51/50 IPA | Ironfire Brewing Company

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51/50 IPA51/50 IPA

Brewed by:
Ironfire Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With its pungent and dank hop flavor, 51/50 IPA isn't for those looking for a "balanced" beer. Classic San Diego style IPA with minimal malt flavor so the hops shine through. Why call it 51/50? Because we have to be crazy to put this amount of hops in a beer.

Added by DoubleJ on 11-13-2012

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Photo of TH28
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. 6/8/16 can date. Appearance: Golden and very clear, with a moderately thick white head and nice lacing. Aroma: Dank, resinous hop aroma that has that touch of cat pee and ammonia. Also has a bit of candied fruit. Taste: Starts with a light candied fruit and caramel maltiness, quickly turning to a sharp resinous bitterness that is intense with a bit of grassiness and ammonia. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Finish: Strong resinous bitterness, very dry, with a touch of caramel. Overall: Pretty typical west coast IPA, with a strong, dry, resinous and grassy hoppiness overpowering a light caramel maltiness.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An unapologetic hop forward West Coast IPA. Reminds me of Green Flash or Ballast Point. The hop bitterness is very sharp on the front end. More pine hops than citrus hops. A very sticky, long lasting bitterness on the finish. There is a nice malt backbone so this is not entirely off balance as far as hop vs. malt go but make no mistake this is a very bitter beer. This is not my favorite kind of IPA but if you are a die hard "hop head" you will definitely like this one.

note: the main description says this is a 7.2% ABV but the bomber I just got says "6.5% ABV"

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.84/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very tropical smelling with that "dank" quality in the background. I also am getting caramel malt smells. It tastes like hops all the way with notes of peach, strawberry and grapefruit. The caramel malt comes in and leaves quickly with the tea, herbal and pine like qualities from the bitterness.

Very awesome IPA. I would be really proud to call this one my year round if I was a brewmaster.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass, canned 12/14/15, 16 days old for this review.

A: Pours a very clear honey orange color with a bright white head, head lasted about 3-4 minutes, lots of carbonation, looks a little thin.

A: Papaya, guava, garlic/onion, hints of citrus like grapefruit, hint of malts, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Guava, garlic/onion, hit of citrus bitterness in the middle, grapefruit peel, hint of malts sweetness on the backend, finish is very dry, like sucking on grapefruit peels, some resin and pine, very tasty.

M: A little light, I would like to have some more body on this beer, very dry finish, after two glasses I have that raked palate feeling.

O: Pretty solid IPA, lacks a little body, but overall love the guava and garlic/onion with grapefruit peel flavors, also just released in six-pack cans which is great because I'm not a big fan of 22 ounce bottles.

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Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No obvious freshness date.

A: Clear honey gold with 1-finger sticky, off-white head with decent retention and a scraggly strip of lacing.

S: Mainly herbal, honeysuckle, and grapefruit aromas on a fairly dense medium caramel sweetness.

T: Flavor is dominated by straight, blunt bitterness, big resin blast with honeysuckle notes and raw without much nuance. Too much caramel for me makes it sticky.

M: Tacky and sticky with medium body.

O: A very stiff IPA with a lot if raw bitterness but not a lot of finesse.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This IPA was solid all around. It wasn't the best or the worst, but it was drinkable, and I didn't want to put it down. It has a great bitterness, and just enough malt character to smooth out the bitterness. I pick up pineapple at the start, and a bitter grapefruit in the end.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pretty solid IPA, it is fairly strong but still very drinkable. Pair it with something spicy to get the full effect of the spices. Overall a very good IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a light golden color with a white head that laces the glass well. Pretty good clarity, and a nice looking beer it is.

SMELL: West coast all day with tropical hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, and some malt sweetness like fresh sticky brown sugar,

TASTE: Solid bitterness and grapefruit and pith. Brown sugar, iced tea, and caramel is all found from the malts, but balanced with plenty of hops. The malt is light enough to let the hops be on display. Not so much piney, definitely moreso tropical.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation and a slight hop bite. The hop flavor lingers on which is a good thing when so tropical.

OVERALL: Pretty solid IPA here. Big ups to my friend Shadlin for getting this to me from San Diego. Cheers to the West Coast, good beer here!

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feeling crazy, drinking straight from the bottle, so can't say what the "color" is...but have to report this offering represents the SoCa "West Coast" IPA scene very well! My bottle has 6.5% Abv (not 7+% as Ba states), not that it matters, as it makes an excellent session brew and one I'm currently enjoying...in-laws and all!

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Photo of LegalBrew87
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is about as close to Sculpin as a beer can get. In fact, I'm pretty sure the brewer from Ironfire used to work at Ballast. Similar overall aroma and smell, with maybe slightly less aroma than really fresh sculpin and maybe a touch more bitterness. Overall a pretty nice IPA.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - 3.75 Nice light copper, clear, fair head, leaves to ring. Very spotty lace.

S - 4 fun blend of malt and hops, very vivid in the nose.

T - Less exciting. Nice malt and hops.

M - Good blending of flavors, nice carb, good balance.

D - A very session-able beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/12/13 notes. Thanks to nugganooch for sharing this one; thanks Dane. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, graepfruit, fruity malts, toasted malts, bread, and wheat. Nice nose; not super hoppy but the citrus hops are there and up front.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, simcoe hops, citrus hops, light pine hops, fruity malts, bready malts, and earthy malts. Nice, no bitterness, and slightly better than the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very light bitterness on the mouthfeel.

p - Overall a solid IPA. Dane has had it several times and felt it wasn't the freshest bottle, but it was still enjoyable. I could see how the hops might be a little bit faded, but a decent beer none the less. Worth checking out, especially if you can get it fresh.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass leaving slight lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, faint biscuit malt. Flavor is very hop forward; grassy, herbal and citrus hops. Light biscuit malt body that supports the hops surprisingly well. Finish is somewhat dry with a long, lingering herbal hop finish. Medium bodied with hints of creaminess. I usually don't like light malt body in my IPAs, but 51/50, which is very up front about the malt taking the back seat, seems to be designed around this and I really enjoyed this IPA. A very nice balance of hops that stand on their own. It's a sign of a good brewery when they can make you enjoy a style that you are normally not excited about. I'll check out their other ales.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-light slightly hazy amber color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-citrus, pine, floral, light malt

T-bready malt, citrus, floral, slight herbal, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-light to mediumbody with moderate carbonation, crisp but a little on the light side

O-decent IPA, needs a little more depth of flavor

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: Draft
Glass: 10-oz. pint glass
From: Tiger! Tiger! In Northpark (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $17.00 for a pitcher
Purchased: Aug. 10, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 10, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey, golden pale clear color with two fingers of frothy white head. Good amount of uneven lacing on the sides, good retention on the top.

Smelled floral hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, pine, lime, lighter than you’d think, not too bitter and caramel malts.

Tasted lighter even then the smell. Also floral hops, citrus hops, pine, lime, smooth, orange rind, caramel and pretty close to the smell overall.

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Crisp, clean, refreshing finish.

A pretty decent IPA overall. Light and smooth and hits the spot.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula, CA.

6.5% ABV per the listing at the brewery.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of mmarcos
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best brewery in Temecula and one of the best in a large radius! Everything they do is fantastic! The Ballast Point pedigree is apparent yet, like with a son and his father, eventually the apprentice becomes the master! This is a phenomenal IPA! A seamless blend of several hop varieties makes for a crisp, dry, piney, citrusy bomb that you would never suspect came from a year-old brewery! There's a reason these guys are blowing up and a reason they have an absurdly loyal following!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Best Pizza & Brew – Mira Mesa Blvd.
16oz pour

I have enjoyed this on tap a few times prior.

A: Pours a hazed over pale caramel color with a nice stubborn half finger of white froth on top. Carbonation is evident and there are loads of sticky lace down the glass with each splash. Looks plenty inviting.

S: Aromas burst with grapefruit and pine hops. No malty sweetness really coming through. I am getting a subtle twist of gooseberry and tropical fruits. Smells really great overall and very hoppy.

T: Flavors deliver more earthy grass and herbal hoppiness rather than fruity as the nose suggests. Very danky although I do still get some underlying notes of the pine and tangerine with that gooseberry kick. I think I would have liked more here however. Skimped on the malts with just a dry cracker presence and a dash of caramelized sweetness. There is a gritty bitterness at mid palate that falls in the upper moderate range and alcohol is totally disguised. Slight step down from the nose but a pretty tasty IPA.

M: Light to medium body. Feels a bit thin but with a nice creamy sensation from the ample carbonation and a terrific drying finish. Pretty clean overall with some constricting bitterness on the palate and a nice lingering residual of hop oils.

D: Very crushable and hoppy. Flavors do get a bit muddled at times and not as fruity as the nose which would have been better. But I can easily see this one making its way into my IPA rotation. Comparable to Sculpin...only less refined.

Glad to see Temecula getting on the map with this brewery. Looking forward to checking out the rest of the IronFire lineup.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My neighbor knows I dig IPA's so he was kind enough to return a favor by snaggin' me a bottle of this in return - thanks chris! Poured into a Brouwerij 't Ij branded tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazed straw-like hue with a fat white head that gives way to massive amounts of lacing that coat my glass from start to finish.

S: Grapefruit rind, piney, chlorophyllic grassiness, cracker malt, finishing with a slight hint of distinct California ale yeast - nice balance going on here.

T: On point with the nose but with greater amounts of hoppy goodness - not unlike chewing on grapefruit rinds of the white grapefruit variety (not that fake pink shit), pine sap, fresh cut grass that recedes only slightly to reveal a modest amount of malt - just enough to lend a slight balance to the hoppy goodness of this ale. Damn fine West coast stylie here!

M: On the mellow end of a medium bodied brew, perfect carbonation for the style, with a great resinous finish from all that lupulus goodness.

Great West Coast IPA from a brewery I had no prior knowledge of. Thanks to my good neighbor here in OB, I was fortunate enough to try this fine ale. Damn good representation of what we're doing here in San Diego - again, fu*k the malt - bring on the hop!

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Photo of FlyingBull
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this beer in a 22 oz bottle from a local "convenient" store that I hadn't been in yet. They actually had the best craft beer selection I've come across in my little town. Had previously gone to the brewery to have their beers, but their tasting room wasn't open yet.

This beer poured a clear dark yellow with a 1" white persistent head, with lacing down the glass. The aroma was dominated by piney hops followed by some citrus. The malt aromas were very light. This beer was very dry from start to finish for me. The carbonation was on the higher side, which actually made it somewhat refreshing. The hop flavor was dominated by resinous and piney flavors with some citrus and very little malt from beginning to end.

All in all, this was another good West Coast IPA (...in a VERY crowed style category where to me, everything is starting to blur together). I'd love to have some on tap to see the difference. It was good and I wouldn't hesitate to have it again.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a golden yellow color with a nice white. The retention is good and the lacing is very nice also. The smell is dank with pine and resin hops on the nose. The taste is also citrusy with some harsh pine and other earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a smooth carbonation. Overall I liked this quite a bit. I don't feel this is malt forward at all. I think this is very underrated. Worth trying and I think you'll enjoy it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1723rd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter

Shared at Herbies party, not sure by who.

App- This was along the lines of please excuse me, A pee yellow after being a bit dehydrated. A good amount of yellows and golds. Really no head to speak of. More just a 1/8" of bubbles around the edges.

Smell- I was hoping for some diamond in the rough IPA from So.Cal. Not so much. More pure malts in the glass with a slightly earthy and grainy nose with some butter behind it.

Taste- This one was just better than average and really didnt do all that much for me. A slightly off grainy flavor with some grass clippings and a little unbalanced hops to it. A slightly buttery hop flavor as well.

Mouth- A slightly dense medium body with a medium carbonation. Way too grainy and grassy without a balance. A bit of buttery hops and grass clippings remain.

Drink- Better than average, but would have to have this on tap vs. bottle next time.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color. A thin white head.

S: I get a lot of grapefruit pith, some pine and some hints of caramel malt. Smells pretty decent.

T: A light bodied, dry IPA that's bitter, but a bit unbalanced. A dry, piney hop bite right away that fades down, but never really changes into much else. Maybe a hint of bready malt in there, but it's way too faint to give this beer much dimension.

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Photo of antibeersnob
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No this is what I like in an IPA, low malt and high hop! The appearance was a little light for me. I like a little more amber in the color which is kind of weird since I like the malt taste low. The aroma was fantastic, supper hoppy. The taste was just ok, there is some kind of hop flavor in there that I think I know what hop it is but I won't speculate. Mouthfeel was spot on however, very light to really bring out those hops!

Pretty decent IPA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, another new brewery in the Southland. On-tap at 38 Degrees, to the beer:

Looks paler orange with yellow and red hues and a solid retaining head on top. Hope is brought in from an inspiring nose. There's passionfruit, orange, pineapple, some of my favorite aromas in an IPA. It doesn't quite reach the crescendo of greatness, but it's still very appealing.

This is a dry IPA. It starts dry at the start, then the wave of hops come. Crackery dry malt at the base, hops coming through and painting a picture on the canvas in the form of orange and passionfruit. Its texture is smooth and is medium bodied, but surprisingly isn't bitter. Dry and crackery in its aftertaste.

This was a delight to drink. A very good IPA that's not far from being a great one.

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51/50 IPA from Ironfire Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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