Hops For Heroes: Homefront IPA | Center of the Universe Brewing Company

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Hops For Heroes: Homefront IPAHops For Heroes: Homefront IPA

Brewed by:
Center of the Universe Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mhaugo on 07-03-2013

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Beejay:
Photo of Beejay
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light pale orange, slightly rusty in color. Nice amount of soft white head on top. Looks nice.

S: Citrus and pine. The orange in this one really pops out from the zest. There is a little bit of a bread note in there, but it is hard to pick out over the citrus peel. Smells like orange marmalade. Hoppy and fantastic, although I am not picking up much of the maple.

T: Hoppy, with citrus dominating. Orange peel, grapefruit, bitter orange, and perhaps a touch of soap. If I close my eyes and imagine really hard, I can almost pick out the maple.. The bitterness is pretty assertive, and almost sharp in the finish. Good, but I would like more wood, and a little more rounded hop character. Still very tasty.

M: Medium light in body, fairly dry in the finish. Carbonation is somewhat fine, and medium.

O: Overall pretty good. I like the orange peel, but I would like to get some more of the wood out of the taste.

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tabascosigned
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fast-N-Loud
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, amber, but with a thin head that faded and left little lacing.

S: Hops dominates, as expected, with citrus and floral aromas. There's also some bready aromas in the background.

T: Moderately sweet malt, with biscuit and grass notes. The hops takes over quickly, and although there's a hint of tart, citrusy flavor, it's mostly one-dimensional bitterness.

M: Fairly thin on the palate, and carbonation is anemic. There's a faint hint of booziness, and a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: Not a bad beer, but given the number of really good IPA's out there, this one's not worth revisiting for me.

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Photo of MaltBiggins1
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of mhaugo
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce bomber decanted into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Stained copper, light haze, thin head.
Smell: Very distinct grapefruit aroma, with a touch of orange soda.
Taste: It’s interesting… grapefruit is not an uncommon flavor in IPAs, but in my experience it is mostly pith and peel. This IPA tastes very much like the pulp of a grapefruit. Bitter and sweet citrus combined. And it’s extraordinarily clean.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: The “Homefront” IPAs are part of a philanthropic project started by Fremont Brewing in Seattle, Washington and Center of the Universe in Ashland, Virginia. Dubbed “Hops for Heroes”, the initiative has included breweries like Stone, Cigar City, Sly Fox, Perennial, 21st Amendment, Phoenix Ale, Perennial Artisan Ales, Saint Arnold, and Left Hand. The idea is to brew an American IPA and age it on unfinished maple baseball bats. This particular beer also includes fresh orange zest. I’ve had the good fortune of sampling four of the Homefront IPAs, and I have to say that this one is my favorite. Very citrusy, very clean, very balanced, and drinkable as hell. It’s everything you’d want in an IPA. I’m impressed.

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Photo of reizorc
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar clear and copper colored with a modest head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Grapefruit and orange peel, with hints of caramel and maple

Taste: Caramel and orange peel forward, with grapefruit adding bitterness to the middle; maple sugar tones appear, after the swallow, with an oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist on an IPA with the maple sugar character

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Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid, well-balanced IPA that honors the troops with an intense citrus hop bite.

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Photo of brocktune
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of julielynndubee
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of joegard
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SStein
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hops For Heroes: Homefront IPA from Center of the Universe Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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