Face Puncher IPA | E.J. Phair Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
E.J. Phair Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NorCalYeti on 01-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.69/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm not going to go into too much detail, but the ABV has been risen from 6.6 to 7.8% as stated on the Growler I brought home. (Also had on tap)

This is a Pliny clone. Not sure what else to say as someone who's drank at least 2 Plinys a week for the last 7 years or so.

A near perfect "Hoppy West Coast IPA" as advertised.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very high quality and flavorful offering on tap at E.J. Pahir in Concord, California.

This really does appear to be a Pliny clone as a reviewer points out below this one - and a good job of doing it. In fact, this one is big, bold, rich and flavorful with perhaps even a bit more honey tones than the original while maintaining a wonderful rich bitter quality.

One of the better offerings from E.J. Phair. Thanks guys!

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Photo of TruePerception
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- copper color, thin head

Smell- hops, some malt

Taste- very hoppy, very interesting, well balanced

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. I would definitely drink it again. I probably should. It was very good.

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Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of wlynch
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Chiefmanynames
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of KevMo84
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of WizzardOfHops
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

classic amber color, 1/2" white foamy head. pours clear but hazy in the glass as it is an unfiltered beer. brewed in the west coast style with lots of citrus and hop aroma and flavor. grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, lime, and flowers jump from the pint glass. flavor profile, is a little sweet with good hop bite. medium weight on the palate with a medium length finish. crisp beer with a sweet edge without the alcohol knock-out. above average first attempt and a twist to the west coast style ipa.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Photo of David_Knows_Beer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap pours a copper body with a generous white foam. A huge blast of orange peel and pine resin sack the nostrils and translate the palate, where a bit of malt provides some balance mid-way through. Essence of pure orange peel lingers long and hard.

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, I heard the IIPA is better

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Photo of MrDave
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of kaseydad
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wife picked this local brew up from Lunardi's. Have seen it but never took the plunge. I got my floaties on so here goes...

Pours a nice amber/copper colored ale with a beautiful bright white foamy head. Whan I say white..I mean white! Decent amount of lacing throughout the session.

The aroma is of dank fruit and a bready malt. Background of citrus. Pineapple. Rubber. Mango.

The taste is bitter and malty. A big blast of bittering hops smacks my buds and then the swirl of malt rushes in. It does work well. Orange and grapefruit rind in the aftertaste. The grapefruit is not overpowering so for all the bitter-non lovers, this works. I will say there is a lot of flavor packed into this IPA.

Very well carbonated. Full.

Overall I had to remind myself this was an IPA....not a DIPA. Definitely is a thirst quencher and like I said earlier....big time flavor. The label is a little scary...Sloth is that you? If you can get past the label and enjoy an IPA with a tad more malt than pure bitter, give em a shot. Love to support the locals and look forward to trying more from the E.J. Phair Gang.

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Photo of Mikey440
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Face Puncher IPA from E.J. Phair Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 21 ratings