Midwest IPA | Back Road Brewery

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Midwest IPAMidwest IPA
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Midwest IPAMidwest IPA

Brewed by:
Back Road Brewery
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Viking on 09-13-2002

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Stoutlad:
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of Duster72
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark amber, with extreme cloudiness. Aroma is piney hops with some grapefruit lurking. Taste is much more pine and grass with none of the citrus. Sort of like a homebrew version of GD's Titan IPA. Very homebrew tasting. Hops are overpowering and out of balance. Beer isn't bad, but it isn't good. I left it sitting on the counter for an hour and forgot about it -- not a good sign. Hopefully some of their other brews are better, I will try them as well.

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Photo of soper2000
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thankfully in Lafayette I can get Back Road products very easily, although my experience with them has been limited to 2 taps of different Back Road products at Chumley's and the IPA has never been one of those 2 taps. So I decided to finally try some bottled Back Road and I shelled out for a sixer of this. Color is golden amber with a head that disappears in seconds. Smell is full of hoppy citrus, but I detect a note of pine as well. Taste is overwhelmingly hoppy, not much balance. The hop flavor starts off citric but it fades into a piney aftertaste. I really like the No. 9 Barleywine from these guys, this just doesn't do it for me though.

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Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label is a red version of the standard back Road Brewery label. The only thinkg that seems to change on these is the color and the name of the beer typed onto the banner. No discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of thick and luxurious head. A very pale tan, this settles very slowly, leaving behind tons of lacing as it falls to a half finger coating. The beer itself is reddish orange with just a little cloudiness. Appears to be bottle conditioned, because the last pour throws some floaties into the mix.

Smell: Spicy pine aromas upfront, with a hint of bubble-gum like sweetness.

Taste: Flavorful hops throughout, from start to finish. Spicy and citrusy at first, but finishes with a long lingering bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Comewhat caramelly, with just a hint of sweetness to balance out the hops.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is average. Excellent body.

Drinkability: A great brew. I can't believe I lived in Indiana for several years and am just trying my first back Road beer.


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Photo of Vonerichs
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with thick, frothy head. Heavy lacing throughout.

Typical piney hops smell, but there are also heavy sweet and fruity smells.

Very average. Hops are present, but not overwhelming. The presence of the malt takes away from the hop bitterness, which isn't that bold to begin with. Not a bad taste, it just does nothing to separate itself from the pack.

Full body and decent carbonation. Leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste.

It goes down easy, but it really doesn't keep my attention to consider driking more than one.

Overall, a very average IPA. I couldn't tell where they were going with it. It's a decent beer, but with so many other options out there I doubt I will be giving this one another try.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.97/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap.

A- Poured a semi-hazed golden orange color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Light specks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Light citrus notes in the front of the aroma are overtaken by a strong bready malt backbone. There is a light pine aroma in the ending of the nose ut not much else.

T- Citrus hops in the front once again kind of jump out at first but then get covered by a dominate caramel malt base. This malt base runs straight to the ending of the beer where it is lightened by a faint pine hop but mostly hot alcohol heat.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Caramel malts and a hint of hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly hot alcohol heat, caramel malts, and hint of piney hops. Flavors were underbalanced for the style with hops acting as a secondary flavor support. No off flavors except for huge alcohol heat at times. Medium heavy alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was had a couple things lacking to make it a IPA. First off the hops in it didn't really play any sort of dominate flavor in the profile at all. Second the alcohol heat was that of a barleywine or fresh imperial stout. Oh well can't win them all. this should have been tagged as a pale ale and I would have been more willing to grade it higher.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, very, very hoppy in flavor and aroma. The head was small and off-white with small bubbles that quickly dissipated. There was no to speak of and there was carbonation observed. The nose was that of grapefruit and the flavor was bitter from start to finish and then some. I still am not a fan of IPA's.

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Photo of Mojo333
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber and orange brew with minimal off-white lace on the glass.
Aroma of has some caramel and a sour citrus shot which is not unpleasant just a little bit out of place.
Flavor of some caramel, grapefruit and a grass/hay note.
Mouthfeel is really gritty which is cut just enough by the maly sweetness. Little bit one-dimensional but rounds out a bit as it warmed up.
Drinkability is OK, nothing too outstanding but no fatal flaws and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of indy351
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mdm46410
2.86/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker. This IPA poured a slightly hazy orange color with a thick foamy tan head that slowly faded away. Some light lacing was left behind. The aroma of this beer was of very sweet caramel, yeast, and some light pine and citrus. Seems to be more malty than hoppy. The flavor started of with a sweet, buttery, rich, caramel malt taste that was followed by a bitter citrus hop punch. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Slightly risiny. Overall, this beer seemed to have a strange aroma for an IPA, but turned out to have decent balance and flavor. The aroma seemed to be more along the lines of a sweet ESB. A different twist on an IPA.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy copper in color, with a small head, excellent broken lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Pine tar hops dominate, with a faint note of coriande and black cherries.

Taste: Begins with quite overpowering grapefruit and pinr tar hops, and a quite subdued sweet malt presence. The hops utterly dominate the taste from start to finish; at the close there is a lingering metallic bitterness in the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Severely overhopped, to the point of being overwhelming.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.77/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Midwest IPA" They say it like its a good thing.

This beer is exaggerated homebrew in every sense. Cheap labeling and all that don't upset me; its the more than mediocre swill inside that is annoying.

Oh, and that I passed over Hop Ottin' IPA for this.

But anyway:

This beer pours out lazily, with little head but a few swarths of lace. The nose is actually really appealing: a deep, earthy hoppiness peeks out quite earnestly.

Yet the taste of this baby is like that bad batch of homebrew your friend made. Everything seems to be in place except for that mysterious thing we call enjoyment. You grin and pound away the rest of the beer knowing you'll be offered another.

Back Road, thanks but no thanks.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.67/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a very frothy 1 1/4" light tan head over the pretty clear orangey amber brew. Head is not going anywhere fast, and leaves plenty of bubbly lace wherever it goes. Aroma is kind of sour grains, with a citrus tinge to it. Taste finds that same somewhat off malt flavor, but it's shouted down by the grassy citrus hoppiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability suffer likewise. Not something I'd head back for.

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Photo of kdmorse
2.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Cloudy glowing auburn beer topped with a thin film of off-white head.

S: Sweet! Candy-sweet ruby red grapefruit(?) hops. Smells like fruit juice concentrate. Almost smells like a bitter Welch's grape juice.

T: Starts out balanced and then the hops kick the door in. Gets fruity and sweet, then finishes unpleasantly bitter (like chewing rubber bands, which I have done). Malt is there throughout but does not make an impression.

M: Good mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation and enough body without being obnoxiously syrupy.

D: One is enough for me. The finish and aftertaste make it hard to pick back up. The smell and initial flavor are interesting, but not enough to over what follows.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SupaCelt
2.49/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Did I accidentally grab a bottle of my homebrew?

This stuff pours out a cloudy orange colour even when measures are taken to curb the quantity of sediment that comes with the beer. It does form a decent head of beige and likewise spawns some lace.

The nose has a yeasty homebrew smell with the typical vegetable overtones that go along with generous hop additions to homebrew. Just a slight hint of actual floral hoppiness, but really heavy on the grassy vegie scents.

The taste is accordingly vegetable charactered and grassy. Severely lacking in malt character. Super bitter as if drinking several aspirin tablets dissolved in brew. This so reminds me of something I cooked up here on the big swamp. I am venturing a guess and pointing the finger at too much Amarillo hops. The aspirin effect is just too much and makes this beer a real chore to finish. It seems to intensify in the unappealing bitterness as I drink more.

The mouthfeel is a bit lacking in body. The malt character is thin in the flavor and consequently the body suffers.

This is really not any more appealing than something I myself brewed up. In fact, as crummy as my first IPA turned out, I prefer it to this. This stuff is a big time disappointment and should be avoided.

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Photo of silenius
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark muddy orange with a significant amount of fine solid matter floating in the beer. The head is nice and large and fluffy. Great lacing.

Smell is a welcome change from the overly citrusy IPAs that I find around. This has a much more herbal and floral character to it. I like it.

Taste is a bit unbalanced with the hops playing most of the taste role. At the end of the sip there is a hint of sweetness for a second that is quickly drowned in hops. It is bitter. Some IPAs that I've had are hoppy, but not bitter like a aspirin. This is bitter like aspirin, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but the carbonation is spot on for my tastes.

It goes down quickly with me, but 2 at a time is all I would want.

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Photo of kbrown
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cretemixer
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in color with a slightly off white head that fades to a thin layer. Leaves a nice lace. Piney hop aroma with an earthy malt undertone.

Definite hop bitterness. Slick piney resins coat my mouth and tongue. The hoppiness mellows just a bit as the beer warms, but it's still pretty over the top. The malt never has a chance to come into play. A pretty one sided IPA. I much prefer their American Pale Ale.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a half inch off-white head. Falls to a skim and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is citrusy with a fairly prominent piney hop character. There's also a lot of spiciness, no doubt a trait from the Columbus and Chinook hops.

Taste is similar to the aroma, very strong spicy character with heavy piney flavors. Citrus is more of a background tone in this IPA. Finish is bitter and slightly harsh.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not a bad feel overall but the harshness of the hops isn't exactly pleasant. Results in it being quite hard to drink.

I didn't really find any flaws in this necessarily, but this is just not the kind of IPA that I prefer. I'll take the heavy citrus and floral over the pine and spicy. If you are into the latter, you might enjoy this one. Reminded me a lot of the hop character of the 2008 Long Shot DIPA.

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Photo of zerk
4.02/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-visited this one on tap, and liked it quite a bit. Appearance isn't anything out of the ordinary... slightly chill hazed copper, with a very thin head. Aroma is a mixture of citrus, floral, and herbal hops, and a light malt presence. Flavor begins with toasted bread flavors, then becomes pretty bitter with grapefruit and some earthy characteristics. Body is medium, with a slightly oily mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of Viking
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly not my favorite from Back Road, but still a very solid brew. It pours to a rich amber color, kinda hazy with some apparent CO2 trails. Nice thick head, lots of lace left on the glass and a covering of lace on the top of the beer until the last drop. Absolutely beautiful in appearance. Strong citrusy hops aroma - like tart grapefruit - blended with a hint of caramel malt. Very bitter hops taste, a little unbalanced but not bad. Malt comes through a bit in the middle, but is overpowered by the hops in the beginning and in the finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a bitter, oily hop finish. Smooth drinking overall.

Although this is not in my top IPAs, Back Road is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. Solid brews in a variety of styles, locally brewed, and low price (about $7 for a sixer here) all make Back Road a standard resident of my beer fridge.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Grassy hops with edges of grapefruit rind. Challenger? Cluster? Ok, the website says Chinook. I knew it was a C hop.

Appearance: Copper amber glass, thin tan head, and no lace, which given the style is very unusual.

Flavor: Intense hop attack, too much in my opinion. I like the hops, but the bittering on this one just isn’t supported by the base. It’s a hard middle ground to find, this one goes too far to the bitter side.

Mouthfeel: Watery texture (lack of malt?), oily finish, mild carbonation.

Overall Impression: Needs balance, specifically, more malt. The grassy aspect was a bit off as well. The hop selection is nice, but I’d prefer them moved a bit more toward the aroma end of the boil. As it was, it became a bit of a chore to finish.

Thanks to Rick and Betty for bringing this back from the heartland.

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Midwest IPA from Back Road Brewery
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 30 ratings