Six-Pack Saturday: Daredevil Brewing Company’s Liftoff American IPA

It’s time for Six-Pack Saturday’s triumphant return. Seeing as this is the first one of 2016, I decided it was an appropriate time for a small change to Six-Pack Saturday. I previously separated taste and drinkability into two different categories. The two seem to overlap a good portion of the time, so I am henceforth combining them into one category: taste (clever name eh?).

Being the first Six-Pack Saturday of the year, it seems only fitting that I review one of my favorite styles of beer – the IPA. This time around I’m trying something very local, Daredevil Brewing Company‘s Liftoff American IPA. Let’s drink this thing!

The Basics

Daredevil Brewing Co. was founded in 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana, by Bill Ballinger, Michael Pearson, and Shane Pearson. Their brewery is located five blocks away from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. Daredevil Brewing Co. has six special brews and their year round brew, Liftoff American IPA.

Liftoff American IPA is described as a hoppy West Coast Style IPA. It clocks in at a hefty 7.2% ABV, with an IBU of 72. Is this beer worthy of its Speedway heritage? Let’s find out.

The Taste

Daredevil wasn’t lying when they described this beer as hoppy. The hops are immediately noticeable when sipping this. They give the beer that almost citrus-like flavor IPAs often have, but without the bitterness. In fact, Liftoff is extremely smooth, and dare I say it, refreshing.

Despite the high ABV of this beer, it’s surprisingly easy to drink as well. There’s no bite or bitterness to be found here. My fiancee, who generally dislikes IPAs, even found this one to be smooth and enjoyable.


Upon drinking this beer, it’s easy to see why Daredevil Brewing Co. brews it year round. It’s smooth, very flavorful, and downright pleasant. I could see this being especially refreshing in the summer. As a seasoned IPA drinker, I am very impressed. I give this one ten out of ten hops. To those of you hesitant to try IPAs, do yourself a solid and hunt this one down. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some unopened cans of Liftoff that need some attention.

Cheers, Daredevil Brewing Co!
Cheers, Daredevil Brewing Co!

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