Relay IPA
Thorn Brewing Company

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Thorn Brewing Company
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,934
Ranked #16,085
3.9 | pDev: 8.21%
Aug 20, 2023
Aug 17, 2013
This San Diego-style IPA is hop forward and not overly malty or bitter. Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, and Citra run a hop relay during the brew. Flavors of citrus, mango, grapefruit, and pine blend to form a deliciously hoppy beverage.
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Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Aug 20, 2023
Rated: 3.79 by QuintusHorace from California

Jun 27, 2022
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Rated by BDW720 from California

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A totally crushable West Coast IPA. Not overly malty or bitter.
May 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by hester7 from Texas

Mar 16, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by JTuomi from Finland

Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by Marvicsin from California

Jun 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Sep 22, 2020
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Reviewed by timon from California

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Very grassy beer. I don't like that term but I don't know what else to call it. The taste shifts too quickly in the mouth for my liking. The flavors are fine, but the shift is jarring. Look and mouthfeel are good. Smell is a bit too sharp and grassy for me.
May 07, 2020
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I was glad to have had a chance to drink a great West Coast IPA as recently most of the IPAs that I drank were hazy, NEstyleIPAs - not that they weren’t outstanding, I just felt the need for a “real”, “old fashioned” IPA.
First of all, it IS filtered and smells like an IPA should/used to smell like until a few years ago: hoppy, tropical and piney.
The best thing about it was that it had a kind of hop bitterness that was interesting, not just a simple bitter sensation but also a complex bitterness created by the blend of all the kinds of hops used for the brew (see the notes for more details, also for a description of the feel - they seem to have summed it up quite well).
It is not a beer that punches you in the face but it has depth to it that makes it a really interesting experience. I was 100% pleased with this beer, even to an extent that I would even drink it again.
Jan 04, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Mattias from Sweden

May 17, 2019
Rated: 4 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 08, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by Johnnyrafer from California

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by Wesmaze from New York

Oct 02, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by evanwoertz from California

Aug 05, 2018
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Reviewed by SoCal_Matt from California

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours golden yellow with a bit of white head. Aroma is very bright and dominated by orange zest with a touch of pine. Taste is mostly citrus and pine with a touch of tropical fruit. Flavors of grapefruit, orange marmalade, lemon, mango, pineapple, and pine. It has a nice malt presence is well. Feel is excellent - medium carbonation and a very light syrupy texture as it warms. Overall, I have enjoyed everything that I have had from Thorn so far and this is no different. This is definitely something that I would pick up again when I'm in the mood for a "San Diego-style IPA."
May 05, 2018
Rated: 4 by jeff1973 from California

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 4 by Kurzman from Rhode Island

Dec 12, 2017
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.24 with 10 percent off for a variety 6-pack
Purchased: Sept. 1, 2017
Consumed: Sept. 5, 2017
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Aug. 17, 2017

Picked this up on a recent trip to Bine & Vine as part of a variety 6-pack (and 10 percent off). Originally thought I had never tried a Thorn beer, but looked on Untappd and realized I gave Foreplay a 3.5 on Jan. 24, 2014 and Blind Lady Ale House and Fornication a 3.75 for a taster on April 21, 2016 at Knotty Barrel. Either way, had heard about this one and had been wanting to try it. Can description read, “This San Diego-style IPA is hop forward and not overly malty or bitter. Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, and Citra run a hop relay during the brew. Flavors of citrus, mango, grapefruit, and pine blend to form a deliciously hoppy beverage.” Four hops are usually one too many for me, but Simcoe and Citra! Don’t mind Centennial or Amarillo either. Hoping this one works.

Poured a gold, semi-clear color with four fingers of rocky white head. Could see a few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent spiderweb foamy lacing. Excellent foamy retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Initial hop smelled Amarillo, Centennial and Citra in order, while not getting any Simcoe. Also got pine, lime, mango, passion fruit, orange blossom and Juicy Fruit. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a garbled mess of hops, in order got Amarillo, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra. Also getting more, maybe Columbus and Nelson? Seems boozier than 7.2 pct. Also got bitter tangerine rind, mango, pineapple, pine and hints of passion fruit. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Feeling more like a DIPA. (Feel - 3.50)

This was a good IPA, but not sure I’d want to have it again. (Overall - 3.50)

3.61 | 82 | B
Oct 14, 2017
Relay IPA from Thorn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 49 ratings