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Merry Taj IPA - The Lost Abbey

Merry Taj IPA
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.09%

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
First IPA for Lost Abbey. Brewed with the freshest hops available. Features 5 different hop varieties: Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-13-2013)
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Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Noble Hops.

Into a pint glass.

A: semi dark red sort of amber color. Bar pour leads to a one finger white foamy head that dies to leave some white cling lacing

S: starts off light caramel leading to bitter hops, nothing overly done and extremely inviting

T: bittersweet all the way through to lead to a super nice bittersweet caramel bitter hops aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium in body, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is right on for the style and for me

O: I say this is a good AIPA that I would have again

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 02:49:05 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Goliveidaho


4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a gobblet at Brewforia, Meridain. Head light...lacing delicate..small bubbles bouncing up through the dark amber....very dark with fine highlights. Massive grapefruit...sublte orange....do I taste pomegranate? Very smooth in the mouth leaves the palliate dry...like a lemon...tart...expecting the next mouthful. If this beer had just a smidge more complex overtones it would as my server said,"Stupid good." Cheers!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 18:50:42 | More by Goliveidaho
Photo of hopsputin


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: murky ruby grapefruit honey red

S: grapefruit, malt, caramel

T: grapefruit, pineapple, pine, sweet caramel

M: medium, don't feeling carbonation

O: it's ok. I'm a LA fanboy. However I'd recommend their Belgian style offerings over this. It seems a little mediocre compared to the rest of their offerings. Nothing offensive though

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 05:22:29 | More by hopsputin
Photo of Durge


4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This holiday IPA shows a dark rosy amber color with a fair cover of white that breaks down to a sparse blanket with lots of crackled lacing. The aroma is clearly announcing some grapefruit hops and some caramel wheat. Fairly mild but nice. The flavor brings a bigger hop kick with near cloying grapefruit and some piny bitter sweetness. There's a hint of cherry and sweet grain with a very subtle alcohol sensation. This is a solidly medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation that drinks pretty well for the ABV. The feel is fairly heavy with just a tasteful bit of spritely tingle for the tongue. A definite hop brew for the holidays when you might want to pace yourself a little to enjoy the crackling fire. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 19:25:43 | More by Durge
Photo of AgentMunky


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

Nice head. Mahogany clear. Heavy lacing. Smells of earthy hops. Citrus zest. Tropical fruit. Dryish. Zesty. Hint of caramel malt. Light, spritely, and crisp. This is a rather light, subdued, interesting AIPA. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended. Would have again. Aftertaste is dry and spicy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 02:45:22 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus zest qualities all around.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 05:28:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Siebel98

New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Had this right after a Green Flash West Coast IPA, and if I didn't know different I would have sworn at first taste that the GF had a higher ABV.

Beautifully balanced beer. Rich copper color, dense creamy off-white head, citrusy hop aroma. Flavor is incredibly well balanced between the massive malt and hop levels, and the alcohol is very well hidden. With very little lingering bitterness, this beer is surprisingly easy to drink for an 8% IPA.

Kudos to Lost Abbey on their first IPA. Outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2013 23:37:48 | More by Siebel98
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great, great dark reddish appearance like a Moroccan sunset. Nose is wonderful; like an orca clearing it's blowhole of pure, yet light hop juices. Taste is a bit different; not harsh like listening to a Katy Perry record, but deceiving like Katy Perry with makeup on. It's a bit "sharper" than most IPA's, but still smooth.

Yeah, like Katy Perry, it's a bit confusing. I mean, it's ok and I would order another, but, would I?

Bless your hearts, my children.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2013 05:05:01 | More by RaulMondesi
Merry Taj IPA from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.