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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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78
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 06-12-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Sammy, May 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

t0rin0, Jun 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

GRG1313, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

This poured out as a nice looking golden color with a touch of haziness to it. The head was soapy looking and it left a good lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was ok, but as I drank it I felt that it got a little funky. The taste of the beer was crisp and bitter, has the taste of a solid DIPA. The mouthfeel was clean and medium bodied with a nice carbonation to it also. Overall this beer wasn't pretty good, I love the name of it which is why I picked it up in the first place. It's not a bad DIPA, I would probably drink it again.

Knapp85, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro.I looked around for this beer and there isnt much information about it,kinda surprised to see it on tap down here.Poured a a mix of amber and burnt orange,a large fluffy white crown atop.Very muted aromas with mainly just a passing whiff of leafy hop and sweet alcohol.Flavors are much like the aromas meaning very light and ho hum,leafy hop and sweetsh caramel malt with a shot of the sweet alcohol.To me its nothing like a DIPA,not big hops,not much complexity,just sweetness.Eh another Atwater beer to not have again.

oberon, Jun 12, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev 0%

underwhelmed by this one. too balanced to really fall into the double ipa category for me, and a little more malt richness than the beer really needs. a touch of caramel malt has given this a nice bronze color, and its heady at the pour but it settles quickly. nose and taste are very similar, and both unimpressive for the style. im not getting the big hops at all, this is more like a strong pale ale than anything, and has a little english grain flair to it that pushes it further away from the style guidelines and from what my palate looks for in a big ipa. it does hide its alcohol well under some hop bitterness, but i need more to move me in this crowded style. drinkable enough honestly, but i am not particularly interested in more than one. not bad, just not hop forward enough.

StonedTrippin, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%

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!

woodychandler, Aug 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

ejimhof, Dec 15, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled June 2012. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, bread, grass, orange, mango, pine, earth, and herbal spiciness. Pretty good aromas with decent strength and balance; a bit too herbal and grassy. Taste of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, biscuit, floral, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Good flavor balance; with a nice malt/bitterness balance as well. No cloying flavors or astringent bitterness; a pretty clean finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a good DIPA. Some good hop/malt balanced flavors, and very smooth to sip on. Quite pleasant and enjoyable for a DIPA. It is unlike most that are in your face with a lot of hops and bitterness.

superspak, Aug 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
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3.01/5  rDev -11.5%

- double ipa. bot. june 13. consumed sept. 13.

A: Princeton orange pour with a decent clarity. Creamy-milky topping has an oatmeal tint with a fair stay of retention. Fine, moderate rise of carbonation with a broken, speckled, and spacious setting of lace on the vessel.

S: Faint flowery, citrus, no real sense of hoppiness, some bread, but no real toastiness. Disappointing for a pale, let alone a reputed ipa.

T: The flavor was a bit rough citrus, raw, flowery, mildewy, old, against some toasted bread, pine and some thick hop oils.

M: Syrupy, spicy dried honey floral notes. Lightly syrupy body, light crispness, spicy dried honey citrus flower leave.

O: Decent level of hoppiness does not always make for a good ipa. syrupy, not particularly bright hop wise, nor tasty flavor wise. meh. A C+ at best beer.

beerthulhu, Sep 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

dmorgan310, Jun 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

rolltide8425, Apr 14, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.0% ABV, 92 IBUs, production of June '12 notched on label.

A - Conniption Fit pours a murky orange color despite sediment remaining in the bottle. A quiet hiss of carbonation is released as the ivory head rises to a tall stature before dropping to a giant dollop of foam that floats on the beer below it's clutching lace.

S - A billowing strong hop presence embodies a bolder earthy tone than that of the big ripe citrus fruit generally found in a double IPA. Canned pineapple and grapefruit half appear but this beer leans more towards cut grass and wood chip earthiness with a bit of pine resin. It doesn't smell quite like an explosive double though as a hint of stale cardboard pokes in before the malty finish caps things off with cereal grains and caramel malt. A passing whiff reveals a hint of paint thinner on the finish; an odd hop side effect methinks.

T - Sticky caramel malt seems to become sticker with the aid of the hops' biting pine resin but it displays a good partnership between the two. Pale malt backs up the rest of the hops which jump into a muted blend of citrus with lemon zest coming out on top as the most focused flavor of the bunch. Overall, the taste just seems rather plain though. There's different things going on here, but none of them express unique characteristics from their core ingredient, instead they all seem to clump together.

M - Medium-full bodied, this tacky beer combats the feel's stickiness with higher carbonation for a crisp finishing feel that also batters the tongue with dry bitterness. Even if the hops' flavor profile doesn't quite expand, they do a good job of creating a nice bitter mouthfeel.

O - Atwater Block's Conniption Fit Double IPA initially seems more like a double English IPA with it's dry, earthy characteristics but citrus fruit eventually makes it's way in and gives the feel a necessary boost when the rest seems to fall somewhat short. Double IPAs are intended for immediate drinking, but I find it strange this beer would exhibit oxidation characteristics after only a few short months. Regardless, it's not offensive, it just doesn't hold it's own in a world saturated with big, bold double IPAs.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 30, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is well balanced. Some hops, citrus, malts kicking in at the finish, not overly bitter, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

tone77, Apr 01, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

Found this oddity at The Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro, NC. It's a clear dark amber/light copper color with a solid off-white foamy cover and great lacing. The aroma offers very little, just a slightly yeasty wheat and maybe hint of bayleaf. The flavor is more purposeful with a dry grass hop over light bready malt. I pick up some suggestion of cherries and some pine hop steps up after a few tastes. This is a bright, crisp feeling DIPA with medium body and modest but adequate carbonation. The flavor is pretty grassy but it is favorably balanced with the piny-malt characteristics. It's not an overstated DIPA, no special evidence of alcohol. In fact, the hops are not real loud here so it might disappoint most DIPA enthusiasts, but it's not bad tasting and quite drinkable for the style. A little too grassy leaning to be a favorite for me but I recommend it for a try.

Durge, Jun 29, 2010
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2/5  rDev -41.2%

IPAchris, Apr 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

BMart, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

warnerry, Jan 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

tommy5, Sep 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev +3.8%

multiple pints drank from the keg over the evening. didn't realize it was a DIPA until later, easy to drink.

appears a dark rusty orange brown color. nice off-white head, good head retention. fruity, herbal, and earthy hop aroma. enough malt in there to balance the taste. medium body, fairly smooth carbonation.

overall - a solid beer.

jmdrpi, Jun 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

millerbuffoon, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

StoutHunter, Oct 01, 2013
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Atwater Conniption Fit Double IPA from Atwater Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.