Civil Society Brewing

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IPA - New England
Ranked #958
Ranked #2,906
4.17 | pDev: 7.67%
Civil Society Brewing
Florida, United States
Notes: Flagship IPA with Citra and Columbus hops.
Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 280 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is citrus hoppy and strong (in a good way). Taste follows with citrus and hop bitterness balanced to favor sweetness. Feel is excellent, on point for a NEIPA. Overall it's fresh and tasty.

Nov 24, 2021
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a completely opaque and murky orange with a matte look to it. Head is two fingers of snow-white foam. Aroma is grapefruit, papaya, tangerine, and orange zest with a bright start. Flavor profile is grapefruit, melon, mango, orange, and tangerine. While the aroma is more bright and light, the flavor profile really packs in the flavor more similar to a fruit juice. There is a sliver of herbal and resiny hops at the back, but the storyline is tropical fruits. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a mild grittiness that smooths out to a more even, mild effervescence. That opening grittiness is akin to pulp in a glass of orange juice. Overall, 'fresh' is a good name for this as it tastes like a fresh bouquet of tropical fruits. Despite only being ~6% ABV, this thing packs in flavor more akin to a ~8% ABV NE IPA.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

Oct 18, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take me always.. whatever is my king. I don’t care. I just don’t. Hover above me and call me it’s a butterfly. Why would I care? Why would I care about anything? Lift me up and believe. Lift me up and call me something…

Jul 05, 2021
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review 1555
First time trying anything from Civil brewing. I used an IPA glass and served the beer at 44 degrees. The pour created a massive three-fingered head with above-average retention. Lacing was left on the glass as the head slowly dissipated. The color is straw yellow with amber hues, charts near SRM 6. Typical of the style, this beer is hazy, with a few carbonation bubbles persisting through the haze. The appearance is excellent for a New England IPA.

The first aromas I detect are mangos, peaches, and pineapple. Nosing further, I recognize biscuit, lightly toasted crackers, a hint of pine resin, a touch of floral, tangerine, and the ever so slight hint of dankness.

The flavors in the beers are floral, herbal, pine resin, guava, pineapple, oranges, dankness, biscuit, and lightly toasted malts.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and slightly dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a fuller finish.

This beer is intriguing. The beer has this delicate fragrant NEIPA, but the flavors do not match. The hop flavors favor a hybrid IPA, floral, grapefruit, and pine. I am not a fan of this beer. I want the aromas to somewhat match what I am tasting

Jun 30, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a one-finger foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a film floating on top

S- bright and fresh tropical hop aroma of peach gummy rings, mango, green melon, grapefruit zest and cantaloupe

T- zesty citrus up front gives notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Mid-palate gives some resinous notes before finishing with notes of black pepper and more citrus zest

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy, semi dry finish

O- easy drinking, bright and fresh

May 29, 2021
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer tastes fresh. It has a lighter body than many New England IPAs, its bright not chalk, not a fruit bomb and it has a hint of bitterness that keeps the drinker alert.

Apr 26, 2021
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an amber golden color with a 4F head in a Spielgelau IPA glass.
Aroma:pine and citrus.
Taste: strong citrus and some pine, with a very hoppy finish.
MF: medium body.
Excellent beer. Almost a throwback to the IPAs which brought out only citrus, and had more of a hoppy finish.
IPAs now focus on different fruits, including tropical, and have a less hoppy finish.
Very enjoyable!

Apr 26, 2021
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap down the street from thff ref brewery at Grato

A hazy gold/orange liquid with a one finger white foam

aroma of citrus orange , grapefruit.

Taste is orange, grapefruit

Good beer

Apr 21, 2021
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Lupo from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My go-to Hazy IPA when on the east coast of FL. Pours a hazy gold/orange. The aroma hits quickly with citrus, pineapple, grapefruit. The taste is somewhat sweet, low bitter that barely hits you - really a beautiful mix. Super easy drinking...

Jan 11, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head.. looks nice. Kinds of an earthy pungent floral smell with some tropical notes. Taste is good earthy hops with citrus and spice . Mouth feel is thin on flavor although tasty. Just an average Flagship and NEIPA . Single pounder enough for me awhile.

Jan 04, 2021
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Can art pops nicely; catches the eye. The contents are relatively hazy but nothing absurd. Clocking in at a 6.2 on the Haze-O-Meter™. Nice, strong, girthy head. Plenty of lacing as well. More traditionally hoppy in the nose. This isn't a creamy hop milk variety New England style beer. This has some leanings that fall within what Maine Beer would produce; but less nuanced and intense. So it isn't completely a monstrosity. Tropical fruits with some pine/greener hops as well. Could stand to turn up the aromatic potency. Flavor is pretty clean when held up to it's peers in the style. Almost a little soapy tasting. Flavor doesn't blow out the palate. Approachable but humble. I get some malt and yeast derived flavors in a more traditional sense. Many of the style are so "one-note" it's impossible to taste anything beyond Orange Milk™. Really drinkable. No booze, lighter body and a quaffable overall build. There is a lot of positive here but this beer teeters on forgettable. I'd enjoy it again but I'm not sure I'd remember it.

Sep 24, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy whitish yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that left a short head covering the surface and thick lacing coating the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of lime and gooseberry are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of gooseberries, lime, and lychee. Little, if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked how this New England-style IPA was very juicy but still felt a little "soft" on the palate.

Serving type: can

Jun 30, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, amber-hued yellow/gold with a dense fog between the glass walls. Head is modest, and sticks to the edges as a medium collar after a minute or two. Initially, I thought this had a more tropical lean. There is still a juicy aspect if I give a quick whiff, but as I inhale more deeply, the aromas were primarily a dank, herbal pungency with an edge of rotting grapefruit (a term not meant to be a detraction).

Opening has the soft feel as expected, but is about medium in thickness/heft. Taste opens with the grain with a slight bitter juice mix. The juice never takes hold, and the husky grain moves on to pair with the herbal to piney notes that were noted in the aroma. What seems like a clean finish gets a second wave of oat-and pine bitterness that lingers a short while.

Decent enough, but in a crowded field, it doesn't stand out to me. I'd do a short pour or share another one.

Jun 04, 2020
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mynie from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark yellow pour with a wonderfully large and retentive white head.

Smells like juicy fruit in a way that's appealing but also kinda generic by 2019 standards. Mangoes and grapefruit with a bit of hay.

Tastes like it smells: very solid, very tasty, but not very distinguishable from a couple dozen other 6-ish percent ABV IPAs that have been released in the last few years. Melons and citrus up front, a bit of grain in the middle, and then a very bright and fruity finish.

May 25, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. A very hazy but not turbid bright yellow color with a medium white head. Big citrus and grapefruit on the nose. The taste was also seriously bright citrus with a moderate bitterness. Some dank notes to round it out. Truly outstanding.

Feb 19, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

after all the acclaim, i have to say i had higher hopes for this one, although that being said, i am stoked to see some draft from them in colorado, i hope more is on the way, always good to have some of these hyped up beers come through. this is another juice bomb, and while its good, its also not that good, at least its awfully samey, and i can think of dozens in the style that taste just like it, and also dozens that are superior, this seems sort of unrefined and raw to me, objectively not amazing, although the trip from florida out here likely didnt do it any favors. as much as folks try, sometimes hops just dont travel all that well, especially the hazy ones, just no shelf life here at all, but staleness isnt really the issue. the beer is all dry hopped, slick and oily feeling without much bitterness, and made to be a little heavy by the high amount of sediment that remains in it, it would be better if it were cleaned up some, at least a little bit, this is pretty rugged. elements of it i love, the hops profile is nice, totally citra driven for my palate, its absolute essence, almost too much of a good thing, but its resolved by the end of it. doesnt warm up great, green at vegetal by that point. i dont mean to sound too critical, this is fine ipa, but i dont think it lives up to expectations, tastes like countless others to me, and just lacks that obvious quality element i personally need to make this style appealing anymore...

Dec 07, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/22/18; drank 7/3/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big off-white head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Grapefruit, orange rind & dandelion notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel. Grapefruit & dandelion flavors up front; orange rind dryness on the finish.

A bit dry & tangy; flavorful & drinkable, but not one to track down.

Jul 04, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz brewery pour. A tasty IPA with lots of clean grapefruit and orange juice. Bright and very bitter, slightly resinous. Kind of one noted. Looking for more depth here but it's still good. Nose of orange and grapefruit pith. Slightly hard to finish but I'll get there.

Jun 16, 2018
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HopHed1 from New York

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just discovered this delicious hazy IPA on a recent trip to FL and immediately fell in love. A tasty balance of Amarillo, Citra, and Columbus hops. Had it at their brewery and several local bars. Wish they shipped it to NY.

Jan 28, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives murky and goldenstraw colored with a modest head that fades to a ringlet; spots of lace

Smell: Really juicy aromatics, with orange, pineapple and mango tones

Taste: Orange mango juice forward, with pineapple and apricot building; passion fruit, pink grapefruit and a hint of lime and some citrusy elements, through the middle; juicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the juiciest IPAs I have encountered; really good

Jan 14, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque orange-yellow with a thin off-white foam.

Smell is acidic lemon, Smarties and lime, and on the palate it's fluffy of apple, lemon and lime with a light body and mild carbonation.

Aug 27, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and an incredibly thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, light tropical fruit, and citrus fruit.

T: Tasted of an abundance of citrus fruit (grapefruit, in particular), a fair amount of hops (less than some IPAs), light malt notes, and a lot of tropical fruit (mango). A sweet, fruit-forward flavor that does its best to evoke Florida's climate. Could have used a slight push in the hops category, but it's still very tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a very smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is an immensely likable and drinkable beer. Good for the hot summer months.

Aug 20, 2017
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TheGardener from Florida

4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life, it would be this. Look is basically grapefruit juice. Hazy/cloudy yellow/orange. Quickly dissipating head, to a thin ring that leaves a bit of clingy lacing. Smell is tangy, bright, mixed citrus, with hints of sweet mango and maybe some guava. Taste follows smell with a nice smooth(?) bitterness (I know that's contradictory, but I can't describe it any other way). Feel is creamy and smooth. Civil Society is pretty much nailing it with this IPA.

Aug 12, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler packed fresh today. Appearance: Turbid yellow/orange, with a thick frothy white head and nice lacing. Looks like orange juice. Aroma: Blast of tropical pineapple, mango, and tangerine. Some grassy resin as well. Wonderful hop character. Taste: Light crackery maltiness, with a pithy grapefruit, touch of mango, and building to a sharp, dry bitterness. Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied with a moderate carbonation Finish: Dry, resinous finish with a strong lingering bitterness Overall: Awesome IPA, one of the best I’ve had in awhile. Wonderful tropical aroma and flavor. Sweet malt and tropical fruit flavors up front countered by the sharp resinous bitterness that’s almost a bit spicy. Intense aromas and flavors, but very easy drinking and refreshing. Beautiful juice like appearance as well.

Aug 12, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, cloudy beer that looks like white grapefruit juice. The smell coming off the beer is amazing. It smells like grapefruit juice with some orange and a hint of sweet caramel all blending with pine. The taste is sweet up front with a lot of grapefruit and some caramel sweetness that finishes with an awesome bitterness of pith and pine. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. This is a damn tasty brew.

Jul 06, 2017
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