Flavorful Five
Roak Brewing Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,107
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,538
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.02%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
67
From:
Roak Brewing Co.
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  1
Gots
  11
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Notes: All star lineup New England style Double IPA. Loaded with Amarillo, Galaxy, El Dorado, Citra and Azacca Hops. Hazy and Orange. Tropical and juicy aroma and flavor with a slight dank bitterness to balance out the sweetness.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 67 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful cloudy orange into a pint glass. Notes of citrus and hops exploded in my mouth with the first sip! This is a well-made NEIPA from Roak Brewing!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this at the brewery. It poured a hazy orangish with white head that left some lace. The scent had ripe fruit appeal. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet ripe fruit base. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 3-finger dense white head atop a gorgeous orange body.

S - grapefruit, pine, cotton candy. A classic nose.

T - sugar-crusted grapefruit, pine, cotton candy, orange, a little earthy, a little herb. No one element dominates. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-full body with average carb.

O - a sleeper hit, this one. Just a tinge less sweetness and this would be perfect.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not going to pour this. Enjoying from a 16 oz. can.
The smell is citrusy and juicy. Pretty piney too.
The taste is the same. Pretty good.
Soft and dry mouthfeel.
Overall, I like the Roak stuff I've had so far. Pretty good.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on April 24, 2018. Canned on 12/18/17. Brewed with Amarillo, Galaxy, El Dorado, Citra and Azacca hops. Look is hazy and orange. Tropical and juicy aroma and flavor with a slight dank bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of jjdog720
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good DIPA. Love the smell when you crack open the can. Very smooth beer with a perfect blend of fruit flavors. Bitterness is just right. Would recommend to others.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very murky medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of medium honey + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger dense sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of juicy citrus/grapefruit, citrus/tangerine, tropical/guava, citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/papaya, and dank resinous hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit + caramel malts with a caramel + honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of biscuit + caramel malts with a caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy citrus/grapefruit, citrus/tangerine, tropical/guava, citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/papaya, and dank resinous hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly leaving juicy hop flavors lingering.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp followed by a light amount of creaminess and a light to moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink hiding the relatively high ABV really well. Really nice combination of juicy hop flavors/aromas and sweetness with some dankness. Definitely a beer I would drink again, reminds me of an NEIPA with a hint of old school West Coast IPA.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 FL OZ can
Served in an oversized, stemless, wine glass

This beverage pours like mango juice. It is hazy AF and topped with an inch of tan head that leaves decent lacing. I get some tropical fruit. Solid NEIPA. It was a little old and need to revisit this one.

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Photo of Sam_FX4
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great double IPA with the trendy New England taste. If you're from Michigan, you know M43. I think this gives M43 a run for its money and may beat it due to the higher yield of alcohol. However, it is pricey and hard to find currently.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 11/7/17

I pretty much split the difference on this one. As an Imperial IPA? Meh. As a New School NE/Hazy IPA? You bet.

Looks, and tastes like zesty/spritzy orange juice with a little bit of mango and pineapple. There is a bit if drying pithyness, but not at all bitter. A little bit of a chalky after feel.

If you like beer that doesn’t taste much like beer, then this might be your jam.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one finger white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is tangerine, mango, orange peel and grapefruit pith.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Tangerine, mango, pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit pith and piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a very nice NE DIPA. The flavors are juicy with a nice piney hop bite in the finish.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark grey-orange with a bright, buttery 2 finger head.

Aroma is of grapefruit and slight medicine; like a honey-balm kind of thing. Light pepper and herbal notes.

Flavor brings the pepper forward with lemon, wood, lupulin, grapefruit rind, and an overall character of Azacca. The dry medicinal woodiness and pine bark of the Azacca hop throws things off kilter a bit, where I think the beer would have been best suited with just the El Dorado, Citra, Galaxy, and Amarillo (Flavorful Four?).

Feel is creamy, nicely carbonated, full bodied, and smooth. No problems here.

Overall, oddly enough it tastes better straight from the can. I'd like to try this recipe without the addition of the Azacca. Never been a fan of that hop; I personally refuse to brew with it. If you don't mind the character of Azacca, I'm sure you'll love this beer to pieces.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Solid brew. Refreshing with tropical fruit notes and not heavy for a double. It may be a touch sweeter than I would prefer but it is not cloying. It finishes clean and the feel is not sticky. Great depth of flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/1/2017. Pours very hazy golden orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange zest, citrus peel, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. A little muted. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange zest, citrus peel, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, orange juice, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.2%. Overall this is a fantastic NE DIPA. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV; with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very dank, vibrant, and juicy hops; with balanced malts and no residual sweetness. Never heavy feeling. Just a little too bitter/drying on the finish, and not as bold/vibrant on the aromas as I hoped for. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example otherwise.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better DNEIPAs I've had. Roak is quickly becoming one of my top five breweries. Pour is very much the color of pineapple juice, or very light orange juice, and hazy. Lots of juicy goodness found in both flavors and aromas. Mango, pineapple, grape, nectarine, some citrus. Feel is soft and full. Would drink again and again.

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Flavorful Five from Roak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 67 ratings