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Orange Whip IPA - Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Orange Whip IPA
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

109 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 57
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

weezarc, Mar 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

cfinch2, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of russwbeck
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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

russwbeck, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of CUE45
4.75/5  rDev +11%

CUE45, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of AleWatcher
3/5  rDev -29.9%

AleWatcher, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Jason, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TechTriumph
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

TechTriumph, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

millerbuffoon, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of dtmets84
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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

dtmets84, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

cosmicevan, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

zonker17, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

jzeilinger, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

DeLoreS, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of jjboesen
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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?

jjboesen, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Gatordaddy, Sep 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Navalartichoke, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

brystmar, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

3Hops, Aug 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jacewg, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

kylehay2004, Aug 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

cysiam, Aug 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

JJOVa, Aug 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DoubleSunshine610, May 14, 2012
Photo of bertram
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

bertram, Apr 29, 2012
Orange Whip IPA from Mad Fox Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.