I-4 IPA
Orlando Brewing Partners

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,914
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,719
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 15.13%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
153
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Orlando Brewing Partners
 
Florida, United States
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78
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Photo of VoxRationis
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a nonic pint glass at Ocean Prime in Orlando, Florida; no production information available.
A: Pours a near clear, ruddy dark copper color with a 1 finger, off-white head, relatively low retention, and limited lacing.
S: Very light nose. Aromas of molasses and biscuit, maybe a little lime.
T: More semisweet than semidry. Flavor largely derived from nose, although a touch nutty, bitterness fairly light and very much in balance.
M: Light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
O: More reminiscent of a traditional English IPA.

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VoxRationis from New York, Oct 21, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a bottle at Disney World. Pours a reddish brown color with a small off-white head. Head retention is about average. This beer smells and tastes like an English IPA. Strong malty background for both aroma and taste. Some hops bitterness but certainly not a US type hop bomb. More earthy hoppiness rather than strong citrus or piney hops. Mouthfeel is rich, good malt body with enough hops to call it an IPA. This beer goes down well with food, I would drink it again.

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JayQue from Virginia, Jun 03, 2019
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2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If I had not been expecting an IPA, this may have actually gotten better marks. Pours a dark honey color with minimal foam and lacing. The taste was certainly not what I consider and IPA. It was very malty and none of the pine-forward or citrus that I have come to know and love in an IPA. Again, if I had not been expecting an IPA. If this were to be sold as a heavy brown ale, probably would have gotten a LOT better marks.

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Mandpasbury from North Carolina, Jul 23, 2018
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3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brownish red with a slight white head from bottle at Epcot. Whiff of caramel malt with slight citrus on the edge. Thin caramel malt flavored brew with slight hops. Almost no bite to this beer and low carbonation. Easy to drink but sort of so so.

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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania, Feb 01, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at the Yacht Club resort in Disney. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that left a nice lace. The scent had hints of hint of fresh bitter hop. The taste was bitter leaning with bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of BRLockwood
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Let's call it an English IPA! No up front hops, no bitter aftertaste, just a mild English style IPA! Florida is still behind the curve when it comes to brewing tasty craft beers! I'll keep looking!

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BRLockwood from Florida, Apr 25, 2017
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3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank from a bottle at a conference (it was free and local).
Smell and taste are both generic. Taste of biscuit malt, hops are on the lighter side, some bitterness without much distinction. Feel is light. Overall: Not bad but forgettable.

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UPMD_Bill from Maryland, Feb 23, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into snifter.

Look: Amber, looks like an old school IPA, foamy off-white head that settles into a nice thin cap. Thicker around the edges ringing my glass and coating the sides with sticky lacing when I sip. Clear, no haze.

Smell: Malty up front, caramel, can tell there was probably a heavy crystal addition to the malt bill. Not much in the ways of late addition hops lending to the aroma.

Taste: A touch of caramel sweetness eases you into an very drinkable brew with a bitter finish that gives the tongue a subtle little bite. No huge up front hop flavor. This brew seems to follow the English Style IPA mold with a malt presence absent from a lot of new phase American IPA's. The bitterness is easy going, and balances the sweetness of the malts.

Feel: Medium body, coats the mouth a bit, moderate carbonation.

Overall: If your a fan of old school or English IPA, this is a good one to try. Its not trying to join the new hazy juice bomb craze, and there is nothing wrong with that. Easy to drink, nothing off-putting, good!

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jhavs from New Hampshire, Mar 28, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber to light brown in color with a significant amount of fine sediment inside. There's a massive inch thick dense tan head on top. There's heavy lacing and very strong head retention. The aroma is light citrus, but I had to really seek it out. I taste citrus hops and light, biscuit malt. The mouth offers a nice deep hop burn on the tongue.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Dec 11, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up two bottles in a mixed six pack from the brewery.

This is a balanced IPA in my opinion. It isn't a hop bomb. I like it, but know the malt is right there with the hops.

Its a solid IPA and a great one to drink with pizza in my opinion.

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Ford from Texas, Dec 06, 2015
Photo of CHickman
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy dark copper color with a 2 finger foamy beige colored head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells and tastes of caramel, toasted grains, buttered biscuit, orange peel, citrus hops, toffee, brown sugar and in the flavor more toasted wheat bread, mild spices and floral hops. A lot of toasted malt and toffee sweetness in the flavor, much more like an English IPA but still pretty decent.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body, it's a little bit chewy and has light bitterness that released grapefruit notes before cutting back to sweet malt, toffee and roasted grains. Easy to drink and pretty well balanced.

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CHickman from New York, Nov 03, 2015
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3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raisin-like reddish brown in color with a heavy haze. Medium-light resinous and floral hop aromas with medium light maltiness and sweet, fruity raisin and nutty notes beneath. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Medium high earthy, resinous and floral hop flavors with a medium light malt backbone. Medium high hop bitterness through the middle followed by sweet dark fruit notes to the end. Finished dryly with a light nutty note and a long lingering, strong, slightly astringent resinous hop bitterness. Aromas were a little on the light side for the style. However, flavors were a little more balanced with aggressive bitterness offset by unique dark fruit and malt flavors. Crisp, dry finish was nice but the strong bitterness at the finish hurt the dinkability.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, Aug 26, 2015
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4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure why this has a bad reputation on here. My I-4 IPA came from the Brewery in the form of a one gallon growler. It seems that it either has a problem of being old in a bottle or in the wrong type of glass.

Mine tastes fresh - both the hops and the malts. It has a nice balance, but is a lot more like an English IPA as mentioned. It's not a punch in your mouth. At 48 IBU it's also not a wimp. It's dry hopped 60 minutes but also seems more hoppy than the than the Dogfish 60 minute because it is dryer and has a lighter mouth-feel. It seems a lot like a dryer Oscar Blues Dale Pale Ale. That's a compliment.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with white head. Floral notes and some citrus on the nose with a little hay and bread; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a hop note, but also too much malt for an IPA.

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Photo of tone77
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light, a bit of citrus, not much else. Taste is surprisingly malty, caramel, a light hop bitterness, drinks more like an English IPA. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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tone77 from Pennsylvania, Mar 09, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I put off trying this for a while partially because of the somewhat low rating on here. That was a mistake. This is a very good interpretation of the style and felt well-balanced to me.

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maxson924 from Florida, Feb 23, 2015
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3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/23/2014. Pretty old, but we’ll give it a shot. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toasted bread, toffee, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, toasted bread, light toffee, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, caramel, toasted bread, light toffee, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and balance of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid IPA, despite being a bit old. Good balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. Quite a bit malt forward, but not over done. A pretty enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Dec 03, 2014
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3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at BurgerFi in Winter Park, FL. Poured to a 16oz plastic cup—I’d prefer something else, but that’s how they served it so I’m just gonna roll with it.

Appearance (3.0): Pretty typical, kinda lackluster pour on tap: not much head (like, almost none at all), but with some modest, thin lacing on all sides, but doesn’t stick. The body is a deep amber color with a light chill haze—attractive enough. Very little retention.

Smell (3.5): A light, floral-grassy hop scent with some grapefruit juiciness underneath, which together dominate the nose—not much malt character, just a light undertone of the standard caramel / toffee aromas you find in an average homebrew kit-made IPA.

Taste (3.0): Relatively balanced, kind of malt-forward if anything. Toasted bread, some caramel undertones—but more toast than sweet. The hops hold a relatively modest presence, almost entirely a vegetal-floral bitterness without much hop flavor and none of the citrus character that the nose might have had. Some onion, but the hop flavors more or less stop there.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Better than average, but nothing special. Just about medium-bodied, with some modest carbonation that tingles nicely. It has a finish that’s neither dry nor slick—just sort of goes down easy.

Overall (3.0): Eh. It’s average. Nothing stands out, nor does anything suck. Just kind of does what it does, as an average, nominally hoppy, nominally pale, ale. It’s more of an amber, but it’d be average in that category, as well. Good enough for the price, if there isn’t much else around.

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fmccormi from California, Nov 28, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half finger head with excellent lacing on a clear amber with slight golden hues body. Aroma is light and mostly is of caramel malts and candied citrus. Flavor is musty with breads, caramel malts, earthy hops with a grassy finish. Medium body and lighter side of moderate carbonation. This one is a little boring. The breadiness is nice but the hips are lacking.

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kylehay2004 from Illinois, Sep 12, 2012
I-4 IPA from Orlando Brewing Partners
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 153 ratings