IPA | Big Elm Brewing

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3.63 w/ 86 ratings

Brewed by:
Big Elm Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WDJersey on 02-28-2013

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 14
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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +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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More User Reviews:
Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a recently purchased 12 oz can into a pint glass
a - Lovely honey colored backdrop, I love the clarity,carbonation is active in support of a full
white cap.
S - A bit of Saison yeast? Sure smells like 3711, Pine notes, cracker, and a bit of apricot.
T - Starts off a bit metallic, semi sweet malt backbone, supports the pine driven hops, a very nice bitterness.
M - Medium in body excellent carbonation, a quick run down the middle of the toungue, bitterness is refreshing of sorts. Lingers a long time.
O - I wonder if I have an off batch, I cant escape that Saison yeast flavor throughout the experience. That aside I feel the base has lots of upside. I will certainly be trying this again.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrewBest
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of twizzard
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Okisailor
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of dental
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dustinjkline
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of grittly
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Juice14
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of Philguy07
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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 JohnnyB
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Djaklevic
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rockrob
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ThorSigurdsson
4.79/5  rDev +32%
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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IPA from Big Elm Brewing
Beer rating: 44.2% out of 100 with 86 ratings
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