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Orange Whip IPA - Mad Fox Brewing Company

Orange Whip IPA
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96 Ratings

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%

Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 11-06-2010)
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District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by MNishCT77. Thanks Mark!

The beer is dark amber with a tan head. Certainly darker than I anticipated. Citra hops are present but only play a supporting role. This beer is the definition of balance, and I don't mean that disparagingly, as is often the case when discussing IPAs and DIPAs. Sweet citrus with a sturdy malt body. Again, the balance is so elegant here. Bread crust and citric hops in perfect harmony. Really tasty. This beer has been on my radar for years. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2014 19:00:01 | More by Huhzubendah
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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. pint glass purchased at the brewery on the release date (3/1/04), drank over an hour at the bar.

A: 2/3 - deep amber-brown, received with a subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - moderate amount of Citra hop aroma - orange, tangerine and lemon; moderate biscuity malt presence; some alcohols as well

T: 16/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate hop bitterness that develops into classic Citra flavors - tangerine, orange and mango - with no dank or catty presence; in the middle of the mouth, the citrus flavors continue to develop but there is a big malt presence here than many American IPAs - lots of Marris Otter in here, I think; little alcohol flavors; finishes dry and inviting

M: 4/5 - moderate hop oils, some alcohol fullness

O: 9/10 - solid hoppy pale ale but, to be honest, it's not what I expected with an English IPA color and malt backbone under Citra; it's good stuff but there are other many other commercial Citra beers out there that I prefer - FFF ZD and Pipework's Citra Ninja immediately come to mind; nonetheless, I'd recommend it as a milder, balanced Citra beer, but don't come here looking for a Citra bomb

TOTAL - 41/50

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 18:31:19 | More by MNishCT77
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A floral IPA that I thoroughly enjoyed my first few times having it. It is a occasional offering by the brewpub so I can't say if the beer or my tastes have changed. Now it seems sweeter and more malty than I like.

A: good dark amber, fairly clear given darkness
S: floral, orange notes (shockingly?) - I almost think the sweetness is being foreshadowing
T/M: more malty and less mouthfeel than I want from an IPA. There is a slight tug on the tongue, but the honey-orange sweetness is the most prevalent. This isn't bad, but not what I am really looking for.
O: a decent offering I always grab one of when it's on tap, but I've stopped getting more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 01:12:00 | More by cjgiant
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml swing top growler filled 4 days ago on 7/16/13, this was a super fresh sample and poured into a port glass. I thought that the Palace Hotel Ballroom was the only place that served Orange Whip, but I stand corrected ("Three Orange Whips!").

Burnished crystal clear copper hue with a finger of khaki head.Carbonation barely noticibale by appearance only. The head remains for a few minutes, some spotty lacing noted, but by no means the most important component.

Aroma is simply top notch in all respects: the hops are completely front and center, with a notable citra blast from the dry hopping causing the mouth to water, like Pavlov's dog. This is a stroll through an orange grove while your feet are stepping on freshly fallen pine needles wafting up your nostrils. Malt? What malt?!

Flavors are that of an orange creamsicle dipped in pine needles, just divine. Orange Whip has one of the most pleasant flavors of any IPA that I have been fortunate enough to sample, and rivals anything from California or Vermont. Alcohol not even slightly detectable.

Mouthfeel also a major high point here. The carbonation that seems like it could be slight by the appearance yet it is masterfully executed, with a result that creates a tremendously creamy texture over the palate. Light to medium body, exceptionally quaffable.

After spoiling my palate to high quality Vermont offerings from Lawson's, Hill Farmstead & The Alchemist (in addition to some stellar California IPAs), it becomes more and more difficult to find something that really flips my wig, yet Orange Whip has done just that. I place Mad Fox Orange Whip at the very top of my recommendation list for those that enjoy a genuine tropical IPA experience, and would match it up against the very best of the best, and the high rating on my part is due to the uniqueness of this amazing IPA.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2013 06:16:59 | More by Hendry
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4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a half sized shaker pint style glass at Meridian Pint. From notes.

A dark copper body, orange hues along the edges with a dark amber appearance. Kind of hard body color to describe almost a blur between brown and amber. The puck settles with a nice tan cap and laces nicely. The head is particularly uniform and real nice.

There's a light sense of hop like grapefruit and toasty spice. Light brown sugar whaffs up a bit. More citrus orange and very clean. Very simple. Nice and not overbearing either. Solid.

On first sip the palate fills with a good brown sugar that's tolerable. Piney wood like hops finish with a great breath mellow orange and citrus qualities. Prickly carbonation at first but nothing detracting. Warmth really brings out more of a creamy character and hop tangerine like citrus to the beer also, but it's subtle.

Overall a solid IPA to be having in the area. I personally love 2 hemispheres considerably more and wasn't crazy about this, but it's a solid decent brew worth having again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 12:55:13 | More by smakawhat
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange Whip was served with head pouring over the top of the glass, semi-hazy orange in color with a finger or two of white head. The retention is great, and the head laces so much that I can't tell from the outside where the head has gone and wear it starts. 4.5

S: The aroma is faint, but is focused on citrus and other tropical hints. It's very piney as well, right is right up my alley for IPAs. 3.5

T: The taste is basically all orange citrus, in a piney delicious way. Fresh hops, and a slight nip of booze assault the palate. I feel like if you put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in this you'd get a cream sickle beer float. Note to self: do that next time. 4

MF: It has a light body with the perfect amount of carbonation. The beer is damn drinkable and pairs wonderfully with their food offerings. The bitter aftertaste sticks with you well after the beer has cleared the tongue. 4.5

Value: This is Mad Fox's best and most popular offering, making it a tough one to track down. It's priced right for the area at $6 per pint, but if you can get it on half priced growler night it's an absolute steal. 4.5

O: The beer I look forward to most from this brewery never disappoints. If you come here for one reason, this should be it. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 20:25:07 | More by russwbeck
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~~Thanks to CuriousMonk for the growler~~

From notes on 12/15/12:
Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours one inch of off-white creamy head with pretty good retention; Deep, dark and fairly cloudy maroon hued amber in color - probably the darkest IPA I've ever seen; Nice showing of lacing around the glass

S - Now this is impressive; Loads of juicy Mandarin orange citrus notes (as the name suggests) - pretty sweet and a bit tart all at once - with a nice floral quality as well; Caramel and biscuity malt backbone with a slight and barely noticeable touch of peppery and piney hops

T - Pretty well balanced initially, which is a bit different than what the nose shows; Good amount of orange citrus, as well as lesser doses of tropical fruit, pungent pine, and lightly peppery hops; Caramel and biscuity malts also play an integral part with a light to moderate wave of bitterness that tags along and lingers; Oranges become a stronger feature later in the taste and as the beer warms - with a bit of accompanying pineapple fruit - and really shine in the finish with the bitterness dying off and an increase in sweetness

M - Moderate carbonation and medium bodied; Very smooth and easy going down; Definitely finishes on the dry side

O - I had been waiting to try this particular IPA for some time, and honestly, it easily lived up to my lofty expectations. Of the countless IPA's I have enjoyed over the years, this one is definitely one of the most unique. The aroma was admittedly my favorite part with it's over-the-top, but intoxicating orange goodness. The flavor didn't quite match that level of near perfection, but it certainly didn't disappoint either, packing quite the hoppy, orange-dominated punch. Without hesitation, I'd put this beer in the highest of classes of IPA's east of the Mississippi.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2012 14:03:39 | More by TechTriumph
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New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to CUE45. round two of this beverage means I must rate it.

Smells like a normal IPA nothing special..having this next to heady topper, columbus IPA, head hunter and white rajah this is the one I will keep dabbling in.

i felt the orange creamsicle vibe more so last time then now but still delicious

thank you to virginia for bringing more then just busch gardens

Serving type: growler

12-15-2012 23:39:24 | More by dtmets84
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to portable for sending this growler my way just because he thought i would like it!!! enjoyed from an urthel tulip. growler filled on 12/4

a - brew poured a deep ruby maroon with a finger or so of ipa white foamy head that hung out for a while and left a think 1/4 inch of foam on the surface for a WHILE. sticky chunky lacing clung to the glass.

s - YUM! citric hops. dankness. orange. tropical fruit. smells fantastic. my mouth is literally watering.

t - much like the nose, the flavor boasts thick dank sweaty hops. this beer really hits on that pine cone vibe. good malt presence too to ensure that this isn't just a hop bomb. doug, who sent this to me, told me that it was starting to taste a bit more malty the other day than when he first had it, but i dig the malts. extremely well balanced and great tropical flavors.

m - fairly full bodied. good carbonation. not too bitter. fairly crisp and super easy to drink.

o - overall, this is another great ipa. the nose is the highlight, but the taste is no joke either. VERY happy to have the chance to try such a great ipa, especially one so under the radar as this one...never heard of it until it showed up at my doorstep. nicely made, would definitely seek this out if you like a solid IPA.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2012 02:22:01 | More by cosmicevan
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy brownish orange color with minimal head and a loose foamy off white lacing and sediment.

A - Tropical fruit that's tangy and pungent and fruit rinds.

T - Matches the nose with fruit rinds of guava, oranges, and grapefruit. Sweet caramel malt underneath blends well with the sweet fruity taste and and mild bitter aftertaste that doesn't hang around for very long.

M -Light medium body, velvet smooth.

O - Not setting the IPA world on fire but I did really enjoy the glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 05:48:16 | More by jzeilinger
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Orange Whip is one of Mad Fox's favorites - not that the rest of em' aren't great; it is a quintessential IPA with all the criteria in check.

The body is a luxuriant copper color: semi-translucent and still with nary a carbonation bubble in sight. There is a minimal lacing present. The nose is king here as the beer presents an intense waft of grapefruit complimented with a few whiffs of pine and brown sugar. The palate is really busy with this one: peach, mango and tangerine flay the tongue; there is an iota of malt, which provides some semi-sweetness. All this along with dry-hopped citra makes for a devastating powerhouse of a quaff.

Wonderfully balanced brew makes for a non-aggressive quaff, and one that deserves the fame it has incurred. (As of this writing, Mad Fox is anticipating another tapping.) Yes! Pliny goes to Northern Virginia .... and why not?

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 00:24:12 | More by jjboesen
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler shared by dtmets84, thanks!

Surprisingly dark maroon pour. Minimal head. Pungent grapefruit and hops billow from the glass, inviting me to taste. And yeah, this is fantastic. Tastes like biting into a juicy orange with lingering orange-y citrus after swallowing. Excellent blend with the hoppy base. No hop oil or biting resin character. Just... wow!

Despite being one of my least favorite styles (Single IPA), Orange Whip is *incredibly* good. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: growler

08-18-2012 23:50:57 | More by brystmar
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Little head minimal lacing on a hazy amber with a minimal golden hue. Aroma is excellent with citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange peel citrus on the nose. Very drinkable. Lots of citrus and earth notes and right amount of bitterness applied to a well balanced malt character. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 11:57:14 | More by kylehay2004
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to siege06nd for the growler!

The smell upon opening the growler was just amazing! Loads of hops and citrus.

The appearance is also great - a really dark, orange-copper that lets through some light, but isn't thin or transparent at all. The head is nearly nonexistent here, though...not sure how much of that is from lower carbonation in this beer, and how much is from shipment of a growler.

The taste, again, amazing...tons of citrus and hops. Less of the popular 'piney' taste and more of the citrus (hence the name, right?).

The mouthfeel is lacking here, however. This is due to the carbonation issue. I know that if there was more there, the mouthfeel would be spot on, as this isn't a small, thin beer.

Overall, and amazing AIPA - the smell, the taste, all just amazing and enjoyable. If only the carbonation issue hadn't been here it'd be a true top-tier beer.

Serving type: growler

04-29-2012 23:21:53 | More by bertram
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time doing a review in about 6 months but no ones reviewed the batch released today so I'll bite.

Pours a murky orange hued brown. The appearance is my biggest gripe about this beer.

The smell is Citra all the way. An almost slightly sour orange/mandarin smell. Hoppy like no other and obviously fresh.

The taste is more focused on hop flavor rather than bitterness. Sweet citrus with some bitterness on the back with an awesome malt balance. I always enjoy the breadiness most Mad Fox beers have.

I've been waiting to try this beer for about 9 months since I moved here and started going to Mad Fox. I think it was a little over hyped for me but it is still a damn fine beer. I'm glad it's not filtered but on the other hand the appearance could use some work for sure.

Serving type: growler

04-25-2012 00:27:09 | More by Eriktheipaman
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to billab914.
Poured a clear rich copper wisp of a head but can't fault that much due to the growler.
Smell a faint orange oil fronting a slight hop resin
Taste candied orange slices its not over the top but the taste is just sweet oranges finishes with a bit of pine resin hoppiness. I see where they came up with the name from.
mouthfeel good body still holding some decent carbonation in the growler very very smooth beer.
Overall this is very enjoyable and definitely something you can drink a growler worth of, thank you CBS snifter.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2012 02:49:40 | More by sliverX
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TrippHop for the growler!

Pours a clear moderately deep amber with a 2 finger head dissipating into good sticky lacing.

The aroma is a citrus onslaught mostly orange, but some grapefruit as well. Also get a little pine and despite the color, not a lot of maltiness in the aroma. Definitely hop forward.

Taste follows. Delicious juicy orange hops burst forth with a bitter grapefruit finish with a little pine. Just a touch of caramel to support the hops.

Good creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels.

I've been wanting to try this one as Dreamsicles are one of my favorites. It definitely delivers. While not quite a dreamsicle (not much vanilla presence) it comes closer than I thought a beer ever could. Goes down incredibly smooth with good flavors.

Serving type: growler

01-12-2012 22:37:09 | More by jmarsh123
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine beer. Pours a deep amber with a two finger off white head that dissipates to a ring relatively quickly, but maintains a bit of form until the beer is finished. Decent lacing. Pours a bit darker than a typical ipa. Interesting appearance. The smell is pretty unreal. Huge orange notes, complemented by some lemon, some pine, and some tropicals. The other notes give it some more complexity, but the orange is huge here, and it is fantastic. The orange is downed a notch in the flavor, and the biscuit and caramel malt is a bit more noticeable, but the flavor is still quite good. Orange is still the biggest player here, but the pine is certainly upped a notch, as is the bitterness. Sticky, resinous mouthfeel. Very good ipa. I'm very happy I found this, as the brewery is 5 minutes from my house. I see a lot of growlers of this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 20:00:57 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler courtesy of mdfb79 - thanks for helping me track this one down Dan!

Appearance: Poured aggressively into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass which leads to about a finger and a half of dark white head. Minimal lacing to speak of. Color is a very dark orange, almost pushing a shade of brown. Uniquely dark in color for such a citrus-forward IPA.

Smell: Citrus hops smack you in the face hard. I get some grapefruit but mostly orange. Bit of a sweet smell balances the typical citrus hop punch for the style. This beer simply smells awesome.

Taste: Strong citrus flavor, as you'd expect by now. I will say I get more grapefruit than anything in the flavor, but the orange isn't completely in the background - he's right there up front and tasty. Sweet and nicely balanced - the hops control the flavor profile in this beer but don't dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and low to medium carb, bit of a sweet stickiness on the backend.

Overall: I like Orange Whip a lot. I figured I would, both based on the reviews and my love of Orange Creamsicles, which is why I sought it out. But - this was a very different beer than I expected. I was thinking this would be something super sweet and candy like, more like what Short's might make, but it's not. It's really just a very citrus-forward IPA that manages to make the orange stick out more than usual and thus this guy stands out from the pack of traditional grapefruit/pineapple tasting citrus-forward IPAs. IPA lovers, Orange Whip is worth seeking out as something a little out of the ordinary.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2011 23:21:09 | More by cbeer88
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/20/11 notes. Had on tap at the brewpub.

a - Pours a bright clear dark orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smell of citrus hops, orange peels, pine hops, and fruity malts. Lots of citrus and oranges, which I love. Great smelling IPA.

t - Tastes of oranges, citrus hops, and pine hops. A light bitterness in the taste, and not quite as much orange as the nose, but still really good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some light bitterness.

o - Overall a really great IPA. Tons of hops and orange in the nose and taste, and only a light amount of bitterness. Super easy to drink and would love to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 17:17:06 | More by mdfb79
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared with Jason - grazie amigo. Poured a murky tangerine with a modest head. Nose of lemon peel and raspberries, with a ton of grapefruit. Taste is primarily a hoppy blast of citrus and pink grapefruit, with tell-tale grassy bitterness on the back end. Finishes a bit sweet with an Orange Julius stickiness (per the label - I guess) Nice carbonation. A solid IPA.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2011 04:17:22 | More by Doodler
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fiance picked up a growler of Orange whip and a pizza from Mad Fox tonight for my birthday. Poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a dark caramel color with a thick, foamy, off-white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Such a deep, nice looking color to it.

The aroma has a very juicy citra hop profile to it. A tropical fruit, juicy pineapple and mango stand out at first, while more of a candied orange zest comes out the more I get into it. I get a little malty sweetness coming through, which really give it some smooth, balanced qualities. The juicy, citra hop flavors are the real star of the show for me though, and I love citra hops.

The taste shows more of the juicy, citra hops to it through the flavor. Again I get notes of pineapple and mango mixing with candied orange zest. I get a some malty, sweet notes coming out as I get to the finish balancing the bitterness out nicely.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is below average. Overall, I thought it was a fantastic beer. I love citra hops and this one really showcases them excellently. Very juicy and flavorful but also smooth and low on bitterness. It felt very balanced and drinkable relative to the style. It was a damn good beer overall, not quite as good as Kern's citra but it's definitely deserving to be mentioned in the same conversation of best citra beers, at least out of the ones I've had so far. This is one of the few locals that I'm going to go out of my way for frequently.

Serving type: growler

09-14-2011 23:27:32 | More by billab914
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewpub in Falls Church.

Nice clear dark orange amber color with little head, average nose which is light citrus.

Taste is very good, clean with mainly citrus hops and good malt balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit too light for me.

Overall a very good beer that falls a bit short of my expectation for an IPA.

After the review I spoke to the bartender, found that this usually unfiltered beer was filtered for a competition, which may explain the difference between my experience and the prior consencious.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 18:38:03 | More by jfmorey
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Jackie O's tulip...

A: Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. Pours a deep, dark amber orange color, with a gorgeous golden sunburst around the edges. Crystal clear, except for the darkness and depth of the color, which is noteworthy for the style. A two finger head quickly recedes to a beautiful half finger of off-white deliciousness. Sweet, sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass. This is one of the best looking IPA's I've seen.

S: Oh sweet goodness. I've heard it said before but I didn't believe it until now...you know that orange popsicle you used to have when you were a kid? You know...the one the teacher gave you when you were the first to finish the reading assignment, or the best behaved at recess? The one with the cream in the center? Yeah, this smells just like that. It's a freakin' orange creamsicle. The citrus hits you full force, but with a fullness, depth, and well-roundedness that can only be described as that wonderful childhood dessert. I get a tinge of piny hop scent and, if I'm not mistaken, a hint of cinnamon? This thing smells amazing, but subtler than you would expect from an IPA.

T: Well, this was a bit of a disappointment. Not bad in any way, but a letdown after the appearance and smell. A lot lot lot lot of orange, but not enough malt to balance out what is a a strange aftertaste...bitter and resiny. It's sweet and fairly hoppy, and if I didn't know any better, I'd say I was drinking a light version of an American Barleywine. It's good, but I think it lacks a little balance, as the bitterness doesn't have a backbone to fall against. I probably sound like I dislike it...I don't, it's good...but I expected it to be smoother.

M: Good. Despite the aforementioned balance problems, the carbonation is right, it's thick and sticky and coats the mouth nicely. Very enjoyable.

O: Well, I've had this beer 3 times in the past 6 months. The first time I had it, it was a revelation, a citrusy, hoppy, delicious IPA that blew my mind, and would have garnered a "5" rating on taste from me. Sadly, I've been searching for that experience again ever since. The past two releases, this just hasn't met the exceptional standard I once had for it. I'm not sure if they changed the recipe, the ingredients, or if I was just in an unusually good mood the first time I tried it and am looking back with rose colored glasses. Regardless, I don't think the taste quite lives up to the rest. That being said, it is a very good IPA and I challenge anyone to find another quite like it. I hope this stays around for a long time.

Serving type: growler

07-29-2011 23:09:43 | More by siege06nd
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours an unfiltered, gazed brown copper with a stale cream colored head that fades to a thin bubbly collar with thin webs of adequate lacing. Aroma is very hoppy, orange and grapefruit rind with light pine. Medium thick, chewy body with a smooth dry finish. Strong, mildly sweet caramel malt body with juicy orange, pulp and rind throughout. Bitterness is well balanced and there is an appropriate amount of sweetness. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 15:47:12 | More by yourefragile
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Orange Whip IPA from Mad Fox Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.