Fresh IIPA V5 | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This batch of Fresh IIPA is hopped 1/3 with Citra and 2/3 with Mosaic.

Added by steveh on 05-31-2017

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#5,947
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9
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32
pDev:
12.59%
 
 
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3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I struck out in an attempt to find some NEIPAs in my area to familiarize myself with the style. But the owner of the local good beer store recommended the new IIPA from Hubbard's Cave -- an off-shoot label of new local small brewery Une Année. He even went so far to tell me it was "close" to a NEIPA... not so sure, but here goes.

The label reports: Brewed 05/02/17. Bottled 05/25/17. Fresh by 07/06/17. Only 2 month shelf life, huh? At $10 a bottle, I'm not going to lay one down to find out.

Poured into my Libby tulip glass.

L -- Murky peach color with a sudsy, rather thin, white head that falls quickly.

S -- Strong pine resin up front with floral and citrus fruit characters (even as peach-like as the color) back. Even some herbal earthiness comes through.

T -- Strong piny, resinous hop characters up front with that same citrus fruit character back. There's a definite solvent-like alcohol character present in the finish and aftertaste, along with some of the herbal hop character and light bitterness. Citrus and resinous characters linger thru the aftertaste. Any malt character is completely masked by the dominant hop characters and mildly solvent hotness from alcohol.

F -- Mouthfeel is crisp and mildly astringent from the hops with a light-medium body.

O -- My overall impression of this beer, even for an IIPA, is not terribly favorable. The harsh, near astringent hop flavors (not bitterness, but that gets a little fatiguing on the palate, too) and alcohol hotness don't make this very friendly to my palate. I'm sure it's a winner to the current crop of craft beer drinkers, but I'll be the first to cast a balancing vote from the old guard and say this one is a little over the top.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.12/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Une Année. Hazy orange. Smells of orange, some garlic, a bit of butter, some alcohol and a little sweetness. Tastes of butter. Orange citrus. Garlic bite. Buttery finish. Pretty sweet. Heavy. Gross butter.

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Photo of xdtfx
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ystazi
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 750 ml bottle on January 8, 2018. Fresh by 03.24.18. Brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops. Full of juicy, fruity hop flavors. Smooth finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NappyB
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance
Hazed-out cloudy blonde. Short white head.

Nose
Mango, peach, papaya, passion fruit, dank, pine, honey, and caramel cream. Huge aroma.

Taste
Mango chunks, papaya juice, and grapefruit zest. Lighter notes of peach and passion fruit. Pine resin and a big dankness. Light maltiness of honey and caramel. Finishes fairly dry with grapefruit zest and pine needle.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, silky, smooth, oily, juicy, and off-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Big aroma and flavor. Everything about this says New England but then you're tricked with a drier body and slightly more bitterness than the usual. I like it!

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Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmg480
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shopk
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arlingtonjoe
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LJTate
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themegamancave
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brn9000
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a thin watery looking opaque gold-orange color. Fizzy white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual lacing or head.

Smell is very nice - rich mango, peaches, orange, and a touch of pine on the back end.

Taste is nothing like what I'd expect from the nose. You get some orange, peach and orange up front but it quickly gives way to a strong astringent bitterness. Very green hops come through with pine and bitter grass. For a regard IPA this would be considered astringent. For a NE style, this is way overly bitter.

Feel is very thin and almost watery - not the flavor, the feel is watery. It has almost no body. Carbonation is, surprisingly for a hub bards cave beer, not an issue here - medium slightly fizzy carbonation. Bitterness carries over into the feel leaving an astringent feeling in the mouth.

Overall this was pretty disappointing. The previous iterations of this series have been really well done, but this is far too astringent.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acashk
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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Fresh IIPA V5 from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 32 ratings