Mountain Candy
Sycamore Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,521
Ranked #11,459
3.99 | pDev: 9.27%
Sycamore Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Hop-bursted with high-alpha, resinous varietals, then double dry-hopped, this medal-winning, aromatic IPA is big on juicy flavors of stone fruit and Lifesavers candy, with notes of citrusy dankness.
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ManlyWealth from Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this Mountain Candy IPA very much! Big hop flavor with with juicy notes of citrus and fruity, sweet flavors. For a high gravity IPA, it’s very drinkable and unique. Enjoy!

Jan 10, 2021
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Beejay from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy yellow in color, white head.

S; orange peel, grapefruit, possibly pineapple.

T: pineapple, orange peel, and done tropical notes in the finish with some stone fruit.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

O: overall pretty tasty.

Dec 01, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old school attitude on dryness and bitterness along with a newer approach with hop varieties shows that the classic American IPA can undergo a vibrant update without compromising its integrity. Sycamore is dragging this style into a whole new era.

Mountain Candy is a result of those actions as it pours with a light amber and slightly glowing gold appearance. With a fine haze and a well crowned cap, it leads in bold citronella aromatics. Orange, lemon, grapefruit and their associated leaves lead the nose while a light and honey dipped maltiness does its malt work on the early palate with hints of granola, caramel and a crisp wafer toasty taste.

As the hops start to pop on the middle palate, the radiance of tangerine is front and center. As the complementing citrus are soon to follow, those Valencia flavors are candied, radiant and racy. As the ale quickly turns herbal with the suggestions of verbena, tea and spruce, a bitter spiciness of curacao liquor adds a piquant taste and texture in the later palate.

Medium light in body, the juicy flavors to start makes a quick transition to bitter, resinous dryness. The spruce grows into a full-on pine character decorated with bitter grasses, a peppery bite and a long bitter linger of citrus pith.

Nov 11, 2020
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Mandpasbury from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall, this is a very good brew that I would certainly have again. Pours a nice orange color with beautiful white foam head. The aroma is lots of citrus with a little bit of grain/bread with a nice dose of pine. Taste follows suit, though I will say this coach the pallet and stays with you a bit longer than their other Brews that I have tried. Nice American IPA that I would certainly try again.

Aug 10, 2020
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Seejae from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent golden orange with a healthy foamy head. Lots of lacing and highly carbonated. Smells bright yet overly sweet, sharp. Tastes of crisp apple/pear give way to tropical fruit. Finish is in candy with a touch of bitter. Mouth feel is terrific, silky light and clean. First beer from this brewery and it’s a winner

Aug 03, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden filtered with 5 fingers of white head.

Smells of light tropical fruit and pine.

The taste follows the nose with a light sweetness and accentuated fruity quality.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky feel.

I got this in Asheville NC and am drinking it in Redding, CA, July 18th, 2020.

Jul 17, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can with an April 2020 canning date stamp on the bottom.
Pours with a lightly hazy amber body and a durable white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass.
Complex aroma with suggestions of tropical fruits, bread, plus herbal and grassy hops. The same elements characterize the flavor but the mix lacks harmony and leaves an aftertaste that is a bit too dank for the finish.

Jun 11, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottom of the can states: "PEAK PERFORMANCE 12.30"
The side of the can says "BEST ENJOYED FRESH"

Appearance: The body is a light straw gold color with a good deal of haze. Shadows are easily visible through the glass and there are some suspended solids. The head is short, somewhat creamy, and white. It leaves some pretty good rings on the glass. Mild head retention but the head stays low.

Aroma: There is a note of pine that comes through first, followed by some lemon. It has a malty aroma that mixes in with the pine too. There is a slight vegetal note which is a bit like cooked asparagus.

Taste: Up front there is a sweet black tea flavor mixed with a dash of lemon. Towards the center of the palate there is a bit of pine and mint flavor. The middle flavors carry through to the end.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied and smooth with a bit of texture. Bitterness is mild. Carbonation is on the lower-end. It's a nice easy-drinking beer.

Overall: It's a nice easy drinking beer with a pleasant mild bitterness and a bit of a lemon and tea quality to it. It's enjoyable enough to try. I could see myself drinking it from time to time if I was in a restaurant that served it. I wouldn't go out of the way to recommend it but it's tasty enough. It would pair pretty well with any grilled or baked chicken dish and a side of vegetables.

May 16, 2020
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NashvegasVll from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is an API..incredibly easy drinking beer at over 7%. Very “gold” looking beer which is surprising. A little mango to it but for the most part it is subtle. Lower on the IBU’s if you are a high end IPA drinker..

Feb 23, 2020
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can with a canned on date of 9/9/19; into a pint glass.
Appearance- clear, apple juice gold, with few bubbles and a thin white head; lacing is unexpectedly strong.
Smell- peach and mixed berries with a touch of grass.
Taste - starburst candy, perhaps some mango, not as much peach, some black berry and strawberry detected.
Feel - incredibly easy drinking at over 7%; mildly bitter, but definitely all ipa!
Overall- really a tasty, easy drinking IPA; worth a shot if you prefer a fruit forward IPA.

Oct 18, 2019
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to the west-coast style IPA.! IMO, the name's a tad misleading, thought it was going to be one of those lactose-heavy, desert IPA's. Poured a straw-gold, slight head, nice hop-pine scent, same for taste, with right amount of bitterness. Refreshing all round, a perfect summer beer!

Jun 13, 2019
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Clemson_OB from South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Brew! Hazy dark straw-colored with a 1-inch white head. Has a strong smell of pine, hops, and candied fruit. The taste follows the scent, starting with notes of pine and candied fruit, followed by a dank citrus taste and pretty strong hop flavor, finishing with just enough of a bitter burn going down.

Mar 18, 2019
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gold/straw color, minimal head, some lacing
S: I get candied tropical fruits
T: lightly fruity, little malts, hint of pine
F: decent mouthfeel
O: I really enjoy this beer

Dec 03, 2018
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omahawk from Nebraska

3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear straw gold with little head and good lacing. Smell is a very nice ripe kiwi and pineapple with sweet malt. Taste is an odd combination of juicy tropical mango and a tart barnyard flavor. Mouthfeel is a little off, with some puckering bitter on the backend of the palette. This is a distinctive beer, has some nice flavors in the taste spectrum, but it doesn’t all go together and is not my favorite.

Oct 27, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My bestie got me a can of this. It poured a hazy orangish with fizzy white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had pineapple and white wine hints. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with fermented citrus flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Oct 26, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange/gold beer with a fluffy white head that leaves a curtain of lacing. The aroma is floral hops, malty sweetness and a lot of peach and citrus. Nice sweetness that really tastes like a lifesaver with peach and floral hops. Nice bitter finish. This is quite a nice and unique beer.

Apr 08, 2018
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold coloring with just a touch of opaqueness to its otherwise clear body, with a nice and fluffy head that breaks down into an off-white can. A few swirls if the glass provides a creamy half-inch of soapy bubbles.

Potpourri of fruits, both fresh and candied, on both the nose and tongue, as this beer flows about as consistently from smell to taste as any IPA around. Peach, pear, apple, grape, pineapple, grapefruit, strawberry, and melon. A little pine, a little grass, a little dankness, and a lot of pith. The aspect that takes this one to a higher level is the perfect touch of malty sweetness that is prevalent on both the nose and tongue. Absolutely dialed in, and provided that hard candy element. Quite floral and herbal with a big grapefruit and lemon/lime kick at the end.

Not a heavy beer but unbelievably coating on the tongue and teeth. Incredibly drinkable and dangerously quaffable at 7%.

I’ve had it on tap on location and from and both fresh and dusty, and my experience with this beer is consistently outstanding. It leans West Coast but has some heavy northeastern influences that make it a wonderful hybrid IPA. One of my very favorites.

Apr 07, 2018
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Terptwerp from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought 4 pack from Harris Teeter.

This is one of the better Charlotte IPAs. The taste is citrusy and slightly sweet which a slightly bitter finish. I will be buying more.

Apr 02, 2018
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can, no identifiable date, poured into a pint glass. Comes out a clear golden orange, with a one and half finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly. The aroma bitter citrus, onion and sea salt notes with some tropical fruit. The taste is line, with some mellow candy like sweetness mixed in before the bitter finish. Grapefruit and cantaloupe seem more apparent once it warms. The mouthfeel is above medium in heft, and in carbonation, it’s slightly sharp. In comparison, I liked the Rainbow Dust better, but those that like heavy citrus and bitterness will enjoy this one.

Mar 31, 2018
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anakinhush from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very underrated IPA. This IPA is very flavorful with lots of citrus and melon flavors that is balanced by the hops and bitters. It has a high ABV at 7.5%, but it very hard to tell. This is definitely in my top three favorite NC brews.

Jan 20, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a few small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit + melon/cantaloupe hops, light aromas of dank resinous hops, and slightly heavier than light aromas of slightly sweet biscuit malts.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of biscuit malts with a slightly heavier than light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit + melon/cantaloupe hops along with light flavors of dank resinous hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and enjoyable with a nice hop presence over enough of a malt backbone. Another enjoyable beer from Sycamore and one I would get again.

Dec 17, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pint glass canned on 9/22

A: Not much of a head to speak of, but it was white and filmy. Bright clear gold Amber body.

S: Light bits of honey and cantaloupe with a little pineapple and some light maltiness.

T: Lots of pineapple and cantaloupe a little honeyed hop flavor and a light but distinct malt caramel backbone.

m: Lighter to medium body very smooth clean beer very light bitterness on the finish.

O: This is a great beer lots of huge fruit flavors melon and pineapple with a good clean mouthfeel. Very well done indeed.

Nov 03, 2017
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