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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 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 StoutHunter
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher's Last Chance IPA a couple weeks ago for $2.19 at Holiday Market. I liked their Double IPA and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, I like the design and the idea behind it, it's also eye catching. It poured a poured a muddy orange and light brown color that took on a slightly brighter hue when held to the light with a finger and half worth of creamy light tan head that died down to a thin ring that left some spotty lacing behind. This beer doesn't look that great.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and it's the green onion and green hops sticking out the most with some garlic like aromas also showing up along with some citrus rind hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the malts with the sweet malts really sticking out the most and there's some caramel malt and doughy yeast showing up in the background. The aroma was just wasn't that good I thought the green onion hops were too dominating.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart the exact same hop profile that they did in the aroma with green hops sticking out the most by a lot. Up next comes a little bit of dough yeast that leads right into the malts which impart some grainy, light caramel malt and sweet malt flavors that are a little watery. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a watery green onion hop aftertaste. This wasn't a good tasting beer, the malt base wasn't good and the hop profile wasn't much better.

M- Not too smooth, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and this wasn't a good example of the style, while it didn't really have any off flavors or aromas it pretty much had all the aspects that I don't like in IPA's with a weak malt base and an overly green onion hop profile. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, it wasn't too smooth, crisp, not too filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is more than enough for me, no way I would want another one. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't great, but it was still the best aspect of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the weak malt base and the hop profile, those two aspects really hurt this beer. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it at all, it's very easy to find a better IPA. All in all I was let down with this beer, their Double IPA was pretty good, so I was expecting some good things out of this beer, but in the end it just wasn't that good and I expected more from this brewery. It's now my least favorite Weyerbacher beer and it's for sure below average for the style. I appreciate the cause behind this beer, but the beer itself just isn't good, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a copper color with zero head or lacing to speak of.

S-Citrus hops, resinous, piney.

T - Hop forward, with some malt balance. Resinous, bitter finish.

O - Meh IPA - decent, but doesn't do anything to stand out in a field of great beers. I will not try this again.

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Photo of BrettP93
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Must agree that its lacking in balance, strong citrus and floral aroma but found it very bitter, do like that the proceeds from sale support animal rescue organizations

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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 Salt-n-Beer
3.25/5  rDev -9%

A very well balanced IPA with wonderful hoppy aroma and taste. Pours a decent head and it is copper amber in color. Some elements of peach and caramel. Overall a very nice beer.

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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 Clydesdale
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy orange color. The head is medium sized, with a somewhat dense, creamy texture. Retention is good, and some decent lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Light maltiness in the nose, with faint whiffs of caramel sweetness. Hop aromas are fruity, citric, and floral. Lemon and grapefruit are most prominent. Some interesting resiny notes are also detectable.

T: Some modest maltiness up front. Mild caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is strong, with big citric, floral, and resiny flavors. The finish carries some lasting lemony, grapefruit-pithy flavor.

M: On the thin side of medium. Carbonation is average, with some prickly quality. The finish grows increasingly dry, though with an odd thinness. I would have preferred a touch more body throughout.

O: This is a fine IPA. I like the hop bill well enough, both in aroma and flavor. The malts are a bit too blank (or thin) of a canvas for me to really dig in and enjoy this more.

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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 argock
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pinot noir wine glass. Bottled on 02/10/14 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Total Wine (Norwalk, CT) for $1.99.

A: Crystal clear orange-amber with 1-finger of nearly white, small-bubbled head with good retention and plenty of lacing all over the glass.

S: Mosaic-y hops aroma with a lot of berry and melon aromas mingling with some floral and lemon-lime citrus. Maltiness is crackery and bready. No yeast or alcohol component. Great nose overall.

T: Unfortunately the flavor doesn't measure up to the nose with the maltiness falling flat, flabby in nature, which doesn't mesh too well with the floral and minty soap-like hoppiness. No alcohol or yeast esters though. Something happened with the combination of caramel malts and hops which really didn't work. Not horrible, but the soapy aftertaste is a little astringent and a little tough.

M: Drinks a little more like an amped-up APA than an IPA with a smaller body than it should have and softer carbonation.

O: Pretty disappointing beer from Weyerbacher overall -- there is a recipe or fermentation problem with this beer, as it has a soapy quality -- probably mor eint he hops-malt combination that is not working.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. A bit disappointing- I was expecting more from this IPA. Pours a little hazy with a grainy head, but excellent lacing with well defined rings in the glass. More grain in the aroma as well as a dash of citrus. The taste is similar- very dry, quite grainy, quite grassy and floral with just a modicum of citrus. The mouthfeel is grainy and mouthcoating. I'd say this beer is flawed by an inefficient sparge- just too much grain here and it overwhelms everything else.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap n a pint glass.

Golden orange color with a 2f white head, fat lacing
Mild hop aroma, some herb and flower.
Malty with light hop flavor.
Medium feel with a mineral taste finish.
The beer's look was its best asset. That's too bad because it comes in at a drinkable abv.

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Photo of pvo
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing - I almost wonder if I got a bad pack of it. The beer tastes bitter, but not in a hoppy way; more like there was too much yeast, or something along those lines. I'll have to try another one at some point, because most everything else I've had from Weyerbacher I've enjoyed.

But, I did really like the funding for shelters, and got to take a picture of my dog with the beer, so I'm happy to write it off as a charitable contribution.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, dingy amber-hued body with a small, altogether brief, whitish head.

Smell: Pine and paper, soapy resins, citric citrus, grasses and muddy, muddled yeast cakes. Oh, some weak toast and pale malts.

Taste: Pale malts, a snap of grains, and a moist mealy quality. Low, short-lived sweetness. Citric orange, resins, tropical fruits, and grassy hops backed with an earthy yeastiness. Moderate bitterness. Hint of shredded mint leaf. Bitter, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Uninteresting, a bit disappointing. Just keep telling yourself "it's for charity, it's for downtrodden animals." Think of the animals!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a sam adams custom pint glass, color is transparent gold, head is light tan, good thick presentation, large bubbles in the foam, no real lacing.

Smell is mostly hops, nice lemon, light citrus, grapefruit, blended well with the earthier notes of pine and grass.

Taste has more malt presence than the nose, hints of munich/vienna style malts otherwise clean, hops are not overpowering but subtle, clean flavors of lemon and citrus with light pine and grass.

MOuthfeel is well balanced, pretty dry on the tongue, touch of lingering malt flavor but not sweetness, nice bittering balance.

Overall, a very pleasant and drinkable ipa, flavors are subdued but it dries out nicely with good lingering flavors.

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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 ACinSC
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass, moderate bubbly (not very foamy) head with little retention. Smelled lemony with some grains. Taste was extremely bitter (can't say I didn't expect it) and the mouthfeel was too grainy, almost like my tongue was being attacked. Aftertaste ... was just awful.

Overall it felt like I was drinking carbonated (lawn) grass extract.

Note to all potential brewers of imitations: If bitterness is the only thing people remember about a beer, it's probably a sign that some of the other characteristics need to be amped up a bit.

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Photo of brentk56
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that does a surprisingly good job in the lacing department

Smell: Grainy and grassy with a lemon Pine-Sol aspect

Taste: Very grainy malt flavors are joined by grass and a lemony/piney character, in the middle; the lemon builds into the finish, along with a minty and soapy aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure what the brewery was going for here but this just doesn't cut it for my palate; reminds me of some of the mediocre beers I had from Weyerbacher about 10 years ago

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper hue with white foam forming at least two fingers worth of head. Aroma has a muddled mix of hops a bit of dank earth and citrus notes but nothing really pops here, there's also a slight metallic "copper penny" note to it as well. Faint fruitiness from the malt base a bit of even keeled biscuit malt. Flavors more muddled hops a bit of dank, earthiness, with super high alpha bitterness in the form of citrus pith/rind. Not much sweetness to balance it out, maybe some pale biscuit malts. Mouthfeel is slightly slick with hop oils, even keeled well attenuated feel no residual sweetness carbonation cleans the palate with each sip. Lingering hops between sips, I like my more tropical/citric IPAs that have been out in number this still has a place in the DBF, but it honestly won't make my regular rotation.

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

We pour a brew of muddy honey coloring into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a billowing two and a half finger tall head of cakey, egg white colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Sticky, three-dimensional honeycomb lacing is left all around the glasses as it slowly descends. Haze is thick and swirly, with chunks of sediment noted to be bobbing about the glass. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma is zesty and bright, giving grassy, earthy, and citric citra-esque hops, pale and lighter caramel hops, baby powder, juicy peach and nectarine fruitiness, moisturizing lotion emollients, waxiness, light wisps of booze, black pepper, basement mustiness, rustic carrot juiciness, spicy lemon juice, and a mineral-laden clay wateriness. Our first impression is that the hops have quite a bite, with flavoring that is otherwise to an extreme, perfumed, floral side that was not expected. As we sip, the taste opens with bittering hops of grassy, perfumed, floral, and grapefruity varietals, with chalky pale malts, lemon juiciness, table cracker dryness, soft banana esters, sweaty saltiness, black pepper, pretzel breadiness, and tangerine sweetness. The middle peaks with continued orange and citrus fruit sweetness, musty pale malts, sourdough breadiness, marjoram, dill, fresh mint leaf, cinnamon spice, and rumbly herbal hops. Washing through the finish are coppery metallics, sea saltiness, cardboard, pale malts, salted doughy breadiness, baker’s yeast, phenolic spice, ethanol airs, gummy spearmint, twiggy saps, dried grass, citric and grassy hops, and magic marker chemical bite. The aftertaste breathes of eucalyptus and suntan lotion, phenolic chemical, floral clover honey, newspaper inkiness, white sugar sweetness, toasted pecans, herbal and perfumed floral hops, lightly adjuncty rice starchiness, and chalky pale malts. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium, but frothy. Each sip gives surprisingly creamy slurp and smack, with hearty glug, foam, and pop on the back. The mouth is lightly coated, but quickly puckers into mild chalky astringency across the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its aroma. This component of the tasting was heavily flavorful and wonderfully representative of the hop bill within. It gave an array of varietals, including grass, florals, nectars, earth, and sweetly bittered citrics. These translated well into flavoring, but the perfumed qualities really take you by surprise, almost choking you up a bit at first. Again, this blends well with the inherent fruitiness and clean maltiness throughout, striking fresh and reproducible cords with each sip. The feel is soft, contributing positively to the experience. All in all, this is a tasty, sessionable, hop filled IPA that will satiated your taste buds and help you sip the night away.

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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 TreyIsWilson
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a two-finger foamy white head. Light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is a nice mix of citrus and floral hops.

T - The flavor is very hop forward with a light malt sweetness. The finish is resinous with a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

O - Decent IPA. This could use some more malts to balance out the bitterness.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a transparent gold with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is pine resin, citrus, and barley. There is a hint of bready malt, which nicely balances the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Refreshing but not outstanding.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours copper colored, foam to start, with none left behind. Grassy pine nose. Sharp open bitter. On the lighter malt side. Tongue scraping bitterness. Juicy taste.

Overall, I found it to be on the harsh side. All the other flavors fail to outstrip that.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sunset gold in color, with a little haze and a frothy white head. The aroma is fruit-forward...peach and underripe strawberry...and a bit of background malt. the taste, tough, is all hops. Grapefruit, pine, lemon peel, and wood...hoppy and somewhat astringent. Nice, with just a touch of malt in the hind-taste. The beer is medium-full in body and has a respectable drink ability.

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Last Chance IPA from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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