First Cut IPA | Tröegs Brewing Company

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First Cut IPAFirst Cut IPA
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3.77/5
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276 Ratings
First Cut IPAFirst Cut IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by SipofZombie on 02-07-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,327
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
276
pDev:
8.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
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75
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Photo of jak
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of broadway848
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I luv maybe an hour from the brewery and spend most of my waking hours closer. I also like mango-flavored things. However, this was a letdown. A touch dry, not much discernible fruit, pours orange with minimal head and minima lacing. Not bad, but I’d really love to see a near-hometown brewery do better.

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Photo of Strauss95
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Profchaos20
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marluc
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CoasterGuy
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HollandTunnels
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meatyard
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Corburk
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle "freshest by 05-29-18" into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a medium-coarse light-amber head. Initial impression is muted pine and citrus, with grassy, earthy hops predominating. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is a little stronger on the citrus notes, but still very muted. Underwhelming.

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Photo of CreightonSM
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dang it! I see that the approved pic is of a CAN & yet, here I am, reviewing it from a bottle! The CANQuest (tm) needs to get this back on track. Plans are being made to score some CANs, but I'm not waiting to drink this one just for the CANportunity to CANduct a side-by-side/back-to-back.

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with Mango"; "Each spring, hop growers dust off their pruning shears and trim the first shoots, bolstering the bines for a rich growing season. First Cut – a mouthful of silky Simcoe and a touch of mango – is a nod to this ritual, without which the world would be a less hoppy place."

I want to be hoppy! To achieve this, I began with a Pop! of the cap, followed by a gentle pour into the awaiting glass. My hoppiness increased following the in-glass swirl which produced a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention, leaving behind nice lacing in its wake. Color was solid-Amber (SRM = > , < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the earthiness of wet hops, accompanied by a light cattiness (hello, Simcoe the Kitty) and the unmistakable fruitiness of mango. My hoppiness makes me want to do the Mango Wango Tango! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more in line with what I want from an AIPA - less sweet fruitiness & more bite! Here, the catty bitterness was rounded, but not ruined, by the fruitiness. It is one thing to take the edge off, it is another to sand it smooth & I am having a tough time reconciling these new fruity AIPAs. Leave it to Troegs to be the ones to get it right. Simcoe was having at me with her teeth & claws while Mango wrestled her away & my tongue was loving the catfight. This beer was striking a nice balance and the earthiness only enhanced the exbeerience, giving it a breadiness. This makes me want to bake a loaf of fruit bread with mango & papaya. Finish was dry, but on the cutting edge of semi-dry with just enough fruitiness to give me pause.

I gotta score me some CANs!

Mission acCANplished! I have a CAN, courtesy of the FGBS, today is T, 13 March 2018 & so without further ado, a CANQuest (tm) review!

From the CAN: ""Ale brewed with Mango"; "Handcrafted by the Tröegs Bros."; "IBU[:] 45/Color: Hazy Orange/Hop Cycle: Spring/Hops[:] Comet, Simcoe"; "Each spring, hop growers dust off their pruning shears and trim the first shoots, bolstering the bines for a rich growing season. First Cut – a mouthful of silky Simcoe and a touch of mango – is a nod to this ritual, without which the world would be a less hoppy place."

I Crack!ed open the vent and CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug because I wondered about their use of the word "Hazy". I believe that I CAN usually CANduct a Glug that will result in good, if not great, clarity. Sure enough, color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. An in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention that left behind nice lacing in its wake. Nose smelled great, to this self-described, self-avowed hophead! Very much of mango, but Simcoe, the playful, mischievous kitty was hiding in there too. For those unfamiliar, Simcoe has a particular, peculiar cattiness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was only lightly bitter, very fruity with a slight earthy cattiness. Mmm. This is the sort of thing that a) makes me very happy & b) I could fill a cooler with. Finish was semi-dry, bordering on dry. I CAN't wait for next year's batch!

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Photo of TheEpeeist
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisG523
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreekyJarls
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of opierce
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sellen
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Cut IPA from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 276 ratings