Cliff Jumper IPA
Country Boy Brewing

Cliff Jumper IPACliff Jumper IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,374
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,542
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
154
From:
Country Boy Brewing
 
Kentucky, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  33
SCORE
87
Very Good
Cliff Jumper IPACliff Jumper IPA
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Photo of VolatileAgent7744
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The only Country Boy beer I enjoy. Serviceable IPA. Nothing special, but not bad at all. Watching people drink that toilet water Cougar Bait over this is baffling.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at the Fall 2018 Suwannee Roots Revival.
Pours with a hazy amber body and a durable white head.
Smooth, full bodies and leaning slightly towards bold for style. The mix of hops is not exactly my cup of tea but does carry a touch of umami.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Oct 13, 2018
Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color with only a slight head. The smell is pretty much equally hoppy and citrus. The initial taste is sweet, hoppy and not near as bad as I would expect from an IPA. The feel is that of a typical brew and not to thick. Overall I would actually drink more of these, but not as a first choice.

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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia, Jul 06, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, citrus. Taste is passion fruit, mango, some citrus, juicy, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Jun 26, 2018
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice hazy golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice citrus flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good drinking IPA

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VABA from Virginia, May 13, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I got a six of this at a gas station near our hotel in Nashville whilst there for a hockey tournament. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel and pine presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of drgonzo767
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Six pack in cans, bought at The Keg, New Albany IN

A: Pours orange-gold and hazy. Two finger head.

S: Citrus up front, mild resin.

T: Boom, apricot and orange right off the bat. Hint of zest and resin. Some malt backbone. If you have been looking for a fruit forward non hop-bomb this is a good one.

M: Clean, refreshing. Low carbonation. No taste of alcohol, surprising at the 7% ABV.

O: A very well crafted IPA, not to the level I would call it special but it is certainly worth being a "go-to" beer. Of particular note is how fruit forward it is, I could honestly drink this for breakfast.

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drgonzo767 from Indiana, Nov 26, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - golden color with a frothy white head. Slight haze
Smell - piney with a slight orangish lemon citrus
Taste - slight piney with a dank fruity citrus taste, orangish lemon like the scent
Feel - medium light body with a light carbonation
Overall - yummy great smelling IPA

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

A solid, well made ipa. Big hop aroma and flavor with a solid, clean malt bill with a nice, crisp finish. First time trying these guys. Nice beers from this brewery, this IPA was my favorite. Also tried the strawberry wild ale.

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deebo from Minnesota, Mar 18, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Country Boy Cliff Jumper IPA with Mosaic hops. On draft at Firkinfest 2015 in Ashland, KY.

Pours a dark amber with about 1 finger of off-white foam. Great nose of sweet malt and rich hops. Medium weight, and quite creamy and dense on the mouthfeel. Great taste - a beautiful balance between malt and hops. Fairly straightforward in terms of an IPA, with a subtle alcohol profile that's blended well. Awesome IPA.

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do_ob from Kentucky, Jun 21, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Had on tap at a local restaurant. An overall fine IPA with a lot of citrus notes and a good malt backbone. Drank it with hot Buffalo Wings and it paired quite nicely. I would certainly recommend anyone who enjoys this style to give this one a try.

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Retroman40 from Florida, Nov 07, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving- On Tap at their Brewery/TapRoom

Appearance- Enjoyed this outside so it had more ambient light than I normally get to see with my brews. That being said, it appeared golden. That was about it. Not dark by any stretch but not light. Right in the sweet-spot range for a good, basic IPA. Nice half-finger head which dissipated within a few minutes.

Nose- Slightly more grassy than I get with a lot of IPA's. That was the only note that stood out in my mind as being different than a lot of others in this style. Also, plentiful light Citrus. Perhaps some zesty citrus like lemon. Nice smell. Really solid. You know before you take a drink it's gonna be good.

Taste- Oh yeah, this one is good! Archetypical IPA- Perfect bitterness up front with a bit of malty finish you can tell it's got a good amount of malt backbone to balance it out. There is also that grassiness once more, this time in the taste in addition to the smell. As it warms I seem to get more pine as well. Great.

Overall- I really like this beer. I only was able to enjoy one the day I dropped by but I would no doubt get this any time I had the option to. If it were available in bottles/cans locally I'd love to keep a 6 pack in my fridge all the time. Really everything good about this style highlighted in a copper pint glass.

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HopHog87 from Kentucky, Apr 12, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark almost brown in the center, the color was lighter orange around the edges. The head was stiff and bubbly but was gone in seconds.

The scent was mostly malt and pine, subtle but aromatic, I enjoyed the aroma .

The taste followed the nose with a rich malt flavor and floral piney hops. The description given by Country Boy is that a single hop is used and produces citrus flavor and I get that with tangerine, melon and orange.

The feel is silky smooth with limited carbonated feel to make this a great beer for a hot July day.

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KYGunner from Kentucky, Jul 12, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill at Roof Bros in Paducah, KY. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and caramel. Sweet caramel and citrus with a piney bitterness.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jul 05, 2013
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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Tap

Pours clear amber with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and a good sheath of lacing down the glass.

Lots of citrus/pine hops on the nose along with a hefty caramel backbone.

Starts out with some citrus hop flavor and a touch of resin, but didn't really explode at the front of the tongue the way I'd like. Definitely a hefty caramel backbone on this one and the sweetness is perhaps a tad bit high for an IPA. Finishes more balanced with caramel and resin.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit chewy, but no lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

A standard IPA for those who prefer more balance. It wasn't bad, but I feel the balance leans heavier toward malt and I found the initial flavor burst and lingering hop bitterness I expect from IPA's absent on this one. Still one I'd reach for again, but not if there are better style choices.

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jmarsh123 from Indiana, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune to be given a half of this for the kegerator. Pour was golden amber, with an immediate resinous hoppy nose. Hopping was a little brusk, assertive but not overpowering. Initial hops are the slightest touch raw, then pulling back to reveal some faint mango with pine in the forefront. Malt contributes a reserved bit of sweetness late, before the finish wraps up with firm bitterness. I would have guessed a lower ABV, and the beer drinks well.

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Brent from Kentucky, Sep 17, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Country Boy Brewing in Lexington, KY for $4. Tapped from a Creative Wooden Carved Tap Handle (they all are like this here) into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Big huge complexed hop aroma! Tons of resin and citrus fruits all mixed together. Strong with a hint of the ABV.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger of creamy head that has great retention. Has a dark copper body with a semi-hazy background. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Huge hop flavor with sweetness to back it up. Complexed once again with and bitterness level was out of this world high.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Chewy, but then finished a bit dull. Not much hop lingered afterwards.

Overall Impression- Another great IPA from a local brewery! I wish these IPA's could have different characters every time but a good IPA is a good IPA. Won't be picky here!

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DCon from Missouri, Aug 18, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a tight, clinging white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Aromas of biscuit, minerals, and caramel give way to a citrusy hop scent.

T: Maltier than expected, with notes of cream, caramel, biscuits, and minerals first to emerge. These notes are quickly chased by traces of pine, spruce, lemon peel, lime zest, bitter orange, grass, green apple, and grapefruit. The finish is bitter and clipped with a delicate blend of grass, biscuit, caramel, and citrus flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium, smooth, and dryish. Carbonation is delicate, but firm enough to let you know that you're drinking an IPA. Alcohol is extremely restrained, and in fact, it's not really noticeable at all. This ale could easily sneak up on you.

O: A nice, easy drinking IPA that is tremendously refreshing on a hot day. Compared to the brewery's other takes on this style, Cliff Jumper is not as resinous or fruity, but it is remarkably mellow and balanced. I could see this being a good gateway IPA for aspiring hopheads.

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mrfrancis from Kentucky, Aug 03, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep golden peach color with a solid half inch cream head that lingers, leaving a ring of foam around the rim.

Aroma is heavily grapefruit-forward, with orange, mango, and pineapple adding complexity to this fruit salad of a beer. Resin and pine carry into a hint of sweet, bready malt. Floral hops emerge as it warms. After another round, acetone became evident in the aroma, as well.

Grapefruit, apricot, and orange hop flavors are HUGE in the flavor, with mango and pine emerging, supported lightly by bready malt into the decidedly bitter, spruce and onion finish. Initially, a hint of acetone came across. There's enough hop presence to remove nail polish, for sure!

Body is a bit light, with moderately high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Overall, a hop explosion in both flavor and aroma. Best ipa they've created so far. Think they've almost got the recipe nailed down! A little more body...

Update: 7/31/13 Hop bill must've changed dramatically. Aroma lacks citra character, and resiny bittering hops dominate flavoring hops. Fairly harsh. It's a shame, because this was a fave. I didn't alter my original rank to suit.

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barczar from Kentucky, May 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pushing hops to the forefront, Country Boy places a complex profile of citrus and earthy aromas and taste on display for a rich balanace of both hops and malt.

The beer opens with a slightly rusty and solidly hazy appearance. The beeer builds a dense and creamy ivory-white head that's somwhat spotten and also laces intemittenly for an impressively broken session.

Resiny and malty aromas deliver the notes of pine and citrus along with complementary notes of grapefuit, spruce, pine sap, grasses that round out the sharply acidic scent. But then there's the sweeter, more caramelly scent that balance the nose in most reverent rescue.

The taste does much the same as the semi-sweet taste delivers a malty-rich sweetness and bready tate that balances against the onslaught of hops at mid palate. The finish of fleeting malt flavor are surplanted with the growing hoppy grapefruit, grass, and pine notes that balance the malt but never dominate appetntion. This delcious balance continues sip after sip.

Medium bodied, maybe slightly full, the beer offers a complex malt and hop balance that promotes slight warmth and dryness above the hoppy display. A malty-dry finish of alcohol warmth and moderate hop resiny feel keeps the beer balanced and enjoyable.

The problem lies in the balance- thought this beer finishes very hoppy and warm, I want more hop dominance and focus on bitterness, taste, and aroma even if it comes at the sacrifice of malt balance.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Mar 09, 2012
Cliff Jumper IPA from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 154 ratings