Free State Lovejoy IPA
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
"As long as I am an American citizen and American blood runs in these veins, I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, and to publish whatever I please on any subject." An early abolitionist, champion of free speech and newspaper publisher, Elijah P. Lovejoy took his own words to heart and died living up to them. On three occasions, his printing press was destroyed by pro-slavery factions who wanted to stop his publishing of abolitionist views. In November of 1837 a pro-slavery mob convened on Lovejoy’s fourth printing press in Alton, Illinois with the intention of destroying it by fire. When Lovejoy attempted to intervene he was shot five times with a shotgun and died on the spot. Subsequently, Lovejoy was hailed as a martyr by the abolitionist movement. In response to the murder of Elijah P. Lovejoy, John Brown publicly vowed: “Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery!” History lesson aside, this flavorful IPA borrows much of its malt bill from the Homestead IPA. It departs from that beer in it’s uniquely American hop presence. Hopped with massive amounts of Centennial hops in flavor, aroma, and dry hop additions, Lovejoy IPA is a medium bodied, dark straw hop monster. The citrus character of Centennial hops can be best described as tropical fruit (a la Juicy Fruit). The fruity qualities marry with the clean maltiness and hint of sweetness provided by ethanol in this hefty IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Draft from squealer. Aroma of fruity, citric hops and lightly toasty, pale malt sweetness with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, herbal spice and pepper. Mostly clear light-medium copper in color with a fine, lasting, off-white head and lacing to match. Flavor profile is sweeter and maltier up front, followed by a moderate dosage of hop bitterness and finishing with a burst of tropical fruit hop character and spice, the lingering hop oils resinous and drying. Smooth and moderate to low in effervescence on the palate, body is medium-full. Very drinkable and tasty, overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3702) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
A really nice, light IPA. Some pretty strong bitterness and abundant citrus flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2013
On tap at Free State. Pours a copper color with white head. Piney, resiny, hoppy, grassy flavors. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hrothgar950 (141) - Mabelvale, Arkansas, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Pale copper with a creamy off white head. Sweet citrus hop aroma. Malt fullness with assertive hop flavor. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Comes a somewhat cloudy pale amber with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, tropical fruit, caramel malt, pine, and florals. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2013
10oz pour at the brewpub. Pours a translucent copper orange amber color with a strong head. The beer is basically fruit hop, not super strong, some citric and tea hop flavors. Tea is stronger in the flavor. Some lightly toasted but felt maltiness. Fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Pours a translucent orange amber with a medium creamy off white lacing head. Aroma of orange, pine, caramel, nuts and light floral hop notes. Flavor of pine needles, grapefruit, toasted and light caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Draft in a sampler at the brewpub. Pours a semi-cloudy amber color with a finger of off-white head that stays for a while. The aroma has notes of tropical and citrus fruits, piney hops, sweet malts, and straw. The flavor has a lot of tropical and citrus fruits as well, with pine resin, caramel and pale malts, and grass. Light-medium bodied, with a juicy mouthfeel that has a nice complement of bitterness and malt throughout. Nice IPA, the best I had at Free State.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Draft. Candy, citrus, a bit earthy. Toffee & medium caramel balance out the somewhat dank, fermented citrus and resinous hop character. Well attenuated and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
On tap at Free State Brewery on 7/20/2012. Pours a goldish orange with a nice white head. Aroma is floral and pine. Taste is a nice balance between hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness.

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