Cold Spring IPA | Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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Cold Spring IPACold Spring IPA
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Cold Spring IPACold Spring IPA

Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emerge077 on 02-29-2012

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz. screw top can. Pour is a ightly hazed copper in color and showing a half inch of off white cap which offers decent retention.

Aroma of muddled caramel malts and some light hop notes. Nothing quite distinct and a bit old though nothing to deter either. Taste offers a slight improvement over the aroma with a bit of bready citrus taste and feel and a light bitterness. Offers a pleasantly long finish compared to expectations. Okay overall and fairly drinkable given the unobtrusive delivery of hop/malt. A bit too 'NorthWest' is style for me given malt makeup yet better than feared I guess from this brewery.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a mass. Two and half fingers of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is orange juice and hay.
The taste is mild bitterness, orange sweetness and finishes with a dry bitterness.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
A bit tame on the hops for an IPA but quite drinkable and the huge can is attractive.

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Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of morimech
2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from Double Pint can purchased for $2.99. Expectations are on par with the price tag. Clear pale copper color with two plus fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Has a mild citrus hop aroma that is not as strong as I expect from a beer touting 70 IBUs. Some bready malt is also detected.

The ingredients used must of been of poorer quality as well as significantly more inexpensive to produce an IPA this cheap and rather pedestrian tasting. Nothing off-putting about the taste but it lacks excitement. Just mild citrus hop and rather dry malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is where this beer nearly fails. It feels so lifeless. I can see carbonation bubbles in the beer, but it absolutely lays flat and thin on the palate.

What do you want for $2.99 for 32oz.? I got about what I was expecting. Good for a gag or a chuckle, but far from a serious IPA at this point.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer provided by the creator of the can quest, woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can in the shape of a bottle. Has a beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very malty(huh), a bit sweet. Taste is also big on malts, some hops are present, as is a bit of caramel, I enjoyed it but your average hop head would be let down. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall, as woody said, more like a pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up as a novelty recently, had no idea it was new to the market. Served in a goblet, review from written notes.

"Cold Fusion Filled" and "Dry Hopped, Double Hopped" printed on the comical 32 oz. can, good for a few laughs. Craft beer with macro marketing.

It pours a bright transparent orange, with a compact layer of white foam on the surface creating a short lived head. A thin collar of lace forms as the glass is drained, eventually leaving behind some drippy lacing.

Initial aroma is metallic and muted, some notes of biscuit and vague vegetation. Lightly grassy with pale malt bolstering, and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Hints of alcohol and sawdust, an astringent bite that's a dealbreaker. It's fairly unbalanced, but not terrible. You get what you pay for in this case.

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Photo of CEDAMA
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of yamar68
3.26/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 32 oz can of IPA? Yes, I think I’ll have that.

Poured a little sample into a tasting glass - actually looks like a healthy IPA. Big egg shell white head, great lacing, bright honey gold with tons of beading. The nose is pretty dull, though. Nothing off-putting or anything, seems pretty balanced, just not as aggressive as you might expect from an IPA. Tastes more like a pale ale than anything. Pretty tasty though. Nice malt base and just a soft hop zing, little bit piney. Super drinkable. For $2.80 per 32oz can, this beer fuckin' rocks.

Serving type: big ass can

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Photo of matjack85
2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big 2 pint can (32oz) from the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $2.99. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear golden/orange amber color with a big 3-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly and left very little lacing.

The beer had a mild citrus hop smell with some caramel malt aroma underneath.

Everything about this beer screams "mild". There is a mild caramel sweetness, a mild citrus hoppiness, mild carbonation, and a mild bitter finish. There's nothing off-putting about it, but there's no "wow factor" either. Letting it warm a bit does nothing to help improve the flavor, so go ahead and drink it cold. A rather ho-hum flavor overall.

Light body with light carbonation.

While not an outstanding IPA, it's very drinkable, and at $2.99 for 2 pints worth, it does offer some good value.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium coppery orange amber. Nice three finger white head that meandered down to a thin film leaving massive lacing. Light aroma of biscuit malt and mild hops. Flavor is dominated by biscuit malt with a nondescript hop bitterness. Finish is a bit abrupt and dry with lingering neutral hops. Light bodied, but decent carbonation. I can't help but think that if this had been properly "dry hopped, double hopped", it might have been something. It starts off with a decent malty beginning, but does not deliver. My initial expectations were low (giant can and all...) and it exceeded those expectations, so kudos to the brewer. I had no problem finishing the can and had this been labelled as an American amber ale, it would have scored higher. Not a super IPA, but a decent inexpensive amber ale. Excellent for the price, but be sure you want to have 32 ozs, because there is no going back after the can is open.

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Photo of Eighty
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of biggred1
3.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, orange amber with a soapy, white head that leaves some nice lace on the glass. The nose is grassy, orange blossom, sweet malt and some citric hop notes. Not a bad tasting beer but more ESB than IPA. Sweet and malty (Munich malts? Interesting choice..) with candied grapefruit and caramel flavors and while hops are certainly present this is not a hoppy tasting brew. Creamy and medium bodied. A decent beer but not what you'd expect from a "dry hopped, double hopped" IPA.

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Photo of grimey68
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Doyle
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of woodychandler
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an unusual CAN to further The CANQuest (TM) since it was in the shape of a screw-top bottle, but made of aluminum. Folks, if it ain't glass, it ain't a bottle! Same with non-pressurized mini-kegs: non-pressurized means not on-tap. Please stop taking me to task. I know what I am doing and talking about.

From the CAN: "Brewed with Glacial Mineral Water"; "Dry Hopped, Double Hopped"; "Cold Fusion Filled"; "A copper colored Ameri[CAN] style IPA with full malt flavor, notable bitterness and a satisfying hop presence. This beer teases great flavor from fewer ingredients including Munich and Melanoidin malts paired with the perfect blend of Apollo, Cascades [sic] and Sterling hops. This beer demonstrates the great flavor that [CAN] be achieved by a simplified palette of beer ingredients."

I could have sworn that it also claimed to be resealable, but that does not appear anywhere on the CAN.

No Crack as a result, but the Glug happened really quickly as the direct result of the wide mouth. I ended up with better than two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention as a result. I was not in complete agreement with their assessment of its color as "copper", thinking that it was more of a deep-amber, but either way with NE-quality clarity. Nose was more malty and grainy than I would prefer in the style, belying their "achieve[ment] by a simplified palette" claim. Simple is as simple does and usually does not elevate anything. Mouthfeel was medium with an odd semi-sweet bitterness on the tongue. It was as if the hops and malts were fighting for supremacy and the malt had gained a slight advantage. Finish was likewise a strange admixture of astringency and biscuit malts. I was not displeased, but I was not wowed by it, either. It really was more like an APA than an AIPA, but for the price, it was not bad. Sheesh! Talk about damning with faint praise ...

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

"Cold fusion filled"!? Why aren't they sharing their cold fusion technology with the world!? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, light menthol, light pine sap, and some strong buttery biscuit forming a solid foundation for it all. The taste brightens the grapefruit a notch, softens the biscuit a good deal, and does away with much of the butter. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay IPA, definitely in favor of balance, but one that lacks much character beyond that.

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Photo of TheKOshow
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average IPA but it's drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Vlar
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mjryan
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge can for $2.99. Nice amber colour with decent head retention. Caramel and citrus aroma. Not bad, but it doesn't blow you away either. Initiall taste is sweet caramel malt, with an everyday citrus fruit hop flavour. Quite pleasant really. Bitter sweet finish. This is a hell of a value and not bad at all. As IPA goes this one is far from my favourite and equally far from my least favourite. Guess that puts it somewhere in the middle, which isn't to shabby.

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Cold Spring IPA from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 34 ratings