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Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
Texas, United States
IPA - Imperial
4.37 | pDev: 8.24%
Apr 10, 2020
Sep 27, 2014
Notes: None
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5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 10, 2020
4.31 by kkarimi from Texas on Jan 11, 2019
4.16 by Eddiehop from Texas on Oct 28, 2018
4.04 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jan 28, 2018
4.37 by acbe from Texas on Dec 25, 2017
3.75 by rspauldi from Texas on Dec 21, 2017
3.89 by Dicers from Colorado on Oct 05, 2017
3.75 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Mar 01, 2017
4 by cherche from Washington on Jan 21, 2017
4.25 by sd123 from Georgia on Jan 18, 2017
4.5 by greenspointexas from Texas on Jan 14, 2017
4.33 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Jul 29, 2016
4.21 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Jun 04, 2016
3.87 by mig100 from Texas on Apr 17, 2016
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4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by thatche2 from Georgia

Poured on draught into a tulip glass.

Appearance is golden orange with one finger thick head and good retention.

Smell is a plethora of tropical fruit (orange, grapefruit pith, lychee, lemon and pineapple) and pine as well as some onion. The mosaic hops are leading the way with Citra in the background.

Taste follows the nose with pine and grapefruit pith most prominent with a solid malt backbone. Great balance of hops and malt. Low to moderate sweetness and bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden buy comes out a little bit on the finish. Flavors linger for a good 5-10 sec.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly oily with a good medium body. Carbonation starts out relatively low but increases as the beer warms creating a nice bite at the end.

Overall this is an excellent double ipa. The mosaic and citra hops are perfectly combined with a great malt base. Highly recommend this beer.

Apr 14, 2016
4.67 by TheJeezus from Texas on Nov 10, 2015
3.75 by BGsWo22 from Texas on Oct 20, 2015
3.92 by jdwilliamson79 from Texas on Sep 21, 2015
4.31 by Patrick_Redbeard from Texas on Sep 13, 2015
4 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Sep 11, 2015
4.17 by Roybert from Texas on Aug 10, 2015
4.5 by PhatAtUT from Texas on Jul 30, 2015
4.6 by Texsuds from Texas on Jul 15, 2015
4.24 by rdooley from Texas on Jul 12, 2015
4.2 by blastoderm55 from Texas on Jul 12, 2015
3.94 by Justdoit1234 from Minnesota on Jun 28, 2015
4.7 by Persdawg from Texas on Jun 25, 2015
4.81 by pnelting from Texas on Jun 24, 2015
4.68 by gtermi from Texas on Jun 22, 2015
4.69 by exl_90 from Texas on Jun 17, 2015
4.24 by OneEye78 from Texas on Jun 11, 2015
4.46 by siege06nd from Virginia on Mar 24, 2015
4.71 by Tiernan from Texas on Mar 10, 2015
4.47 by MarcWP from Arizona on Mar 08, 2015
4.29 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 07, 2015
4.21 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Mar 06, 2015
4.48 by Hired_Goon from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2015
4.6 by Theortiz01 from Texas on Mar 03, 2015
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3.01/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

GROWLER: 32 oz. Brown glass. Screw-top. Filled at Pinthouse Pizza a few nights ago.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per Pinthouse Pizza's beer board. Expectations are high given a friend Collins' recommendation.

11% ABV.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. White colour. Foamy and frothy, with a nice thick even consistency and a good bubbly complexion. Retention is shockingly good for the high ABV - easily 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it slowly recedes.

BODY: Clear somewhat vibrance yellow-gold. Translucent. Clean, with no visible yeast or sediment.

Overall, it's a nice appearance for an imperial IPA, but has no stand-out characteristics that make it unique or special looking.

AROMA: Pale malts, melon, cantaloupe, and faint booze. I don't know that I've ever encountered an (imperial) IPA this melon-emphatic. It's interesting, sure, but I do wonder if it wouldn't be better with some citrus or resins. Is melon going to be enough?

Aromatic intensity is below average.

No yeast character or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Melon-forward as hell, with bitter juicy cantaloupe stealing the show. I've never experienced a hop profile quite like this, but then I'm not sure I'm that big a fan of it; I think I'd prefer citrus, nectar, resins, or the like. The melon bitterness is nicely checked by the pale malt backbone. Unfortunately, the 11% ABV does come through, and it really holds the drinkability back. I do like this, but it's rather simplistic and doesn't boast much depth of flavour.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. Leaves much to be desired in terms of intricacy. It's not a real subtly executed beer, but the unique melon emphasis is fantastic and intriguing. This is certainly a different breed of IPA and I applaud it for not following the herd.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Too thick, hefty, and weighty on the palate, with an overbearing syrupy sticky feel. Overall presence on the palate is subpar, and it's overcarbonated to boot. There just isn't enough flavour to justify this kind of base.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. But it's certainly boozy.

Fails to elevate the beer, or even to complement the taste all that well. Subpar execution.

OVERALL: As much as I like Pinthouse Pizza, this isn't one of their strongest efforts. As interesting as the melon hop profile is, it's not enough alone to make this worth buying, and the booziness is quite troublesome, severely restricting drinkability. This won't impress the discerning drinker, but it's worth trying if only to experience the unique melon-forward profile. I wouldn't buy it again, and it will take some effort to finish the grumbler, but I'm glad I tried it once.

Low C+ (3.01)

Mar 03, 2015
4.44 by Abbbp from Texas on Feb 25, 2015
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