Neck Oil
Beavertown Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,819
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,322
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
133
From:
Beavertown Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  35
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 133
Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Pale gold straw, effervescent, good head retention, minimal lace, clear.

Aroma
Hops. American hops. Citrusy, fruity hops. Very low malt.

Flavor
Dry, crisp. Low maltiness. Citrus, herbal Hop forward flavor with balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel
Light, generous carbonation and crisp

Overall
This was fresh and popular at the Old Ship pub in Hammersmith London

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Photo of Myk5
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, fruity and not too strong - I never get sick of this. Has felt like a guilty pleasure at times, but nah - I just love it. Will always be a fave.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a session ipa for real beer drinkers, and really nice when you catch it fresh, which around london in my experience was about half of the time, lots of dated hoppy beer around, not sure why. in any event, in its prime, this is really exceptional, only lightly malty, with a massive hop profile in nose and taste, which appears to me to be driven by simcoe and mosaic, although others are likely here. its a great mix of classic northwestern grapefruity bitterness and citrus, and also a more modern tropical fruit layer, with some pineapple and peach notes to it. there is a little bit of sweetness and warmth from the grain, delicate but present, so the base of the beer isnt boring, and it can support quite a lot of hops without seeming out of balance at all to me. its juicy and bright, pineapple and peach notes, pine and citrus, and its quite compelling really. high carbonation, medium body for the style, and enough bitterness at the end to keep it drinking like an ipa. i think the hop profile is fantastic, they did a great job with this one overall, among my favorites i had from these guys while in london recently, and clearly famous for a reason. this appears to be one of their most popular offerings, and i see why! unique in a style where a lot of them all taste the same...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml can, date on bottom

appears slightly hazy, yellow in color, white head. American hop aroma - leans citrus. similar flavor, light malt flavor, medium bitterness. thinner bodied.

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Photo of ChrisxSaysxPhuxQ
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Conflicted, I really like it, it's not an ale. Perhaps it's an American ale as it should be. A nice taste and aroma a bit too fizzy and closer to a very hoppy larger than a true pale ale. A good cross over for a young pallet not yet fully acquired for the traditional ales. Also good as an alternative to a pilsnet. I am a fan but I wouldn't say it's a pale ale.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I bought a batch of Beavertown beers a couple of weeks ago, and this was the last one in the fridge. I'm fearing this might be another of their hop-bomb brews, like most of the others I've tried. We shall see...
L- pale amber/tan with slight haze, 1Cm white head reducung.
S- I've got congestion despite which I can clearly smell this from a foot/+ away! Distinctly reminds me of orange blossom. Up closer it seems like part-way between orange and lemon. So now I'm concerned that this is going to be a citric hop-bomb! :-)
T- Well, the flavour seemed to go on developing on the palate for an age. It's not quite in the hop-bomb league but it's certainly dry. The lemon element seems to peak right at the finish. To me it tastes like someone has blended 1/3rd beer + 1/3 bitter-lemon drink + 1/3rd orangeade. The result appears to be something that doesn't come over as beer at all.
M- It's quite light, as you'd expect from the 4.3% ABV, so it's crisp, refreshing, but to my taste it's a pretty ruthlessly blunt instrument.
O- It's not for me this one. I appreciate that this style is a current vogue, just not for me!
Bought from Waitrose London. Canned: 06/07/18 - BB: 06/01/19

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Photo of Spike
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml can. Hazy, bright yellow with a thin head. Aroma is faintly citrus. Taste is lemon & mango, pleasant but not juicy enough. Resin & pine is very mellow, as is the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smoooth with low carbonation but finish is short and there’s a lack of bite. Understand this is a session IPA but it’s very underpowered. It avoids the wateryness of many low alcohol AIPAs but the lack of bitterness or hop character is better suited (in my opinion) to a pale ale than an india pale ale.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a Ora et Labora taster.

A: The body is extremely water with a yellow hue and with a white head, showing average retention. If it wasn't for the style, I'd really say this could be a hoppy lager.
S: The aroma is mostly resinous with just a small hint of orange peel.
T: Taste is subtle, as subtle as a Session IPA can get. Mostly resinous but fresh, ends with a light hoppy touch bringing everything together.
M: Body is low, carbonation is good, alcohol is unnoticeable and bitterness is medium high.
O: Body could have a better presentation but, overall, a good Session IPA.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale, even for a session IPA, with a medium-large head that leaves a bit of lace. Nose is lightly refreshing with some sweetness and fruit...lightly tropical and citrusy. Taste is a bit on the light/watery side. Not a lot of flavor, but is crisp and crushable. If it wasn't so overpriced for what it is, this might be a summertime lawnmower beer. Overall, just okay and not one I'd go back to if there were other options.

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Photo of Vader444
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can pour into 2/3 pint glass.

Tasty, easy drinking session IPA. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Clearly not a complex beer for pontificating over, this is nonetheless perfect for sitting and shooting the breeze with your amigos. Nothing to complain about here.

I like. Cheers!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried the Neck Oil at the Pink Moon Saloon in Adelaide. I didn't have time to write a review on the spot. From what I remember I thought it was pretty good. Poured a golden clear with white head. The scent had some citrus notes. The taste was decently balanced. Overall its worth a shot.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky straw with billowing head

Plenty of aroma, tropical fruits, sweet, citrus,


Decentcsimilar taste too, low malts, thin body, fairly short finish considering but a bit of bitterness hangs on

good

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Photo of Hallu
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very "polite" IPA. The nose is clearly a classic American IPA, and the foam is very thick. But it's not very pungent, it's subtle. So you tick all the IPA boxes (citrus, tropical fruits etc...). The taste is weird. You feel like it's an IPA, but again, it's not very powerful. The carbonation is strange. With the dryness, it feels like you're drinking Perrier, not beer. It's quite malty (bread) but the finish comes back to the citrus, and is definitely the best thing in this, as it lasts for a very long time. I'm not sure I would have this one again, it just feels odd, like it's not balanced properly. It feels like they didn't really decided to go for strong malts or strong hops (either in quantity or type) and just compromised on each. But it makes me wanna try one of their stronger IPAs to see what they can do when they don't pull out their punches.

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Photo of interzen
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml can poured into a chalice glass

Look: Slightly hazy, golden yellow with a thick, foamy off-white head that seems to be a bit of a 'thing' in Beavertown's beers. Good retention.

Smell: As you'd expect from an American-style IPA, it's hops front and centre, with a bucketload of citrus and passion-fruit leading the charge with a more subtle earthy floralness in the background.

Taste: Fresh, clean, almost 'clinical' hop taste - heavy on the citrus and passion-fruit (again) with a malty hoppiness following closely behind. Finish is long, dry and delightfully astringent.

Feel: Despite being a fairly 'low' ABV for an American-style IPA this manages to avoid being thin and watery. Very refreshing.

Overall: A session IPA, you say? Don't mind if I do - Beavertown have managed to capture the flavours of the American IPA (hops, hops and more hops) without giving the end result an octane rating. This means it lives up to its name, beautifully - I'd be quite happy to spend a lazy hour or three kicking back and drinking this. As session beers go, you'd be hard put to find better.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of the better session IPAs I've had, which is no small feat based on my suspicion of the style. Big old citric nose, and a tangy hoppy palate. Easily compares with the best American versions of the style.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Very pale streaming gold in colour with a big rock white foam head with what is best described as so, so retention.

Smell - Pine, passion fruit with pineapple dominate the nose of this fruity brew. There are also floral and grassy notes to be found in here too.

Taste - This one is dominated by a fruity front. Grapefruit, Passion fruit, Pineapple along with blood orange. The blood orange bitter end is strong and the pine element to the hop is also very pleasing.

Mouth feel - Crisp fresh sparkling and heavy on the linger.

Overall - Very tasty and well enough balanced for a style that is famously lacking in the balance department.

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Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Has a hazy, peach-straw color, with a huge, bubbly head.

Lemony aromas fill the room just after opening the can. Offers up an intense, hop driven, citrus infused dankness. Incredibly rich on the citrus, accompanied by mango and kiwi, putting together a fruity, hop forward nose.

Has a light body, with a citrussy, dough mouthfeel, finishing with refreshing, crisp lemony hops.

Tastes of bready malts, amped up by a slightly prickly, lively carbonation, introducing bitter, citraic hops to the palate. Produces a very refreshing appearance, with hops converting into a leavy direction during the finish, while still being heavy on the citrus, together with a mineralic, fitting aqueous quality.

Fantastic, light and refreshing session Ipa, while delivering a convincing taste diversity, with just the right amount of hops in it.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid session ale - pours a light yellow to golden in color with a thin head and lacing. Juicy citrus and lemon with well enough pronounced hops. Goes down very easily.

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cracking session pale ale which has bags of flavour and low on the alcohol. It pours well, has that typical hoppy aroma and then tastes great. A bit like dead pony from brewdog

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can a clear yellow colour. Aromas of citrus, hops, lemon and grapefruit. Like the title says, this is a 'session IPA.' Flavours are mild, making this a sessionable ale. Citrus hops and light malts are well balanced, with the malt back fading away with only a smooth hop body left to finish it out.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours orange with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lychee and passion fruit along with herbal and earthy hops.
Some clean malt in there too.
More lychee as a flavours followed by bready malt and herbal, earthy hops. Finishes with a bold bitterness.

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Photo of grapeandgrain
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

A fantastic session IPA that you really can drink all day. It is deceptively drinkable, fresh and has plenty of tropical fruit without being too overbearing.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml can with a BB of Feb 2015. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described as a session IPA; I love the bizarre artwork.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. A hazy golden hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of bountiful fruitiness with hints of grapefruit, lime, citrus, white grape, mild melon, tropical fruits, subtle grass, light malt and earthy yeast. Delicious.

T: Tastes of wonderfully fruity aromatic hops with a crisp, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lime, citrus, white grape, melon, tropical fruits, grass/hay, subtle grainy malt, earthy yeast and mild stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a stinging hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Hop oils tantalise the palate. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of citrus, bitter aromatic hops, earthy yeast and faint malt.

O: Fantastic - an amazingly hoppy brew that goes down a treat. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour are superb. Lashings of citrus and fruity hop notes backed up by subtle malt and yeast. Good body; perhaps a shade too thin. Wonderful, and demonstrates that IPAs don't have to be herculean in strength to deliver. An excellent brew - don't pass it up if you have the chance to try it.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottledand possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a golden body with decent enough white head
Good stuff but maybe a little too drinkable
IMHO needs a bit more welly

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is an extremely average beer, and no doubt a crowd pleaser in the same line as most other new "craft" session IPAs and lagers, designed basically to lure away those with a taste for bland, but crisp and refreshing beers. Don't get me wrong, it most likely succeed in that purpose, plus it's a decent lawnmower beer. It's all watery hops, with very little depth of flavour and a thin body.

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Neck Oil from Beavertown Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 133 ratings