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Timber Beast - Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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80 Reviews
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Reviews: 80
Hads: 466
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 32.41%
Wants: 28
Gots: 71 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mississipping on 07-12-2012

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz
Best by 02/06/14

A- beautiful orange-golden color with thick two finger off-white head
S- citrusy, some pinyness
T - really get the citrus here. One of the better tasting IPAs I've had
M - really smooth, not a lot of the bitterness
O - surprisingly, one of my favorite IPAs now.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 joshuatow
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very hoppy but balanced with alcohol.floral taste and aroma. Strong smell of ruby red grapefruit and carmely after tones.clean finish and fine lacing. very well balanced. This beer is definitely worth a try and should be poured into a glass to get the flavour profile.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy cider color, rich-looking and with impressive foam head.
There's a very hoppy, and then a refreshing wheat-like aspect to this beer. It is also quite drinkable. The way the rye blends in this one is nice. At first taste I thought a sour aspect was going to kick through when I first tasted this, but it's a well-balanced ale where, thankfully, the hops push through the rye. Nothing complex whatsoever, but the parts go together nicely enough. Feels smooth/ creamy and medium carbonated.

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Photo of barczar
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 KTeamLSU
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a dark amber with two fingers of light fluffy head that hung around awhile

S: Definite pine and resin aromas

T: This is like Fall in my mouth. I love that the Rye spice sneaks up on you. The hops are there, but aren't over powering. A great balanced beer.

MF: A little over carbonated, but this doesn't take away from the beer

O: Love this Double RyePA, very underrated in my opinion

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Photo of tmm313
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a super hazy dark orange color with almost zero transparency. 1 finger, creamy head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Good lacing while the head is there.

Smell: Big sweet grapefruit, pineapple and sour rye. Lemon rind, pine resin and a touch of alcohol. Huge aromas. Very inviting.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit immediately followed by big pine resin. Excellent balance between the two huge flavors. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with crisp carbonation. Nice oily finish with pine bitterness and citrus sweetness lingering.

Overall: This was a great IPA! Big aromas and flavors. Its not as complex as some I've had, but it is very well balanced and has HUGE flavor and aromas. The 9% ABV is almost completely hidden. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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 SavvyStudent
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible bottle dating that I can see. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a nice two-finger foamy head the color of french vanilla. Takes a few minutes to dissipate, leaving sticky but receding lacing and a rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Body is glowing amber-orange hue with a faint amount of chill haze.

Smell - Lots of strong hop profiles, with grapefruit, hints of mango, pine resin, fresh vinyl and an underlying bite of alcoholic esters. As the initial aroma fades, a sweetish grain characteristic, almost like graham cracker, emerges.

Taste - The grapefruit again comes through, now with a bit more astringency than the smell. Hop bitterness quickly emerges from the initial fruit elements and there is some definite heat from the alcohol. I'm not one to shy away from a strong beer, but this not what I would call a "hidden" 9%. Finishes with some earthy spicy from the rye.

Mouthfeel - Slick and resinous, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Bittersweet finish that lingers well after the swallow.

Overall, a very tasty take on a rye Imperial IPA. The rye is definitely present, but I agree with the classification of it as an IPA versus a Rye Beer. The hops are definitely the star, while the rye makes it unique.

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Photo of dwren89
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange gold/auburn with thick creamy off white head and great clarity

Aroma: a lot of pine, citrus, fresh bread, slight spiciness, hint of pepper,

Taste: delightful blend of spicy and peppery rye character and piney hop flavor. Well balanced but with a nice bitter finish

Mouthfeel: full bodied, tangy, bitter and medium carbonation

Overall: A solid Ryepa. Not the best I've had but a great one to quench a thirst and keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Entropy501
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really enjoyed this beer. Normally I'm put off by Rye and high alcohol content, but this did a quality job of combining the two. The Rye comes through really well and the Zythos hops give a nice cut to the bite of the alcohol. Slight toffee notes and a creamy full mouth feel. This is a great beer to recommend to people looking to try a Rye that won't put them off.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company - Timber Beast

My first brew from Mississippi, another state notch!

Look - Poured into a goblet this pours a hazy deep caramel with some orange hues. It sports an inch sized foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Bready rich malt with a nice forward resiny hop overlay and a hint of rye.

Taste - Creamy sweet malt is pushed back by rye, which is them almost immediately overpowered by grassy bitter hops. After this it is almost metallic or astringent for a short period of time.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, chewy, smooth but bitter and more dry than sticky. Not overly boozy but obviously 9% so there's that. Good drinkability.

Overall - The poor rye gets crushed by bitter hops, but as a DIPA this is not surprising. Solid DIPA, would recommend but would not say that this is as rye heavy as it could be.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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 youradhere
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an unlabeled bottle into a pilsner flute. Pours a murky golden copper, large white bubbles in the head. Smells of faint honey and grapefruit rind. Taste is muskmelon, grapefruit pith, iced coffee on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick enough to carry the residual sugars and hop bitters, carbonation pricks intermittently inbetween the regular smooth medium carb. Not a bad IIPA, not something to drink in the heat, but certainly worthy according to this northwestern transplant.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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 twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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 Jacurdy60
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep orange pour that settles to a paler yellow at the bottom. Bits floating around at the bottom. A huge orangish-white head that retains nicely as I drink. Foam coats entire glass as I drink.

S-Huge piney nose. Citrusy esters with a hoppy bite. Not too complex

T-Follows the nose mostly. Piney and citrusy fruits at the front precede a malty, sweet finish. Very nicely layered taste. The bitter fruits are complimented nicely by the caramel sweetness

MF-Crisp and lightly carbonated. Pretty typical of an imperial IPA.

O-I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is an exceptional beer. It gets better and better with every sip. The warmth really exposes how nicely layered this beer is. It's 9% ABV, but I do not get any alcoholic taste at all. Very impressed.

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Photo of garuda
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours rusty orange with a small off-white head. Low retention, but good heavy lacing down the glass.

Smells of caramel malts, pine and earthy hops.

Similar flavors. A little citrus punch up front recedes into malty caramel sweetness. An earthy bitterness takes hold near the end to balance the malt a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium plus. Good carbonation level for the style and profile.

Generally prefer more pronounced citrus and pine in IPA's, but this was a solid effort.

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Timber Beast from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.