Fresh"; "At the Hops & Grain Brewery we know that good planets are hard to find. That's why we are working hard to save our own by packaging our beer in the most recyclable {CAN]tainer on the Earth. Aluminum!"; "Embrace your adventure wisely & HOP ON DOWN THE TRAIL Bird-dog the wisdom worth chasing & HOP ON OVER TO THE FAR SIDE About-face the world you want & HOP ON ALONG WITH US The world is full of words, dig it.".

The Crack! was loud and an inverted Glug was thusly initiated, creating two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was redolent with grapefruit - zest, rind, fresh-squeezed juice, all of it. Now, my hophead mouth was slavering! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really grapefruit, which is one of my favorite flavors. I don't always have fruit juice in the morning, but when I do, it is tangy grapefruit juice and not orange juice. Did they grow grapefruit in their Greenhouse? Hops, perhaps? I don't know, but I know that this is the way to start the day! Finish was only semi-dry, which was kind of surprising. The hoppy flavor should have made it much drier, but I was okay with a non-gasping finish. More, please.

Feb 14, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief initial impressions:

Can served into a snifter. Expectations are average.

A: 2 finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy and soft-looking, with a good consistency. Retention is pretty good - about 6 minutes. Leaves light lacing as it recedes.

Body is a translucent nontransparent clean copper with gold hues. Vibrant and inviting, but nothing we haven't seen before in this style.

Looks good and well-carbonated, but nothing about it stands out.

Sm: Piney hops, hop resins, floral hop characer, nectary hops. Pale malts. Maybe some faint caramalt.

A pleasant aroma of average strength.

T: Taste matches the aroma, with a drawn out oily hop aftertaste and overdone bitterness. It's overhopped at the expense of its balance, but it's not obnoxiously bitter - just a little out of sorts.

Average duration, depth, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, oily, wet, medium-bodied, and aptly moderately thick. Overcarbonated and unrefreshing. This texture fails to elevate the beer, but does complement the taste pretty nicely.

Ov: A drinkable serviceable IPA with an overaggressive hop profile that throws off the balance. Methinks they tried to throw too many hop varieties in without focusing on one or two dominant flavouring hops. Above average, but far from world-class. On par with my expectations for Hops and Grain's beers.

C+

***
Second impressions:

CAN: Aluminum. 12 fl oz. No obvious best before date.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Healthy, with plenty of width and foaminess. Nicely creamy, thick, and full, with a sticky even consistency and a decent complexion. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Murky copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible, but I wouldn't call it clean. It doesn't appear filtered, and could have far better clarity.

Appears well-carbonated (or perhaps overly carbonated). Looks pretty typical of the style, with no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Nuggety resins, a hint of pine, floral hops, some nectar, mild grapefruit. Not a juicy fresh citrus aroma or a resinous-as-hell nugget bomb, but it's appealing for what it is. It's not soapy or onion-y. Could certainly be fresher and more evocative.

The pale & caramalt base complements the hop profile decently.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Not as piney as I remember. Certainly floral, with faint resins, a hint of grapefruit, and some oily hop characteristics. The hop profile isn't horribly fresh or evocative, but it nicely dominates, presiding aptly over the pale malt foundation. This is overall a decently balanced IPA, and isn't as overhopped as I remember, but there's ample room for improvement - especially in terms of complexity and subtlety. The hop profile could absolutely be better. Depth of flavour is above average I suppose, with an average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. I do like it for what it is.

TEXTURE: Surprisingly light on the palate, with a light to medium body, low thickness, and (thankfully) no syrupy or viscous characteristics. Smooth, wet, soft enough, and refreshing. Complements the taste decently, but fails to elevate the beer overall. Slightly overcarbonated. Overall presence on the palate is nice.

OVERALL: Drinkability is its finest characteristic; I could down this all night if I chose to - but I wouldn't, especially considering the myriad of superior beers in the style available widely (and often at better prices). This is absolutely above average, but still not a brew I'd recommend to friends or send to trade partners. By Austin standards, it's a pretty good IPA. But nationally, it can't compete with the likes of beers like Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, Fresh Squeezed, et al.

High C+

Jan 19, 2015
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LittleDon from Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

Canned version Aug 2014 Version: 1/3 Centennial, 15% each Mosaic, Meridian, Crystal, and Pearl (equal parts Bravo & Falconer's Flight make up the rest). Copper tinged, cloudy, good head and lace. Lots of fruit in the aroma with a hint of cattiness. Medium-low carbonation and medium body. Balanced in most aspects, not too sweet, not too dry. No hop characteristic predominates. Resinous middle with a good dose of tropical fruit. Finish leans toward the earthy/spicy side and is mildly bitter.

Sep 12, 2014
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haems from Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

From can to glass, streams yellowish to golden orange. One finger of head, dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Malty caramel on inhale, sits on the front of the palate. Velvety about the tongue. Short and clean aftertaste. Made in Texas to boot -- proud to drink an IPA this fine. This is either a late August or early September batch. Creamy.

Sep 09, 2014
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Wagner74 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Hazy copper color, nice off white head, good lacing as the beer goes down. Aroma of pine, some citrus, nice hoppy character. Mouthfeel is full, with the booziness 7.3% provides, but finishes clean.

Very tasty, wonderful IPA, favorite from Hops & Grain. Well done.

Aug 28, 2014
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champ103 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

A: Pours a hazed copper/orange color. At first a thick two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Caramel malts, some sugar and then a resinous pine aroma. A lingering bitterness in the nose.
T: Burnt caramel and sugary sweetness up front. Pine, grapefruit, lightly soapy. Some sips it finishes on a subtle note, other sips it finishes more bitter. Which is a little odd.
M/D: A medium body with soft carbonation. Not as crisp and dry as I would like. Not hard to drink, but not the best IPA out there.

Had it on tap at Craft Pride over the weekend, and now a can at home. This is a decent IPA, but there are better Texas versions out there.

Aug 26, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is lightly hazed copper in color with a thick off white head and strong lacing. Nose is faint, light stale grain and citrus hop with a hint of resin. Taste is very subtle, body is a bit syrupy, carb is fairly strong. Taste also has a fair bit of grain in it, hops are stronger, some citrus, fair bit of hop resin, and a moderate bitterness.

May 31, 2014
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, about a week old. 60% Falconer's Flight, 20% Chinook, 20% Centennial

A: Hazy copper body with thin head.

S: Fresh american hop aroma. Mostly notice the chinook and centennial. Reminds me of Odell IPA, which is a great thing.

T: Reminds me a lot of other IPAs I really enjoy. Great hop flavors, pretty dry.

M: Spot-on for the style. Good carbonation.

O: Great beer from TX. Hope they do well with this one. I'd buy this a lot if it were available in Colorado.

Mar 01, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no canning date, at least 2 weeks old for sure. Thanks Mikey! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/24/2014.

App- Hazy light caramel/amber body, nice 3-finger white head with ridiculously good retention; lots of slick lacing.

Smell- Smells very green, similar to Jai Alai.. organic and wet hopped-like if that makes sense. A nice bit of grassy, floral hops and cracker flavours. Almost like a hoppy pilsner.

Flavour- A bit more complicated than the nose. Floral hops, a bit of citrus, and a decent bit of pine, but that all still takes backstage to the floral hops. Complemented by a nice white cracker, slight caramel maltiness that resembles that of a nice pilsner. Interesting and I actually really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, aftertaste is a nice sweet pine resin that isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Solidly drinkable, very enjoyable and dry.

Overall- Tasty local IPA that is quite a bit different than most other IPAs I've ever had. Nice balance of malts and hops, and the hops are quite different than the "juicy passion fruit mixed with massive citrus" bombs.. for a nice change of pace.

Feb 25, 2014
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jacobbocce72 from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First review ever... so bear with me:

This is the January release... so mosaic hops with this one.

A- Pretty hazy orange/copper color. Decent amount of head... 2 fingers or so. As others have mentioned, lacing is solid the whole way through this beer.

S- Almost "weed-y" (you know what I'm trying to say). Getting a lot of pine as well. A very earthy/grassy character. Trying to get some fruit character out of it, but having a hard time after the initial smell.

T - Very similar to the nose. Same pine, but a little more citrus character... trying to pinpoint the exact fruit. Almost a "butter" like quality... but not in a bad way.

M- Pretty awesome... really coats the mouth and sticks around for a decent while. The resiny nature of the beer really starts to come out. Carbonation is there, but pretty subtle.

O- I'm a huge fan of this beer. This is my last of the six pack and I'm a little sad. Every time I have this beer I bump up the rating just a little bit. I like the easy drinking nature of this IPA (I've found that most H&G beers are pretty easy drinking). Although, throwing down a six pack in one sitting may not be the brightest idea.

Feb 04, 2014
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