Bodhizafa IPA
Georgetown Brewing Company

Bodhizafa IPABodhizafa IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #169
Ranked #3,078
4.16 | pDev: 8.89%
Georgetown Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Bodhizafa IPABodhizafa IPA
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very lightly hazy golden orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like herbal hops, freshly squeezed citrus, spicy hops, grapefruit, lemon, and light malt.

I guess this is very easily available in the Pacific Northwest - this is really impressive for basically a grocery store IPA. There's a very fresh, floral, and herbal hop character - not super bitter, but not anywhere near a "juice bomb" either. There's some hop spice, lemon rind, grapefruit, and clean and fresh citrus. There's just a touch of crackery malt, as well.

This is light bodied, and incredibly drinkable, with a super smooth and crisp finish.

I wish I had this easily available locally. I would order it a lot.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taster at the Taphouse. Medium golden with a light haze. Aroma is fruity and floral. Taste adds in some malts, but the hops still dominate, funky and herbal. Lingering bitterness. Not big, but good.

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Photo of ssteakley
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Over the last 6 years I have enjoyed well over 100 different Pacific Northwest Ales. I went sailing with a couple of young dudes on Lake Union, when we sailed back to the dock one of them offers this beer. Man it was really good. Today I bought. 6 pack, it is still exceptional! The moral to the story is never stop trying a new beer, you will like this one for sure.

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Photo of Barettes
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best local IPAs consistently available in Washington state. It's fruity and floral on the nose, with a great blend of citrus and tropical fruit flavors on a grainy malt base, a hint of grass, resiny and bitter finish. Had it the other day in a Japanese restaurant in Spokane with a bowl of savory udon, which was a good pairing. On a scale of 100, I give this a 94.

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Photo of DashingDylan
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, I may be biased because I’m a west coaster, but this beer stands tall among the many IPA’s I’ve had from around the country. Great body, amazing floral scent with a hint of citrus, hoppy without being too overpowering on the palette, and a lovely after taste to finish. Had to make an account just to review this phenomenal beer. If you haven’t tried it yet, do yourself a favor. The boys at Georgetown know what they are doing.

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

Pint at The Tap Station in Independence OR..$6
Pours a deep orange..slight cold haze. Small white head.. leaves fantastic Iace.
Nice fresh floral and slight resin hops.
Great taste..hoppy but so balanced
Excellent mouth feel.refreshing..smooth .
Great IPA.

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Photo of beer_truth
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very good west coast IPA. nice and bitter, piney, grapefruit peel-y. wish it was a little bit less malty, but it is from the Pacific NW so that's understandable, just personal preference. another please

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***The listing is wrong, this is not rotating availability. I can get this year round in Seattle***

I'm drinking this out of my Delirium Tremens snifter, which has been my go-to for the past year.

Beer pours clear out of the can until the very end. I know this, so I gently agitate the remaining beer before finishing the pour. IPA ends up being cloudy, but I would not call it a hazy/NE IPA.

Smells absolutely terrific, particularly when cold. It's like every single citrus fruit you can think of all had sex, and this is the offspring of their drunken orgy. As the beer warms, the alcohol emerges more, which isn't ideal for the style.

Taste mimics the smell. Medium low hop bitterness. High hop flavor of citrus and fruits. Little bit of malt in the background. Hops are the star of this show.

Mouthfeel is fine. Carbonation what it should be. Slight warmth from the alcohol, this is to be expected at 6.9%.

Overall this is currently one of my favorite IPAs. The aroma is absolutely a thing of beauty. The flavor is quite good as well, but the aroma is unparalleled amongst IPAs.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from @woemad in a BIF box. Canned on 3/19/2019. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a hazy tangerine color with a half finger of foamy, bright white head and a thin coating of lacing. The nose is surprisingly malty with lemon, grapefruit, and a nice dose of onion. The taste opens with tart citrus and a hint of oats but as the glass warms I'm tasting more pineapple and tropical fruit notes. The bill of Columbus, Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic hops is flavorful and decidedly bitter particularly at the finish. This ale has a nice, full mouth feel with a pleasant level of carbonation, and its 6.9% ABV gives it nice substance. I enjoyed this on a warm, late Spring day outdoors.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 Oz can, Bottling date 5/01/2019 (Today is 5/09/2019)

Pours a hazy pale golden body with a large white head. Lots of tiny visible carbonation. Good retention. Lots of speck lacing.

Smell is nice and prominent ! A huge whiff of pineapple at the pour with some mango. Hop forward with a health dose of Mosaic hops.

Taste follows with just enough malt to let me know it's there. Great balance

Feel reflects the balance. A solid medium

Value (doesn't effect score) A little pricier then other tropical IPA's But worth every penny.

Overall: Outstanding ! I don't usually hand out 5's like this. Maybe it's the freshness. But this was a WOW beer for me.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can

Pours almost two fingers of white head into my can style glass. Retention is above average, after 5 minutes I still have some remaining. Initial lacing looks wonderful. Body is a dark orange with hues of brown. Visibility is low, but I can see a giant amount of bubbles coming up. Looks very good so far.

At first the nose is predominantly tropical, but after a second some noticeable citrus comes through, with a small dankness. It settles out to be a little too citrusy for me, but it’s still very nice. Overall this is still my kind of nose because while there are oats in here, it doesn’t seem like they were going for a hazy IPA, and that is evident in the clean, hop-only nose.

Flavor is very clean, but has a good backbone of flavor. A small amount of citrus, touch of dankness, and a moderate, but vocal malt flavor. Tropical notes linger in the background for the entirety of the palate. This is not the biggest flavor, but all the flavors are here. What you don’t get in flavor, it makes up for in a crisp, clean palate. This is a very nice balance between a juicy IPA, and a clean one – definitely up my alley.

Carbonation is medium - low. The body has a nice weight to it, considering how light it drinks. A touch of sweetness, but pretty light and clean overall. Bitterness is on the lower end. Overall a very nice mouthfeel. Malt and sugars are low, but make an appearance to add a little character. Remains crisp and easy drinking.

The appearance turned out amazing. A sliver of head hung around all the way down the glass. The lacing was fantastic. Great looking beer.

Overall this is what I love to see, a juicy IPA that is not over the top into hazy territory.

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Photo of strohme2
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, dated 02/06/19. Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a bright orange with just off white finger’s worth of head. Soapy lacing. Unripe oranges, tangerine, overall greenness, grassy nose.
It’s all the citrus. Orange, white grapefruit, lemon and tangerine. Nothing sweet about this beer however. Herbal , oniony and grassy hops. Mandarin orange at the finish. Low bitterness.
Thinner body and dry finish. This is a tasty beer that showcases all citrus. Not sure I could drink this over and over though.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*canned less than two weeks ago, straight up pint glass.

Every aspect of this beer is bright and refreshing on the warmest winter day ever in Seattle (80 degrees). My liver might call this a session beer this summer.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - massive, frothy white head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - tangerine, orange, grapefruit, herb.

T - lots of citrus with a dank wrapper. Vegetal and earthy hops in the middle. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium-light body with average carb.

O - super well-balanced and a lovely citrus showcase.

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Photo of tomengdahl
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite beer on Earth. Can't you tell? Looks great and the hops just jump out of my frozen pint glass. I think Georgetown should make a Bodhizafa cologne. I get a blast on the front end and Bodhi has the best back end I've experienced. Delish!

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Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Canned on 9/12/18. Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with 1/2 inch of off-white head that moderate retention and good lacing.

Big hop aroma leaps from the can, lots of citrus, and some floral. A nice underlying malted grain aspect as well. The same on the tongue, lots of bold hops, some malt, and a nice bitterness on the finish.

The body is medium, and had a semi-dry finish. Drinkability was awesome, I've had a bunch of these, and will assuredly have a bunch more. Overall, one of the better IPAs made in the state. a must try if you see it.

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Photo of gopens44
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a touch hazy in an otherwise normal looking golden gone orange beer. Nose has elements of grassy, lemony and a little barley fueled sweetness. Great tasting beer as the lemony grassy further opens up into candy orange and exits with a green olive bitter, leaving its bitterness on a pretty dry tongue.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 3/6/18 stamped 12oz can

It is a darker, orangish-copper gold. Mostly clear. I would say about 80%. Just a slight fogginess. A moderate dirty white soapy head dissipated quickly.

It has a lot of pungent tropical fruit aroma. I would say this has either Simcoe or Mosaic hops for sure. Honeydew Melon, grapefruit, pickled mango, some body odor, pine, and onion. Fairly dank.

It tastes even more dank/earthy/pungent than it smells. A lot spicy mango and musty melon, and some pithy grapefruit and orange. A sweetness follows. A little too sweet initially, but the resiny, bitter pine and scallions and flowery like vegetable and herb take over. A bit too much that direction also. It weas down your palate.

The body is crisp and prickly up front, and a bit on the heavier side, with a slick, oily feel. I would guess it to be a little stronger ABV.

The name is appropriate because this beer actually shares a few attributes with Coulumbus Brewing Bodhi for me. Definitely more medicinal/dank and lacks the balance/drinkability, but many of the same flavors. Not a beer I could sit a work through a sixer of, but I would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 01/08/2018 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours orange copper with 2 fingers of medium density sandy head with moderate retention and left spotted lacing.

S: Nice West Coast nose, piney and citrusy dominant, with floral undertones. Pine aspects fade as it warms, floral become more prominent.

T: Follows the nose very well. Finishes with moderate bitterness, which lingers a bit.

F: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, lively on the tongue.

O: Damn nice West Coast IPA, it really hits the mark for my palate and preferences. This would be a staple in my fridge if we had distro from Georgetown.

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Photo of RB3
1.53/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Maybe it doesn't translate to a can. I doubt it is better on tap but everyone tastes what they want.

The odor is that of the plant and its must in Georgetown. It looks like a brown Sprite or 7Up with all of the bubbles in the glass. It tastes and feels like razor sharp citrus going down your throat or stuffing your face in a bunch of hand picked flowers; my pallet can't tell becuase it is so disgusting. Maybe it is really like drinking a chalky orange with a beer tossed in.

Overrated headache sauce. I want beer not wine.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey-amber gold with a 1 finger head of wispy white.

Aromas of honey-soaked tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit peel, pine, and slight onion, diesel, and garlic.

Flavor hits hard with a piney, earthy bite, bordering on palate-busting. It moves forward to hop oils, fresh tangerine, honey, and finally a sliced onion and light sweat. Some alcohol fumes remain on the finish as well.

Feel is resin all the way to the bank. A highly charged carbonation cuts through the mix. Oily finish.

Overall, this beer is massive and sits like a sumo on your tongue. Tons of flavor, tons of bitterness, tons of perceptible alcohol. Feels like 10%. Although I'm more of an East Coast IPA fan, I have had my share of West Coast IPA's and for a Westie, this is pretty solid. Highlight of the beer is the fresh tangerine. Downfall would be its palate busting nature. I find my tongue a bit fatigued after half of the can. Check it out if you dare.

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Photo of darktronica
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a finger of head over an orange, lightly clouded base. Big notes of lemongrass and orange on the nose, with undertones of guava. An interesting melange of flavors on the palate, with tropical fruits competing against dank grasses and resin. A high-quality, very approachable East coast vs. West coast thing going on here.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bodhizafa pours an almost clear dark yellow to light amber. A wispy white head recedes to almost nothing, and leaves just as much lacing.

As the can cracks, if smells like your taking a shower in melon. Grapefruit and pine follow as wafting takes place. A little catty, maybe a hint of cotton candy sugar, but pretty damn amazing.

Honeydew, grapefruit, and pine once again lead the way before a sugary sweetness settles in. A touch of alcohol is noticeable.

Interestingly, it feels balanced, almost even sweet at first, but has a wonderful bitterness that finishes it and lingers. A minimal tingly carbonation paves the path for a very dry finish with a minor alcohol burn.

Overall, Bodhizafa lacks in the least important categories to me. The aroma and flavor are great, and ultimately that is all that matters. This may become a new regular tenant in my rotation. Cheers!

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Photo of Sabtos
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy orange, thin white blanket, tons of dripping lace.

Rug, cat piss, caramel, pine, and bitter grapefruit round out the attributes of this frothy, dry beer.

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Photo of trentbent
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid IPA for sure. It reminds me of sorta old school IPA with a new twist, maybe some new hops?

White lacy head dissipates quickly, bright orange hay color, not as hazy as Beerchitect describes. Mouthfeel is stellar and the bitterness on the backend of the sip is just bordering on too much in a familiar way for on-the-money back in the day IPA, but the fruit profile is more new hop, with watermelon and piney orange. It sits between crusher and sipper on impact in general. I received this at the same time as some Sculpin, it's certainly a bit more simple than that beer and has it's own purpose. Goes great with food that has strong flavor and needs that hop cut. Cheers to this surprise!

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Bodhizafa IPA from Georgetown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 187 ratings