I dropped by the brewery last week to drop off some empty kegs that Will at COOP was kind enough to donate for an event I had for work. It only made sense while I was on the southwest side that I pick up a few brewery only releases to try. I was happy to see that several limited IPAs were available, including this one. An East Coast style cloudy IPA that I’ve been hearing about was on tap and of course I took one home to review.
Company: COOP Ale Works
Location: Brewed In Oklahoma City, OK
ABV: 7.0% ABV
Style/Description: Imperial/Double IPA
Price: $10 per crowler
Appearance: Cloudy orange straw pour, light head and nice sticky lace.
Nose: Fruity aroma, with notes of orange and peach, with tropical mango and pineapple.
Taste: Plenty of the fruit juiciness promised by the nose, with orange, mango and pineapple as well as some bitter pithy citrus zest. As the beer opens up and the most volatile sweet flavors disappear, some tangy lemon and lime flavors come out. The body is a little light, perhaps a little thin for the style, with a medium carb and a smooth, silky mouthfeel.
Finish: Crisp finish, dry, with some residual bitterness remaining on the palette.
Overall: Solid contribution from COOP into the East Coast IPA category. Nice and juicy, and a bit of departure from their usual, more bitter IPAs. As much as I love F5 and Alpha Hive, I’m glad to see COOP trying out some different IPA recipes. I also had an F5 with grapefruit that was quite good, but didn’t get around to writing a review. I was looking through Untappd pictures, and it looks like there was an 8.1% ABV version that may have had a little more heft in the body. I’ll keep an eye out for changes in the recipe and ABV. Drop by the taproom, open Wednesday through Saturday, and grab a draft or crowler!