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Merry Taj IPA - The Lost Abbey

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Merry Taj IPA
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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of John_M
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

While not terrible, I just didn't think all the Christmas spices blended in all that well with the IPA base beer. One and done for me.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Durge
4.04/5  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.

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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Merry Taj IPA from The Lost Abbey
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.