Techno IPA | Free Will Brewing Co.

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Techno IPATechno IPA

Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.44/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a clear golden color with just about no head. Appears limp and lifeless with very fine bubbles but lacing is just not possible. The aroma is bright and hoppy, with some citrus and semi tropical notes. The taste is very tropical, some mango, papaya and pith, and light malts. The body is very lightly carbonated and damn near flat. Awful. She's gone ladies and gentlemen. Different than the positive reviews, this is on draft. People swear by this, but it's kind of like drinking McDonalds Sweet Tea with added tropical fruit flavor ontap with a watery texture. Try a bottle based on the recent reviews.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Undated

Pours a dark amber orange with a thin, dense creamy white head. Minimal lace or retention. Old nose of leafy Citra, earth, dirt, and sweet, sweet bread. This is the problem with not dating bottles. You buy a bottle local to the brewer expecting it might be half way fresh and then... this happens. Flavor hints at what is probably a nice citrus-y IPA, but instead bready malt and grassy, dirty bitterness dominates with lingering citrus juiciness. I'll give FW benefit of doubt that this isn't best sample and revisit if I see this on draft. Otherwise, eww.

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Photo of GFM
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a mostly clear amber color with just a little head. Lacing is spotty and light. Fruity scent. Feel lacks any texture. Behind the hop bitterness I sense a fruit punch-like flavor but there's emptiness in the middle of the taste. Glad I only bought a single. Not memorable. (7.0)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Free Will Brewing Co. "Techno" IPA
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$3.00 (priced @ $2.50 the shelf) @ The Bottle Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

A limited carbonation level leaves a short head of off-white foam over a cloudy (like a hefeweizen) deep-golden orange body. As might be expected, the head retention is limited, and only spotty lacing is left behind.

In the aroma, delicate hop notes of tangerine and grapefruit mix with the sweet malt base and yeasty fruitiness giving the impression of papaya, mango, and even melon. It's interesting, and enticing, but surprisingly limited for an IPA.

The flavor delivers a solid, sweetish maltiness that's gently caramelish. It's quite fruity, seemingly both from yeasty esters and hops, and it's really quite tropical in a way, as well as floral. Some actual yeast flavor is present as well, which is not surprising given the cloudiness, but it's not detracting. The bitterness is quite firm, but the sweetish malt somehow finds a way to get away from it, leaving a bit of residual stickiness in the finish. It's not cloying, but neither is it dry and refreshing. The alcohol, which is fairly well hidden, lends a hand to help but just can't get the job done.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a surprisingly low-level carbonation. I'd guess that it's in the 1.9 - 2.1 volume/liter range, which leaves it a bit flabby. I can only hope that I've received a bad sample as it really needs a little more zest to bring out the hops and accentuate the bitterness.

Overall "Techno" has some interesting components to it (mainly in the hop arena), but it just doesn't come together. If, in fact, my sample is short on carbonation that could help to explain everything from the limited aroma to the sticky finish, but without knowing I can only see it as lacking balance and polish.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow exploding with carbonation! I got a solid two inches of head that is dispatching pretty quickly. Beer is a Pretty standard Orange yellow color fed by carbonation bubbles.
S - Aroma is kind of muted so I assume it's an older bottle. Smell is rather hoppy and malty mix so it would have been something.
T+M - Taste is good but it comes off kind of bland due to the massive carbonation. This also makes it hard to drink. Still I can taste the hops and its easy to drink.

Overall the carbonation ruined this beer for me. Comes off too light and burpy. Also the flavors were lacking due to an older bottle.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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 57md
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy light copper with a finger of head that enjoys some decent retention. The nose is hoppy with a trace of malt thrown in for good measure. The flavor profile is well balanced, but a touch thin. The body is quite light considering the ABV of this offering. The finish is pleasantly dry, but leaves one wanting something a bit more exciting.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -2.1%
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 MidasMulligan
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Perk,just down the street from the very nice Freewill taproom.This brew had a very nice taste that went down smooth.This paired well with the burger I was having.A delicious IPA,but I do enjoy the Kragle from Free Will more.I have yet to find a beer from Free Will that I didn't enjoy.

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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased as part of a mixed sixpack at Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton New Jersey on my recent trip to the deep south.

No evident bottling date info.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's tulip.

a: Clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded slowly to even surface foam and moderate lacing.

s: Pine with slight apple notes.

t; Moderate pine and fruit hop bite over a medium malt base. No lingering bitterness to speak of. Dry finish.

m; Medium, good body.

o; An above average and quite tasty and satisfying IPA which remained pleasant and enjoyable if not overly distinguished throughout.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 6.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep orange with a moderate head that dissipates fast. Quite cloudy.

Smell- Quite a good amount of citrus, not too much malt to the nose. Lemon and grapefruit become evident in aroma.

Taste- A decent amount of pine followed but hints of citrus fruit but not as much as in the nose. A biscuit like sweetness blends into a dry hop finish. The after taste of hops is minimal and not super strong as many IPAs. The citrus sweetness lasts longer than the bitterness for sure.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a creamy texture. The moderate amount of carbonation could have a bit more to it.

Overall- A solid IPA offering from my local brewery. I had this on draft at the Perk and it was better than a bottle but that's a given with all beer. Still this beer is fitting to its style. The citrus flavor paired well to the malt here. Despite the lower amount of carbonation, this is a damn smooth IPA and quite an easy one to drink.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hop haze and muddled orange color. Head has good retention.

Mango, tangerine, grassy hop leaf, spearmint, and leftover dankness. Malts are pale and tempered. Some light perfume notes. Still dry.

Follows the nose, but pared down. Hop bitterness is lower than usual. Hop flavors composed of tangerine, grapefruit, hop leaf, and tropical notes. Malts are somewhat robust for the style. A little bit of toast.

Carbonation level is low. It allows a lot of liquid to roll around on the tongue. Not an exciting IPA feel.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy gold with 1 finger of white head. Decent retention and low carbonation.

Pineapple, papaya, tangerine and candy sugar.

Good amounts of tangerine and orange citrus. Notes of pineapple and papaya. Lightly bready malt profile with doses of candy sugar. Touches of orange zest and pine in the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth and dry.

This is a pretty nice IPA. Lots of orange citrus. Well balanced with a light bitterness.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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 beer so that I CAN CANcentrate on The CANQuest (TM).

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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a good example of why you shouldn't write off a brewery. Had several rather sub-par offerings from this brewery in the past, but this doesn't follow suit.

Nice easy drinker with a mellow hopped profile. Mild, yet pronounced enough to keep it interesting. The feel does seem a bit thin. But overall, this is a nice drinker. Something to relax with and not have to think about.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 NiceTaps
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in a joint in North Wildwood, NJ. Pint glass.

A- Very clean and clear golden amber color with a thin white head that holds on and leaves fat rings of lacing.

S-Funky fruit and citrus aroma.

T- Mild sour citrus taste. Lots of fruit, tropical and citrus, they're all there.

M-Lots of body, oddly, since malt flavor is subtle. Lasting hop flavor and tang.

O- Intensely hopped, squeezing every bite out of the 70 ibus. Pretty good and I'd have it again.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date.

copper in color, big fluffy bright white head. great retention, lacing. smell does not have overly aggressive hops, but pleasant. earthy, grassy, citrus hops. great balance in the taste of slightly sweet bready malt and crisp citrus hops. medium body and carbonation. drinks easy.

overall - very drinkable for an IPA. the best from Free Will so far.

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Photo of Omnium
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a murky orange color with a ton of head and lots of lacing.
S - Big time orange scent, some other citrus as well, a little sweet bread kind of malt, some earthy undertones.
T - Good hope bite and citrus flavor in this one, both are well balanced, a good touch of sweet malt, crisp tart apple.
M - Lots of carbonation, but a little sticky, good lingering taste.
O - Was pleasantly surprised by this brew, I'm going to try more of theirs because of this beer.

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Photo of RAFH
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received 12 ounce bottle as a pay it forward gift from my friend, MJ. Super clean initial taste and after taste. Everything was solid. Only category not consistent with an IPA was the smell which was a bit light. Definitely a very good daily drinker.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an amber colored brew with a one finger of foamy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweeter tropical fruit smell of pineapple, papaya, and tangerine. Along with these smells is a bit of caramel sweetness as well as some aromas of a more biscuity nature. Aromas of a more melon like nature are there as well giving it a sweet, fruity smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderately strong biscuit malt taste with some sweetness of a caramel nature mixed within. As the flavor advances a good deal of fruity sweetness comes to the tongue with a moderately good deal of orange, tangerine, and pineapple all coming to the tongue. Some hop tastes start developing midway through the taste with them being mainly of a grassy nature at first, but adding a good deal of grapefruit hoppiness as the flavor moves on. Some watermelon rind like flavors come to the tongue more as the flavor advances to the end, as well as increase in the overall hop flavor. With the increase in hop and all the sweet fruity tastes and nice biscuit malt base, one is left with a clean hopped fruity flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is just a tad over average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. Both are great for the blend of sweet, biscuit, and hop flavors that the brew possesses, highlighting all but yet not allowing one to dominate the flavor profile.

Overall –A rather tasty and enjoyable IPA overall. Quite delicious and one nice drink to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Home 6/5/15

Bought this beer from Wegmans as a single to complete a six pack of randoms as an after thought.

Pours very cloudy and sediment floating all over. Does look all that great and the smell is avg.

Big surprise in the taste. Wasn't expecting anything but a dumper and it turns out it is citrusy and has a nice smooth hop presence. Taken back that this is actually pretty darn good.

Smooth and refreshing this beer is a dark horse. If I see it again I'll definitely grab it to see if the second is as good as the first and maybe adjust my rating.

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Techno IPA from Free Will Brewing Co.
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