What He's Having
Wooden Robot Brewery

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #390
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,088
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 6.46%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
52
From:
Wooden Robot Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  11
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes:
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 52
Photo of AngusOg
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Has the hazy New England style thing, and softer hop profile that is all the rage these days, but honestly feel like this one is too soft for my liking. I feel like I'm drinking some kind of fruit infused tea rather than a beer. Personally, i would prefer a bit more bitter hop bite. Still not a bad beer and plenty easy to drink, but just not loving it.

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Photo of Damian
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Appalachian Vinters, Asheville, NC
Served in a pint glass

Outstanding appearance. The slightly hazed, bright golden colored body was topped by an inch-tall, super tight and creamy, bright white crown. A patchy, craggily blanket of lacing coated the glass from top to bottom.

The nose had a very pure hop quality to it. Really fruity and bright. Nice mix of tropical and citrus fruits. Mango came through strongest. Lots of juicy orange notes. Hint of peach. Touch of white grapefruit as well. As the beer sat, the aroma became noticeably more muted.

The flavor profile was similar but more citrus forward. Juicy orange notes dominated. Slightly sweet. Loads of candied orange peel. Good amount of tangerine. Bit of tropical fruitiness in the center. Some peach was also noticeable. The beer finished with orange rind notes and just a hint of bitterness. The bitterness increased as the beer warmed. Some white grapefruit and grapefruit peel appeared as well.

Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a slick, moderate effervescence. Creamy, soft and smooth on the palate.

This is the first tap offering I tried on my vacation to North Carolina and it was quite impressive. Looking at some reviews on BA, however, I am surprised that the various versions of this beer are not separated out, as they each sound quite different. V15.0 contained the fruitiness of an East Coast-style IPA and the cleanness of a West Coast-style version of the style. All in all, a very well crafted beer.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

v15.0:

This iteration of Wooden Robot's hop-swapping What He's Having IPA is a quiescent, medium-hazy, deep-gold beer that wears a medium fluffy white head; head retention is modest and lacing consists of fair slabs and runners. The nose is medium in intensity: a delicious blend of cannabis and sweet/spicy florals, backed by more subtle perfume notes, bright grapefruit and a subtle grassy character, with modest alcohol overtones riding atop it all. Up front, the palate is a mildly bitter spicy cannabis flavor, backed by subtle grapefruit and hints of nutty malt; mid-palate the bitterness decreases to a light level as the nutty malt character increases a bit and we get a good view of the bready malt foundation. Perfumey hop notes emerge to enliven things, and the grassy character increases a bit. The finish is significantly nutty/perfumey, followed by the onset of a mild grassy/nutty/piney bitterness that lasts for a good while. Retrogustative olfaction is grassy/weedy. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and modestly peppery from the somewhat restrained carbonation. (growler)

v14.0:

4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a home-state example of the "New England style" IPA; it's a slightly effervescent, very turbid gold-colored beer with a brief-lived medium ivory head that leaves fair bands and splotches of lacing. The nose is a medium-big, fruit-packed blend of mango, bitter orange juice and tamarind with more subtle grapefruit notes, backed by subtle spicy florals, a hint of body odor funk and slight alcohol overtones. Up front, the palate is moderately bitter grass and tamarind, with hints of sweet citrus and tropical fruit. Mid-palate, the hop flavor intensifies and broadens to include the citrus and tropical fruit from the nose, which overtake the Worcestershire-saucelike tamarind flavor that dominates the front end, and force the grassiness to recede. The malt manifests as a modest bittersweet nuttiness and a half-obscured bready malt foundation; between the emergence of the malt character and the hop flavor shift to big, sweet fruit, perceived bitterness gets pushed down to slight at most. The finish is a fair hit of nutty, grassy caramel, and ends a bit dry; the linger is a modest grassy/earthy bitterness that lasts for awhile. Retrogustative olfaction is bold, and decidedly celery-like. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light-medium body, and the texture is creamy-smooth and very slightly peppery from the understated carbonation. (growler)

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Version 12 (Citra, Mosaic and Columbus)

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with the liquid cloudy and honey colored; the head is an inch thick and leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Papaya with a hint of mango

Taste: Juicy papaya flavors forward with a hint of mango and coconut; pithy grapefruit flavors build in the middle and offset some of the tropical fruit tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Juicy and refreshing and very reminiscent of the IPAs I am tasting when I am in Boston and NYC; in fact, if this were brewed in the NYC area, there would be a thread on the regional board detailing the virtues of each new version; I hope Wooden Robot starts to package its beers at some point

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Photo of surfcaster
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow--no reviews and what a shame.

Wooden Robot is kicking out of the park in Charlotte--draft/growler only limiting exposure.

Growler fill from the brewery this past weekend.

L: Light orange, crystal clear with two finger head poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Growler with a ceramic stopper.

S: Bright citrus--tropical fruits--mouth watering--I love that glass to appreciate the nose.

T: Sweet and really on the tropical fruits with citrus in the background. Not crushingly bitter but satisfying for any hop head.

F: Bright. Consumed immediately from growler--well carbonated and what little was left the next day was jet as good.

O: Move over HD&R--new sheriff in town.

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What He's Having from Wooden Robot Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 52 ratings