Fresh IIPA V8 | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Different Fresh By dates

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 40
Photo of EMV
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed glass'o'juice pour. Thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Straight up Citra hops. Grapefruit and tangerine.

T/F: Tends too far towards the citra for my taste. Strong grapefruit, orange rind, and tangerine. Lacking in tropicals. A bit of mango maybe at the finish. Sticky on the tongue... medium bodied.

O: One of the weaker in the 'V' series in my opinion, but that may be my bias against citra hops which lead the way with this brew. Still a solid beer but I've enjoyed other Hubbard's Cave beers WAY more than this one.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NEIIPA from Illinois. Cracking open the can leads to a bit of beer expulsion on the hands. Hands now smell delicious. Potent juicy hoppy nose, and the taste follows suit. Pineapple and mango are the dominant flavors before dank resin coats your tongue and just lingers there. Well executed brew here.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fresh IIPA V8 (Fresh By 01.27.19) IPA - Imperial / Double 8.5% ABV.

16 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams glass. Hops: Citra and Simcoe.

This was an extremely well balanced brew. Looked good, smelled great, tasted even better. Fruity and a bit dank, taste is juicy citrus. Different in a good way from your usual IPA's.

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Photo of Stooven
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional beer, which is saying something considering that I bear a deep childhood scar from V8 tomato juice. This is all the better considering I'm drinking a can that's less than a week old. It's an NEIPA by any other name. Creamy, juicy, slightly bitter on the finish.

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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: cloudy pineapple yellow color with a 2F head in a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Aroma: Interesting. Vanilla, fruit, citrus, orange juice.

Taste: excellent citrus, GF rind which deepens with warming.

MF: medium body, spicy, sharp finish.

Excellent DIPA. Brewed at Une Anneé in Niles, IL.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dated 6/27/18 on the front label of the can, 5 weeks since brewing. "Fresh by 8/28/18"

Pours an opaque pale orange-yellow in the glass with two fingers of creamy white head. Nose of huge tropical fruits. Notes of gooseberry, cantaloupe, ruby grapefruit, lychee, resin and a little wet earth. A great mix of juicy fruit and resin/earth. Taste is powerful, the different fruit are vibrant and supported by a robust pine resin. I also get a bit of blueberry, fresh mango and slight dankness at the end of each sip. The only real downside to this brew is it's body, it's medium, but has a bit of a watery quality and lacks the creaminess I was looking for. Great carbonation that spreads across your palette. Completely hidden 8.5% ABV. Hubbard's really created a wonderful brew with V8, I regret not picking up more while they were in stock. I'll be on the lookout for future versions!

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

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head.
Smells citrusy, orange, grapefruit, a bit of earthy dankness comes through as well.
Taste follows the nose.
Medium to full bodied with good carb level.
Overall an excellent beer, my only regret was just grabbing a single one of these.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, Canned 062718/Fresh by 082718. Citra + Simcoe hopped. Thanks to my friend, Ken, for being generous with his pick up vy giving me a can to try! Opaque pineapple-orange juice colored ale that's capped with a thinner frothy off-white head. Zesty, juicy, aroma hinting at passion fruit and orange zest. Bold zesty flavors with notes of tart passion fruit, zesty kumquat, orange, grapefruit, lemon-lime, and a hint of pine - quite tasty. Fuller body, creamy and smooth New England style, moderate bitterness with a zesty and tart finish. Really good NE DIPA/IIPA - no complaints here.

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Photo of TijuanaTovar
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! These boys killed with a daring combo. Citra and Simcoe. Smashed it. Holds up to the NEIPA contenders out of the northeast for sure. Snag this! $5 a can is worth it. Impressed.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on July 2, 2018. Canned 06.27.18. Fresh by 08.27.18. Brewed with Citra and Simcoe hops. An outstanding beer in every way.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big juicy hazy ipa. Delicious.
Had asked recommendations from Max at Beer Temple while on Beer Safari in Chicago last week. Hubbard’s Cave was not known to me but sounded right in my wheelhouse. Grabbed a 4pak and enjoyed fresh at home in MD only 3 days after canning. BIG THUMBS UP.

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Photo of mschrei
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

According to the bottle, drinking it at 46 days old. Poured into the Iron & Glass Gummy Buddy glass i procured the other day. Pours a big dirty cloudy juicy looking mess with mild creamy head and lacing. Smell is hop, hop, hop, and more hop. Fruity and mildly dank, Taste is juicy citrus with a slight dankness, a bit of sweetness on the back end. Bold mouth feel, big taste bud hitter, pleasantly present alcohol. Maybe the best yet in the series.

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Photo of eppie82
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle (2 weeks since bottling) into chalice.

Aggreesive pour yields a good bit of foam which sticks around. A deep cloudy/opaque orange appearance. Aroma is citrus orange and grapefruit. Same in the taste with a good bit of sweetness (but not the malty kind). Mildly dank and dry towards the end, but with good mouthfeel.

Fresh V7 and V8 both deliver if you're looking for a juicy IPA. I'd grab it again, if only the bottle format wasn't so unfavorable (25oz). I'd reach for this all day if it came in a 16oz can.

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Fresh IIPA V8 from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 40 ratings