Texas Lightning IPA | Fort Bend Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Fort Bend Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This hoppy (99 IBUs) American IPA will strike you with a jolt. It is a full bodied beer brewed with British pale and crystal malts; heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial

Added by champ103 on 01-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 32
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.64/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is a darker umber ale that is moderately cloudy with a very little tan head that is thick, settles slow and leaves delicate lacing down the glass.

The nose is floral and sharp with some tangy citrus, pine and grass notes that are well blended and the sweet fructose nose.

The taste is rich malt that is well balanced between fruity and dry, There is a nice hop bitter that has notes of apples, citrus, raisins, pine and that fades to a nice bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is just the right richness for a good IPA such as this.

Overall this is an exceptionally good IPA. I highly recommend it and will definitely be drinking it again,.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy amber color with thin foamy head. Slight lacing on side of glass. There appears to be sediment, so I assume this is an unfiltered beer. Has an apple and piney smell. As far as taste goes, though, there appears to be more grass/pine with strong hop forward presentation. Strong bitter, hoppy aftertaste. It is an IPA I would drink again, but I wouldn't search out. Too much of a grassy taste. The hops would be better balanced with more malt.

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Photo of jwff
2.08/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours out hazy, murky and in between brown and orange. With the high abv and dark coloration I'd say this is closer to Barleywine/Double IPA territory than just IPA. Smells primarily of caramel and sugar, and some citrus hops. Citrus bitterness upfront which is quickly masked by a heavy blanket of sweet and caramel. This beer touts 99 IBU's, but is quick to mask them after a brief appearance upfront. Low carbonation, heavy body. This seems very one note, and unfortunately as an IPA that note isn't the hops. No complexity. The challenge for me was finishing this beer. Another heavily malted Texas IPA.

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Photo of kennymule
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am a hop head, but this beer just doesn't live up to the name. There is not a lot to be excited about with this IPA. The 99 IBU is fine, but there is no complexity. It's drinkable, but that's as far as I can go.
A-Aggressive pour yielded frothy head. Cloudy apricot color with slight lacing.
S-99 IBU, it smell like citrus.
T-Hops, hops, and more hops. Aftertaste is just typical bitter and dry for the style.
O-This is a very average IPA with no character, no complexity.
I bought a sixer. so 4 more to go. Would probably not buy again, but it isn't a horrible beer. There are just better local brews of this style in our area. Hopefully FB will use this feedback and go back to the wood shed and try to improve on this beer.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Texas Lighting pours to a caramel color with a nose that is one of piney hop resins, citrus, and other fruits. The foam level on this beer is good at first, but eventually settles down to a thin, white layer and it does manage to leave some lacing as you consume.

This American IPA has some malt backbone with flavors of pale malt, caramel, and toasted notes. But the taste that keeps coming back to you is the hops. The hops contribute a dry citrus, pine, and light spice character that just keeps on giving and won’t go away. The finish is long and bitter, with an aftertaste of pine- like hops that continues to stick around long after that last sip.

Texas Lightning IPA is only available on tap at the moment but should be in bottles before year end. It is a good beer option for the hopheads among us, although I am the first to admit that, at 99 IBU, its flavor isn’t going to appeal to everyone. Long after drinking, you can still feel the bitter sensation on the back of the tongue and it takes time to fade completely. The beer is strong on hops and above average in alcohol as well, but is in fact medium bodied and not as heavy as its statistics initially suggest.

This isn’t a beer for craft beer rookies. It is intended as a brew for the well- seasoned hop heads who cannot get enough of the spice and other flavors that hops contribute to a well- crafted glass of beer. The citrus hop taste offered here is classic American IPA and the beer should be pleasing to most hop lovers who try it.

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Photo of TallTexanFan
2.12/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at SL Flying Saucer

A: Poor head, recedes quickly
S: Generous citrus hops
T: Over hopped, mostly enamel eating
M/D: Very dry

Notes: A good attempt for a local start up, back to the drawing board.

Serving type: I hadtwo free pints for fairness, didn't finish the second pint.

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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A growler purchase from Premium Draught in Houston, TX

A: Pours a hazy and deep orange/reddish color. A one finger white head is slow to rise. Then gently recedes in a minute. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: A big hoppy aroma in the nose. At first fresh cut grass then passion fruits and pineapple. Pine, tree sap and bitterness lingers. Love the juicy aromas.
T: The website has this listed at 99 IBU's. Yep, one ridiculously hopped up single IPA. Piny, resinous tree sap, big grapefruit bitterness that lingers on forever. Gone is the juicy passion fruit and great balance I enjoyed in the nose. Instead an enamel shredding bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation that is crisp at the same time. Very dry as well. Oh man, the bitterness is a bit harsh for me, and the alcohol is there to rear its head. A bit more difficult to drink than I would like.

Wow, I wish some more Texas hop heads would review these monster hoppy IPAs that are showing up. Lone Pint Neighbor Of The Beast and this are exactly what they want. Personally, I want some more balance than enamel shredding bitterness.

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Texas Lightning IPA from Fort Bend Brewing Co.
3.36 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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