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Atwater Conniption Fit Double IPA - Atwater Brewery

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Atwater Conniption Fit Double IPAAtwater Conniption Fit Double IPA

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: oberon on 06-12-2010

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 25
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange copper color with a big foamy 2 finger light tan head with a ton of bubbles in it that faded very slowly, leaving great foamy rings of lace as it went down.

Smells of grapefruit, piney hops/pine cones, orange peel, citrus hops, grass, mint, floral hops, grains, herbs and light spices like pepper and coriander; a nice hoppy nose that bursts with the different hop notes and was like sweet wet hops were added - a very nice nose.

Tastes more malty than the nose, with biscuit, malt, lightly toasted grains and sweet bread or cake leading the way, followed by orange juice, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, guava, citrus hops, piney hops, brown sugar, apple skin, herbs, tea leaf, pepper, light spices and coriander; very juicy hop flavor mixed with nice sweet malty notes made for a complex and enjoyable flavor. Started out English IPA and finished as a West Coast IPA, which was a great transition and hid the alcohol completely.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and buttery with mild zesty carbonation, a medium chewy body and a sweet overall flavor with a slight bitter citrus finish. What a very pleasant surprise, this was a solid DIPA that went down so smooth and easy and felt more like an IPA. A really solid beer that I recommend trying.

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4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear orange liquid with a thin, bone-white head. A quick swirl brings the head back to a nice, one finger thickness.

S- Caramel, pine, grass, citrus, and maybe a touch of cotton candy. Very aromatic and intriguing. A bit old school considering the lack of fruitiness but it is nice for a change-up.

T- Caramel, vanilla, pine, oranges, and grass. Bitter and sweet. Much maltier than many beers of the style. Unique.

M- A very smooth body with some lingering bitterness.

O- A unique double IPA that is definitely more on the old school side but is definitely memorable. Fairly drinkable considering the lower alcohol content for the style.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was at The Friendly Greek recently, picking up some lovely bombers and having a draft while doing so when one of my constituents walked in. He was in the market for some IPAs and DIPAs and asked if I could recommend some. I helped him to get a mixed-six and steered him over to a four-pack of this beer. I told him that Atwater Block has always been very hit-or-miss for me, in that when they hit it, it is fantastic and when they miss, they miss by a mile. I further copped that I was curious to try this one, but I did not want to commit to four, even for $11.00 so he bought the four, and I owe him $3.00 for the one that he slipped into my bag for review. It is nice to have friends ...

From the bottle: "Conniption Fit - /ke'nipSHen/ /fit/ - a hoppy ale characterized by a sudden, violent hop outburst, often accompanied by a tirade of strong language and unexpected gyrations of the face and mouth due to hysterical enjoyment."; "Beer Is Good"; "Enjoy Responsibly".

It was extremely fizzy and effervescent following the initial pour, so I backed off so as not to overflow the glass. Upon settling, I had just under two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention as the day's humidity made an unwanted return following intermittent showers. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. A previous reviewer mentioned haze and sediment, but I had neither. Notched date was J(une) 2013, so mine was definitely fresh. One whiff of the nose and I also understood what another reviewer meant by this as being an "English DIPA" as it was very malt-driven with the hops underlying the sweetness. I was put in mind more of a barleywine. Mouthfeel was on the full side, possibly due to all of the carbonation. The initial taste was very sweet, especially for the style, and very reminiscent of a barleywine. Thick, sticky lacing began to appear from the first draught. Finish was semi-dry, with the hops finally getting a chance to flex their muscles.

How do I quantify this one? If they would re-label it as an English-style barleywine or a Strong Ale, I would buy into it. As an ADIPA, it was far too sweet and malt-driven for my taste. Did I like it? Sure! It made me break out in a sweat drinking it, which all ADIPAs should do to be of any merit at all, but stylistically, it was flawed. Am I a style maven? Heck, no! But neither should I just gloss over that it really was not as advertised. Would I choose this over their misses, as previously mentioned? Heck, yes! Like I said, it was getting me where I was going, but it was taking an alternate route in so doing. Confound these guys!

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3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated July 2013 Enjoyed 2/21/14

A- Pale golden honey and hazy. One finger head, white and tight, leaves moderate lacing.

S- Citrus from the hops comes through first. Grapefruit, lemon. A sweet bready aroma behind.

T- Sweet malts overpower the hops off the blocks but a dry bitterness soon takes over. Well balanced. At 92 ibu's this packs a punch as expected from a double IPA.

M- Drinkable for an IPA. Medium bodied for a 9% brew.

O- This is a fine double IPA. Nothing to write home about, but it was definitely enjoyable. True to style but lackluster. There are better out there but this does the trick. Check it out if you are in the mood for a hop forward IPA.

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3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled notched Nov. 2011

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Very fruity hops, with citrus, mostly orange, being most prominent. Also some caramel malt and grassy hops.

T - Nice hop bitterness up front, again with a big citrus component, but caramel and bread malts come in pretty quickly. Finishes with more bitterness. Definitely one of the better tasting beers I've had from Atwater.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky. Finises semi-dry with some nice bitterness.

O - Certainly not in the upper echelon, but this was a pretty enjoyable DIPA, and one of the better Atwater brews I've had.

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Atwater Conniption Fit Double IPA from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.