Vertex IPA | DESTIHL Brewery

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Vertex IPAVertex IPA

Brewed by:
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Tucquan on 02-15-2012

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

for all the hype around these guys coming to colorado, this is a pretty lackluster ipa, i mean, its good, its fine, but they must apparently be all about the sours, which makes me question their ability, such a bland ipa by craft standards these days. its copper in color, which is nice, and has a tall white head, but lacks a radiant hop aroma or flavor, too much balance, a trap a lot of these fall into. the thing i guess about this beer that makes it different is that its not overbalanced in the sense that sweetness from the grain balances hop bitterness, as there is neither one of those two common features present in much volume here, its more grain flavor balances a pale ale level hopping, you know? just understated and plain, although not sweet or bitter in the usual sense of both ingredients. these guys already have a lot of beer in the market, but i am not rushing out for more after this one.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Giving this another shot as they just started distributing in cans locally.
Can dated "14-1021", so i'm assuming it's around 5 weeks old.

Hazy orange with a copious amount of sticky foam that coats the glass in sheets. Long lasting surface coverage.

Aroma is a bit more fruitier than I remember, dried orange peel, grapefruit pith, bubblegum.

Taste is moderately bitter with a bit more citrus, still a bit grassy with an aspirin bitterness that bleeds through in the aftertaste. Bitter grapefruit rind, soft carbonation, somewhat smooth. Bitterness builds in the aftertaste it seems. Overall it seems like a slight improvement though not something i'd reach for over local IPAs.

Mar 11, 2012 3.53
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Billed as a "back-hopped, west-coast style IPA".
Served on draft at the brewpub in Normal.

Orange yellow sunshine color with a slight haze, creamy white foam that leaves a solid sheet of lacing around the glass. Numerous streams of rapid carbonation are visible.

Lightly floral and herbal aroma, not really a hop bomb, but a good IPA nose. Flavors follow pretty closely, moderate grassy herbal bitterness, some aspirin and leaf clippings. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Something worth trying but not something i'd return to. A fairly middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome sudsy pour in the Troubadour tulip with plenty of lacing and a mid-amber color. Spritzy on the tongue. Inviting aroma of honeysuckle. Malty body, even a little sticky.

Fairly sweet to go along with the flowery flavors. Intensely orange flavored. You can tick off the fruits in this one-- mango, apricot, pineapple-orange, fresh figs. Overall this is on the perfumey side, but I"m not complaining. Moderate bitter aftertaste with a piney taste.

This is a broadside of fruity hops, and quite sippable. And why not-- wallow in the stuff! From the 12 oz can purchased at the Community Co-op in Bellingham.

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Photo of Rifugium
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at TJ's, Paoli.

Murky orange-amber color, with a small collar of white bubbles on top; minimal lacing. Kind of dead looking. Floral aroma, citrus juice, dull hops, bready caramel malts. Taste was pretty sweet, with the caramel malts in the forefront, backed by some floral/herbal/leafy hops, and a touch of bitter citrus oils, some mineral notes. Not very fresh or crisp, and certainly not like any good West Coast IPA I've ever had, which is what the beer was advertised as being. Medium body, somewhat slick mouthfeel. Meh, basic homebrew kit stuff here. Works maybe as a regular pale ale, but this wasn't really an IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Vertex from a can is good. The beer poured a slightly hazy amberish with thick head that is leaving much lace. The scent carries pine with hints of citrus. The taste is a decent balanced IPA....not too bitter....has the pine as the primary.. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I think this is a very good beer and sessionable.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +19%
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

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this can, enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is a clear amber shade with 2 fingers of white cream with good retention and fine bead. The smelll has a strong malt aroma with caramel scent and light yeast odor with gentle herbal and fruity hop smell. The feel is pretty mild with good body and moderate bitterness/carbonation with light sweetness and gently toasted accent in the semi-dry finish with light alcohol in the feel.

The taste has a very low hop flavor for the style -slight herbal taste with creamy and lightly vegetal flavor with slight astringent and almost stale aspect with a dry spice aspect and subtle sweetness in the finish. Overall I was expecting more of a hoppy pale beer but this is kind of dissapointing...I wonder if this is not a fresh can but not very interesting or drinkable in general

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Photo of orangesol
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of sd123
1.5/5  rDev -58%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very unpleasant aftertaste, drain pour

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Vertex IPA from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 224 ratings