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: 72 |  Reviews: 20
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

Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ichorNet
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I randomly picked up a six-pack of this a couple months ago and honestly totally forgot I had done so until a couple weeks back, when the friend of mine whose house I left four of these at brought them to a party we both attended. I took the remaining few home with me to enjoy and, I must admit, this is a solid, tasty beer; moreso if looked at through a slightly different lens than the brewery wants you to look at it through, though.

Pour is a deep, medium amber color with a slightly-beige-like foamy head building up to several fingers atop the medium-hazy brew. Lace is very sticky and suits the claimed 70 IBU and mentions of "experimental hops" being used in this beer. They're definitely aiming for a hopped-up brew and it shows in the appearance. Love the towering head and how solidly that foam remains over the course of my sipping away at the contents of this can. Nice looking stuff.

Nose feels a little bit faded compared to the fresher few cans I remember, but I'll try to do it justice (even though the can says this is still "best by" a month from now, for what it's worth). I get some cocoa powder, caramel, herbal and leafy hops with a light stone fruit component. This batch seems to use Hopsteiner's #09326 experimental hop variety which has been described as Cascade-like with berry, tropical, citrus and herbal notes. I guess I can see some darker berry notes here, but I think this has passed into "expired" territory before its time. Kind of unfortunate because I remember this being quite a bit brighter and more interesting a month or two ago.

Flavor has some better notes with sharp citrus (tangerine, grapefruit and bitter orange peel) layered with intense, deep caramel maltiness. Mildly chalky yeast flavors, fruity esters and good crackery malt backing. A very solid and drinkable beer... just wish the hops punched through (or lasted longer in the can, I suppose).

Feel is very solid as well... probably one of the best parts of this brew. They nailed the balance of crisp hoppy notes to deep caramel malt here, making one of the best amber ales I've had in a while in the process. I disagree with this being billed as any kind of "IPA," for the record... it's just silly that everything has to be an IPA if it has enough IBUs. This is balanced as hell, with a kind of German Munich-like malt flavor and some earthy undertones. Sure, it was better fresh, but it's still good. Left Hand's been solid to me lately... well played, guys!

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Photo of Beaver13
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy orange red with a big fluffy off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet nutty grainy caramel malt with some fruity cola.

The flavor is sweet grainy caramel malt with some fruity apple and a slightly harsh ashy green bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit thin.

Overall, too much sweet malt with harsh hops.

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Well Played from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 72 ratings