Higher Ground IPA | Birdsong Brewing

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Brewed by:
Birdsong Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tdm168 on 06-22-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 151
Photo of Wideawake
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Higher Ground is a outstanding All American IPA. You heard me:
All American. It's an unfiltered offering with a wheat feel to it without the muckiness.
Head retention is better than average with a nice moderate krausening lace. This beer is exquisitely crafted and not for folks that drink Shiner Bock. You know what I'm talking about.
Anyway, if you appreciate great craft beer, give this dark copper colored fine IPA a try or two.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a nice strong orange color. Good clarity. And about a finger of a whitish head that leaves a bit if lacing.

Smell: juicy and not too bitter hops. A smack of citrus followed by mellow notes of florals and spice

Taste: juicy hops open up. Mixing with floral and a good spicy hop kick. Nice hop flavor backed by a nice bready malt

Mouthfeel: nice drinking. Medium body. Moderate bitterness.

Overall: awesomely crafted ipa. Could easily be a go to/ standard if it was easy to find in bottles. Very tasty drinkable and spot on in all aspects

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Photo of tdm168
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a pint glass.

A - orangish amber with a little white head; no retention

S - citrusy, grapefruit, lightly bready

T - grapefruit, citrusy, bready, piny, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is delicious. There is perfect balance between malts and hops. The hop character is citrusy up front and finishes with a light, piny bitterness. The malt is lightly bready and holds up nicely to the heavy hops. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large mug of this on draft at an area restaurant. Color was a hazy gold with a minimal white head, though retention was good considering the initial size. Smell and taste were both heavy with citrus and pine. Finishes dry with a lingering citrus note on the palate. Overall it's a pretty good IPA, definitely worth trying if you haven't already!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy orange gold, white sudsy head retains as a film.

Smells of piney and citrus hops, bready malts, and a bit of honey.

Piney and citrus hop flavor over honey biscuit malts. Slight woody finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation.

Very good ipa with great flavor. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at (gasp) Jeff's Bucket Shop on Montford

I think this is somehow my first Birdsong beer - I've been overlooking them for years until this fateful night. My first impression was that this was not a beer that deserved to be overlooked - a classically crafted IPA - citrus forward and oily with a moderate stinging bitterness. The malt bill supports this nicely without being too noticeable. This was good - the rest of the birdsong lineup will have to wait until my next eastward venture though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from the brewery. Poured into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-brown coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Great lacing along the glass. Aromas of resinous pine pitch, pepper spice, caramel, lemon zest, cut grass, and subtle grapefruit. Very balanced nose, with a slight lean towards bitter. Flavors are bitter and citrus tart forward, with a heavy dose of grapefruit and tangerine, all on a richly sweet caramel backbone. Cut grass, moss, and pine pitch provide a solid dose of hops resin characteristics, bittering up this beast. Smooth, slightly dry feel on a fairly light body, with a bitter, dry, and citrus tart aftertaste. The finish has more of the grapefruit linger, and leaves a dry, slightly astringent feel on the palate. Very solid, tasty, big IPA.

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Photo of Daktah
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mellow Mushroom 11/8/2012

Pretty standard dark orange/amber appearance with a faint head that trailed off quickly and didn't leave much lacing. Smell was split between citrus and pine. Smelled great, though not as much citrus as I was hoping for (after the descriptions I've read I had hoped to be blown away by strong grapefruit notes). Taste was tilted more toward the piny side, with citrus still there, and a faint biscuit or bread taste. Solid bitter finish to balance everything out. Medium bodied for an IPA with noticeable carbonation. Very solid IPA, and the best thing I've tried from Birdsong.

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Higher Ground IPA from Birdsong Brewing
4.1 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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