Villager IPA
Fort Point Beer Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,013
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
86
Ranked #29,149
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
107
From:
Fort Point Beer Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  23
SCORE
86
Very Good
Villager IPAVillager IPA
Notes: In the San Francisco spirit of innovation, Villager blends classic Northwest hops with contemporary ale yeast to establish a delicately constructed IPA. Villager's hop aroma is both citrusy and floral, complemented by notes of stone fruit and tropical flavor in the finish. A true expression of the cultural contrasts that embody our city by the bay, Villager brings a new twist to this West Coast style.
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Continuing my tour of what's left of the West Coast IPA. I picked up a sixer of this. Date on the can says 03/04/2021 (but the box said 4/20/2021).

Fitlered straw yellow with a 1 inch creamy white head. I immediately pick up piney resinous hops from the aroma. I'm usually happy when that aroma is present. Definite smell of tropical fruit, especially pineapple. The taste is fruity with a hint of pine. Not that bitter. A little light on the backend without much noticeable malt presence which can sometimes be okay in this style. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and like I said the balance leans towards the hop but not too much of that as it isn't too bitter. Overall, it's pretty refreshing. Drinks easily and it taste super fresh. I wish it was a little more bitter but the abv is unbelievable hidden as this almost drinks like a light IPA. There are no real off-notes, it just isn't the boldest beer more laid back and casual. A sure winner with dinner; would pair well with any spicy food that you need to wash down with something just slightly bitter. I could imagine kicking back and sharing a few of these with friends.

May 04, 2021
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UnevenSurface from Hong Kong

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An IPA that remembers that its roots are in a Pale Ale style - a rare thing on the West Coast. The hops and ABV are nicely in balance. I would say the same for Lagunitas, of course, but Villager doesn't quite match Lagunitas for taste. However, it's a very decent easy drinking and refreshing beer. Not quite sure about the 'San Francisco style' claim, but I'll let that lie.

Jun 25, 2020
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poneill12 from California

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light golden yellow. Not much amber or darkness to it, which is kind of nice because that comes through without unnecessary sweetness. Not much smell. Good carb and head. It isn't too bitter but it drinks like a hoppy sharp pilsner or hoppy lager kind of. subtle fruit. Plenty of flavor but it won't hit you over the head.

Sep 03, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer today in the Piedmont neighborhood on vacation in Oakland to visit my sister. Clean, assertive hop presence with enough balance to be respectable and no more. Worth a try, but not outstanding or standout.

Aug 17, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

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

Straw with a hint of haze, a little carbonation and 2 fingers of fast fading white head.

Smells of pineapple and caramel malts.

Tastes of pine, pineapple candy, slightly floral and a little bitter finish.

Medium body, slightly syrupy with little carbonation.

I got this in San Francisco, and am drinking it in Redding, Feb 1st, 2019.

Feb 01, 2019
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terence from California

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid West Coast IPA, usually readily available in Northern California Costcos. Very fragrant amroma, flavorful with clean finish. Enjoyable brew well worth try.

Sep 09, 2018
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ChristopherOrev from California

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reliable, middle-of-the-road IPA. The can/label design wins major points for this artist and beer drinker, but the flavors and finish of the Villager IPA isn't enough to warrant major kudos. It's worth trying, but it's nothing special (excepting the aesthetics).

Aug 24, 2018
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summitsix from California

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review date 1/6/18
Date stamped on the box 12/21/17

L - Light gold, filtered IPA with delicate bubbles streaming up to the top
S - Citrusy, tropical hops
T - Nicely balanced with Northwest hops and malt
F - Good mouthfeel, very refreshing
O - I love the dry, crisp finish to this beer. It's sold in cans, and the canned on date is clearly stamped on the box

Jan 07, 2018
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

They say on the can this is a San Francisco style IPA but I was not aware of such a style :) Pours a light straw color, decent head. Carbonation is touch high IMO. Aroma is bready, herbal/floral, not much in the way of citrus notes despite what they claim on the above description. Taste is hard pinpoint. There are some malty bready notes mixed with a piney hop character that tastes more in line with a straight pale ale - not hoppy enough for a typical IPA (this wouldn't be the first beer that has this categorical problem.) This is not a terrible beer, not sure if I'll get it again.

Dec 10, 2017
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sholbert from California

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

On draft, pint glass. Very pale gold, lots of carbonation. Sweet floral and grassy nose with some lemon in there too. Similar taste, pine, light citrus. Dry, bitter finish.

Oct 26, 2017
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John1985 from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this super fresh in Whole Foods. Nice light gold color with decent inch white head. Aroma was a little on the faint side but was decent tropical/citrus. Taste had a burst of bitter followed by a surprising honey malt flavor that balanced nicely. Finish was mildly bitter. Nothing crazy going on but a very solid enjoyable IPA. Reminded me a little of Lagunitas IPA.

Jul 06, 2017
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sjrider from California

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold straw color with fluffy white head leaving significant lacing. Nose is faint piney hops with a hint of sweet malt. Taste follows ,very mild -I would guess this is a pale ale if I hadn't seen the can. Easy and unoffensive.

Jun 08, 2017
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TrojanRB from California

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant translucent gold, very little head, but nice lacing

Smells of lemon rind, a bit of honey

Tastes of bright citrus and some pine

Almost a creamy mouthfeel, crisp, slightly sweet, not bitter at all

Very enjoyable, and sessionable. In this can format, I'll take a sixer to the beach

Mar 25, 2017
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JeffBlue from California

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

12-19-16, SF,12oz can (Villager IPA, Ft. Point), nice and dryish, pleasantly surprised by this one...called for a second one. Thanks to Adam for sharing this

Jan 12, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

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

2016-12-16
12oz can served in a snifter. I don't see a date on it. Purchased at Jane's in Sunnyvale, flown home in my suitcase.

Pours clear pretty yellow with a big head and lots of carbonation. Nice looking beer. Smell is fresh/hoppy/piney.

Taste is nice -- mellow straw and malt with a bright hoppy background. Very slightly tropical, more citrus.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, very nice. I'm starting to think Fort Point knows what they're doing.

Dec 17, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy gold with a white head that fades but left a nice ring of lacing. The aroma is sweet with pineapple and floral notes with a tiny whiff of pine. The taste is more bitter than the aroma lets on with a sweetness kicking in late and leaving a wonderful bitterness combined with candied pineapple finish. Very solid brew that finishes clean.

Apr 14, 2016
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spark3148857 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant gold with one finger eggshell white head. Nose is well balanced between floral notes, citrus, ripe stone fruit, and some dankness. Nice pop of bitterness up front with a decent but of dankness giving way to some malty sweetness and lots of peach. Finishes semi dry with a nice intermingling of dank and sweet. Very enjoyable.

Dec 02, 2014
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elNopalero from California

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a lightly amber-tan color with a creamy head.

There’s a light aroma with some orange-citrus and pine notes.

It’s pleasantly piney with orange and pine notes rounding it out. Lightly carbonated, which makes me wonder what cask conditioning would bring out. Enjoyable addition to the SF scene.

May 24, 2014
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 107 ratings