Super Flare
4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #263
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,780
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 7.77%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
280
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4 Hands Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  13
Gots
  39
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Super FlareSuper Flare
Notes: Collab w/ Wicked Weed. Brett IPA with mango, guava, mosaic, galaxy hops.
Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 280 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My good friend and old neighbor from Oswego gave me a can of this beer. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had tangerine appeal. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit notes. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Sep 20, 2019
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tzieser from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade from Harrison8. A huge thanks goes out to him.

16oz can poured into a spiegelau IPA glass. Superflare pours hazy orange in color, thick with sediment to there point where it is completely turbid. Fluffy white head settles into a modest lacing. Great looking beer.

Tons of citrus in the nose. Tangerine zest first with a bit of mango. Hops and malt are there. Not picking up any brett funk/horseblanket nor is there any sign of the guava but that's okay. Solid aroma.

Flavor is citrus-forward as expected. There is also a tiny bit of mango and the guava is subtle but it is there near the end. Galaxy hops tie the fruits together nicely and the bready malt backbone is soft and sweet. There is also a strange peppery yeast character. I'm not getting any brett notes from it, it's almost like a saison yeast or Belgian pale yeast. It isn't bad per se but it doesn't exactly jive with the flavors at hand in my opinion. Good flavor but slightly ruined by the choice of yeast.

Full mouthfeel, slightly peppery/carbonated with a dry finish,

Overall, this is a nice IPA. It's pretty unique, almost like one of those Belgian IPAs that were all the rage a few years back. I think it could've been a lot better with a different yeast but that's just my preference and I can understand why this beer has gotten stellar reviews thus far. Recommended to those who are looking for a different, unique IPA with citrus fruit added.

Feb 21, 2019
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just popped up on the shelves a day or two ago. dumped out a very hazy light orange, super bright and a nice fluffy head. white foam cap stuck around forever. taking a whiff of this was quite impressive, just straight citrus. somewhere between mango and pineapple with hints of orange. the taste hides a good bit of that citrus and introduces hoppy earthiness and a lasting bitterness thats always just sitting in the back. drinks super smooth, lighter bodied and just overall solid.

Nov 04, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy and honey colored with a thick, rocky head; shards of lacing hang around

Smell: The Brett is dominant, with chalky tones overwhelming the tropical tones of mango and guava; almost vinous

Taste: Chalk forward with a leathery tone; through the middle, the mango and guava tones emerge; seriously bitter, through the middle, with subtle hints of the fruit re-emerging in the otherwise dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure how old this is but I suspect it is between three and six months old based on the 4 Hands website; at this point the Brett has flourished a bit more than is ideal and now overwhelms the fruit

Dec 15, 2017
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Nephilium from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright citrus and tropical fruit aroma, pours an opaque orange with a thin white head. Tropical fruit notes and citrus pith are the predominant flavors, with a mild bitter finish. Full bodied, with mild carbonation. A solid fruited IPA.

Dec 10, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super juicy, super tasty IPA. I don't get a whole lot of Brett funk. It has a nice soft, pillowy mouthfeel with a low level of bitterness. I'm not usually a huge fan of fruited IPAs but this one really works.

Oct 17, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, golden brown color with a three finger head in a Tulip.
Good head retention.

Aroma: Mango, earthy citrus.

Taste: lots of citrus, grapefruit. Some tangerine and mango. Full flavor with warming.

Sharp, spicy finish.

Excellent IPA. Better at 45°. Excellent balance of citrus, guava, tangerine, or fitness, and a sharp bitter finish.

Sep 27, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, almost whitish, to the golden color. Small head which leaves a few streaks and spots.

Prickly hop smell of grapefruit rind and light evergreen. Nearly no malt to the nose.

The flavor has a strong taste of pineapple yet this is a dry beer. Strong hop bite naturally but there are many other flavors like mango and black pepper. Near extreme. The body is solid with a carbonation to create balance. Long bitter after taste.

Sep 24, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i liked this a lot, but thought it was subtle on some counts for how intense they make it sound. the brett seems like not the only fermentation agent here, like it finished a job started by ale yeast, its clean and new tasting, a little funky but not crazy wild or overdeveloped or anything, but thats not a bad thing. its real compatible with the fruits in this, and it doesnt take over in nose or taste, i think thats smart in a beer thats designed to be hop driven, but at the same time, it could be drier and funkier for sure. the fruits and hops are both robust, but for me its almost generic tropical rather than distinctly mango or guava or anything, its all sweet and juicy and sort of blends together. pineapple and citrus notes come in from the hops too, there is a natural synergy between these fruits and this select group of hops used in this way. bitterness balances fruity and honey sweetness here, light funk late, white wine notes, light astringency, sweetness still from the fruit, some decent body, and outstanding carbonation. enjoyable and different, a cool collaboration! a brettier version in oak would be cool for a special edition!

Sep 09, 2017
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UPDATED to reality November 2017: My original review was full of ignorance. After having had many more IPA's with A LOT more flavors.. it's time to fix my mistake:
Smells of heavy tropical's and citrus. A boatload of both. Tastes the same, heavier on the tropical side, with a nice hop bite that doesn't take over. MF is medium, with a bit of carbonation, but smooth enough to want another drink.

I originally graded this as a toddler .. I'm a teenager now. This is a VERY good beer 4 Hands!!

Aug 21, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very hazy and completely opaque but not thick like some of the comparable (in look) NE style IPAs. This is a yellow tinged orange color. Two finger tight white head dissipates leaving some white lacing behind and a thin layer of white suds on top of the beer.

Smell has strong notes of mango, guava, peach, orange, pineapple, and lemon - just a bright bouquet of fruity tropical flavors. There is a slight hint of tropical funk on the nose, but its subtle.

Taste follows the nose with lots of mango, guava, peach, orange, pineapple, and lemon flavors popping up front. A touch of funk comes through on the back end with a lingering grassy bitterness on the finish. Although the nose is almost all fruit, the flavor is more balanced with a nice mild bitterness providing some balance with the strong fruit flavors. Not very sweet - perfect for the flavors. That slight funk lingers on the palate and as you drink the beer is provides a nice touch adding depth to the flavors.

Feel is smooth and very dry especially on the finish. Mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall a very nice IPA - supposedly this has a bit of Brett in it, and there is a touch of tropical funk that compliments the fruity quite nicely.

Aug 18, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aiming to capitalize on that white hot trend, this beer is fully opaque yellow-orange, nearing tan, with a large dense white foam that airs out and settles with spotty lace.

Smell is not extremely far off from the NE-style with some spicy pungency, but does also exhibit pine, rug, orange, grapefruit, lemon and a little metallic astringency.

Taste is metallic astringency and pine first with a little wood and sharp tangy grapefruit, lemon, orange rind, and rug.

Body is light and watery, tangy and slightly spicy but barely carbonated on the tongue with a wet finish.

It's almost like taking a West Coast IPA recipe and just maybe boiling the hops less and dry hopping more. I really don't get much of the added fruits, which seems like a wasted effort, considering most IPAs of this style presumably achieve those flavors and aromas without the help of fruit.

Aug 10, 2017
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful beer. Bright yellow with a pure white lightly fluffy head. Tons of lacing.
S: light citrus and a hint of funk.
T: tartness followed by citrus, pineapple, mango. Touch of gay
Mf: clean and crisp. No hint of alcohol
O: Wonderful beer. Could use a touch more funk but simply terrific. Screams for some stinky cheese to be paired with.

Feb 20, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed gold with a finger pearl colored head. Super-sexy lacing & great head retention

S: Pears, mango, & gauva, nose really picks up as it warms.

T: Mango, pineapple, a little dryness, & a little breadyness & just a little grapefruit peel up front. More mango & grapefruit, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit peel, dryness, tangerine, gauva, & a little pineapple acidity

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation

This is pretty good, not getting a ton of Brett, a little sourness, drinks great & I would happily buy this in 4 or 6 pack format

Oct 30, 2016
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/20/15; drank 6/27/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Opaque yellow appearance.

Big, fluffy white head; a frothy curtain of lace.

Mild tangerine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Refreshing tangerine flavor up front; clean spring water finish. Effervescent & very mild, this would make a nice beer on a hot afternoon.

Oct 19, 2016
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Hop_God from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque golden to light yellow- murky. off white bubbles

S: mango peel, guava juice, some funk, tropical fruit. subtle hops.

T: mango peel, citrus zest, guava flavoring, the brett is subtle which is nice. some bitter resin also.

F: clean and crisp. good soft mouthfeel

O: this is quite good. not too funky or tart but you know it is there.

Sep 07, 2016
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Suds from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml bottle, this brew is a hazy straw color with a moderately sized white head. The aroma is of citrus, with a fresh, herbal hoppyness. The taste is dry, with a grainy, earthy hop center and not much malt at all. Refreshing, lightly carbonated, very fruity, and of medium bitterness.

Aug 21, 2016
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Ego from New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

eyes...
might be the palest IPA I have ever seen, we are talking pale golden straw, this blonde has a beautiful head though , 2 full fingers of bleach white foam, this is a well fed hair piece that is definitely going to stick around, lacing is also very nice clinging on like Carrie Fisher in a star wars reboot, the color really throws me off here but this is an otherwise delightful vision

nose...
tropical fruit with a hint of fermentation (like it is just about to turn), slight lemon notes, just a hint of malt - very faint, nothing spectacular here

taste etc...
the flavor very much goes down the path of the nose, you have some light tropical fruit notes (with a hint of citrus), a little bitterness, very refreshing smack of carbonation, but just not enough punch, the bottle drinks the same until you get down to the yeast, this is now cloudy like a mud puddle, it is decidedly more sour here, it loses some of the tropical fruit and hop bitterness

verdict?
not my thing, not terrible, but not for this person

Apr 04, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no date:
Pours a pale yellow - like the pale, but it's too yellow - almost like a white ale. Head is white and fluffy, cloud-like in my glass, but a little more regular in the other glass I poured with less vigor.

Nose I get an interesting tart fruit, but it's tart tropical fruit - so more of a sweet-tart. In some senses it gives the impression of a grapefruit or natural lemon-lime soda. I keep bumping up the rating on the nose as it entices me more and more.

Taste is similar to the nose, but there is an earthiness that cuts the experience in about half. Notes of tangerine, lemongrass, and guava come through (not getting the mango too much). The earthy notes are not quite farmhouse/barn yard, more woody herbs and even a little dirt. The later taste lightens into a lemony note that is accompanied by a little more farmhouse - hay and the lightest funk.

Gives the impression of being quite light, definitely the citrus and carbonation help that. But there's a little heft on the palate brought by the earth notes that sort of sit on the tongue.

Refreshingly good - the balance of the Brett against the fruit additions (and what would probably otherwise be a quite tropical IPA) makes for a unique and enjoyable brew.

Oct 26, 2015
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brettanomyces IPA brewed with mango, guava, and tangerine zest. Tasted in a snifter from a 500 ml bottle on October 16, 2015. Look is clear golden yellow, thin head and some lingering lacing. Smell is citrus and tropical fruit especially mango. Taste is fruity and a little bitter. Feel is medium in body.

Oct 16, 2015
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macher0 from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip.

A. Pours translucent light straw color. An aggressive pour yielded an egg shell, 2-finger coarse bubble head that leaves spotty laces. It has a thin look.

S. Mostly tropical with pineapple, mangos, and grapefruit. A little chalky and bready.

T. A little juicy with a floral aftertaste. Very mild hop bite. Not very complex.

M. A little thin, high carbonation, light body, crisp.

O. This is a good ipa for a hot day or with a meal. Kind of thin, border watery. I would enjoy this again, especially on tap. Not a big dog, but very good.

Oct 16, 2015
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lot of carbonation going on in this beer as I get as much head as I did beer with a normal pour. Head is foamy white on top of a hazy straw gold body. The nose is a consistent citrus based hop field with some rind really shining. The taste is a little thinner then I had expected but the citrus still plays. Resin and sap hit with a little pine on the back of the tongue. Bitterness starts mellow then builds to a solid level. This has a solid level of drink ability.

Sep 13, 2015
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cjohns73 from Delaware

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale yellow; slightly hazy. Big head that leaves lacing like Siberian steppes. Smell is very very fruity. Lots of pineapple and mango. You would probably think this is juice on taste alone. Taste has a similar profile, I get mostly pineapple with a bit of hop bitterness. Again, fruit juice with a dry taste and muted sweetness. Goes down wicked easy.

My bottle was about 2 months old, so wasn't aged like you can with Brett IPAs. Would have been curious to see what it did in the cellar for a short time.

Sep 12, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding IPA. Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a quarter inch of head and just a touch of lacing that sticks around.

The smell is amazing. I could just keep smelling this brew all day long. Tropical and citrus fruits, fresh hops, and just a hint of earthiness.

Flavor follows with huge grapefruit and citrus flavors hitting you first. Getting orange peel and possibly even some deep blood orange presence in this, along with the grapefruit, guava, and mango. The hops are not overly bitter and actually blend into the background, but in a good way. They lend more of a supporting role and give it just an ever so slight crisp finish.

Mouth feel is medium to medium light. Juicy, but with a crisp finish on the end.

Would absolutely revisit. Wish I would have bought one to age so I could really see what comes of this one once the Brett does it's work. Still great, even without aging.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

Sep 11, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, served in a stemmed glass. Pours a light hazy yellow-orange body, one finger white head, minimal retention, very nice lacing. Smells of tropical fruit, passion fruit, a bit of citrus, sweet pale malt, a bit of minerals. Smells great. Flavour is similar on the tropical and passion fruit, mildly juicy with a nice resin component to it. Good malt backbone, not heavy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, a bit crisp and reasonably refreshing with a mild-moderate bitter finish. Overall, this was fairly impressive and drank quite well. Nice tropical and passion fruit hop aromatics.

Aug 30, 2015
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