Seventh Star IPA | Down the Road Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Down the Road Beer Co.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by harsley on 04-20-2016

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine #120

Unique, Balanced, Juicy, Drinkable
Down The Road Brewery uses experimental Idaho7 and Azacca hops, not your usual mix, but Seventh Star seems to be one of the new wave of IPAs that I welcome with open arms. There are too many IPAs that taste very similar these days. Suggestions of melon rind, orange pulp, grapefruit pith, green tea, and lime leaves. The hop bitterness is very assertive, but the maltiness is just big enough to deal with it all. I love the slightly juicy finish, and I'll have no problem going back to this brew. [Jason]

Look 4.00 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.00 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall can, I'm seeing no dating info

Typical almond amber pour, the off white head is lasting nicely, and leaving low sheeting and decent looking bands of lacing.

Resiny hop sniff, with some grassyness and lime

Respectable IPA, more of the sniff on the palate, resiny, grassy, not getting much tropical as is advertized on the label...solid if not anything amazing IPA...worth a try

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Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, light yellow in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, and guava. Medium bodied, bitter, and dry--especially the aftertaste. Above average, but I like several IPAs more and I prefer several other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of digboy
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can no date

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thin head.

Aroma is vaguely tropical but full of peach and melon character. Very pleasant. Really pulls you in.

Surprisingly the taste does not follow the aroma. It hits with an upfront blast of moderate to strong peppery bitterness that masks the hop flavor, but there is a slight hint of sweet malt in the background which really rounds it off nicely. It is there though with similar character - barely able discern some stone fruit in the flavor. While I was hoping for a juice bomb I'm pretty pleased with the crispness of the flavor so still high ratings in taste, In fact I put this up there in the top 10% of standard IPAs for overall taste and feel.

Feel is light and crisp but forward with the bitter.

Overall I do wish some of the hop character came forward -- it is possible this is an older can and the flavor has dissipated though. I will have to find this again and give it a try to see if a fresher can can do more.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Fairly clear straw yellow, with nice, creamy head.

The nose is full of citrus, with a backbone of slightly soapy resin.

A lot of juicy orange and lime starts you off. The slight soapiness from the nose is there as well, along with a nice hoppy bitterness. Finish is a bit of blood orange and lime.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

This was a very solid IPA, not as New Englandy as I thought it would be. Very drinkable and well balanced.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PJCarnell
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hos
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUBrew
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Tallboy pours into a stemmed glass with a slightly hazy, pale yellow body and a massive creamy white head. The cap is thick and rises above two fingers with great retention. Thick blankets of lacing form on the glass with webs drizzling beneath them.

S- Semi-sweet juicy stone and tropical fruit nectars off the top with mango, peach, orange, floral and a bit of melon notes. Hops first and foremost but sweetness and pale grains are present in the backdrop.

T- The beer starts off with hops and a moderate sweetness to go along with them. Luckily there is not much of a caramelized flavor allowing the notes of melon, grape, berries, grass, floral, bitter grapefruit, sweet orange, herbal and mango to still lead the way. Freshly cracked pale barley, yeast bread and cereal grains also come to mind providing some balance.

MF- Puffy and slightly creamy overall texture. Feels a bit syrupy and slick and the carbonation is on the high side. Ends with a sharp citrus pith bitterness which lingers with sweetness.

Fresh hops are the focus but the brew is also rather sweet. Leans towards the tropical fruit spectrum but hop complexity is found with citrus, grass, floral and herbal tones coming through.

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

On-tap 6/5/2016 at Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA, served in a nonic pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then a strong earthy hops bitterness comes in. There is some sweetness from flavors of caramel and citrus that create a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ronl12
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again no date on the can...

Pours a big fluffy creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice messy lacing, super hazy slight orange tangerine yellow color.

Nose some citrus, tangerine orange, generic fruity almost stone fruit notes, mild sweet malty aroma, some floral notes and then into candied fruit, candied orange.

Taste brings a bit of a sweet malt, toasted malt out front, then quickly into big hops, spicy chewy hops, plenty of orange peel, citrus and generic fruit, plenty of grapefruit, a bit of candied citrus rind, mild stone fruit. Late it turns mostly to grapefruit and bitter rind, with a drier finish, a huge ramp of bitterness a big spicy bitterness lingering on the finish, tons more grapefruit rind lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, more of an IPA from a few years ago, quite bitter though, nothing to write home about. These guys made amazing beers before they were an official brewery, then their first few beers out were good, and since that they have seemed to be making meh beers, so wonder what happened.

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Photo of BostonPhilly
4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paoloboston
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsm45
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shy5
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GabrielEVH
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed how Idaho 7 was implemented on this beer. Nose and flavor were fun and delicious... clearly a berry/strawberry angle to it. A little undercarbed tho and the appearance didn't promote salivation for me as do some of the other NEIPAs out there. Would absolutely buy again.

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Photo of zahara15
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lorwhal
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, bright berry flavor carries through with an acidic character unlike ripe citrus, dry wine or sake. More along the lines of underripe wild strawberries - light, tart berry like hop character with little to no sweetness. Very interesting. A bitter character throws me off a bit. Unique and tasty, however.

edit: had it again and revamped my rating to "meh."

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit hazy with a light gold color. Modest head but it leaves many streaks of lace along with three rings of lace from each sip.

Fresh cut grass and dandelions is the initial smell I get. Behind that I get tropical fruit (pineapple and mango).

Smooth toasted malt start. Good hop bite in the swallow with a prickly grapefruit aftertaste. Highly carbonated with a semi-rich body. The finish is like black pepper in terns of bitterness. Notable alcohol warmth in the finish. This

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Photo of zshaft
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours nice orange with nice hazy body. nose is Some pepper and corriander with stRong grapefruit. taste is very strong peels of grapefruit and lime with some peppery spice notes prevelant. this beer seems to have good potential but I get so much peppery spice in the front palate and seems like the spices overwhelm the hops. a little tweaking would make this a nice brew but for now there are some unbalanced nuances that need to be worked out.

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Photo of AlehouseVanHouten
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Seventh Star IPA from Down the Road Beer Co.
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