Pukwudgie Session IPA
Down the Road Beer Co.

Pukwudgie Session IPAPukwudgie Session IPA
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IPA - American
3.84 | pDev: 8.59%
Down the Road Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Pukwudgie Session IPAPukwudgie Session IPA
Notes: Our Hoppy Session IPA is a tribute to the Wampanoag’s mythical Pukwudgie. With bright notes of passionfruit, mango and citrus interwoven with refreshing bitters and light pine our Puk is a supernaturally well-balanced session ale that asks for nothing more than a good sense of humor.
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; bronze in color; 1 finger finely pored off white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: pine, orange, and strawberry;

T: earthy, leather; a hint of the strawberry and orange; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: the flavor wasn't very attractive to me;

Sep 15, 2019
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DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P-Poured from a 16 oz can,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Canned on 03/27/17.

L- Soapy white colored head that stands one finger width tall,with very good retention and fragmented lacing.Slightly hazy gold colored body with moderate clarity,and distorted light showing through the glass.Very high amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get mostly citra hops balanced by a nice presence or caramel malt notes.Slight bready characteristics as well.

T- The palate follows the nose with Citra hops up front,caramel malt in the middle,and a bready yeast aftertaste.

F- The mouth feel is thin and prickly,with a dry finish.

O- This is a pretty standard APA.Nothing too fancy,but still a drinkable Pale Ale.I would drink it again,and if you like APA's I would recommend giving it a try.

May 24, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can dated 11/3/16 (5 months old)

Pours slightly hazy orange color. Thin pillow head. Aroma is muddled - a bit malty but some citrus notes. Taste is bright with a weak but flavorful malt backbone. Vaguely citrus hop flavor along with moderate to high bitterness. A bit of sweetness in the finish. Feel is clean with the low malt. Overall it is a good beer. It has a nice balance between hop and malt against a crisp clean backdrop.

Apr 08, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Tallboy into a snifter with a mostly clear deep golden body and a massive white, creamy cap. The head shoots up to over an inch high with good retention and a thick consistency. A few large webs of lace and sparse spots around those.

S- Floral, piney and slightly citrus hops lead the way with caramelized malts and a somewhat sugary sweet aroma along with that.

T- Sweet and fruity as caramelized grains and apple esters join in with the hops which are probably in equal strength with the rest of the beer elements here. Hops are floral, spicy, earthy and herbal with dried apricot and citrus also coming to mind.

MF- Creamy and puffy medium body with a bit of a slickness. The carbonation is at a moderate level and it ends with a floral bitterness lingering on the palate.

A mostly balanced Pale Ale that suffers from a bit too much sweetness and pale fruit esters.

Dec 27, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw color with the lightest of hazes. Good starting head which leaves some chunky spots on the glass for lace.

The smell leans strongly to the hop--floral with a touch of pine. The pale malt has a significant effect on the aroma--no graininesss.

The taste follows the smell, maybe even a bit more hoppy. Here the taste is like black pepper but provides only a moderate aftertaste. Neutral body and carbonation. Overall, a very traditional, albeit hoppier, pale ale.

Oct 21, 2016
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kalosjakar from Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Second beer from Down the Road. I love their art work and I have to admit it enticed me to try them out.

Appearance: Slightly darker than gold, with a foamy white head.

Aroma: I'm getting floral and tropical notes. The floral notes are quite nice. Some citrus in there as well. Papaya.

Taste: mild bitterness, hardly none. light malt profile, no sweetness but you can taste the grains used, then the hops hit. im a bit surprised when Im looking at other reviews because Im getting mostly spicy hops with some citrus in there. tastes somewhat like a pilsner for me.

Feel: thin to medium. dry finish.

Overall: not bad but I wouldn't buy it again. Other beer to be tried!

Oct 18, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how I haven't reviewed this, tall boy can

Pours a huge pillowy frothy 2 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice soapy lacing, hazy tangerine orange color.

Nose a bit muted, floral hops with grapefruit, orange, pith, faint toasted malts, fruity.

Taste brings a little sweet toasted malt, into fair hop profile, fair bitterness, juicy fruits, grapefruit, citrus, little pith, grapefruit rind, little fruity bubblegum and faint melon rind. Finish dry fair bitterness, lingering grassy hop, little grapefruit pith.

Mouth is med bod, fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, nice balance, good bitterness, nice hop profile, little muted on the aroma, but good solid apa. Back when they were making solid beers.

Aug 07, 2016
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2ellas from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the can so i can't speak to the colour or clarity.
Smells nicely hoppy.
Tastes a balanced hoppy. Not to bitter but hoppy enough to tell your drinking an apa
Feel was thicker than you'd expect a session style apa to be. In a good way
Overall, i will definitely seek this out plus beware of the pukwudgie!

Aug 05, 2016
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thedaveofbeer from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this at a bottle waxing party at the brewery in Everett, which was fun by the way. Perhaps my review is higher than the average here due to the freshness; or maybe it is just personal preference-I love this beer and wouldn't change a thing. It definitely has a more noticeable malt profile than many other pale ales, which gives it more depth of flavor, but it still has the hoppy goodness.

May 06, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, amber in color, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is caramel, leafy and citrus hops. There is a distinct orange taste. Light bodied and slightly bitter. very easy drinker and another impressive beer from Down the Road.

Feb 05, 2016
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illpass78 from Maine

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at EJ's in Fairhaven, Mass., over mac and cheese with mom.

Appearance: Pours a clear darkish straw/gold with noticeable carbonation and a creamy one-and-a-half finger white head. Nice presentation.

Aroma: Fruit, some sugar, hops, a little pine.

Taste: Nice mix of hoppy and sweet. Malt is noticeable and pleasant and brings a sweet character that balances the fruity hops. Some apricot, maybe a touch of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Standard for style. Sessionable.

Overall: Very nice session ale. Lots of flavor for a lowish ABV take on a familiar style. Will try more from this brewer.

Dec 21, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/2/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong fruity citrus sweetness along with some caramel. Then an earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but a bit watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while, but there are other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Dec 02, 2015
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light tropical and pine hops with toasted and pale malts in the rear.

Taste: Same as above. Chewy and bitterness in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, light bitterness, medium carbonation, and very crushable.

Overall: A nice APA. Light hop flavor and easy to drink. More hops would be nice.

Oct 10, 2015
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look pale golden, a lot of big bubbles, almost no head, film stays on top of beer, leaves minimal lacing
smell; mild, a nice balance of piney and citrusy hops with a whiff of ... cheap lager smell, just a hint
taste; bitterer than the nose would indicate, hints of citrus and grapefruit balanced nicely by malty bready goodness, a little sharp but almost just right, could be a bitter.
feel; medium light bodied, medium carbonation, moderate pucker factor, good all around
overall a solid pale ale on the bitter end of the spectrum, maybe a tiny bit light on body

Aug 15, 2015
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Phillip13 from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very interesting pale ale. It has a slightly piney smell. You get a burst of hops with each sip that have a wonderful little citrus taste to them. The aftertaste was bitter but smooth. If you like your pale ales you might want to try this one.

Jul 29, 2015
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ColdOneKev from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful, slightly hazy dark gold body with a huge off white head that leaves heavy lacing.
S - Initial whiff is burnt toffee. Subsequent smells are some piney hops, but I am not detecting much from the mosaic.
T - More balanced than the aroma. PIney hops, ever so slight citrus. Nice malt backbone, How I would expect a pale ale to taste. Can't believe this is only 4.5% abv.
M - Medium body, medium carb. Finished bitter and dry.
O - A very nice pale ale from one of the newest breweries in MA. I would recommend if you see it somewhere. Maybe not something to go out of your way for though. I am looking forward to trying their other offerings.

May 24, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Draft. Pours a hazy Amber color. Aroma is piney and grapefruit you and grassy with a caramel maltiness. The nose is hop forward but I detect a reasonable malt backing. Flavor is hops at first with a sneaky maltiness that saunters in as the hops start to acclimate. I would say that the hop bill is pretty distinct but I don't think the malt jives with the greens. Surprised by the lighter ABV. The most impressive aspect of this beer is that it has much more body than you'd expect.

Apr 25, 2015
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Re-review 6/1/216
Paler than the previous batch that I reviewed. Slightly hazy golden color, 1.5 finger head decent retention.
Aroma is sweet grapefruit, passionfruit, a bit sticky smelling
Flavor is a lovely mix of grapefruit, fruit punch, pine, slightly dank and resinous, finishes with a nice crackery malt quality.
Very flavorful, not over bitter or watery, which are common flaws with this style of beer.
WAY better than the last time I had this. Awesome job DTR.

Original Review: April 2015:
Pours clear amber, smells a bit of tropical fruit from the mosaic, but the chinook and caramel malt tend to dominate. Piney, with a bit of sweet caramely crackery malt. Tastes a bit sweet up front with a firm, almost astringent bitterness finishing. Piney again, though the mosaic helps keep things from devolving into a standard c-hop flagship APA. Not bad by any means, but needs a bit of tweaking to stand out in an increasingly crowded field.
L:3.5 S:3.75 T:3.5 F:3.5 O:3.5

Apr 18, 2015
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 86 ratings