X-114 IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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X-114 IPAX-114 IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 255
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Substantial yellow, white head, almost 1". Aroma hit the citrus notes.

Taste had mildly toasted pale malts. Lots of hops, not overly bitter, done well. One of the first citra-citrus forward beers of the last few years. Affordable in 6pack format, would not hesitate to buy this one again if it came around.

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Photo of inglebk
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: copper brown. Plenty of lace that sticks. Inch head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: fresh, citrusy, and floral. Hops.

T: moderate bitterness. Rounded pretty well. Grapefruit and citrusy with bitterness that lasts.

M: pretty high carbonation. Nothing wrong here. Not watery or too light.

O: not my favorite ipa but its definitely not the worst. Not too bitter. A more rounded ipa. Don't regret getting it that's for sure.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served on-tap into a pint glass at the bar inside the Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV.

a very nice looking clear, deep golden orange color with a tight one finger or so of white head. tons of thick sticky lacing that lasts the whole glass. left a thin, but retentive layer of head.

in the aroma, lots of pine in the aroma and some light citrus fruits and a bit of light candied caramel malt. clean, but maybe not enough going on when compared to the taste.

lots of pine and grapefruit citrus, some tropical fruit and even a bit of juicy fruit. just enough of a candied caramel malt to be noticable. as it warms, a bit of spicey hop comes out.

soo smooth, slightly creamy even. a nice slightly resiny, almost oily lingering bitterness.

a really nice, flavorful, fresh tasting IPA. i almost thought this was a DIPA until i saw the stats. ive never had the bottled version of this beer, but im guessing from the right tap this is a much improved version. id definatly try this again.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - hazy golden straw in color, a vigorous pours wells up a three finger snow white head

S - moderate amounts of typical IPA aromas, some pine and grapefruit aromas, some light candied sugar sweetness

T - grapefruits at first, even with a small sugar coating, which quickly fades into a distinct piney taste and finishes with a slight floral note

M&D - an easy down IPA, bitterness is on the medium side, but a year in the fridge have taken the edge off a bit

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a frothy, maybe half-finger thick, pale off-white colored head. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of Meyer lemon zest, tangerine zest, a herbal backdrop, and perhaps a hint of cracker like malt. The aroma is not quite as expressive as i would prefer, but it does have all the com0ponents i like to see in a good IPA.

The beer is light bodied and very drinkable. It finishes quite dry with a firm bitterness and a lingering, ripe tangelo zest flavor as well as a touch of pale malt cracker flavor. while the body is light, there is a touch of creaminess to the texture that is quite nice. There is a supporting herbal hop character here that contributes notes of pine, a touch of menthol and some general, not really dank, herbal character.

This is nice, it seems a bit washed out, but I think the main reason for that is the tacos I had about a half-hour ago. Still all the components are here and this is an IPA I would happily drink again.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Duvel tulip.

A: It's a clear golden-orange with a finger of sticky lacing head.

S: Pungent hoppiness akin to body odor + soap and some over-ripe citrus fruits as well.

T: Strong floral and piney hops, grapefruit, mango, canteloupe, and a little grainy maltiness.

M: Medium-thick body with a frothy feel.

O: It's a decent IPA with bold flavors.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bobby Qs barbecue joint in Westport CT.

Pours medium amber with thick creamy white foam. Like the ground after a blizzard. Lots of lacing. Pine/grass smell. Mellow bitter open which moves into a toasty malt. Mild bitter close. Subtle buried sweetness. Strong mouthfeel. Good carbonation on a draft beer.

Really good IPA, very tasty. Surpassed my expectations when I ordered it.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Repost of review from hacked account "jmkratt" :(

Look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beer poured from 12oz brown bottle with a date of 3/28/2011 (I think, it's a bit worn). Pours a nice translucent bright golden amber color with a nice 1.5 finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Aromatic citrus character. Not over powering like so many AIPA's out there now but noticeable and pleasant. A nice caramel malt base that blends well with the hops. Not a dominant nose and a little subdued.

T/M - Very similar to the nose. Starts with the malty sweetness with the medium bitterness and hop tones blending. Again a nice citrus flavor. Well balanced, no hint of alcohol. Finishes a bit dry. Full bodied with good carbonation. Lingering bitterness and citrus.

O - Very easy drinking IPA. Nothing outstanding but solid in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-28-2011 12:40:40

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a brilliant amber color and is capped with three inches of off white to beige head.

S - I get a good dose of grapefruit on the smell. I also get some caramel malt.

T - The taste is fresh grapefruit with little bitterness. I get some of the caramel malt midway through each taste.

M - Medium

O - This is a refreshing IPA. The citrus taste is welcoming and the malt keeps it grounded. It is not overly bitter like a lot of west coast IPA's. This is a good everyday beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and floral notes. Some sweet caramel in the nose, too.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness. It had a nice piney bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. Glad I finally got to try this one from Widmer.

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Photo of garuda
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear pale gold, thick white head that has good retention and a very nice display of lacing.

S/T - Solid hop forward aromas and tastes of pineapple and grapefruit, slightly floral, with a very well balanced bready, caramel malt content.

M - Medium to full in body, creamy smooth across the palate, finishes dry.

O - Very nice, drinkable IPA. Hops are definitely in the forefront, but the malts balance them out nicely. I'd get it again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours darker copper color. Almost no head and very minimal lacing. The body is transparent.

S-Citrus, grass and pine. Much more hoppy than malty. A good mixture between pine, floral, and grassy hop. Smells rich and tasty.

T-Good doses of grass and pine. Nice citrus hops too. Malt is laid back. Definitely a hop-forward beer. I enjoy the flavor. Quite bitter. The grass/floral hops are delicious.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit resinous. Bitter aftertaste lingers. Sharp feel.

O/D-A pleasant surprise on-tap at a bar with nothing more than Bud and Coors as alternatives. A pretty good IPA. Not stunning, but I was enjoying the couple glasses I had. A nice IPA, especially reasonably fresh.

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Photo of bump8628
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright citrus with a soft pineapple current beneath the usual grapefruit citric punch. Background herb, garlic, and pine add just enough complexity. Manages to find a nice balance between the grainy and smooth caramel malt and bitterness, while still maintaining an overall hop-forward tone. Clean without any noticeable flaws, not a punch in the mouth, but a well-made, quality American IPA.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger off white creamy head.

Smell is strong with citrus and some mango among other tropical fruit.

Starts off with a nice mango/citrus flavor. Very hop forward beer. Malts barely make an appearance and it finishes with a juicy wet mango bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are good.

Easy drinking good IPA, but nothing overly special about it. I like the mango flavor, but otherwise not terribly complex.

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Photo of budgood1
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a slightly hazed peachy colour with a thinnish head and thinnish lace. toffee malt aroma, balanced nicely by some citric hops. a bit of apricot, tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit all have their place in the hop profile. taste buds detect first a fair amount of bitterness. malty notes come through with a touch of nougat and caramel. but back to the hops...they provide a fair amount of citrus and grassy touches. faint spruce and pine give way to more all out fruiten notes. lots of mouth puckering bitterness...bordering on blistering. IBU's must be healthy with this one. there is a bit of alcohol spice that melds well with all the hop activity. tastes good, all the while giving a lot of hop flavour and delivering the bitterness. finishes on the dry side...and any residual sweetness gets buried by the bitter back end. medium-full body. hoppy coarse mouthfeel. belly and brain pleasing drinkability.

overall this IPA is actually past it's prime freshness as i purchased this as part of a sampler package for summer. even though it's probably had some dubious storage, it's held up well. the malt aspects of this offering are showing hints of cardboard and leather, but the muscular hop profile keeps things together quite nicely. recommended.

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Photo of kjyost
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased from the cooler at Happy Harry's, 45th St Fargo. Sampler pack bottled on June 26th, 2011... Maybe a touch old... Poured into a sleeve at 40F.

A: Copper body, fairly clear, white head, light lacing
S: Some sweet malt, alcoholic heat, citrusy hops.
T: Balanced, as I was expecting more bitterness which is not quite as perceptible as expected. Some sweetness, citrus hops. Meh. I've had much better IPAs, and I was expecting more from Oregon.
M: Carbonation is low, and the beer isn't popping as I expecting, instead feeling a little thin.
O: I've had better. Not looking to buy this again.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy oranginsh-amber color. A bit of a tan head that fades rather fast. Some lacing and a small patchy layer of head remains.

A big malt aroma, with the hops being subtle and subdued. The hops in the aroma are earthy in nature, which compliments the grainy and earthy malt profile. I do get a big hop blast on tasting, piney and harsh, with some lingering citrus. Somewhat perfumey and not exactly jiving with the malt. This improves as the beer warms, so I am allowing that it came from the store a bit on the cold side.

This beer has a great big body and serious depth in malt and hop profiles. I get a DIPA feel to this beer and am impressed at a moderately lower ABV beer having this kind of body. Nice!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach colored body. Thin ivory white head leaves moderate amounts of lace. Outstanding juicy hop aroma. Tropical fruits galore...pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, mango.... Awesome aroma. Solid flavor as well. Bitterness is very clean. Tropical fruit hop flavor is big here. This is the citra hop utilized very nicely. The aforementioned fruits come into play (pineapple, grapefruit) as well as lemon and apricot. Base caramel malt is sufficient to balance things out. Very clean and flavorful IPA.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really solid IPA with a perfumy hop oil aroma....juicy citrus entry....then a spicy, almost earthy finish....hop forward...but seems to have some bready like malt on the nose.

This is really a top notch beer. Got it in a sampler and have never seen it in sixers but wish I would. Not elite but well above average for an IPA...

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Photo of colts9016
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah, it has been a while! After a short hiatus, I am back to drinking beer. Poured into a nonic at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy one finger head with good retention; some lacing on the side of the glass. The color of the head is white to off white, like a cloud against a clear blue sky. The color of the beer is amber to straw color with a golden yellow hue. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of haziness. Overall the color and the head are fairly accurate for this style of beer.

Nose: The dominate aroma is hops. The hops aroma is pine, grapefruit, and floral bouquet. The malt in the beer is subtle but there; the aroma is grainy, sweet, and caramel. A note of phenols, and solvent round off the aroma profile.

Taste: The flavor in the beer is one dimensional the hops does not stand out. The hops flavor is floral esters, pine and hint of grapefruit. The malt is grainy, grassy and a note of caramel. The background flavors are phenols and solvent.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, astringent, and dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium as well. This beer does not stand out as a great IPA, the flavors are one dimensional and nothing in the beer stands out. An okay overall.

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Photo of beersheetz
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

really enjoy this beer. much lighter than expected (had to check the bottle to make sure this was an IPA) but has enough complexity and hops to satisfy the most discerning hop-head.

overall this beer is great. it is not the hoppiest for sure, but does not lack in areas IPA's are most known for (minus bitter back-mouth feel). Not the typical hop-heavy standard that many critics feel necessary for approval and it is unmistakably very citrusy. this beer remains interesting enough to look forward to the next sip.

This is a must try for the AIPA enthusiast, who perhaps longs for a more mature and unique representation of the beer they love. this is a great addition to a hop-centric beer collection, cheers.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours clear straw yellow with little head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is straw and flowers and malty sweetness.

Taste has a nice crisp hoppiness, very floral and slightly spicy. Good balance between the malty sweetness and the hops.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, quite pleasant.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at room temp in a straight-edged glass

A: amber; lively head; clear with healthy carb streams
S: beautiful, prominent bouquet of grapefruit, hibiscus; lingers nicely
T: hops exude grapefruit, with a dulled edge a few seconds into the swallow; malt is a subtle but stabilizing force; very hoppy, and pleasantly bitter

Overall, a very solid IPA, with the volume one comes to expect in an IPA. Congrats, Widmer!

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Photo of Crossmd
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 45 degrees fahrenheit into a shaker pint.

Pours a lucid light copper. 1.5 Fingers on the head, settling into a nice cap. Nice, but nothing to write home about. Tight lacing all the way around the inside.

Smell consists of some light citrus hops mixed with an almost pungent sort of candied herbal smell. It's difficult to describe. Enticing though.

Tastes of an herbal hop that is lightly bitter. Finish dries down fast, but leaves some of those hops lingering. Not trying to offend anyone, for sure. trying to stay easily within the realm of mass appeal. This keeps it from being maybe something really special though.

Mouthfeel is oily and smooth, coating the interior of the mouth without being cloying.

Overall, a lightly drinkable IPA with some unique character aspects. Relatively cheap, recommendable to friends, well worth it IMO.


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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent, golden orange with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace, nice carbonation.

S: Overripe peach, a little earthy character.

T: Pine resin and grapefruit dominate, dry biscuit underneath. Prominent bitterness on the aftertaste. There is also something in the mix that is a bit pungent and adds some interest.

M: Light and billowy, carbonation carries it.

O: This is a nice IPA, drier than most and a nice change of pace. Will be happy to have another.

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X-114 IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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