Fulcan-A IPA | Country Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly "Millennium Fulcan IPA" as a small batch release.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 15
Photo of haddon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at Country Boy Brewing tap room.

Poured a dark orange to amber hue with a solid 2 finger frothy head. bit of lacing left on the glass.

notes of citrus and malty sweetness on the nose. I get little hints of straight orange.

upon 1st sip you get bombarded with hoppy bitterness that pops the palate. like it a lot. not a lot of citrus flavors because the bitter hops and malts dominate. but i thoroughly enjoyed the flavor profile.

feel is very balanced body with medium body and ample carbonation.

An easy good drinking ipa. lots of complexity and textures that makes it a fun summer ipa. will be heading back to the taproom for this one.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinged amber with a compact, creamy off-white head.

S: Initially, this beer is very neutral on the nose, with slight scents of bitter orange, pine, and caramel. As the ale warms, aromas of bitter orange, grapefruit, mango, pine, spruce, peppermint, and caramel become somewhat more noticeable.

T: If you like hops, this one is for you. Notes of bitter orange, kumquat, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mango, unripened pineapple, papaya, pine, spruce, biscuits, and caramel assault the palate. An earthy, vegetal, almost oniony bitterness kicks in around mid-palate, and is joined by subtle traces of grass, herbs, and orchard fruit. The finish is extremely bitter, with notes of lemon, bitter orange, kumquat, and caramel at the fore. Very aggressive.

M: Like most American IPAs, this ale is medium in body, firm, and dry. Carbonation is active, but far from overbearing. Alcohol presence is minimal.

O: If aggressive, hoppy, astringent ales are your thing, then you may really enjoy this one. For me, Fulcan-A was enjoyable, but I do see room for improvement. I love the layering of flavors, but I do wish that everything was more integrated. Also, I found the initially bland nose very uninviting. All in all, this is a very solid IPA that should please the hop obsessed, but it is not the brewery's best offering.

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Photo of kaips1
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery numerous times. Served in a pint glass.

This poured a nice amber slight orange with a solid 2 finger frothy head. As the head subsides, there is a nice small bit of lacing left on the glass. On first smell I get citrus and malty sweetness. I get little hints of straight orange. Upon taking a sip, you are bombarded with hoppy bitterness tingle that can wreck a palate. It is very appreciated. I get more malt in the taste than I do hop flavors but it's there. The mouthfell is amazing with a very balanced body with lots of carbonation/hoppy bitter tingle. An easy good drinking ipa. Overall it's a great locally made ipa and it's only the tip of the iceberg from what I hear.

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange copper color with minimal ivory head that dissipates into a ring of bubbles. I blame the lack of head on a generous pour.

Aroma is toasted caramel malt, with a hint of citrus and pine. Pineapple and slightly dank hops surface, along with grapefruit pith. The aroma really opened up as it warmed, lemon, tangerine and orange, and more funk.

More citrus shows itself in the flavor, with grapefruit dominating the bready, toasted caramel malt flavor into the decidedly bitter finish. Notes of lemon, pineapple, mint, and pine add complexity, but the peppery, bitter hops rule.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a predominantly bitter brew, with a strong caramel malt backbone to support the citrus, pine, and dank hop flavors. Give this one time to warm up a bit. The flavor hops really kick in late.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To call Millennium Fulcan a hoppy beer would be a major understatement. This IPA is chocked full of all of the hoppy flavors that any hop head could want in their elixer of choice.

The hazy medium amber ale is capped with a dense and creamy off-white head that stubbornly lasts the session while leaving an abundance of lace behind. The glowing haze gives the beer the impression of visual heaviness; as does the low-lying carbonation.

Bright, zesty, peppery, and all that is hops spring to the nose in seriously pungent fashion. The citrusy aromas of classic American IPAs, the earthy spice of English varieties, floral and tropical notes from super aromatic Imperials, and the peppery wine or gin-like examples from New Zeland- they've covered all their bases with a plethera of hop notes that promise a deeply resiny and sharply bitter session. But with just enough nutty and caramel malt backing, the beer has just enough to keep from an on slaught of bitterness.

Flavors don't dissapoint. Each sip delivers new flavors that vary from ruby red grapefruit, orange zest and tangerines, white grapefruit pulp and pith, spruce and pine, wood, leaf, freshly cut herbs, mint, and grasses, and a trace of wine and gin are some of the more tactile flavors that set well above the malty frey and largely frame the hop-focused falvor profile. A backdrop of mild caramel, nuts, bread crust, and overall malty richness supports the hops well and prevent an overwhelming resin bitterness in finish.

Medium bodied, largely aided by lower carbonation than is usual for American varieties and carries a more English-like weight and texture. Early creaminess subsides at mid palate and ushers in a dry and resiny finish of slight acidity and alcohol warmth. The malty-dry finish is just shy of the ultra-clean finish found in world class examples like Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

Millennium Fulcan reminds me a lot of the Mikkeller 10- a blend of beers from the ten single-hop series from a couple years ago. That beer, as well as this, has so much hop complexity that it makes many of the individual hop flavors undecernable and well integrated. The weighted mouthfeel and maltier body also reaffirms the comparison to the Mikkeller variety.

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Fulcan-A IPA from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 15 ratings