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

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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Photo of JoeM79
1.36/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Quite frankly one of the worst beers I've ever had the misfortune of drinking. It looked nice after the pour and went downhill immediately after that. Tasted awful, just flat out awful, to the point that it almost hurt my tongue and throat to drink it.

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Photo of corby112
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with a strong grass/soil presence.  Some dirt and pine needle followed by grapefruit, faint citrus and a strong malt backbone.  Caramel sweetness with hints of toffee, bread and biscuit.  

Medium body wih a strong wheat/witbier character.  Tastes more like a hoppy American wheat beer than an IPA.  Lots of bready yeast along with zesty spice and a strong lemon presence.  Dry, bitter and earthy up front but this is quickly coutered by the peppery spice, bread and zesty lemon peel.   There's a strong bubblegum character as well before heavy malts come in on the back end with hints of toffee and caramel sweetness.  Astringent with an unpleasant lingering medicinal quality.  Very dry in the finish.  An odd interpretation of the style with lots of lemon/citrus and wheat beer character clashing with the intensely earthy, dry hops.  

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a nice dark oarange non-translucent with a one-finger white head with little retention but a little lacing.

Smell is strange. Maybe a little grassy and some weird smell I just can't put my finger on. It's a little funky. The smell is pretty sweet but not like anything I have ever smelled in an IPA.

Taste is a tiny bit bitter with the strange taste that follows the smell. The taste is better with a little noticeable malt backbone but just not anything I consider a good IPA. This is a strange one or else it is old as I got it as an extra in a trade.

Mouthfeel is about what I would expect with reasonable amount of carbonation.

Overall I would never buy this beer and would not suggest anybody else does either. Just a bad IPA unless it is old.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$4.50 bomber from Abe's.

A hazy bright yellow body, seems like its glowing at the center. Three fingers of pure white foam with bubbles of all sizes. Attractive stretchy lace.

Strong lemon and grapefruit aroma. Somewhat too lemon, it's a little off putting.

An opening note of malt sweetness is washed away immediately by gushing citrus. Lot of lemon with some grapefruit mixed in. Bitter snap at the swallow. Clean finish.

Light plus mouthfeel is satisfactory.

An ok IPA, not one to rush back to, but not so bad to not give the brewery more chances.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber in a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours an almost clear, slightly hazed, honey-orange color. The fluffy, 2F head is linen white in color and leaves heavy sticky lacing. Barely there bubbles.

S- Citrus hops with a healthy dose of grapefruit. A hint of alcohol. Some dry bread and malt.

T- Primarily grapefruit citrus hop flavor, dry malt.

M- Not much body. No sweets at all, yet not too bitter. A dry hop bite.

O - I may have found the only beer that I may ever believe can benefit from some sweetness. This brew really made me search for sugar. I didn't quite get this one, I guess.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into a large mug all at once.

Pours a very hazy orange color with a finger of fluffy foam. Large yeast chunks float throughout despite leaving the last half inch of beer in the bottle. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple.

First sip is quite bitter without a huge amount of hop flavor and a lingering harsh bitter flavor on the back end. This is extremely hoppy, but not the good kind of hoppy flavor. It has more hop bitterness than hop flavor.

Overall a serviceable IPA, but not something I'd rush to buy again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%

650ml bottle. No bottling date, could be old or new. Poured into a unlabeled snifter 9/1/2014.

A- Darker caramel-orange body, two finger white head with decent retention time and a thick collar. Thin, wispy lines of lacing persist on the glass. [3.5]

S- Toffee, caramel and pine are the predominant aromas, mixed in with a little bit of pineapple and citrus. [3.25]

F- Sweet toffee up front, not quite so much the caramel but it's there. Transitions over to a citrus and pine finish. The pine is a sap-like flavour that complements the caramel quite well. Not sure what the "five hop" designation on the label is talking about, but it must be 5 different kinds of piney hops as there is a ton of it. It is what it is, a pine-forward IPA. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, resinous and dry at the same time, well carbonated. Bitter resinous pine finish. [3.5]

O- A pine-forward IPA. Nothing complicated, but nothing off about this Philadelphia local IPA. Interesting to try, won't be going back to this as it's not local to me. [3.5]

Final score: 3.5625

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Photo of thebeers
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is hoppy, citrus, some pine. Taste is very hop forward, bitter, pine, citrus is much lighter then the smell would indicate, finishes dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Samp01
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours hazy golden yellow, a medium lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, grapefruit some yeast and biscuit malt. Taste is citrus tangy grapefruit, tropical fruit notes, yeast and bready notes. A medium palate with moderate carbonation. Finis is tangy grapefruit with tropical fruity notes, some yeast biscuit malt and mild bitterness on the end. A nice very drinkable IPA. try it you’ll like it.

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Photo of farrago
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barely a finger’s worth of wispy white foam, with lots of larger bubbles it dissolves rapidly to a thin surface coating, the lacing fares a little better with long, sticky streaks all along the glass sides. The liquid is shiny and fully transparent, an attenuated orange to then yellow color, only a few random bubbles visible. Very floral nose, violets and lilacs, orange blossom, gentle apricot to peach, apple fruit notes, segues to cut grass, salt, pepper and hard bread crust, there’s some funk in the hops yet it also has a cleansing purity to it, not much to be found by way of really sweet maltiness. Full-bodied, thick enough to be sluggish, not a lot of carbonation. The tangerine, orange to white grapefruit citrus a larger factor here, just outpoints the metallic earthy and herbaceous qualities, which themselves are formidable. The fruit lacks sweetness but there’s bite in the pineapple, papaya, nectarine, peach flavors. More grainy than processed bread, touch of peppercorns and pine cones. By the end unwinds enough that the floral dimension gets assertive. If you like your IPA’s on the bitter side while still mostly balanced, this should be in your wheelhouse. Wisely keeps it simple when it could get overcomplicated.

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Photo of Omnium
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > ST 2xIPA

A - Pours hazy gold, big two finger fluffy marshmallow white head, good lacing.
S - Smells great, pineapple, grapefruit, big earthy pine some some floral notes, a little darker bready malt.
T - Lemon, floral hops, some mild sweet malt, and finishes with aggressive pine.
M - Very dry and bitter.
O - Not bad, the aroma is the best part, its a good IPA, though I wouldnt want a bomber again, but a 12 would be ok.

EDIT: Got a newer bomber, aroma is still pretty good, ther'es some decent tropical notes in there but the bitterness was so overwhelming, what a shame because there's potential in this beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Cloudy golden-yellow pour into an imperial pint glass, with a finger or so of fluffy white head that retained fairly well and left stratified layers of lacing on the glass. Aroma is hop-dominant at first, though a bit muted, and as I drank more and delved deeper into the glass, a very uncharacteristic caramel malt aroma came to the foreground; interesting and unexpected for the style. The taste reflected the aroma, starting with a typical blast of citrus/pine hoppage up front, and giving way to a sweeter sensation mid-palate, as if the malts had time-release action. Bitter finish, medium body, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Pretty nice overall.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a liquid pine tree, really resinous and sappy with generally little sweetness. Reminds me of when I first tried hoppy IPAs. When cold you can get some citrus notes out, not sure of what hop combo they are using. Overall a tasty brew but the body gets a bit heavy and the bitterness can be a bit much.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours copper with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrus hops and biscuit malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Herbal, citrusy, piney hops, bready malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and grapefruity. Drinkable, nice IPA.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brewery is very local to me... in Buck's County PA, so I am very happy to support them. Pouring County Line IPA reveals a very nice, sunny orange color, very hazy, with a lot of chunks of sediment and a very minimal head. The latter two attributes pull down the overall appearance unfortunately. The brew smells much better than it looks, with very bright citrus and floral hops delighting my nose. For the flavor, The brightness remains but is joined by an herbal aspect, that's a little grassy, piny, and intensely bitter. I am not picking up much maltiness here. The finish is sharp and dry, but overall it goes down easy. A very good beer, but somehow seems like it's a homebrew.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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 beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy nectarine orange shows up a dense cadmium orange with a vibrant rush of carbonation. A two finger bone colored head is persistant in stay. Heavy foam lace deposits.

S: Tropical fruitiness upfront, freshly squeezed citrus juice, fresh green hops, and fresh orange with just a minor hint of white peppery flair. Bready, lightly toasted malts add depth.

T: Sweetly toasted grains with a bready nature, dry citrus, and grassy hops. Dry orange & peppery flair. Deep malted, toasted dry with a dry tropical-grassy hop touch. Sweet flashes upfront turns to a semi-dry of grassy hops on the close. Nice tropical orange zestness comes on the swallow with a hint of acidity.

M: Bready, full bodied, with some sizzle from the carbonation. Malty textured, semi-dry hop twang leave.

O: Good presentation and transistion of flavors, tropical, grassy, citrusy, orangey with varying degrees of complexity backed by a deep sweetly toasted malt base. Nice fresh burst of tropical hop twang on the swallow with a very good recommendation. Defiinitly not a one trick overly (dry) hopped pony, but something with a nice spectrum of flavors, both fresh and dry, tropical, and grassy, as well toasted sweet.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

They only recently began CANning this one and when a buddy dropped a CAN off for me, I sent it off to the mighty JenRay! I knew that The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop had an upcoming Neshaminy Creek event and that I could reload on CANs at that time. Sure enough, The CANQuest (TM) abides!

From the CAN: "Five Hop India Pale Ale".

Of course it was brimful on the Crack! and I celebrated with an inverted Glug because that is how I do. This created two fingers of puffy, bubbly, tawny head with decent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose smelled like fresh Dank or five hops, I am unsure which. Jeezus! The hops were buck wild. Mouthfeel was medium. The power of the hops was on me immediately in the mouth. Just five hops?!? It felt like 300. It was about as close to saturation without going overboard as I have experienced in a while. It was cool mint, menthol and pine. I could use this as mouthwash. Actually, I have. Man, was this a hophead's wet dream, but it was totally unbalanced, so it would not be for everybody. About four weeks ago, my old buddy, Ken and I went on an IPA binge and he would have really dug this. Today is his birthday. Onward! Finish was so frickin' dry that I had to reach for my asthma inhaler. Great googly moogly. No playing around here.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 DaveHack
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods in Glenn Mills, PA

16 Oz

Pours a hazy, bright golden color. Large white fluffy head. Lots of sticky lacing clings to the glass leaving evidence of just how much was drank at each taste.

Smell is strangely missing? There is a faint citrus hop aroma...but not much, I'm confused by this.

This beer, despite the lack of aroma, has a big flavor. This could even be on the low end of a 2x IPA. It is only 6.6% too. Pretty solid. There is a solid hop bitterness and dank hop flavor. I've heard people refer to some IPAs as marijuana IPAs...this one fits.

Very resinous in the mouth. Creamy and loaded with sticky hop oils.

This is a pretty damn good beer. It is with a try for sure. Very nice to have this as a semi local.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 dank203
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours into ipa spiegalu/dfh glass slightly hazy, mostly filtered orange with sudsy white head. aromas of peach, mango, a bit tropical. flavors of lemon, citrus peel, caramel malt backbone, spice. good balanced clean IPA, not an A but definitely not a fail

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks very nice. A glowing gold with a substantial head.

Smells like very fresh hops. Pretty green, with a noticeable sweet malt.

Tons of bitterness. Part grapefruit and part hop oils. Some lemon rind and bready malted barley round it off. Balanced, but both very distinct.

Body is slightly chewy and resiny.

A very nice IPA that offers a little bit of everything, but plenty of Centennial hops to go around here.

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