Cliff Jumper IPA | Country Boy Brewing

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87
very good
116 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States
countryboybrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BEERchitect on 01-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of MSandahl23
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrfrancis
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of AMCimpi
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of oldvines
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of misternebbie
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebigredone
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JustinSparks
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Cliff Jumper IPA from Country Boy Brewing
3.96 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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