COOP Ale Works’ F5 IPA… 4/5

Dropped in to have a few with a buddy of mine at The Fur Shop in Tulsa.  He drank the same beer all night and I can’t fault him.  I had one too, the COOP Ale Works’ F5 IPA.  I consider it one of the best beers coming out of the brewery.  Currently, I like the IPA style the most in my drinking endeavors and have for sometime.

From the Brewery…

f5-ipa“A straightforward malt body supports the distinctive bouquet of Columbus and Falconers Flight hops that impart citrus, grapefruit and pine notes characteristic of the West Coast style.  F5 is a belligerent hop reckoning.

  • Type: India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • IBU: 100+
  • SRM: 11″

My input:  If you don’t know the F5 name comes from the tornado rankings, as can be seen in the logo, and is something we all know about here in Okie Land.  I can appreciate the naming of this beer from this Oklahoma City based brewery, where the state has seen a number of F5’s over the past few years.  Cheers to the naming committee…

Tasting…

COOP F5The beer was served pretty cold, in a shaker glass.  An amber-colored beer with a white head that stuck around a little while after the first drink.  The nose was slight, cold and shaker may have limited, with a touch of citrus, but mostly a bit of hop anticipation. When tasting the hops and bitter were a dominate from the beer.  They were well-balanced and did not dominate the senses such that you could not enjoy the other flavors in the beer.  There were some fruity flavors that brought out a hint of sweetness, but were quickly covered by the hop finish.

As for mouth feel the carbonation stayed throughout the drinking and provided a good bite along with the hops having a good clean finish (dry bitter) to the drink. The finish provided a good clean feel to the mouth and begged for you to take the next drink.

Summary

Overall this is a very nice drinking beer and one that I could drink many of in a night.  I appreciate my buddy who had 4 right along with me this night while I was drinking diverse. I give this beer a 4 out of 5.  I could see drinking this along with almost meal because to me it is the food that compliments the beer.  I would not have this with a dessert though.

Another beer I have had from this brewery is the DNR (reviewed here).  So relax, sit back and have ABigBeer.


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The Fur Shop, Tulsa…

Got a text at the end of the day on Friday and a good/best friend was wanting a drink.  I stirred us towards The Fur Shop in downtown Tulsa.  It is the closest thing to a full-blown craft beer DIVE bar I have been to in Tulsa.  If you have others you would like to suggest please post a comment below.

The Past…

The Fur Shop historically (see Tulsa World article) was a hard-drinking, big party, live venue bar.  I have been told stories of block parties setup around the bar with outdoor stages.  It was all during a time when I was outside of that scene so unfortunately I do not have tails to tell.  Others tell stories of the multitude of festival like weekends, hosting of bands, and other entertainment goings-on happening around the site and sponsored by the bar.

Current…

FurShopSignThe Fur Shop name reopened a couple of years ago.  The sign had been left in the basement during past reincarnations so it was resurrected.  The focus was to have ongoing live bands again and they have managed to continue in that arena.  I don’t think they have been able to get back the past atmosphere (the bar’s surroundings have changed), but they have added a few new things to the mix, mainly a Craft Beer Focus.  The bar has dedicated its beer selection to local and regional craft brews.  Not all beers are of this flavor, but a large percentage. So for the dive bar/craft beer lovers this is a place to go hang out.

The bar does have three stages used for various types of bands.  The first is indoors to the right of the front door when entering and works for small bands on a compact stage.  The second is a small upstairs area more attuned to the quiet ensemble/duet. Lastly is the outdoor stage in an open space behind the bar.  It provides an open air festival atmosphere for when a band is playing.

On a typical day there are multiple areas in the bar open for drinking.  Many times there is only 1 person working so no table service.  The drinking areas include:

  • The Bar Area
  • Tables on first floor
  • Upstairs that is usually nice and quiet, good for an informal meeting
  • Outback in Beer Garden

No food but the Lone Wolf Banh Mi (see article or look up on Google) food truck has made the front of the bar home for the past year or so.

Beers…

The Fur Shop has recently been keeping its Facebook page (click here) current with new events, new beers, and tasting events.  If you are looking for something different from a regional brewery I would suggest looking or asking there.  On Friday I had the following beers (drafts) over the hours sitting and BS’ng with my buddy:

Watch for reviews to follow.  They also use the live drink list app on Facebook (click here).

Summary

I like The Fur Shop for its atmosphere, friends I know that drink/work there, and obviously the beer.  They do have some events/regular weekly occurrences that should be observed. I will let you make up your mind if you want to patronize the bar.  It is just one of many places for me to go, and a lot, lot more places in T-Town now are offering Craft Beer.  To that end I am always on the search to find new places to go and enjoy my favorite malted beverage.

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Coop Ale Works’ DNR – Belgian 4/5

Stopped into Rock & Brews (see review here) in “The City”, Oklahoma City, to grab a couple of beers and dinner with a friend.  The first beer I actually got to the table was Black Mesa’ Los Naranjos (Coffee Stout, see review) and the second, and subject of this review, was Coop Ale Works’ DNR.  The DNR is a Belgian Dark Ale.

From the Brewer

Belgian Dark Ale
Coop DNR

Coop-Cans-2“This Belgian-style dark ale is the culmination of central and western European malts, Noble hops, candy sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast.  Notes of dried fruit, cinnamon and vanilla make DNR a very complex experience to be enjoyed in moderation.”

ABV 10.0%
IBU 30
SRM 22  (Color Intensity)

 

Tasting

Some things are out of range for a Belgian Dark Ale (ABV specifically) for this beer but overall that sweet, fruity, sweet taste with a touch of sour/tangy finish was there for me.  I know that may not match what many say about how sweet this beer is, but for me the Trappist yeast really came through reminding me a bit of sour/saison taste.  That, to me, was the Belgian style coming through.  The ABV throws off a lot of the traditional classifications of this beer, but that is one thing that makes it unique.  The head/carbonation from the draft unfortunately did not last through the drinking.  The nose was definitely malty with the yeast undertones.  Part of the finish was a strong vanilla taste that did finish sweet.

Summary

If you can’t tell yet, I like getting local craft brewery beers when available on tap.  That being said Coop Ale Works is one of the better and more consistent breweries in the area and well worth drinking.  I really like the DNR, perhaps because it was after dinner and a dessert, and I could see drinking it in moderation.  At an ABV of 10% you will need to drink it in moderation. Overall rating of 4 out of 5 for me.  Others may not like it this much because of the sweet with a touch of sour taste.

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