Last Chance IPA | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Last Chance IPALast Chance IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
869
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
33.05%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
162
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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 thebrood1987
4.77/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Resinous, grapefruity and herbal smells. It starts out with the bready sweet malt and the middle and end taste is a huge herbal and resinous bitterness. Its leafy and green tasting and sort of tastes like marijuana. Its a huge dry tasting IPA for a lower abv.

I've had this in the bottle and now on tap in a growler because of my friend Phil who works at my local Spirits Unlimited. In both of our opinion this on tap is far superior than the bottle for some reason. The leafy fresh hop taste comes through a lot more and tastes fantastic and it went from being an average IPA to an outstanding one. Definitely get this on tap and compare it to the highly rated IPA's on this site, you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of DarkBeer
4.63/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This might be something that I will buy regularly. It combines Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Columbus hops, and has only a 62 IBU rating, so the bitterness is not overwhelming. There is a strong hoppy aftertaste that gives it a dry mouthfeel. However, I agree with other reviewers that this beer may need a better balance. I think the hops drown out the malt flavors, and that the malt flavors should be strengthened. On the other hand, it is a great beer if you want more hops, less malt.
It is an inexpensive IPA in the south eastern PA area. I purchased a case of 24 bottles for only $30 at the Beer Barn in Birdsboro, Pa.
Also, it's advertised that "Weyerbacher donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every drop of Last Chance IPA to small, regional animal rescue operations. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home." You can find which organizations receive the donations by going to this site -- http://weyerbacher.com/blog/2012/05/last-chance-ipa/

Very good tasting beer, although it is lacking malt, and your kitties and puppies as you buy it. :) I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/23/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

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

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to pound down for a whole evening.

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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 Bouleboubier
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased from brewery... bottled 04/07/2014 - best by 08/07/2014... poured into a balloon)

A: fiery amber hued liquid, completely clear-filtered... the head seems rather loosely-structured for a well-hopped beer - it doesn't keep around too long, though a thin cap remains as well as some random bands of lace

S: barbeque-toasted wood, overripe juicy navel orange, mixed berry, sun-scorched grass... quite a potent intensity overall... mellow essence of booze in the back

T: spicy-herbal hop bitterness - biting hardest in the finish... "herbal" as in a bay leaf, "hard-biting" similar to the punch and menthol-like coolness of wormwood... the malts are light, clean, and smooth, retaining a bit of the toastiness from the aroma which also may in part be attributed to the Centennial hops, which tend to have a roasted-nutty, toasty character used in abundance... this is all about the assertive, stinging bite of West Coast style hopping here... certain notes of toasted-near-charred wood grain lingering in the aftertaste... like they say on their site, this isn't balanced - huge void of true malt presence

M: soft, fluffy wash of suds over a very dry, compact, and light-bodied malt foundation... definitely easy to knock back... delicate caress of mildly-warming booze

O: an aggressive, earthy-bitter, toasty, dry, hoppy beer that will pair very well with barbequed meats... what more can you ask for during the summer?

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at DeCicco's Ardsley, NY location.

Pours lightly hazed medium amber. Lite tan head, leaves better then average high bits, blobs and streaks of lacing.

Fruity hop nose, melons, limes, pineapple and hoppy goodness.

Flavorful AIPA, more fruit, more fresh hop notes. Lime, honey and hopped up spice come shinin' thru.

Nicely done. Very enjoyable ale. Went great with some spicy cold noodles with chicken and peanut sauce

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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 thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with about two fingers of a head, and a good amount of lacing.

S: A true american IPA nose, citrus, and slight amount of honey and pineapple, splendid hops.

T: Really delicious brew, nice piney taste up front with grapefruit and citrus to wash it down, well balanced.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation and not to much booze.

O: Great IPA from weyer, truly enjoyable brew, had this beer at The stirling hotel in NJ, great stuff!

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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 jwc215
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a foamy off-white head that holds up well. Even lines of lacing stick to the glass. A beautiful looking beer!

The smell is of leafy, piney, citrusy hops with a caramel-ish background.

The taste is of spicy hops - piney/floral and grapefruity - wrapped in a caramel-ish and pale malt sweetness. It has an aspirin-like, slightly metallic, bitter finish. A touch of sweetness lingers as well. A nice taste, though not crazy about the aftertaste initially, though it improves as it progresses.

It has a creamy, smooth, slightly effervescent, body.

I love IPA's with big hop and malt presence, and this has it! It fits the style well.

By the way, it claims, on the label, to help animal rescue operations. That's an added incentive to buy it, I suppose!

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a tulip glass at Grille 3501 in Cetronia, PA. Big hops here, but it's nothing like that old mess of a beer Hops Infusion that Weyerbacher made. This has a big, rough citrus punch with a bitter, peppery finish. There's a little apricot and juicier fruit in the aroma and flavor, but the earthy grapefruit rind dominates this rich and tasty IPA. Definitely worth a try for hop heads.

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Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours golden/burnt orange with a slight haze; pretty small head which fades but nice lacing and retention. The aromas are awesome.. lots of sweet mango, peach, grapefruit rind. It also has some "garlic/onion" aromas which can be polarizing, but I love it. Now this seems reminiscent of the west-coast style, but I see other influences as well. There's some caramel malt going on, which is present in the nose and flavors. The flavors start off juicy, but fall flat and the aggressive bitterness take over. There's a nice amount of pine resin with a subtle stickiness. Caramel is always lingering. Maybe there's some fuggle hops going on? Maybe not. Mouthfeel is right on, nice carbonation. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Good stuff!

This is a really nice, unique beer. I personally just wish the flavors were more vibrant. This has potential to be a homerun. It's a nice addition to their lineup though. Check it out if you see it.

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Photo of stewart124
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange amber color with a nice amount of off white head.

Nose has Plenty of pine and citrus notes with some fruit coming through.

Medium to full bodied that has quite the hop punch. Chewy caramel character with some toasted bread. Piney resin notes linger on the tongue and as this warms more caramel comes through.

Great dose of C hops to go with the simcoe. I am glad this was available here and it is interesting to see an IPA less than 6%. This is a session able IPA for sure.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just tried this at my local pub, on tap, served in a standard pint glass:

Appearance: A hazy bronze mist of body with a small but creamy white head that leave loads of lacing on the side of the glass. Very pretty.

Aroma: I definitely get a woody smell on this one, and the hops come through with a hint of sweetness in the background.

Taste: There's a sharp bite on the initial taste, definitely hops driven, with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Some light to moderate carbonation on the tongue, bitterness at the back of the throat.

Overall: I found this to be an acceptable and even above-average American IPA. Given the vast number of IPAs out there, it's not the most flavorful I've ever had (Ballantine IPA is actually really hard to beat, although comparisons are kind of unfair here), but it does meet my expectations for what an IPA should be. Another reviewer mentioned that this batch has been tinkered with, an improvement over the previous incarnation. That might indeed be true. I didn't have a chance to try to earlier version. This one is definitely pretty good, though.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very hop forward aroma with lots of grass, pine, and citrus esters. Big upfront presence of earthy, floral, herbal, and citrus hops. Hints of wet grass along with some pine resin. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemons, grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. Pretty dank and bitter smelling. Some backing pale malt with hints of grains, cracker, and caramel. Very hop forward. A decent aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a very hop forward and earthy taste with lots of grass, pine, and citrus esters. Upfront earthy and floral hops with notes of wet grass clippings and dank pine resin. Weed like taste. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemons, pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. Background pale malt presence with notes of caramel, grains, and cracker. Really hop forward as expected. Pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat wet and oily. Bitter and fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty decent take on a IPA. Very grassy, bitter, and hop forward but its nice.

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Photo of JimmyAloysius
4/5  rDev +12%

If you have not yet had last chance in the year 2014... I urge you to. Since Weyerbacher changed a few minor details on the hopping schedule for this beer it has transformed into a great drinking American IPA. Years past was malty and one dimensional. If you had rated this beer before as "run of the mill" give it another shot. Im sure you will not be disappointed.

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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 SawDog505
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass, 6/04/13. Pours a cloudy orange, with a 2 inch white fluffy head, with nice retention and lacing. Smell is grapefruit, cut grass, tangerine, apricot, and pine. Taste is all of that, but resiny grapefruit is the main attraction and I like that. Body is medium large for its abv, plenty of life, definitely dry, and very drinkable. This is very nice and surprising that it is less than 6%. Fans of Smutty, Stone, and Two Hearted, should this deliciously dry IPA.

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

Purchased at the brewery.

Bright shiny gold body. Good clarity, but then chill haze sets in. Four finger level snow white head quickly drops down to a table top.

Fruity aroma of grapefruit, orange, and apricots.

Starts with a big burst of sweetness at the tip of the tongue. Juicy fruits slide in from the side. Big bitter bite.

Solid smooth medium mouthfeel.

Well done west coast style IPA. Though I will miss Hop Infusion greatly.

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Photo of Mojo
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Westbrook Brewing snifter

A- pours up medium gold with an off-white one and a half finger head, fairly good retention and good lacing.

S - powerful citrus smell with some bready notes

T - kind of a dry maltiness with a bitter citrus finish

M - spicy carbonation, lingering aftertaste

O - I actually loved this. Lots of previous reviews haven't been as favorable, but I guess my palate is just different.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas coming off this are moderate of flowers and light citrus. It smells good, it's just not very strong.

Beautiful opaque orange color topped by a just-off-white head that leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Oh dear god how wonderfully bitter. The bitterness is the first wave that hits, the second is a big floral punch that transforms into the third wave of juicy, fruitiness. It finishes with a lingering dry bitterness that completely satisfies me. Its medium bodied with carbonation levels to match. Wonderful beer, and it helps the animals too! What more could you ask for?

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Photo of MattR2014
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I taste the citrus they were going for. Some malt balance n not sweet. Contrary to some other reviews, I enjoy this IPA very much. I won't the hoppy n citrus taste so I'm down with this brew.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from 7/15/12 notes. 12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. It was less than two weeks old when tasted.

A - Pours pale orange with a thin, quickly dying head. The lacing is minimal.

S - The aroma is bursting with citrus hops and tropical fruits. Not much malt here, which is fine with me.

T - Big grapefruit tart and bitter hops. Some crisp cracker malt to balance. The finish is a bit dry, with good tangerine linger.

M - Very light and crisp with big flavor and tingling effervescence.

O - Weyerbacher was lacking a solid regular IPA in their lineup. This is a big improvement over Hops Infusion. Huge flavor for a beer that is as sessionable as this is. Definitely worth a try.

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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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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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