Shy Giant
Fernson Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #5,625
Ranked #34,244
3.71 | pDev: 15.36%
Fernson Brewing Company
South Dakota, United States
Very Good
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Notes: The hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither one. Until now. In pursuit of an IPA that doesn’t wear out your palate, we created Fernson IPA with the hop character you expect, balanced by a malty backbone. Smooth and not overly bitter, we are proud to offer an India Pale Ale made in South Dakota. The hunt is over.
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/24/19....pours hazy copper with fading foam. Buttery nutty nose. Grassy lemon open taste. Buttery. Slight bitter, and quite yeasty. Simpler IPA, nice bitter, overall pleasant.

Jul 14, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single serve can into a tulip.

Slightly hazy/cloudy pour. A good foamy off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. A nice light look.

The aromas are strong on the "malt" presence, although there are definite hop notes to balance. it. Ruby red grapefruit, white grape, lemon, and pineapple (maybe a hint of mango) all provide some nice fruity notes. The aroma overall is somewhat subdued, but not unpleasant.

The flavor is somewhat watery and muddled compared with the best of the style. The fruits that were "separate" on the nose sort of meld into a general "sweet" fruitiness that comes off a bit sweet and sticky for the style. The hops are there, but also lack clarity. Kind of a soapy boozy finish overall.

The brew is just shy of medium bodied and, again, a shade watery from a finish and feel standpoint. Still, it has good carbonation and lift.

Overall, a decent IPA that lacks some clarity and focus. A shade watery and muddled.

Mar 24, 2019
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argock from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Components are there but not in balance. 18 JUN 2018.
Slightly hazy golden with 2 fingers of frothy oatmeal colored head with good retention and lacing.
Grapefruit, grassiness, and melon on a light caramel malt base.
Flavor components don’t come together quite right with some tangy malt flavors clashing mildly with some bland and slightly cloying sweet fruity hop flavors that are. It too distinct and instead come off as a hoppy mass rather than distinct flavors. Maltiness is tangy and overly sweet, like too much Munich or Victory malt. Bitterness is medium.
Feel is medium bodied with a slightly astringent edge to the hoppy character. Seems like the pH or something in the area is off - kind of flabby with a jagged hop finish.
A good attempt but misses in a couple of areas.

Jul 15, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contrary to the label.. the hunt for a good IPA in South Dakota is NOT over. This one just kind of falls flat. If you're striving for something less bitter, then you have to find something to fill that void and make the brew stand out.

Feb 25, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber with an average head. The aroma features a lot of grapefruit, with orange, pine, and juniper also present. The flavor is again grapefruit dominant, with some pine a a fairly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is semi-full and foamy. Overall this is a classic IPA, the kind that reminds you why you loves these in the first place. It is not complex, but just very enjoyable.

Feb 02, 2017
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The mixed reviews of this have been interesting, almost as though they are different beers or there are some big problems with getting a consistent product. I've had a couple of cans and mostly it has been quite a fruit explosion in both the aroma and taste. A fine shot of hop character in aroma with top citrus and tropical scents. Rather cloudy amber and full to huge off-white head with quite a bit of sticky lacing. Also a toasty almost biscuit malt taste. Also a solid streak of bitterness mid to finish. The feel is fine, full enough and carbonated enough. I think the inconsistency between samples hurts the product. A couple of cans were pretty good, another one or two not so much.

Nov 08, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

1.68/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

16 ounce can poured into a nonic glass.

Not very nice to look at, this IPA here. Looks muddy brown with some golden hues. Head and lace are on point, but damn, this is like a hazy brown ale.

Smells decent though. Kind of pushing saison territory with the floral qualities and a zesty citrus, so that's odd, but it's not offensive. Some fruit and vanilla sweetness find their way to my nose too. Interesting but appealing.

Seriously, this is more of a saison than an IPA. Crazy floral and yeasty with orangey citrus.

The yeast is a bit overbearing. I can't drink much of this. Too much of it lingers on the back of my tongue and it undercuts anything IPA about this including the pleasant juiciness. Even if this were a saison---the can says IPA--- it wouldn't quite hit the mark.

May 21, 2016
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beer_lover1 from South Dakota

5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite of everything I tried at the taproom. The mosaic hops added a citrus component that brought a unique balance to an often over embellished style of beer. Old school I.P.A. drinkers and newbies alike should be able to find deep appreciation for this stellar product. Go #findfernson

Apr 01, 2016
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erikmeijer from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this in South Dakota. Long story short, drank this out of a 1 liter boot and it was so pleasantly delicious i ordered 2. Clearly doesn't compare to some of the top ipas I've had in the east coast but damn I enjoyed this. Maybe it was the boot.

Mar 15, 2016
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papat444 from Canada

4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned Sept. 24, 2015.

Pours a bright golden-orange body, frothy white foam with heavy lacing. Sweet, juicy oranges and tangerines; very lush. Strong resiny pine in the finish. This is a strong IPA, highly impressed by this.

Nov 27, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Bros Brasserie in Sioux Falls SD.
A - Pours a dark orange with 1 finger of head.
S - Aroma is mildly citrusy, not very strong.
T - Flavor is straight down the middle for a Midwest IPA. A little citrus on the front end and some bitterness on the finish.
M - Medium carbonation and mouth feel.
O - This is a nice, drinkable IPA. Nothing to get excited about but no complaints either.

Nov 10, 2015
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