Vertex IPA

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,744
Ranked #43,022
3.63 | pDev: 13.77%
Illinois, United States
Vertex IPAVertex IPA
Notes: This West Coast/Rocky Mountain-style India Pale Ale is back-hopped for a more intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma without the balance of caramel malts like our Midwest-style Baldock IPA. It has medium-high alcohol content, high fruity, floral and citrus-like American-varietal hop character, deep golden color and medium maltiness.

76 IBU
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, bright gold appearance with decent size white head and a fair amount of lacing. Subtle aroma of pine and citrus. Taste comes on a little stronger as the citrus asserts itself, the bitterness unfolds and the alcohol becomes more noticeable. Real nice, dry, lingering aftertaste as it finishes.

Jan 17, 2021
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Suds from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There are so many IPA' many are drinkable and respectable. This one fits in that category. From an aluminum can, it is a pale gold color. The head is soapy and brilliantly white. Soapy. The aroma is grassy, with some malt and grain. Full body. Semi-Sweet. It is a common style, and similar to many others, but wonderful when it is in you glass.

Feb 21, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a completely clear, medium golden color with a foamy, head that flattens. (3.75)

Aroma: Huge aromas of peach, pineapple, and passionfruit. Ripe and canned sweet peach. There is also rich, buttered popcorn flavor. Maybe some diacetyl. Fruity all the way through. (3.5)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with tons of pineapple, passionfruit, and peach. It's so ripe, almost to the point of being buttery. I think it's ripe fruit that gives the buttered popcorn flavor, and not the diacetyl. A slight toasty malt profile. I know they use Vienna malts in this, but it's not overwhelming. Finishes sweeter and not really any bitterness. (3.50)

Feel: Heavier bodied, sweeter and slightly syrupy. It's delicious, but yes, fruity and sweet. (3.50)

Overall: I"m not sure how this beer actually classifies as midwest. It's fully-hopped and fruity. Maybe the heavier body and sweetness make them think it's a midwest beer. But no, there are much more complex and balanced midwest in other midwest IPAs to define the style. You can't just add malts and sweetness and call it a midwest IPA. If you're going to call it a midwest, it better be backed-up. It's delicious, but lower rating because of that. I'd call this a fruity, heavier, and sweeter IPA. (Final Rating 3.47)

Aug 11, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1-29-19
Light cloudiness, Not much on the nose.. light citrus, mild onion. Taste is the same as the nose, except no onion presence. Mild at best for the citrus but not bad. Thin MF, nice balance of bitterness and carbonation.
Overall, this is an okay beer, not sure if I'd have another go with it though.

Apr 12, 2019
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a willi becher pint glass.
L - Pours a medium amber color with a nice white head.
S - Smells of tropical fruits.
T - Taste matches the smell, getting some pineapple and mango. A little weird flavor on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Decent IPA

Mar 21, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased off the single rack at Legacy.
LOOK: Pours a very light , pale somewhat cloudy, yellow with a full 2 finger snow white head that has great retention
and lacing, showing little, if any, settling. Appearance on this one is outstanding.
AROMA: Mangoes most noticeable as well as some back up of bread malts.
TASTE: Get an immediate mango flavor. Some spicy hops but biscuit and bread malts are most prominent.
FEEL and OVERALL: Mildly sour, earthy. I liked this one.

Feb 14, 2019
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Starts crisp and citrus up front with a bitter twange that follows. Finishes with an oily thick finish.

Taste Rating in Words: It's someone playing the bones, it's different but entertaining.

Jun 11, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Destihl Brewery "Vertex IPA"
on tap @ Taphouse 23, Bridgeport, PA on 13 February 2015

Notes: Clear copper body beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some nice lacing behind. Moderately hoppy aroma of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple over a caramelish malt base. The flavor follows with little change. Solid bitterness. Medium bodied with a standard carbonation. It finishes dry with some residual fruit and earth. Basic.

Feb 01, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at devil dogs for 4 bucks a pint. Pours a bright yellow color little orange hue with an intense half inch of foam that settles to a nice ring. Smell is smooth IPA goodness bitter cone meets honey gram malt. Taste is very smooth good but bitter. Balanced and aggressive. Smooth body light to medium easy drinker. Overall a great affordable surprise from a brewery I never had before

Jan 12, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Citrus, mango & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, dryness, & a little lime up front. Mango, tangerine & light breadyness as this warms, a little pineapple as this warms. Finishes with pineapple, tangerine & a little grapefruit

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, great balance

A very nice IPA, well worth picking up

Nov 20, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Poured out a golden color with a thin tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of citrus, fruitiness and burnt toast. It tasted fruity with a slight spicy bitterness. Nice burnt toast maltiness.

Oct 16, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first stab of this brewery....Pours into a nonic a dull medium golden with a sticky half finger bone white crown that never really settles.First whiffs are of mango and lemon then it kinda peters out...still not bad.A bready palate with light caramel,the hops are more grassy and herbal in flavor wich is a big difference from the aromas.The flavors just don't mach up to the rest of the beer wich is to bad,still pretty decent.

Jun 26, 2016
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks extremely good and smells pretty good. Huge pour with fantastic head and lace. Nose is citrus hops with fresh and pine notes. Pine and citrus bitterness controls the taste early but is eventually brought into balance in the finish and aftertaste.

This is solid for the style and reasonably drinkable at 6.3 and 76.

Jun 21, 2016
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bought this since it was on close-out.

A Nice, deep amber with solid foamy 2 finger head

S subtle hops with strong malt backbone

T not as good as expected - hard to state why - a bit thin maybe? stale? somethings not right.

M creamy and thick

D maybe I got a bad batch - I would say not bad. (trying to give the benefit if the doubt)

May 09, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

1.92/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Destihl Vertex IPA has an extremely thick, spongy, mousse, white head, and an opaque, orange, highly bubbly appearance, which becomes milky, once the caked sediment in swished and poured in. This ale exploded out of the can. The aroma is odd- some sweet & sour sauce notes, and the same thing is present in the taste. Yes, bitterness is strong, but it seems harsh and oddly placed or out of sorts. Mouthfeel is heavy and pulpy. This beer finishes sloppy. I don’t know what the deal is, here. There are some tropical aspects, but it is almost like a rank fruit presentation.


Feb 23, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

West Coast indeed, piney, bitter, sharp and astringent and also a little woody, ruggy, grapefruity and grahamy. This trend towards HIGHBU can't die soon enough.

Dec 20, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, bottled on 9/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big apricot, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, mango, melon, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 21, 2015
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DrainBamage from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brownish golden color with nice thick head. Smell is of pine and fruit. Taste is slightly malty and is quite bitter going down. Not very well balanced. The bitterness seems to overpower the maltiness. Overall this beer is still highly drinkable.

Oct 11, 2015
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gman1602 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Copper-gold with a thick 2 finger white fluffy head that leaves a ton of lacing as I drink this down.
SMELL: Floral hops with a piney-citrus backbone. Hard to say but it almost smells....smooth
TASTE: Hoppy and bready at the same time. Super smooth, a different IPA experience from most.
FEEL: It's just smooth. The carbonation blends perfectly with the malt thickness to give a velvety smoothness that makes for a dangerous drinker.
OVERALL: This is a very good IPA, but it is different from most out there. Best way to describe the difference is: smooth. It all just blends together in a velvety IPA way. Worth trying, worth buying again. Would sip this in the summer.

Oct 06, 2015
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andrewjraab from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy burn orange with 3 fingers of oily and sunday head that has nice cling and retention all the way down.

S - citrus hop overload, grains, malts, bread dough.

T - Hop forward, fruity citrus flavors - orange, grapefruit, hop resin, really smooth mouth feel - medium to full bodied.

O - This is a really solid IPA that pushes the limits of the hop experience - nicely balanced with just the right touch of malts. First offering I've had from this brewery and I'm impressed.

Aug 16, 2015
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a bright orange with two fingers of creamy off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing left behind.

Juicy aroma of tangerine and floral notes.

Tasted of tangerine and baby aspirin upfront with light malt notes in the finish.Light-to-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

This is a solid and under-rated IPA from Destihl.

Jul 25, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer backlog here at Chez Woody is beginning to show some headway, partially thanks to my triage giving APAs/AIPAs/DIPAs priority. It is also furthering The CANQuest (tm) which was the underlying idea of their initial aquCANsition.

From the CAN: "Enjoy Fresh[;] Keep Refrigerated[;] Unfiltered"; "Support Flavor - Boycott Bland (tm)"; "This West Coast/Rocky Mountain-style India Pale Ale is back-hopped for a more pronounced hop flavor and aroma having fruity, floral and citrus-like Ameri[CAN]-varietal hop character and a pleasant bitterness, presenting with a deep golden color and medium maltiness ... solid! Cheers."

The Crack! was loud and reveled yet another brimful craft CAN, but I was reluCANt to CANduct an inverted Glug for fear of rousing any lees that may have formed. I must admit to holding my breath as three-plus fingers of dense, tawny head began to form, threatening to overflow the lip of the glass. I breathed a sigh of relief as it fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Nose had a metallic twang that caused me to wonder. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creaminess. The taste was earthy, perhaps from the malt, maybe from the hops, mayhap a product of the interaction of the two. I tasted fresh-picked tomatoes, soil/dirt, mown grass and a yeast-driven mustiness. Interesting and a nice change of pace from the really bitter IPAs that I have been drinking lately. Finish was dry, undoubtedly from the yeast having done its job. I CAN remember when there was speculation as to whether CAN-CANditioning was viable and I argued in favor of same. I would say that I was right.

Jun 28, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

1.48/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

12oz Can

A — Pours a deep almost dark amber color into the glass, little bit of sediment is apparent even with a slow pour. Light khaki colored head forms and doesn't leave much lacing behind.

S — Smells of rich sweaty malts, lots of grain and carmel, overly sweet and little to no hop presence. Any hops here are completely faded and dominated by sweet malts.

T — Tastes incredibly sweet, acrid, and bitter, just a total mess of flavors. This is just such a bummer.

M — Medium bodied, finish is long and sticky, lots of awful flavors linger around.

O — This was seriously a drain pour. Which is very, very, very, rare. Extremely malty sweet and just gross. No fresh hop presence whatsoever. Disgusting overall. I still like DESTIHL, their wild sours are pretty good, just can't stomach this one, really misses the mark.

Jun 20, 2015
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a creamy white head. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, pine, some caramel.

The taste is of citrus/pine. Caramel malt comes through strongly, but doesn't overpower the hops too much. Some alcohol shows. It has a bitter-leaning finish.

It thins a bit in the middle, but holds together well overall.

A nice, standard American IPA. Hops break through the strong caramel enough, and alcohol strength, enough to fit the style.

May 11, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery golden color with off-white head. Pine, floral notes, and light citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice hop bite.

May 08, 2015
Vertex IPA from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 240 ratings