IPA | River North Brewery

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Brewed by:
River North Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by StoneTSR on 05-06-2014

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
4.41/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany in color, this beer looks a lot like a Barleywine, but with a bigger, whiter and longer lasting head. The lacing is strong, covering about 70% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: Wow. This has a gorgeous aroma. The familiar smells of a Belgian beer are all here and in full effect; banana, clove, a slight hint of molasses. Underneath those Belgian aromas are the more traditional American IPA smells; a small dose of citrus with a touch of pine and grass to back it up. Complex and spectacular aroma.

TASTE: Much like the smell, the flavor profile is very complex. Two beers exist inside this can - an American IPA and a Belgian IPA and they are both vying for your palate’s attention. The American IPA provides a nice dose of spicy, herbal and slightly citrusy hops. The Belgian IPA gives it a strong malt backbone along with some delicious dark fruit and banana.

MOUTHFEEL: It is very rare that I say this, but the mouthfeel is one of the highlights of this beer. The medium body meets a somewhat medium carbonation to provide a nice, creamy and easy drinking beer. It is a little on the sweet side, but certainly not too sweet and the dry finish always serves to create more anticipation for that next sip.

OVERALL: Par for the course for River North – another Home Run. I’m still waiting to try a bad beer from them, but so far, no dice. This is yet another example of an excellent fusion of an American-style beer with classic Belgian yeast. Ultimately, the best way to describe River North IPA is with one word: sexy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kappakoosh
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Pours slightly hazy copper red with a medium creamy light tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet sugary malts with some banana Belgian yeast and grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet cola caramel malts with lots of banana and some spice. It has a decent bitter finish but not much hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy texture.

Overall, a bitter Belgian. I don't really get much out of the hops other than bitterness.

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Photo of mverity
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of thorkelson
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Wasn't a huge fan of this one. Didn't realize until after it was a Belgian IPA... ahh that's why it was so sweet. Regardless, very hazy unfiltered beer, bitter hop character doesn't come through quite as much as I'd like, not the best balance.

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Photo of mike_dawson
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tomfitz18
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pretty reddish/orange, slightly amber. Nice pale head. Looks really nice.
S: Hoppy and yeasty, quite pungent.
T: Citrusy, grapefruity, extremely hoppy (typical of IPA), spicy like a Belgian,
lingering aftertaste.
F: dry, full mouth feel.
I enjoyed this beer. I liked how it comes in a can.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mineo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TayCO802
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of deac83
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Floyd80108
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Summer92
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of IPA1978
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of famous_mortimur
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a white head of foam. Nice head retention and it left sticky rings of lace. It smelled piney with sweet caramel. It was well balanced with a bitter hop presence. Great balance. It was crisp and very smooth.

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive head on the cloudy red-amber brew in the Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Plenty of lacing. Appealing nose of leather and flowery hops. Winey hint with the malty mouthfeel.

Slightly sweet, certainly not sugary. It tastes like it wants to be a DIPA, but the sharpish sensation is in another dimension. It tastes smoky with a bitter campfire burnt taste on the edges. Warm malt with a mineral tang. Bitter aftertaste, though not really bitter for an IPA.

I think this is a quite drinkable brew with a leafy intensity. From the 16 oz can purchased at Wilbur's in Fort Collins.

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Photo of Tlloyd417
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz Can Served Into Tulip

A – Pours a deep ruby amber, quite hazy, big tall white head forms and leaves great thick lacing behind it.

S – Smells intensely yeasty and hoppy, quite dry and bitter.

T – Juicy hop notes, lead way to a greatly complex yeast characteristic.

M – Medium bodied, perhaps a bit thick, but OK.

O – A really nice and yeasty Belgian IPA.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
Canned On: Aug 15

Poured into a Squatters True Pint glass a very nice cloudy amber color, very nice carbonation, with a HUGE three-finger foamy white head, which also leaves some thick/foamy sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, slight citrus. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, slightly malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a very nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

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Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes:

On tap @ the source.

Ruddy brown with a dirty white froth. Smells of yeast and hops. Tastes of of pine, faint caramel, grapefruit and rind. Medium in body and very easy on the palatte. This one hit the spot and was the perfect precursor for a night of Denver Pub hopping.

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Photo of GJ40
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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IPA from River North Brewery
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