IPA | Pump House Brewery

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Pump House Brewery
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first taste impression is of a very agreeable hop bitterness. Just enough to make you appreciate hops again, without being astringent or puckering. The citrus aroma plays very well together with the hop bitterness, while a pleasant maltiness in the background completes the picture of a prime example for a well balanced IPA.

Added by MMansfield on 02-12-2007

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, 6.5% ABV. Simple paper label, which for some reason resonates with me, perhaps because of its resemblance to old-school hockey jerseys.

This beer pours a clear, medium orange-brick amber hue, with two flabby fingers of puffy and tightly foamy ecru head, which leaves a bit of patchy, sudsy lace in spots around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, nougat, a touch of treacle, orange cream, lemon and grapefruit bitters, and some increasingly prominent floral, almost perfumed (gee, I wonder why?) hops. The taste is softly bitter grapefruit and orange flesh, sweet caramel/toffee malt, more candy-bar nougat goodness, an indistinct darker fruitiness, and leafy, floral, and mildly spicy hops.

The carbonation is quite low-key, and innocuous in its ethereal frothiness, the body a decently solid medium weight, and rather smooth, the malt muffling the hops' meek attempt at insurrection here. It finishes on the sweet side, the slow burning story more about the complex and complicated malt than any kind of hoppy kick to the teeth.

Another example of the pain we Canucks must endure in defining many of our well-made, homegrown IPAs - are they English, or are they American? Well, often, they are neither, in fact they fall predictably somewhere in the middle - very much like the rest of our perceptible culture. Let's just call this tasty, then - more malty than hoppy (but still with oodles 'n oodles of both), and worthy of the Canadian proto-style, in spades.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand bottled by brewer Greg Nash and generously given one by Jon. ALl the characteristics of a good high IBU American style IPA. Except that the taste was somewhat muted, still enjoyable: Aroma of C-hops, taste of grapefruit,decent mouthfeel, and certainly most drinkable. Nice appearance.

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Photo of juliendesrochers
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of elricorico
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of the seasonals when I visited. A thin cream coloured head atop a fairly clear orange brown body.

Low on smell, too low. Just a hint of citrus on toffee. Really too faint to dig into.

Caramel maltiness up front followed by a medium citrus hoppiness. Finishes with a cracker like crispness. Not bad, but I was looking for something a bit hoppier.

Light bodied, nearing watery, with medium carbonation.

Not very impressive. Felt more to me like a standard pale ale. As fare as IPA's go, I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

advertised at the brewpub as their version of a west-coast style ipa, the bartender warned that it was extremely bitter - yes please!

a: shaker pint, medium amber in colour, good head with average retention

s: moderately malty with a resionous citrus and pine hop aroma, a little rough on the surface but pretty nice

m: medium-full body, carbonation light-medium

t: moderate malty structure with an intense west-coast hop flavor, some sweet caramel, enamel stripping bitter - this gets thrown around alot, but this thing is an absolute bitter bomb, a touch rustic but enjoyable so

d: the bitterness builds with each sip, both reward and punishment at once, limits drinkability some but I do like

draft at the brewpub in Moncton, reviewed from notes

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Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, but the taste profile here is not what I think of when I think "West Coast IPA." Quite malty and well-balanced.

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Photo of Organdrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Bought a pack at the local liquor branch, was debating my regular buy or this. Decided to support local and due to pumphouse from Moncton NB always being consistent in quality and value. Bought a 6-pack and drank straight from bottle.

Look: At first glance, Bottle looked like it was made in a basement, with cheap labelling. LAbel actually looks nice for some odd reason of its cheap paper quality and off-level label. cant judge a book by its cover. Bottle is mostly opaque, can't tell color of liquid inside.

Smell: yeast, malty, some sort of fruit... plums?

Taste: first sip gives way to sweetness. A fruit becomes instantly apparent.. then to bitterness, kinda like the opposite of sour patch kids. Hops' bitterness definitely apparent, but not overwhelming. Light compared to some other IPA and hop beers I've tried. slightly layered, with a hoppy front and matly sweet overtone or background. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: not too heavy, not too light. medium. Well maybe a little on the lighter side for an IPA, but boldness is apparent so we can't call it light. slightly thick with apparent carbonation. Not too heavy or boozy but alcohol can be deduced if sought out.

Overall: I like this beer. I was skeptical due to it being cheaper and the label is rather unique, but nice. Moncton Pump house breweries is consistent in delivering taste and value. I wouldn't label this a top beer out there, but one I will buy again and enjoy. My fave style so far is IPA, the hoppyness is amicable, and the maltiness gives good balance and sweetness that wants you to take another drink. I would recommend, and is the best beer in this style i've tried. Boundary ale was my favorite, and this beer offers a slight different experience from the latter, less citrus and more sweetness. Kinda like if you would mix Innis and gunn with Boundary. Just my opinion. Okay so, good, tasty, recommended, will buy again, that's all you need to hear. Impressed!

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Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a very decent-sized, white head with fairly good lasting power. Body is a dark orange color, and hazy.

S: Mostly citrusy hops, with a touch of grapefruit coming through as well.

T: This IPA has a long duration for flavor, with an extremely bitter finish. Citrus and fruit in there, but it's the hops that shine through. Very West-coast-like!

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: A really interesting and tasty IPA; I must admit, I was surprised Pump House would make an IPA this strong and hoppy. I was quite impressed, even on a second tasting. Something I'd like to see them bottle in the future.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy with orange hued dark amber color. Very good head; recedes in a rocky fashion, leaving plenty of streaky lace. 

Excellent fresh hop aroma. Floral. 

Peppery hop bite (perfect for the hot wings I'm having). Good body with a predictable carbonation.  Pale malt base belies the darker color. Long aftertaste, not as fresh as I had hoped. 

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Photo of Asianadian
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of polloenfuego
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a craft brewer, this just not seem like something they should put their name on. Tastes malty and watery . There are hops there but not enough to offend "Joe six-pack" who I think is the target market. It's a weak offering and I would recommend avoiding it.

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Photo of Matchmike
4.97/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came highly suggested by a good friend of mine. Enjoyed on tap at the Pump House Brewery.

A - Served in my own mug (I am a Mug Club Member) with a generous head. Because of the ceramic mug, I am unable to review the body at this sitting. Head was light yellow/straw.

S - Lemon zest meets coriander. Beautiful aroma which lasts long on the nose.

T - Impressive. Starts off floral and extremely hoppy. Continues to medium malt with ongoing bitterness. Finishes long with some carbonation and more bitterness. Note: I love bitterness.

O - I have had some IPAs which have been well-reviewed and highly suggested. This ranks near the top. I love the over-the-top hoppiness but the malt body keeps the bitterness from being overwhelming in my opinion. Would match this up against many of the West Coast IPAs I've had. Cheers

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Photo of ewpass
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in colour with smallish head. Mild floral nose, firm malt backbone with crisp hoppy finish. Flavours more English than American.

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Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swingtop care of NASH, poured two of these into the sweet 1 liter schooner mug he also sent me. Kick ass!

Pours a cloudy dark reddish amber, some brown highlights, very thick and tight off white head forms, very creamy, slowly settles to a thick ring and layer, drops a shit ton of lace on the glass, looks pretty good. Smell is nice, some light pine and grapefruit, touch of pineapple, some caramel sweetness, sugary, lightly toasty, bready, lightly floral, nice hoppiness to it. Taste is similar, sweet at first, some caramel, light graininess, nice grapefruit hop kick, lemony, pineapple, bit of floral hopping, slightly herbal and medicinal bitterness in the finish, but quite assertive and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, not the most flavourful or complex IPA, but nicely balanced and very drinkable. Good stuff, thanks Greg!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Pours a clear, light amber colour that is topped by a beautiful 1 1/2 finger white head. This beer leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Although I don't normally comment on the appearance of packaging due to its lack of relevance on how great the beer is, I have to say that the label for this beer is damn beautiful. There is something about it's simplicity and rough paper texture that is just simply great.

S- The aroma of this beer is extremely floral. It almost seems like a perfume like (not in a bad way) scent with some citrus/ semi-sweet notes coming in. Extremely pleasant and I must say that it has to be the best smelling IPA I've had the pleasure to drink.

T- Like any well made beer, the taste almost perfectly mirrors the aroma. A ton of floral notes that are now backed (like the label states) by a perfect maltiness. The finish is a soft citrus bitterness. Extremely well balanced and extremely delicious.

M- Low to Medium carbonation with a medium body. This IPA is extremely smooth and easy to drink.

O- Although this is my first West Coast IPA and although it may not be a "true" West Coast IPA, I have to say that I fell instantly in love with the style. Its floral and citrus notes really sit well with me when compared to the other IPA's I've had. While this IPA is stated as having an 80 IBU rating, it drinks much like a beer with 40 IBU's or less. Sure, the bitterness is there but it isn't an upfront, sharp bitterness. It's more of a subtle, soft bitterness that doesn't make you cringe; it's a bitterness that a now much prefer. A recommend this beer to anyone looking to try out a great IPA and get a sample of what West Coast IPA's have to offer without going to the West Coast. This ale is extremely well made and has led me to seek out other offerings of the style. Two thumbs up from me!

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Photo of MMansfield
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, it's called Indian Pale Ale, not India Pale Ale. I had this on tap at Maxwell's Plum in Halifax. According to the Pump House website it's a seasonal release only on tap.

Appearance: Arrives a hazy copper/rust colour with bone white head, leaving a good lacey layer. Bad pour as usually meant only a 1/4 in head.

Aroma: Despite pour, you can get lots of florals with a bit of bready malt and plenty of fruit.

Taste: Where are the hops? They're there, but I was disapointed, I certainly expected a hop bomb but got a very malty, fruity version of an IPA. Notes of honey and blueberries.

Mouthfeel: Very typical. Had some body, smooth and quaffable.

Final Statement: I ordered a Murphys Irish Red next, but received another one of these, I didn't bother complaining. That's my opinion on this beer, I would never go out of my way to not drink it, but I'd stick with other IPA's other than this malt heavy one.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

had a pitcher of this at Maxwell's Plum in Halifax

A quite hazy brownish orange with a two finger head that just stays there slowly falling to an island and just coated my glass with lace right to the bottom of the glass

S big grapefruity hop bomb with some tangerine, sweet malt, toffee and a slight floral aspect. A big surprise with this one smells great a West Coast from the East Coast

T more big hop flavors but not quite as strong in the mouth but still quite good

M a little flat and not as thick as I would like but it leaves some grit on your gums and the flavors hang out for a while

D I really liked this beer I nearly took down the jug on my own in no time

very unexpected winner with this one, after seeing it's 7.1%alc I give it even more props because the whole time I thought I was drinking a low booze IPA. I can't remember any of Pump House brews being this good perhaps it's time for a refresher course.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Sathanas
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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