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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Reviews: 93 | Ratings: 578
Photo of dbl_delta
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a hazy light amber color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is resinous hops - almost to the exclusion of everything else. BUT bready malt comes through after a bit, attempting (but failing) to balance the hoppiness. Nice chewy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, dry finish. This is a very good IPA - not the best, but I'd revisit in a heartbeat.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You know what? I'll tell you what. This is really good, I mean they frigging nailed it. Exactly what they were going for. An bitter bomb, is there malt in this beer? it's almost 3/4 of the way thru before I notice any malt aroma and couple sips in before I get any bready or cracker malt sweetness.

Look average I don't like too pale which this is. Aroma bitter, fresh and taste is bitter, fresh hops only slightly balanced by that almost undetectable malt bill. Very dry and bitter, man I love dry and bitter I will have this again and again.

I'm not an session drinker and never will be but this will always follow couple big stouts. Dry and bitter, did I say that? Chewy mouthfeel and overall just damn good.

I think what I need to see next from this brewery is an 9 - 10 % double that keeps the same biter hop bill. Do they make that beer? IDK I'll have to ask ...

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Photo of citizencane
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from can. Immediately foamed up with huge head and light amber liquid settling on rim. Taste is pine and dank hops and a hint of bitter grapefruit, with just enough malt to add a touch of breadiness and contrast. As I get further through and it warms a touch, a distinct orange or tangerine flavor emerges. Mouthfeel is simply amazing- thick and chewy while being refreshing and drinkable. I bought a 24 pack because I liked this so much. Edit: poured into glass since- thick bright orange with suspended sediment galore.

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Photo of gcasher
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can
Light malt backbone
Fresh hoppy aroma
Big white head
Hops taste of tropical fruit and dank bitter pine in harmony.
Creamy mouthfeel.
Doesn't get much better.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at good-ta-go, Chambersburg, pa.

looks pretty good, amber slightly cloudy body, persistent off white head, good lacing.

not getting much on the nose, a little hoppiness.

initial flavor is a fruity malty wash, then the strong grapefruit hop bitterness comes on.

Body is about medium,

overall, another one of those solid but not spectacular ipas. would certainly have it again.

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Photo of BigGold
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. can, gift from friend, into tulip. My first beer from Neshaminy Creek, County Line IPA makes a passing nod toward a malty backbone during its full-bore hop assault on your senses.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance- Copper/amber color, pretty clear throughout, and pours just under a inch of head.

aroma- Pine, citrus, grapefruit, and onion.

taste-Starts off with lemony citrus followed by a bitter combo of grapefruit and pine. Towards the end onion and floral hops are present and linger into the finish with some of the citrus coming back. The malt is nice combo of pale and caramel malt which adds flavor and balance.

Feel- Medium bodied, low/medium carbonation, dry, a clean finish with some residual bitterness.

Overall- This is an "average" above average ipa which pretty much provides the baseline of what you want from a good ipa. Essentially a west coast ipa with a onion/floral addition. Definitely good stuff and a good go to ipa.

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Photo of EMV
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at 'The Field' in State College, poured into a goblet.

L: Clear medium golden pour. Two fingers of white head that falls quickly. Modest lacing.

S: Resinous pine... light citrus. Hoppy.

T/F: Ligjt on the malts... goes right into a dominant bitter piney hop profile. Some notes of grapefruit and cracked peppercorn. A bit thin in body. Good carbonation. Resinous with a bitter dry finish.

O: A bitter but tasty IPA. Could maybe use a bit more oomph in the body but overall quite solid. I liked it enough to order a second.

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Photo of SDavis108
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great IPA. This beer almost taste like a double IPA. The hops are outstanding. Very floral, very hoppy. Had it out of the can many times. Had it out of the tap and growler tonight and it was very impressive

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Photo of gopens44
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only run of the mill characteristic of this one is the plain Jane look. Clear, golden, finger of foamy head. Fun picks up in the smell with pine, grapefruit and mango. Taste is just darn good. Big pine upfront with a nearly punishing bitter bite that softens into a more delicate fruit sweetness before a particularly stubborn and slightly more earthy aftertaste sticks around. Much better than what the rating suggests.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 4.75/16 oz shaker ($ 0.297/oz) at Denny’s Beer Barrel, Clearfield, PA
Aroma – onions
Head – chopped off by bartender. What remains is white and creamy, diminishing to a two mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing – narrow rings of tiny bubbles connected by narrow stalactites.
Body – medium yellow, clear
Flavor – dank. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Nice IPA.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
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 +1.8%
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 -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 chuckakhan
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. The hops are piney with a resiny finish. Really nice. yb

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +19.4%
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%
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 +8.2%
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%
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 -1.8%
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 -8.7%
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 KTCamm
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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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