Steamboat IPA
Bent River Brewing Company

Steamboat IPASteamboat IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #6,602
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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.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 65 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Nowlansavage11:
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Jul 19, 2014
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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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durwood64 from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 31, 2018
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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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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mar 04, 2018
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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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jwmoore from Iowa

3/5  rDev -15.7%

Aug 12, 2014
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morimech from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Apr 26, 2014
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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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tgraven from Wisconsin

2.2/5  rDev -38.2%

Sep 29, 2014
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 14, 2017
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hoosier222002 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Jun 13, 2014
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emquilxy from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jun 25, 2015
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geneseohawk from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Aug 27, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 06, 2015
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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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BiomedHawk from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Apr 29, 2014
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smithj4 from New York

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

Aug 07, 2016
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HeartPAC from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 12, 2018
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muddyh2oblues from Illinois

3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 19, 2014
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tdmccarthy from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Sep 28, 2014
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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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Zuidman from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Jun 02, 2014
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brock125 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Dec 03, 2014
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ctrevino from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

May 05, 2014
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 65 ratings