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City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) | City Steam Brewery Café

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City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA)City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
City Steam Brewery Café
Connecticut, United States
citysteam.biz

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Be forewarned: One too many of these babies and you'll be seeing double! This traditional IPA is anything but what the name suggests. Bookended between a lush abundance of sweet malt and bitter hops, this fine American INDIA PALE ALE is made for (and approved by) serious beer drinkers! Our third and most recent bottled offering, it is available in stores throughout Connecticut. Brewed to a gravity of 18 Plato, it boasts an international menagerie of expensive hops, including CTZ, Zythos, East Kent Goldings, and, oddly enough, Czech Sazz. Our Brewmaster sazz you need to come in for a taste.

Added by far333 on 05-13-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
134
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
30.98%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 134
Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint at City Steam Brewery Cafe in Hartford, Conn.

A: Beautiful clear, reddish-orange and amber in color with a thin, one-finger head of sparse, white carbonation. Lacing is minimal, but I can't get over how clean, clear and inviting this IPA looks.

S: Loads of citrusy, resinous and piney hops to go along with some toasted grains carrying toffee-like sweetness.

T: A quick hit of caramel and toffee-like malts up front, then a wallop of bitter, citrusy and herbal hops descend around mid-palate. This gives way to some more dextrose flavors before hitting a crescendo of sweet, piney and bitter, fresh-cut-grass like hops.

M: Medium-full bodied with very light carbonation on the palate but a steady, smooth drinkability despite the moderately high ABV.

O: A really nice, fresh tasting and clean American IPA. It doesn't have all the character in the IPA world, but it scores major points for its balanced, bitter approach, superb clarity and excellent drinkability at 6% ABV.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of tim6298
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o any freshness info that I can find

Pours fairly clear lighter almond amber, fine bubble off white head, goes to a fine collar and nice scattered low lacing.

I get mostly some sweet malts in the nose

Full bodied IPA with more then ample malting (can we talk-its on the sweet side)
and some (not enough) hops in the finish

I really dont like sweet IPAs

This one could use more hops

Malty and a bit on the boozy side.

Meh, not my favorite IPA....worth a try if you like strong IPAs that are on the malty side

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Photo of tigg924
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, hazy, amber in color

Smell: pine and citrus hops with light caramel

Taste: grapefruity citrus hops dominate with piney and earthy hops along with bready caramel

Mouthfeel: Bitter with light sweetness and a dry bitter aftertaste, light body, high carbonation

Overall: An average IPA that is on the bitter side but true to style. Not bad, but nothing distinguishes this one from countless other IPAs I have had. I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of far333
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, with low carbonation and small head, as expected for a cask beer. I expected some aroma, but there was none really to speak of. Very nice round mouthfeel as the hops bitter hits the tongue. Hops is accented with fruit and flowery undertones, and then the bitter returns and lingers in the back. The hops flavoring is less than I expected for an IPA, but this is still a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of jefftuck47
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer back in January 2015, reviewing from notes. The description of this beer makes it sound like it will be fantastic, but upon first sip I can tell this will be weak. The taste is watery and the hops aren't as pronounced as you think they would be. Medium bodied and a bit bland.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManMoosePig
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MorganMessersmith
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Enriquehopnog
1.25/5  rDev -66%

Photo of GmAn613
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed a single in a mix a six.

Pours bright amber with light layer of white foam. Patchy top. Laces well. Caramel malty smell. Toffee too. Taste is a firm bitter hop - lots of pine like oils. Grapefruit too. Rich full mouthfeel, excellent flavor.

Good stuff coming to bottles from this Hartford brewer.

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Photo of Tbone2131
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jusstin02
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimRex
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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City Steam Innocence Ale (IPA) from City Steam Brewery Café
3.68 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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