98 Problems (Cuz A Hop Ain't One) | Perrin Brewery

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98 Problems (Cuz A Hop Ain't One)98 Problems (Cuz A Hop Ain't One)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Perrin Brewery
Michigan, United States
perrinbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by FaradayUncaged on 06-08-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
173
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
7.85%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kojevergas
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

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewtalthrone
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of B33rcules
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsquared59
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacStinson
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of babaracas
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
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.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjcoy06
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
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.

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

Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Nunya
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scott2269
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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