Wrench
Industrial Arts Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #209
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
96
Ranked #762
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 7.39%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
513
From:
Industrial Arts Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  35
Gots
  166
SCORE
96
World-Class
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Notes: A pithy explosion of aroma and flavor, beyond hazy, and hopped with Mosaic and Citra to the point of stickiness.
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 513 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JohnniEMc
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding NEIPA. I first had one months ago, from a tap. This time, it's poured from a pint can into a clear liter glass mug. It's a lovely orange-pineapple with nice lacing. I don't get the same hit to the nose that I do from some within this style. The taste is well balanced between the starch base, hops and softening contributors. Very nice clean exiting aftertaste. It might have been better off the tap and I look forward to making that comparison, soon.

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Photo of PetePete2020
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured it into a pint glass. The beers look is very cloudy, which is to be expected for this style. It smells very fruity, with some hints of lemon zest, but also smells slightly soapy. After letting the head settle for a bit, I tasted it and came to find that the beer tasted soapy as well, almost like it had been fermented with ammonia. Very strange considering how highly this is rated overall. I'll report back if the rest of the 4 pack tastes the same.

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Photo of rdegroat
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Know this beer very well having had it hundreds of times. The haze Is typical of its class. The citrusy smell leading toward grapefruit appeals, and the taste is so special. The strength of taste is not so overwhelming that it blows you away. It simply is highly pleasant and extremely inviting....citrusy with a pineapple to grapefruit hugely exciting finish. I consistently look forward to each sip. It delivers, especially if you drink it within the first few weeks of its brew date. When tasting/ drinking a few, I prefer to drink this one first. It’s too good to have my palate changed by others, or food.. Have found it doesn’t quite deliver my same result if it is a second beer. In that sense, Wrench is delicate and elegant. As a stand alone beer, it is simply superb.

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Photo of SnowboardBeer1
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a normal pint glass.

Wrench is truly delicious, with a depth and dimension to the flavor that is simply unmatched. I find myself constantly picking up a four pack every beer run i take.

Wrench pours nice and hazy, with a small head and orangeish hue. Strong smells of orange with a hint of grapefruit is delightful. Super refreshing citrus taste with a late hint of grapefruit. Light linger after a crisp finish.

All in all a great beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recommended by the beer guy at The brew crew in Albany

Can poured into a teku on 2 26 2020

Hazy, pale orange liquid, some big bubbles cling to the glass. Two finger soapy, white foam cap, good retention , settles to a pencil thin layer with good lacings

Nice aroma of orange, orange rind, grapefruit rind

Taste is citrus, orange, hint of lemon, grapefruit rind

Medium sudsing, hop taste lingers, gentle hop nibble , nicely lingers

Good beer

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In a can. Packaged on 11/20/2019.
Sampled a couple more West coast style ipas before this; after those this beer reads quite sugary tasting. Soft mouth feel. Fruit flavors lean towards tropical: pineapple, mango, undercurrents of coconut. Full tasting and enjoyable. I am fortunate to have this available near where I live.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Digging Torque Wrench, but this one falls short of its big brother (sister?). Smaller head than expected with a little lace. It is a bit on the murky side. Nose had jackfruit and some sweet onion. Taste starts out mild and has that nice tropical fruit, then some bitterness and onion come in along with some yeast bite. It's a good beer, but not as good as I expected from the reviews, and not as good as Torque W.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

CAN
Milky dirty blonde with crusting steady white foam; stunning ganga, pineapple sorbet, lemon cake icing, and Lifesavers nose; mandarins, dried apricot, herb, dried pineapple, + tropical Bubblicious, a sudden touch of resin, and pure juice comeback; soft + mellow.

4.25 4.75 4.25 4.25 4.25

Citra, Mosaic

7 weeks old, and from the supermarket, so handling is an open question. That doesn’t show on the nose, which is just about the biggest Citra-Mosaic party I’ve ever smelled.
Taste brings two levels of citrus, one tart + one candy, along with layers of fluttery tropical that duck + dive. No two sips are the same, which is a sign of fine dining.
It is lighter than expected and also a bit muted - whether that’s balance + skill to keep it drinkable or a bit of age, I’m not sure. Other tastings brought dank + savory; I'm not getting that today.
But this actually manages to get something unique out of the well-worm NEIPA formula + so deserves its reputation.

Possibly the purest example of Citra Mosaic anywhere.

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Photo of Kijimuna
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Serving 1 pint can. This is an outstanding warm weather beverage. Did I mention this is an outstanding cold weather beverage. Floral with a hint of hop on the nose with a grapefruit citrus overtone that is comes about as it passes over your taste buds. Juicy clean finish compelling one to take another swig. Do not gulp this, one will desire to savor every mouthful.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy, hazy golden pour. This IPA evolves as you travel toward the bottom of the glass. Really interesting as almost no two sips are the same. The taste runs from citrus to sweet tropical fruit, to occasional piney bitterness. This is a good one to consider as your go-to hop fix.

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Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color with a milky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a tall, dense, white foam that reduced to a soapy cap with medium low retention. Sharp, fresh citrus aromas, tangerine and light pineapple with light floral and mellow fruity notes. Medium light malt aromas. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light, silky smooth feel followed by mellow warmth to the end. Citrus flavors up front, pineapple and mellow sweet fruit, followed by medium light spicy bitterness through the middle. Medium light malty backbone. Tangerine and lightly bitter grapefruit flavors on the back end the linger through the finish. This is a roller coaster for the taste buds. Sharp and citrussy, then sweet and fruity, then spicy and lightly bitter back to fruity. Great balance and hop character with inviting aromas and feel.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, bright orange yellow with a two finger, satin white head of foam. Aroma of dried citrus peel, predominantly waxy grapefruit oil, sweet floral orange and slightly tart lemon. Taste follows the nose almost exactly, with some gentle bitter flavors of spruce and earthy grass to round things out - It might be my imagination but I'm even getting light hints of soapy coriander, white pepper and lemongrass. Mouthfeel is moderate, light in weight but bubbly and effervescent; lending the ale some extra body. Very sessionable and thirst quenching.

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Photo of CraftConsumer_97
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enticing but not overwhelming aroma
Opaque amber color

Like any world class IPA this one has a dynamic flavor profile. Bright juicy notes of peach and mango are present upon initial contact with the palette, then Mosaic hops gradually prevail over the Citra hops falvors which combine for a fruity and subtle citrus pith. About half way into the can a unique oaky citrus flavor linger in the nose, with pine and berry notes become present there as well (after your first subtle belch).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Industrial Arts Brewing Co. "Wrench"
1 Pint can, "PKG ON 18/12/19 #122"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what do we have here? A "Northeast IPA" that's "lush", "tropical", and "pithy" - sounds good! And I like that they've called it a "Northeast" IPA. It's poured a cloudy yellow-golden-orange body beneath a short cap of bright white foam. The aroma is definitely tropical with notes of pineapple, orange, and mango. It's not the brightest aroma I've ever encountered in a juicy IPA but you won't mistake it. There's also some citrus pith, a touch of peach, and just a suggestion of pine. On to the flavor, it's exactly as the nose suggests it will be. I'm getting pineapple, peach, mango, berries, orange, and soft lemon. It's at least a little different from some of the other juicy IPAs on the market in that most of them seem to go much heavier on the orange. The malt is basic, just lightly sweetish and doughy, and acts as a springboard for the tropical hop flavors. There's also a stiff firm bitterness to it that keeps it balanced and dry in the finish, and a light touch of acidity as well. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and smooth with a fair amount of residual protein. It's gently effervescent with a very fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation that lends just a light caress to the tongue. Looking back, the head did not hold up that well, which is disappointing, but it somehow left some thin, ragged patches of lacing about the glass. If the lacing had been a little bit thicker it may have scored a 4.25 but as it is it doesn't quite get there. In the end it's a really well done juicy IPA that's very drinkable. Could it have a stronger aroma and flavor? Yes, but with that comes a little less drinkability I think. There's more to it, which is a bonus, but it doesn't just disappear from your glass in the way that this does. I could drink this all year 'round, and except for the fact that it's 6.8% I think it'd be perfect for summertime events like the company softball game, backyard barbecues, chillin' on the beach and so forth. I also noticed - I had no idea - that they've got a location in Beacon, NY and I'll have to stop by the next time I go up to Storm King and the DIA Beacon. Worth trying for sure!
Review #6,741

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while ago as I was also able to review the Metric tonight. This was a good New England IPA but as old as it was, it came up a tad short compared to the better examples of the style that I've had recently. Packaged on 8/16/17, this held up decently over the months and still poured pretty dank and cloudy with not a lot of sediment at the bottom of the can...

Of course, this poured golden and muted with enough foam to top it off. Once that settled, most of the lacing that was left behind was in a faint and deep ring near the top of my pint glass. Lots of citrus, pine, and soap in the nose as the taste was dank, slick, and juicy. Deep tropical fruits like papaya and pineapple could be felt once this warmed up as the Mosaic won out over the Citra. An earthy mouthfeel and fruit pith, combined with a basic malt, rounded out this beer as it easily went down...

Not a lot of booze in this one as it was a pretty smooth sipper for being heavy and hopped-up. There was no lingering burn and I'd love to have a fresher can of this, just to see if it's worth the hype. Would be great to find more from Industrial Arts in this neck of the woods!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The CANQuest (tm) now segues from a collab between Two Roads and Industrial Arts to I.A.B.C. itself.

From the CAN: "Northeast IPA"; "Lush/Tropical/Pithy".

I CANducted a bit of pre-Crack!, in-CAN agitation just to make sure that any flocculate was back in suspension. Once this mighty task was CANpleted & all was in readiness, the Crack! ocCANurred, followed by a steady, free-flowing C-Line glug into the awaiting glass. This, in turn, produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a cloudy, turbid Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled like tropical fruit salad. Sehr gut, but it is kind of a dime-a-dozen sort of thing at this point. Mouthfeel was medium, but slick & creamy. Nice. The taste was more like a tropical fruit smoothie than fruit salad. It was soft & rounded in terms of its flavors, making it very drinkable. That said, I missed any inherent bitterness & found myself jonesing for some IBUs as a result. Finish was semi-dry to dry. I was left kind of Meh! about the whole thing. YMMV.

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Photo of NextBestThing
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gentle pour yields a 3/4 inch head of white foam on top of a hazy, yellow/orange body. Beer looks like a standard east coast juice bomb. No problem.

Nose is under ripe orange, maybe tangerine? Regardless this is a citrusy, light, and pleasant aroma which does not explode out of the glass but is nonetheless inviting.

As virtually always, the taste follows the nose. This is lighter and less dense than quite a few beers of this style which is not really a negative thing, at least not for me. Citrus taste as one would anticipate but a little restrained. The bitterness is noticeable but is far from overpowering. Also a little lower on the abv.

Very light in the mouth, a genuine easy drinker. Carbonation is definitely there, I would say a little greater than medium.

Decent beer and definitely something most folks could drink more than one of without feeling uncomfortable and without getting quickly smashed. Not sure I would seek this out again but would not dissuade anyone considering giving it a shot. Recommend.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap.

The usual hazy appearance, this looks par for the course. The nose too. While the flavors are typical, the balance, depth and execution are what sets this beer apart. Fresh, juicy, fruity, with peach, mango, orange, bright and juicy. The palate opens juicy and creamy with loads of juice. There's orange, mango, peach, a little papaya, a hint of pineapple, all on a medium body with creamy carbonation. Juicy, mildly creamy finish, this is excellent.

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Photo of osheamatth
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is pretty decent. Really nice looking poured into a pint glass nice tight bubble head and some decent lacing. Semi hazy and some okay citrus, pine and berry notes in the nose. The hops come a bit more forward in the flavor profile but nothing really knocking me out. Nice enough finish.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale hazy orange.Juicy, delicious. Perfect amount of bitterness. Feel is smooth with the right amount of carbonation. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, understand there is some batch variation with this baby. Have had many of the batches since this became a "thing" and wanted to be sure I review a "good" batch. Canned 8/12/19

Not quite turbid dark gold with orange tinge and a couple fingers of quick to quit off-white foam that leaves some streaky lacicles behind.

Full aroma that is mango, sweet orange, lemon pith, tangerine, vanilla, with some creamy and also crisp grain sweet notes to turn this into perfume.

Just like the aroma, add some citrus bitter pith to it, lighten up the vanilla notes in the aroma, and you have it. Balanced and blended luxurious mix of flavors that positively make the palate smile in gratitude.

Soft on palate without having the flavors disappear, full bodied for style but so refreshing, med. carb. with no carbonic bite, and a killer finish that has clean fruity linger and plenty of citrus bitter to balance it.

What can you say, simple greatness is how I describe the beers of Chief, and presumably the man himself, if his beers hint at his nature. Go get some Wrench, man, what the fuck are you waiting for?

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz. can served in a willibecker. Pours a dull, hazy orange with a murky clarity and a frothy, two inch, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus, pith and hints of tropical fruit. Taste follows nose - tasty, but muted. Nothing really pops. Light pillowy malts come out in the background. Mouthfeel is light in body with an easy, even carbonation. All and all, decent but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.32/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New England IPA prototype to the T in a lot of ways.

Pours hazy, beautiful yellow-orange especially against the light with a very appealing tight, bubbly head about 1" that settles above the beer.

SMELL: Honestly, as I was drinking this beer, I wondered if I had cleaned my glass properly. This is to say, this beer has that stank!!! Weedy, grassy stank! For some reason, this caught me off guard. Its not a smell I find particularly pleasant, but some might.

TASTE: eh.......I wanted to like this beer, but I'm afraid it falls too much into the generic category. Nothing about this beer jumps out at me as a differentiator. It tastes subtly of mango, peach, clementine, and orange but the taste disappears rather quick. The finish is grassy, hoppy, drying, which is notable. As I am writing this review, it's been about 20 mins since I took my last sip and it is still lingering. It is that lingering, drying feeling that makes you want to come back to this beer for seconds.

IN SHORT: I wanted to view this beer as something complex or something I had to have multiple sips to decipher (especially given the price point!) but, having that mindset only lead me to disappointment. This is a great beer and one that is drinkable, and tasty, and probably goes down waaaay too easy, but it's not something I can't find in a lower price point beer and that is why I can't give it anything higher than a 3.75

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another big thanks to Jay for the can. Cheers man!

Yellow to orange hugging the lighter side if the two. Nice foamy and frothy white head with great lacing.

Smells of citrus and blended tropical fruits. In the guava, mango family mostly. Subtle and inviting.

Mango is the front runner. Like a blended smoothie with light traces of vanilla behind the fleshy papaya and citrus juices.

Smooth and juicy, lightly carbonated, balanced. Easy to drink.

Quite the tropical storm. Well, not an intense storm. A just right storm. Nice blend from start to finish.

Cheers.

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Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3rd from Brewer, this one too over the top for me.
a) Classic thick hazed, light yellow, with white head that slashes lace.
s) Grapefruit. Unripened peach, lemon, orange rind. Some over ripe citrus?
T) continues on the fruit aisle, fruit locker bender with some over-fermented citrus piling up with peaches that never ripen, lemon, and not a lot of other components. Too monotonous and fruity and with that slight over-ripe compost note.
f) Chalky, but again too much like grapefruit juice, unpleasant, overly parched, drying finish?
o) Not tame, over done.

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