Forest
Octopi Brewing

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,090
ABV:
6%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,390
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
24
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Octopi Brewing
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  5
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: This West Coast IPA is brewed with Simcoe and Mosaic hops, the Forest IPA finishes cleaner and clearer than its counterpart (East Coast IPA) as more of the attention was shifted back towards a malt-based IPA.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy deep golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Has a nice fresh citrus aroma with some decent piney resin. There is some biscuity malts as well and mild dankness as well. There is a lot more dankness on the taste. Does overwhelm the mild citrus I get. Bitter piney resin at the end with a bitter and mildly soapy aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Jul 04, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate medium golden yellow + apricot + peach + amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film covering about 40% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, stone fruit/peach, and pine hops over the top of moderate aromas of biscuit + bready + toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit + bready + toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, stone fruit/peach, and pine hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering aggressive bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a pleasantly aggressive bitterness. Enjoyable and much more of a throwback West Coast IPA - I miss being able to find more of these and I'm really digging this one.

Jun 22, 2020
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from can May 2020 / Canton St

Based on the age of the other reviews, it appears this beer hasn’t been made for awhile and was recently re-invented (?)

I would strongly recommend folks that had this in the past give it another try.

Although called an IPA this more closely resembles a hop forward American Pale Ale. Dank pungent hop flavor upfront, very meticulously balanced with a creamy finish- proper malt presence but not distracting burnt caramel. Just a creamy delicious hoppy beer. Reminds me of MIA’s stalwart MegaMix.

Jun 08, 2020
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack from Pierce’s in Portage, WI.

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy bronze with a thick off white head. It has nice lacing.

It has a nose of pine and a bit of citrus. Could be amped up a notch.

It is a sweet IPA with a bit of grapefruit, mango and biscuits. Not very bitter but that makes it easy to drink. It is 6.5 so not a candidate for an extended session.

The mouth is medium with carbonation a bit on the lower side.

There was no freshness dating on the bottle so maybe this one has some age on it.

Jan 16, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Forest pours a darker copper color with not head, but a lot of bubbles. No aroma. Taste is slightly hoppy, but pretty balanced, finishes dry and sweet. Good feel. Overall, its lighter, but full and a decent IPA.

Apr 16, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear amber color with white head. Some light citrus and pine notes on the nose, followed by some floral notes too; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with much of the same, and a little malt.

Apr 02, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the first bottling run. Poured in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark amber-copper body, one finger white head, slightly hazy, average retention, plenty of lacing. Smells of sweet pale malt, caramel, pine, a bit of toffee. It isn't restrained by any means, a fair amount of caramel and pine. Flavour is similar; caramel, toffee and pine. It's a fairly straightforward combination. Finish is fairly grainy with a fair amount of pine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, certainly not lacking, fair amount of carbonation. It's a bit on the sweet side initially with a fair amount of piney bitterness on the backend. I think it accomplishes what the name implies; and it's fairly balanced. But it's a bit boring. Still above average compared to some of the offerings brewed in Wisconsin. That being said, beers like Two Hearted and Furious are just as available locally in Madison, so they'll need to step up their game to stand out in this market.

Dec 08, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. A cloudy rusty orange with a 1.5 white head. Fades into a ring and leaved behind a smattering of lacing on the glass. The aroma is piney with some citrus and bready malts. Flavor is more piney and earthy than citrus. It is a bit raw and the flavors are messy. Medium feel with appropriate carbonation. A mediocre IPA that won't really stand out against all the others.

Nov 27, 2015
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ceeman from Wisconsin

2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It seemed like an attempt at a "Two Hearted" style IPA with the grassy, piney taste as the highlight, but it was just OK. The hop taste was mediocre and underwhelming, so if this was an A-F scale, I'd give it a C+.

Nov 09, 2015
Forest from Octopi Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 24 ratings