Medusa IPA - The Defiant Brewing Company
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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
3.71/5 rDev +1.4%
Picked this up last week from the ShopRite in Parsippany, having never given this a go. I like IPA's to a large extent and wasn't sure if this would measure up to the others that I esteem highly. Although this didn't stand out to me, this was quite serviceable and easy to enjoy, given the relatively low alcoholic content of this and how smooth it was from start to finish.
Good pour and appearance to this, as the rich amber hue, frothy head, and stream of bubbles that made their way through the partially translucent liquid combined for a nice effect. Lots of floral and herbal notes in the aroma, which could be found in the taste as well. Not a ton of bitterness underneath that but what was there had a nice earthy and slightly metallic tinge to it. This beer had a nice resin kick to it, reminding me of a West Coast IPA without being as strong of full of citrus notes. Just a hint of butter in the aftertaste to go along with the English Tea feel that this had to it, as the hops faded away .
While not a session beer, I could have had another in a sitting easily, since the alcohol didn't make itself known throughout my sampling of this. While not a bad beer, there wasn't anything to dislike about this and it's a perfectly fine IPA by itself. Given how many standouts could be found on any shelf in this country, this IPA pales (not in appearance) to them but would be a good choice for anyone looking to kick back with a hoppy beer without being overwhelmed.
04-21-2014 07:14:21 | More by JerzDevl2000
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4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
Growler pour from the brewery about 75 mins ago. (reasonable price of $7.50 to refill an empty growler) Pours moderatly hazed, almond amber, the head is medium tan and quite expressive, frothy, lasting and then leaves all kinds of fine sheeting and extensive lacing. Nice looking brew. The sniffy snif reveals grainy and resinous hops. Well hopped and tasty IPA. More resin, pine notes, with a nice long, mellow finish. More then respectable IPA. Quite dry. Well done, perhaps my favorite Defiant offering to date
02-16-2010 02:23:52 | More by Billolick
4.25/5 rDev +16.1%
On draft at the brewery.
Poured a clear medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.
The smell featured loads of diactyl with a potent herbal hop.
The taste was extreme for the style. Full buttery diactyl accompanied by a full blast of lingering hop spice. Grassy and herbal.
The mouthfeel was certainly toward the fuller side of the style.
Overall a potent and tasty example of the style. Full bodied and full flavored.
04-15-2011 21:15:21 | More by plaid75
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
As far as IPAs go, this wasn't an outstanding one, but certainly nothing too horribly wrong either. Average.
Pours a golden color, rather typical of an IPA. Smell is subtle, but solid. Notes of a little citrus, and of course hops.
In the taste, the brew just sort of let me down. Not all that exciting. Boring, I suppose. Medium hoppiness with some floral notes.
07-19-2011 19:50:17 | More by devinoconnor
3.99/5 rDev +9%
Pours hazed orange to amber with a thin head. Lacing sticks.
The smell is floral, piney, herbal.
The taste is floral, piney, herbal with a pale malt, slightly bready backing. Finishes with a bitter dryness.
Medium-bodied, and smooth despite abv (well-hidden) and bitter bite.
A nice hoppy - herbal/floral IPA!
08-02-2013 17:29:26 | More by jwc215
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
On tap at the brewery. Lightly hazy amber/gold color with a decent cap of slowly settling white foam and nicely sticky lacing. Not a huge nose but dominated by very perfumy, floral hops and a faint sweet caramel malt undertone.
Flavor follows the nose but is a little bigger; quite flowery and perfumy; almost a jasmine note here; lesser resinous hop taste; moderately sweet maltiness held mostly in check. The flowery nature of the beer makes the biggest impression.
Medium bodied with medium, fairly crisp carbonation. Dry finish with a bit of lingering bitterness and slowly fading perfumey hops. A little one-note, but interesting. The hop profile will either appeal to you or not. I couldn’t see myself drinking this one too often but it’s not bad and is quite distinctive. Reminds me a bit of Rock Art’s IPA in all of it’s flowery glory, such as it is.
07-10-2012 21:03:19 | More by tobelerone
Medusa IPA from The Defiant Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.