Superfly I.P.A. | Oaken Barrel Brewing Company

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Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kmpitz2 on 12-02-2004

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by smanders:
Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple pints of this on tap while I stopped at the brewpub for lunch. Really good service! Hadn't heard of SRM, though???

Appearance - dark orange; typical of an APA. Sticky, intricate lacing.

Smell - flowery, citrusy hops.

Taste - bitterness well balanced with the sweet. Think Torpedo. Don't plan on drinking anything else they brew after having may not be able to taste it.

Mouthfeel - sticky without being syrupy/thick.

Drinkability: High! Great taste, good ABV%, excellent value (I paid $3.75/pint). What else can you ask for? If you find yourself in Indiana, give this APA a try. It won't disappoint.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zachpaschal
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer during a visit to the Oaken Barrel. Pours a light amber color with a moderate head and decent lacing and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a little caramel, and some pine and grapefruit hints. The taste was a good push of malt with good tones of hops towards the back end. It is a nice hybrid between a true English IPA and its Western counterparts. The mouthfeel is medium to full with subtle carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up yesterday at their brewery in Greenwood. The girl there always does a great job of filling my growlers all the way up the neck. Nice people there and good food, check them out.

Appearance: Nice light amber color, quite orange like. Actually, the describe it as "Scarlet orange". You can just tell this one is sticky as you're pouring it. This starts out with a thick white frothy head; one that I probably caused to be too large as I let it out of the growler too fast. It died down over time but maintained enough head to leave a nice lacing on my glass.

Smell: Strong floral hops in the nose. The smell of the Super Fly let's you know you're in for a sweet, sticky treat. Many people tell me they get a grainy malty smell out of this more than hops but I disagree. I can pick out the floral, citrusy hop as being the predominant flavor rising out of this.

Taste: Very bitter up front with a nice mellow sweetness following. The finish is even more bitterness. You can tell they packed the tank with hops on this one. If you're a hop head you will not be disappointed by this. If you don't like hops then you should steer clear! The sweetness that comes through is the malt that they have in there although it almost seems like there should be a little more to balance the massive amounts of hops. But then again it wouldn't be a hop heads dream if they did that! To be transparent with you I've had this beer before... many times. It's my typical Thursday $5 growler refill choice at the OB and one I enjoy several times a month. When I share this with friends who have before claimed themselves as hop heads they thought this beer was way too hoppy and way too offensive to their palate. Unfortunately this may have ruined them because they're stock on darker lagers and browns. Don't let that steer you away though! Stop in for a pint today!

Mouth feel: Thick and sticky. A sticky lingering actually hangs out around your mouth as if you just ate some hop pancakes with hop syrup on them. Cold hop syrup at that ;) This is the exact kind of mouthfeel a hop head would enjoy.

Drinkability: It's pretty easy to sit back and knock down a half gallon of this. The 7.5% ABV however may have you second guessing that choice. "May" ;) Just know that after one or two of these you probably shouldn't drive. Other than that drink up, not you typical session beer but one that you can have several pints of before going to bed being ready to move on to the next style.

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Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of asl187

A: Deep amber near ruby color with good clarity, great webbed lace. the head is good but not great

S: Mostly floral followed by some herbal grassy hops. No citrus really aside from grapefruit and then some pine. there is also some caramel and toasted characteristics

T: Wow this is bitter. Definitely much more towards the english style IPA but it is drinking a pine cone. There is also plenty of bitter grapefruit notes and some caramel character. I do enjoy heavily hopped beers but this one could use a bit more balance

M: Good body and clean feel, no heat and it goes down pretty easy.

D: I am glad i have a friend to help me with the growler because a second glass was all could handle

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler....thanks for this surprise Lukafer!

A- Poured a light hazed golden copper color. One finger white head that has terrible retention and dies down almost as soon as it rised. Nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice floral hops in the front end of the aroma. Some light caramel malts mixed in with a light toast aroma. Some light citrus and piney hops toward the backend of the beer.

T- Nice bitter hop bite with a light floral hop in the front end. Good caramel malt backbone under the hops with a hint of toast. Citrus hop in the middle turns into a big bitter hop bite on the backend. Alcohol is a apparent on the ending but the bitter hops kill it off.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lacking but nothing that made or breaked the beer. Hops and more hops crushed the palate and well into the aftertaste. Drying on the palate with each sip. Flavors overall were blended well but still a little one sided with all the bitter hops.

D- This was a interesting beer that I enojyed a lot. Oaken Barrel seemed to be a little lack luster to me but this beer has given me a new hope with them. Very good and I shouldn't have split the growler because I was sad once it was gone.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illestkilla
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Highstplz
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Curran yesterday, thanks man.

Pours a dark-ish copper amber color. Doesn't really look like the sort of IPA I generally like. There is a half inch head, and a good amount of webby lacing.

Smells a bit malty, caramelly and whatnot, with some grass, and a hint of citrus. Not getting off to a good start here.

It's ok for an IPA to be balanced, I like that- malt character is important. But this is just malty and only mildly hoppy- and the malt character is not even that interesting. It's your typical sweet, slightly cloying caramel, with some breadiness, with only the slightest smattering of piney hop flavors on top. Just not all that well done, in my opinion.

This one has a body of medium thickness, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

Not that good of an IPA, does nothing to stand out.

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Photo of glorp719
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A very nice IPA. Head is a little weak. Color is medium copper. Flavors of light citrus, strong piney flavor, good malt background. It's a satisfying IPA - a nice find in the midwest. But then, as one goes east, braumeisters seem to have a more sensible attitude about hopping.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some complex hop notes - tremendously floral, with clover blossom and honeysuckle aroma, overlaying some reserved citrus flavor. Moderate malt, a little sharp and acidic toward the finish, which was clean. Overall this is nicely done and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Webby64
1.75/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For the life of me, I don't know why people think this is a good tasting beer or any IPA for that matter. Its gross and that is my opinion. Makes my joints swell up from gout and irritates the lining of my stomach due to the hops.
The one good thing, one doesn't have to drink a lot to catch a buzz. 7.5% alcohol. But it is still gross!
I have a slopped forehead also. I know what I like and this ain't it!


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Photo of TerryB
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John for the kind hook-up.

Clear, copper with a rocky eggshell cap that leaves plenty of crusty lace on the glass. The aroma is excellent with plenty of piney and citrusy hop notes with some caramel cube malt. Big, fresh hop flavors of pine sap, grapefruit rind and a tobacco-like spiciness with a toasty caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. I dig this beer and I believe that the brewers at OB are really starting to get the beer flavor dialed in on this one, this may very well be the best IPA from Indy.

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Photo of JRpints
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Hoppy2Bhere
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my go to IPA's--in fact I keep a keg of this in my kegerator on a regular basis.

Appearance - Lovely dark orange color-a thing of beauty. Lacing throughout is very intricate.

Smell - Initial aroma is not overpowering, but the citrusy hops are evident throughout.

Taste - This is not a monster hop bomb, but the bitter flavors are well balanced. For 7.5%, it hides the alccohol well and drinking several of these in one sitting can be quite easy.

Mouthfeel - Starts off thick and rich, but finishes with a citrusy tartness. Delicious from the start to the end of the glass.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable IPA, which is why I keep bringing it back to the kegerator. Usually like to rotate all the different IPA's, but this has become a constant companion. Great value when compared to the other great IPA's out there. Be sure and check it out if you are in the area.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Superfly I.P.A. from Oaken Barrel Brewing Company
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