Josiah Miller IPA
Free State Brewing Co.

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American IPA
Ranked #1,410
Ranked #12,143
4.09 | pDev: 16.14%
Free State Brewing Co.
Kansas, United States
Very Good
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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the gift growlers from JeepCop, true advocate.

Appearance -- Pours a brassy amber hue with a slim sudsy beige head. Awful dark for the style.

Smell -- Abundance of grassy hops, toasted amber malt and mild fruity malt sweetness. Again, not much of an IPA.

Taste -- Again, a disproportionate amount of amber roast malt flavor, gentle malt sweetness, fruity/floral hop overtones, and low resounding grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It works.

Overall -- Let me start by saying that this is not a bad beer. However, it shouldn't be classified as an IPA. Too much of Josiah Miller's flavor profile shouts Amber/Red and not IPA: The toasted malt and grassy hop flavors really put it out of the style it claims intended to be.

Josiah Miller: B/B+ Amber Ale, C-/C IPA

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler sent by Dale for the local group of drunks to sample. Thanks!

A: The beer pours amber in color with an off-white head.

S: Not the greatest nose on this one. A fair amount of toasted malt(?!) and just a very malty nose overall. There are some floral and grass hop notes with a rather mild fruit and citrus aroma.

T: The flavor opens up with a fair amount of grass and straw followed by some tea notes. Sweet malt in the form of toffee with a strange popcorn note. On the finish, mild pine flavor and bitterness.

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation.

O: I wanted to like this if for no other reason than the generous gesture made by JeepCop, but it just didn't happen.

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Photo of weatherdog
2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from the 'free growler for reviewing purposes' shared by yeahnatenelson. Big thanks to JeepCop for being an awesome BA and sending it to our tasting group. Here's your honest review...sorry but it won't be totally glowing.

Pour is medium amber, off white low head. Medium retention no lacing.

Aroma is a bit of dank weediness and grassiness. A fair bit of out of place sweetness and weird cinnamon spice. I'm pretty particular about my IPAs and this aroma does not do it for me, no citrus or tropical notes to speak of.

The taste just loses for me. Harsh bitterness, not a lot of hop flavor except some grass. Its just so sweet in the middle. The aftertaste is so resiny. Some may like this but I hate a resin finish.

Carb is fine for a growler, body is decent but once again with the lasting lingering aftertaste.

Just not very enjoyable for me at all. Really average at best for an American ipa

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high hopes but prides always cometh before a fall. Growler shared at a post Zwanze day tasting at my place. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is copper and mostly clear wtih a thin white head of small bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation, some lacing. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet with hints of earthy hops but some caramel as well, interesting, not as pronouced as I was expecting.

I'm thinking this is more of a hoppy amber than an IPA, the beer is bitter and has hopes throughout but fails to activate the "IPA IPA IPA" alarm in my brain. This is close to the 200th IPA i've had from American breweries and I'd say there's nothing bad about it but nothing special either. I'd have it on tap if I kenw it were fresh to be sure, otherwise not.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for sharing this growler the other night. Served in a Free Tail pint glass.

Poured a medium peach-copper color with a good single-finger white head and some streaky lacing on the way down. The nose carried hints of light tropical fruit plus a bit of citrus, though everything was quite tame. The flavor suffered from the same fault, though it was generally hoppy. Nothing really stood out, though I did like what was there. The mouthfeel really stole the show, as there was a nice bitterness running through the palate and into a prolonged finish. Well made, but probably more toward the flavor and aroma hop bill of an APA.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Matt. Thanks bro! Hit this growler for 3 or 4 samples and I don't remember trying to like a beer as much as I did this in a very long time. Unfortunately I never quite got over the hump of thinking of this as more than just a nice "local IPA".

I'll start by saying this beer tastes like it looked (at least to me). Pours a dark, clear copper/amber with a thick off white head with moderate retention and light lacing.

Aroma was mediocre, earthy and malty with faint citrus hops.

Flavor had a strong malt body and light tropical, pineapple hops resulting in a sweet and bitter finish. Very nice body, smooth and thick, with chewy carbonation.

A very nice IPA, but not very distinguishable from any other local IPA. I really wanted to like this more than I did.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears clear and copper oranges hued, with a half inch of white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, earthy, and brings scents of dank hops. The flavor is balanced, with some sweetness from the malts blending with tropical citrus fruits. The beer is slightly sticky, stubbornly clinging to the palate between sips. This goes down very easily. I could put away my fair share of this. A good IPA, I would have this again.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The apearance is a medium amber color with a one and a half inch slightly off white head. Good head retention with bits of lacing clinging to my glass.

The aroma is just plain mesmerizing. Huge citrus aroma of mango, pineapple, ruby grapefruit, and tangerine. Smells of pink bubblegum shine through with just the slighest bit of crystal malts.

The taste starts off like a citrus burst with pineapple and ruby grapefruit, leading way into tangerine. Midway some hop bitterness shows up with a bit of caramel malt. The citrus taste is the main show here.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Resiny sweet aftertaste.

This is a very dangerous beer. I drank a whole growler by myself and had to stop myself from opening another one. I had high expectations and they were definitely met. This is a top 3 IPA for sure and probably my favorite.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to bigdonniebrasco.

Pours a clear orange color with a tiny white head and an even ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet, fruity hops, citrus, pineapple, mango, orange peel, sugar and mild caramel. This beer has the hop profile that most Imperial IPAs stride for.

Taste of resin, mango, orange peel, pineapple, citrus, and the same mild caramel that is present in the scent. Finishes dry with more fruit and resin. I can see why this is compared to Hopslam; it is sweet and fruity and goes down way too easily.

Mouthfeel is lightly dry and bitter with a low amount of carbonation.

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Photo of bfields4
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice copper body very lacey head.

Smells like a jolly rancher citrus blasts off the beer. With a nice resiny pine

Honey maltiness. Grapefruit with a hint of floral hops. I am impressed. There's a nice complexity with the malts as well. An earthy oat backing complements the taste.

Silky smooth. Amazing mouthfeel. One helluva beer. Hits all the right spots. This ipa ranks right up there with the best of them.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler filled on Nov. 30 into a Portsmouth pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a strikingly clear orange-amber color with about a finger of white head that dissipates quickly to a light film. Decent lacing, but nothing to write home about. Very average at first glance.

Smell: Huge citrus hop scent starts things off. I can't believe how fresh the C-hops smell and how fruity the scent is. Pineapple, guava and mango dominate. There a little pine, but this is a very fruit centered nose. A small amount of malts and a bit of oatmeal rounds out the brew.

Taste: This beer is a bit maltier than the nose would suggest, but the tropical fruits present up front are also present on the tongue. Slightly bitter, the fruitiness of the hops helps balance it out, and the oat flavors help provide a nice malt backbone to the American IPA.

Mouthfeel: This beer should be crisp, but it's amazing full-bodied for the style. While not cloying, it still manages to fill the palate, while maintaining a bit of freshness thanks to the hop varieties used. The overall effect is very pleasing.

Drinkability: At 6.3%, this is on the upper end of the style, but the fullness of the brew helps hide some of this punch. The fruitiness provides an interesting counterbalance to the oats and 5 malts used to provide the meat of this beer. I love the outcome, but it's almost too heavy for a second glass in the same sitting.

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Photo of Patchmaster
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost a big thanks goes to my Kansas connection bigdonniebrasco. I'm originally from the other side of the Mighty Mo and would frequent Free State brewery. Needless to say this is hands down the best brewery in Kansas and I am optimistic that they choose to expand their distribution to allow others the opportunity to try the experimental beers that are made.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber color.

S - Strong floral scents immediately knock you back. I smell grapefruit, pine and citrus.

T - A pleasant fresh hop sensation with the malts refusing to take a back seat. This beer has it all!

M - Perfect carbonation.

D - My only negative is that this isn't bottled.

This beer brought me back. Man how I miss Free State.

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Photo of ratedz
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber color from a growler into a tulip glass. Smell is of bread and grapefruit and mango. Taste is maltier than I was expecting, but I guess that is to be expected considering it is made with five different malts. The same citrus notes that were present in the nose are also present in the taste. The light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel make this easy to enjoy multiple glasses.

From what I have seen and heard, Josiah Miller is not the easiest to find. The last time I had dinner at Free State, they were out of it. HUGE thanks to bigdonniebrasco for picking up a growler of it for me!

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Free State Brewery. For my money, it's clearly the best brew pub in Kansas. Their regular beers are all outstanding, they've got a great menu of food, and their seasonals are simply outstanding. I've had several of their West Coast style IPAs in the past - the C3 was particularly amazing - so I have high hopes for this growler of Josiah Miller. Pours a dull copper coilor with a foamy and creamy head about three quarters of an inch tall. Aroma is all hops. Spruce and pinesol over grapefruit and freshly cut grass. Mouthfeel is very slick, almost creamy. There's nice carbonation but the beer almost shoots down your throat. Taste is quite delectable. The taste profile is hop forward, with pine and grapefruit being the two flavors that seem to want to party the most. The malt profile is well rounded, not too heavy, with some Cheerio sweetness. There's a nice lingering lemongrass finish to the beer. It's a light bodied IPA that makes for easy drinking. Overall another very solid beer from a brewery that knows what they are doing.

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Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me say this up front... I really like the food at free state, but to date, I have yet to try one of their beer offerings that I would cross the street for! It tastes to me as if they have sacrificed flavor for broad crowd appeal when it comes to their beer offerings.

A friend of mine sent me a text last week and said "Josiah Miller is on tap do you want a growler?"
I didn't want to pay for it thinking it would be more of the same bud light blah! He offered to get it for me if I got him a few better beers from my stash.

Tonight we had Mexican food and I decided to crack the growler....


Very fruity, lots of pineapple and mango and a bit of honey Call me crazy ... HOPSLAM-ish on the nose!

Taste & Body
Big fresh hops, juicy, and chewy all at the same time. Great mouth-feel, and perfect carbonation!

A very nice IPA. Like others have said, leans to the West as far as style goes. If you are in Larryville and this is on tap, I HIGHLY recommend it!

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've heard good things about this brew, so I am finally taking a sip.

It's a pretty solid IPA. Pours a darker orange into the glass, with a small head that leaves hardly any lacing.

Smells of sugary malts that give off a slight lemon aroma, along with a fresh hoppy scent.

The taste is pretty good - the 5th hop variety in this brew makes it quite refreshing, slightly fruity ( think apples) and very light. Perhaps the most drinkable IPA I've come across, but still has a wonderful hop presence.

Mouthfeel is pretty good.

Drinkability is insane.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From web site: Josiah Miller was an anti-slavery man born and raised in the South Carolina. In the 1850s Miller migrated to Lawrence after receiving a law degree at the University of Indiana and started the publication of Kansas Free State, an anti-slavery newspaper. In 1857 he was elected probate judge of Douglas County and was a member of the first state senate in 1861. As chairman of the judiciary committee, Miller suggested the motto on the state seal, Ad Astra per Aspera. Miller was interned at Lawrence's Oak Hill cemetery upon his death in 1870 due to complications from an amputated leg. The IPA that bears his name employs a blend of 5 malts and some unmalted oats that add some silky qualities to the mouthfeel. Columbus and Crystal hops provide bitterness and some flavor. A relatively new hop variety called Citra, with tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavors, provides the amazing finish of this IPA.

Clear and copper

Super fruity, lots of pineapple and mango and a bit of honey (Citra hops used)

Taste & Body
Big fresh hop taste: good oaty/malty body that even finishes with malt flavor; hops are juicy; loving this beer with citra hops... Firm body, soft carbonation. Finishes complex and delicious.

A memorable American IPA. Would probably classify this as 'West Coast' style. Definitely recommended and one I hope to drink a few more times before the kegs run dry.

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Josiah Miller IPA from Free State Brewing Co.
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