Batch 69 | Frankenmuth Brewery

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83
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215 Ratings
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Batch 69Batch 69
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Frankenmuth Brewery
Michigan, United States
frankenmuthbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jmich24 on 04-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/24/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, honey, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, undated but purchased arlier this month near the brewery.

Pour is hazy with a high level of visible carbonation. The amber body is topped by a proportionate and durable off-white head.

Both the aroma and the flavor reflect a slightly skunky element that is subtle enough to possibly be part of the hop component. In any case hops have citrus, pine and herbal aspects. Solid malt base. Mildly bitter finish and aftertaste are better.

Medium body with crisp, lightly aggressive carbonation.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a hazy amber color with a small cap of white head that left a bit of lacing on the glass. Didn't get much from the aroma, basic scents of citrusy hops and caramel malts. Taste of toasted grains, light citrusy hops, somewhat bitter and a bit metallic. Not really bad, but nothing really great in the world of AIPAs. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Massive head, hazy amber.

SMELL: Citric, spice, biscuity grain, yeast, pears.

TASTE: Hop bitterness, grainy, yeasty, dried hay, herbal, astringent, fruity, dry.

Raw comes to mind, a bit more yeast character than I was expecting. Hop bitterness is at a fine level but the hop character on a whole is blindly flailing at the palate. Decent for the style though does not come close to the benchmark for it.

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Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After an uneventful evening of not so memorable beers, this one comes in to save the day. Nice on all ends. Full flavor profile with good hop character showing through. More earthy with salty tones and a very mild citrus edge. I can dig this. This is a new brewery for me and this is a good beer to start on. I hope that the others I have follow suit to this one.

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Eziel
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a tawny copper gold color with good carbonation and a thick foamy head. Color is on the lighter side for an IPA and bright.

S - Lemons, a little grainy, earthy, and light citrus/pine.

T - A distinct doughy caramel and grainy malt base underneath that comes to the forefront between midway and the end before getting beat down very quickly with a bitter zing of citrus grapefruit and some pine. Bitter pine and citrus up front, doughy malt in the middle, and then the hops come back to finish it out.

M - Body is on the thin side of medium.

O - The best aspect of this beer is the bitter bite at the end and a lingering dry finish, things are a little messy on the palette.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brilliant gold, 2” rocky foam cap
S: grassy, piney floral nose, some malt
T: starts with some rich malt, some spice herbal, spice almost basil, grassy, long bitter finish
F: Body medium light, carbonation medium.
O: A good but not spectacular IPA

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of barczar
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a frothy cream head that leaves thick lacing as it dissipates moderately.

Pine, resin, toasted bread, and caramel malt form the initial aroma. Underpinnings of citrus and soap add complexity. Floral hops emerge late.

Flavor is fairly malt dominant, sweet and caramelly throughout, with bitter hop notes drying out the finish a bit. Diacetyl butterscotch and phenolic plastic surface mid palate. There's a subtle grapefruit flavor beneath, and the finish is resiny.

Body is pretty light, with moderate carbonation, fairly harsh astringency, and substantial alcohol warmth.

The resiny hops and grain astringency are overwhelming. Malt character is far too sweet, and flavoring hops are somewhat lacking. Too astringent and hot for my liking.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

N8dietz is the man. Thank you!!

Hazey and pale copper and bronzey, brass color and a light tan head that is a monster after the pour. Lots of sticky, dough like lacing, good bubbling, and a thick foam head that retains for all twelve ounces. This beer looks great, except I think its a touch over carbonated.

Resiny bittersweet aroma of biscuits, toasted white bread, caramel, orange peel marmalade, and bitter grassy citrus.

Lots of sweet and bitter orange peel flavors from the hops that combine with teh sweet toasted caramel malts for a well balanced, resiny palated AIPA.

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Photo of Brad007
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild amber hue with a two finger head into my glass.

Sweet/doughy upfront with some hop bitterness.

Pine bitterness and doughy bread.

Decent piney finish.

Solid for the style. Worth a try at least once.

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Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an old school IPA. Served at a good temp. Head was foamy, frothy, off white, Aroma was hop, malt, resin, wet grain. Flavor is similar, hops seem to me to be Cluster and Cascade, carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor. Ok beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Pours a light clear golden color with a fluffy white one finger head. Aroma of light pale malts, nice floral hops, and a bit of lemon peel and other citrus. Flavor follows the taste closely, with light sweet citrus and lemon peel, nice pale malt sweetness in the background. Super easy drinking, light bodied, slightly dry and plenty of carbonation. A very nice IPA that is pretty easy drinking and a good style representation. Nothing super special just nicely made.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Batch 69 from Frankenmuth Brewery
3.64 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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