Texas Speedbump IPA | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

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Added by cokes on 07-31-2003

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by taylorhamrick:
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Great Dane downtown

Pours a clear copper color. I think this was was on a beer engine, though it was not served from a cask, a dense puffy head formed on top, which left a little lacing here and there, but it sort of collapsed, and the beer was also not heavily carbonated. The smell is a bit piney and resinous - there's a light sense of citrus peel. The smell triggers your understanding of the name - "Texas Speedbump" = Armadillo, change a few letters, and you get Amarillo hops. The malt is a bit toasty and crackery. I can also smell a bit of tropical fruit here. The first thing I noticed about the taste of this beer was the dryness. That seemed to be a normal theme in my first experiences of Wisconsin beers, but that would change after visiting a few other places. There's also a little kick of bitterness from the start, with grass clippings and some resins. Then it moves into a dry crackery taste, before finally showing a little bready sweetness - still kind of toasty though. It finished like a taste of hoppy water, citrus peel, little to no sweetness, except at the very last second, then of course, I take the next step and the dryness returns. I like the taste, but it could use a bit more maltiness. This one was a bit on the low side of medium bodied, with little carbonation - which helped to expose the kind of thin body in the beer underneath. A bit of a hoppy presence keeps it from falling completely short. This is actually a very easy drinker - it didn't hit me too hard as I drank it. I think it could use a boost in the flavor to be more enjoyable - I mean I really couldn't see myself having more than one - maybe some biscuit, victory, or munich malt is in order - at least a little more light crystal. But this was still fairly tasty and enjoyable, actually I found it to be a bit more enjoyable as I got farther into it. If I came here often, I could see myself ordering it again - but it wouldn't be my favorite of the whole lineup.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent copper with an 1/8 inch thin but well lasting and easily reinvigorated sticky tan skim. Lacing good for style. Mellow, steady carbonation. Aroma is medicinal pine and with a tremendous amount of citrus, mostly grapefruit. Flavor is nice toffee and caramel with an impressive amount of citrus over the top and some earthy notes. Amarillo is very pronounced. Mouthfeel is on the wet side of the style, very clean, and moderately bitter. Hop heads will want more bitterness but this is just fine for me. Medium bodied but undercarbonated. Very drinkable.

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Photo of blackearth
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pumped from the beer engine at the downtown Great Dane. Dark orange amber body that bubbled throughout and finally settled to a tight white head with great lacing. Aroma is a big shot of floral hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. This beer has a super sweet malt profile which does a great job of balancing the intense hop flavors. I'd call the finish a sweet bitterness. Great drinkability.

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Photo of JonBrand
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an Nonic glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy light brown body with a creamy head that has a second head of big bubbles that come over the glass rim. There is no sign of carbonation in the hazy beer.

S- This beer has a big juicy green hop smell with notes of pineapple weed and a faint dry mint flavor in the finish.

T- The faint dry toasted malt flavor is quickly stepped on by a huge flavor of pineapple and grass flavored hops. There is a very faint note of dry mint or almost bergamot taste at the end.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer has some big juicy hops but it is not the typical citrus flavors. There are some unique qualities that give it nice depth and make be wanting for another glass.

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Photo of richkrull
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the Fitchburg location. It wasn't on the menu but I was happy when the waitress told me they had an IPA after all.

Poured a fairly transparent copper color with a bit of slightly off-white head.

Smell was nice and hoppy with some citrus and floral notes to it.

Taste was very good. Pretty balance flavor, good sweet malts to compliment the citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel was good. Went down smooth. Easy to drink beer.

Overall I liked this beer and would definitely order it again. My only complaint was that it wasn't as cold as I would have liked. It was really hot outside and I was hoping it would be a bit more refreshing.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of cokes
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rust with a lacy large-pocked head. Sparce carbonation, with just the occasional paroled bubble rising to the surface.
Sharp and biting nose of Amarillo. Pungent and dank. Piney and resinous, but with a citric twist. Toasty malts.
Begins with a multi-faceted hop assault. Herbal and floral up front. The Amarillos slowly state their dominance, as the brew grows increasingly bitter. Pine encased pink grapefruits, big tarry resin balls, and dried, earthy leaves. Not the typically bright 'rillo flavor, this is dirtier and more raw. Becomes nearly puckering, and almost makes the throat slam shut.
Is this too bitter? Nah.
English-leaning toasted biscuit malt provides stability, along with a subdued toffee presence. The cask imparts oak and sweet basil nuances.
The hand-draw imparts a suede mouthfeel up front, but it bares claws that grip the mouth and the esophagus as it goes down.
This is a beautiful, intense creation, and one of the best IPAs I've had.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on the name, I was expecting Amarillo hops. Now I don't exactly know where Amarillo hops got their name, but there is a town called Amarillo in Texas and that's good enough for me. The "speedbump", ah well, I haven't got a clue on that one. Maybe it refers to the burp ;)

Cask. Gotta love the Dane for that! Frothy/creamy light tan head held well and left some nice lace behind. Clear deep-amber/copper body. Soft in the mouth. Medium body. Smooth. And I like that because sometimes the carbonation will increase the perceived bitterness of a beer, and with an IPA a bit of softness can really make it into almost another brew. I'd like to try this one on the regular tap!

The nose is citrusy with grapefruit and a delicate touch of pineapple, coated in resiny pine and spruce character. A mild bit of the caramelish malt makes it's way through at times. Nice!

Maltiness is able to hold its own in the flavor, and it balances a softly sweet, caramelish, and just lightly buttery maltiness against the kind of raspy, sharper, piney and citrusy hop flavors. The don't fight each other or clash, but come together quite nicely across the middle. The bitterness is soft and allows the malty sweetness to come through (I'm not sure if that has anything to do with being served on cask or not), leaving it to fade away in the finish rather than end abruptly bitter.

Overall, the speedbump is a remarkably soft and well-rounded IPA that's not particularly bitter but delivers the good hop-flavor-wise. Worth trying!!!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler from the dane up the hill from me

appearance: pours ruby-copper into the snifter, a slight white head, very little lacing...color is quite nice but head/lacing leave a lit to be desired, at least out the growler

smell: very clean and floral, heavy pine aromas, juicy resinous citrus hops, lightly toasted malt

taste: juicy and sweet, biscuity, a little chalky...very piney and a light citrus presence, lemon peel, grapefruit

mouthfeel: medium bodied, juicy, piney

drinkability: easy drinking, good session IPA

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Photo of eallured
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Full pint from the cask. Completely bright after the carbonatin settles. Slightly off white head atop an amber body. Only a quarter in of head, this is wisc after all. Head is creamy and sticks around.
Aroma is hoppy, medium for an ipa. All American hops. Not much malt but a little yeastyness probably due to lack of filtration.
Taste is not as sharply bitter as I expected from the lack of carbonation. Fruity and pleasant, medium hop flavor and bitterness although flavor wins out. I am a bit surprised but I may describe this as more flavor than bitter, a rarity. Still an ipa though. There is barely enough balancing sweetness and the flavor is a darker caramel. 80L crystal at least I would guess.
Spot on carbonation level and flavor balance for a "hand pulled" offering. Not flat, more carb than many nitro pours, this tastes fresh. There is a little bit of a metallic taste, seems like copper, which seems strange given it's served on cask. Just a hint though and not enough to mark down the score.
Yeast comes through in the end creating a sensation that tells me I couldn't drink these all night but I wouldn't be opposed to another few pints (if the selection wasn't so large here at th brewpub).

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Photo of Tjb14
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MooseBoose
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of blackie
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into the snifter creates a head of a few large bubbles that cover about fifty percent the surface area of the beer and soon shift to ring the glass. The color is an amber hued copper, slightly burnished. Would've rated higher but the head is not impressive at all.

smell: I've said this a couple times before, this is my kind of IPA aroma (taste, also...kinda big floral hop, and malt presence). There's a big caramel malt sweetness, perfectly offset by a considerble, but also seemingly moderate, hop aroma...it may be the good balance that gives that impression. Plenty of green, resinous aromas are provided by the hops. Tropical fruits, and a touch of dark ones. I notice that someone else mentioned butterscotch, and I most definately agree. Great. Just a touch more of the formal hop aromas, and I would've given a 5.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is pretty low, maybe towards the middle of the low range. The body is medium, but my perception may be towards that end due to the low carbonation.

taste: Pretty good balance, but just a little off kilter in favor of the malty sweetness. Definate caramel notes, as well as very slight toasted grain. The hop flavor is great, but a touch more bitterness would balance it out a little more...and that's about all it needs. Darn good.

drinkability: A great beer, definately easy to drink.

Dirtylou and I picked up this grower after dinner at The Dane tonight on this, the last night of my stay in Madison.

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Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of beerphilosopher
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another classic from Great Dane ... alas, I only make it to Madison maybe once a year ...

Pours a clear medium gold color with a slightly off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. Nose is of pine, slightly sweet floral, and sweet malts. Palate is quite well balanced between hop aggressiveness and malt backbone. Starts slightly sweet and then the citrusy hops assert themselves. Body is light with ample carbonation. A very drinkable American IPA. Well balanced and tasty. A good standard AIPA.

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Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Jimboe
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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Texas Speedbump IPA from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
3.97 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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