Tumbleweed
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #155
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,150
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 12.44%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
162
From:
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
 
Montana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  55
Gots
  19
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz can into New Belgium globe

A - 2 fingers off white foam over a hazy body of deep amber

S - citrus, pine, floral notes, malt sweetness

T - citrus and pine over a big malty backbone; pretty sweet for the style

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

O - refreshing and flavorful

Sep 19, 2021
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/25/20...pours copper amber color, with wisps of white foam. Malty pine nose. Slightly biscuity. Chewy malt with a pine based bitter. Toffee flavored below the malt. Slight bitter continues.

Dec 06, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.06/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L:. Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Weedy and earthy hops a bit of pine, not a lot of tropical fruit, some sweet malt. The aroma isn't doing too much for me.

T:. Sweet caramel malt, weedy and earthy hops, honestly not very hoppy for an IPA.

F:. Slightly prickly carb, medium body.

O:. This IPA just doesn't do it for me

Sep 25, 2020
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RJLarse from Washington

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good IPA. Hazy in appearance , Malt forward, sweet with a hop presence but mild bitterness. Very well done. And the can has a lot of information on the brewery, the beer, the namesake and the packaging.

Mar 30, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Based on a review from 2013. Had from a can.
A: pours good body with white head with decent retention and lacing
S: sweet, floral and subtle earthy hop notes; hints of citrus as well
T: pretty well balanced beer between the earthy/citrus hops and a fairly sweet, toffee malt; hoppy aftertaste typical of an IPA
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth; decent
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; solid beer overall

Dec 21, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper with a hint of haze, no carbonation and two fingers of head.

Smells like water with a hint of esters.

Tastes like an English ipa, but way less virile. Like it was neutered from its uk origin.

Medium body with little carbonation.

I got this in Libby Montana and am drinking it in Radium, BC, Canada. A little disappointed.

Aug 20, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium to dark coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention ahd thick lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, citrus and grassy hops, rye and brown bread. Flavor is biscuit with slight caramel malt, citrus and lightly piney hops, lemon, faint orange and grapefruit, a little pine and breadiness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. So much has been done with IPAs in the last decades that it's not often to run across something somewhat new tasting; and this is one. The base malt is quite English with biscuit dominating, but there are hints of caramel and breadiness. The hops are not English, with little continental grassiness and more Northwest notes of citrus and pine. There are a lot of little touches of flavor; many are fleeting and subtle, but they really come together nicely. The hop bill seems traditional, but still fresh tasting. Nice malt, hops and pleasant hop bitterness in the finish; looks great too. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

Jun 04, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from the Grapevine. Medium, clear amber, foamy head. Aroma is malty, bitter, leather. Taste brings in a bit of hoppiness, halfway citrus, halfway pine. Kind of generic

Aug 27, 2018
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pianoguy from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz can. No discernible bottling info

Pours a fairly solid copper body with a white head. Some visible carbonation. Decent retention and lacing

Smell is prominent at the pour, then dissipates a little. Hop forward pine with a little grass

The hops are still there but I'm tasting more malt then the smell produced. The overall taste is smoothed by the malts. A little sweetness. Nice balance with a hop bite on the finish. Very impressive !

Feel is lower medium. Not overly carbonated but it seems to fit

Value (does not effect score) at $7.99 a sixer (in Montana) it was a great value compared to all the other local offerings at the Three Forks supermarket

I really loved the taste. Great balance ! Old school IPA. My favorite Montana beer so far...

Aug 16, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer is a clear copper color with creamy eggshell white head of 1 cm foaming up. The bubbles fade to a sturdy surface layer and leaves some scattered lattice after each sip I take.
The aroma is some pine sap and resin notes that mix together nicely, there is a bit of general astringent bitterness note too. the nose is kind of mild overall. Not any booze or really any malt on this hop forward beer.
First sip reveals an average body with gentle fizzy carbonation. Texture is smooth and rolls across palate easily on each swallow.
The flavor is what the nose advertises with just a hint of biscuit malt and then lots of pine sap and resin notes. The booze is hidden , but the hops linger with some aspirin bite long after each swallow.
This is a classic old school IPA. Nice to have some bite to a beer in this world of juice bombs.
Nice beer from Montana

Apr 08, 2018
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cherche from Washington

3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mediocre IPA. Slightly on the malty side. Was excited to try due to high rating but it was not up to expectations. Looked through some of the ratings and it appears some funny business may be going on with a bunch of very high 4 and some 5 ratings from BAs who have only rated a few (or sometimes even just 1) beers.

Sep 14, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice and robust IPA with a little citrus cutting through the predominantly earthy aromas. Taste is primarily grassy and piney, with a decent hop bite. Big, crisp mouthfeel for the ABV.

Aug 15, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Spicy with some fruit then more spice then lingering spice. The malt is nice and welcome. Pretty good the bitterness lingers a bit longer than i would prefer it does eventually become buttery however.

Jun 02, 2016
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JoeyHops from Montana

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid IPA if you like malt forward IPA's.
Hazy, deep orange color. Layered malt with a somewhat creamy and subtle hop finish.
Not your standard hop forward IPA, but this beer has it all. One of the best IPA's in Montana.

Feb 04, 2016
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chippo33 from Vermont

2.28/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a week old can into a glass. Not much of a nose, caramel malty sweet with very light hops. Tastes like a light version of Hopslam lacking the booze.

Aug 26, 2015
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Jpepe08 from Vermont

2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received this can fresh from a friend. Poured a dark amber color. Immediately smelled dark fruits and a bit of bathroom cleanser. This beer was incredibly malty with a remarkably dull hop character. Maybe it was just an off can, but this was very disappointing and really lacked any characteristics that you would expect from any style of IPA.

Aug 26, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can picked up on my Montana travels... Pours a hazy orange/amber with a nice long lasting head... Overall this is an excellent IPA with a pervasive pithy citrus hoppiness in the aroma and the flavor, but it also has a pretty heavy malt presence including some background caramel malt that I personally think distracts from the hops. I like my IPA's more hop forward and the malt playing 2nd fiddle... But my tastes aside, this is a damn good beer.

3.75/4/3.75/3.75/3.75

Aug 01, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep amber color with a three finger head of thick white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather heavy of a fantastic blend of citrus hop mixed with some grass and a good showing of an earthy hop smell. Mixed with this fantastic blend of hop aromas are some other smells of a light bready nature and a little bit of a light fruit smell. Overall the aroma is fantastic of a fresh hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter and more bready flavor with the sweet being of a nice tropical and lighter fruit flavor of apple and pear. There is a good level of hop right upfront, with a nice grapefruit and tropical fruit hop taste. As the taste advances the bready and sweet increase ever so slightly, but the increase in these is light in comparison to the increase in the hop flavors. The increase in the hop comes largely from a mix of herbal and earthy hop tastes, but contains so more light hints of grapefruit and a little bit of a grassy hop taste. In the end, with the fruit and bready fading a little bit and all the hop getting even more potent and slightly drier, one is left with a super flavorful and nicely hop blended hop taste to linger on the tongue

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are fantastic for the nice blend of hop and malt creating a very flavorful and nice sipping brew overall.

Overall – This is a fantastic IPA. It has a great flavor blend of hop, sweet, and malt with a super nice flavor profile and yet still easy drinking feel. This is a nice one.

Jun 20, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and a dark orange copper color with a sandstone, 2-finger head. Good retention, breaking down to a thin layer across the top while the lace clings in broken sheets upon the side of the glass.

Smell - Floral notes hit the nose first, with lesser citrus and a bit of wood. Fair caramel undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral character supported by lesser wood notes. Bitterness creeps in mid-taste with a grapefruit rind quality. Malt backbone sits firmly beneath with caramel flavor. The finish is of bittersweet balance with a lingering rind aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick texture gives way to a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Mmmm. Tasty. Reminds me quite a bit of the Rogue Yellow Snow IPA with that floral/woody hop combo. I may just have to hit up store tomorrow and bring a sixer with me back to California! :)

May 01, 2015
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woemad from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can from a 6-pk purchased in Missoula, Montana, and muled back to Spokane by a friend. According to the sticker, the 6-pk went for $7.99. No freshness dates on any of the cans.

Poured into a Boston Lager glass, this was a chill-hazed copper-amber color, with a big, creamy off-white head that dropped slowly and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Grapefruity and resiny hop aroma. There was a little bit of caramellish malt aroma as well.

Not as bitter as the nose led me to believe, though the hop flavor is a little more complex as well, with some light herbal, grassy notes trailing the citrusy aspects of the taste. In fact, this is surprisingly un-bitter for an IPA. The malts are mostly unobtrusive until near the fadeout, where a mild sweetness comes into play before things end with a hoppy zap to the palate.

Medium bodied, with an oily, resiny mouthfeel.

Not a huge hop bomb, but a very drinkable IPA. While I like it, I don’t quite think it’s worth the score it currently has on BA. Perhaps if I had a fresh glass on draught I’d feel differently, and perhaps the non-dated cans have been sitting in a store or a warehouse for a while.

Apr 26, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored body with a thick, foamy white head. Bold pine and citrus hop aromas and a nice touch of floral notes in the background. Juicy, malty flavors; orange and lemon drops; mild malt notes lurk in the rear; a wonderful buildup of hop bitterness raises slowly through taste and provides a nice, low-key hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; semi-dry finish.

This beer is a hop head's delight. The aroma and flavors just pop with juicy citrus fruit goodness. The malts definitely take a back seat to things yet do there part to add balance and body to the end product. The hop varieties used to create this beauty truly shine and create a very memorable ale experience.

Aug 05, 2014
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RedEyePA from Montana

4.98/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First off, what a fantastic brew.

I went to the source itself, their newly renovated taproom, and tried out the Tumbleweed as well as their seasonal Red.

The appearance was between amber and gold (just the right amount of caramel malts to give it some color) with a nice frothy head that left good lacings throughout the glass. Amazingly brite for being, I believe, an unfiltered IPA.

Smell was floral and fruity with prominent citrus notes and a touch of sweet malt.

The taste was fantastic. One of the the more balanced IPAs I've had in a while. A solid malt backbone with loads of citrus and floral hop character. Just a touch of earthiness and a bitter finish, leaving the palate ready for another swill. Mouthfeel was a tad on the heavy side for my personal preference, but right there with what an IPA should be, especially around 6.5ABV.

Overall, Lewis and Clark has done an outstanding job with this IPA and it comes as no surprise that is is one of their best sellers in the can. River season here I come! I'll be bringing a few of these along too!

Mar 25, 2014
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ruttn from Montana

4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried IPA's every where I go and still consider this the best IPA out there. It has great appearance/aroma followed with fantastic hop taste. Was truly excited when they started canning this beer so I could take it anywhere. Highly recommend this beer to all hop heads.

Feb 14, 2014
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RickCardell from Montana

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this awesome brew last week at the Brewhouse in Helena, MT. I plan to visit the brewery as well.

This IPA pours in a goldish color from the tap.

Medium sized white foamy head.

The aroma is citrus like hoppy, fruity and sweet.

A beautifully bodied India Pale Ale.

The malts give this an amazing balance!!

Carbonation was perfect.

When you drink this brew... you just want more and more of it. I've never had a beer that was so close to addicting from the taste alone. Cheers to Tumbleweed and congrats to the brewer!

-Rick

Dec 20, 2013
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GeneralSpecific from Canada (MB)

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yep that's right my first all 5 rating on a beer. It just deserves it plain and simple.

It is such a balanced IPA that I could see myself drinking it everyday for the rest of my life (if I lived in Montana I guess). I have had hoppier, maltier and more aggressive IPAs (and I enjoy them) but this darn beer just satisfies can after can (lucky to get a case thanks to @winnipegbeergeek).

There are times that I want those extreme IPAs but for my meat & potatoes give me Tumbleweed IPA 3 meals a day!

I love the rich amber color (too many IPAs look like blondes nowadays), the beautiful floral nose and upfront bitterness that just barely lingers after you take a drink.

I can see why this beer is "Montana's Most Award Winning IPA" (from their website)

Cheers to the people responsible for giving me this feeling 24 times I hope to make a trip there next summer and I will be driving so I can load up, even if that means I pay the duty at customs, it will be worth it!

Oct 19, 2013
Tumbleweed from Lewis & Clark Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 162 ratings