Well Played | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by jaydoc on 02-16-2017

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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am so happy to have some time to really delve deeply into The CANQuest (tm) backlog here at Chez Woody! I made a spent CAN drop-off with Jeff Lebo on Tuesday so I have plenty of room to start saving them up again.

From the CAN: "Seasonal"; "Red IPA"; "Employee Owned. Righteously Independent (tm)"; "Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain Est. 1993"; "Experimental hops and specialty malts compose a beer that is sweet up front with robust hop character and a dry finish".

I CANnot tell you whether it is the oppressive heat & humidity, simple boredom or a CANbination of both, but I have been following up today's Crack!ing open of the CAN's vents with an inverted Glug for each. It has been adding a sense of excitement to the day, that is absolutely for sure! In this insCANce, it netted me two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was a tea-like Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Pretty. Nose smelled of caramel and biscuit malt and pine hops. AIPA? This was more like a revamped Amber Ale! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very piney with a caramel and biscuit backbone, but I stand behind its being an American Amber Ale. When micro/craft brewing first began in the late-1980s, an Amber Ale was de rigeur. As tastes moved in a hoppier direction, the style fell away for about a decade until returning in a hoppier iteration of its old self. Sean O'Sullivan of 21st Amendment recently came out with Blah Blah Blah IPA in response to seemingly EVERY beer now being an AIPA & this one seems like a good example of that phenomenon. Was it good? Yes. Was it AIPA good? Well … Would it have received higher ratings, per style, if it had been an American Amber Ale? Betcha! Finish was dry, earthy, piney & quite tasty, but I have had better AIPAs. It would have been right up there as an Amber, though. Too clever by half, you boys!

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Photo of BigMike
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can thanks to Kyle in CO, poured into pint glass.
A: pours a fine bubbly 2 finger white foam head, plenty of stringy lacing, clear reddish copper color body
S: sweet caramel malt, tropical fruit, mango, papaya
M: medium body that is creamy and has a drying effect on the tongue, maybe the hop oils pulling moisture
T: sweet caramel malt, tropical fruity hops like mango, pineapple, hints of citrus and pine resin,
O: hops are well balanced and brew is smoother than I anticipated, I'm a fan of this well played brew!

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keene
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of white_pony21
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can stamped "Best by 05/08/18" to a tulip.
Body is deep amber, not hazy buy not see-through. Head is frothy, high and "chunky". Head fades in about 3-minutes to nice lacing with small bubbles on the surface and a remaining "island" of froth. Maybe I could retire on that island.
Aroma is a balanced hop/malt mix, each distinguishable, but yet simultaneous.
Taste follows, but the two are separated and in reverse order from many beers. Nice sweet coating up front, fades almost instantly to hop bite with a real dry finish.
Overall nice.

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Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a reddish amber, clear liquid. Slim and white head with a lot of off-white foam. The aroma has a lot of fruit....deep, ripe, dark fruit. Juice, malt, sweetness. Lots of scents. The taste is surprisingly balanced, but the body is full, almost thick.. Serious bitterness comes out in the hind-taste. Lingering hop finish.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This AIPA is far from ordinary - it has unique hop and malt tastes you won't find elsewhere.

The brew pours darker than AIPAs - redder - with nice foam and lacing. The aroma is unusually funky - almost nutty. The taste is very out of the ordinary. It's as it somebody poured some other funky brew into a glass of AIPA. Odd malt tastes mix with unexpected tones from hops. The whole thing leaves you with more of a red ale experience with bittering.

Highly recommended as an alternative to the usual AIPA - it's not what you would expect.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 8th 2018.

Pours a clear deep amber, billowy head of foam that lasts for quite the while.

Smells of citrus hops, notably tangerine and oranges. Malt comes across as burnt caramel and cracker.

Taste is mix of burnt caramel, cracker, tangerine, orange zest.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Good red IPA.

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Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of luvbier
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can from TW Arrowhead 4-15-17 for $2.29. Canned 2-2-17 and best by 6-2-17 date but stored in fridge since purchase.
Beer poured amber brown with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is caramelized malts and citrus.

Taste hits the style very well. Classic caramel malt base that blends nicely with citrus hops and a touch of pine. Hops have held up surprisingly well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, refreshing, and lively on the palate.

Overall i really enjoyed this brew. Definitely a true red IPA!

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Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "033:22:38 2-3 06/02/2017"

Appearance: The body is murky and brown with a bit of orange where light manages to make its way through. The large head is a tobacco stained white and tan with a slightly creamy and slightly rocky textured appearance. The head has very good retention and it leave very good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a bit of caramel and just a touch of pine resin aroma. There isn't much of an aroma to the beer.

Taste: There is a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor with a bit of cinnamon. Hops are present, lightly, in the form of herbal mint and thyme.

Mouthfeel: The beer has good bitterness throughout and it is especially apparent in the aftertaste. The body is medium and a touch too thick and dextrinous which hampers drinkability a bit. The finish is wet off-dry and a bit raspy. It is just an odd feeling beer but fortunately for the drinker the bitterness holds a lot of interest.

Overall: While the flavors taste good individually they just don't seem to work well when combined. It is a decent beer with some redeeming qualities but it has just enough puzzle pieces that don't quite fit. It's the kind of beer that you pause before taking another one because you like some aspects of the beer but not others. I would still recommend it because I think the sweetness and the texture of the beer might be attractive to some people, and because the malt really does have good flavor. While I probably wouldn't drink the beer again it is better than the average quality of Red IPAs that are rarely available.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a two finger ivory head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of bready and lightly biscuit malt, grassy hops, berry and light tropical fruit. Flavor is biscuit malt, dark berries, hints of lemon citrus, mixed fruit, grassy and tropical fruit oriented hops. The profile is a classic hoppy red ale. Nice light creaminess to the body, good mouth feel. Tough ale to review; it is not really quite hoppy enough to shine as an IPA, but the red ale part is very nice. I'm going to review this as a hoppy red ale because I liked it and don't feel like knocking points off for style on this one. Looks nice, great mouth feel and nice malty red ale body. I liked this quite a bit. I haven't had a Left Hand brew for a while and may have to check them out more regularly.

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Photo of mpenske
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Well Played from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 76 ratings