Logic Is Relative | Fiction Beer Company

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Fiction Beer Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.15%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by spoony:
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3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can to a tulip. No date that I could find.

A-A normal pour produces a dense, two-finger head of off-white foam. The murky beer is a rusty orange color. The foam leaves some chunks of lacing on the glass. I know the beer is intended to be hazy, but I still did not find it particularly attractive.

S-The aroma has the requisite orange juice notes, as well as some mango, peach, and honeydew melon flavors. Malts are mostly absent, but I pick up hints of toasted bread. The whole thing is a touch on the astringent and pithy side, which I often find to be the case with "NE-style" IPAs.

T-The taste tracks the smell. I get flavors of orange zest (and bitter pith), grapefruit, mango, peach, and hints of unwelcome aspirin bitterness on the finish. The beer does have juicy, fruity notes, but rather than soft, the flavors comes off as coarse and strangely harsh.

M-The beer is a touch watery with a softer carbonation that is mostly mellow on the palate.

O-I continue to not fully understand the juicy, New England IPA thing. I don't doubt that the brewer intended the beer to mostly taste like it tastes like, but I don't like it very much. Compared to other IPAs, this is merely mediocre.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a state that's starting to make world class hazy IPAs, these guys are a hidden gem and right in Denver. This one stands up to other NE Style IPAs in haze, flavor and tastiness. And in cans now too!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

new in cans, enjoyed at syntax on broadway, which is just such a cool space if you havent been there yet, great good and drink in a righteous environment. the cans looks sharp, and the beer is better than average. it has somewhat of an east coast flavor profile, more of a juicy hop thing than the classic west coast dank and sticky oily flavor, but it also has a lot of bitterness, maybe a little too much for me to have a lot of this one, especially with the slightly higher alcohol content, but, the beer is well made, looks cool, and should do well for them, i am glad they got into canning here. a nice fuller bodied creamy feel to it and good carbonation, its heavier, but its lively too, very necessary. way better cold than warm, where it starts to get a little less balanced. must be some wheat in here, the malt flavor is pale and drier, but well rounded, more than just a pale two row sort of base. fairly high quality beer, it didnt sing to me or move me to song myself, but its a very serviceable and reasonably priced can of ipa. glad to see fiction doing well.

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WTKappler
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught in Northern Colorado.


08.10.17 impression from a can purchased at a Denver Beer Store for $9.99 USD per 4 pack.

CAN: 12 fl oz format. Oddly, there's no indication of the city the brewery is in on the label. Standard pull-tab top. Label art depicts a bookshelf replete with books...kind of dull. Not seeing a canned on/born on date, so I guess Fiction doesn't care too much about freshness.

"Imperial IPA." "New England style." "four pounds of a variety of tropical hops per barrel." 7.90% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Not too hazy for a beer whose marketing goes out of its way to cater to the hazy New England style IPA fad. Head is white and frothy, retaining for a good 8 minutes. Appears well-carbonated. Body colour is an orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast(s)/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Tropical. Dried mango, tangerine, pineapple, dried papaya. Seems slightly boozy in spite of its scant 7.9% ABV. Pale malts. Faint orange juice.

Not oily, herbaceous, piney, resinous, or juicy. Slightly pulpy, I guess.

The hop profile leaves a lot to be desired, and there isn't much accompanying bitterness. Suggests a reticent but fairly balanced IPA, lacking the hop pungency and intensity of flavour one would expect in a proper imperial IPA.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Dried tropical fruit is the emphasis here. Dried mango, dried papaya, faint tangerine, subdued pineapple, a blip of orange pulp. Pale malts balance out any bitterness, but the minimization of hop bitterness comes at the expense of hop flavour; this isn't an expressive or vivid expression of an imperial IPA. I wouldn't call it simple, but it's definitely shallow and reticent.

There's not much hop pungency here. Depth of flavour is poor. Flavour duration is average. Flavour intensity is average.

There are far more intricate imperial IPAs out there with wider distribution footprints and superior depth(s) of flavour.

TEXTURE: Unrefreshing given its surprising if slight booziness. Smooth, wet, pulpy, lumpy, medium to full-bodied. Has too much thickness and heft on the palate for its relative lack of (depth of) flavour. A more juicy, soft, pureed feel would play better with the tropical/fruity flavour profile they've pursued.

OVERALL: It's nice of Fiction to cash in on the hazy IPA trend, and who can blame them?

Ultimately, this just doesn't have a very interesting or pungent hop flavour, and its subdued almost muted presence on the palate makes it a bit of a shrug in comparison to world class expressions of the style. I wouldn't get it again even at half the price, but it's not a bad brew by any stretch - just a forgettable one. In today's direly oversaturated (imperial) IPA market, this will get lost in the mix, and in an (I)IPA market as cutthroat and competitive as Colorado's, you've really got to bring more to the table to stand out. Change up the hops, intensify the hopping regimen, commit to more hop pungency (if not bitterness), and maybe this would be more notable.


2017.08.18 impression from a can:


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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber brew with plenty of foam in the Gordon's thistle glass. Orange peel, pine, a touch of lemon. Cake batter malt, not too sweet. Tastes stronger than the alcohol content indicates. Moderate bitterness. Rather acidic and sharp on the tongue. This is a very pleasant and drinkable big hoppy brew. From the 12 oz can purchased at Grapevine Liquors.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy straw yellow color with a small white head and one or two finger of lacing.

S: Strong note of mint and ripe citrus fruit, with some grapefruit and a toasted malt.

T: Very strong citrus and ripe fruit, with a bit of mint and toasted malt.

F: Medium body and creamy carbonation.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cmurphy7
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with lasting finger white head. Orange tropical aroma. Juice bomb taste, orange, papaya, grape. Definitely on the sweet side. Intense piney grapefruit hop bitterness on the back end. Powerful flavors in this brew that compete a little more than they balance each other. Still pretty tasty overall if looking for a juice bomb.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: ucsbmullet on Beer Advocate
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Jan. 24, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 29, 2017
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: No canned on date, but guessing in the Dec. 13, 2016 range

Thanks, Nick!

Was lucky enough to get a bunch of awesome brews from Nick. Can’t wait to try another solid NE IPA.

Poured a medium yellow, basically orange, hazy color with two fingers of frothy white head. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. World-class spiderweb foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled straight orange juice from the jump. Also bitter orange peel, guava, melon, hints of grapefruit, some spiciness, thinking Amarillo and Citra. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was straight pulp orange juice once again to start. Also bitter orange peel, spicy Amarillo, Citra, melon, guava, papaya and hints of peach (wishful?). There are more hops in here, but I don’t know which ones. Alcohol is hidden. (Taste - 3.75)

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Juicy finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Liked this one. Seems like I’ve been having a lot of NE IPAs lately, but this was good. (Overall - 3.75)

3.88 | 87 | B+

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of locoformavs
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deereless
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly hazed golden orange, moderate head that leaves finely bubbled lacing.
Smell: Floral, orange, pineapple "fruit juicy" with very mild graininess
Taste: Like the smell mostly, with a bit more pronounced bitterness and grain
Feel: Thick, dense, slick, soft carbonation, refreshing but not in an "ah" summer beer way
Overall: Good. Not too acidic or piney. Would get it if I saw it on tap.

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Logic Is Relative from Fiction Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 21 ratings