Deadhead IPA Series: Funkengruven
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Deadhead IPA Series: FunkengruvenDeadhead IPA Series: Funkengruven
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,861
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #19,996
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 7.46%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
37
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Illinois, United States
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Deadhead IPA Series: FunkengruvenDeadhead IPA Series: Funkengruven
Notes: Our DeadHead IPA Series melds the alluring vibe of our favorite music with unbounded takes on the hoppy beers we love to drink, unleashing a whole new groove. Funkengruven is a fusion of beer styles. We brew half the batch normally and kettle-sour the other half. Summit & Simcoe hops, along with added grapefruit, produce a funky harmony of tart, citrus flavors & aromas that'll be sure to top the charts.

57 IBU
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Photo of Ahypercube
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fascinating beer. Really good, too. I've only had one other brew like it, and it was similar, but absolutely awful. Not sure what the difference is, besides that this one doesn't have lactose.

L: Most of these poured out with a clumpy yeast sediment that pervaded the body of the straw yellow liquid, making it hazy, but transparent. I was gentle with this one, to see if that could be avoided, and it can. Pour the can slowly, leaving the last half ounce of liquid out of the pour, and you get a pretty normal looking sour ale, but with some body. Head was short lived and white as snow.

S: Lots of funky fruit notes, like lemon, quince, guava, plum and yellow grapefruit, followed by a creamy sweetness (does this have lactose?) The lactobacilli funk with some citrus are the the last notes to my nose.

T: Tastes less sour than it smells. All the fruit notes are present on the palate, but lighter, and less tart, balanced by the creamy sweetness of the soured malt base. Funky and lightly hoppy, with a clean citrus finish.

F: Really impressive. Light and smooth for the ABV, with a crisp finish.

O: An awesome sour IPA. The only brew I've had that meets that description.

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Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, lots of grapefruit with sweet caramel. Strong grapefruit taste with hints of orange and toasted caramel.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My take on this is the that the sour comes across too strongly. I really like the idea, but the sour tastes dominates the IPA making it much more or a sour beer and very little IPA.
The aroma has a beer and more balanced mix than the flavor. The hops here are complex - earthy, a little citrus and fruit, even a little funky before the nicely blended fruit sour intermixes. Smallish head and cloudy pale yellow/gold hue.
The flavors are complex, but not balanced right for my tastes. Somewhat dry and astringency noted on the finish. Tart like grapefruit juice. A little flatter carbonation, which is fine by me. Brings some smoothness. A little funkiness (almost stinky cheese quality that was noted in aroma seems stronger in the taste. Not something I'm a fan of, but I pick up in some highly hopped drinks).
Probably like this the least of the 4 Deadhead series so far. But still worth the try and sharing with my Deadhead friends.

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Photo of defunksta
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with a crispy, white head. SRM of 7 (3.50)

Aroma: Whoa. Aromas of grapefruit and dank herbs. All grapefruit, onion, garlic, and then marijuana. So much herbs that it creates this unique, almost artificial rubbery aroma. It smells just like you walked into a car tire store. You know what I mean. So unique. (4.25)

Flavor: Tart and sour citrus upfront. Then mixes with tons of herbs and marijuana. It's like tart grapefruit and lemon juice was poured on the dankest and wettest herbs. Not really very appealing honestly. (3.25)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Low carbonation. Sort of watery. A mild sour astringency is left on the tongue (3.25)

Overall: I think everyone will agree that this is a weird beer. It will punch you in the face with sour lemon/grapefruit juice poured on wet and dank herbs. Doesn't really mix well. I didn't particularly enjoy the flavor of this beer, but some people may. The name of this beer Funkengruven actually describes this beer perfectly. I suppose I should have been warned. An accurately named, wild & funky, beer. This isn't your ordinary IPA folks. (Final Rating: 3.61)

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 8oz glass gets a very cloudy pale golden brew from the standard can. A one finger white cap shoots up from the beer with a puffy and silky texture and fairly good retention. Head dies out fully and lacing is not a thing with funkengruven.

S- The aroma is like a cross between supremely dank, sticky skunky weed and a grapefruit, which happen to collide with some tropical fruits. Oniony (like sour cream and onion) and just really dank. Mango, grapefruit, berry, melon and the aforementioned weed. Hints at lactic tartness but not obvious from the smell.

T- The aroma seemed a bit too hoppy considering the brew's description but wow does it open up on the palate as the sourness and grapefruit burst into the forefront. Sour grapefruit, lactic acid, melon, dank weedy and an intense sourness coat the taste buds. Like a sour grapefruit popsicle with hints of berry and a side of weed. Eventually lemon comes out with the battery acid lactic sour.

MF- A light-medium bodied brew that really puffs up on the palate with any level of agitation. Creamy and silky smooth with a high level of carbonation. Ends sour and bitter.

From appearance to aroma to taste this beer really keeps you on your toes. The hop and sour funk balance is the best on the nose but the palate brings intense sourness and the most overall depth. The grapefruit just seems a bit too intense and even a somewhat harsh on the tastebuds but honestly really nice hops meets sour meets fruit in the end.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow. FiZy white bead fades quickly.
Nose is resin, pine.
Taste follows...sort of. Initially, a big wave of pine, citrus rind, resin. Followed quickly by a wave of tart, sharp sourness. Finish is a lingering grapefruit rind. Hops show more as the beer warms.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is sort of a hybrid IPA.... a kettle sour that they have thrown hops into.... different and tasty. Lots of grapefruit presence.. this would be super refreshing by the pool. It is both crisp and tart....hidden 7.2...

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Small pour. Hazy light yellow color with a small foamy head. Retention is minimal and lacing is good. Mild tartness on the aroma but difficult to get anything else. Maybe citrus? More citrus on the taste with moderate tartness and really no bitterness. Light bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/5/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, red/green apple, guava, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, light leather/musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of grapefruit, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, red/green apple, guava, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, light leather/musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; Brett tang; pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy bitterness; and peppery Brett spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, red/green apple, guava, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, light leather/musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of grapefruit, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness, tangy fruit, and bitter/spiciness balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and acidic/tangy/sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is an awesome sour NEIPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of grapefruit, citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/bitter/resinous/drying finish. Not overly lactic, or aggressively bitter. Great Summit, Simcoe profile. Awesome balance of juicy/vibrant/dank/earthy hops, grapefruit, and Brett/Lacto complexity; with a nice clean wheat/oat/malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy/resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive hybrid style example as expected.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into an IPA glass

Look: Pours a opaque/hazy light orange. small white head dissipates quickly into a ring around the glass.
Smell: A fairly light nose, hints of grapefruit accompany tropical fruit like pineapple, mango, papaya.
Taste: There's a HUGE, bright grapefuit/lemony zing right off the bat. It fades into a crackery, bready aftertaste.
Feel: Small bubbles and low carbonation put it on the thinner side of medium bodied.
Overall: Not what I was expecting, but pleasant enough nonetheless. Lots of citrus character, I just wasn't expecting it to be such a strong punch.

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Deadhead IPA Series: Funkengruven from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 37 ratings