Big Jim IPA | Northbound Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Northbound Brewpub
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 10-23-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
56
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
25.42%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 56
Reviews by jera1350:
Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Northbound website:

With Town Hall’s Masala Mama and Surly’s Furious, it seems as though there is a new Minnesota style of IPA emerging. Because these are two of my favorite interpretations of the IPA style, I decided to make my own intense IPA. Cascade, Warrior, and an enormous amount of Columbus hops late in the brew and in the fermenter give this beer the hop punch IPA lovers crave. There is also a significant malt backbone and complexity to this beer to stand up to the hop intensity. At 7.2% ABV and roughly 90IBUs, this is my tribute to the style I call the Minnesota IPA.

Served in a pint glass. Golden in color, rocky off-white head of foam.

Intense and pungent hop filled nose. A citrusy, piney, maybe dank, nose. Bright and hoppy.

The taste is big and at 90 IBU's, it's pretty noticeable. I even had some hop head friends that said it was "intense". Hop forward is an understatement, but their is a light malt presence in the background. Not a west coast style per say, as it has more of a malt presence. The hop profile is pretty darn complex though.

Medium feel that is pretty resiny sticky.

This is one big IPA and will garner some big eyeballs from unsuspecting patrons. I wish they would have went this route with their smoked porter. This is truly a hop head type of IPA and I would grab one again for sure.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright gold under a ½” white foam collar.
S: Light fruit, perfumy, very floral – they do a nice job with the hops.
T: starts with malt and fruit and then finishes with a nice citrus rind hop accent. Malt is there, provides a good backbone, light but not overpowering.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Goes really well with their smoked egg salad sandwich.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Big Jim was a big beer. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent and taste carried pine and citrus. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering.

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Photo of Cooper
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Stevecoop86
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strong hop flavor similar to two hearted. Solid level of bitterness while maintaining smooth flow and pleasant aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of akward
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid stuff. Nice flavor profile. Not too much bite as other similar ipa's. You could make it a good full bodied, sessionable ipa. This last sentence is 150 characters.

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Photo of grizzbar
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of eye_pea_eh
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CraigP83
2.36/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Smoky highly bitter with the most faint bitterness. Not good

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Photo of dbriesemeister
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of a sampler tray.

Look - rich amber color, no head or lacing

Smell - strong notes of grapefruit, also notes of freshly cut grass

Taste - hop forward flavor, intense bitterness

Feel - some sense of carbonation, medium bodied, strong lingering bitterness

Overall - very good IPA

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Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of billhelm
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Jeffrey2310
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jeff1973
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of KarlHungus
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer arrives a hazy amber-orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is apricot, passion fruit, tangerines and grapefruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but fuller. This is one juice beer, but that is balanced nicely by a firm bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a fine IPA that I will surely order again.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Big Jim IPA from Northbound Brewpub
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