Techno IPA
Free Will Brewing Co.

Techno IPATechno IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,813
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,267
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 9.47%
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
287
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Free Will Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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86
Very Good
Techno IPATechno IPA
Notes: A well-rounded and balanced IPA, complete with a full-spectrum hop profile and complimentary malt sweetness. Hopped with Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Citra.
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Reviews by Durandal_777:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of Miles_Wilson
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Experienced this beer in a bottle. Deep and malty hop taste with a smooth and flavorful finish. Wish a micro brew existed down south with this flavor and sustaining finish for an IPA!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper slightly hazed appearance looks great billowing head off white cream color, with fine even textured dispread lacing on my pint glass. Aroma ripe mango, citrus in the backend, a bit of earthy character fades with each sniff. Flavors cereal grains, sweet malts, hop fruit as in mango, citrus, and a bit of ripened pineapple balances out in the backend with some hop bitterness and powdered yeast bready quality. Overall impressive IPA from PA, I can't wait until this gets perfected and refined it will be firing on all cylinders.

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Photo of Justinprintz
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bluescooter
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Roby923
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not feeling the techno on this one. Not hoppy nor malty. Ok in a pinch.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From The Fridge to my fridge and then into my glass, I am slowly emptying out my backlog of bottled beer so that I CAN CANcentrate on The CANQuest (TM).

From the Bottle: "Liquid and Friends First".

I have been chastised by my Old Lady for being heavy-handed on my pours, but unless the label directs me to pour gently, I like the visual aspect of the pseudo-cascade and the creation of head. In this case, the resulting finger of head was dense and tawny with moderate retention. Color was a deep-amber, approaching gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. Ahhh! I am a big fan of AIPAs and this got my motor running. I watched the head create some nice, sticky lacing as it fell and decided that this was the time for my first draught. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was straight-on, straight-up citrus hops. I know that some (many?) complain that beers in the style can be unbalanced and while I do not disagree, I do not disdain them, either. I do not like when they seem to be saturated with hops and such was not the case here. It was intensely hoppy, yes, and there did not seem to be much in the way of discernible malt sweetness, but it was still drinkable. Finish was dry, but not in an unpleasant way, as I have noted in those AIPAs that seem to be saturated with hops. That said, it was not terribly different from so many other AIPAs that I have tried and/or reviewed. I am happy to support a PA brewer, but it is not worth trading or searching for, sorry.

Today is the ocCANsion of New Beer Sunday (Week 766) (Su, 27 October 2019) & while this isn't entirely NEW, it's new to me in a CAN for The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Liquid and Friends First"; "A well-rounded & balanced IPA, complete with a full-spectrum hop profile and complimentary malt sweetness."; "°P - 16.7[;] SRM - 7.1".

The Crack! was an adventure unto itself, revealing a foamy masterpiece that simply would NOT quit! Fine. I know how to deal with unCANoperative M-Fs like this - give it some calming time. Once it had sufficiently calmed down, I CANtinued with a slow, gentle Glug so as not to rile it up again. I wound up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was solid-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with pine sap & caramel! Oooh, this may have been aged, but this was the kind of thing that I like! Yum! Mouthfeel was medium. Time had dampened the intensity of the hops, but it also brought forward the malt(s). Ever had hop caramels? What about edible (ahem!) caramels? VERY evocative of either/both! LOTS of resinous/resiny dankness with a nearly-equal amount of caramel. 8=O This may not have been what they intended, but it was GOOOOD all the same! Finish was intense & intensely dry. I'm not going to revise my historical scores, but I would rate this beer MUCH higher today, even aged in a CAN. YMMV.

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Photo of KChristie87
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of roan22
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of helpingphriendlybook
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those IPAs that has assertive hops but is pretty malt forward. I enjoyed the the initial burst of citric and floral hops followed by a fuller sweet body that had good character and aftertaste.

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Photo of 50marathons
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good drinkable IPA. I like the balance. Nice piney aftertaste.

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Categart
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bbbbbggggg99
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed honey with a thumb+ of cream colored head. Clears a touch, must've been chill hazed; Stellar lacing & average head retention

S: Doughy, light citrus notes

T: Bready, a little pomelo & grassy hops up front. Dryness and sweet breadyness mix with grassy, woody & citrussy ( tangerine ) hops as this warms. Finishes dry, grassy & citrussy with a little woody bitterness

MF: Medium, body firm carbonation, pretty good balance, Became really creamy as it warmed

Solid IPA, could've been much fresher; over 3 months old. Would certainly like to try this fresher & wished I spotted the canned on date sooner

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

Burnt orange with a fluffy bone white cap. Decent retention, good spider web lacing. Good looking beer.

Nose doesn't pop the way I want it to. Good hop aroma, but no burst. Nectarines, grapefruit, papaya, mango, a bit of underripe melon. Solid profile. Some bready/biscuity malt holding down the back end.

Some juicy tropical fruit with a touch of pine sap is held back by a sturdy malt bill. The flavor profile doesn't wow me, but it is not far off, it's just a little subdued.

Carbonation is too low, this could be causing the flavor and aroma not to pop a little bit. On the lighter side of medium bodied.

This is a good beer that just needs a touch of rounding out. Good flavor, good nose, good hop profile. This has the foundation to be a really good beer, it's just not there yet.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week in Totowa, never having this before or any beer from Free Will for that matter. This had to be one of the strangest labels that I've ever seen on a beer but what was on the inside turned out to be rather pedestrian. With so many IPA's out there, this wouldn't necessarily be a bad choice but there wasn't much about this that made it stand out from the others.

This had a hazy, goldenrod hue to it with a moderate head that quickly settled and just a bit of lacing to accompany that. Lots of "weed" in the smell, reminiscent of a Green Flash beer. Some tropical fruit, floral notes, and some tangy tangerine in the back. Even a bit of chili-chocolate to liven things up, perhaps? It's there along with a oily consistency and strong hop burn that strikes early and fades away to some grassy notes in the back. This was a bit too earthy for me but still a somewhat easy beer to drink because of how subdued the alcohol was.

It was present but by no means was this overtly strong or a beer dominated by the hops. The carbonation could have been present a bit more and this finished dry but overall, this beer was pretty easy to quaff and a decent take on the style. With so many other IPA's out there, this didn't stand out from the pack but even after downing this, I still can't figure out what's up with the label...

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an IPA glass. Might be past best by date, just a disclaimer.

L - Amber color. Clear hue. Good IPA glass head, nice lacing down the glass

S - caramel malts, bitter pine hops. Alcohol scent prevalent

T - pilsner, caramel malts, bitter pine taste and finish. Pine IPA fans galore

O - great pine IPA from a local brewery. It was past the Best Buy date but it still had great hop taste. Excellent beer, way to put Perkasie on the map.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of luke12345
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom glass: color is copper, slightly opaque, head is off white, solid presentation, good lacing.

Smell is big, floral, fruity hops: grapefruit, lemon, mangos, touch of malt sweetness.

Taste is big on hop bitterness, fruity, floral hop flavors continue from the scent, grapefruit rind and mangos are prominent; malts are neutral, not any caramel, some grape type flavor noted (munich malts?). Something drying and to onesided about the taste, earthy hops and metallic flavors noted as it comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel is also a bit onesided, hop bitterness is not overstrong, but flavors are subdued. Strong on the tongue and drying.

Overall, a decent ipa, its not too sweet, but the off flavors take away from big hop profile.

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Photo of mjm5618
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryser2k
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Techno IPA from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 287 ratings