No-Li Empire No. 8 Session IPA | No-Li Brewhouse

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No-Li Empire No. 8 Session IPANo-Li Empire No. 8 Session IPA

Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 32
Reviews by DaltonC:
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

20oz pint at the Idaho Pour Authority - nothing like showing up at an establishment at the precise moment that they're opening up.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden amber colour, with one skinny finger of wispy and bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent disintegrating snow mass lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, a twinge of biscuity caramel, watery pine resin, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and mild herbal, leafy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a fading caramel sweetness, still edgy pine needle bitters, a touch of hard water flintiness, and a steady herbal and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its plainly rendered frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops doing well to stay out of way. It finishes fairly dry, the hops continuing to stiff-arm the lingering graininess.

I'm not altogether certain how a 5.5% ABV can be considered a session brew, but with IPA booze levels creeping up (as well as down, obviously) of late, it's not all that surprising. Overall, an easy-drinking, refreshing IPA on a burgeoning hot summer day - especially taken in a cool, friendly (beer and otherwise) suds joint.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


On tap at PreFunk, but most bottleshops and even some grocery stores have this in now. Pours a slightly hazed light orange/dark gold.. short-lived white head leaves very little in the way of lacing.. Nose is big-time hoppy, especially for a "session IPA" ... Pithy citrus and a whaff of pale maltiness is the only thing to mention.. Flavor also is surprisingly hoppy with a big bitterness that actually distracts from the hop flavors.. Just enough malt to bring this into the enjoyable territory... Not bad at all... I might have to give No-LI more of a chance.


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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JonathanAlires
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justin-m
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Brdlist
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Jameswoody
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought from Roths Sunnyslope Market in S. Salem $4.99 Pours a nice pale orange with a large frothy off white head. Nice light ruby red grapefruit hop aromas, maybe also a touch of lime. There is a bready maltiness also. Light tangy,zesty rind taste..malts again light ,mellow in the end. Nice sptitzy bright mouth feel. Nice summer IPA similar to Fort George Suicide Squeeze and welcome!

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Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of KysarSoze
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of McBAINx
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerandboards
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of LouZ
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Donkster46
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Color is more golden than amber in the big chalice. Plenty of sudsy mouthfeel, though short on lacing in the glass. Fairly light body. Citrus aroma with some fruity notes.

This is quite seriously hopped. Bitterness is on the brutal side after a few sips. Hops are listed as Cluster and Cascade with dry-hopped Cascade as well. There is a sweet tang but no real malt flavor. Grapefruit juice and pith dominates the taste.

Some pleasant aromatics before the bitterness sets in, but I don't find this very drinkable. This seems like the same West Coast or San Diego IPA nonsense all over again. Take that as a recommendation if that's where your heart is. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

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Photo of Rmbuns
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a big taster glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: very light golden hue with a lazy effervescence and a little bit of haze. Not too bad for a session IPA.

Smell: lightly citrusy aroma, with a little bit of a dank character. Not complex but OK for the style.

Taste: lightly grainy malt character with some citrusy hops and just a hint of that dankness from the aroma. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light carbonation; rocky and refreshing.

Overall: a decent session IPA. This is a hard style to pin down, but this is a nicely drinkable example.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Portland Craft, Vancouver.

Tangerine with steady, creamy off white finger of foam that rings.
Tangerine rind on the nose with big, fresh green leafiness.
Sugar cookie, lots of Sunny D hops, some resin and light pine.
Nectarine finish and slight children's aspirin linger.
Light, a bit of oil, some cling.

Solid dose of bitterness with even a bit of powdery bitterness (67 IBUs.) But it's too thin for 5.5%, and you can cram the same aroma into 4%. Compare to C No Evil, and this loses.

Good but not great.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of 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 good beer with solid citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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