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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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 88
Photo of Webby64
1.75/5  rDev -55.9%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Hoppy2Bhere
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of glorp719
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this beer as part of a beer swap. Not being familiar with much of Oaken Barrel's work, I did not have high expectations.

The IPA poured a copper color with a white head. The beer left lacing in the glass and showed measured retention. Hello IPA! A balance aroma of mildly fruity hoppiness enticed the senses. The initial taste was a citrus fruit explosion. Grapefruit, pineapple, and a hint of peach gave a pleasant fruit taste. The hops, which were not overly burdensome, were mild yet resiny. The beer becomes progressively more bitter with each sip. In the aftertaste, the bitterness continues with Earthy notes becoming more detectable. The mouthfeel was just thick enough to allow the taste to linger before being brushed away by a mild level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a well-balance and enjoyable IPA. I would love to try this one fresh on-tap.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev -4%
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 Redrover
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

Served in a shaker pint, the beer is dark copper with a skim of off-white head. Sheets of lacing as you work your way through the beer.

It has an aroma of pine and caramel malts. It is an old school inviting smell.

Nicely bitter, some pine based bitterness some semi sweet malts for balance. I liked how the bitterness becomes more concentrated mid glass.

It is slightly oily and a bit mouth coating.

All-in-all, a solid ipa that hits the right notes for me.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Chumley's in Lafayette, Indiana. Notes recorded at time of consumption.

Came to me a deep golden to almost amber hue. Huge head, mostly frothy with good retention and great lacing. Smell was very faint for the style. All hops in the scent, but very diluted. Main component is a big floral burst.

By taste, I was surprised to learn this was not a DIPA. It's a hop bomb, but gets somewhat balanced out by a malt base layer. Very bready after an initial wrecking of taste buds by the hops. Ended with a bite and lingering bitterness. Very carbonated and fairly light for the weight of the flavor and alcohol. Very sessionable.

Overall, I wasn't terribly impressed, but I wasn't disappointed. Great to see a solid brew from somewhat local Hoosier state brewery.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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 vw73182
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is full of hops and citrus.
Taste is very bitter on the front it but smooth and very drinkable.
Mouthfeel of nice carbonation along with bitterness of the beer.
Has the appearance of a double IPA and could almost be classified as such.

Excellent IPA.

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Photo of biggred1
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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 alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Lukafer
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy golden color, with an off-white head. I smell some sweet malts and some pine hops. Taste some malt at the front, a little hop in the middle then an extremely bitter, but in a good way, finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, good if you're a hophead. If you don't like hops/bitter beers, stay away from this one. I enjoyed and think they should bottle it, it would instantly be their best seller, IMHO. Again, a really good beer, will definitely drink again and again.

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Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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 smanders
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of BrewIndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 MBABJJ
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this one in trade from asl187. Props for the hookup!

A - Nice orange color with a thick head forming on the pour. The foaminess sticks around for the full glass, yummy. Nice clarity and color to boot. No lacing or foam left on the glass which would be nice for such a bomb

S - Herbal, citrus hints but predominantly malt based aroma. Looks like all the hops were used to bitter this puppy

T - Very Nice (in Borat voice). The bitterness is nicely supported by the malt backbone that was evident in the aroma. Nice lingering hop flavor on the tongue. Herbal and come citrus notes are dominant throughout the taste.

M - For something that is this bitter(100 IBU) there should really be a donkey punch to the back of my tongue...there isn't.

D - This is on the level with a lot of IPAs out there. At 100 IBUs its very bitter, but I could drink a growler by myself. Drinkable, but nothing I'm seeking out with the multitude of options available.

Overall an IPA that would make old school WWF star Jimmy Snuka proud.

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Photo of JamesS
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Oaken Barrel Brewing Company's restaurant/brewpub, Monday, April 6th, 2009.

Came to the table a very nice dark copper color, becoming lighter as you looked down the glass, with some very nice head and lacing. Very deep scent, strong hops with a light hint of malt, mostly pine in the aroma. Deep hop flavor, hits the tongue right away; strong citrus hop start, finishing with a strong pin hop finish; the bitterness stays in the mouth a long time, with just enough malt balance to keep it from being too much. Goes down well, smooth and crisp, with just a tiny iota of initial harshness at each drink. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of TeutonicKnight
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewhouse. What a great tasting beer! Packs some serious hoppiness and quite a bite.

Great beer with Oaken Barrel's steak tips as it goes great with anything spicy. Compliments it well.

My favorite IPA in Indiana by far. Had to by a growler for the road.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this because it seemed the most "extreme" of the beers offered at Oaken Barrel. The menu promised 100+ IBUs, and while it was bitter, it certainly didn't strike me as THAT bitter. It was a successful marketing strategy though, as I did order it.

Color was pretty orange with lots of fluffy white head. Aroma was very hoppy with a minimal amount of fruitiness or sweetness. Aroma was decidedly hoppy, but a dry un-sweet kind of hoppiness. Flavor was more dry bitterness, not unlike Avery Maharaja. Pretty good.

I would recommend this beer. I had this on-tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on-site. Take the Gnaw Bone Ale and dial up both the grains and the hops to American IPA strength and you have Super Fly IPA. Big malt back-bone supports the 70 IBU's of Cascades. Wonderfully smooth beer. Light copper in color, and fairly clear. Fresh cascades in the aroma and flavor. Both the malt and hops carry through into the aftertaste balanced toward the hops. I was burping Cascades the rest of the night, but it was worth it. You hop heads will really like this beer.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewpub.

Pours a nice amber/red color with about nice looking head on it and that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.
Smells of a weaker IPA. Earthy with grass tones and very slight citrus smell if you really get your nose it.
The smell does not represent the taste though. The citrus and pine flavors really come through while drinking it.
Mouthfeel is pretty good with mild carbonation.
Drinkability is very good for about any occassion. A very good IPA overall and above the norm.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on location. I hope this beer wasnÂ’t named after the movie. At first glance the pour is a amber to red hue that is semi-cloudy. A good fluffy head that lasts through most of the sample and decent lacing.

The smell is light for an IPA. A good malt base with limited citrus and grassy smells.

The taste is much better with a good balanced IPA flavor. The hops are balanced well from bittering and flavoring. A good citrus bittering that leaves a touch of earthy notes and somewhat piney tastes behind. Mixed nicely with the grapefruit with the same piney aftertaste for a more noticeable earthy taste. The malt is basic but matched well with the hop taste. Good blend.

The body is light to medium grade. Maybe too light as it leaves a watery taste. The texture is good and easy to drink. No real oily taste at all. Overall this was a better then average IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Rich O's near Louisville KY. Excited to see it available, even more excited after sampling my first sip. Very citrusy and spruce-ey to the nose with a maple syrup malt aroma behind. Flavors allow the sweet vanilla and caramel malt to remain noticable, but allows the hop flavor to dominate--going from grapefruits and oranges to grass-ey and pine-ey with some mild spices thrown in--ginger and pepper. Bittered for effect, but without that 'bite' in the back of the throat. Sweetly pronounced alcohol doesn't create a drying sensation, rather lands a juicy moistness to the mouth. Very easy drinking for such large hop flavor. Good job Oaken Barrel!

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Photo of tarrbaby
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was lighter than an amber but darker than a golden. The head was a bit thin and low as I watched the bartender imurse the tap into the filling glass. The first smell was very IPA, but not at citrus as I am a custom to in my favorite brews. Heavy hop presence with a hint of malt. Although I'm very parcial to a very citrus aroma, this beer was very balanced and very drinkable. The best offering of the Oaken Barrel.

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