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Fort Collins Out of the Ashes #5: Smoked IPA

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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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The fifth member of the series, Smoked IPA, mingles a soft sweet smoke with citrus zest in the aroma, each fighting for dominance. Strong hop bitterness cuts through at the end to keep this beer clean, bright and full of flavor. FCB utilizes hand-crafted malts from Copper Fox Distillery to process a floor malted, dried in a traditional wood-fired kiln, and smoked by smoldering select fruitwoods on top of the distillery kiln room’s cast iron stove to create the unique flavor palate of the Smoked IPA.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2553) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2014
22 oz bottle shared from Applejack, into a pint glass. Gold and pretty clear appearance with light lacing. The aroma is smoky, earthy and woody, kind of like a campfire. Strong smoky flavor with mild hop bitterness and a touch of citrus coming through. Lingering smoky finish. This one is pretty smoky, they could have toned it down some to let the hops come through. I still thought it was alright though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (2738) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, very well retained, ivory head sith slight lacing, over a hazy, amber (SRM 9) body.....nose is moderate smoke, pine, citrus peel, cereal malts....taste is light smoke, slight floral honey sweetness, cereal malts, pine, citrus, finishing with a light hop bitterness.....mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, moderate carbonation without creaminess. This is a very lightly smoked beer (comparing to Rauchbiers). It is also, underlying, a very light and simple IPA. It is not a badly made beer, it is just not particularly interesting. It needs more from both the malt and hop backbones or perhaps just a tremendous boost in smoke. BJCP 7/3/13/4/6

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - DEC 12, 2014
On tap at the Gravity 1020
Cloudy dark golden with a medium sized off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is citrus and mild smoky. Flavor is smoky, citrus with a bitter finish
Nice

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lutz2jm (149) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Very complex flavors here. Lots of smoke and hops. Good beer that is worth checking out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bomber from Capone’s, Hazy copper pour. Nose was hoppy, rauchy, caramel. Tasted very rauchy, not to the level of the Aecht offerings, but intensely rauchy, with well integrated hops, caramel, hops, and florals.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1998) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bomber from hyvee, shared with pals at club w.. (sea-food taco day 3 adventure) pours dark cloudy orangish with white head, very smoky and pine right away, and turns into a bitter finish, not bad, but wouldnt do again

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6353) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, grapefruit, resin), with notes of smoke/ashes, wood, lemon juice, yellow squash, manure. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Surprisingly poor compared to the others in the series (other than the Chili Lime one, which was also not very enjoyable). This one is kinda sour and dirty, and the smoke character is pretty generic/ashy. Not terrible, but certainly below average. Probably not the best style to smoke anyway...not to say it couldn’t work, but it just seems like bright hops and smoke would clash, and that is true here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2014
On tap at Gravity 1020. Appearance: 2 fingers offwhite head, copper color, good lacing, clear. Aroma: smoke, floral, caramel, light grapefruit. Palate: medium body, bitter finish, oily texture, dry finish, thin. Taste: Sweet smoke, into a light fruit sweet, and on into a grapefruit bitterness that lasts. Overall, good balance, very unique, cops cuts smokiness in a very good way. Did not expect to like this beer, but what a pleasant surprise!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 10 oz at the brewery. Pours copper with a small white head. Smoky, smoldering aroma right up front with grassy and citrusy hops as well. The smoke is very ashy, very sharp. They probably intended that to compliment the hops and it works. Good grassy hop bitterness coincides with sharp campfire notes. It’s like being out in a mountain campground after the fire has died down to coals. Really well done and excellent smoked presence.
[July 6, 2014]
Bomber from Supermarket Liquors in Fort Collins. The hops are pretty straightforward in the aroma, I actually prefer the hop profile on this one to their standard IPA. It’s basic, probably something along the lines of cascade, but assertive and very clean. The smoke is right underneath creating an interesting citrus/meat nose that actually works quite well. The hops again separate themselves well in the flavor and create a lingering citrus bite. The smoke is more like campfire and ash, and relatively subtle. Definitely a unique beer and it works for me. I quite like it.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Fine white foam copper color. Tangy front end loads of smoke pushing through piney aromas straight into bushy bitterness. Strange and challenging but ultimately not something I could get into


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