Left Hand Homefront IPA

I’ve been wanting to try this beer for awhile. If you follow the blog at all, you know I love baseball, so even though a beer that’s aged on baseball bats sounds gimmicky, I was all for it. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Burnished copper color with a creamy white head. An aggressive aroma of pine followed by a nice citrus finish reminiscent of lemon curd and orange peel. Biscuit, honey, and grapefruit pith notes play ball on your tongue, followed by a memorable dry bitter finish. Nearing the end of the beer’s fermentation, orange zest and maple bats are added to the tank. Louisville Slugger sends each participating brewery specially engraved bats to add to the aging process. Originally developed in 2011 by Fremont Brewing Co. and Center of the Universe Brewing Co., Homefront IPA will be released by seven additional breweries this year: Left Hand Brewing Co., Cigar City, Perennial Artisan Ales, Sly Fox, St. Arnold’s, 21st Amendment, The Phoenix Ale Brewery, and Stone Brewing Co. All sales of Homefront IPA will go towards Operation Homefront, a national non-profit providing emergency assistance to military families and wounded warriors. Left Hand is the only participating Colorado brewery and will contribute 55 barrels to be sold in bottles and on draft nationwide. In 2014, a minimum of $150K from the sale of beer from participating breweries will be donated to Operation Homefront.”

Random: I’m thinking the Phils are going to trade Dom Brown before the deadline. We’ll see if I’m right.

This beer poured with a two finger, relatively thick, cream colored head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark copper color with high carbonation visible. The nose had some light wood with fresh grassy hops and some grapefruit notes as well. The taste was more mellow than the typical IPA. There was grass, grapefruit and some floral hops as well. Orange zest was present as well. It was almost as if the wood from the bats mellowed it. The body was light with high carbonation prickling the tongue. It had a long finish with grapefruit and lightly toasted wood. This brew was decent, but it wasn’t anything mind-blowing, which was really disappointing because I wanted to love it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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