Timber Beast - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 451
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company visit their website
Mississippi, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mississipping on 07-12-2012

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Cloudy darker amber with a thin off white head. Some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong pine bitter notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Rough, medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine with a very mild sweetness in the background.

Overall: Good IPA, glad I got to try this one out. (375 characters)

Photo of Lahoi
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice imperial. Not the best I've had (Green Flash maybe), and far from the worst (no names). It is certainly a beast of a beer. It might not be atop the imperial food chain, but it is a legit contender. (202 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: light copper color with little transparency. Good lacing and carbonation with little head.
S: it has some inherent sweetness and yeast scent similar to what you find in Belgium beers
T: something I have found with most south eastern breweries is the impact of the water to the flavor profile. Their IPAs leave you with a muddled hop flavor instead of the piney profiles offered by Stone. Nice balance of light malt and a predominant hop/floral profile
M: medium-heavy mouth with a good amount of carbonation. Leaves an OK after taste that I do not prefer.
O: the label advertising a DIPA with Rye pulled me in to purchase this beer. In the edit doesn't deliver a good hop hit nor rye flavor but rather what I have come to expect from east coast "IPAs": a muddle shadow of their cousins west. The saving grace to this is the healthy balance of sweetness they managed to add to the norm muddled hop profile (907 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thick buff head and consistent lacing all the way down. Color is hazy light amber. Aroma is pine sol and biscuit malt. Flavor is a rich blend of malt and hops yet it has a soapy, funky note that detracts a bit. Good bracing bitterness. Mouthfeel medium. Overall not bad but a bit rough in some spots. (312 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A. Copper, amber, gold. Light haze. Fluffy white head, keeps decently well, laces thick silk screen all the way down.

S. Spicy rye, bold malt, slightly grassy and citrusy. Hops don't dominate, but the rye is big,

T. Dominant spicy rye, with a spicy hop bitterness. Hints of grass and citrus, and maybe a bit earthy. Equally as strong (which I wouldnt call intense, but the flavors are fairly big) is the malt backbone - a solid balancing malt quality that hints at munich malts.

M. Crisp carbonation combined with a fairly big bitterness make this a sharp and refreshing 9%er. Medium body is balancing and just slick enough to keep that bitterness lingering nicely.

O. Underwhelming except for the rye and the bitterness. Not complex, itll get the job done, especially if you like balanced IIPAs and rye. (808 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.20.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, darker orange with a fluffy cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Rye, old orange peel, sweet pine.

T - Bitter dark oranges and bready malts.

D - Lots of carbonation with a medium body. A very bitter finish.

O - Lots of rye and old hops. (295 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle sent along by Bulbman in the Secret Santa BIF. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Timber Beast pours a hazy burnt orange. The slightly off white foam shoots past four fingers in height, actually managing to spill out of this large glass. Head retention is good, but lacing is very spotty aside from a good bit left at the top of the glass. The nose probably has more rye than hops, as the spiciness is immediately noticeable, but it takes a few moments for the grassy citrus aromas to make themselves known. The flavor profile leads off with a light helping of caramel before a potent spicy rye character comes in. The bitterness that follows is attention grabbing, but the grapefruit centric hop close is a little bit wimpy. The mouthfeel is alright, though I'd say it's slightly fulll bodied and under carbonated. Lazy Magnolia's Timber Beast is an enjoyable beer, but it didn't exactly blow me away either. (923 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy brownish orange with a 1.5 finger thick white head. Amazing head retention and really good lacing. Really thick all the way around.

Lots of rye spiciness comes through on the aroma. Kind of reminds me of bread dough. Earth, caramel, and overripe citrus also comes through. Lots of orange and tangerine.

Dark caramel and rye on the flavor. The rye hangs around for a long time and really adds a nice element to this brew. Tons of ripe orange from the hops that approaches a slightly unpleasant acrid bitterness on the back of the tongue. Tons of hope bitterness that really comes close to being too much. This extremely strong bitterness combined with a very sweet and sticky mouthfeel severely limits drinkability.

Overall, a good effort by Lazy Magnolia on their first foray into high gravity brewing. This beer comes close but just seems to miss the mark. Toning down the bitterness and cleaning up the mouthfeel a little would do wonders. (989 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange/dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of rye, piney hops. Taste is the same. Piney hops, rye, medium bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it is not the hop bomb I expect in this style, but still a solid beer. (313 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange body, slight haze, white cap has good retention and nice lacing.

S/T - Juicy, citrus and pine hops up front, backed up by a strong caramel malt backbone. Rye spiciness comes through and builds in the finish. Hops are a little weak for a DIPA, and an unpleasant diacetyl/butter taste emerges as it warms.

M - Full body, medium carbonation. Stays smooth with a spicy and bitter finish.

O - Seems ok as an Imperial Rye IPA. Butter taste was a little off-putting and hops could have been stronger to balance out the sweetness. (536 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: dark honey golden, large carbonation bubbles, slightly offwhite head, moderate globby lacing

S: sharp apricot, sweet mint, a bit of apple-like sweetness...missing the rye that is supposed to be in here

T: bitter orange zest, apricot, crackery malt, bitter twang...not as much dark rye flavor as I'd expected.

M: moderate body with a medium dry finish, nice fuzzy carbonation feel

O: This is a fine beer thought I wish they rye in the grain bill came forward to lend more dark, sharp earthy bitterness. (533 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a heavy flocculated brown. Outstanding head volume, very good retention and world class lacing.

Outstanding nose of spicy rye, citrus hops (orange, tangerine) and a rich caramel and biscuit background.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy moments. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair amount in the finish.

The flavor profile has the potential to be outstanding, but fails to cover the alcohol. What results is a nice citric hop flavor accompanied by the rye over a rich caramel in the beginning. The middle brings a mild bitterness that has both rye and hop characteristics that have pine aspects as well. Then comes the alcohol and it overwhelms everything from then on. The brewer snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on this one. (813 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Mississippi beer! 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is two fingers high, and slightly off-white in shade. It has both good retention and a nicely dense texture, and also leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. (4)

Smell: It has that intense grapefruit typical of a good DIPA. While that's usually enough, this beer also injects a subtle kiss of rye throughout. The rye doesn't dominate, but neither does it completely hide like a shrinking violet. I'm also picking up faint estery touches and a crackery (not caramely!) malt backbone. It's not the freshest bottle, so I'm impressed with its mild complexity. (3.5)

Taste: The initial flavor is bitter grapefruit, blending with touches of orange peel and pine. Rye notes appear around the mid-taste; just like the nose indicated, it's a subtle characteristic that adds to the experience instead of detracting. At times, I'd call the finish faintly juicy, and that's a great thing. The back end also reveals some more general malt notes (caramel, toffee). Its level of grapefruity bitterness is just right - not too pungent, nor too timid. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly sweet, typical of a DIPA. However, it has enough crispness and bitterness to go down fairly easily. The carbonation is slightly masked by the sweetish body. (3.5)

Overall: It's not quite a top-flight DIPA, but it's still a very good one. It has a reasonable depth to it that quite a few in the style lack. Aside from the sweetness being a bit too much (always a problem in most big rye-laden IPAs in my opinion), I can't really think of anything wrong with this. Certainly, I'd drink it again. (3.5)

3.64/5: Very good by DIPA standards, utterly miraculous by Mississippi standards (1,766 characters)

Photo of BeerMeInMS
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking Date: 8/5/12

Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Burnt-orange hue with fluffy white head. Good retention and some thick, sporadic lacing.

Smell: citrusy; earthy. not overpowering or super piney like lots hop-centric beers, just crisp, refreshing with a little zest.

Taste: Intense, bitter hop flavor right up front; mellows for a bit, then ends with another rush of earthy bitterness. Good hop flavor but I don't taste the rye. Alcohol is completely hidden so watch out!

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, a little dry and sticky

Overall: I liked it. Will purchase again. A strong hoppy beer with good flavor, though not complex. Still, I can taste the effort and care, so cheers for our Lazy Mag! (696 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from Dogwood Growlers (Acworth, GA). 7.49. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours ruddy garnet with two fingers of pale head. Spotty lace.

Aromas of floral, pine, rye and some citrus.

More bitter earthy pine in the flavor than the nose with grapefruit rind, rye spice, pepper, biscuit and just a hint of the respectable abv. Pretty good.

Medium full, oily feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering piney, citrus rind finish.

Not bad at all and I'd drink it again but it lacked any wow factor for me. It's quite good without bringing anything new to the table. (588 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy ivory foam with a hint of orange. Looks great!

Smell: strongly lemony and slightly floral hop aroma. With the alcohol thrown in the works, it smells a little like floor wax ... but in a good way.

Taste: very bitter and herbal hops right up front, slowly fading into the more lemony element. Not bad, if, again, a little floor-waxy.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a pretty good carbonation. Creaminess is a bit evanescent, but it's decent enough.

Overall: this beer is not terrible, but it just doesn't grab me. (685 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden coloring was obscured by tons of carbonation and bubbles etched along the edge of the pint glass. The head was fizzy, loosely knit but kept its shape for a long time.

The aroma is a nice mix of herbal and fruity hops. Grapefruit, tangerines and oranges mix with a piney floral scent. The backbone is a hefty tea leafy malt.

As with many IPA'S this comes across has more musky and swampy on the tongue. The hops are herbal and floral but not piney. Mixed with the more caramel malt flavor is a honey taste which helps to off set the more earthy hop tone.

The feel is bitter but not astringent, light and drinkable, despite the high ABV.

This is not my cup of tea, I'm guessing, based on the ratings but it has a lot of flavor, just not my favorites. (764 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, bottle thanks to Hotmetal1.

This beer has a nice look and feel to it; glowing orange body with light haze; decent cap of cream colored foam with solid retention and lacing. Medium bodied with smooth but active carbonation and an appealing creaminess. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, pine, and muted spice. The flavor has a faint hit of the spiciness of the rye, but it plays a pretty minimal part in the overall taste; the sweetness of the malt and the moderately bitter, citrusy orange hops keep it suppressed until the finish. Additionally there is a not-especially tasty perfumed aspect to the hops not detected very much in the aroma. The finish is somewhat sticky and the aftertaste is average in terms of length and bitterness for a DIPA.

This beer was a bit mediocre for me; not bad, but in no way a standout in this crowded field. It was a little too sweet and the hop combination was both a little odd and a little lackluster. Additionally, a bigger overall hop presence would have gone a long way towards cutting through all that sweet maltiness and provided the counter-balance of elements I was looking for. Would have liked the rye to have more prominence as well. (1,210 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: yellow-orange, a little hazy. Lots of tiny bubbles make a swath of head and lacing.
smell: Sharp piney hops. Some citrus. A sweet background.
taste: Sharp bite of hops, with the sweet malt softening the bite. Not as nuanced as the nose.
overall: A worthy DIPA from Lazy Magnolia. Not a stand-out but with all the smokin DIPA's out there, no knock. (359 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is strongly hoppy, resin and woody notes with a hint of malt. Pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick pale golden-wheat head. Taste fills the mouth with hoppy resin and woody notes and strong but not ferocious bitterness, and just a hint of sour orange. Bold, if not complex; definitely for only the stout-hearted. Er, IPA-hearted. ;) Smooth, firm, lively texture leaves a strongly hoppy finish that hangs around for a bit. Can you tame this beast? (459 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a dingy yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, citrus, orange peel, tropical fruit hop, spice, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange, spice, orange peel, citrus hop, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. By most accounts this was just a decent brew, however the aroma on this one was very unexpected. When I went into it to investigate for the first time I found it to be extremely complex and pleasant. I just wish that the rest of this brew followed along with the aroma. This one could have been great, but the grain/spice aspect really dominated the flavor which was unfortunate. Another case of ‘close, but no cigar’. Too bad. (915 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With a pep of grain and spice, there's a rustic and raw taste to the common citrus and moderate malt influence that the typical Imperial IPA would give. However, this is the South and they have a certain swagger about them. This is how they handle big IPA:

Like many imperial versions would, Timber Beast pours with a deep honey-amber appearance with a translucent haze that allows a dim glow from behind. A creamy yet delicate eggshell white foam rises above and swirls into an even skirt across the surfae. Dense but low, its foam character shows resiliency as the ale trails with dashing lace.

Its strong hop presence is an even-keel dialogue of citrus and pine aromatics rise at the same time. Pink grapefruit, crushed pine needles, freshly zested oranges and recently mowed lawns all play into the beer's sharp and bright hoppy scent. Underlying notes of caramel and yogurt seems give give the hoppy fruit elements a sense of richness and juiciness.

As the caramel coaxes the front of the tongue, a quick spiciness also abounds. Different than hops, the peppery character of rye steps in a gives a husky and grainy flavor that works in conjunction with the bitterness of hops and the toastiness of barley. Yet there's a rugged earthiness that emits as the taste of rye bread takes hold, but without the caraway. But even though its citrusy power carries the middle palate, it culminates in a pithy-bitter finish that's in perfect complement to the hop's resinous sappy taste to close.

Its easy and moderate textures rely on medium malt sweetness and heightened carbonation. But the lift from those bubbles are labored in the beer's residual sweetness. But once the lift the malt, the ale begins to resemble standard American IPA with finishing dryness and deeply resinous character. Even its alcohol is subdued as the beer's clean malt character reveals only a hint of vegetative astringency.

I rather love this beer, however its so convincing of a regular IPA that I want to ignore its alcohol content and its slightly elevated body. That can get me in a lot of trouble as those are easy to toss back- so are the woes of a Southern craft beer drinker- so be it! (2,172 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear amber with one finger off-white haed that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a light cap.

Aroma is citrus rind, pine, resinous hops, nice rye spice kick, bready malt a bit of caramel. Good strength.

Flavor is nice big bold hops, citrus rind, orange pulp, pine, resinous hops, rye malt really nice here, bit of alcohol, integrates well, big juicy hops and spicy rye kick. Well balanced. Minimal sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good carbonation.

Mighty impressive DIPA from Lazy Magnolia. Heard nothing but good things and lives up to those claims. Really excited to see this here in Georgia. (704 characters)

Photo of gatordawg40
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass, with huge head and cloudy appearance.

Fruity and hoppy smell, pleasant and not overly strong.

Taste was pleasant with a bit of hoppy aftertaste that disappeared quickly. The flavors that others have aptly described are very present.

Overall a nice beer and a great addtition to the Lazy Magnolia stable. (326 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 1 and a half finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving a foam blanket, and some really nice spider web lacing as you drink it down. Head renews with each pour.

S: Italian bread, with a little hay and wood.

T: Very hoppy, very pungent, with a little bit of honey, tangerine, and oregano.

M: Bitter with a very slight sweet balance. Full and syrupy texture. Coppery aftertaste that linger throughout.

D: The bitter and pungent qualities will dictate a slower plodding experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice appearance including a frothy head and some decent lacing. Nose is bready and woody, but a little shallow. Hoppy and pungent flavor, with hints of spice and citrus. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a good quaff. (811 characters)

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Timber Beast from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.