Laughing Crow IPA
Wyndridge Farm Brewing

Laughing Crow IPALaughing Crow IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,466
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #40,703
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
104
From:
Wyndridge Farm Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
Good
Laughing Crow IPALaughing Crow IPA
Notes: Laughing Crow IPA is a more intelligent India Pale Ale. Laughing Crow is brewed with a generous amount of quality hops that brings balance to the sweet malts contained inside. The result is a harmony of floral hops mixed with caramel-tinged malty goodness. This IPA will make you crow just a little bit louder.
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Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating.

Slightly hazy yellow with a hint of orange body. Rather a lot of carbonation.Thick creamy white head leaving gobs of lacing.

Getting a little hops on the nose.

very drinkable mild IPA. tingly from the carbonation, a little floral and faint pepper. Good malt background.

Between medium and full on the mouth, slightly bitter on the finish.

Overall, a very drinkable non typical ipa. My first offering from this brewery. Nice artwork too.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal, citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Good brew.

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Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium yellow in color with a large white head.

S: Citrus with tons of grapefruit, although perhaps just a little bit cloying.

T: Bitter grapefruit, and orange peel. followed by a touch of caramel. Long bitter cling in the finish.

M: Medium body, carbonation is a bit lack luster.

O: Overall a decent sippin' IPA, but nothing out of this world.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in PA.
An average appearance, including a clear amber body with a good white head.
Moderate strength and bitterness for style but with more caramel sweetness. Grassy and fruity notes.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of floral hops and notes of caramel malts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA isn't that heavy on the palate but is rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wyndridge Farm Brewing "Laughing Crow IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without production codes or freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Look: Slightly hazy golden body beneath a short head of soapy white that fades shortly, leaving behind thin streaks and spots of lace.

Smell: Piney, floral, and mildly citrusy.

Taste: As the aroma suggests within a straightforward, grainy golden malt base that has just a touch of golden caramel to it, and some apple-like yeasty fruitiness. Solidly bitter. Dry finish with lingering pine and floral notes.

Feel: Medium bodied and gently crisp.

Overall: I applaud this beer for its straightforward simplicity. It doesn't try to be anything fancy. There are no exotic or experimental hops, and there appear to be only a few in use, rather than many, which gives it focus. It's simply a solid, well brewed, bitter, and hoppy IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is fruit and malt with some hops. The taste is citrus and some piney hops with some malt tossed in.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of melons, some malts. Taste is melons, pine, light malts, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but the aroma and taste seems just a bit off.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12/31/16....pours clear gold, somewhat bright with a white foam lid and active bubbles. Sweet nutty notes. Floral aromas. Peppery bitter malt, forward and fast. Spearmint back. Lemon rind in the close, grapefruit too. Building bitter.

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Photo of biglickbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12-oz bottle purchased at a large supermarket chain with a notoriously LARGE craft & imported beer selection--aisle-long open cooler plus a beer cave. Appearance is classic for a traditional American IPA; pale golden with a very slight haze. Aroma is classic American IPA: piney, floral--more piney than grapefruit, certainly. Taste is, what I call, "old-style" American IPA. A tad "thin" on the mouth feel, but balanced between hops & malt, with a slight sweetness up front that quickly gives way to a nice, dry finish. This American IPA would have been a standout when I was a homebrewer, in the early to mid-2000's. Palates are so outrageously hop-stretched today, this little A-IPA may not seem like a particularly notable example of the style; I would say that such an estimation would be a regrettable error. This is a really nice A-IPA; definitely more piney & floral than today's grapefruit-centered A-IPAs, but nearly spot-on style-wise to this "old-school" kinda' guy.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at the Pie Factory in Florence, Alabama. It poured a hazy golden with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had hints of grapefruit bitterness....not the good kind. The taste was bitter through...white grapefruit leaning....not overly easy to drink. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation .. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I really like this lable art. A very colorful laughing crow in a tux !

Pours a fairly clear, gold.very substantial, fine white crown. Slow dissipation, lacy and sticky. Good looker.

The aroma is odd and unique for an IPA. Sour grains, bready-sweet malt, corn, sharp fruits and pretty herbalspice effect as well.

The hop flavor is unlike anything I've had before with the name ipa. Soft wheat, grains and herbs, sour wheat, tangy fruits is what I get. Perhaps on the English side of the ipa, certainly the malt being bready sweet reminds me very much of an English ipa and not an American ipa.

A spicey-herbal and very jazzy mouthfeel and flavor really dominates the pallate. Interesting, strange, unique but not exactly my kinda ipa.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Wow, what a surprising ipa. I have a soft spot for Wyndridge farms. Their rep for us is adorable and their brew master is an awesome guy. Actually, their whole story is so interesting and I really want to see them succeed. I had an event with 40 beers and to my surprise this was in top five. To me, it's not a traditional ipa. The ibu's have to be low and malts were more predominant than hops. It's nice to see a brew master try something different and it work. It's also nice to try an ipa that doesn't try to blow your mouth up with hops. I will definitely be carrying this again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, with a one-finger large head and moderate haziness.

Taste is full of piney hops and some very subtle citrusy sweetness.

The taste is akin to smell, but with more of a hoppy bitter aftertaste which is quite effective at first, but not necessarily conducive to a drinkable beer. Which is just fine, like this beer.

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Photo of M_C304
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As an aside, I had this beer shortly after its release and I was not impressed.

I live in the next town over from this brewery so yesterday I grabbed a variety pack to enjoy over the weekend.

The Laughing Crow IPA was poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. There was no "packaged" or "bottled on" date on the box or bottle.

The appearance is mostly clear and dark straw or light gold in color. There is very fine sediment throughout with plenty of lazy bubbles. There was a thick, spongy bone colored head that lasted well into its consumption.

The aroma is fairly textbook IPA with piney hop resin and bitter citress (lemon zest) in the forefront with a nice balancing malt aroma in the background.

The taste is reminiscent of the aroma. A citrus and sweet malt presence at the front of the palate that slowly builds to the bittering of the hops. The mouthfeel is on the lower end of medium. Not a complex IPA by any means but enjoyable nonetheless.

As I alluded to above, this beer is much improved from the first time I tried it. If you're in town or able to try it locally, give it a whirl. You don't have much to lose. Cheers!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 26, 2016.

The pour is a very cloudy medium yellow color under a long lasting white head.

The aroma is more subtle and maybe that is the point. I pick up toasted barley grains, grass, and even a touch of orange zest but nothing overpowers the other. So, a balanced aroma might be a more neutral explanation.

Light to medium body.

Same breaded and dough malts in the taste with a grassy hop bitterness to finish. But also a kind of oily and gritty taste. The finish is reasonably clean but not super impressive.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass not sure of the bottle date, but I can tell it is fresh. Pours a dark yellow with a 2 inch white head that leaves behind a little lace.

Smell is honeysuckle, pine, lemon, earthy hops, and a little grapefruit.

Taste follows really subtle, bud tasty. Honeysuckle, lemon, pine, and grapefruit really balanced nice.

Mouthfeel is less than medium, plenty of life, not dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall I wasn't expecting much, it drinks like an IPL. Crisp and tasty.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a nice slightly hazy gold color.

Overall: The aroma is moderately hoppy with some light floral and citrus notes. It has the taste of pine, grapefruit and mint. The flavor is quite dry, which is nice, but the hops are fairly restrained. I like it overall, not a bad IPA.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2015-11-15 in Dallastown, PA at the brewery

A - Clear straw-gold with a very short head and no lace

S - Very mild. Light grain and hop floral

T - Bitter up front, light citrus, mild malt, tannin, pine. Bitter astringent aftertaste.

M - Light body and light-medium carbonation. Dry.

O - The cranberry cider of theirs I had before this beer was better. The flavor improved as it warmed.

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Photo of hophugger
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours typical IPA look with very easy head and decent lacing. Aroma is a pretty equal blend of hops and malt. Taste is hoppy bitter at the first and then a little too malty after that. Good carbonation.Not as complex as I would have liked. Crisp, slightly bitter finish........

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery. Pale gold; off-white head. Nicely carbonated. Pine resin and citrus, with noticeable but not intrusive malt presence offsetting the hops. Everything works well together. This is a well balanced IPA and quite drinkable - Wyndridge's best offering by far.

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Closer to APA or English IPA than AIPA. Since Dales is my favorite ale also right at 6.5% abv I figured this would be a good rival. It's a mid-packer but the best of 2 from this brewer.

A. Decent lacing and retention on a heavy pour, but no Torpedo or Dales or Stone.

S. The weakest link here. Too subdued. Even as I let it warm. Fresh hop aromas with grass and dried flowers.
Underneath an ENGLISH plenty of sweet caramel and some mineral and stone.

T. But all the subtle notes of the aroma burst in the taste which is very good. Follows smell with a great blend of hops that are floral, grassy, stoney on top of a sweet malt back bill. Great long arc.

F. Also very good, great finish. Refreshing, fresh, excellent food beer (tonight with fresh garden tomatoes over penne, mozzi, basil peppers, onions, sauce.) Light yet sticky with clean lasting finish.

"More intelligent IPA" is pretense, but I think they mean laid back and not over hopped. And that's the bill

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Photo of DIM
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Woodychandler is right, this doesn't come across as a classic American IPA. I'll review it as an English IPA, even though that isn't necessarily correct either. It's closer at least.

Fresh smelling hop aromas of grass and potpourri with plenty of sweet caramel for balance. Some mineral-y biscuits as well. This smells a bit hoppier than it tastes, but I do like the balance. Grassy, herbal hops come first and are soon joined by lightly sweet toffee and caramel. I really like the finish; dry biscuits and aspirin bitterness.

The mouth feel is light and sticky and this disappeared pretty quickly. This was a nice change from the the overly crowded, hop-noxiousness that crowd the IPA category. Not that I don't love them too. Thanks Mee-Maw!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am winnowing my way through the bottles of AIPAs in my fridge and by coincidence, this one came from The Fridge, a local bottle shop! I hope to get back to CANs shortly.

From the bottle: "From the windswept hills of Pennsylvania comes a farm-crafted IPA. Wyndridge Farm's Laughing Crow is a more intelligent India Pale Ale - crafted with a generous amount of quality hops - that brings balance to the sweet malts contained inside. The result is a harmony of floral hops mixed with caramel-tinged malty goodness. This IPA will make you crow a little louder."; "Laugh & Live Crafty".

I Pop!ped the cap and really gave it a nice, heavy-handed pour. This not only netted me ~ three fingers of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with good retention, but when it fell, it produced a lot of nice, sticky lacing. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity and so naturally, my gelt-loving pals, Midas, Croesus and Mammon stopped by for a taste. The nose had a grassy scent, kind of muted for an AIPA. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not very hoppy for the style and really reminded me more of an EIPA, with an emphasis on malt. I am not saying that it was a bad beer, but should one review to style or to taste? My taste is closely aligned to style when it comes to AIPAs, so it makes it tough when I come up against something like this beer. They should follow Alabama's lead and Free the Hops. Finish was mellow, somewhere between semi-sweet and semi-dry. It just did not strike me as an AIPA.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is clear and golden slightly red. Head is think inch and foamy.

Aroma is fruity hops slightly manufactured like bubble gum.

Taste is fruity bitter hops with a thin body, not really malty.

Great drinker, the lack of malt really helps the hops shine.

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Laughing Crow IPA from Wyndridge Farm Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 104 ratings