Building 8 Brewing (BLDG8)

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American IPA
Ranked #134
Ranked #2,649
4.17 | pDev: 7.67%
Building 8 Brewing (BLDG8)
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: A well balanced West Coast IPA utilizing a generous blend of six hops;
featuring Simcoe, Citra & Mosaic varieties.
Very tropical and citrusy up front, with a piney, dank baseline & a dry, clean finish.
70 IBUs
Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 256 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Having returned from a successful (CANcer-free) visit to HER Medical Center & a long nap following a VERY early start to the day, I am ready for a beer! A CANQuest (tm) beer, to be exact. I picked this one up during Saturday's visit to Rieker Brew Works & I am giving it head-of-the line privileges since it has an approved pic already in place.

From the CAN: "Hop to It & Drink It Fresh"; "A small and independently-owned brewery, Building 8 is housed in a 19-th century factory nestled in a bend on the Mill River of scenic Western Massachusetts. While our home might be old, our outlook is firmly progressive."; "We're located in the vibrant arts town of Northampton, and our blend of Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic hops is anything but old-fashioned. Even the can you're holding right now is a symbol of our commitment to making world-class, locally-brewed beer in a manner that shows equal respect for the beer and the environment. Aluminum cans are lighter, more recyclable, and protect the beer better. As an added bonus, you can take them anywhere from a boat, to the beach, to your favorite music festival. Cheers!"; "70 IBUs".

I was NOT surprised, nay, I was SHOCKED during the Crack! of the vent when the beer shot out as if from a CANnon! Jeebzus. Once things settled, it revealed itself to be a brimful + CAN that I CANnot see how they even got the lid on for seaming! 8=O I then beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug since a) the hour was late & b) the potential for a mess was extremely high. This resulted in the formation of just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention, leaving behind some nice, sticky lacing as it fell. Color was a slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled mostly tropical with a tad of orange/tangerine citrus thrown in for good measure. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was hoppy, but less bitter than I had hoped for. It had a tropical fruitiness that was prevalent, underlain/undercut by an orange/tangerine citrusiness and a light pine mintiness. Finish was dry, but not gasping. It tasted, to me, like it had potential that was not being achieved. It was a decent run at the style, but the recipe needs tweaking. I would especially look at the hops bill & make some ChANges from that direction. Good, but not great. YMMV.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my first beer from these guys and very much a west coast style ipa, lots of pine notes and bitterness, some sap and oily texture from all the hops, and enough crystal malt in here for this to be balanced. it smells and tastes just a touch off from fully fresh, but i didnt see a date on the can if there was one. either way, its still got a lot of enjoyable features, including a really robust and full spectrum hop complexion that hits on christmas tree, bitter orange peel and grapefruit zest, mango and papaya, and gin botanicals. there isnt much sweetness to the grain, but there is enough to balance the intense hops and make this more than one dimensional. it also adds some considerable body to this, and as such this is a pretty hearty and intense ipa as they go. some weed dankness to the hops on the finish and a little bit of a resinous feel, some greenness but its not overdone, and a good lingering bitterness on the swallow, like ipa used to taste. i appreciate the effort here, and think they did a nice job packing a ton of hop character into it without making it undrinkable. fresher would be better though, hopefully next time!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can

A practically clear golden liquid with a very subtle honey color in the highlights. A rocky, clumpy white foam holds on tight. Big, intricate lacing prevails.

The hoppy aromatics is undeniably excellent. Very sweet and spicy tropical fruits and herbal blend smells fresh and heady. Strawberries with ground pepper, zippy pineapple and grassy tropical fruits make for excellent, pungent nose. The amber, and medium bodied malt charecter is perfectly West-coast style. Honey and white bread within the already honey tinged effect proves to be nearly as aromatic as the fruity hops.

The crispy bite and fresh feeling is most impressive from the first sip. The first gulp has: a dry, earthy, west-coast style bitter bite from these classic hop strains. Tangy and sweet citrus and tropical red fruits pop out next. The honey soaked bready malt flavor seems nearly as bold as the dry and earthy hops are. Amber, medium bodied but seriously crisp and never ends up slick or cloying. Yay!
Dry, earthy and slightly bitter hop tones meld with alcohol and quickly become even more grainy and dry in the finish which is enhanced by the amount of high alpha hops.

BLDG 8 is a new comer to the Northhampton, MA area but has been well recieved thanks to a very fine West Coast style ipa flagship brew.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a teku glass

Thick two finger white foam cap settles to a solid ring, sticky lacings over a deep translucent honey amber liquid

Aroma of citrus, bit of tropical

Taste is dank, bit of pine, grapefruit, malt

Hop nibble lingers, bitter finish

Good beer

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Photo of johnridley84
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautiful hazy orange/amber. I said HAZY not murky not yeasty but mildly hazy. Wonderful aroma, lots of citrus. Drinks smooth and very well balanced. Not too sweet and the strong fruity notes are balanced by an assertive but not in your face bitterness. Excellent beer and an excellent IPA. Glad to see somebody still making a good, clean IPA!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a tulip glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some very nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slightly malty, pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), pretty nice pineyness. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, slight malt, pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango), pretty nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, with a very nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew, a nice take on the style. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Bill!

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

16oz can. Pours a hazy golden orange color with an inch of frothy white head. Some lacing. The aroma is a blend of citrus and pine. Some tropical fruit notes as well. The taste is orange and tangerine with some guava and piney hops. Toasted malts and citrus peel at the end. Bitter. Creamy mouthfeel and dry. Worth buying again.

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Photo of Kayakguy
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop forward West Coast IPA all the way. You taste all the70 IBU but t.he 6.5 ABV makes this very drinkable. The smell is very strong as the hop finish. This has a lot of citrus flavor. Hop heads will like the IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes, Sample at The Microbrew Invitational 6/3/2017
Deep golden color off white head. Big bready caramel malt with hints of toffee. Citrus and light pine. Very old school but pretty tasty.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-transparent glossy yellow color. Fast rising carbonation bubbles hit an escaping finger’s worth of white foamy head. Sustains at a quarter finger’s cap for a little bit. Foamy lace starts to spider web after awhile. The aroma had a subtle sweet onion hoppiness (somewhat dank) flowing over some citrusy bittersweet to sweet grassy hops. Low malt level. The flavor fully grasps the bittersweet hops to malts level and kicks in that well needed dankiness to hit the aftertaste nicely and following through in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt appropriate and the ABV felt spot on. However, there is a slight noticeable hop burn hitting the back of my throat. Overall, nicely done AIPA in the aroma and the flavor but even with the hop burn, it could be way worse.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden, slight haze, medium sized head and nice lacing. Aromas of dank, wet needles, citrus and earth. Notes of citrus rind, pine, and clean earth. Medium to light body, punchy carbonation and dry. Nice IPA but lacks some complexity.

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Photo of Boccu
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours burnt orange. Nice big white head that fades slowly as it hangs on the sides of the snifter. Aroma hops and pine needles. Taste citrus, tropical fruit, hops to a shark dank, piney finish. Very nice IPA. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber, with some fluffy head.

Smell is lovely, crisp pine, resin and a bit of citrus.

The taste follow the nose well, piney resin with quite a powerful hop punch and just a hint of licorice. The bitterness is lingering, but gets a bit unbalanced as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

Overall, a really solid IPA, more west coast than NE, and maybe just a tad too bitter.

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Photo of dertyd
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bldg 8 the ipa out of Northampton, ma...not much on the aroma some generic citrus maybe some honey... The taste is of yellow grapefruit flesh some berries not a huge flavor bomb, light and crisp

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Photo of fitzy84
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton. The beer had a clear, dark gold appearance with thick lacing. The aromas included piney hops, but included a slight buttery hint to it as well. The taste followed the nose and showcased a complex hoppy characteristic with a bitter aftertaste. Carbonation and mouthfeel were crisp, making this quite approachable and drinkable. Overall, I found this to be a solid beer for the evening, especially with a good appearance and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Rejis
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4-Pack dated 1/24. Poured from can into pub glass a clear golden-orange with nice foamy head. Fresh Citra hops come through in the aroma while the Simcoe hops come through in taste. Drinks smooth with nice light piney bitterness. Pleasantly surprised by this one. Will look for more from Bldg8.

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Photo of lic217
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Light orange, almost perfectly clear, nice long lasting white head, when pouring last couple ounces of can beer became quite hazy
Smell: Light tropical, citrus, and piney hops
Taste: Mild hops like the nose, starts sweet ends with a nice dry bitterness
Feel: Drinks very light
Overall: A solid beer

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Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Relatively clear light amber color with three fingers of dense and lasting white head that leaves heavy lacing. Mild aroma of pine and peach skins. Sweet tasting with the same flavors and just a kiss of grapefruit pith bitterness behind, as well as a spicy kick in the aftertaste . Great mouthfeel, medium bodied, prickly, with solid carbonation. Very enjoyable. No canned-on date, so no clue as to it's age.

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Photo of MVotter
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Pours into a chalice clear gold, with a 1/2 inch white head.

S - Sweetish, fresh hops, grapefruit

T - Delicious grapefruity hops. This is a dry brew...skewed to the bitter unit side on the hop scale.

F - Medium/heavy, effervescent.

O - Superb representation of the style.

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Photo of Ryanthebear
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured clear amber with a lacy white head into a chalice. Aroma is dank and piney, with faint grain. Sharp hop bitterness hits with the first sip and doesn't fade. If you like your hops to pack a punch, you will like this beer. Prickly effervescence, medium body, and clean finish make this a very drinkable beer, even with the punch in the mouth from the hops.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, golden color. Extensive, three-finger head with good staying power. Unlike some, this recedes center first, forming a reverse dome. Chunky, ring lace after the first sip...streaks and spots thereafter.

Mostly pine aroma from the floral hop. Very little malt to the nose.

Neutral, dry pale malt start. The swallow features a biting bitterness that is accentuated by the dry initial flavor. Oddly, the aftertaste doesn't last as long as one might expect. Relatively thin for the style with an elevated carbonation level. Overall, this isn't as smooth as I was hoping it to be, but hop heads will certainly enjoy this IPA as it comes close to the extreme.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of white head. Aroma has notes of pine and grapefruit. Taste leans more towards pine with a solid bitterness. This is a bit heavy for me with medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Overall a solid IPA but not extraordinary.

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Photo of ImHoppyNow
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: slightly hazy golden amber, nice head good lacing
S: pine,dank,sweet malts,some citrus & herbal notes
T: same as above , but after a little warming I'm getting a little onion,mixed with some more floral notes very nice bitterness
M: med to lite nice lingering bitterness
O: well done,

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Photo of Boto
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a bit of a frothy off white head on it. Good nose. Pine, citrus, maybe some tropical hops also. The taste is good. Big whack of pine up front, then getting flavors of citrus and other tropical hop flavors. A nice brew!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to millerbuffoon for acquiring these cans.

A - Slightly hazy copper gold appearance with a steady stream of carbonation up through the middle of the tulip, and a very frothy pure white, creamy layer of foam on top that doesn't subside.

S - Grapefruit, some tropical fruit, and some creaminess.

T - Grapefruit rind from start to finish with some peppery spice, subdued caramel malt in the middle and a lingering balanced bitterness.

M - There's alot of hops in this beer and they gradually build to create a dry, cottony sensation in the mouth.

O - I really like this one. Despite my opinion, hop heads outside of the region, worth seeking out some cans.

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The IPA from Building 8 Brewing (BLDG8)
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 256 ratings