Refuge IPA
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

Refuge IPARefuge IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #468
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,871
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 10.78%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
164
From:
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
 
Arizona, United States
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90
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Refuge IPARefuge IPA
Notes: West Coast IPA brewed with Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, and Columbus hops
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 164
Photo of cyclonece09
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours golden orange with a small white head. Smells of citrus and piney hops. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops, very nice balance with some sweet grain. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first ever beer from Arizona!

Pours an unclear orange with soft, thick foam that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is very fruity with huge notes of orange, grapefuit and melon, with some pine in the back. Perfect balance, and a really great level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, quite sot, and well carbonated.

Overall, this was an outstanding beer. Perfect balance, and just so damn tasty.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy yellow gold, thick sticky head and glue like lacing. Canned on 8-31-17 this sucker is a day old. Smells wonderful, citrus, pine, hops. The taste is so good, full flavor IPA, loads of hops and balanced with smooth citrus, pine, and some dryness. A very refreshing IPA. This is a medium beer and great out in the sun, very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden orange with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Earthy, piney, grassy, and herbal notes hit first, but are soon overpowered by tropical fruit and citrus, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Juicy, tropical, lots of passion fruit, citrus, lemon and a little grapefruit, pine, a bit grassy, underlying earthy slightly herbal notes, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, soft on the palate.

O: You really have to let this one open up. First sip the earthy/herbal/piney side dominates, but before you know it the tropical and citrus notes come out to play. Really dig this one.

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Photo of dcotom
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 32-ounce crowler into Riedel stemless chardonnay glass. Appearance Is stunning. Hazy light copper color, voluminous white head, tons of lacing. Nice burst of pine upon opening the can. Aromas and flavors of bready malt, pine resin, citrus zest, and bubble gum. Dry finish, with lots of lingerimg bitterness. Delicious and drinkable, very well done.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a full three fingers; impressive on both the retention and lacing aspects

Smell: Bursts with resinous grapefruit and pine tones

Taste: A touch of the biscuit in the backbone but by the mid-palate, the hops take over with an assault of pine, blossoming with undertones of grapefruit pith; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, though the malt is always there

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is one of those IPAs that I would have really enjoyed more a few years ago but my palate today looks more for the fruit and less for the bitterness; well done, but no longer checks my IPA box

Thanks, kevindp9, for the opportunity

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Photo of HenryCrow
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange with a foamy white head. Aroma Aroma caramely malts, toffee, pine and resin. Taste is smooth, sweetish and malty with some caramely notes. Finish is smooth, sweetish and malty. Okay.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a crowler into an oversized tulip.

Copper color indicates a considerable malt presence. Lacing and head are fine.

Smells of tangy citrus, but lacks a hop pop and depth. This carries on to the taste, which is one-dimensional and takes its sweet time to make an entrance. The front of the tongue seems to get no flavor at all.

The feel approaches full-bodied but there's a spritzy carbonation here.

Not bad, but didn't wow me in anyway.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade...new 32oz can! The can gives you the message that it needs to be drunk now...don't wait!! Wow that wonderful smell hits you when you pop the top. Taste is grapefruit all the way with a great mouthfeel. Excellent trade!

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Complex big ipa with lots of carbonation. Grapefruit and orange hop flavours. On tap at the source. This will be their first can. Ordinary looks and mild aroma.

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Photo of LouZ
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had at brewery taproom - nothing special about this one. It's good, drinkable, but not aggressively hopped. Just an easy drinking, standard attempt at an IPA. Would get again here, but would not buy a bottle if offered.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice West Coast ipa. Very low malt presence. The hop bill is fairly standard, lot of pine, floral and mild citrus notes. Simcoe is the stand out hop here.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An aggressively sweet and bitter combo here, with a sticky sweet nose. It's obviously going after that tropical fruit vibe that's so du jour these days, but I don't think it quite nails it. It needs to dry out a bit.

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Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at the restaurant after a nice hike on one of the Superstition Mountain trails.

This was a very nice single IPA from reputably the best brewing team in the greater Phoenix area.

Definitely try this if you are a hop head. You will not be disappointed!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

On draft at AZ Wilderness.

Light copper body with a small off white collar. Aromas of tropical fruit and hop resin atop a supporting biscuit malt bill. Light and refreshing. Hop forward. Mango and oranges. Solid.

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Photo of stephens101
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bubbly tan head clears out quickly leaving little behind but a dark, amber brew. A few skinny lines of lace work upward.

Unique, earthy and resinous notes reach out to the nose, followed by sweet notes of caramel and ripened fruit (thinking apricot and nectarine).

Tastes paradoxically smooth with the bitter and sweet melding nicely, but thankfully never losing its pungent nature. Plenty more fruit to go around on the palate, a bit musky, and some spice at the end. Medium bodied with a welcomed, warming alcohol heat.

Sure IPA's are dime a dozen these days, but when you sift through the wanna-be's and mediocre ones to find a treasure like this, it makes it all worthwhile, and you realize the adventure is half the fun.

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Photo of CRStromante
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smooth and bright. Nice caramel color, and even from the growler it was very effervescent, bubbled right up the pint glass, with a fairly full head. It is a very nicely balanced IPA, very hoppy (Simcoe!) but not in a palate-wrecking kind of way, and the bitterness pleasantly fades to a warm sweetness. I like the grapefruit notes of the first sips. It isn't very malt-forward, at least not to moi, which I liked. It has the personality of a happy little smiley face, if I were to personify it. I'll have to try it on tap next time.

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Photo of laglocal
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best beer I have ever had brewed in Arizona. Appearance near a translucent light amber with an eggshell white head that lingers. Smell is of hops and a bit of bready malt. Not overwhelming in the nose like Dos Cabezas DIPA. Citrus hits the palate first with a bit of malt in the middle and finishes with a crippling herbal bitterness from the organic Simcoe hops. Mouthfeel is perfect. This beer is one of my favorite IPAs and I would liken it very much to the Row 2 Hill 56 that won over my heart at good ol RRBC. Bravo

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Refuge IPA from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 164 ratings