Fresh IIPA V4 | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aggressively Hopped with Mosaic & Simcoe.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 50
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled early October 2016; drank 10/17/16 @ the Yarchives.

Simcoe & Mosaic hops.

Opaque dull orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, noisy off-white head; strong, frothy lace.

Fresh ganja, grapefruit & watermelon jolly rancher notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Tart grapefruit & watermelon jolly rancher flavors up front; dry grass bitterness on the finish.

A few weeks has done this no favors; dry, bitter & cloying. A think it's that damn Mosaic hop...

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Photo of REVZEB
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The hop resin carries this beer in my opinion because it connects the hazy fruits, light cracker base, and hop bitterness all together into a tasty concoction. Tons of pineapple and grapefruit, with orange, papaya, mango and lemon too. Body is a little thin, but carbonation is at a perfect level to lend some creaminess. Highly drinkable!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky golden orange with a two finger creamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, pineapple, mango and grapefruit rind.

T - The taste is tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit and resinous hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Pretty solid NE DIPA. The flavors are a nice mix of bright citrus and resinous hops. Worth seeking out if your in the Chicago area.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on June 20, 2018. Bottled 05.30.18. Fresh by 07.30.18. Brewed with Mosaic and Simcoe hops. Highly recommended.

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Photo of perikson7
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent version of a NEIPA. Had out of a tap in a tulip glass at local IL taproom. Pours almost a cloudy/foggy orange juice with a quarter inch of head. You immediately get hit with strong odor of orange and citrus. Very strong orange and citrus flavors up front with just enough bitterness on the backend. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of mschrei
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer. Very much a New England style. Dark and murky. Big bright and crisp hoppy and citrusy nose with just a hint of bitterness. Taste is a hop punch with a mild roll of bitterness on the back end. Full mouthfeel. Not much in the way of carbonation, but the flavor is so good I'm willing to give them a pass on that. A sipper of an IPA, one that opens up nicely as it warms. I've had three IIPAs from Hubbards and all of them have been outstanding.

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Photo of brewskis
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle. Bottled 9/26/16.

Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a two finger off-white head. Haze for days as they say.

Aroma is full of overly-ripe peaches and pineapples. Just jumps out of the glass. A big dose of herbaceous dankness is layered on top. Get that juicy yeast characteristic, as well as some candied grapefruit, tangerine, and a bit of mango in the background. A good dose of sugary sweetness is there to balance everything and add to the juicy element of the aroma.

Taste is very much like the aroma, with that juicy, overly-ripe peach and pineapple being the dominant force up front. Get slight nuances of tangerine, grapefruit, and mango, but it is still the peach and pineapple that shine. The dank quality of this beer builds as you get into the finish. Pretty dry finish, but also brings a ton of bitterness, especially for the style. Pine resin, grapefruit peel, and herbaceous dank bitterness come through and last on the palate with just a touch of underlying pineapple sweetness.

High medium body. Smooth, creamy, and chewy. Oily and sticky finish. Spot on for the style.

This is an excellent NE style DIPA. These guys are really starting to dial this in. If you are a fan of the style and cannot get your hands on Mikerphone, this is an excellent substitute.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

V4 - Fresh by 11.07.16

The last batch of V1 was a bit of a disappointment, as the carbonation was almost nonexistent (to the extreme detriment of the beer). This batch has perfect carbonation, so I've got no complaints.

Excellent beer, and a great value for $11/750mL AND so easily available. The beer itself is a pineappley explosion, and while it still may have SLIGHTLY more bitterness than I'd like, this is an awesome try at the NE style by Hubbard's Cave. At the top of my list of beers to watch.

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Photo of FBarber
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/26/16 - V4 Batch 1

Pours a hazy golden orange color. Completely opaque and appears viscous. Thin off white head dissipates leaving some sticky lacing and a thin layer of pillowy foam on the beer.

Smell has notes of pineapple, orange, grapefruit with a nice fruity hop aroma. Touch of citrusy yeast in the nose.

Taste has strong fruity notes with flavors of orange, pineapple, mango, and grapefruit shining through. There is a rindy bitterness on the back end into the finish reminiscent of a orange or grapefruit rind. Not overpowering, nicely balanced. A touch of yeast is noted as well, with some cracker malts. Really this is all about the hops and the fruit and that is the dominant flavors.

Feel - they finally got it right! Carbonation was much better than the other Fresh IIPA batches. I think it could use a touch more carbonation still, but it was greatly improved compared to the earlier batches. Smooooth and velvety. Nice heft to the mouthfeel reminiscent of juice. Easy drinking and masked the ABV very well.

Overall an outstanding DIPA. One of the better "NE style" DIPAs available in Chicago.

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Photo of novamat
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/26/16. Four days old at consumption. Poured into my trusty over-sized red wine glass.

L: Super hazy orange-brown, much like apple cider. Head fades quickly leaving the barest wisp on top.

S: Pineapple, citrus, and sweet.

T: Taste mostly follows nose, though it's a bit more bitter than I expected. Fairly balanced for a DIPA.

F: Just enough carbonation to allow for a very good mouth feel. I would prefer a bit more carbonation, but it's better than past versions. Looks like it would be very viscous, but it drinks very easy and smooth.

O: Low carbonation has been the Achilles' heel for prior versions in the Fresh IIPA series, but Hubbard's Cave seems to have improved it for this version. Overall a very nice beer from Hubbard's Cave, well worth a pick up.

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Fresh IIPA V4 from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 50 ratings