Full Throttle Double IPA - Sebago Brewing Company

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Full Throttle Double IPAFull Throttle Double IPA

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

Big juicy American hops burst from this unfiltered deep amber ale. The caramel sweetness takes a backseat only to the abundance of citrusy, piney flavors and aromas. Dominated by Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Falconer's Flight hops, our double IPA has been dry-hopped for over a month.

85 IBU
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Reviews by BeTheBall:
Photo of BeTheBall
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Given to me by Terry of Manchester; thanks Terry. Poured a dark bronze color with a rich and frothy head. This beer had fairly major sediment in the glass, but that's fine. Very cloudy and translucent. Smell was mildly (for a DIPA) of hops and pine. Taste was at first a little malty, but the hops came through in the finish, just for me on the weak side for this style. Mouthfeel was very good. Drinkability was fair; smooth on the taste, but not what I typically seek out in a DIPA. The sediment could turn off some, but it doesn't bother me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Portland brew pub location,came in a 16oz pint glass a clear beep bronze color with a thinner off white head,big hop nose dry resiny with a bit of grapefruit rind the malt presence is light with only a trace of caramel sweetness.Full on hop bomb on the palate big shot of citrus rind and fresh cut grass then finishing with an onslaught of resiny pine.The malt base is there adding a bit of sweetness and body,pleasantly surprised to find a DIPA anywhere in Portland really this fixed my hop fix for the evening.

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a deep, brownish-orange in color with a modest head.

Smell - There is a nice, balanced hop bouquet here but it is the massive, sweetish malts that steal the show. They are rightly toasted and doughy which might disappoint the hardcore hopheads but the beer aficionado will be greatly appreciative.

Taste - The sweetish malts take over at the taste. I am enjoying the big malt flavors but you can't really call it balanced at this point. The hops are all but worn out at this point.

Mouthfeel - This is huge in the mouth. It is close to full-bodied with little bitterness.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this big, malty DIPA but others looking for a heavy hop profile will be disappointed.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer in my tulip glass. Hazy red/orange, medium tan head, a lot of lacing. Sweet malt aroma, with a lot of citrus and a little floral. First sip, wow! Very sweet beginning, then hammered by grapefruit, pineapple, and a little pine. Pretty rugged beer, fun to drink, although no more thn two at a time for me, my taste buds went numb.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because of the statement on the bottle. I got this in a 4 pack and shared it with my dad. He's not much of an IPA drinker but this may have converted him. It has an piny citrus aroma. The beer is hazy amber with a nice thick head. The brew starts sweet and buttery but quickly becomes bitter. The bitterness lingers on the. This beer is not for the faint of heart, those looking for a west coast IPA this is not. It has a pleasant aroma but the hops in this beer are mainly for bittering.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer bought as a single at Spirit Haus in Amherst, Ma. Bottled 2.4.10 etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours darker honey amber, hazed, medium khaki head, typical moderate bits of lace. Dull nose of bready malt and leafy hops. I'd call this one a slightly better then average DIPA, lacks the pungent and bold hop crunch, I'd like to see in a world class offering of this style. Hops here seem a bit muted, and lack any citric or fruity interest. Ho Hum, how jaded have we become?

Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an 8oz sampling glass.

pours a deep dark orange amber with basically no head at all but some light bubbles rising. Nose is sweet and almost smells like cheddar.

Mouthfeel is very thick and rich, quite sweet and very bitter with a dry finish (odd with the sweet initial taste). There is still that sharp cheddar taste to it that's a bit odd but I like it. Light carbonation and a strong malt bill make this very smooth drinking.

Photo of far333
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper honey colored with a frothy head of meringue that settles slowly and leaves huge angular sheets of lace rising up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of florals and cinnamon and ripe fruits, a bit spicy, not overly hoppy.

Rich flavors of semi-sweet honey malt, floral notes, not too hoppy, with flavors that closely match the nose - cinnamon and ripe fruits, some spice. Grapefruit and orange rind flavors mix in toward the finish, and linger. Just a touch of alcohol flavor, but not distracting.

Full mouthfeel, moderate to full carbonation, a bit of warming in the cheeks.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Popped open the cap and poured this one into a pint glass. Color is orange/amber with a one inch head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of bubbles on the outer edge. There are small particles floating in the beer as well.

S: Much sweeter than expected. A little bit of brown sugar and some sweet citrus fruit - apricots.

T: Sweet citrus hops upfront, the apricots return with a little bit of grapefruit. The finish is bitter, but not hop bitter. There is a slightly burnt taste. Besides that very nice.

M/D: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. I like this beer, but it is a tad too sweet for me, which cuts the drinkability down a little.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a nice transluscent yet hazy light amber with two finger-width head leaving nice lacing as consumed.
Smells very malty with a small whiff of hops & toffee.
Taste is not so bitter, pretty malty with floral kicking in & light toffee aftertaste. Nice little hop aftertaste.
Consistency is good, carbonation is to be expected in a DIPA.
Picked this 12oz up as an extra in my first trade.
Overall, worth a try. Not the best DIPA by any means, nothing really makes it above average but still a very drinkable and enjoyable DIPA.

Photo of cannabanaceae
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this extra from rhin00s. Thanks Alot!

Poured from an unusual 12oz. bottle that had texture on the top. Beautiful light amber on top, straw colored on the bottom, lots of yeast in the bottle, looks like bubbling nectar. Had some spotty lacing, With a minimal head. Expiration date 1/08.

Smell was carmel with some grainy funk. Stale hops that smell like they have been sitting in a freezer for a couple years come to mind.

Thinking that this was going to be a god awful DIPa from the east, or a expired drain pour. I am proven wrong from the first sip. Very bitter tasting in front, the hops soaking into the cracks of my tongue fending away scurvy. The hops are very bitter, hiding the age of them. Some sweetness from a large malt bill. Finishes with a lingering bitterness in the throat.

Thinking Hop-Bomb on this one, and I really like it despite the smell giving me a bad impression.Who says smell is mostly taste? These hops did not fade with age. With over a year past the expiration date, this is still damn good and hoppy. Good job on this one Maine.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber gold into a pint glass, a finger of white head builds then quickly laces down to a film.

Nose is a bready caramel with a big scoop of citric fruits.

A sip is dominated by a sweet malt - almost molasses - and an acidic citrus aspect. Good body and a medium to light carbonation. Very little hint of the abv, really covered up by the sweetness. A drier hop bitterness, almost spicy, to finish.

Overall - too sweet for me, but pretty drinkable for the style. Really not as hop-forward as I would expect.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 13, 2010. The pour is a cloudy amber-copper with vitually no head or long lasting lacing. Yes, the aroma is overly hopped just as promised. The hops are very floral in nature. It tastes more like flowers than hops and it is a bit overpowering in that regard. There is also a juicy sweetness in the taste but really it is all bitter hops. The hops mask the 8% ABV.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige/amber color ale with a large frothy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of citrus hops is dominating with notes of caramel malt. Taste is a nice mix between some citrus hops with a nice bitter edge and some deep malt with limited sweetness. Body is full like I don't see very often with limited filtration and good carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very well brewed and quite enjoyable though doesn't standout from the myriad of IIPA out there.

Photo of u2carew
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a big, white head that takes a bit to settle. Sticky big bubble lacing. Hazy bronze colored body.
S) Robust hop aroma. Piney. Subtle citrus.
T) Hop bite from the beginning to the end. Hops are the dominate feature. The malts mix in and give some balance. Linger hop bitterness in the aftertaste and beyond. Piney. Peppery. Leafy. Subtle buttery caramel. Some alcohol in the finish.
M) Medium body. Dry. Some noticeable warmth from the alcohol. Tannic.
O) A decent double IPA. It could use a bit more malts to smooth out the hop rigidity.

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonick pint glass. Thanks to ToasterChef for this one in the trade.

A very large cream off white head of 4 fingers, it's a little soapy in appearance. Body is a dark orange/amber and kind of cloudy, some decent lacing on this beer.

Muted grapefruit and some grass hop, maybe even some small malt sensations, but pretty mild but pleasant.

Taste is an odd sugar almost brown sugar to molasses and bread soaked in gravy. Surprisingly not grapefruity or any citrus to be found in the palate that was detected on the nose a little, but also a hop finish that sits in the mid palate after the swallow. Very mild hops actually that sit well but kind of small for this style. Mouthfeel is quite good with a decent body, not wet or syrupy.

Not the best I've had and not the worst but it would do in a pinch for drinkability.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another nice one I received in a recent BIF, this one I had in the fridge for a while before I decided to bust it out. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I used this one as a nightcap on 06/24/2009.
The pour was decent enough. Medium amber in color with some light golden highlights in it. A small head, maybe a quarter inch high rose up quickly and faded just as quick, leaving a broken crown of almost bare liquid. A modest hop profile at first, I have to say I was not terribly blown away by this one. Starts to redeem itself a touch in the flavor though as I finally get a hold of a light citrus profile. Nice hints of orange, grapefruit, and a nice biscuit like flavor coming through mid palate on me. A heavier medium body that was not terribly high on the carbonation, but still it was a decent effort and was fairly easy to drink.
Overall this was unfortunately very forgettable for me. It just did not hit heavy enough at first for me and left me looking for more. Not a bad example of the style, just not really what I was looking for. Maybe super fresh or on top much better.

Photo of Lukecook
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12OZ bottle poured into tulip glass

A- Hazy orange color 1 finger of soft white head, settles to a thin layer of foam. not much lacing.

S- mild citrus, pine, and alchol

T- very sweet and fruity, some pine and a slight lingering bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body, a little syrupy, light carbonation.

D- I picked this up while in Calais Maine today shopping paid the rediculous duty coming back into Canada, but after drinking I feel that it was worth every penny and I would buy again!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden/orange color with a great sized amount of head that fades slowly and leaves tons of lacing in its path.

Smell is strong in piney/citrusy/grapefruity hops, earthy, quite pleasing to the nose.

Taste is a kick to the mouth, probably one of the hoppiest beers coming out of Maine, strong grapefruit presence with a nice earthy piney bite, has a slight balance of caramel to smooth things over.

Usually one of these puppies is enough for me, I definitely feel it afterwards, seems much stronger than the 8.2% although it doesn't show it while drinking.

I've had this both on-tap and in bottle, decided to go with the bottle review since I could detail it better than using my memory, even though on-tap it is a much better beer.

Another fantastic beer coming from Sebago, certainly becoming one of my favorite brewery in the area, now if only they made their single batch series barleywine a rotating release as well...

Photo of BrewingViking
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - piney, slight citrus with some sweet caramel
A - very clear, orange/amber color, thick head that stays for awhile, leaves drapes
F - sweet, caramel, citrus (grapefruit) hops, slight pine, almost no bitterness
M - medium body, lasting hop and ending in sweetness
O - very nice, maybe a little too sweet, easy to drink, no alcohol presence, maybe needs more hop flavor. good though

Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz sent to me by Valdieu2 into a Libbey tall tulip.

A: Pours a murky darkish orange with a creamy, uneven, sticky egg shell head. Pervasive yet thin lacing forms almost immediately.

S: Grapefruit, orange, pale malt, mint, white sugar, bitter rind.

T: Starts with some big juicy citrus. Nice sweet orange and pale malt builds to bracing bitterness. Spicy, piercing alcohol comes out and mixes with the bitterness to coat and dominate the mouth for the rest of the taste. Resiny; grass, mint, bitter leaf, black pepper, marijuana. A little bit of hop and malt sweetness comes through in the finish, but the alcohol and IBUs don't give much leeway.

M: Decent body. Somewhat fluffy.

O: This stuff is pretty bold. A little rough, but tasty.

Photo of travduke
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper/amber body, the one finger head quickly dissipates leaving mediocre lacing.

Aroma: Nice hop aroma, and a sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Malt and lots of it, sweet malt. The hops actually take a backseat to the malt in this DIPA. Very different and not what I look for in an IPA, not to mention a Double IPA.

Feel/Drink: Medium bodied. Too much malt to hide the hop presence. I didn't enjoy it, really wish I did.

Photo of Casey10
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was not bad I liked it. It is similar in some ways to a 90 minute with it's malt taste definate example of a east coast IPA.

A - Copper orange with a small head lots of lacing on the side.

S - malts some light pine light citrus.

M - creamy bit of a afterfeel not blown away.

D- this is good I like this style and would have again and the price wasn't bad for the style at 7.99 a 4 pack.

Photo of Genuine
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a clean Pint Glass.

It poured a beautiful cloudy bright amber, with a off white, tannish head that left nice lacing down the side of the class.

The aroma is very fruity, than floral.

The flavor of this beer is great. With the variety of hops Sebago used, not one is more dominent than the other. Pleasant bitterness up front which coats the palate. As that washes over, you get the floral side of the hops in flavor and they work so well in the medley that they play.

Mouthfeel is spot on, it's not thin or watery. Coating.

OVerall - I think this is a pretty solid beer. I would definitely buy again. Sadly I admit, I wouldn't buy Sebago because of their labels, they just didn't attract me but after trying a few of their brews, I find them to be quality!

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

at Union Brewhouse, Weymouth MA. $5.50 for a big boy glass.

Copper color, mostly translucent but I suspect a dirty glass. Fair retention and a poignant swartch of white lace. Looks like a beer.

Smells of sweet twinkie malt with a grapefruit and mildly bubble gum hop. Taste parrelels the aroma. Hops fall out as it warms leaving an ubalanced sticky, poundcake malt with no counterpart which really disrupts my drinking. I was hoping for more resin in the mouthfeel.

This was labeled as just an IPA on the draft list I didn't know otherwise until I sat down to review. While it has enough malt for a DIPA, the hops aren't up to task.

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Full Throttle Double IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.