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Trophy Wife | Trophy Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trophy Brewing
North Carolina, United States
trophybrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Session IPA

Light and approachable this beauty shows off a bright and clean finish.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,049
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
81
pDev:
7.58%
 
 
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a picturesque clear gold to light amber with an off white and rocky head.

The nose is fresh, juicy hops. Notes of guava, citrus, and cotton candy. Some underlying bread notes, but they are hard to pick out.

The palate is like the nose, with a strong hop character, and weak malt flavor. Cotton candy and citrus rind in the flavor. Some light bready and biscuity malt notes. Has a bit of an Orangina character to it. Pouring in the dregs brings a bit more of the malt profile forward and rounds the beer out a tad. Sweet throughout, but the bitterness at the end rounds it out.

The mouthfeel is a bit chewy with a north of medium body. The carbonation is high, but not aggressive. There is a touch of alcohol warmth, but it goes largely unnoticed.

Overall, this beer comes across as a session NEIPA, without the haze. While it did get more enjoyable as I sat with it, the weak malt flavors hold this beer back a bit. Still, not a bad beer, just not one that'd be worth grabbing a sixer of.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2019-01-17
12oz can served in a tulip. 5/9/18. No idea where I got this beer. If I don't think it's at least decent, I'll not review it, since it's past what I would consider a reasonable timeframe.

Initially poured a clear pretty brassy gold with a huge head and lots of carbonation. Poured some more in after the head settled a bit and got a bunch of sediment. Smell is primarily a moderate grassy hops, some clear resin aroma.

Taste is nice. Clear hop profile, not overwhelming. Clean, maybe a slight hint of toast or biscuit to the malt.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, moderately dry. Overall, this is a good pale ale, which has held up surprisingly well to a pretty long period on the shelf. I wonder where I got this, and why it stayed in my fridge so long.

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Photo of haines710
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap in Raleigh and also picked up a can at a bottle shop. Enjoyed that later. Nice easy to drink beer it still with enough flavor to be satisfying. Nice citrus smell and taste. I was surprised to see this listed as a session beer.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lrend13
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well, this is quite a milestone for me. This is brewery #1,000 that I have reviewed a beer from. 49 states plus D.C. (damn you ND), and 77 countries that I have reviewed a beer from. O.K., I'm done patting myself on the back.

Poured from a 12 oz. can, and yes, that can came by way of woodychanlder, who has been a huge part of this milestone. Has an orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, mango. Taste is mango, peaches, citrus, malts, balanced and punching above it's weight at 4.9% abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip. Canned 5/9/18.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a hint of haze and a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad!

Smell: grassy, herbal, slightly fruity hops atop a rather sweet malt base. The overall effect is quite vernal; it's quite decent.

Taste: the hops are much danker than the aroma suggests; it's almost a super deep floral character, really. The malt is not as sweet as the aroma, either; it's got a more bready, substantial character. Bitterness is moderately strong; the overall effect is very earthy and quite different from the aroma. Interesting!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: an interesting pale ale. It is not my favorite, but it's not without it's merits. It's definitely high on the dankness scale.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakley
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EtOHMD
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RollDamnTide
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben1313
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD 12/17/17. Almost clear, slightly cloudy, amber pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Quite outstanding nose of tropicals (mango, pineapple) and tangerine over a softly sweet bready base with a hint of caramel. Underneath is a very subtle zest and spruce aspect.

Light body with a texture similar to water. Quite outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle is prickly with effervescence while the finish is a bit more finely bubbled and delivers a prickly rush.

The flavor profile is borderline very good for a session IPA but lacks the rich complexity suggested by the aroma. Bitterness is rather mild and complexity is masked. However, balance is world class. The flavors never separate well due to lack of a contrasting sweetness. What does arrive is blended citrus with a hint of spicy spruce. Towards the finish, orange hints are provided. Flavor intensity is outstanding for a session IPA. It has no watery aspect whatsoever. The finish lingers with a note of tangerine zest.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OZ. can
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours amber in color with a slight haze and burnt orange highlights. It is topped with two inches of beige head that leaves little lacing.

It has a nice citrus aroma with hints of biscuit.

The taste is light citrus and tropical fruit with a pine finish. As with most session IPAs, it does have a watered down taste.

Thin mouthfeel

It is pretty good for a session IPA. I still much prefer a full flavored IPA or DIPA. I don't feel the need to drink a watered down version of a style all day long. Even though I am not a fan of session IPAs, this one is done as well as they can be done.

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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Javaslinger
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal. This is a top 10 APA for me. There's a lot of APA's with great aroma. This has singularly terrific flavor. A bit murky and unspectacular in look, but who cares. For a session APA, it has great body and flavor. My favorite session APA by far.

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Photo of walkinginplace
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Trophy Wife from Trophy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 81 ratings