Blocks Of Light
Outer Range Brewing Co

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #518
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,616
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 7.23%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
23
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Outer Range Brewing Co
 
Colorado, United States
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

still not quite as bursting and dry hoppy and fresh as the in the steep they make, which is still far and away my favorite beer i have had from outer range so far, but this is another winner of an ipa from them, seems like thats what they are really focusing on, and its going super well obviously! this one is a little more clear than others, golden and bright with an inch of white head on top, looks super well refined and is very lively from the tap (at the new growler usa in louisville). the nose is very fresh, perhaps mosaic and citra, its a familiar hop profile for sure, lemon juice and pineapple and a little pine resinous feel, and sort of syrupy feeling for a second with all the oils once i taste it, but bitter and resolved by the finish, a nice trajectory to this for sure, very fresh, highly aromatic, and not forced at all to be juice in the flavor, although it is, more west coast than i have had from outer range before, but equally well done as all of their hazy ones. these guys are fast becoming one of the best makers of hoppy beer in the state. still need to make it up to the brewery one of these weekends! if you havent tried their ipa types and you are lucky enough to find one around on tap, trust me and dive right in!

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh growler to a tulip glass.

A-The beer, like all of the Outer Range IPAs I have tried, is of the hazy style. The head is short and dense. It leaves a curtain of white lacing at first and it hangs around for a while. The beer beneath is light in color -- dry straw -- and quite murky, but not opaque. No visible carbonation. It fits the NE-style, but I still don't think its attractive.

S-Wow, it is not pure juice. There is a nice zesty, earthy bite on the nose that mixes things up and makes the beer more than a one-note wonder. I still sniff plenty of orange and maybe some pineapple and peach, but there is a bit of earthy funk (not brett or wildness, just musty hop notes), some mint, and light pine. More bitter than many NE-style IPAs, but I'm really liking it.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. A zesty, pithy orange rind bitterness compliments the juicy orange, pineapple, and light peach flavors. That same earthy, minty, lightly bitter pine note provides nice complexity. Malts are pretty pale suggesting toasted white bread. The beer is on the dry side, but not powdery like some NE-style beers.

M-The body is soft with a fine carbonation. It is less watery than many NE-style IPAs.

O-Dang! This may be my favorite NE-style IPA. I like it because it is not a pure juice bomb, but has a little earth and bitterness. It also lacks the aspirin note that I almost always detect in this style of beer. I would buy more of this.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first beer from Outer Range Brewing, an apparently-small brewery whose two most-well-known pale ales just showed up for the first time today in my favorite local store here in MA. I can't guarantee freshness of this beer personally, as the brewery doesn't seem to can-date, but the dude who owns the store said they just got it in an unannounced drop. Shrug. Anyway, this is a 6% DDH NE-style IPA hopped with Galaxy and Mosaic. Seems like a tough beer to mess up. Hoping for the best!

Pours an opaque, nicely-vibrant orange color with strong lightfastness and a generous dollop of head which nevertheless sinks down to about a half-finger of pillowy suds after a few minutes. Very nice lacing and superb legs on this one, topped off with a hazed-over surface covered in the same foamy goodness which once built up to three (or more!) fingers. I'm into it.

The nose is dank and fruity with some intense guava, papaya, pineapple, and passion fruit alongside a touch of white wine grape, all combined with that certain sweaty/musky dankness that Mosaic plays up so damn well, especially in smaller IPAs such as this one. There's a "creaminess" to the proceedings here, as well, which almost makes me think of lactose, but I don't see that as a declared ingredient on the can anywhere, so who knows. Interestingly, this has a very Citra/Nelson forward element as well. Indeed, I would definitely have guessed those two hops had some involvement here if the two listed hops weren't given.

Oh yeah, this even tastes like a Nelson IPA, right down to the gooseberry-like parting note of each sip. Interesting, that. The Galaxy and Mosaic are certainly playing together well here, however, bringing out intense earthy, piney, and tropical flavors that dance nicely on the palate. A slight bit of herbal liqueur, stone fruit like flavors (apricot/peach), guava, and mango all present well with some backing notes of tangerine zest and bright pineapple-like sweetness. This is a touch syrupy for its strength, and drinks a bit more in the 7+% ABV range, if I'm being honest, but it could be due to how oil saturated and hoppy it is. I definitely dig this and will try to have more stuff by these guys as long as they keep distributing here. Nice-looking can, as well, if that counts for anything.

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Blocks Of Light from Outer Range Brewing Co
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 23 ratings