No Wake India Pale Ale | Geneva Lake Brewing Company

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No Wake India Pale AleNo Wake India Pale Ale
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No Wake India Pale AleNo Wake India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Geneva Lake Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Florida9 on 11-24-2012

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Photo of KTCamm
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

8/2/16 from notes....pours brownish amber with white foam. Lays on top. Mellow malt nose, very faint. Light bitter pine taste. Toffee and breads. But mellow. Simple easy drinker.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my great pleasures in recent memory is an at-least once a year visit to Madison, Wisconsin. It was during one of these forays that I stopped in at Riley's Wines of the World in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). They are always acCANmodating to me & I look forward to my next visit.

From the CAN: "No Wake IPA is the pioneer beer for the Geneva Lake Brewing Company. A long-time favorite of the head brewers; this IPA delivers on all the flavor and finish craft beer connoisseurs expect of a quality IPA. Whether you are cruising the lake or docked at home; throw your gears into idle, slow down and enjoy!"; "Local Crew [-] Local Brew".

The Crack! unleashed some foaming action through the vent, so allowed it some calming time whilst I CANducted other business. Once it settled, I CANmenced a very gentle Glug so as not to rile it back up. There is strict signage about "No Wake on Lake Geneva" & I really do not want to run afoul of the law. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, tawny head that sat back down as quickly as it had stood up. Color was a very slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but it seemed to be clearing, so maybe it was simply chill haze. Nose was an interesting admixture of cool, pine-y hops & both caramel & earthy hops. It was like the middle ground between an EIPA & an AIPA, but the hops told the tale. Mouthfeel was medium. The hops were explosive & biting on my tongue! I am a self-avowed/self-described/self-involved hophead & this was right in my wheelhouse. The slightly-high ABV also CANtributed to the frontal assault on my tongue. Taking a deep breath, I got a cool mintiness from the hops along with a citrusy bitterness that was beginning to come to the forefront, but tempered with caramel & earthy malts. Finish was dry, but not simply because of the hops. The earthy malts also CANtributed. Once more - AIPA or EIPA? Plus, the ABV leads me to ask where AIPA ends and DIPA picks up. This is a pretty big, intense beer for a flagship. Do not misunderstand me - I have no problem with it, but it could pack a punch from the cooler.

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Photo of Nickpd
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tommy5
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stole a 12 oz can from my buddy from northern Illinois during his bachelor party this last weekend. No canning date that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into my Lakefront pint glass.

L: Pours a hazy copper amber with about two inches of off-white head with large bubbles. The head dissipates after a bit to just a ring that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. Some fine particulate and very lazy visible carbonation in the brew.

S: Citrus hops were quite prominent when I first opened and poured, but these settle down after a while. There's still somewhat subdued citrus notes, along with caramel and cracker malts. Grassy notes and a little bit of a resinous quality to the nose, as well.

T: Caramel malts are prominent right out of the gate. They're accompanied by lemon citrus and grassy hop notes, with a bit of resinous pine poking through, as well. The middle brings a swelling of the citrus, grassy, and resinous hop flavors. There's still caramel malt flavor asserting itself here, as well--perhaps a bit more than I'd like it to be. There's an earthiness in the mix that carries over to the back end, where the resinous pine and bitter lemon zest hop notes are the central feature and stick around through the aftertaste. Caramel malts are still present at the close. With as high an ABV as this one boasts, I'm surprised there isn't more clear alcohol flavor coming through.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. This one starts a bit watery, but the creaminess picks up in the middle. The close and aftertaste are bitter, but not terribly. There's more of a feeling of tartness to this one, overall. Just a bit of stick to this one--it's far from syrupy.

O: This is a pleasant IPA that hits the right notes. I think the caramel malt flavor could be toned down a bit, but the overall taste is good. I don't think I'd go out of my way to find this one again, but it was overall a quality beer that I'd recommend giving a try.

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Photo of Hallertau
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stezz420
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShawnL
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RJB66
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nurt20
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of elkinbrown
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McCranky
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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

Tasted from draft at Firkin on January 22, 2015.

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Photo of SeanaldDriver
2.84/5  rDev -20%

Photo of oldvines
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a can in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

No wake 'til Brooklyn! Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light grass backed up by light caramel. The taste holds notes of spicy greens, pine resin, and light dried caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this was an alright IPA, but the odd spice mixing with the bitterness of the resin just didn't quite do it for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of LCranston
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of PBIU
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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No Wake India Pale Ale from Geneva Lake Brewing Company
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