Ex Novo Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,323
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4 | pDev: 7.75%
Ex Novo Brewing
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: Our flagship India Pale Ale, full of tropical fruit flavors and aroma. Dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Simcoe. 65 IBUs
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flagmantho from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into my BeerAdvocate teku. Canned 10/28/20.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light, shimmery haze and a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. Looks like a classic west coast IPA!

Smell: hops have a piney, dank, earthy quality to them -- the west coast IPA element is not just the look, evidently! There's a little bit of sweet, slightly toasty malt underneath, and overall it's very balanced.

Taste: hops are a bit more floral in character than in the aroma; there's even quite a bit of lemongrass to the flavor for me. Mixed with the slightly toasty malt, this reminds me more of a soapy (but not in a bad way!) American pale ale. Not a bad beer, but also not a lot of IPA character.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: i could see myself ordering one of these from time to time, but it is not a go-to IPA for me.

Jan 21, 2021
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aggressive pour into a nonic pint glass. Even so, quickly fading head, light lacing. Aroma is hoppy and earthy, not piney or fruity, which is different. Good balance on the malt and bittering hops for a fresh hop ale. Light mouthfeel, refreshing and not overdone. We're enjoying this beer on a warm Sept. evening. Recommended.

Sep 10, 2020
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picoFarad from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16oz. can purchased at the beer store, as usual.

Fruity aroma. Medium light body and not entirely clear. Citrus flavors with a mild sweetness and a touch of pine. It's fruity but also not so much somehow, just a hint at becoming tropical but then fading away. Bitter at the end, but not overly so. This one is enjoyable and inoffensive. Not a revelation, but well done nonetheless.

Sep 02, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color with some hues of amber and a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangos, herbal hops and gooseberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of mangos and passionfruit with underlying hints of caramel malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of crispness.
O: The smell and taste of this beer have rather complex aromas and flavors of citrusy, tropical fruit, and herbal hops.

Serving type: can

Feb 07, 2020
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rarigney from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly perfectly transparent golden amber topped by a generous pillowy white head that’s quite persistent and leaves tons of sticky lacing. The aroma is at first piney, then citrus and mango. The flavors follow the nose, except the fruit is up front with a slightly bitter, resinous finish. Light to medium bodied, crisp and clean. Great example of a NW IPA.

Aug 28, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Eliot, not the extra terrestrial loving childhood star but the beer, pours nearly perfect. Like a trombone on parade day, it's polished brass gleams relentlessly. Almost perfectly clear, at least enough to see the shadows of my fingers on the back of the glass, and capped by an enormous frothy and foamy egg shell white head that lazily descends and coats the surface from head to toe.

At the pop of the can, mango is noticeable first. Once poured, a much more classic grapefruit rind approach complimented wonderfully by a simple bread and honey sweetness and wet pine needles to finish it off. Slightly less intense, but wonderful aromas nonetheless.

A little more herbal than the aroma would indicate. It starts and finishes with it actually, with the citrus rind really coming through in between. Orange blossom honey and a raw earthiness before the piney dank finish completes the picture.

Eliot is actually pretty well balanced. It does in fact have a bitter bite, but not intense, yet the sweetness is subdued as well. It's crisp and clean, with a light body and medium carbonation, but I doubt enough to lift your bike off the ground.

Eliot is a nice IPA. I've revisited it a lot, in fact, and I believe this would be exceptional with a bit more bitterness. Ultimately, it is refreshing, and I'd pick it over most of the other offerings in its market flooded with less superior options. Cheers.

Apr 05, 2018
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kemoarps from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can picked up at the brewery two days ago. Canned on date of 2/16 so just two weeks ago.

Pour is classic golden amber with a good finger of white head that settles in to just the haze and colony also classic. Good lacing along the glass as it settles though.

Nose is sweet green tropical fruits and maybe some kiwi. Bright juicy fruits drive things here.

With the sweet caress the nose provided, the flavour comes up a little short. The juicy notes that were so prevalent in the aroma are a whisp and a vapour on the tongue. The depth is flattened out and it limits itself to some grassy hops and dull bitterness. That's really the impression I carry is that all of the peaks and valleys are rounded off and flattened and dulled. Finish brings ghosts of the flavours the nose promised hollowed out and made 2D.

Nice light carbonation carries a pleasant feel across the palate.
I liked the stuff I had at the brewery, and the nose carried great promise, but I felt it pulled up like a cartwheel turned to a roundoff in the flavour.
Also my tooth hurts.

Mar 04, 2018
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MFMB from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a effervescent straw yellow with peach hues. Minimal off white head that laces nicely. Nose is earthy with pine and grass and light notes of citrus. Taste pine and earth forward. Notes of floral mingle with a sharp cutting citrus bouquet. Excellent somewhat west coast IPA taste. Definitely good to break up from the haze for a bit. Medium body with a crisp bitter finish.

Jan 18, 2018
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint can. canned on 09/22/2017
A: Pours a very hazy orange amber with a very thin white head with no lacing.
S: A nice tropical fruit nose/
T: Fruits bur not a lot of hops.
F: Somewhat of a flat feel good carbonation but lacking something.
O: Missing the bitter for me.

Oct 25, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can stamped 9/22/17 "Guava". Poured the second half of the can hard down the middle.

It is a turbid, completely opaque orange gold. It looks like a NE style. There is a substantial, frothy off white head. Retention is pretty average though, as it settles into the beer for the most part.

It smells grassy, and very juicy and citrusy. There is a pink grapefruit and/or pink melon, some peach/apricot, and a real grainy, almost pilsner malt, like backdrop.

It has a bunch of flavor, and it's good. Definitely juicy. Assuming guava juice. It has a link grapefruit bordering on berry, with a fresh squeezed melon and mandarin orange flavor. Pretty tangy with sour grapefruit, and musty apricot. There is a very grassy, green taste with some of that grainy malt on the back end. Just enough bitterness and resin to keep it from being a mimosa.

I think the body is pretty bad. It seems a little over carbed, and is very airy/light. Combined with the very tangy, biting fruits, it is almost seltzer like. I would describe it as drinking a session ipa with a bit of champagne yeast through a straw with a hole in it. For 6.6%, it comes across like 3.5-4.

Otherwise, it is a nice tasting beer.

Oct 01, 2017
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dannydetox from California

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden colored beer poured from the can. minimal head and lower carbonation, but a big nose of peach, Hawaiian papaya, and a little hay. some tangy, juicy qualities on the tongue, with moderate bitterness consistent with the can's declaration of 65 IBU. medium body overall. not quite as exciting as i had remembered, but another solid ipa from the pacific northwest.

Jul 13, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nearly clear amber with white foam clinging to the sides of the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Full of aromatics, with apricot and lemon leading. Distinct citrus flavor with a touch of peach. The malt adds significant sweetness which stays around until the modest bitterness finally catches up.

This is a very gently sort of IPA that still fulfills the mission of delivering big hop flavor and aromatics. Thoroughly drinkable and delicious. If this is the new wave of “tropical” IPAs, I’m on board. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline.

May 25, 2017
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Hop_God from California

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: deep orange almost amber. Crystal clear. Thin round clear bubbles

S: grapefruit. Citrus medley. Resin. Grass. Biscuits. Pine.

T: see above.

F: soft upfront and clean crisp bite .. very malty backbone.

O: solid easy drinking IPA.

Dec 17, 2016
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ricke49 from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very well crafted IPA. Flavorable, balanced and easy drinking. All 3 of those aspects are perfectly dialed in to produce a pleasurable 'go-to' IPA. IBU at a moderate 65. ABV at a moderate 6.6. Tropical citrus notes at a purely delicious level. Appreciate the user friendly dating (this can 9/24/16 - bargain at $8 for pint 4-pack). Two months 'old' and holding up fine. Jeez I like this brew!

Nov 30, 2016
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good cask ipa, on cask at Cask Days 2016. Fresh and well hopped. Very drinkable. Yellow-orange with big bubbles. A lesser known gem at the fest.

Oct 23, 2016
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Reidrover from Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased from Growl Movement in Salem OR $7 Orange coloured beer with a large thick and creamy white head. Nice fruity, piney hop aromas. Taste similar to aroma with a hint of orange marmalade and a chunky maltiness. Moderate mouth feel and medium cabonation. A nice everyday IPA

Aug 22, 2016
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pkalix from California

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

needs carbonation. needs freshness (can dated 3/3). even still, it tastes decent. with i had checked the date before i purchased the canS... wanted to send one to a friend in Illinois until i saw how flat the can is; now i'm stuck with TWO flat cans....

Aug 11, 2016
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a pint can at John's Market.
Canned: June 23/16. (Kudos on info)!

Pours slightly cloudy gold., Nice foamy white head that lasts about a minute.
Smell is very nice. Grapefruit and bready.
Taste is grapefruit and orange.
Thick on the tongue; a little bit sticky.
Slight bitterness. Minor.

Website description: Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe. Nice neighborhood.

Can see putting a couple of these down on a hot day, no problem.

Jul 17, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a straw color/golden amber, slightly cloudy. Nice two finger head with streaky lacing. The aroma is light malt and citrus, with some floral notes. The beer is quite smooth, and has a light, pleasant taste of tangerine and caramel malt. Crisp finished with a dry mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer.

Jun 30, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery, Portland.
Hazy dark gold with crusty white. 4
Super sweet lemon sorbet and blueberry nose. 4.25
Touch of toffee, then lime Starburst, passionfruit, tangerine sorbet, and summer berries. 4.25
Light to medium, slight oil, round. 4

Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy

Superbright, bouncy, and juicy. Delicate and layered, 65 IBUs never hits, and no heat. Fruit juice in the best way. 4.25

Jun 24, 2016
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elNopalero from California

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasing tan. Nice notes of classic IPA hops on the aroma, and definitely all the right notes on the palate. Citrusy orange with some piney goodness. Just an overall all around well done IPA

May 18, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on: 3/3/16.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: can.

Apr 29, 2016
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on date 1-21-16. Another great canned ipa added to crowed Portland market. Hop profile is a little different more subdued and balanced with an earthy pine spice quality. Bitterness is right on and drinkable not taste bud destroying. Hopefully this beer takes off and sales well so the turnover brings us fresh batches.

Jan 31, 2016
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from ABV.

A mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a thin ring leaving some lacing, this looks solid. The haze does tip me off- this is a little green and grassy which does take away from the wonderful fruity and pulpy nose. Citrus with Valencia oranges and mandarins, tropical fruit with passionfruit and mango, a little bit of pine and resin and a little bit of doughy malt that is delicious. A little grassy on the back end.

The palate opens with a fruity, juicy pulpy character with some grassy hop particulates. Wonderful tropical fruit with mango, papaya and passionfruit and orange before the grassy, messy hop particulates take over, ruining the mid-palate. Faintly sweet on the mid-palate before a long fruity and grassy finish with lingering citrus and grass and just a hint of alcohol, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. Solid stuff, though it would be hugely improved if just filtered a little.

Jan 24, 2016
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