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Timber Beast - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 462
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 32.58%
Wants: 26
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my knowledge this is my first beer tried from the state of Mississippi.Poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed burnt orange infused deep golden with a half finger slightly off white head,I like the color it just looks like a big hop monster.Aromas of citric and tropical fruit-like hops along with big alcohol sweetness and caramel malts,the hops win out but you know it's a brash beer.Sweet caramel and alcohol notes are the first thing I notice,the caramel doughy flavors are big,there is a hefty dose of citrusy tropical fruity hops wich is nice,not bitter at all.Not as sweet as most of the style but it's got some sweetness,a couple of these and you feel it.Better than expected to be honest,well done.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was so thrilled to find this in Arkansas today!

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with a pinky of ivory colored head. Insane lacing & good head retention, never really clears up

S: Big-time breadyness, orange peel, faint pineapple

T: Breadyness, a bit of pine & grapefruit, plus some herbal hops up front. Loads of pineapple, biscuitty malt, & a bit of grapefruit, plus peppery notes as this warms. Finishes grapefruitty with orange peel, dryness, peppery notes, a touch of pineyness & caramel

MF: Chewy, with slight carbonation , warming with nice balance

Drinks easy, but I'm sure this one would get ya after awhile. Easily my favorite from these guys, so far

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of grapefruit and orange, with a hint of pineapple thrown in. The flavor is very nice. I really like the pineapple notes that I get, which are mixed with other tropical fruit such as mangoes and papaya. I also get a hint of biscuit malt. There is a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, copper-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a dense, low profile, clingy, coating white head that settles into a surface coating. Literally, this head coats the entire glass as you drink. Looks great. Aromas of tropical fruits forward, with mango and pineapple most notable, as well as a slightly spiced and roasted rye backbone blended with a subtle caramel backbone. Smells balanced and slightly heavy, which is always good. Flavors are sharp initially, with a blast of tart grapefruit forward, spicy and darkly bitter rye notes, subtle sweet caramel, and the rest of the tropical fruit cast coming forward towards the end of the palate. This one is beastly, but remains balanced and drinkable throughout. The body is robust, but kept light and effervesced from the steady carbonation. The aftertaste has more of the bitter rye and tropical sweetness, as well as some piney notes finally shining. Bitter and sweet linger to a slow, smooth finish. This is big, but it is a damn good beer!

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Photo of Tone
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight pine, hint of alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of alcohol, hint of caramel malt, slight pine, hint of yeast, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An extremely sweet and enticing aroma of hops, citrus, and malt as well.

T: An interesting and subtle flavor at work here: A moderate (for the style) amount of hops, malt, and a fair amount of citrus (grapefruit, it seems). Another example of a flavor that grows on you after a while. Solid and refreshing.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A generally well done, easy to drink, likeable beer. Not quite as powerful as some DIPAs, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed light copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Soft notes of citrus, resin, and bready malt form the initial aroma. There's a candy-like sweetness accompanying an anise and pine character, that later more closely resembles rye. Interesting.

Bready malt is present in full force, with more rye in the finish than I've had in many rye offerings. The citrus character beneath is muddled. Lemon and grapefruit pith seem to be accompanied by tropical fruit, with an earthy hop aftertaste.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and waking alcohol.

Good malt presence to carry a pretty varied hop character. The spicy rye bitterness is not overwhelming, but is a little more than I prefer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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?

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed, dark gold color with a large cap of off-white head. Excellent retention and lacing, good looker!

Nose is tropical and citric hops, Im pretty sure there is some amarillo at work here...or maybe something else equally tropical. Smells good, malt is biscuity with a little zing from the rye.

Taste throws down some more bready flavors akin to a loaf of Jewish Rye. The hops still manage to be the main attraction with a piney-papaya flavor and plenty of bitterness. Alcohol is masked well and drinks pretty fast for a 9%'er. Lots of rye flavor on this one, some beers classified in the 'Rye Beer' style category dont even match this level of contribution from this Eastern European grass crop. Pretty tasty, I wouldnt have a problem buying another 4-pack of this.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass.

A- Pours a medium copper color with a 1/2 inch head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Sharp hop aroma with a bit of alcohol fume and a touch of rye. Strong, almost astringent.

T- Decent bitterness is medium-high and doesn't linger too long. It's more earthy and piney than citrusy. I don't really get much rye but it's there. Decently balanced with the alcohol not showing itself too much.

M- Bitey from the hops and booze with medium carbonation and a body that's just under medium.

O- Pretty drinkable, but I was hoping for more rye.

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Photo of maximum12
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for dropping this into our recent trade involving four boxes & about 96 lbs. of first-class, kick-ass beer...& for continuing to dent my wants list at every opportunity. 12 oz. bottle poured into the pint glass I brought from home to Austin, MN for just this reason.

Pour is golden, clear, foamy. Not sure why expected sediment, but I did. Nose is a lovely soft citrus, sweet & with a hint of spicy jungle dirt to it. Very nice combo shot.

Timber Beast is the start of a new fad, I hope: rye IIPAs. Yes! OK, maybe not. Introduction reads like a piece of rye on the tongue, but it's quickly cut by the big-handed sweetness of the malt, leaving an...interesting impression. No mid-palate, just a quick cut to hops that are lively, bitter, & earthy - or that might be the rye. Still, the ending leaves the tongue mildly bruised, which is quite a contrast to the doe-eyes up front. Very easy on the throat, I'm drinking this like I'm drowning in it. Or maybe I'm just thirsty.

Very interesting beer that veers from pillow-like to jarring in the span of moments & has everything I love...but just doesn't quite capture my upcaste imagination. Very good beer that whispers 'I could be great'.

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Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Awesome beer. Great citrus smell. Flavor is fresh citrus, caramel, pine, and light rye. One of the better ipas I have had in a while. Will look to pick this one up again.

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Photo of gtermi
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a cloudy dark golden body with a thin white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as it fades.

S: TONS of piney and slight citrus hops on the nose. There is also a little bit of sweetness hidden in there too.

T: Like the smell, I am picking up a strong amount of hops and and sweet malt. The falvor changes from very hop heavy at first, but then it turns into a sweet malt flavor the longer it lingers.

M: There is a decent amount of carbonation with a strong amount of crispness on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.

O: This is a pretty solid beer and for only a dollar a bottle, the price can not be beat. I would for sure come back to this beer again.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange colour, with a tan 2 finger of head. Aroma is zesty citrus notes, flowers, spicy hops and a spicy rye note. Some bread crust in there as well. Prevalent bitterness on the taste with bit citrus notes and an assertive, zesty, spicy rye bite. The spicy hops and rye co-mingle nicely and somewhat intensify the bitterness. It's a good medium body, substantial, with a nice carbonation level.

LM is taking this new elevated ABW law and hitting the ground running. This is a great Rye IIPA! Can't wait to see what they do next!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at the columbia street taproom, covington, LA. Pours a brownish golden with thick creamy head. Really nice pine, grapefruit, pineapple, hop aromas. So far I'm impressed. Taste is quite nice. Mellow malts but great citrusy pineapple hop flavor. Slight grapefruit and bitter mouthfeel but really tastey. Overall, very surprised this is as good as it is - no offense LM but this is probably the best of your brews I ever had. Great DIPA! I highly reccomend it.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an opaque hazed golden orange with a nice finger of off white head with fantastic lacing and very good retention.

S - tons of grapefruit and orange citrusy aromas, spicy rye, earthy hop undertones.

T - a nice citrusy flavor quickly becomes dominated by a hefty rye punch and a strong earthy hop bitterness that lingers through the (slightly sweet and malty) finish and aftertaste. Dry spicy bitter finish. Very good

M - medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Crisp and drinkable.

O - if grapefruit, rye spice, and dry earthy bitterness sound good to you then give this a shot. Will buy again

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast has a very thick frothy, yellowish-white head, and a hazy, bright orange appearance, with a huge amount of streaming bubbles and a lot of thick, foamy lacing rings left behind. The aroma is of spicy, peppery, piney hops and sugar, and the flavor is of sweet, malty bread, sugar, citrus juice, and piney hops. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and slick, and Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast Imperial IPA finishes dry, bold, and bitter. Also, one just does not pick up on the high alcohol in the taste, but you will feel it in your body and head. Overall, this is another wonderful beer, and I suggest that you try it!


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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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