Born & Raised IPA | No-Li Brewhouse

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Born & Raised IPABorn & Raised IPA

Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bred right here in the Fair City, this Expo-sized IPA is made from hops and barley harvested within 300 miles of the No-Li Brewhouse. Washington's own Cascade, Columbus and Chinook hops span across 2 row malt from Armstrong, BC.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2003

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Photo of n2185
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with 3 fingers of beige head that fades into a frothy ring with a lot of lacing.

S: Grapefruit with light notes of sweeter citrus up front followed by earthy and piney aromas.

T: Grapefruit is stronger here with pine and herbs. Dank weed flavors follow with some citrus rind notes before a moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is carbonated enough to avoid being oily or watery.

O: A surprisingly good IPA. I wasn't expecting much and the aroma is a little on the bland side, but it's quite tasty and drinkable.

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

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a big fluffy off-white head that leaves behind a film of lace.

Aroma is clean citrusy hops, some pine.

Taste is grapefruit and pine layered over a combination of pale and caramel malt. Just a touch of warming alcohol. Crisp, strongly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced. Goes down smooth.

Overall a solid IPA in an overcrowded field of solid IPAs. $4 bomber price is solid too.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled in ale glass chez White

A: cloudy dark amber; decent head, very good carbonation
S: hoppy, bubblegum; quite inviting
T: tastes as it smells: hoppy, sweet, bubblegum; complex and intense; medium bitterness

Really quite a decent IPA--cheers

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a fair bit of haze; it's too murky to really see the effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam with a touch of an orange cast to it. Quite good.

Smell: lightly caramelly, toasty malt base with a good citrus nose. I'm getting lots of grapefruit and a resiney, piney aroma as well. Very Northwestern; I think it's balanced and well-executed.

Taste: malt has a little bit more toastiness here than in the aroma, but the hop bill tastes almost exactly as it smells. There's a little bit of a deep funk going on here too, which is not surprising considering the strength of the hops. Bitterness is strong, but not out of balance; it's a little rasping but nothing out of hand. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. Not exactly creamy, but passable for the style.

Overall: a decently drinkable Northwest IPA. It doesn't stand out from the pack, but it is a solid daily drinker.

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Photo of bifrost17
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A: Really pretty looking dark orange, almost amber. Crystal clear, nice carbonation bubbles running up the glass. A fingers worth of tight white head, dissipates into a nice ring around the curves of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S: The nose is all hops. Big west coast tropical fruit IPA aroma. Citrusy, mango, hoppy goodness. The Cascade hops especially make their presence known in the nose. You can almost smell the hop bitterness. There's a touch of malty sweetness at the end. Makes my mouth water, can't wait to taste.

T: Starts off with a huge wave of bitterness that pops open the taste buds. Followed by the maltiness mixing with the tropical fruit flavors from the hops. Finishes with more hop bitterness and a slight touch of warming alcohol that cleans everything up. Leaves a lingering bitter taste on the pallet.

O: I really really enjoyed this beer. I tried No-Li's Crystal Bitter (my first No-Li brew) a few weeks ago on a whim and loved it! I couldn't wait to try more of their beer. Born and raised IPA did not fail to deliver. Another plus to No-Li is their awesome bottles, screen printed, clean, and classy. Awesome presentation. An outstanding example of a Pacific Northwest IPA.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, finally getting around to reviewing more Northern Lights (No-Li) beers. After their rebranding everybody in the hometown suddenly wants to drink their beer again - meaning it's finally fresh while on the shelves!

Pours amber with soapy light tan foam atop. Smells of bubble gum, cotton candy, pine, resin, some grapefruit, a little touch of grass. I gotta say, this reminds me of two hearted initially. As it rests, the nose dies out pretty quick and becomes malt heavy. Flavor is bitter with matching sweet malts a bit o resin. Medium bodied with medium carb and a dry finish. Good beer

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Photo of DIM
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a slightly chill hazed, dark golden color. It poured with a thick, sticky head.

s: Nice, zesty hop aromas are apparent as soon as I opened the cap. Fresh citrus with hints of pine. Sugar cookie and caramel base.

t: More balanced than the smell suggests, but still a nice tingle at the end. Lots of chewy caramel up front.

m: Kind of heavy for a 7% abv.

o: A pretty nice IPA that might have been better fresher. No date on the bottle though so who knows?

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Photo of philbertk
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle purchased at Fremont PCC, Seattle, Washington for $4.00. Thin off white orange hint wispy lace hint head. Slightly hazy rich deep amber color with lots of small tight fizz bubbles. Rich enticing appearance but just a touch of dull brown. Light sediment dusting. Malty rich floral mild fruit ester aromatic enticing hop front. Medium textured slightly creamy malty smooth mild sweet toasted caramel delicate fruit note tasty hint of earthy hop resin body. Nicely balanced smooth mildly spiced clean hot hint end. Malty tasty hoppy rich balanced Amber IPA. (4.0 / 5.0).

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Photo of riored4v
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Deep copper/amber colored body, off-white colored head. Slightly hazy.

Aroma was pretty malty, sweet and caramely. A bit roasty, with some biscuit notes. Floral and citrusy hop aroma. Grapefruit and a bit resiny.

Taste was caramely and biscuity upfront. Good amount of maltiness. Some floral and grapefruit hop flavors. A bit grainy. Mild bitterness that was citrusy, slightly piney and resiny.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb and a crisp finish.

Decent beer overall. Really malty/caramely. Somewhat subtle hop profile for a west coast IPA.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is redish, more so than most IPAs...Smooth, great hop kick at the top, followed by malts and spice (from the alcohol)some citrus, then ending with more pine-like spices...a pretty nice balanced finish...The carbonation is good There's a good fullness. Present, but not 'too' much fruity/sweet flavors...The final pine/spice balances the beer out wonderfully,...I was expecting a fruitier/hoppier finish...This one good, perhaps better than the '83' rating thus far...this is still a great example of a NW American IPA, but there are far better ones out 'here...'Chasin' Cheers :~)

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real dark amber body, caramel burnt brown and deep red, with a large fluffy four finger tan head. Pretty good retention but falling noticeably as it rests. It's appearance reminds me of Sculpin somewhat. Very minimal lacing.

Nose is lots of a sticky malt and mild citrus orange hop angles. Very subtle cream, a little bit of spiciness coming out.

Palate fills with a nice mellow sugary malt, and a super coating mouthfeel. The aftertaste really blossoms with a perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop pine bitterness and sap. Sweet tree sap melding quite nicely in this, with a lingering malt sweet caramel bread all over. Sweetness is held up it seems by a nice alcohol richness without a lot of boozy properties.

Overall not a major hop juice blast, but a great example of a balanced IPA with a wonderful sweet malty backbone, really dig this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

despite a little higher abv, this is a very good session ipa. it pours a very clear and light brassy color with a solid white head. the smell isnt all that hoppy. balanced minerally light bready malts with a dose of fresh tasting bittering hops. nothing freakishly high alpha or resinous, just a well balanced brew here. the finish is insanely clean and quick. the is almost no aftertaste, which is i guess why i keep drinking it so fast. almost more of a pale ale than an ipa becuase it isnt so so hoppy, but i like it a lot. well carbonated and lighter body makes it super easy drinking. overall a nice product, worth the 7 or 8 bucks for a bomber.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a pint glass.

Born & Raised is an amber IPA with a slight haze. The head is thick and creamy with good retention and great lacing.

Aroma is pleasantly hoppy and fresh. It has great citrus and pine notes.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter and bold. It has a solid caramel rich malt body to stand up to the hops but it's not enough to give it balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. I'm not certain if it is but it seems bottle conditioned, which I like.

Overall a very good IPA and worth a try if it comes to your area.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up in Spokane on 6.27.12. This is my first exposure to No-Li (Northern Lights) Brewing.

A - Pours a cludy, dark orange with a huge light tan head.

S - PIne and grass dominate, with a sweet carmel background.

T - Pine, but subtle. Some sweet malt as well.

D - Good carbonation and a light to medium body.

O - Overall, not bad. Subtle hops with a sweeter background.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a bar pour, this beer has a very good head that leaves a blanket of lace on the glass. The brew is cloudy with an orange-amber hue.

Very good floral hop aroma. Not to bitter but it is the predominant smell.

Brief pale malt flavor which is gone almost instantly from the hop kick of peppery bitterness. The body is accurate for the style, although the carbonation is a bit below expectations. Otherwise, true to the American version of an IPA.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a amberish color with good carbonation and anice white head

S: Nose is pine and that about all on this one

T: Has pine, floral and some citrus notes in there backed up with some caramel. Not a bad IPA

M: Clean, crisp, not an overabundance of bitterness, good mouthfeel, pretty balanced I thought

D: Worth a try for sure

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Photo of wakitabanana
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good typical copper tones with nice lacing. 1 finger of soft head.

S - Delicious, sweet, yet raw.

T - Great balance with a touch of malt to round the hops.

M - very smooth.
D - Palletably smooth with good texture and refinement. Living in Curlew, WA now, I can get used to drinking a beer like this. Paying $4 for a bomber seems reasonable for the overall quality.

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Photo of DanOLeary
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Expected citrus notes of grapefruit rind with a certain grassy character. While the aroma in general is certainly hop focused, it isn't entirely bright. If you look for it you'll find some bread crust and caramel.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper, nearly red, with excellent clarity. Creme colored head rests thin but persistent. A trace of lacing sticks to the edge of the glass.

Flavor: Heavy hop flavor and bitterness upfront. More grapefruit dominating the palate with a hint of caramel malt making a showing here and there. Resinous hop flavor holds into the finish while bitterness bites the back of the throat. Hop resin sticks long into the finish with a near cloying tenacity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. There is almost a foaming character in the mouth with the carbonation that creates palate fullness. Hop bitterness holds on to the roof of the mouth and back of the throat as chalky and resin.

Overall: For an IPA you're not shorted on the hop presence in bitterness, flavor, or mouthfeel. While the aroma rings true of an American IPA it comes off somewhat mottled and unfocused. Brighter hop aroma would be welcome and expected with all that flavor and bitterness. A fine selection for the hop lover while holding a delicate balance with the malt.

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Photo of mtyrrell
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice red/ brown copper color, small head, lacing

S- hoppy, piney, citrus, typical of the syle

T- Bitter, floral hops, some citrus. again, typical of the style but nothing special

M-medium body, crisp carbonation

D- It is a nice IPA. nothing special here, but a decent representation of the IPA style

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Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy (perhaps due to the cask not having had time to settle after being delivered) copper-amber color that had just a thin cap of head, but still left a nice amount of lacing.

A nicely sharp hop aroma greets the nose. The flavor is dominantly citrus hops, with some floral notes on the finish. The body and drinkability were typical for an American IPA.

Overall, a decent example of the style that's worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update 3/27/13 - Bomber:
Still bright sweetness and candi sugared malts. Light bitterness, sugary, some citrus. Eh. No score edits, just casual impressions....
On tap at the Dog & Pony for thier Brewer's Night, served in a shaker. I just had it on cask, and this version is the draught version, with Sarachi Ace rather then Warrior dry hopping. I'll just enumerate the differences.

The draught IPA is darker, with little to know head.

Smell is definitely sweeter and more tropical, really big curacao notes as it warmed.

Taste is similar. Really nice contrast between the cask version, I'm pretty surprised/impressed. I definitely dig the candy notes for the Sarachi, this one doesn't seem as resinous, yet hoppier flavor for sure. Candied peaches. This might the be beer my wife would actually like, especially in that it's not to bitter. The smoothness of the higher ABV means I'll like her reaction!

Mouthfeel is a bit crisper, but heavier as well.

Drinkability is pretty high, for different reasons then the cask. The maltiness seems a bit much due to the candi notes of the hops, but it has that in your face hop flavor that I look for in a local IPA. Well done, it was a treat to try two different versions and savor the differences in the dry-hopping and conditioning. Maybe I'm biased after chatting with the brewers, but it's really all about the beer, and tonight, it's very good. My first foray into Northern Lights brews, definitely call for a revisit next time a see them (which I admit isn't to often on the I-5 corridor I haunt). Solar Winds was still my favorite of the night.

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Photo of loren01
2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured amber color, 1 finger width frothy white head, good lace down the glass
S: Smell is good, hops very evident, very citrusy.
T: Bitter hops, I mean very bitter!! Not hardly any malt flavor at all, maybe there was but this beer was too hop heavy. Astringent aftertaste.
M: Mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied.
D: I'm a big IPA fan but this one just plain sucked, way too bitter and astringent, not balanced at all. 1st IPA i've never been able to finish.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my fourth and final beer of the evening, and by now I knew what to expect. The bitter was strongly hopped, the cream ale had strong hop flavor, and the pale ale had mega hops. Here comes the IPA and I’m correctly expecting a hop bomb. Sure enough, the flavor of hops abounds with great strength and immediacy. I’m unsure of the variety used here but the flavor is spirited and the smell is as if you had just rubbed fresh-picked hop cones in your hands. Actually, I’d been in Yakima earlier in the afternoon and I might have still had the scent of the bine on my hands. But Northern Lights IPA was potent with hops all around.

It’s notable that the hops smelled so fresh, because in the first week of September, I assume the hops are from last year’s harvest.

Aside form the surging hops, a healthy malt backbone delivers balance. The mouthfeel however is slightly taut. Body is clear red copper with sustained carbonation.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at the Northern Lights brew pub. Poured in to a pint tumbler with virtually no head.

Pours a red/brown color and is cloudy.

The smell is a piney aroma. Not much else going on, but a pleasant smell.

The taste is of citrus fruit, grapefruit, and bitters, with a bit of a sweet floral flavor on the side.

Mouth feel is crisp, but a bit thick, and it leaves a film in the mouth. Not the cleanest IPA I’ve had.

This is a drinkable beer. A bit heavy, and a bit pricey at $3.50 a pint, but drinkable just the same.

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Photo of woemad
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint had at the brewpub in Spokane for $3.25.

Came with a reddish amber color and a medium off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell was primarily of piney, floral hops (big shock). Didn't note any malt backing, as the pine scent pretty much dominated this one.

Taste was mostly of piney flavor, with a tiny bit of maltiness way off in the distance. Other than that , there really wasn't much to the flavor.

Mouthfeel was ok, moderate amount of carbonation, didn't seem too thick.

This was a very average IPA. While it was more hoppy than their pale ale, there wasn't a huge difference. The beers from Northern Lights impress me less and less, and the service at their brewpub just plain sucks. It's a crying shame that this is the only micro in Spokane.

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