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Empty Rowboat IPA | Lake Monster Brewing

very good
14 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Lake Monster Brewing
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jera1350 on 10-10-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 68
Reviews by HoistinBrews:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Amber gold with nice sized cap and some lacing.

Smell: Mostly sweet orange and grapefruit. Slight toastiness.

Taste: Toasted malt backbone with strong citrus on top - mostly sweet orange and grapefruit. Slight earthiness and a touch of dankness. Somewhat bitter on the finish, but mostly very well balanced.

Feel: Medium body that is light for an IPA. Decent carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Nice, everyday, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 2” off-white foam cap.
S: spice, malt and rich hops.
T: Enough malt to provide a firm backbone but not too much so as to dominate the hops, good hop finish, bitterness is not harsh. Some light biscuit but not a lot of fruit character.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: A little one dimensional but refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of optimator705
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Photo of andrew8626
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoctorsOrders
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Currently contract brewed at Sand Creek Brewing. No bottle date. Pours a clear amber with a solid finger of head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma reminds me a bit of Mad Hatter from New Holland. Perfume of flowers, herbs, grass, and a bit of citrus and pine. There is a slightest hint of sweetness from the malt.

Sort of a old school West Coast IPA. The malt does not add much flavor, just a touch of toasted biscuit but that is about it. The hop flavor comes through very well with a good flavor payoff for the bitterness level. Hop flavor of citrus, pine, and floral qualities. The label says a combination of old and new American hops, but it tastes totally old school to this drinker which is not a problem. Maybe not that exciting for some.

Really like the body, carbonation and the overall texture. Nice smooth, but lively feel.

A very enjoyable IPA. I have been very impressed with Lake Monster so far.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ddavison
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a substantial malt presence but it has such a nice citrus hop flavor that consistent throughout with little backside bitter. While not a very complex IPA, it certainly is a pleasing one to drink.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy sunset color with an off white head very fresh collar
S= citrus and tropical fruit notes with bread
T- fresh citrus with touches of mango sweet caramel notes of malt
M- medium carbonation sweet more than bitter
O- very murky IPA which i liked it was very drinkable and tasty low bitterness with more sweet tropical hops

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber/gold with a nice thick meringue like head.

Smell has got some punch to it, impressive for a 'single' style IPA. A Harbinger of good things to come. Creamy and citrusy like an orange dream bar. Tastes about the same with a nice piney bitterness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is nice. Respectable carb. Doesn't have that creaminess that I look for in a potential rival to Bell's Two Hearted.

Awesome IPA. Bang for your buck. Definitely adding this one into the rotation.

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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear bright orange color. The head is small, and recedes quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of noble hop spices, pine, passion fruit and tangerine. This is a unique aroma for an IPA, and it works. The taste is similar to the aroma with a nice bitterness in the finish that recedes quickly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this is a nice if not memorable IPA. I would drink this if offered, but can't see myself buying it with all of the current shelf options.

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3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jsprain1
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bit lighter than copper. Huge white head falls down into a half finger. Fairly active carbonation
S- A bit sweet on those. A bit of cookie, some grapefruit, and some earth. Mild for the style, but pleasant. As it warms, citrus becomes a bit more pronounced.
T- It leans a touch too heavy on the malt, but I still like where they are going. Again a bit sweet, but midsip grapefruit and some pine notes take over.
M- A bit thin on the carbonation and body. For as sweet of an IPA as I found it, it lacked a bit of body depth for me.
O- A pretty good IPA. A bit standard but still an easy drinking and enjoyable beer.

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Empty Rowboat IPA from Lake Monster Brewing
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