98 Problems (Cuz A Hop Ain't One)
Perrin Brewing Co.

98 Problems (Cuz A Hop Ain't One)98 Problems (Cuz A Hop Ain't One)
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,761
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,469
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 7.85%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
224
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Perrin Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  65
SCORE
88
Very Good
98 Problems (Cuz A Hop Ain't One)98 Problems (Cuz A Hop Ain't One)
Notes: Perrin IPA accomplishes the nearly impossible feat of balancing a sweet malty backbone along with a blend of west coast hops, along with Michigan Cascade hops. Which creates a crisp bitterness and imparts massive floral and citrus aromas. This is how an IPA should taste!
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored with a quarter inch of creamy beige on top. Moderate lacing. The nose is of pine and saltine crackers. I’m tasting light crackery malt and pine and it’s a well balanced presentation. The pine intensified a bit after the swallow. The mouth is lightly resinous and dry.

Aug 19, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

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

Pours an amber color with a foamy white head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is grapefruit and orange. Tastes of
grapefruit with a bit of bitterness. Crisp mouth feel.

Jul 14, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a beer trade with some Michigan friends

Watching the Ohio State vs Michigan football game, looks like my Michigan friends need some help...

Can poured into a teku glass

Hazy amber orange liquid, two finger, dense frothy off white foam cap , sticky lacings

aroma is pine with a whiff of dank

taste is pine hop, malt base

medium mouthfeel, good sudsing, hop nibble

nice beer

Nov 24, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

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

I tried this at my brother in laws house. It poured a clear orangish with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had waifs of pine. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter pine presence that came off the pallet clean. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer and was nice to get a pine IPA as opposed to all these fruity ones.

Nov 18, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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

This IPA accomplishes nearly the impossible feat of balancing a sweet malty backbone with a ridiculous amount of West Coast hops, creating a crisp bitterness along with a massive floral and citrus hop aromas.

Nov 18, 2018
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown. Head is white and leaves a nice lacing. Nose is citrus. Taste is resinous with a nice bite to it. The flavor lingers quite a while, which I like. Very good beer. Best one of Perrin I have tried.

Nov 11, 2018
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

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

Nice straight down the middle everyday IPA...nothing noteworthy, but very solid. Hits all the points you want in a decent IPA. It won't "wow" you, but it will very adequately quench your thirst.

Oct 29, 2018
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Buglover83 from Michigan

4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I don't normally like IPA's, I normally like dark beer but I like this more than Perrin Black even. I even like this better than Founder's All Day IPA which was the first IPA I feel in love with. Highly recommend this beer for all beer drinkers!

Oct 19, 2018
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Lahey from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well crafted ipa. The opaque amber orange liquid sports a white halo that dissapated from a modest 1 inch head, moderate lacing.

Scent is orange peel, pine resin, some malty sweetness. Maybe a touch of lemongrass.

The flavor is a well blended mix of citrus, pine and the malty backbone that makes it taste so full and balanced.

Light carbonation, full body.

Overall an excellent ipa. I compare it to two hearted, revolution anti-hero and that sort of thing. Consistently good and their pack of problems (session ipa, ipa and dipa 12 pack) is a pretty good deal too.

Aug 22, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy, tarnished gold color, small white head and some nice lacing.
Pine and citrus aroma and taste. Taste follows with some malt sweetness. Medium body, good carbonation. My 1st beer from Person, I'll try some more!

Aug 09, 2018
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JohnnyQuid76 from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better Perrin choices. Very pleased with this IPA. All the very classic notes of the Pacific North West. Pick a hop, any hop that starts with “C” and you have this beer. Good and easy, have another? Yes please. Have something exceptional to review, probably not.
A bit cloudy but nice color. The nose says yes and citrus and pine will have your tongue agree. Lacked a tiny bit of head, but I blame this on the glass or what it was washed with. This beer hangs nicely up front of class with other good American IPA’s telling stories of summer break.

Mar 03, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 13.13 (Including tax)/sixpack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.182/oz) at Meijers, Wyoming, MI.
Can dated 080917. Stored in store cooler and at 42 degrees in my reefer and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Citrus and a hint of pine. Weakens to just citrus with time.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.4 cm, aggressive pour), off white, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a lacy 10 to 18 mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin complete layer with thicker islands.
Lacing – Excellent! A wide band of tiny to small bubbles covers the inside of the glass. As the level drops, rings connected by columns appear.
Body – Orange, opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Well balanced malt and hops allows both to come through but neither really rule. Some citrus remains. Lightly bitter with bitterness being the only after taste. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression: An excellent IPA, malty and refreshing. I had to force myself to save one from the sixer to review – the rest went down fast.
Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

Nov 20, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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

12oz can, date stamped 08/24/17
Hazy copper-y colored ale with a thin layer of beige foam. Pine and citrus with some grain and caramel for aroma - a little bit of honey, pineapple and mango as it warms. More tropical hop in flavor with grapefruit & orange citrus, mango, pine, and pineapple; honey and caramel notes add sweetness. Medium body, pleasant carbonation, finishing moderately bitter and dry with pine and white pepper lingering. Overall, solid IPA here. I'd drink it again & I'll have to try more from this brewery.

Nov 02, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz can on September 7, 2017. A good balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It is well made but it is nothing special.

Sep 08, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color and clear but a touch of chill haze and a fluffy crown of white foam.

Sweet caramel and toffee malt notes with a bit of citrus and grassy notes.

Grassy/floral hops shine while citrus notes add some depth while the strong malt backbone provides nice balance.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, balanced.

Overall, while certainly not a beer to write home about it's a crushable one for sure!

Aug 27, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

CAN: Purchased at a Denver beer store for $8.99 per sixer. 12 fl oz format. Standard pull-tab top.

APPEARANCE: Pale copper body devoid of visible yeast/lees. Average vibrance.

Off-white head. Somewhat frothy, somewhat soft. Could be creamier and more robust, but it boasts impressive head retention at ~8 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

AROMA: Floral hop aromatics, herbal hop aromatics, vague fruit, evergreen.

Pale malts.

Aromatic intensity is average. Not a very vivid or expressive aroma hopwise, but it's generally appealing and free from off-notes or booze.

Not piney, resinous, oily, or juicy. The "massive citrus" advertised on the label is absent.

TASTE: Pale malts, dry evergreen hop flavour, floral hop flavour, some herb, vague fruit. Not as citrusy as the label would have us believe. The flavours don't come off fresh, vivid, or expressive. Not a reticent beer, but a shallow one.

Simple for the style. Lacks adequate hop pungency for an IPA. Hop profile isn't interesting or remarkable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly coating, unrefreshing, well-carbonated, and of adequate heft and weight on the palate.

Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific flavours, but it's decent.

OVERALL: In the oversaturated American IPA category, you've got to bring a lot to the table to stand out...this beer offers little to entice the discerning drinker away from more widely distributed beers in the style available at the same price, let alone Perrin's in-state IPA competition from the likes of Bell's, Founders, Dark Horse, and the like. The hop profile is dull, it lacks pungency and depth, the mouthfeel needs more softness and a lighter more delicate body...I'd like to see Perrin start fresh with a new grain bill and hop regimen rather than try to fix this. It's drinkable, but even as fairly priced as it is I wouldn't knowingly buy it again.

Low C (2.80) / AVERAGE

***
08.22.17 2nd impression from another can:

Low C / AVERAGE

Aug 13, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

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

A: Pours a lightly cloudy medium golden honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, citrus/lemon rind, herbal, and earthy hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit + bready + caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit + bready + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, citrus/lemon rind, herbal, and earthy hops which impart a just shy of moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: I enjoyed this beer, it had a real nice complexity of flavors + aromas from the hops over the top of a solid malt backbone. Easy to drink, I could definitely have another of these in the future.

May 25, 2017
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babaracas from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange, frothy white head, trails a spray of lace partway down the glass.
Smell: grapefruit rind, lemon tea, weedy and resinous notes, sweet backdrop. Taste: note of peach tea, lemon, grapefruit, caramel sweetness, spicy and mildly grainy finish, residual lemon coughdrop. Body is lacking in heft for an IPA, but it's overall... alright.

Apr 29, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a golden amber with a frothy white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt with a citra pine hop.

Taste is a nice balanced pine forward IPA.

Apr 24, 2017
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Billolick from New York

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

12 oz can...04-07-17 stamped on the bottom

Pours lightly hazed typical looking Amber, moderate light khaki cap and leaving fine whispy lacing.

Sniff reveals some soft citric hoppy notes



On the palate its grainy and lightly citric hop notes....better then decent but nothing overly interesting or challenging to the senses. Worth a try.

Mar 19, 2017
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martinpfal from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just like the can says...."this is how an IPA should taste". Color is a perfect amber. Smell of floral and pine with the taste giving you that lovingly...playful bite you would expect. Quite smooth mouth feel. I'm a fan and the rating should back it up.

Nov 25, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a tan/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, resin, light malts. Taste is grapefruit, pine, some malts, hints of resin, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Oct 22, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange with a finger-and-a-half of frothy off-white head that leave thin sheets of lacing. Pine, black pepper, orange and honey malt in the aroma. These continue to the taste with a bitter backend. Light, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking.

Oct 07, 2016
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woemad from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from a box from Gopens44. A Michigan beer from a box of mostly Virginia beer, this was something he grabbed while visiting the mitten map state. No obvious date on the can.

Poured into a Bristol Mass Transit Ale shaker pint glass (thanks Connie, wherever you are) , this was a chill-hazed dark amber color, with a moderate sized, beige colored head. Spotty, streaky lace.

Malty example of the style, as I've learned can be expected from Midwestern IPAs. There's a somewhat low level, grapefruity and herbal hop bitterness and a bready malt backbone detected by the workers at my olfactory. It's also got a whiff of that slightly musty aroma I've come to identify with a little age, but it doesn't seem to have it to a deal breaking degree.

The hop flavor emerges a bit more in the taste. Grapefruity, but with a slightly more sweet and juicy bite than was let on in the aroma. Not as bold and brash as a typical PNW IPA, but nice. There's still the malt backbone detected in the aroma
which takes on a little more grainy heft in the taste. Decent, moderately dry finish.

Medium bodied, with a coating, oily, resiny mouthfeel.

Not what I would call an essential IPA, worthy of expending precious resources to track down, but I'm willing to admit this has probably lost a bit of brightness due to a little age. If a little fresher, I could see where this wouldn't be a bad thing to keep in the fridge if living in the region. I'm pretty set in my hoppy PNW ways, however, so if living in Michigan I'd probably still chase after IPAs from my home region. Thanks to Gopens44 for the opportunity to try a beer from a brewery that was new to me, and getting them on my radar !

Sep 17, 2016
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy copper gold with a big pillowy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is fruity piney resiny peppery hops with some bready malt.

The flavor is sweet sugary fruits with some dank resiny hops in the finish. Decent bitterness with a bit of an tarry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. The hop flavor s don't quite do it for me though.

Jul 06, 2016
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