IPA | Brouwerij 't IJ

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Brouwerij 't IJ

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
As the latest addition to the brewery’s range, our I.P.A. has already made a name for itself. I.P.A. stands for India Pale Ale, a British type of brew in which the alcohol percentage and hop recipe were boosted so that the beer would survive the long sea voyage to the colonies. This recipe turned out to be a real winner and quickly became popular.

Our I.P.A. is a dark-blonde beer with an emphatic, hoppy flavour. We add hops to the beer during the maturing process as well as the brewing to produce delicious aromas of flowers and grapefruit. A beer with a fruity, bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 129
Photo of bilbobrewer
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle from Ams. grocery store. BB 06-2019.
Label is pretty racy for NA.....not so much in the NL.
Pours clear, nice creamy head. Aroma is hoppy and bready.
Hops are dominantly bittering, with noticeable dry and bitter aftertaste.
An interesting version of craft IPA, but exchange-converted price is a bit high for what it is.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 2. Good piney, oily, resinous ipa with some orangey touch. Nothing exceptional but drinks fairly fine.

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Photo of emincems
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours hazy yellow color with short lasting white head. Surprisingly strong lacing. Hoppy aroma with citrus and grass. Slight caramel and toasted malts are in background. Taste is more fruity than smell. Biscuity malts and citrusy flavors with light bitterness. It finishes dry and hoppy. Sticky on the palate. Medium bodied. Hidden Abv and restricted Ibu bring about nice drinkability. Better than my expectations.

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Photo of schavuytje
4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark blonde india pale ale with spicy aroma, salmiak bitter, pepper and fruity grapefruit that stays long adventures delicious beautiful light color solid paste foam

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall straight sided wine glass.

Look is a light orange yellow with a frothy white head on top.

Lots of Belgian yeast esters on the nose. Not much hops.

Very Belgian taste with a citrusy hop at the end.

Nice Belgian note.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at De Buurvrouw.

A: The body is cristalline yellow with a very small white had that has some retention and lacing.
S: The aroma is very citrusy with the resinous profile.
T: The taste is very sweet coming from a mix of malt and oranges. The resinous IPA profile is still there.
M: Low on visible carbonation but a very interesting medium to high body.
O: My last Brouwerij't IJ for a while. I'll follow this brewery for sure, there will be nicer things coming from this.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Firmabier - Pours clear golden with a very large white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - light citrus fruits - melon, light bready. Taste - light, crisp, fresh citrus with a nice dry bitter finish. Refreshing and well balanced IPA. Solid. Check out the brewery taphouse under a windmill in Amsterdam.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: 11.2 oz. bottle of Brouwerij ‘t IJ’s IPA besy by: 6/2016. Nice and fresh.

Poured into: Man Skirt pint glass

S: Cloudy gold body with a thick, bubble-ridden head. Lace heavy and clingy, but the head is slowly receding as I admire it and type out the review. Tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. This unfiltered, unpasteurized beauty makes the buxom, inked woman on the bottle less interesting.

A: Bright citrus of grapefruit, clean malt, and faint floral mélange. Simple, subtle, inviting.

T: The nose carries into the taste. Bright citrus and a hint of pine come through in the hops department. There is a touch of floral-ness, but only just. The initial sweetness, while the beer is cool, is whisked away by the dry, bitter, and long finish of this Cascade and Citra-heavy brew. As it warms, the sweetness sticks around for a second or two longer.

F: Medium with nice carbonation, able to scrub your mouth and make you reach for your glass again. Dry and bracing.

O: Very pleasant take on the style from a brewery nestled into the most recognized city in North Holland- Amsterdam. This is the first of a six-bottle gift set I received, all by this brewery. Stay tuned for my next choice, whatever it may be. Amstel Lite, this is not!

S: 4 A: 3.75 T: 4 F: 4 O: 4

Suggested food pairing: Creamy cheddar cheese, summer salads, rare hamburger on brioche bun

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber and golden orange hues and a thin head. Great floral notes and hints of grapefruit peel. Nicely balanced IPA that has a full mouth feel and the after taste leaves you wanting more.

Cool bottle art design as well.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours an amber colour with a little white head
S - fruity and flowery smell, a lot of citrus
T - lots of hops, no malt, grapefruits aroma mainly
F - good feeling, no heat
O - a really nice IPA, worth a try for those who like hops!

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Photo of brutalist
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark orange with head that quickly disappears. Leaves lacing. Hoppy smell, pleasant citrusy taste. Appropriately bitter. Well carbonated. I like it.

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Photo of carlborch
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a nicely golden hued ale with a slight haze. It forms a white to off-white and creamy head, that quickly settled into a white film. Nice lace does form. The nose is somewhat closed but I find hints of citrus, such as bitter orange, in addition to the hops. Needed to reach deep to find these notes. The body is medium full and the ale has a highly bitter finish that lingers and lingers. Malt, hints of toast, and bitter almonds round out the dryness. The carbonation is modest to high. The ABV is not evident. It is most delicious! I will be back for this one.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark hazy golden, small white head for a short time, quick to some nice lacing.
Rich overripe pink grapefruit on the nose, peel and pulp, with great sweet floral notes, too. Hint of peach, a bit of papaya and melon, biscuit, faint honey.
Great sweet citrus character, with kumquat, tangerine, bittersweet pink grapefruit, with nice spicy peel and great perfumey floral notes. Leafy bitterness early on, in a nice contrast with sweet peach, melon and a mild generic tropical note, with a splash of caramel. Slightly toasted malt towards the finish, with a hint of pine but otherwise grassy hops, more than mildly bitter.
Aftertaste has biscuit, grapefruit peel, fresh floral hops. Medium body, medium carbonation.
A really tasty complex IPA, refreshing, balanced. Really nothing bad to say about it.

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Photo of aleigator
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%

Hazy, shimmering yellow color, with a decent, froth head.

Aromas are defined by an incredible fresh grassiness, amongst floral and bready notes. The nose does also include a tropical aspect, unveiling watermelon and grapefruit, which accompanies herbal tones in a very pleasant way.

Taste reveals a fantastic, intriguing interplay between grassy herbs, with a pleasant onion sting, and juicy, fruity watermelon. The bitterness is well balanced by white-bread malts, still producing an enjoyable dryness among tropical undertones. Finishes with sweeter malts, which are standing out against a crisp, dry bitterness, which reaches its peak by unfolding an unique watermelon fruitiness, supported by a metallic, lively carbonation.

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Photo of ccrida
4.25/5  rDev +9%

On draught at Arendsnest in Amsterdamnn appearence is pleasantly clody, radiatiing blonde, served in the brewery tulip.

Smell reminded me of home style west coast IPA, with the fresh intensity of hop oils cutting through my palate laden with deliciously estery blondes.

Taste is very oily, resinous, dank hops...and for that reason, the contrast between the earthy flavor of the continentals over the citrus of the west coast has never been more blatant to me, inspire of they're stylistically si.ilar approaches. Bittersweet with a flutter of perfect pils.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little chewy due to the oils.

Drinkablity is solid. If it wasn't for all the great options here, I'd get this twice in a row.

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Photo of Brewhemoth
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice thick, white, dense, head which left good lacing. Good head retention. There is light visible activity.
S: Very yeasty at first - tangy, not sharp. Over time some citrus hops pulls through with a good malt base (caramelly). Some grapefruit notes are present; quite grassy. Not the (citrus) aroma hop-bomb that one can expect from an American style IPA.
T: Sweet caramel with bready after taste. The hop taste follows the aroma. Moderately bitter, with a lightly dry finish. The bitterness hangs nicely.
M: Good body for this beer, on the thicker side for the style. Nice and smooth, and coats the mouth very well.

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Photo of janubio
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy deep golden colour, with a rich, dense and creamy head that leaves a big lace. Smell of tropical fruits, papaya or mango, flowers, caramel. Medium body, finish is not as bitter as one could think. Taste of tropical fruits, citrus, flowers, nuts. Very good.

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Photo of sfprint
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very heady, creamy but dark orangy brown, micro carbonation flowing steadily, massive head.
S: Quite yeasty like a witbier.
T: IPAish, but doesn't have the super hoppy biting characteristic that IPA's have. It's more like a pale ale, leaning toward an IPA, strong grassy hops,
M: light sting, but generally fluffy.
O: a respectable beer, but barely an IPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at t'IJ brewery, Amsterdam.

Dark amber with creamy lacey off-white head.
Yeasty tang, some toffee and some orange zest.
Round sweet dough with big lemon and tangerine hops.
Earthy yeast finish, mango candy linger.
Lt-med, slight chew, round.

Lighter than the summer blonde somehow. Almost an APA. Clean citrussy hit with good fruitiness.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appeared to be the rotating tap at the brewpub, loved the old windmill and the friendly, run down vibe the place was giving off. 10 ounces of hops, first hint off them we had seen on a menu.

Pour arrives in hand yellowish, unclear, promising, with a healthy head. Nose is almost Belgian - sweet candy sugar mixed with light citrus.

Brouwerij't IJ IPA misses the style bullseye by a country kilometer. Sweet malts and candied sugar mix with a nice caramel body. Cheek-kiss of lemon is the only hint of hops that were in the vicinity of the brew. Nonetheless, crisp, refreshing, and lovely easy on the tongue. Null bite, just smooth.

Despite its apparent estrangement from the style, this was a very good beer. Was tempted to go back the next evening. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew made some noise around The Netherlands when the first batch came out, so I'm happy to see it available again. Hopefully it becomes a regular in their rotation.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before Feb 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, looser looking, foamy, off-white head with great retention. Hazy burnt orange in color with an insane amount of carbonation everywhere. Head actually grows as a result, but eventually fades to a huge foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. Carbo just won't quit. A loose, foamy cap remains and leaves lots of foamy lacing down the glass. Totally out of control, but not off-putting per se. Just a classic Dutch foam bomb.

SMELL: Some pale malts and caramel up front with lots of cascade and centennial hops on the nose. That's my best guess at least. Honeydew melon, grapefruit, lemon citrus notes and bubble gum as well. Bold and interesting.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Pale and caramel malts, floral hops with citrus flavors as well. Lemon and grapefruit at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of cascade bitter grapefruit, lemon, some bubble gum sweetness and a touch of caramel. Flavorful, and a nice bitterness lingers on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Quite creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some bitterness lingers at the back. The carbonation mellows as it sits and it becomes fuller and creamy.

OVERALL: Quite aromatic and flavorful for sure. I really enjoyed this and would drink plenty on a warm day; I just wish the carbonation was executed a little more appropriately. Sometimes these domestic foam bombs just make drinking the beer a chore. Still, this is well worth checking out and hopefully it becomes available more regularly. Recommended.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose-grapefruit seems to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and orange citrus along with some hints of citric sourness and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of bitterness. The unfiltered nature makes it slightly chewy.
O: This beer is nice and flavorful and has lots of citrus without tons of bitterness. It is rather easy to drink.

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