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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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 77
Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap in Madison - August 2009.

Pours a moderate copper coloring with a tiny half-finger head on the initial pour. This quickly recedes and doesn't really leave much of any lacing behind. The nose is really light citrus hops with a bit of toffee backing it up.

The taste isn't much better than the nose. No off flavors, there just really isn't much going on. The hops are really light and there is just a bit of light bread in the background. The mouthfeel is decent with a medium body and a smooth character. Drinks fairly well for what it is, but not exactly what I would call an IPA.

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Photo of Florida9
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imp pint glass. Served with a very large off-white head that slowly reduces down to a good half inch of creamy foam. Beer itself is a dark, clear amber in color. This is a mighty fine looking beer. Aroma is of citrus and caramel
Malts. Flavor is a let down: malty, but not too malty, without a lot of hops. Caramel and some light pine is about all I'm getting Pitt this beer. Medium bodied; appropriate carbonation, mild to moderate bitterness. Fairly uninteresting, yet still drinkable. A decent beer, but just a slightly above average IPA.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Orange yellow wit a tight foam head that left sheets on the side throughout consumption.

S - Some resin and pine finish, with some citrus hops. Malts are indeed a bit malty.

T - A sweet and hoppy IPA with a big of a sugary taste. Nice pine and resin hops add the appropriate bitterness to this. Pretty solid.

M - Was too flat and detracted from the taste.

D - Pretty decent beer that I can drink fairly happily.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Madison brewpub.

Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a clear pale copper-amber topped by around a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises flowers, sour cream, light caramel, and light hot cinnamon. The taste holds notes of light caramel, light grapefruit, and a smattering of mixed greens. The body is on the heavier side of light, with a light carbonation and a decidedly wet feel. Overall, a decent IPA, nothing near special, but unoffensive enough to quaff regularly enough.

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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 Derek
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask, downtown Madison location.

A: Light amber, white head, no retention, slight lace.

S: Not a lot of nose: citrus, hint of pine, underlying biscuity malt.

T: Grapefruit citrus, appricot, biscuity american malt (slightly grainy), good bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth, modest carbonation (on cask), some hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of kdog630
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a frothy amber from the beer engine with a creamy head that coated the sides until about half way down where it gave way to a nice lace.

Citrusy hop aroma with fine malt undertones. Not overpowering in either aspect. Flavor was balanced if not a little above average.

Very smooth in the mouth with a good finish. Had to enjoy a second.

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Photo of shivtim
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure why it's called Texas Speedbump, but I figured I'd give it a try. This is a clear amber brew with a one-finger off-white head. The Nose is clean lemony floral hops and a faint whiff of alcohol. The taste is strong hops and malts up front, then a crisp lemony finish and a hoppy aftertaste. Not bad. The malts have a hint of coffee, making for a unique combination. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but otherwise it's a drinkable offering.
My conclusion is that the methaphorical speedbumps are the malts that nicely interrupt the hops. So if this beer were a neighborhood, small children wouldn't get run over.

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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 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 Tone
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops, good earthy malt, and also a general sweetness. Overall, really smooth, well blended, and a great drinkability.

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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 Deuane
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear copper with a thin white head that left decent lace.

S-Sharp pungent sting of citrusy hops, nice.

T-Good sharp hop twang supported nicely by a semi-sweet malt badt. A hop forward A IPA for sure.

M- Medium body well balanced and easy to enjoy.

D-Solid A IPA. Very west-coast slanted. I like this one! Well done all around....nothing stands out but it all comes together for a good drinking brew.

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Photo of drseamus
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at the Capitol location.

Damn fine looking beer. Slightly darker amber body with a nice dense white head. It almost looks as if it was on nitro and it sticks to the side of the glass nicely on the way down leaving some good rings. The aroma is nice and citrusy hoppy and reminds me of some good west coast IPA. The flavor is much the same with a strong grapefruity hop flavor and an initial burst of bitterness that fades only slightly. The bitterness has some good lasting power and stays well past the aftertaste. Medium bodied although showed some flatness and possibly oxidation as it warmed up slightly. Good drinkability.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the downtown brewpub location in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a beautiful clear amber brew with a nearly beige head that that maintains a nice off-white head and lacing throughout the session. Aroma of light citrus and pine hops, a touch of golden grain and caramel malts, and a touch of spice. Taste is very light carbonated, some medium body with flavors of citrus hops on top of caramel malt. Finish is mild bitterness with some citrus aftertaste. Somewhat closer to an American Pale Ale style than India but still drinkable. This was my top 3 beers (others were the Black Earth Porter and the Crop Circle) from this brewpub.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Texas Speedbump IPA poured a dark golden color with a nice sized white head. There was a strong floral hoppy aroma. The taste was hoppy, and had strong floral notes. Very clean and crisp, and nice carbonation. Overall this is a very good American IPA, above average, very enjoyable.

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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 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 zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a somewhat cloudy, copper color with ruby highlights. It had a creamy, tan head that left numerous rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral and citric from what I'm guessing is the Amarillo hops. There were some nice caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted strongly of roasted malt with a nice citusy, bitter hop kick. Really a great tasting and well-balance IPA.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is quite good. I could see it becoming a favorite for someone living in Madison.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured (pulled) from beer engine into a standard pint glass.

A: copper colored, clear, slime head, thin white head, long lasting with some lacing

S: wonderful hoppy smell. citrus/floral hop aroma. no malt aroma detected.

T: very good balance of malt sweetness and hops. has a dry finish. the hop tends to favor the flavor more than the bitternes.

MF: medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: awesome beer. i'd get it again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange sun tea capped by a creamy, pale gold cap that was impressively persistent. This beer was one of the best lace generators that I've ever seen in a bar/brewpub. The glass opposite was decorated with a solid sheet that was accented at intervals by fat rings indicating each mouthful. Fabulous.

The nose was definitely IPA hoppy. I'm not sure what the hop bill consists of (and won't even hazard a guess), but an abundance of citrus fruitiness makes me think that at least one of the C-hops was in there. Might 'Texas' be referring to Amarillo?

The flavor was good without being amazingly good. In the interest of full disclosure, I drank Texas Speedbump after my meal, not before. Drinking the pint with a clean palate might have nudged the flavor score up a notch. In any case, it was deliciously hoppy beer that I enjoyed immensely.

The malt was in the background, just as it should have been, but still managed to provide enough underlying sweetness to get the job done. I would have liked more pale and less caramel so that the hops could have shined a bit brighter. The flavor can be summed up in three words: white grapefruit pith. The beer was firmly bitter without being overpowering.

Although the mouthfeel was the weakest of TSIPA's characteristics, it still managed to grab the bottom rung of the IPA ladder. A little more heft would have been welcome. I didn't see whether it came from a cask or a tap, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the former.

Texas Speedbump IPA is appropriately named. It's hoppy enough to slow you down, but not so over-the-top that it'll stop you dead in your tracks (I'd like to give Texas Tire Puncture Strip IPA a shot). If there's a 'next time' for me at Great Dane, I'll either order this one first or bring a growler home with me. Maybe both.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(I tried this at the Fitchburg Dane)

Appearance: rich amber color; half-inch head lasted about 5 minutes; medium clarity, though the beer is not overly thick.

Aroma: nicely balanced between hops and malt; sweet caramel finish leaves a suggestion of more heavy hops undercurrent.

Taste: While I'm not normally an IPA drinker, this beer is eminently drinkable. The beer's medium body is really brought out by the cask, and the balance between hops and malt is reminiscent of Bell's Two-hearted, though this has a slightly more bitter finish. Nonetheless, the aftertaste balances out the slightly sweet, malty flavor. Spicy hops provide citrus and honey notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy finish. Medium body isn't overpowering, and it gets more drinkable as it heats up.

Drinkability: This is a totally drinkable beer, one that I could definitely see as a session beer for hopheads. Nonetheless, the balanced flavor will appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers; lacks the scorching intensity or unbalanced bitterness of some IPA. Definitely got better over the course of a pint, with a little added warmth sweetening the finish slightly.

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

Fresh growler: Dull copper, largely bubbled and thin off-white cap, sparce lacing in strings.

Aroma is warm with mild darker citrus orange and grapefruit, lesser lemon notes and pine. One very nice and unique toasty malt backing reminds me of graham crackers and cinnamon toast.

Taste is broad, warm, subtle, and complex with a smoother balance then what was expected. Very well rounded hoppyness, no big edges here, straight up dark citrus of manderine orange, a good squeeze of red grapefruit pith, subjacent dry lemon peels and pine resin shadow the forefront. Bitterness is beyond in-check. The grapefruit juicyness gives most of the energy. But every rough edge and corner has been polished off by a peculiar warm toastyness thats still making me think of cinnamon toast or cinnamon biscuits. Uniquely balanced and flavored.

Feel is massively warm and thick for an IPA; full bodied, heavy creamyness ensues from front to back. Balanced more so towards the malt end as the hop tones are ghostly intertwined with more of a darker citrus tone then bright. Stiil clean though. Oh how I would like it to be a smidgeon crispier; then this would shine.

A pretty nice IPA, its thickness is pretty big and its hop tones are mellowed out compared to most. As I think through what I like about this beer is that it makes me think of what Bitter Woman would be like if it was more malt toned or perhaps aged. The Amarillos play a big role here but just not as bright as they could be. I hear this is much better on-cask, and I wouldn't doubt that for a second. Its heavier texture just begs to be pulled not pushed.

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