Proven Theory
Benchtop Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #747
Ranked #7,659
4.15 | pDev: 6.27%
Benchtop Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by hughesm12:
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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of argock
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Canned on date is nonsensical.

Hazy golden amber with 1-2 finger off-white frothy head with decent retention and numerous rings of lacing down the glass.

Peach, orange, mango, and grapefruit aromas with honeysuckle and some leafier notes playing a minor role, especially retronasal.

Flavor is very bright hoppy with peach, mango, orange, and red grapefruit with some lime in the mid-palate and finish. The leafy and honeysuckle notes in the aroma don’t come through much and the finish and aftertaste are mostly stone fruit. Bitterness is moderate.

Feel is really awesome — the bitterness in the flavor carries with it enough sharpness to prevent flabbiness like happens in some beer in the NEIPA style. Body is medium and carbonation is slightly below medium.

I hope more NEIPA brewers follow this model — moderate instead of low bitterness with a bit more carbonation to sharpen the feel and the flavors. This is a nice beer that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at ZZQ, Richmond, VA

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color. It poured with a large white patch of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light to moderate flavors of oranges citrus with hints of pine in the finish. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a lighter version of a New England-style IPA. It's not bitter but isn't really "juicy".

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of clayrock81
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange body with good head and lace ring down glass. The aroma is one of acidic, pungent orange juice and bitter hops. It's a bit too veggie/sour orange juice for my liking but still has a touch of sweetness that makes valiant attempt at balance and isn't too bad.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fehrminator
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerness
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Latest batch.....and this beer just keeps getting better.

Aroma comes through with tropical fruit and a touch of pine. Taste comes through the same...but even stronger, accentuated by slight sweetness, which is perfectly balanced by light bitter that finishes clean....leaving me wanting more....and more!

Nice to find an IPA that delivers on big hop flavor without overpowering with sweetness.

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Photo of teromous
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "01/30/18"

Appearance: The body of the beer is completely opaque. It is a light gold color that turns a bit beige at the edges with a slightly darker appearance. The head is thick, large, pure white, and rocky. It has very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has an amazing aroma. It smells mostly of mangoes but it also has notes of peach and pineapple. It smells a lot like fruit cup syrup.

Taste: A raw hop flavor persists throughout the entire drinking experience with a mix of pineapple skin and grapefruit pulp. It tastes a tad grassy at the end. The aftertaste is pretty great. It has this sweet fruit candy-like flavor that lingers on the palate and burps induce a raw hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has moderate bitterness and a light body with just a light touch of texture. Towards the end the beer gets a little bit raspy but it seems to match the bitterness.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It seems to be a take on the "NE Style IPA" but with a touch more bitterness than what you will normally find. The texture is also not as smooth as you would normally find. It is its own take on the style but it absolutely scratches the itch you might have for a "NE Style IPA." It is full of deliciously fresh hoppy goodness. I would highly recommend buying it and I would buy it again. It's good enough to buy more than a single can.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellowish-gold... quiet with some sediments.

Tropical and fresh cut grass smells.

Very light upfront on taste, which bursts into pineapple, orange, a bit of booze warmth and some spice - almost a curry spice. Bit of sour alongside the mouth puckering bitter finish.

Nice mouthfeel with a welcomed low carbonation making it smooth throughout.

Decent IPA, perhaps a bit too fruity without a balancing feature that works well enough.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had citrus spice and peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with semi sweet finish. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a very good beer.

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Photo of ASUBeer
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srw
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sheppard
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden. Soapy white head. Tangerine, pineapple, and mango aroma. Some sensational passionfruit character, a little tangerine character, some soapy bitterness as well. This has a super soft mouthfeel. This is terrific.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 11/21:
Pours a more yellow than gold, with significant haze that is just short of being opaque except at the thickest parts of the glass. Head is a nice medium small random bubbles that leaves meringue-like spots on the top of the glass.

Nose has a somewhat recognizable raw oat or wheat-like grain that combines with a light bitterness to counter a sweeter side from some tropical fruit like mango and papaya. The nose isn't too strong, but is solid enough.

The beer is medium body, and has some rough edges. I can't tell if it's all from carbonation or some of the rawness from any oat that may be used. The tropical fruit came to me early, but the bite of the feel dulls it before mid-taste. The grain aspect becomes more prominent, surprisingly. Their is a tropical aspect to the opening that is more tart than sweet, and a reedy to woody bitterness that is joined by the grain husk bitterness to provide a fairly dry ending. Letting the beer warm helped smooth it out a bit; I'd definitely suggest not drinking this cold right out of the fridge.

My first few sips of this beer, I was thinking it was pretty solid. As the sips started piling up, though, the feel and grain-like notes grabbed my attention too much. This detracted from the hop profile, which I want more of in an IPA.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SteveStuart
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjboesen
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Proven Theory from Benchtop Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 35 ratings