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5 Seasons North Plan B IPA
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Warning: This beer is hoppy!
It has 10 different hops and over 3 pounds of hops per barrel! It has a big citrus aroma and is unfiltered, and therefore cloudy, to keep all the hop goodness in there. A deep garnet-red comes from the British crystal malt. My parents always wanted me to have a plan B in case the brewing career didn’t work out. So here is my Plan B, Mom and Dad. It has 10 different hops and over 3 ponds of hops per barrel! It has a big citrus aroma and is unfiltered, and therefore cloudy, to keep all the hop goodness in there. A deep garnet-red comes from the British crystal malt. My parents always wanted me to have a plan B in case the brewing career didn’t work out. So here is my Plan B, Mom and Dad.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: APR 1, 2010 through the "world’s largest Randall" @ Westside... They put this through a tank loaded with hops... The result is a murky dark orange color with almost no head... Insanely fresh hop profile with huge pine and grass notes... Lighter nose than I would expect... Big body which is much smoother and crisper than the standard Plan B... Bitter finish, but again muted... A nice twist by pushing this through the giant Randall, but I prefer the standard version.

on tap at 5 Seasons North on 11/5/09... really solid IPA... pours a deep full bodied red with a nice white head. big pine hop aroma fills the nose. medium to full body... the hops really grab hold of your tongue throughout... a bit lighter up top and soft sides ... some underlying malt to keep things in line... thick bitter hop bomb finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3281) - Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Pours a barely translucent dark honey brown with a fairly thick off-white head. Aroma is seriously hoppy, similar to sniffing an evergreen tree, promising a great IPA. Flavor is seriously hoppy, like drinking a liquid pine tree - the way a great IPA should be! Fizzy, rough texture fairly attacks the tongue. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Draft at Westside. Hazy, copper color. Huge floral hop aroma. Taste is pure hop juice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2532) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2009
On tap at Westside. That place is lovely. Anyways, about the beer, pour is cloudy dark orange with a bubbly and frothy tan head. Tasty citrus hops all over this. Grapefruit and a little lemon. Aroma and flavor are right in line with each other. Good malt profile to add a touch of sweetness and balance everything out. Hops here are great and not overpoweringly bitter. Would appeal to a number of different people in that regard. I might want this as my everyday IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9057) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Tap at 5 seasons. Orangish/amber pour. White head. Tons of hop profiles in the nose. Grass, citrus, floral and pine. The malt bill is light but in the nose and on the tongue it keeps this one fairly well balanced. But the hops shine and kick ass in this one. Really a good IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Pours a copper orange with a white head. Aroma of big hops, citrus, fruit, and earthy notes. Taste is also very hoppy, with more citrus and some pine coming through. Malt backing is adequate. Some slightly strange earthy notes in there as well. Finish is bitter, and the mouth is pretty full with average carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Congrats to Crawford and the 5 Seasons crew on finally getting Westside up and running, with this being the first beer from the new location. Pours a bright and very cloudy orangish amber with a small bubbly white head that recedes to a small ring and leaves spotty lacing. As Greg mentioned, it looks very much like a cask pour. The aroma is full of hops, all kinds of hops. There’s an initial sweet citrusy blast of oranges and grapefruit that seems to give way to some floral pine aromas as well. The malts are there but take a back seat. The taste is almost as hoppy but is more balanced than the aroma would suggest. It’s got the same juicy citrus hop kick up front before the sweet caramel malts come in to form a solid backbone. The finish is fairly astringent with pine and citrus hops lingering through the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very slick with low carbonation for the style. I definitely enjoyed this and I think the extra balance from the malts in the taste really make this one a top notch IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2008
Backlogged rating from the opening on 5SN - Pours hazy golden with a thin wispy off-white head. Aroma of cantaloupe, mango, and some juicy Amarillos. Tastes of mango, cantaloupe, grapefruit, and a citrus medley. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Draft. Pours a dark amber. Small, white head. Huge aroma of piney hops. As the beer goes down, a citrus hopfeel takes over. Nice bitter finish. My favorite beer of the afternoon.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
growler thanks to kp for bringing this one: pours a cooper brown not much of a off white head. aroma of very tropical fruit,very fresh hops of the earth kind. very nice not much malt but enough to mike it a little more on the balanced side. flavour is very earthy grass and some odd toffeee sweetness in the malt. a nice bitter hop earth finish.


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