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Fork In The Road | Blank Slate Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Blank Slate Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first beer in Blank Slate's "Traveling IPA" series. Autumn is a time of change and mother nature is at a fork in the road as the bright summer gives way to fall's darker colors. This beer sits squarely at the fork where darker malts and brighter hops meet. Munich and CaraRed malts give it an amber color and bigger malt presence than a standard IPA. Generous amounts of Citra and Centennial hops remind you that it's still an "India" style beer nonetheless.

Added by barczar on 12-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 7
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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy brown copper color with fleeting half inch cream head.

Pineapple, mango, muted lime, pith, resin, and toasted malt comprise the aroma.

Flavor reveals more fruity hop flavor. Tangerine, pineapple, and lime mingle with resin and fresh cut grass. Mango and toasted breadcrust carry into a fairly bitter finish. Sweetarts emerge as it warms.

Body is a touch light and worty, with moderate carbonation, a hint of astringency, and significant alcohol warmth.

Good fruity hop flavor, decent bitterness. It's a bit hot, but a good, tasty brew.

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Photo of DingleHouse
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had the privilege of trying this for the first time with Brew-master Scott. While I enjoyed all of his offerings, this one stuck out to me..fits my taste, I guess.

It starts out with a nice, fluffy head on top of opaque copper and maintains a bit of lace throughout. The nose is very big before the dissipation. The Citra is not nearly as big on the palate as the first whiff might suggest. The malt balances out the hops fairly quickly and leaves just a bit of burn. Of course, it's just enough to make one need another gulp...tricky brew-master.

All in all, this beer is definitely worth ordering twice. Three times, if you have a ride.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise...to my unsophisticated palette this is a malty autumn styled IPA. Not sure I am getting the hops as much as I might like, but still, I'm impressed. My second canned beer from these folks...keep up the good work Blank Slate.

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Photo of Luke9
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

JayJay likes it.

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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rod_J
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 Fl. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant rust color with copper highlights. It is topped with three plus inches of tan head that coats the inside of the glass as it recedes.

It has toasty and spicy notes with a nice citrus balance.

The toasted malt stands up nicely to the citrusy hops refreshing yet substantial.

Medium and very smooth mouthfeel

This IPA is a nice change of pace. It really captures the mood of fall in an IPA without being in your face. It is just a nice easy drinker.

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Photo of garylite
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled on to this last night and happy I did. Awesomely balanced beer very much in the style of Surly Furious. Great malt, citrus and hoppy pine flavors. Great color and smells great. Loved it. This is a beer that will bring me back to Cincinnati.thank you

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Enochase04
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

``India Style Amber Ale'' brewed with Citra, Centennial, and Cascade Hops. The pour is dark amber in color, slightly hazy, and sports 2 fingers of off-white foam with above average retention. I get fresh toast, marmalade, and lemony hops on the nose.

Medium-light body with a firm feel and a balanced flavor. Toasted malt up front is complemented by a moderate hop bill that brings pleasant flavors of lemon, grapefruit, and cedar. All three hop varietals seem detectable (unfortunately), but they're not overly prominent or out of balance.

Overall an above-average American Amber Ale, but not what I would call an IPA. I was hoping this beer would be a worthy opponent of Nugget Nectar, but it isn't. The beer is extremely well-balanced, but I just don't find the hop profile to my liking. There isn't enough fruity, citrusy bitterness and far too much of a soapy bitterness, likely from the use of Cascade hops. This beer might taste better to those who don't object to Cascade hops the way I do (Cascade is a noxious weed says I).

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Great dark amber color with a great head and good lacing
Smell - great fruity toasty smell
Taste - great toasty slightly fruit taste with a good amount of bitterness
Feel - lacking some body and carbonation
Overall great beer that could be thickened up and added more carbonation

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Eziel
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kuges
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mashtronaut
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Fork In The Road from Blank Slate Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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