HighBeam IPA
Walnut River Brewing Company

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Walnut River Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,126
Ranked #22,731
3.71 | pDev: 11.05%
Feb 20, 2021
Jan 03, 2014
Very Good
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Notes: A hoppy beer brewed exclusively with the Falconer’s Flight hop blend. Heavily influenced by the IPA’s of the Pacific northwest, this is the epitome of an American IPA. Floral, citrusy, aggressive, yet smooth and welcoming. A hop lovers paradise!

Ingredients: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel 40 and Caramel 120 malts. Falconer’s Flight hops.
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium orange color with a very strong and billowing white and foaming head. SRM of 13. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of orange, orange juice, grapefruit. Lots of nectarine. Some sweet mango, apple and berry underneath in the malt. (3.75)

Flavor: The flavor follows with moderate flavors of orange, nectarine, followed by some earthy sweet mango, apple and moderately bitter pine. Moderately bitter, but leans malty. (4.00)

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Full. Moderate carbonation, but full on the tongue. Finishes slightly malty with a mild pine bitterness. (3.75)

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA 2/19/21: Pours similar, but slightly lighter. More apple and nectarine. Less candied and caramelized orange and pine. A lighter body, but similar bitterness.

Compared to Centennial IPA 3/8/21: Pours a lighter color. Milder and less malty aromas. More orange juice and mango on the flavor. Less earthy, dank berry. Lighter and less malty.

to Bells Two-Hearted Ale 2/23/22: Pours slightly darker. Milder aromas. More tropical melon notes. Less stonefruit and pine. Overall, similar, but Two-Hearted has more flavor.

Overall: A pretty decent IPA here. Have been somewhat impressed with this over the few times that I've tried, but this is my first formal rating. Tonight, it drinks pretty standard for a good IPA. Nothing to bring it above the pack on a national level or for 7.7% ABV, but definitely a quality IPA for a local brewery. This one is good and deserves packing and distribution.
(Final Rating: 3.93)
*Compare to any malty Midwest IPA*
Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Oct 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can, no dating there but there's a sticker on the 6pack. I can't find it. Whatever. They just came in to town so it has to be reasonably fresh.

It pours a clear gold, good head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer. Some lacing.

Noticeable notes of caramel malt in the smell. Mild citrus and pine, low level of bitterness. I smell...balance.

Citrus and pine do their thing, caramel and earthy malt do theirs. They are, imho, wonderfully balanced and make for an eminently drinkable IPA.

The mouthfeel is Slick, borderline resinous.

What a nice break this provides for the seriously hoppy brews that are out there in spades. Maltiest IPA since my last BridgePort IPA, which I will miss dearly.
Aug 30, 2019
Rated: 3.34 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Mar 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Snift_the_juice from Kansas

4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Wow. El dorado you've got me up on your fences. Wonderful look, delicious taste from the heavy malt to the citrus pine notes this beer has me wanting another. And at 7.7% how COULDN'T you shift the juice? 10/10 would try again.
Jun 16, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 06, 2018
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
May 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Boto from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Draught in Emporia: this one pours a clear golden color. There was a thin white head that left some lacing. It has a lighter nose. Some tropical, pine and citrus notes. Not to bitter to the taste. Pine, citrus and tropical flavors. OK
Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by 22Blue from Kansas

Dec 07, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by Kahlerbock from Kansas

Oct 15, 2017
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Reviewed by IPA1978 from Missouri

2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
This beer has problems, big diacetyl nose and flavor kills any hope for a good beer. No discernible hops through the diacetyl butter taste. I hope this was a bad 6 pack, would not recommend.
Oct 08, 2017
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Reviewed by TX-Badger from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, other light fruits, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with fruit and pine. Not bad.
Jul 28, 2017
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Reviewed by ABabbidge from Kansas

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Burnt orange color with thin lacing head.

S: Malty and floral.

T&F: Bready malt, citrus fruits and apple. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness.

O: Well balanced, it has plenty of hop presence, but is a good change of pace from some of the super bitter IPAs that are increasingly common.
May 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Todd from California

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Floral, Citrusy, Bready, Balanced

Walnut River’s IPA has a golden, orangey hue and a sticky foam lace. Its malty nose offers floral and citrus hints. The body is crisp with a slight chewiness. Flavors unfold on the palate with more floral and citrus character and then some rind and apple notes, followed by a mild sweetness, a touch of honey and bready malts. A dry, grainy, and biscuity finish includes lingering herbal notes and alcohol warmth. The low beams are shining on this IPA as it's quite balanced, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #119 (December 2016).
Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by jkn09 from Texas

Jul 26, 2016
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of piney hops and burnt toast maltiness. Nice bitter piney bite with some citrus kick. Sweet caramel and toasted bread for a backbone. It was crisp and sharp.
Jul 09, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Treycotton from Oklahoma

Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 3.02 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

May 20, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by joemetric from Kansas

May 01, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Theogre83 from Kansas

Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by arc3636 from Kansas

Jun 06, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

May 26, 2014
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Reviewed by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy burnt orange body under a thick cream colored head. A layer of bubbly head retention, light lacing.

Aroma: Malty and floral with some pine and hops later on. A hidden touch of white pepper.

Taste: A big malty beginning, then some fruit rinds and florals come into play. Very bitter in the finish with grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, a touch of heat in the finish.

Overall: Really well balanced, bold, a good malt backbone.
May 04, 2014
Rated: 3.87 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 04, 2014
HighBeam IPA from Walnut River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 25 ratings