Brimstone IPA | Church Street Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Church Street Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
churchstreetbrew.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 03-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of adam36
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Isoruku
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

What the....? Yet another forgettable beer from Church Street, a brewery that had been unfamiliar to me until two days ago. Like their Continental Lager, Brimstone barely rises to the level of mediocrity, and it certainly cannot compete with the better IPAs or APAs out there. It is quite drinkable and inoffensive, like, say Fat Tire, but it also lacks character or complexity. It isn't particularly hoppy and does not stand out in any particular fashion - although it does have a slightly unpleasant finish. My advice: pass this one by and have a Rebel IPA or a Dreadnaught or an All-Day IPA or...

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Photo of marker2525
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I only recall Having two beers from Church Street: one in the Bavarian tradition and one British.
I'm going to make an irresponsible opinion: that when it is all said and done, Church Street will make better Bavarian beers than British.

That should not be interpreted that I did not enjoy this IPA. I did. But I Had Brimstone with Mexican tamales. While it went well, this is not an ale I would drink by itself. (My truth is: only a few IPAs are that good.)

Brimstone IPA Looks like it can play in this AIPA game... nice lace, soft suds.
Smells are mostly malt to me, but there is some earthy spicing in there.
Taste is about average, so I would drink it only with spicy food.
Feel is soft, which is a relief against the peppers.
I could have Brimstone again; but there are so many average AIPAs, I probably won't.
I will, however, seek out Church's Bavarian offerings.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: balanced of semi sweet malt and dry citrus hops. Mouth-feel is smooth. Fermented earthy floral hop nose. Gold, semi clear, delicate lace to foamy head. Medium to Med/lite body. 80 IBUs

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Photo of bwood06
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My wife and I made a trip to Church St recently when Toasty Cheese food truck was there on a Friday night in order to do some grilled cheese and food pairings. The Zwickel worked out really well so I was excited to see how the Brimstone IPA worked in conjunction with some awesome grilled cheese.

This beer pours an amber hue that leans slightly towards golden and is ultra clear with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing with a neck. 3.75/5 The aroma is of moderate strength and is quite sharp due to the hops but this is expected. The only note in terms of malt that I get here is caramel which lends a nice sweetness to counterbalance the hops. In terms of the hops, there is a plethora of aromas here. Grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, mango, and pine all come out nice and strong together. There is also a bit of floral hops that come through as well. 4/5 The flavor is every bit as good as the aroma with a nice strong intensity that isn't over the top with a major lean towards bitter instead of sweet. Bitterness is high but not excessive with a moderately long finish that is of moderate strength. As with the aroma the malt is chiefly presented in the form of caramel and just a hint of white bread. The hops on the other hand are quite complex in terms of notes with grapefruit, pine, mango, pineapple, and papaya all playing a role. The combination of resin, citrus, and tropical notes is very well played here. 4/5 This is a medium bodied beer that features lively carbonation and is quite dry and astringent with a bit of a prickly mouthfeel. The dryness does persist after swallowing for quite some time but it is not excessive. 3.75/5 This is a well crafted IPA that features a very nice and well thought out combination of flavors. The spicy grilled cheese that I paired with it worked really well as a dinner combination too. 4/5

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpkrippner
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CalVinny
1/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Don't buy. Every Bottle I opened foamed over. Obviously over carbonated. Poorly crafted.

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Photo of Nurt20
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lawyer_Up_2010
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mleahy180
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ffshore545
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of firkingroovin
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themaj
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaneBramage
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a slightly bitter IPA from a brewery I'd never heard of, that's fortunately within a couple hours drive. I liked it because the bitterness really came thru the hops and citrus, something I don't get in most other IPAs.

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Photo of DerekCarruth
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aussiebeer
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Piske41
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ralerwen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sonicbloom
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Brimstone IPA from Church Street Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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