IPA | Big Elm Brewing

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Brewed by:
Big Elm Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's Liquors in Rockland, MA a suburb about 20 miles south of Boston

Generic can with a bronze silhouette of an elm tree. Very old school design, appealing and I'm a fan of the Berkshire region where this is brewed.

Pours a Tupelo Honey with good effervescence, single finger head that retreats quickly, noticeable lacing.

Smell is a dull malt forward earthiness with scant fruity notes that aren't spectacular.

Taste is a sweet bitterness unwashed grapefruit rind, standard but enjoyable, a quality flavor.

Mouthfeel is terrific, bubbly, not sticky, doesn't give you the thick malty film towards the back of your throat... really pleasant.

Overall an enjoyable beer, not regretting the purchase and something I'd be willing to enjoy at a bar.

Recommendation To try


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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Bright pale copper hue, two fingers of head stick around for a while. Smells of white tea, citrus zest, pine resin, & grass. Smooth with a slightly chewy medium body, ample hop bitterness with a long linger of rind-like and grassy hop flavor. Fallen apple, warming alcohol, toasted grain, & more hop flavor in the middle. Pretty easy drinking for a bigger IPA, most certainly got my hop fix here.

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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the better straight IPA's I've had in a while. Pours a lovely golden honey color. Nose is right on. Slightly malty with a nice hoppy character. Light citrus with a nice piney bitterness to balance things out. This is my second offering from Big Elm and I am very pleased! Gotta get my hands on more of this stuff!

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Photo of jlindros
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First beer from this local brewery, yay can, but no date.

Pours a big foamy 2 finger head that fades at a med pace, foamy lacing, slight hazy tan color.

Nose brings some hops, fairly subdued, faint citrus, bit fruity, light grassy, grainy malt.

Taste brings more hops, bit fruity, a bit of tree fruit like apple pear thing, but mostly hops are earthy herbal and grassy, herbal spicy hops that get chewy and briny late, a touch of sweet candy malt, little sticky but mostly dry finish, quite bitter.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, decent fluffy carb.

Overall eh, more of an English ipa which is not my style, not too bad but wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber/orange color with a dull haze. Rocky white head holds fast at a finger in height. Sticky lacing.

S: Tangerine, orange gummy candy, orange and lemon rind. Grass clippings and soft floral and pine needle notes. Fat malt aromas bread and honey balance things nicely.

T: Tangerine juice, ruby red grapefruit, orange gummy candy, earthy notes of pine and grass. Moderate bitterness builds a bit. Fat honeyed malt base with notes of toast and crust now and again. Caramel too. Very faint spicy alcohol. Herbal, earthy hops of the finish.

M: Full medium body. Creamy and slightly chewy malt texture. Kiss of warming alcohol.

O: A well-brewed IPA with a great sense of balance. Lots of hop flavor packed in there too. Not really the sort of IPA that's en vogue these days, as more neutral malt character and Southern Hemisphere hop strains are what the über geeks are clamoring for. Fuck über geeks though. They're fad drinkers more than anything. This is great beer, and great beer is what everyone should want to be drinking, regardless of its pedigree.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My thanks to Atremains for sharing this with me. Second time around on this one.

A- 12oz can pours out into a snifter revealing a ever so slightly hazy deep golden-orange brew with a thick, white head. The very creamy cap has good retention. Lacing begins with plentiful thick pillows with massive sheets following.

S- Citrus fruits, floral tones and pine with a hint of stone/tropical fruit in the backdrop; hop forward with high overall aromatic strength. Grapefruit and orange zestyness are most prominent. Just a hint of yeast and pale grain.

T- The strong citrus presence continues over from the smell with bitter oranges and zesty grapefruit up front and pine just behind that. Hints of flowers, herbal tea, tangerine, grass, earth and bitter fruit pith as well. Light-medium sweetness with small hints of caramel, biscuit and yeast esters and bread.

MF- Medium bodied and appropriately so as it helps cushion the intense zesty bitterness that lingers throughout. The carbonation is on the high side providing balance and a nucleation point for the hops. Texture is frothy and even a bit chewy.

Intense citrus hops with plenty of floral and pine tones atop a somewhat, but not overly, sweet malt base. If you are going to make them balanced something along these lines is the way to go. The trend is increasingly towards the pungent juice bombs but brews like this show there are other ways to make good IPAs.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours reasonably clear with a mild head. Aroma is not impressive. Citrus, slightly oxidized hop, pale malt, grass. The flavor was clearly more enjoyable. Oranges and grass hops. Pale malt with a finish that is sweetly grainy but still muddled in the hop flavor. The finish is damn bitter with a lingering quality. Body is relatively light. Not a beer I would purchase.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, dirty gold liquid. The head is solid and it settles slowly. Lots of blanketing lace on the glass.

Mild but earthy hop bite. The malt doesn't really show up to the nose.

Interesting journey that starts off malty but quickly succumbs to a strong black pepper hop bite. But after the bitter swallow, the malt shows up again. Full bodied with a below average carbonation level.

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Photo of Philguy07
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good example of an east coast IPA. It has a strong malt presence that lends a richness common with New England craft beers, but has an assertively bitter hop that's closer to it's western pals. I would recommend for someone new to New England beers.

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Photo of potownbill
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very Enjoyable IPA that doesn't overpower the senses.
Appearance: Amber orange color with a 2" white lingering head. Good lacing.
Smell: Some citrus, some earthiness, but not that strong.
Taste: Some citrus, a hint of alcohol, but again, not a dominate "hop-head" type of beer
Mouthfeel: Good body, the right amount of carbonation.
Overall: at no point did I have any overwhelming positive or negative opinions about this beer. But, I drank it during an NCAA Game, finished the 22oz, and thought "I'd like another one of these." Don't overthink this one, just enjoy it.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Big Elm India Pale Ale pours an orange/golden color with a solid white head. This beer has a citrus, grassy flavor to it but it is really not that hoppy as most IPAs. Overall its a decent, mellow ipa that I did enjoy but i wouldn't recommend to the true hop heads out there.

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IPA from Big Elm Brewing
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