Banaba
Hailstorm Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,143
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #11,957
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 5.62%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
27
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Hailstorm Brewing Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with two fingers of gold-tinted white head that leaves decent lacing.

Muted aroma of honey malts and spicy hops.

Light tasting, again with some peppery hops and mild malt sweetness. Leaves a slight pine-nut impression with a moderately bitter aftertaste.

Medium bodied with fair carbonation. Perfectly drinkable, but nothing really stands out to me in this one. Crowler canned on 4/14/17.

Apr 21, 2017
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pint can dated 2/16/17 purchased at the brewery and poured in their 2nd Anniversary Teku glass.

Look- Pours a nearly transparent brilliant copper color leaving a generous finger of creamy white lingering foam. Heavy lacing is left in it's wake.

Smell- Grapefruit, mango, orange zest and a hint of pine.

Taste- Grapefruit, orange zest and a little pine. There is a floral presence in the finish followed by a kiss of malt.

Feel- Crisp, clean, bitter and very dry.

Overall- A very solid interpretation of the west coast style DIPA. The flavor floats between citrus and floral with a very sneaky 8% that hides well. A nice alternative to the NE Cloud brews they do very well. Hailstorm continues to improve with everything they brew.

Feb 19, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 24, 2017
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ksimons from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy orange gold color with a fingers worth of white head

S-aroma of citrus, orange, and light tropical fruits

T-some orange, pineapple, and pine and light caramel sweetness

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall another great DIPA from Hailstorm, very enjoyable

Dec 07, 2017
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TastyIsBeer from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 22, 2017
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thinwhiteduke from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 05, 2017
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krome from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 05, 2017
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jhartley from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 13, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a kind of dull and murky looking rusty gold with a bubbly finger of off-white foam.

Aroma is citrus forward with notes of orange, grapefruit, and a pineapple like tropical fruit note to add.

Citrus comes out a bit in flavor, but seems dulled and a piney/grassy bitterness seems to overpower everything.

Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, grassy bitterness.

Overall, I was a bit let down with this as I thought this leaned way too far on the sweet-bitter spectrum even for the NW style it is lacking complexity in flavor and the bitterness takes away tremendously from the mouthfeel.

Apr 07, 2017
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is citrus, sweet fruit and mild spices. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus, sweetish fruit, biscuit malts and a spicy hop/slight hop resin finish.

Mar 11, 2017
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 22, 2017
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 09, 2017
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xdtfx from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 16, 2018
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BeerBeast from Florida

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 14, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint can on February 25, 2017. Canned 2/16/17. Look is copper amber with a creamy white head and sticky lacing. Smell is citrus, floral and pine. Taste is bitter citrus, floral, pine and sweet malt. Feel is medium in body with a crisp dry finish.

Feb 26, 2017
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NappyB from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 18, 2018
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rossracing from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 10, 2017
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jgunther71 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2017
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South2NW from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 13, 2017
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mush from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 27, 2017
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msumike89 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 12, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 8/22. Very clear, clean golden appearance with moderate foam and lacing. Slightly bitter hops on the scent with a little juiciness in there as well. Taste is the standard West Coast bitter hop. Very crisp, clean, and dry feel. Tasty.

Sep 10, 2017
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Hop_God from California

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 26, 2017
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rkowna from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/18/18 date-

Pours a clean looking copper color, hint of a very thin head which disappears quickly.

Smell -orange, pineapple, cherries and maybe even a faint hint of sweet pepper.

Taste is very clean with an initial hit of sweetness, similar to say orange and honey, transitions to a sort of sweet red pepper taste, then progresses to a long lasting pleasant hop finish.

Very smooth and creamy feel, light and drinkable, especially for a DIPA. The next time someone asks me what I think a NE style IPA feels like I will suggest they try a Banaba.

This was a happy accident purchase. I came in to the local looking for a different IPA, saw someone had left a four pack of Banaba near the register, and I felt bad for the guy at the register as he was flying solo and had to restock so I thought I may as well try it. Well worth the money and thank you to the person who abandonded this gem.

Apr 21, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color with a momentary thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving an oily white slick of bubbles on top of the beer.

Smell has notes of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, with a touch of honey and some cracker like malt.

Taste has nice clean notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. A touch of sweetness with a pleasant bitterness that builds to balance the sweetness and then lingers to the finish and beyond.

Very smooth mouthfeel almost creamy, light and drinkable, especially for a DIPA. Can definitely see the NE style mouthfeel influencing this one.

Overall this is a very well crafted well done DIPA from Hailstorm. I am quite impressed.

Jul 15, 2017
Banaba from Hailstorm Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 27 ratings