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

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Brewed by:
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: 89 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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 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 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 fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant bright red color with a big bright white head. The aroma is loaded with citrus. The taste is a wonderful blend of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and amply carbonated. Overall, this is a great IPA. One of the best I've had to date.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 shirtless_mike
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass. The beer comes out a amberish golden color wtih 2 fingers of head that fall to a finger that won't leave. The nose is full on grapefruit hop, with a caramel background, maybe a touch of biscuit as well. The taste is nice. Its almost a combination IPA APA. There is a lot of good citrus hop in there, but also a touch of the dirty hop I want in an APA. What a nice beer. The feel is moderate to thick, with a medium carbonation that makes it nice. The drinkability is pretty good on this one as well. I really like this beer. I read on the website that they may be offering this beer year round soon. That would be a good addition.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gregcordle
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 NateMac13
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a growler that kmpitz2 brought. 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, but a whole lot of pine and grapefruit hops. Lots and lots. Too much for my nose. The flavor is much the same. Tons of hop flavors and bitterness. This is very well made, but just not my style.

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Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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