Professor IPA | Cranker's Brewery

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Professor IPAProfessor IPA

Brewed by:
Cranker's Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by StoutHunter on 12-12-2012

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Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice to see a brewery up in BG getting their stuff out around the state.Pours into a standard pint glass an orange tinged lighter golden with a half finger white head settles pretty slowly.Boozed infused sharp citrus rind in the nose along with caramel biscuit malts,pretty big alcohol presence for the ABV.The flavors have alot of the same attributes of the aromas with sharp pithy citrus rind and sweet booziness playing a major role,some more leafiness comes thru in the finish.The mouthfeel is mellow and nice but the flavor and aroma profile I think needs a little tweaking.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in colors it have solid inch of beige head. Not a lot of light gets through. Appearance seems a bit off for an IPA, but still an attractive brew. Heavy lacing. Aroma is a very welcoming blend of primarily pungent tropical and citrus hops. The flavor is definitely more tropical than citrus, but is fairly pleasant. The mouth is a bit sticky and chewy. Not a typical IPA, but worth trying.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wortslosh
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am at Cranker's Restaurant on 68th St.

It is at the 68th St exit on US131 south of Grand Rapids, MI.

I am quite impressed with this IPA.

Great Piney flavor.

Two finger head.

Really easy drinking beer.

Nice warm feel in the back of the throat.

I would buy it again.

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Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bung
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kynap55
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tommy5
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of beer4brian331
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of dipso123
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carlborch
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden with a slight haze from the residual yeast. Two-inch, off-white, persistent head formed and settled at about 1/4 inch. The nose has distinct pine-notes along with citrus notes that may have overwhelmed the malt notes. Medium-light body, albeit a little shorter palate than expected. Nice hop flavors intermingled with pine and herbal notes towards the finish. The malt notes on the palate are also subdued by the hop flavors and bitterness. Nice carbonation level. Belgian lace does form. The ABV is not noticeable. In sum, very decent and a pleasure to drink, but not an IPA to seek out.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.68/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gopens44
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very solid beer that despite a little nose biscuit which would suggest otherwise, had a touch of spiciness entwined with the normal pine and citrus. Looked fairly normal, not too bad a head but not a lot of retention or lacing either. My only other knock on it (and likely the biggest knock) was that it was pretty thin in the feel. Don't' get me wrong, it was a well balanced IPA, just thin as heck on the finish.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Cranker's Professor IPA a couple days ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. Cranker's just started bottling, I have been to the restaurant, but I've never had any of their beer, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is ok, but it's not eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden color that took on some amber hues when held to the light with a fingers worth of white head that quickly faded to a thin ring that left hardly any lacing. This is an average looking beer, the head and lacing were disappointing.

S- The aroma starts hoppy with some floral and citrus hops, the citrus sticks out the most imparting a nice mango, nectarine, and a slight grapefruit aroma. After that comes the malts which show up nicely and provide nice balance while imparting some grainy and sweet caramel aromas. This beer had a good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with the hops which are a 50/50 mixture of floral and citrus hops, they stick out evenly but are slightly light for the style. Next comes the malts which have a lower amount of sweetness and impart some grainy and slightly caramel flavors. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness and a grainy and slightly floral hops aftertaste. This beer tasted OK, but it was a little too balanced for the style, I could go for more hop flavors.

M- Pretty smooth, very crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was pretty damn prickly. The mouthfeel was pretty average, it was just too damn prickly.

Overall I thought this was an ok beer and a slightly above average example of the style, it was going in the right direction but it didn't have that extra hoppy flavor that It needed. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth and the flavors kind of held my attention but the prickly mouthfeel would prevent me from drinking a few of these in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was good and true to style. What I liked the least about the beer was the mouthfeel, it was just too prickly. I might buy this beer again, but I would much rather have a Two Hearted, it's worth a try if you really like the style. All in all this was a decent American IPA, but it lacked refinement, it's ok. I'll be interested in seeing what other brews Cranker's have to offer.

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Photo of David_Porter
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of BellsFan
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had to give look a 1 because f gone excessive head. A clean an ringed 16 oz pint glass over flowed before a 12 oz bottle could be gently poured into it

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Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Toynk
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_seelmann
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im in the camp who calls Professor a favorite IPA. Here's the kicker -- I generally dislike IPA! So many call Professor "the worse" so why do I like this so much? Anyone I offer this to also calls it too hoppy. OK, love it hate it whatever. I stopped in the Big Rapids brewery on 5/6/17 and ordered the usual Professor. Excellent! Tap version seems so much better than the bottled! But wait, thats not the whole story! Come to find out, there is a new Braumeister at Crankers in late 2016 and the Professor has been revised! Much of the spicey bite has been smoothed out and I think I may be able to offer this to friends again. I suggest advocates give the revised Professor another taste in 2017.

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Photo of jaxray8
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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Professor IPA from Cranker's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 105 ratings