RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Inauguration beer. Strong sweetness and balanced hop profile make this beast of a beer surprisingly easy drinking. Full bodied, with some alcohol sensation, this beer offers flavors of sweet caramel malt, a hint of tropical hard fruit and light raisin.
2012 Inaugurational first batch: 8.5% abv, 75 ibu

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tennisjoel (1482) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Spritzy golden pour with a substantial white pillowy head. Attractive beer. Aromas of biscuit, yeast, cereal grains. This beer doesn’t seem to have a high concentration of hops, although I do enjoy it. Perhaps it would be better classified as an APA.

Ronritter (874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2016
My favorite excelsior brew very hop forward aroma and taste very refreshing and bright ipa I seem to like this more than most.

gopherfan99 (2000) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with an off white head; aroma of caramel, citrus fruits, and pine; taste is light bitter with caramel, pine, and citrus fruits; light bitter dry finish with a hint of pine

Nsanders (1162) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Tap at Prairie Tap House. Strawberry, mango, honey and shortbread. Sweet and fruity, mild bitterness for an IPA. Medium body with a foamy feel.

johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2015
junk beer...taste is all off...wtf excelsior brewing....i was excited to try a new local...very below average ipa...(#445)

VeinAle (134) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Smell is not typical of IPA, smells grassy and boozy. Hop profile comes over as watered down. Does have a good mouth feel, where it lacks out has opposite strong suits.

deyholla (12021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of grass with a bit of pine and sweet fruits as well as a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has sweet fruits and sweet citrus with a touch of resin and a sweet grain backbone.

portableparty (2378) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2014
12 oz. bottle from 6 pack. Pours an unclear dark amber with a decent off white egg schell colored frothy head that settles to a similar film. Aroma is heavy malts mainly English and a faded hops that are tough to pick out, but dated...(IPA’s from a few years back, heavy malt and dulled hops that try to punch though). Taste is more the same with heavy malt somewhat sweet and some bitter earthy hops showing though with hints of fruity flavors and earthy finishes. Palate is medium chalky and drying. This drinks fine, but really lack in todays profiles!

TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Tap at Excelsior. Nice taproo, hadn’t been since they remodeled. Citrus hops, malts. Boring, not very good.

commonmac (1311) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Tap at Boneyard served up in a pint glass. Color leans towards a darker golden. Lacing is there but not impressive. Heavily hopped with an attempted malty balance. Not sure it’s successful. Taste is slightly bitter and mostly unsatisfying. Just a thin taste and thin follow through. You can definitely do better. Kind of makes me want to take a big jump off a cliff into a better Colorado or a California beer.

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