Lift Off | Daredevil Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Daredevil Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bounty of American hops deliver the signature clean and crisp finish of a perfectly balanced West Coast style IPA.

Added by jmarsh123 on 02-11-2013

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Photo of dannydetox
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

yellow ipa with a thin white head, some lacing remained on glass. nose is subdued, with light lemon and pine dominant. crqckery, clean malt on the palate, plus nots of apricot. dry finish. maybe even a little cilantro astringency. decent enough

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mid Amber hue typical of IPA. Hops front forward. I honestly don't get any flavor/odor other than hops. If on my IPA profile ratings I put bells two hearted at the perfect 10 spot and lift off is a mild mimic to it. 7.5.

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Photo of Prager62
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Started seeing this on the shelves in NW Indiana and decided to give it a try. It was canned 12/21/15 and I'm serving it in my Weyerbacher tulip glass.

Look- Pours a brilliant somewhat cloudy gold color with lively carbonation that produces two fingers of white creamy foam. A beautiful looking beer.

Smell- Grapefruit, mango, and some orange peel. There is some cereal and a bit of yeast in the back.

Taste- Grapefruit, orange zest, a bit of passionfruit and lemon peel. A healthy amount of malt to balance it out.

Feel- A nice hop bite up front followed by a creamy and slick malt backbone.

Overall- I passed on this once and it sold out rather quickly being new to our area. Another shipment hit last week and I decided to pull the trigger out of curiosity and the $10.99 price for a four pack of tall boys. It was a wise decision as this is one flavorful beer that has a nice balance of hop flavor and slick malt making it one easy drinking IPA. I'd love to find a fresher batch next time to really taste it in all its glory. I'll be keeping my eyes open for this one in the future!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice amber color with a thick head subsiding to a hearty white lacing ring.

S - Citrus and pine resin on the nose.

T - Very resiny and peppery/spicy from start to finish with some slight warming on the way down. Orange rind, juicy grapefruit, and pineapple over top of a subdued caramel malt that's beat down by a very healthy amount of juicy, hoppy goodness. Finishes bittersweet with juicy red grapefruit and changes over to a nice bitter bite. There's a little bit of alcohol presence.

M - Smooth and gentle carbonation and leaves a very thick coating of resinous tropical fruit in the mouth. Semi-dry to dry finish.

O - This is fantastic IPA and grossly underrated thus so far (IMO). A definite try if you like juicy IPA's bursting with flavor.

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Photo of ramay86
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a surprise box from @claaark13:

Very pretty beer. Honey gold body with a big pillow of lasting froth.

Nose shows an obvious bitterness: conifer and mild citrus.

Taste is follows suit with mostly resinous hop flavors and some cracker-y malts throughout. Nice IPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and some random splotches of bubbly surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Nice dry-hop aroma of piney hops and just enough malt backing to balance.

T- The pineyness continues and there's some extra earthy quality to the hop flavor. Very easy to drink for the ABV and has a moderate bitterness.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This is my first Daredevil beer and it's quite solid. Definitely on the more earthy side of the spectrum, but delivers good flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the pint room. Color was a somewhat hazy yellow copper. Their was a lot of hoppy flavor. The finish was unbelievably crisp. Fairly mild mouthfeel. Get down.

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Photo of Gear54
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local pub.

Hoppy and bitter without being too strong. If you want a hop bomb this isn't for you.

Two fingers of thick head and minimal lace.

Smooth and nice to drink on a got day.

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3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Three fingers of very light tan head builds to nearly 3 fingers with a strong pour. head turns rocky as the bubbles crackle and fade. Only scattered branches of lace are left behind. Body is a honey gold in tone and overall this brew has a very attractive appearance. Nose consists of citrus rind, fresh cut grass and a bit of lettuce like smell. With first sip you get dry resin based hop characteristics that paint the tongue. The mouthfeel stays mostly on the grassy feel and does include some soft dandelion tones as well. Very easy to drink IPA. Not a hop bomb but not a dud either.

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Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +0.8%

I poured this nice looking 16 oz. undated can into my Spiegelau IPA glass. I am a sucker for pint cans and for good IPAs. I think I hit the jackpot with this one. The rich golden body had a little chill haze and the head was pure white. Clumps of lace clung to the glass.

The smell was pine and citrus. Maybe even some powdery aspirin.

The can stated that it is a well-balanced IPA. I respectfully disagree. I think an IPA should be significantly more hoppy than sweet. Let the APAs seek balance. This IPA is a wonderfully unbalanced creation. I am not suggesting that it is not well crafted ā€“ it has a great mix of citrusy, spicy hops and enough malty, caramelly sweetness to gently counter the abundant, leafy, drying hops. I never found it to be harsh, but it did have a nice bitter bite. This is just how I prefer my IPAs - beautifully out of balance.

Juicy oranges, grapefruit and pineapple flavors were evident but it finished pretty dry - which always makes me want to sip more, more, more. There was some hint of aspirin - which make me think there are some Amarillo hops as well as the traditional West Coast-style three Cs. (Iā€™m speculating). Lift Off weighs in at 72 IBUs and 7.2% ABV. The alcohol is very well hidden, maybe too well hidden ā€“ it is very easy to drink.

The body was smooth and the carbonation level was medium - right on for the style. I would gladly reach for this one again and again.

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Photo of bomberboysk
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Serving: 16oz Can into a Tulip, Serving temp ~44 degrees F

A - Golden, exceptionally translucent, pours with about half an inch of head.

S - Citrus, Grass, are immediately noticeable from the hops. Smells more malty than I would expect from a west coast style IPA, which are usually just an overload of hops on the nose.

T - Bready, followed by citrus and an earthy quality that I can't quite pick out. Very balanced in this department.

M - Carbonation is good, body is slightly thinner than I'd like. A nice bitterness that sticks on the tongue.

O - I do take issue with it being called a "West Coast style" IPA, as even in their marketing they call it "perfectly balanced". When I think of a WC IPA, I'm expecting something extremely hop forward with no intentions of balancing it with malt. In the end though, it's a solid pint. Worth trying if you haven't had it, and not something I would object to being served, although it's unlikely that I'd purchase it again.

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

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that faded to leave light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of malty sweetness, citrus, pine. For being a west coast ipa this is rather subtle and not nearly as in-your-face as I expected.

T - Taste is bready malts, nice pine resin and citrus but not too too bitter. Finish has the bitter hints but for the most part this is pine and malts.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, nice lingering bitterness.

O - Overall, a solid IPA. Would like the nose to be more assertive though!

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a respectable head; plenty of lacing is left behind

Smell: For what is advertised as a West Coast IPA, I am picking up a lot of malt in the aroma; nice balance between the bready malt and the citrus/pine

Taste: Opens bready, with the pine asserting itself in the middle; after the swallow, some citrus sneaks into the profile, but the pine is dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nicely balanced IPA, not really of the West Coast variety, but a good everyday drinker

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Golden, slightly cloudy, with a near white head that fades quickly, leaving lacing.

S - Pine and citrus, this is a very clean, crisp smelling IPA. A few floral notes, and slight vegetal hint.

T - Citrus out front, mostly grapefruit and orange, with pine. Balancing against this is a sweet caramel malt line, but this fades to a very bitter finish.

M - The bitterness is strong, with considerable drying, and while the carbonation is substantial, the oils build on the tongue.

O - The bitterness is expected given the nature of the brew, but it is important to understand, while this comes from suburban Indianapolis, it is an aggressive West Coast IPA. It hammers home a delicious pine and fruit combo that I enjoyed, but it will leave you will a palate needing a bit of a rest to clear.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the pint can a cloudy, murky amber, with attractive head of off-white foam. Lace is spotty.

Nose is nice tropical hops -- I get pineapple, citrus, mango...very very nice!

Taste is brisk and bitter up front, and noticeably carbonated heavily. I get sour grapefruit most prominently here. Lift Off is a refreshing IPA with a light, drinkable body (despite the heavy 7.2% ABV). Definitely a solid and well-done IPA -- not a game changer, but solid.

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Photo of roger617
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this gem plenty of times, on tap, canned, and cask. I'm rating based off of tap, as that is how this beer is served at its best.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a finger of foamy white head. Leaves some lacing throughout the glass.
S: An incredible balance of citrus and pine. There is not a clear front runner in aroma. If you're thinking pine, you get pine. If you're thinking citrus, you get citrus.
T: Similar to aroma, a very well balanced blend of citrus and pine. More notably I get orange and grapefruit up front, with pine as the lingering after taste. Quite bitter, as expected as advertised as west coast style IPA.
M: Carbed to compliment. Feels great.
O: One of my favorite Indiana IPAs. I was a huge fan of Daredevil the first time I had this beer, and have been enjoying all of their offerings ever since. Lift Off is an extremely well balanced beer. Since they started canning, I've consistently had it available. Maybe I'll be able to snag a 6th barrel for my keezer soon :)

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date.

Hazy orange with a finger of foam on top, dripping with soapy lacing around the edges.

Citrus peel and pale malt in the aroma, fairly aromatic.

Orangey citrus sweetness, piney hop bitterness, light pale malt in the middle and some lingering bitterness of green botanicals in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, smooth feel. Pretty classic and easy drinking. Would pick this up again if I saw it.

Thanks to Howard for this one!

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty boilerplate higher alpha, citrusy IPA: pretty pour. Smells of fruit aromas with light nodes of bread. Flavor profile has a grassy beginning that moves quickly into hop nodes and ends crisp and clean. It does an excellent job of belying its fairly high ABV.

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Photo of JamesS
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep orange-copper color with nice head, it has a wonderfully sweet-malty and bitter-hoppy aroma. Great flavors, with excellent pale sweet malts and nice deep crystal toffee/caramel tones; excellent hops with great citrus/grapefruit and pine flavors. Goes down well, with that nice hop rough feel. Good stuff!

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Twenty Tap. I was glad as I've been trying to find this for a few weeks. This is one of Indy's newest beers and it is really good. The beer is an orange-amber color, suggesting a lot of caramel malt, and has a nice sticky head. A little hazy. The aroma is big and full of citrus, pine, classic west-coast IPA smells. Well done. The taste follows with a good malt, caramel backbone that is very well balanced with the hop flavors. Noticeable bitterness towards the finish - about right for me. Pleasant, medium-body. Overall a very solid IPA that raises the bar for Indianapolis' regular-availability IPA's.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap in Bloomington

Pours somewhat murky orange with a few reddish hues. Nice 2 finger off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

Classic American hop presence in the aroma. Some citrusy fruit with pine and a little floral essence.

Very well balanced flavor. Crisp citrus up front, but there is a strong bready malt backbone that is not as evident in the nose. Finishes with a bit of grapefruit and pine, but not overly bitter. My girlfriend who hates most IPA's even enjoyed the balance on this one.

Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Solid beer from a new brewer who appears to be doing things right so far. It was advertised as a West Coast IPA which I wouldn't necessarily agree with since it had more malt than is typical of that sub-genre. What it is though is a extremely well balanced smooth IPA and a superb beer for a brand new brewery.

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Lift Off from Daredevil Brewing Co.
3.97 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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