La Frontera | Big Bend Brewing Co.

La FronteraLa Frontera
BA SCORE
30.9%
Liked This Beer
3.46 w/ 55 ratings
La FronteraLa Frontera
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Bend Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
bigbendbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DillanWeems on 10-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,495
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
55
Liked:
17
Avg:
3.46/5
pDev:
12.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of ThatGorilla
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy golden orange. Head is minimal. Poured into tulip glass (once I saw the weak ratings here and decided to add my 2 cents). Fairly clingy lacing. Looks decent overall.

Aroma: Not over the top, but quite pungent. Piney, a bit grassy and floral, faintly some citrus as well as some booziness detected by my amateur nose.

Taste: VERY similar to the NB Voodoo Ranger IPA (not the Imperial, the regular), which I do enjoy. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Does not seem as bitter as the stated 71 IBU. I can almost taste the boozy edge (+.8%) that this one has over the New Belgium, especially as it warms. Overall, quite good...heavier on the pine than it is on the fruit, which tends more towards the citrus than the tropical spectrum. Resinous with some subtle fruitiness. Nice complexity, imo. Nothing glaring out of place--very drinkable.

Mouth Feel: medium-light body, which I think fits this ale well. Resinous and coating, with a noticeable warming from the alcohol as it goes down. A good balance with a detectable reminder of the 7.8% abv.

Overall: I like it. Not quite a "wow" IPA, but it's definitely good and something I would indeed buy again. Almost seems like an emulation of the Voodoo Ranger IPA, but with a little more warmth. It's one of those IPA's where the hops and the malts dance a tango, sharing the spotlight, with neither becoming the star of the (enjoyable) show. If the price is the same, I think I would choose this over its NB counterpart, if only because it's newer to me and has a bit more warmth.

Notes: I'm not very well versed in proper beer lingo, as I'm new to reviewing. The freshness by date is unknown, 'canned on' date not legible. Also, no mention online of what hops and malts go into this solid IPA, but I'm thinking Amarillo, Mosaic, Cascade, and other hops could be in the mix. Malt-wise, possibly a mix of pale and black. A 'B+' overall, nearing an A- (as it's rather good and worth trying if you're an IPA fan and get the chance). If the reviews on this one here are low, don't let that assuage you from trying this tasty IPA from west Texas! Much enjoyed. Cheers!

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Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesStreet
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of calcutron
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with pine and citrus, typical IPA, good not great.

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one reminded me a lot of a major brewer's IPA. It has the traditional IPA hoppiness, but it is very subdued and the hops fruitiness is very lacking.

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Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtaylord
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tommo
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can from west texas, pours a medium hue for an ipa. Smells somewhat gentle but all you taste on teh way down is malt. Not much bittering, to sweet. Overall this is kinda bad

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Photo of kkarimi
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travelguy
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bradaloupe
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The taste of this beer was much like what the other raters posted about it. It was bitter, the smell was very citrusy and complex. When I opened the can, it foamed a lot. It was not shaken at all. I attempted to pour a glass. Nothing but foam even with the steadiest hands. Threw that can and foam out.

I decided to drink it straight from the can. The foam was even worse and was harsh.

I would not buy this beer again. It was undrinkable due to the foam.

Never again.

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Photo of rorjets
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beergoot
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark gold colored body; very thick, lasting head; clumps of lacking on the glass. Very faint whiff of citrus with a touch of malt. Light cereal grain base with a robust hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; coarse; primarily dry finish.

It looks and tastes like an IPA but it's rather one-dimensional flavor-wise. Couple that with a really weak aroma and you are left with a drinkable yet unexciting IPA.

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Photo of gilgar
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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La Frontera from Big Bend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 30.9% out of 100 with 55 ratings
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