Bicoastal IPA
Redhook Brewlab

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #4,280
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,986
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
69
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Redhook Brewlab
 
Washington, United States
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Photo of SmokySignals
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into ipa glass
HUGE 3 finger thick white head, lasts forever with peaks, still 1 finger at the last sip!
Great. rich golden body is a sea of particulate forms floating around in a sea of bubbles
Smells of refined citrus, tropicals, delicate malt foundation, hoppy and very inviting
Taste follows nose, balanced from the onset, and very enjoyable bitter finish, nothing is over the top - refined!
The feel of the beer is right on, and easy to crush without noticing the 7.1%
Never gets too fruity or too bitter - It's a really enjoyable "budget" IPA that can hang with some more expensive beers.
$1 each? Hell yeah!

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Photo of mempath
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured into a Two Brothers Wobble 'snifter' ...

look: deep, bright apricot

smell: actually bready/malty with some slight tropical notes...that's the initial (4.25) pour (gonna let it warm a bit for phase two...); phase two upon warming (though hard to just let it sit there...very delicious, refreshing), i sense some actual freshness, like being in a room with some sort of mystery aromatherapeutic, ambient fragrance...tropical still but not flowery...a sort of summer orange cranberry bread...without the cranberries...(but would be interesting to add that west coast cranberry touch....hmmm). push it up to 4.5...

taste/feel: super creamy chewy bright tart-sour incoming (in that order)...the hop bitterness spikes/peaks on the finish and actually (amazingly) is perfect in it's "here-it-is-now-it's-gone" signature...in terms of flavor dynamics and mouthfeel, it's seemingly seamless...all said, a fine fine IPA...truly an intercontinental 'coastal' amalgam! highly recommended.

oh, not sure if this was the 'freshest' it could've been...the variety pack date on it was pretty much new years eve...so this bottle is 8+ months old...at 7.1%, i guess there was a benefit there. i would REALLY like to see this available year round. better than the quite excellent Big Ballard. this brew has entered my personal hall-of-fame which would let it stand with certain vintage expressions of, say, Troeg's Nugget Nectar, Avery's Raja...wow, Red Hook. please keep experimenting...!

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Photo of pianoguy
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle Bottling date 6/08/2019

Pours a solid golden hazy body with a fluffy white head. Good retention, great lacing. No visible carbonation but the body is pretty solid.

Scent is malt forward with spice notes. As it warmed I got a little pineapple. Overall scent was nice but not significantly prominent.

The malts continue to dominate on the taste. Smooth with very little bitterness on the finish.

Medium carbonation works for this beer

Value (doesn't affect score) At $7.99 a sixer at Fred Myers this was an exceptional value.

Overall a solid beer and one of the better Redhook offerings that I've experienced. Worth revisiting. Hope they keep this limited release beer going!

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a maltt flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice IPA

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Photo of Reidrover
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz single bottle from Roth's store in Stayton OR
$1.80
Traditional clear orange coloured IPA with a nice thick and frothy white head.
Aroma of citrus and floral hops along side a caramal and brown bready malts.
Taste the same..got some toasty hay thing going on...hops weak.
Palate is Ok..kinda too sticky in the end.
Not great..i think this bottle is very old.

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Photo of GunnerJim
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and golden color. Citrus smell with a slight citrus taste. Mild carbonation. Bitter hoppy taste lingers after the drink. An enjoyable IPA that blends the best of both coasts.

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Photo of zeff80
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap on a boat! Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus notes and toasted caramel. Sweet citrus and caramel up front with a pine bitterness.

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Photo of hreb
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Red Hook stubby bottled on Jan 19 18. Served in a pint glass. Beer shows turbidity only from the loads of bubbles coursing through it. It forms a substantial white head. But in this sense it is not very NEIPA. Aroma is mild but citrusy. Flavor however is assertive up front with strong, sharp pineapple flavors. And with the negligible malt backbone but hefty alcohol percentage, it's bordering on being too off balance for my tastes. Overly alpha. I'm just not loving this. I probably tried it 3 or 4 weeks ago and thought it was alright, but at this point it's over 100 days since bottling, and maybe that was enough to dull whatever kept it interesting.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack Don Quiojte $13.99
Golden color with an orange tinge
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Juicy taste with bitterness
Overall an ok IPA. Nothing spectacular.

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Photo of stevoj
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from HomeBrewStuff. Almost clear golden, lazy carbonation, small airy head. Aroma leans on the hops first, small resiny scents, then some bready grains. Taste follows this formula, mild bitter hoppiness, then some solid malts. Still comes off as an APA though. I guess the ABV moves it into IPA land.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with one finger of bone color head that lasts about five minutes. Rings of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell is fruity hops with a touch of bread rust malt.
Taste is orange zest fruity hops with a resinous aspect. Strong malt backing.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of joedvegas
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden/amber color with a thick, foamy white head. Inviting on the nose with hints of green apple, pineapple, lemon and grapefruit. Ample flavors of pineapple, nectarine and violet on the palate with a smooth, lightly-palate coating finish. I liked this beer: good fruity IPA, but it lacked an earthy/piney backbone.

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Photo of Markkus
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased locally, bottled 2 months prior to review.

Aroma - initial grainy malt character present, with slight alcohol warmth. Gives way to light spicy / floral hop aroma. Malt and alcohol dominate over the hops.

Appearance - gold color, slight hazy appearance but fairly clear. Persistent large white head.

Taste - spicy hop flavor with moderate Bitterness lingering into the aftertaste. Low alcohol warmth, with a medium dry finish. Low malt tones, but decidedly bitter.

Mouthfeel - medium body with moderately high carbonation and a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall Impression - as an American IPA and a so-called cross between East Coast and West Coast IPA's I really wish there were more hop aroma present. Clean fermentation profile accentuates what little spicy and floral hop flavors I can detect, leading to a lovely example of an IPA.

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Photo of jimbrinkruff
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dated 5/4/17 on the bottle out of a IPA hook pack. Apparently as Red Hook is trying to re-start as a small craft brewery back in Seattle this is one of the first new beers. As they look to sell their gigantic brewery in Woodinville, they are relocating back to smaller confines and trying to find their roots yet still tied to InBev. Their first offering the Bi-coastal IPA is very good.
look: Pours a straw colored that is not quite opaque. A one finger frothy head as the yeast swirls to the bottom.
smell: pretty juicy with those nice west coast overtones.
Taste: very impressive it is very drinkable at 7.1% no real bitterness to speak of. Very well balanced with the malts.
Feel: not cloying at all. I usually prefer low ABV pale ales but this is really good. Hopefully they can continue to work like this and throw off the chains of InBev/AB conglomerate that helps distribution but really stifles creativity.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on May 04 2017. Opened on 6/10/17

Very cool Octopus artwork on the lable by: Derek Vander Griend

East and West coast mash-up style IPA.

Solid gold coloration with slight amber hues, hazy and very active. Full of life with a clumpy, pure white towering sea foam style crown. Excellent retention. Big lace.

A very bold and pungent hoppy aroma! Full of tropical fruits, pineapple and passion fruit is right on, plus, light citrus tones, starfruit, sweet apples, white pepper and honey sweet malt. A very modern and excellent hop nose.

Oh boy! This IPA brings Red Hook to the next level of IPA stylie. It certainly has that, fat East coast complexity with ease of drinkability. No where in sight is the 7.1% abv. Juicy, juicy JUICY!! Tropical sweet fruits all over the place. A mega bomb of hop complexity, rivals any West coast ipa, but none of the big , dry, leafy, bitterness of the classic west coast brand. This one comes across mostly East coast style. Heady Topper, Green, Sip...etc. Right aling those lines with maybe a bit more bitter kick. A slick, butter and caramel malt balance brings the hops to a sweet surrender.

The feel is of a light, crisp body, healthy and vibrant approach. The malt rides in with a slick, medium feel, but very juicy, through and through. Certainly has that exciting juicy East coast ipa feel without the dry, bitter West coast lingering ending.

Perhaps a slightly, dry herbal flavor gets us closer the west coast style, but this one hits hard as an East coast beast. Balance of hops and drinkability are high grade.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that is dated March 28, 2017. Sampled on June 4, 2017.

The color of the pour is a hazy yellow and there is a tremendous long lasting white foamy head. But the amount of sedimentary deposits floating about in this beer is remarkable to look at. If this was poured in April it may have been more like juice pulp.

The aroma is mainly sweet and bready with a feint grapefruit note but mostly an herbal note.

Medium and smooth body.

I think, given its age, this could have been a total loss but the sweet bready malts play up big in the flavor and that rescues its. But as for any hop character - it is mild and muted. Slight bitterness to finish.

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Photo of hophugger
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better Redhook beers I have had. A big amount of floaties in this hazy golden beer with decent head and visible lacing. Aroma is pineapple and assorted citrus. Taste has a decent amount of bitterness but still lets the pulpy citrus juice come through and balance pretty good. Finish is slightly bitter with hops and citrus peel.

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Bicoastal IPA from Redhook Brewlab
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 69 ratings