Hops 4 Teacher
J. Wakefield Brewing

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American IPA
Ranked #1,052
Ranked #7,819
4 | pDev: 9.25%
J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 159 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Holderness
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned a month ago.

L -- Copper amber body with moderate haze and two fingers of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and great lacing
S -- Lychee, kiwi, lemon sorbet, candied grapefruit, strawberry/banana puree, vanilla, hint of sweet floral. Not particularly explosive, but nice enough
T -- The strawberry/banana thing comes through here too, it might be partly from the yeast and not the hops. Also getting a lot of overripe citrus
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Pretty easy drinking
O -- One small bone I have to pick is the color of the beer on the can and the color of the beer in the glass are very different


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Photo of npolachek
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Golden with good aroma of hops. Tates of rye with added maltiness. Solid IPA with floral mouthfeel. One of the better tasting IPAs I’ve had not form the northeast.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

POUR: On draft into a tulip glass. Enjoyed at Smoke and Barrel in D.C. APPEARANCE: Dark amber and hazy. Thick white head with moderate glass lacing. AROMA: Subtle hoppy aroma. Pale malt elements are more dominant. Slight floral elements as well. TASTE: Very much skews towards the malty side of things with less emphasis on the hop. Almost like a Rye forward IPA. AFTERTASTE: Malty on the back end as well. Dank hoppy flavors are in there but more subdued. NOTES: Kind of a weird brew and a bit miscast. Hops used: Citra, Dry hop. REVIEW/ RATING: Good/ 3 out of 5.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/4" head that lasts a while.

Smell: grapefruit and earthy tones rise from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, some mango, a bit of pine. and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness late.

Overall: solid IPA that is well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of kevanb
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, dated 2.13.18, poured into a 14oz snifter glass.

The beer pours a thick amber color, fairly opaque with a hint of clarity and a foamy white head that has very good retention and yields plenty of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, strong caramel and biscuit malt with nice pine, grapefruit peel, grassy earthiness and a bit of candied hops. The flavors are good, strong malts, piney hops, grapefruit peel and candied hop leaf with a bit of grassy earthiness that lingers. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, medium body that has a crisp texture and a dry finish.

Verdict: A nice west coast style IPA from J. Wakefield. Simple but straightforward, classic flavor profile and well balanced.

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

Pours a nice Light amber color with a slight head and lacing. Aroma had a nice hop hints. The taste follows the nose with nice hop flavor. A well made well balanced beer.

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

I tried this beer at Bottlenose Brewery. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours a deep amber or really light topaz, quite hazy. Head is lasting and lacing is in sheets broken up only by time.

Nose is spiced orange, the spice seems a tad like ginger, oddly. Light citrus peel with appropriate bitterness also noted.

Taste also has a spice note, with an also wheat-like malt backbone. The orange takes some warmth to come out, but it does balance better when this happens. A pithy bitterness grabs the end more and more, more grapefruit deeper into the lingering taste.

Feel is a bit grating at first. Spice and a higher carbonation level just seem to be attacking my palate. It stays fairly biting, but dulls slightly with warmth.

This started rough, and while the edges smoothed, the feel remained a distraction. The malt and citrus fruit and bitterness were fairly decent, and could possibly benefit from a softer feel themselves. Hard to break up with that spice note.

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At the brewery.
Hazy amber orange color with a thick head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of passion fruit, peaches, cantaloupe melon and tangerine.
Flavor with notes of pine, mandarin, passion fruit, spices, slightly toasted malts, mango and cantaloupe melon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% is absent.
Very good American IPA with lots of tropical fruity, citrusy and piney notes. Pleasant and refreshing with good complexity.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA.

Murky orange pour, somewhat ugly, foamy white head. Decent citrus hoppiness in the aroma, which falls apart in the taste. It's pretty much a malt-bomb, and just not what I prefer in an IPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper orange body with one-finger head that left a constant lace ring down the glass. Mix of citric and grapefruit notes in the aroma. Smooth, medium body, has a clean, slightly floral taste that has a balance between citric notes and grapefruit sweetness and some minor maltiness in there as well. Pretty easy drinking and balanced IPA that is worth trying.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft.

Look is a hazy orange with little to no head.

Aroma is light citrus.

The taste is very malty with a thick fruit syrup like taste balanced by a nectarine style taste.

A little thick and sugar sweet for me, but not a bad sipper.

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Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent IPA showcasing the grapefruit, but also green and resiny characteristics of Cascade. A more old school American IPA with a good good amount of bready malts supporting the beer.

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

From 2 day old growler. Cloudy golden color with small white head. Good lacing.
Strong nose. Bread, grapefruit. Tangerine. Bitterness. Solid but not as integrated as the top dogs.
Still I liked this one.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy burnt sienna color; the massive head leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Fruity, with a stone fruit and piney aspect; some caramel tones as well

Taste: Caramel malt base on the front end with stone fruit and piney bitterness building; somewhat balanced through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Decidedly balanced, this packs a wallop of bitterness but has a significant malt base to support it

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Photo of TK5150
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from my visit to the brewery in Miami.

A- Pours a very hazy, cloudy burnt orange. Two finger head with great lacing that sticks around.

S- Big peach, pineapple, orange, grapefruit and light malt in the background. Tropical and citrus greatness.

T- Reflects the nose quite well. Some grapefruit bitterness keeps things from getting too sweet with all of the tropical flavors going on. Nicely balanced.

M- Very smooth and very drinkable.

O- One of the best (if not the best) regular IPA's I've had currently on the market. Wish I could get this where I live. I sampled a number of their beers at the brewery when I visited, and these guys are making some GREAT stuff.

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Photo of ELS
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer from J Wakefield and I was really impressed.

The beer was hazy with a thin head but had a very enticing look about it. Nice smell of apricot and tropical fruit. I'm thinking citra but I'm not sure because of the apricot. Taste follows the nose with some good apricot flavors. I do detect a hint of something a little off in the finish but in general great flavor. The beer goes down smooth and is highly drinkable. I could drink two or three of these no problem. This is now my favorite non-CCB IPA from Florida.

I've had this beer a few times since the above review. Not quite as good as the original tasting. The tropical fruit flavors were not as pronounced and it takes away from overall taste of the beer.

I had the beer once again at the brewery and it was super fresh. All the great flavor was back. I'm raising my rating back up. This beer is delicious. You must drink this beer fresh in order to see how good It is.

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Photo of dled20
4.61/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What a treat! One of J Wakefields staple beverages. This beer sure taught me a lesson (get it?). The hop aroma is exquisite and the taste was A+ material. The beer has a nice dark gold hue to it and looks great straight out the tap. Definitely recommend having one of these bad boys when you stop by the taproom. Super drinkable, I can have 5 of these easy!

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