Steamboat IPA
Bent River Brewing Company

Steamboat IPASteamboat IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,600
Ranked #42,408
3.56 | pDev: 12.92%
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Steamboat IPASteamboat IPA
Notes: The balance between a sweet, malt backbone and a huge addition of Citra hops yields a tropical, flavorful, deep-golden brew that is anything but bitter.
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- light copper color with half finger frothy head. lacing on the pint. Clear and opaque

S- citrus and pineapple dominate the nose. there are also faint hints of mango and papaya.

F- citrus hops and mango come through more in the mouth. the papaya and pineapple are secondary if at all

M- hoppy and dry. Light bodied and quite citrusy. the hops become too bitter after a few takes.

O- not a bad IPA but have had much better certainly. worth a try

May 01, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Steamboat IPA pours a slightly hazy darker copper color, with a very small lacing head. Hoppy aroma. Flavor is nice and strong, pretty balanced, crisp malty backbone, with a noticeable hoppy flavor. Just slightly flat. Overall, a nice beer, good flavor, and yet easy to drink.

Feb 28, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent starting head, about three-fingers thick. This forms a very nice dome brimming over the rim of the glass. Looking at the bottle, I note what appears to be crystalized malt sugar under the cap. The bottle is also sticky. I can't help but wonder if the beer overflowed during the bottling process. Ample 3D lacing on the glass. The liquid is hazy with a dirty gold color.

This beer has a pleasant balanced smell of caramel malt (not sweet) and floral hop.

Traditional Pale Ale flavors with perhaps a greater nod to the hop bitterness. The malt starts off dry with a bit of toast to the tongue. The hop bitterness is straightforward and quick to appear in the tasting. The malt reminds me of the British IPA version, while the black pepper bitterness reminds me of the original offerings when micros in America went IPA crazy. The body is solid with ample carbonation. The lingering aftertaste is mostly bitter but there is a touch of earth and smoke which makes it interesting.

Feb 03, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange/Amber color,medium carbonation. Aroma was citrus,pine,and and malt with the taste being identical. This wasn't a hop bomb and had a decent amount of malt to soften the citrus and pine.

Nov 26, 2017
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DrMullet from Florida

3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy medium orange/copper with significant head.
Smell is citrus with a dash of pine.
Taste is an odd sweet malt start followed by citrus and tropical fruit.

Nov 12, 2017
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kojevergas from Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bends heavy towards tropical fruit and pith, hitting on flavours papaya, guava, pineapple, and even a hint of lychee. I'm surprised Citra was used given the absence of overt orange flesh & peel as well as the tropical emphasis. Pale malts keep it relatively well-balanced.

Smooth, wet, oily, and medium-bodied. Unrefreshing but very approachable.

It's a nice little IPA that drinks a bit more assertive than its modest 6.2% ABV might suggest, but the hop profile isn't my favourite and Citra isn't particularly well showcased. It's nice to see a brewery going with a more traditional hop regimen instead of chasing Kiwi hops or putting in a giant order for Mosaic or Azacca, but the result isn't on par with the best classically hopped IPAs, and while I'll enjoy finishing the 3 bottles I got (hat tip to Schlimenhaumer for the gift!), I can't say it's on par with Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, or the like.

C (2.93) / AVERAGE

Sep 28, 2017
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emribecky from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bent River Brewery's Steamboat IPA - Rock Island, IL -

Aroma - Massive fruity aroma on the pour, diminishing quickly. Fruity eferveseeance is present, but not overwhelming. A solid effort for any IPA.

Appearance - Pours with a lovely amber/copper color into a 14 oz. sniffter. Lovely color, for a darker IPA.
Head quickly vanishes, leaving just traces on the edge. A bit hazy, certainly not clear, though an elegance exudes.

Taste - Hops are layered and, mostly, delicate. A solid, single-note bittering hop, asserts on the initial taste... Citra, Warrior, etc... but a steady rush of flavoring hops accompany the bass note in a crescendo of the palate. Very well balanced, and very appeasing. Malt is present, but sufficiently undertones.

Mouthfeel - Rich and luscious. Carbonation fails to maintain head, but is sufficient to enjoy, and not overwhelming. A mild bitterness meets the tongue, but is refrains from any harsh notes.

Overall - A very nice hop-forward IPA, with all of the best fruit-forward hop additions at all the right times, if you like that sort of thing. Malt is well balanced, if not outright concealed by the assertive hops. 8.5/10

Oct 30, 2016
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donspublic from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, 1/2 finger beige creamy head hangs around for a few minutes, nice lacing. Looks dark hazy golden in the glass, yeast in suspension. Smells caramel malt, citrus, mango and pine. Initial smell hits me with more dank than tropical. Taste is initially sweet caramel and flows into pine resin bitterness, that is smoothed out by a more tropical mango/pineapple on the end. This is a beer that doesn't shy away from the malt, which I like. So many IPA's are trying to hide the malt, this one just puts it in your face. Has a great body that leaves your mouth thinking you are drinking a DIPA. Got this is a wine shipment I am sharing with someone who doesn't like IPA's so I get to keep all 3 :)

Sep 27, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that settled down but has good retention properties, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with strong notes of citrusy and tropical fruit hops along with some hints of pine. As the beer warms up, aromas of mango and papaya become more prominent.
T: The taste closely follows the smell, starting off with flavors of citrus and tropical fruit hops—mango and papaya stand out in particular—and finishing with hints of piney hops, all the while supported by strong underlying notes of caramel malts. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting IPA - it's like an old school version with the strong dose of caramel malts but has some interesting aromas and flavors from the Citra hops.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 26, 2016
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip.

L: Pours a cloudy medium gold/bronze color. Lots of sediment and 2 fingers of white head. Reasonably good lacing.

S: Citrusy and floral. A bit of tropical fruits.

T/F: Malty and rich to start... giving way to a citrus/fruit hop profile. Grapefruit and mango... with a bit of peppercorn at the finish. Sticky mouthfeel... resinous.... and finishes dry.

O: A very solid IPA, with a great citrus/fruit hop profile. Easy to drink and could easily do a few of this one. Nice indeed!

Jul 26, 2016
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DaneBramage from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark copper in a tulip glass. Lots of lacing.

S: typical IPA, hoppy and citrusy.

T: very hoppy with citrus and pine flavors.

O: I like a strong hoppy flavor in my IPA, and this did not disappoint. Bent River is a great brewery to visit, with good food and good beer on tap.

Aug 03, 2014
Steamboat IPA from Bent River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 65 ratings