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Mad Mex's Dos Décadas IPA - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Mad Mex's Dos Décadas IPA
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91
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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Darkmagus82 on 10-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

To celebrate two decades of Mad Mex, we've teamed up with Fat Head’s Brewery straight outta Cleveland to create the special anniversary IPA of our dreams.

As luck would have it, Head Brewmaster Matt Cole spent his youth downwind of Mad Mex Oakland, further qualifying him to usher Dos Décadas IPA into the world. Our twenty year beer clocks in at 7.5% ABV and 80 IBUs. Brewed with the elusive Mosaic hop, this new IPA bubbles with a passion fruity backbone, piney citrus notes, and serious hop flavor — our friends at Fat Head’s calling it “a reckless abuse of hops.”
This wildly limited draft will be available at all Mad Mex locations at 5pm on Wednesday, October 9th, and likely won't see the end of the month. Mark your calendars!
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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 5
Photo of Murphey
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this one was instantly catapulted into my top 5 IPAs of all time.

Not much of a head on this, but the waitress informed me the CO2 system was having problems. Besides my trepidation on ordering one with "problems", I did so figuring it would be gone the next time I went to the Robinson Mad Mex. I'm glad I ordered it.

Immediately assaulted by an in-your-face hop barrage, I knew this was going to be good. An almost dank citrusy, piney smell hit me like a lead brick.

The taste slightly reminded me of Stone Ruination, but it was unique enough. Very hoppy, with a 1-2 punch of aroma and bitterness. It had a dry finish as I'd expect from a West Coast IPA, but the bitterness was a bit higher than what one would expect from the same.

I can't comment on lacing, as the head was nearly non-existent. But, that said, this was a wonderful beverage, and I quickly ordered a second.

I won't be too upset if this became a regular. Was it better than Head Hunter? No. But, it wasn't worse, either.

It was awesome.

Photo of Tucquan
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-11 in Columbia, PA

A - Copper gold with a 1-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Dank pine, citrus, hop bud glory, very light malt.

T - Big piney grapefruit hop forward with a bit of lightly toasted bread for malt balance. There's a big dollop of tropical/passion fruit and a hint of candied citrus fruit and some spicy hops.. Aftertaste is long-lasting with alternating balance between the citrus bitterness, and fruit/malt sweetness.

M - Medium body and light medium carbonation. Resinous, prickly, sticky. Really nice.

O - Top shelf. A nice twist on the incomparable Head Hunter; actually more like the collaboration brew with Troegs called Fat Scratch Fever. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I like it even better than Head Hunter.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with ample soapy froth. Aroma of juicy hop, honey and citrus. There is a small malt sweetness in the nose as well. In the taste, citrus and zest. Lightly spicy as well as tropical flavors dominate. Suggestions of Grapefruit and papaya Pale malts back the brew, and do well at balancing a strong bitterness. Light to medium bodied well carbonated and certainly not thin. Overall, this is another enjoyable IPA from Fat Head's.

Photo of thecheapies
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber beer with a fantastic collar. Laces like a champ. Fluffy head makes a nice crown.

That elusive Mosaic hop brings lush to an otherwise worldly tropical fruit and citrus nose. Mosaic gives it a green mango and floral twist with some young grassiness. Still snaps with some grapefruit notes. Malty pale, for the most part, with some good bready character.

Absolutely dry, and staunch in its decision to be so. Bitter crush with grassy leafiness and tropical fruit fiesta, all banned of residual sugar. Crispy, yet has breath, thanks to a sizzling carb presence. Tongue-lashing and fervent with lots of great hop flavor and wild alpha acidity. Really a big fan of this bruiser. A clever alcohol ruse slides past you, and the rest is hoppy enjoyment and palate plowing.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with one finger of foamy white head. The head fades rather quickly leaving a good level of patchy foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma huge of a bitter grapefruit smell. Other hop aromas of a pine nature mingle with the grapefruit, producing a rather strong hoppy smell. Mixed with the hop are notes of some sweeter tangerine citrus. Some very light tropical smells and a bit of caramel are there as well, but for the most part the hop really shines here.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat bready flavor matched by tons of grapefruit hop; just what the nose would have led on to expect. A caramel sweetness is present upfront, which helps mellow some of the bitter grapefruit. As the taste moves forward the caramel fades and is replaced by some fruity flavors of a tangerine and tropical fruit nature. These flavors add a nice level of sweetness to the brew, which is rather needed in light of a pine hop flavor that creeps onto the tongue. The pine gets quite strong toward the end of the taste and when combined with the strong bitter grapefruit that was present from the beginning, one if left with a fruity but very resinous bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Overall the thick and chewy nature of the beer are good for the IPA style really accentuating the hops and making their presence known on the tongue.

Overall – Overall quite grapefruit bitter and pine resinous, but yet still maintaining a sweetness that helps keep the brew more drinkable. A rather big and hoppy brew and one to try if you find yourself at Mad Mex in the near future.

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Mad Mex's Dos Décadas IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
91 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.