Kestrel’s Joy IPA | Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery
New Jersey, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named for a type of falcon, a bold West Coast-styled IPA, amber in color, with plenty of malt to balance the generous additions of Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2003

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by facundoCNB:
Photo of facundoCNB
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a very golden colored west coast style IPA, tons of sticky lacing

S - very fruity hops, lots of malt

T - one of the most bitter IPA's i've had (aside from most Stone beers), lots of bitter hops

M - a little bit heavy at first but goes does nice and smooth considering how bitter it is

O - this is a very crisp refreshing IPA and am hoping is still on tap this spring/summer

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bonbini26
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewpub 06-07-09

Listed as a big, bold West Coast-styled IPA, amber in color, with plenty of malt to balance generous additions of Centennial and Cascade hops. Kestrel is a type of Hawk. 7.0% abv

It does live up to the color and has a generous off-white head. Smell of citrus and pine are most dominant in the nose. The taste is very well balanced, with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the hops. The mouthfeel is medium for the style, not too light, not too heavy. Goes down pretty easy considering the 7%abv. This was my 1st beer at the Trap Rock and look forward to having more offering from here, now that my father lives 5min from the brewpub

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Photo of Plughfish
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. Copper-Orange in color. A one finger thick, creamy beige head with good retention. The aroma is hops with a citrus and pine balance with some maltiness underneath. Carbonation is moderate and steady down to the end. Dense mouthfeel. Taste reveals sweet malt with caramel overtones combined with great hop flavor. Another fine offering from the brewer at the Trap Rock. A very good IPA.

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Photo of richardflyr
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden yellow with a nice frothy/soapy white head that leaves substantial lacing on my glass.

Aromas of sweet pine resin mixed with some citrus and grapefruit. Pale malt lends a slight biscuity dryness, but the hops are really the star of this show. Slightly catty and resiny.

The taste begins with mildly sweet and grain maltiness, but then quickly pushed aside by the hop bite. Strong bitterness combined with pine and citrus, earthy tones and a little hop spice. This is straight American IPA highlighted by the big 3 C hops.

The mouthfeel and finish wasn't the driest but was still very clean and massively bitter. The C hops dominate your palate and are a bit brash for my hop preference.

Overall an impressive beer from a small brewpub and reminder me a lot of fresh Sierra Nevada Celebration, which is good for some, but I am just not a fan of Chinook or Centennial hops as they are too catty, resiny and grapefruit dominant. Impressive job just not to my palate's preference.

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Photo of JerseyChris
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a half gallon growler. Nice cloudy copper color, small head, very few bubbles. The smell was pungent hops and herbs. The taste was of biting citrus and herbs. Very vegetive with a nice bitter hop bite. The mouthfeel was excellent, not overly carbonated, yet crisp. Drinkability was excellent as well. I was lucky enough to have a friend bring me a growler of this stuff, and I suggest to anyone who's in the neighborhood of this place to check it out if you haven't already, and don't miss the IPA.

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Photo of BillCheck
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with moderate cap of white froth, some sticky lacing. Scent brings light citrus and pine with some grassyness, light malt backbone. Taste is hoppy and bitter but more grassy than fruity, malt backbone makes itself known but doesnt offer too much flavor. Medium bodied. Decent IPA with a little bit of off flavor from the hops.

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Photo of tommy78
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Trap Rock Resto.

A - Nice copperish color to the beer with a slight amount of head.

S - Nice aroma of hops.

T - A smooth flavored IPA. Initially, I was assuming that it was going to be a West Coast-IPA flavor, but after trying the beer, it wasn't as hoppy as a WC.

M - Good amount of carbonation.

D - Brought a growler of the IPA. Sat in the fridge for about two weeks, unopened, and it still tasted very well once opened. Worth getting!

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Photo of supernaut
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a word: "average" This however is relative to all other IPAs which would seemingly warrant equal attention (i.e. craft/microbrews)

A - Lackluster. Pours out (I watched it off tap) a basic copper color with little to no head that quickly disappeared despite repeated and vigorous coaxings.

S - A mild hoppiness combined with a subtle sweetness lacking any true punch whatsoever. Essentially weak-nosed.

T - Wow. Wow in a "not that good" sort of way. I was told this was supposed to be one of their better beers. The hoppiness picked up via scent....uh not so much here in the taste. Is this even an IPA? Not too many adjectives jump to the forefront here...

M/D - Ok, now perhaps a bit of slack is due, and therefore granted in the possibility that maybe just maybe this beer serves its purpose in terms of drinkability. A fan of big chewy beers should steer clear of this one, but on the other hand it did go down a bit more like a beer half of its true ABV....definitely a bonus for some people. I guess just not me.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ark57
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice IPA. There is a good amount of citrus in the nose with some grass/hay. It is medium bodied and very well balanced. The maltiness is nice and smooth and then it hits you with a good amount of bitterness. One of my favorites at this little brewery.

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Photo of BigGameBeerHunter
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Timtac
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yetiman420
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A west coast style IPA described as balanced with malt and centennial and cascade hops.

Poured a hazy copper into a shapely beer glass. Well done on the appearance.

Aroma came across too balanced for the "west coast" style. I would have preferred more hop punch, especially from the centennial hops.

Flavor isn't of the west coast variety either. Too balanced with the malt. West coast to me is unbalanced to the pac nw American hops.

This is still a fine beer which I enjoyed.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ElGuapo
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden coppper brew sitting under a massive pillow of white foam that will leave a mass of lace on the glass as you drink. A huge nose of grassy and spicy hops. It really paves the way to a great IPA.

The body is medium, and it is just right for the style. It is very crisp. The flavoring is loaded with hops. Not to an extreme level, but defiinitely above average for an IPA. Lots of grass, and lots of spicy bitterness. This is a winner in any book.

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Photo of danipp
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Ego
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

if you are in the area this is a nice place to spend some time, nice town

golden straw with some orange hue, pretty clear but not windexed, a small amount of carb trails up the brew feeding a rather small head that hides quicker than the plot of a twilight movie, nothing stands out, looking at this doesn't really inspire much anticipation

as the bartendress was pouring this I could smell it feet away, so I knew this would smell good, west coast hops abound, it reminds me of ages ago when I first tried a sierra nevada after college years of el-crapola beer, you get a nice mix of pine, ocean mist, malt sweetness in the back tinged with citrus bite, nothing medicinal noted at all, the hops smell great and yet do not melt your face off in the process, really nice consistent odor on this, yes sir, I like it!

taste etc...
bitter up front, then a wave of malt sweetness, finished with another hop blast, the differing hops really present themselves in different spots here, this is definitely packing some bitter, your mouth just gets coated with cone-y goodness
weight wise this drinks medium with a nice crisp carbonation bite
this takes a little getting used to the bitterness, once you get used to it the malt settles in some, but this is pretty aggressive (not a complaint ya hump), some warming from the ABV is also going on

hoppy, yet not over hopped. worth having for sure, just not all night!
super fresh, makes me want to venture up to the heights more often.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just had this tonight at the restaurant.

I read the good ratings on this beer, and I was excited to try this IPA.

Overall this is a pretty good East Coast IPA. Hops are present, but they are not overwhelming.

You can smell and taste the citrus, but they balance well. They are there in each taste. The beer is refreshing, and kind of surprise that a beer with that mouth feel has 7% ABV.

This was a pretty good IPA.

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Kestrel’s Joy IPA from Trap Rock Restaurant & Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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