Merry Taj IPA - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 205
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-13-2013

First IPA for Lost Abbey. Brewed with the freshest hops available. Features 5 different hop varieties: Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe.
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Photo of Nugganooch
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Bressi Ranch
Full Pint – 12/22/2014

A: Merry Taj pours a dark murky amber body with a definite unfiltered kind of look to it. Has some lighter orange tones to it. Creamy thick finger wide topping of khaki tan suds that holds tight for a few lengthy moments. So much scattered stick to this one it gives the glass a fogged up appearance.

S: Smells like the fresh dank sauce served up with some nice crusty warm bread. Seriously herbaceous this one is with a nice backing of floral and spice notes. Add a dash of caramel like sweetness and perhaps some understated citrus and pine there as well. Nice refreshing malt-balanced nose that is remarkably similar to Sierra Nevada celebration.

T: Bready malt balanced to the beat of some resinous dank and floral herbs with a bit of hop spice mixed in. Touch of spiced citrus and pine there but mostly dank with leafy wet hop flavors. The beer has an upper amount of scrubbing bitterness to it and the alcohol is well hidden in flavor for 8% ABV. Great accord to this overall. Merry Taj is a solid brew but eerily too much like SN Celebration. Dare I say one step even better.

M: Moderately filling with a nice creamy texture provided from the CO2. Hits with a peppery bitterness midway and finishes with a drying feel and long resinous linger.

D: An Atypical west coast IPA. Big resinous wet hop flavor with the bready malt to counter play. Really I am not certain if this is an homage to SN Celebration or just an outright attempt to trump it. Either way is a win. The similarities and flavor profiles are too canny. In this case here, fresh off the draught, I am enjoying it quite a bit more than the OG Celebration I must say.

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Photo of JeffBlue
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Draft, Hopping Pig, San Diego, CA 11/29/14). Wonderful smell; perfumey if you will. Recently looked for this beer at BevMo but no luck. Think I missed the boat on this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First, I think this is miscategorized. It's more of a Belgian IPA and not at all the usual American style. And it's definitely not a summer beer. This is January 11 and it's on tap at Waypoint Public in North Park.

Dark coppery amber with a nice cap of foam. some pleasant sweetness with a winey taste. Very bitter aftertaste, the hops and yeast conspire together. Tangy and zippy, with a nice grapey sweet note.

The yeasty bitterness is quite startling, but maybe the good old American IPA hop flinging is at work here as well as the Belgian yeast. Warm and woody with some toasted malt. Mostly it's bitter.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Main Tap, El Cajon

A - The color of rust and copper (not green). Small near white head, not much lace.

S - I can never discern much on tap, especially when it is cold and I have a cold. Buddy of mine found it hoppy and floral. I didn't find much of anything.

T - Yum. Some marked malt but mostly hops in a standard IPA profile.

M - Medium body, good balance, etc.

D - A tasty beer. Fun to try.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bountiful lace (nearly a full blanket) from a minimal head. Dark amber color. A bit of haze.

I notice the alcohol first, not because it's strongest, but because I wasn't expecting it. Otherwise, I like the malt-hop balance. Pleasant aroma but not overly strong.

Thin malt start. The hop is very earthy-~not my favorite style, but well done. Long lingering aftertaste. Body is neutral; the carbonation elevated.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a well made ipa, but not the type that really excites me. i like the latest southern hemisphere hop craze, appreciate the fruitiness and tropical nature of it. i also like the old school west coast, resinous and sticky and big, even sweet at times. this is neither of those, and while it has some cool hop nuance (amarillo), this is a bitter bomb for me. its so intensely bitter as to not only destroy the palate for future beers, but also to crowd out any grain character, hop oil mouthfeel, and anything at all that would make it interesting or memorable. its obvious that the beer is of high quality, up to part for these guys for sure, but its so bitter that it doesnt have all that much flavor. im not usually one to complain about IBUs, in fact i look for them, yearn for them even, but this has been taken to absurdity. undrinkable in quantity i think, but its cool around the holidays as a conversation beer. i wouldnt buy a bottle of it though.

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Photo of mschantz
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap aS a guest tap at Bagby Brewery in Oceanside. Light reddish brown beer with nice clarity. Thin pencil of head that stuck around a bit. Pine present in the nose but certainly not dominating. Brown bread, Carmel and white grape flavors initially. As this beer warmed up, a sweeter flavor, candied orange perhaps, opened up. Mouth feel is sparkly as this beer is highly carbonated and nice.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.92/5  rDev +1%

Growler obtained from Trenton Road Take Out 11/29/14

A solid Amerian IPA style. Not citrus or piney enough for my now-spoiled taste to be truly brilliant, but would definitely buy again if I came upon it. Good balance, probably could use a bigger hopping. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Goliveidaho
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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 I taste pomegranate? Very smooth in the mouth leaves the palliate 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!!

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Photo of hopsputin
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Photo of Durge
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Siebel98
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Merry Taj IPA from The Lost Abbey
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