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Steamboat IPA | Bent River Brewing Company

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Steamboat IPASteamboat IPA

Brewed by:
Bent River Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 47
Photo of emribecky
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of donspublic
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 :)

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of EMV
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Steamboat IPA from Bent River Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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