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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Homefront IPA is a collaborative beer produced by nine U.S. breweries to raise money & awareness for Operation Homefront. Thanks to our friends at Fremont Brewing Co., Left Hand got to be a part of this awesome beer & cause. Homefront is an American IPA, brewed with orange zest and aged on maple Louisville Slugger bats, for a truly American offering.

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3.3
onceblind (10289) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2015
Brilliant clear deep copper with a thin sticky white cap. The aroma has a nice bit of grassy pine and something akin to the hoppy version of cumin--maybe coriander? Crisp and dry flavor with a bit of earthy bitterness and some pine and dry earthy tones. Just not feeling it.

3.3
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of oak, lemon, lots of orange, caramel, and toffee, hints of earth, slight spice and grass. Taste is a mix of earth, caramel, mixing into toffee, slight biscuit, hints of oak, caramel, orange in the end, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter. Not bad.

3.9
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2015
22oz bottle, from Dutch’s. Nice biscuity malt, kind of toasty. Good citrusy hop, mildly peppery. Bottle says "Ale brewed with dried sweet orange peel", but I don’t really pick up on much of that addition -- maybe just a touch of it in the finish. The bottle says nothing of any kind of wood aging either. Maybe this beer is a bit different this year. It does have a satisfying amount of hop, though, especially for the low ABV. It’s just drinking like a very satisfying, balanced, yet well-hopped IPA, at the moment. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Nice full feel. Mild slickness. Clear orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves good thicker reaches and rows of lace. Looks great. Moderate-plus bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Very tasty, satisfying balanced IPA. Especially nice to swig down with my sandwich.

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Ibrew2or3 (8807) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2013
22oz bomber pours with a crystal clear copper body that has thin gold edges and supports a nice looking semi fluffy light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of sweet malts, some spicy wood and a bit of citrus hops. The taste begins with spicy wood blending into some pine and citrus hops that swirl around a thin stream of sweet maltiness. This has a pleasing degree of assertive hoppiness where there’s plenty of balance and depth with firm hop bitterness and mild malt sweetened hop flavor. Nice. This is right at the top for me in this Homefront series.

3.4
PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - Abercorn St - 22 oz . Medium copper pour, light off-white bubbly head. Standard IPA aroma, hints of spruce and spearmint. Standard IPA flavor, with a solid citrus bitter backbone, some nice caramel maltiness, a hint of maple syrup sweetness. Mouthfeel has a decent thickness to it. A bargain at $4.29 for a bomber.

3
Ernest (7785) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of orange juice, maybe a note of wood? Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. What a goofy beer, apparently being brewed by a bunch of breweries nationwide. From the atrocious, dopey label art to the whole "maple bats" thing, it’s hard to take the beer seriously. The orange adjuncts mostly blend in with the resin-grapefruit hop odor...so all in all, it seems like a fairly ordinary, simple IPA with maybe a little splash of orange juice. Every once in awhile I think I catch a whiff of raw wood, but it’s hard to be sure. I guess I can appreciate "beer for a cause", but why is it almost always silly novelty beer that I would never want to buy again?

3
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bomber. Poured clear, bright golden with a sticky off-white head. The aroma picked up nutty and sweet caramel hops topped by grassy notes and a little citrus.. very much on the malty side. The flavor found dry orange zest laced throughout.. sweet biscuity malts supported.. finished with a lot of sugars lightly cut by tangy orange zest. Medium-bodied with high-ish carbonation on the palate.. this just didn’t come together very well.

2.9
wlajwl (7004) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Aroma is citrus, sweetish malts/syrup and a hint of tea. The flavor is citrus, syrup notes/thickness, citrus zest, malts and a dry/bitter and slightly off finish. Goes to a great cause, unfortunately knew from the aroma that it was going to be middle of the road.

3.4
RobertDale (6754) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours a clear pale amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma of citrus, malt, and pine. Taste is grapefruit, pine, malt, spice, and caramel. Not much from the Louisville Sluggers. Pretty good.

3.3
ben4321 (6665) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 10/18/13

Aroma: The nose is citrus fruit (orange/grapefruit), lightly toasted malts, and a little caramel
Appearance: It pours a clear copper color with a small beige head and some sticky lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet, a little toasty, with some medium hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a decent mouthfeel, and a clean, slightly dry finish
Overall Impression: Beer with a cause is good with me. This one is okay, but it isn’t anything special. It’s certainly drinkable, but it probably isn’t so memorable. Hey, at least it is for a good cause.


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