Last Chance IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Last Chance IPA, 5.9% ABV, is a full-flavored hop assault delightfully lacking in balance. We’ve added a combination of Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe® and Columbus hops to produce pungent aromas of grapefruit, pine and citrus.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every drop of Last Chance IPA to small, local animal rescue organizations. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home.
Have a glass and make a difference! Cheers!

Added by Knapp85 on 06-02-2012

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Weyerbacher Beer Sunday (Week 626) continues at Chez Woody! We have achieved the kick-off of New Beer Sunday (Week 626) & I am using the occasion to kick-off my long-awaited & much-needed horizontal of Weyerbacher B.C. beers. I have a LOT of their beers in my Bottle Backlog and it may take several days until they are depleted. Enjoy the ride!

From the bottle: "Last Chance IPA helps animal rescue organizations [-] Learn how at".

Wow! One of the advantages to day drinking & reviewing is the access to natural light. This one is filled with floaties & loads of lees on the punt. The bottle reads: "Packaged 11/22/16" so it may well be by design. The only way to find out is with a Pop! of the cap, followed by the gentlest pour possible. I briefly considered using a coffee filter, but that is a) cheating & b) not really a test of my pouring powers. It worked out as there was the slightest of haze, but it required an in-glass swirl to raise two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with limited retention, leaving nice lacing as it fell. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose smelled of pine sap and peaches, although my bottle was not marked as any of the fruit varietals. It made for an interesting & tantalizing scent & I was anxious to taste it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very hoppy with grapefruit & pine in the forefront, but I was still getting an underlying flavor of peaches in heavy syrup. I really loved CANned peaches as a child and preferred them over almost everything else. Finish had a pleasant bitterness, partially of the aforementioned pine & grapefruit hops, but also that bitterness that comes of getting too close to the peach pit. Jeez-O, man, I could really come to fall in love with this!

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy look. Ripe melon, citrus, alcohol and A slight malt background dominate the nose. Smells decent. Kind of a malt and pine mix with a really carbonated and watery crisp feel. Can't decide if it tastes a little like cat piss or it's half decent. It teeters. Maybe a bit
out of balance. I think it might be carmalized malts like you find in some beers. Side note: I remember the "Last Chance" being a bar in Montoursville PA that my family had been to while traveling to visit family when I was in my youth.

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Photo of fermentedbarley
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have enjoyed several from Weyerbacher and their Simcoe Double IPA (unfiltered) is one of my favorites so I had high expectations for this. Hmmm. Color and smell are good but taste is kind of 'not aligned'. It's almost as though the ingredients are not well matched or engineered or something. I'm disappointed. Bitter, tangy, not orchestrated well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head. Earthy pine and resin with a sweet bready maltiness to back it up. Not quite as dry as I'd like but its a decent beer.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good ipa, nothing overwhelmingly memorable about it. I carried it in bottles and it got overlooked quite a bit. I would carry it again but on draft.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle copped at the Cloverleaf Tavern. An easily drinkable, session-type IPA with a strong hop backbone. Moderate nuances of pine and citrus dominate the palate. I was actually a fan of this one. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint on tap at the Wall of Beer (Tiger Mart; SC).
The hazy orange-Amber body is topped by a good head that has decent retention and leaves streaky lacing on the glass.
Over ripe tropical fruit notes from the hops dominate the aroma. The taste follows but has little in the way of unattractive aspects the "over ripe" description implies.

Feel - medium body and near medium carbonation.

Overall - a good but not great mix of hops that's sure to appeal to some more than it did to me.

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Photo of gutterpunktarzan
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer for a great cause. I only purchased because of the cause. Makes the beer so much better! Weyerbacher nailed this one big time. Thanks for supporting my local shelter.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tap poured into pint glass

Hazy brown liquid, looks like an iced tea, half finger off white foam cap

Aroma of Malt With a whiff of floral notes, some pine notes

Taste follows the aroma , malt, floral hops, pine hops

Medium mouthfeel

okay beer, sessionable

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Photo of lyagooshka
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Medium to darker amber.

SMELL: Citrusy, with a hint of almost pine, but not quite pine.

TASTE: The bitterness definitely comes out from the first sip. While not harsh, it definitely contrasts with the fruity smell you perceive. But it does fade quickly.

FEEL: A bit heavy, though not thick.

A good beer for a great cause. A nice, hoppy IPA. The contrast between fruity/piney smell and hoppy bitter taste can be good or bad, depending on personal preference. When in the mood for a hoppy IPA, I usually get a 6, for the flavor, but also to support the cause.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on tap -review from notes.

The color is golden amber hazed shade with white head. The smell of hops is good but grapefruit smell with slight herbal and spice type aromas. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and balance of malt with medium carbonation and semi-dry finish.

The taste is almost as good as the feel with slight tropical and citrus flavor with some bitter and herbal hop flavors which have a backdrop of malt to use as a foundation the yeast is clean in the taste and finish is semi-dry. Overall this is decent but not something I would seek out -worth a try

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: On the dark side for an IPA, nearly an amber.
Smell: A nice, rich malty-piney aroma.
Taste: A quality East Coast IPA. Not too aromatic, but floral nonetheless. A strong malty backbone to keep the whole thing going. Very satisfying.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

** 06/05/2015
Bottle to glass. Appearance: Medium yellow color. Small white head. Aroma: Light pine, grass, maybe a hint of orange. Taste is sharp pine...then some hops, alkali finish. Not too pleasant. Not my kind of IPA.

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Photo of hughesjbailey
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid, but not special, IPA from a brewery that makes some really special beers. Hops are laid back with more pronounced bready/yeasty finish though it does brighten up (sour citrus) a bit when it warms up.

And kudos to them for donating proceeds to animal rescue - thank you Weyerbacher for being a real part of your community.

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Photo of ppvora
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from chilled 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Brown and cloudy with a bit aeration (not much) and no head.

Aroma: Orange, honey, spice, and lots of hops!

Taste: Barley, hops, pine, very little fruit in the background. Noble hoppy taste, with a little bit of bitterness (pleasant).

Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, otherwise clean.

Overall: Weyerbacher is consistently turning out superb beers and this an example of that tradition. Excellent beer...I've already added it to my list of beers that I will buy and consume consistently.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a medium head. nose; light floral pine and citrus hops. taste; bready malt, piney hops, lemon zest and pith, and some sweet orange rind middle. medium carbonation and a medium, lighty oily mouthfeel from all those citrusy c-hops (columbus, cascade & centennial). very straightforward and simple, but makes an easy session and a portion of the proceeds go to animal shelters. xo

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Bottled 18 August 2015. Best before 18 December 2015.
A: Hazy orange with very light head.
S: Piney, lemony, and slightly boozy. Pinesol-ish. Very AIPA. Hint of crisp, bready malt.
T/M: Tastes more like a pale ale -- lots of dry, pale malt with only distant hops that enter on the endtaste. Granted, those hops are irascibly bitter and very obvious, but they are backloaded and relatively brief. As it warms, more fruit flavors come out.
O: It's a decent beer, but pretty straightforward and uninteresting.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had in a 12 o bottle poured in a frosted glass while watching Sunday steelers game. A well balanced IPA with some lacing and a clean aftertaste. And that the proceeds go towards animal rescue is icing on the glass

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Photo of Gajo74
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy caramel color, small bubbly head and ultra thin ring like lace.
Sweet aroma; caramel, biscuity malts and fruit. (I detect pear) Aroma also has a citric feel that reminds me of orange or grapefruit peel.
The taste is malt forward at first with toasted malts and the hops mildly in the background. There is also a sour lemon like twang, and citric Orange and grapefruit peel taste. As the drink warms, the hops are more aggressive and feel piny. The finish us semi dry and the hops leave a bitter aftertaste. The body feels a little thin for an ipa, however, given the relatively low 5.9 % ABV, I suppose one could consider this a session IPA.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark orange with a half finger tannish white head and decent lacing a couple minutes into the drink. The aroma is malt forward, a lot of pale ale I suppose, then the typical average IPA citrus smells come through, in this one a lot of grapefruit orange and some kind of melon I can't put my finger on it, maybe honeydew, also the piney is there too. The taste is about the same as the smell first thing you taste is the malt, and then the pine/nut flavor, followed by the finish of the grapefruit and kind of some lime in the finish? I can't be certain. Mouthfeel is typical of N average American IPA, good carbonation, slightly watery. Overall just an average beer, I liked the barley ale withering idiot ao I figured I'd give this a try, plus helping out some poor animals and that's always a plus too. Good summer drinker I suppose though. 3.5/5

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Photo of Raime
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA.

A portion of every purchase of these ones go to animal shelters accroding to the bottle. And as an animal lover, i figured why not help out. Also, bottle appearance and design will slightly start playing into my appearance factor since sometimes a good label sells a brew.

Look - Pours a very, very murky diluted sunset orange with a half finger of slightly off white head that quickly turns to cloud formations around the edges of the glass. Can't get a read on carbonation due to the swampy murkiness. Lacing manages to stick around fairly well despite the lacing head. 3.75.

Smell - Malt forward with some floral hoppiness. Slight traces of pine from the C-hops. Not much else going on here. Smells like a lighter version of a centennial IPA. 3.5.

Taste - Very floral all around with a moderate amount of malt to balance it all out. Pine resin in small to moderate forms depending on how warm the beer is. Not sure of the IBU's on this thing but I'd put it in the 70's range as it is a bit bitter. 3.5.

Feel - Medium, slick and sweet body with high levels of carbonation. The sweetness really sticks around amd coats the mouth. 3.5.

Overall - There really isn't a whole lot to say about this beer. It is very sessionable and would make a fine all day drinker. Overall it doesn't go beyond the call of duty in any aspect and there is nothing here you haven't seen before. No off putting or offensive flavors. All purchases go towards a good cause, so why the hell not?. 3.5.

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Photo of EMV
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at the Main Street Pub in Bally, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a semi-transparent deep amber color. Nice off-white head and lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, grapefruit and freshly baked bread.

T/F: A nice dry IPA. Not super malty or high in ABV which allows the relatively aggressive hops to shine through. Citrus and grapefruit dominate, with some floral/herbal notes. A bit oily and slick on the mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

O: A nice dry IPA. In general I'm a fan of Weyerbacher and this one hit the spot.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light copper. Little to no head and no lacing. It smells fantastic for the 5.9%. Taste is a little thin but the hop profile is there. Overall a decent brew. Nothing special but I can session on this.

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Photo of zdk9
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a cloudy orangy amber. There's a lot of sediment spread throughout the liquid. A bit of head with tiny light bubbles.

S- Grassy, lemony, nice and hoppy, some caramel

T- Grassy in a fresh way, also overall the taste is almost stale with some dustiness. A good amount of hops.

M- A little lingering sweetness, but overall on the light end of the spectrum for an IPA.

O- Maybe I've been too indoctrinated with higher power IPAs but this one doesn't quite do it for me- it's a little too weak and light.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

An amped-up IPA for a great cause: Portions of the proceeds go to small, regional animal rescue operations. Fresh and sessionable with new nuances that pop up sip to sip. This beer is just more proof that East Coast brewers do brew hoppy beer. Hopheads, support the cause and get some!!

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 5.9%

LOOK: Hazed pale amber, sticky lacing

SMELL: Orange zest, grapefruit rind, spearmint, oily hop, hint of breadiness, yeast, ripe pears

TASTE: Moderate-sized body, semi-aggressive bitterness, leafy, orange pith, faint mint, green tea, dried grass, apple pomace, bitter aftertaste, drying finish

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