County Line IPA | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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County Line IPACounty Line IPA

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our search for a location to start this brewery took us across much of Lower Bucks County, many times traveling down the well known divider between northern Philadelphia, southern Bucks, and Montgomery counties, County Line Road. One of the original names we thought of for the brewery was that of County Line Brewing. We don’t know how or why we didn’t settle on that name, but in recognition of our location so close to Philadelphia and that potential namesake, we decided to pass the name on to our flagship IPA which comes in at 6.6% ABV and is chock full of Warrior, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. It’s got a bready malt backbone to counter some of that hop bitterness, but not so much that this five hop combination won’t put a smile on your face. Dry hopped for nearly two weeks, County Line IPA has a lingering hop bitterness showing a complexity of resinous pine notes, citrusy lemon, and grapefruit that many IPAs on the East Coast lack.

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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 538
Photo of Ikeithbot
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a clear medium to dark orange color with very large carbonation bubbles and a super thin white lacing ring (initial pour was a healthy looking one fingered head). The bottle has a massive amount of sediment so pay close attention when pouring unless you don't mind dregs.

S - Aroma is predominantly hoppy with citrus notes (oranges and grapefruit), there's some off aroma blended in that's hard to pinpoint what it is. Overall aroma is slightly juicy, but faded.

T - A little bready caramel malt up front that quickly is buried with an assertive amount of hops: oranges, grapefruit, floral, pine, with borderline passion fruit hop presence and a LONG lingering bitterness

M - Medium body and gentle carbonation, slightly sticky on the lips from the malt.

O - This beer is aggressively hopped and is something I'd definitely buy again. Would like to visit the brewery for a growler fill (if they do that), a solid IPA

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a quarter inch creamy and densely packed tan head. The aroma is that of a densely packed pine forest. I'm tasting a gentle burst of piney hops and then I'm getting some bitter orange and grapefruit. Light malt makes a last minute showing at the back of the palate. The mouth is lightly sticky, lightly mineral in density, and dry.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excited to pickup a 6-pack of cans of this while visiting family in NJ just across the bridge from Philly. I had J.A.W.N. at a wedding in Philly last summer, so wanted to try this brewery again. Real solid IPA, great lingering bitterness that stands out from all the hop variety, and get the pine notes the most.

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Photo of chuckakhan
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Solid choice for IPA fans looking for something that is more straightforward hops without too much fruity nonsense. This 5-hop brew will punch you in the mouth. Amber in color. Smell is clean, crisp hops with subtle pine and citrus notes. Leaves the mouth feeling tingly, and finishes bitter.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really surprised by this beer. It packs a lot of flavor and the bitterness that some new wave IPAs are lacking. Definitely a hoppy beer but still has some malty sweet background. Really nice. yb

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid rendition of the style by an up and coming brewery out of Pennsylvania. I was pleasantly surprised at the overall drinkability of this brew. Strong hop and pine presence in both the nose and tongue. Recommended.

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Photo of morrisseywilde
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color deep amber gold. Minimal lacing. Smell: hops. I am thinking if this beer was made on the West Coast or by a better known brewery it would be getting a standard Outstanding rating. I am a total IPA dude, in that I don't really drink anything but, except maybe a Cali-Belgique or other IPA variations. So, I have had hundreds of good IPA's. This stands out in my top 5, especially if you drink IPA's because you love crisp, aggressive, straight-forward hops, as opposed to the more complex and subtle IPA's such as Sculpin. This one really slaps your taste buds awake and leaves them vibrating like a well-plucked guitar string. The 6.6 ABV is perfect - the alcohol does not overshadow the flavor. Neshaminy Creek, you nailed it, and this should be an IPA cult beer. A must try for hop heads. And man they go down easy, too, due to the minimal maltiness - no heavy bloating feel. Just a fistful of bright lemony hops in your face. They have outdone Stone with the pure, aggressive profile. You make me proud to be a Pennsy boy.

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Photo of TTen
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA

A: Clear copper with an off white head. Retention is fair. Not much active carbonation. 3.75
S: Citrus and pine. A little catty Simcoe. Really resinous and prominent hop aromas. 4.5
T: Follows the nose. The bready and caramel notes from the malt come through and then give way to the piney, juicy hops. Bitterness is assertive but not overly aggressive. 4.5
F: Body is light to medium and the finish is dry. 4.25
O: Really liked this one. Hops came through very well; in fact, it could stand up to some DIPA's with regards to hop character. Malt still there to balance it out but definitely a great mix of hops and definitely hop forward! 4.5

Canned on 4-18-2016

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep gold with a nose full of pine. Bands of off lacing left behind. A bit of sweetness and caramel aromas. The taste is sweet with citrus, caramel and a bitter finish of pine. Nicely balanced with a light to medium body. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The County Line IPA from Neshaminy Creek is good and definitely worth a try. It poured a orangish copper with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has orange peel and touch of bitterness. The taste is bitter through the drink with sweetness being faintly present. There is a nice citrus spice to add to the hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was quite nice.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a bar. Poured into pint glass. It pours a golden-amber color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of floral hops, citrus, and pine needles, with a whiff of caramel. The taste largely follows the nose with lots of pine, grapefruit, and hops, as well as malt. There is no evidence of tropical fruit but there is a slightly sweet caramel finish. This ale is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Its ABV of 6.6% allows for easy drinking. Overall, this is a well-crafted and enjoyable IPA. It's not comparable to the stars of this style but it's more than acceptable.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden-amber, aroma is semi-dry citra hops, flavor doesn pack a huge wallop, mostly citrus rind, medium malt backbone, finishes with a fairly bitter sting

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Photo of KTCamm
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2/22...pours bright clear gold, some light gets through. Bright floral grapefruit nose, some pine. Taste is a light malt, slightly citrus, closed by a sharp pine bitter. Oily mouthfeel Very sharp. Quite tasty. Another NCBC winner.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a snifter: pours a clear amber gold with a half finger of head that recedes to a ring leaving traces of lace throughout. Grainy aroma with a faint citrus tail. Malty flavor. Medium-bodied.

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear golden color with two to three fingers worth of white rocky head. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, and pine. Taste is similar with citrus, grapefruit, light tropical fruits, and piney hops. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, no date

clear golden color, white head, good lacing. nice well rounded hop aroma. taste is hop dominated, just enough malt flavor to balance. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew surprised me. I had spotted it many times in bottle shops but passed it over until recently some friends talked it up. This will now be one of my " go to " brews that will always be in my fridge right next to All Day IPA. Just a wonderful beer. Nice fruity flavor, smooth as can be. Excellent brew. Underrated IMO.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA 12 oz. can (no date gifted from teddy) poured into a nonic pint

A- 1-finger khaki head develops atop a golden-orange body that has a slight haze. Medium-heavy carbonation. The head sustains at 1/2 finger and leaves really nice sticky webs.

S- Fresh and hoppy. A lot of pine and and grapefruit. A sweet, malty backbone hints at brown sugar.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, it's bold and hoppy. Things start out leafy, get a little spicy/herbal, and end up as a grapefruit zest. The malty backbone is there, but not quite as balanced as in the scent, kind of sweet and doughy. After half a glass, the hops get a little medicinal, like chewing aspirin.

M- Medium body with moderate-heavy carbonation that provides a tingle. Sustained head means sips are though a nice foam. Good, hoppy bite. Very dry.

O- A solid IPA that's well on the hoppy side of balanced, knocking the drinkability a touch. I could see buying it once in awhile if it had MI availability, but I'm not going to go out of my way to make that happen.

4.25 4 3.5 3.75 3.75

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Photo of dacrza1
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: December 13, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: celebrating a rare Browns win... APPEARANCE: picture-perfect amber body that has the slightest haze; small, sporadic bubbles...head is sudsy, swiftly settling into a small ring akin to a New England rock wall...sparse smears of clouds... AROMA: grapefruit, spice and pine in a pale ale intensity; secondary notes of cracker, buttery spice, and more citrus--lemon, melon... PALATE: intense and full-bodied, with a buzzing presence in the the teeth and a coating, thick aftertaste--definitely a bitter IPA in its strength... TASTE: spruce and pine early, with grapefruit, mango, and other citrus-like flavors (including lemon); malts are on the backburner, with slight cracker holding down the fort... OVERALL: Another win in a break-pack rebox from Country Liquors in Hope...this IPA encourages steady sipping while working its hop-heavy magic...nice to have the first beer from a never-before-experienced brewery hit as this one has...

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Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-12-12 from a very fresh 12 oz can and again on 2016-07-07 on tap.

Rich, tropical, pine and floral aroma. Taste is hop forward with white grapefruit flesh, grass, pine. Very dry. Tastes very good although the long lasting, strong bitterness is more than I prefer.

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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After giving this one just a lazy number review, I was so impressed that I had to come back and give it its dues.

A doughy bubbly off white head reaches about an inch and a half before it starts turning rocky and leaves paint brush strokes of lace behind. Body is a deep amber hue. Nose is zesty with musky hop notes. Enters the mouth with soft piney notes. Waves of bready malts carry resin based hops all over the mouthfeel. The finish is nicely dry and grapefruit based. This is a very solid IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the Iron Abbey in Willow Grove, PA. The appearance is a golden yellow with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of citrus and hops and the flavor matches the aroma. A very flavorful and hoppy beer.

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Photo of Radome
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz can in a goblet.

L - Crystal clear with a medium copper color. Head is thin and wispy; pure white with good lacing

S - Strong hops aromas dominate: woody, earthy and slightly herbal, but definitely US varieties. Low, bready malt balances the aroma.

T - Strong, clean hops flavors with pine and earthy notes. A healthy kick of hops bitterness. Low bread in the background.

F - Medium body, lightened by the strong hops bitterness. Low carbonation. Low alcohol presence.

O - This is a clean and well-built IPA with a great hops presence, but some malt balance.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Random can grab while in Philly.

A- 12oz can poured into a snifter with an almost clear deep golden body and a thick, creamy cap rising past a finger high. Pretty good head retention leaving a foamy ring behind. Several small sheets of lace with sparse spots beyond that.

S- Citrus hop notes in the foreground with a touch of tropical fruit, floral and pine hop tones following up on that. Hop centric with just a slight hint of caramel and yeast bread.

T- Emulates the nose and also the label art. A battle and balance between citrus hop flavors like grapefruit and bitter orange and resinous pine, floral and earthy hop notes. The combine seamlessly with a moderately sharp bitterness. A touch of mango and peach juice shows itself in the finish with hints of pale cracked base barley, cereal grains and yeasty bread.

MF- Frothy and slightly creamy overall texture in a medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation comes in at a moderately high level. Lingering slightly-aggressive citrus peel hop bitterness.

Gets more interesting with each and every sip. I like the choice of hop balance with a heavy dose of citrus making way for pine and then a hint of stone fruits. Considering the label it seems like mission accomplished to me.

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Photo of thebeers
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a thick and fluffy yellow-tinted head that leaves behind decent lacing. Nice piney, resiny aroma with grapefruit and some tropical fruit notes in the background. Strong hop bitterness right out of the gate, but without much malt backbone, making it pretty easy-drinking for such a hop bomb. The mouthfeel is quite thin, except for a little burn at the end, the cause of which is tough to pinpoint (doesn't seem like alcohol). This one starts off really strong, but without any real malt balance, the taste didn't do it for me. Folks who like all hops and nothing else may appreciate it more.

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