Full Throttle Double IPA - Sebago Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
The beer begins with an expected enough look: Solid copper with a bright and glowing haze (dry hopped), very good head formation and retention with some lacing. Definately looks the bill.
A blended balance of big malts swirl with big hops making me sway from Double IPA thoughts to American Barleywines. Though the hop variety shines well with pine, citrus, and fresh cut grasses; the more-than-adequate malt sweetness prevents the hops from becomming showcased as needed for a great Double IPA.
Quite fruity with the malts and yeast give the impression of English ales, especially up front and early in the nose. Fortunately, the beer dries out a bit at mid palate allowing for a much more drinkable and enjoyable beer in the end. Equally as fortunate, the beer seems to be largely error free- only a slight fusal and acetone taste deep within the sweetness of the malts and would be hard to notice if not looking for reasons to mark it down.
With all that's great about the beer, it still seems to lack that 'it' quality that it takes to compete with the Leviathan Imperial IPA's, 90 Minutes, and Double Troubles out there. Maybe a bit drier and less sweet and fruity early on would help. Also the larger focus on hop flavor and aroma could set it apart as well.
09-13-2009 18:16:08 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
06-25-2009 21:31:24 | More by mikesgroove
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-01-2010 02:29:04 | More by Phyl21ca
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
10-08-2007 13:15:30 | More by oberon
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is very fruity with a lot of citrus. There's a good amount of hops and caramelized malts in the background.
T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong fruity citrus sweetness up front that is tempered by a floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. I could see where some might think this beer is too fruity but I think the strong citrus flavor is pulled off well. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, as long as you're ok with the sweetness, this is a nice beer to drink for a whole evening.
03-22-2009 04:12:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into snifter glass
A: Semi clear rusty brown color with light head
N: Decent bill of noble hops with some pine, a musty charred earthy malt nose, touch of brown sugar
T: Starts with earthy dark malts and some brown sugar, some juicy fruits in the center, some hop bitterness in the front, with juicy hops in the center, the bitterness seems to build as it goes, some spiciness and pretty sweet taste, huge malt and sweetness seem to mask some of the hops and alcohol, but there is some alcohol in there as well
M: Pretty thick and sticky, light on carbonation
F: Still pretty sweet on the finish with lots of bitter hops hit at the end with some pine and lots of spiciness, touch of citrus, lots of juicy hops that make your mouth water, bitterness fades shortly after
Final thoughts: A pretty decent DIPA, lots of malts and sweetness, lots of hops on the finish but not as much at the front (could have been more up front), it finishes a little too sweet too, but still masks the alcohol well, it sticks to the mouth well too
08-29-2009 21:55:28 | More by jlindros
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Modest head, but it has lasting power and leaves a layer of lace after each sip. Very cloudy, orange-copper color.
Nice floral hop aroma. Smells fresh. Light crystal malt in the background. Inviting.
Traditional malty start that gives way to a peppery, pineapple hop bitterness. It gets stronger after the swallow and lasts a long time. Highly carbonated with a moderate body.
02-16-2009 23:19:47 | More by smcolw
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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?
04-07-2010 23:46:03 | More by Billolick
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is serious hops balanced with malts. Sweet piney finish. Higher ABV is totally hidden. Decent DIPA. $2.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
07-17-2009 22:28:14 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks goes out to garlicfire for this brew.
Pours a nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, and slight pine note. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, with some citrus, and a slight pine note. Medium body. Drinkable, this one surprised me a pretty tasty DIPA.
10-15-2010 22:19:50 | More by Wasatch
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-02-2011 03:21:18 | More by smakawhat
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
02-04-2011 02:03:50 | More by mdaschaf
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
After two weeks in the fridge, there was still a lot of loose sediment that resulted in about 2 oz of murky beer. Stopping the pour before this produced a mostly clear, coppery beer with a thin cap and collar of very fine, beige bubbles. Sticky sheets and streaks of lace, good head retention for what was present after the pour. Grainy cereal aroma, light citrus hop character, slight alcohol. Same in the flavour, but with moderate bitterness and a bit of burnt caramel and lingering hop flavour and bitterness. Lowish carbonation, full bodied, smooth and on the creamy side as far as texture goes. It seemed uninspired. If the flavours and aromas, particularly of the hops, were more bright then this would be a much better beer.
07-05-2010 03:04:19 | More by DrJay
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to Vermonthiker for sending me this brew. Poured into 10oz glass. The beer poured an orangey-gold color with about a half-inch of light khaki colored head that had good retention and nice lacing.
The aroma was nicely hop forward with a blend of citrus and pine being most noticeable. There was also a solid malt scent. On the tongue the hops really stood out and there was that good malt foundation for the hops to grow on. There was a slight floral flavor that I didn't pickup in the nose.
The body was nicely solid without being heavy and had a finish that was both dry and a little sweet. Drinkability was nice for the style, your tongue won't get burned out by a couple.
Overall, a very nice example of the style. If it were local to me it would be in my regular rotation. A must try if you see it.
04-09-2010 21:33:18 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.18/5 rDev +8%
A: Copper with a light tan head, nice leg.
S: Piny citrus and a little 'cooked-hop' aroma (from a long boil?).
T: Nectarine, pine & biscuity pale malt. Solid bitterness, alcohol is very subtle.
M: Moderate body is smooth & almost creamy.
D: A good drinker.
06-14-2009 17:15:19 | More by Derek
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazey, honey-copper coloring with a thick, frothy, off-white head that sits a solid inch and a half and slowly settles while you drink. Aromas are a citrus blend of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange, with a kiss of pineapple. All the fruity smells rest upon a resiny, peppery hops presence and a mildly sweet malt backbone. Flavors are rich and tart, with a solid presence from the citrus blend, along with a tantalizingly bitter hops foundation that rides the entire tastebud coverage straight to the back of the throat. Green, cedar profiles cover the mouth like moss, with a sharp spiciness and some slick, caramel malt tones hidden throughout. The aftertaste is sweet and resiny, with a dynamic mouthfeel that is both smooth and bitterly dry at the same time. Woody and citrus tart flavors lead into a slick, oily, and dry finish. Solid brew.
03-28-2012 02:26:40 | More by GarthDanielson
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-15-2009 00:50:16 | More by RoyalT
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
12oz bottle firm Ben.
Pours a murky brownish amber with a small creamy tan head which lingers a bit as a small cap and leaves little lacing.
Aroma is really interesting and extremely sweet. Tons of caramel and candied apples with only a faint citrus presence.
Taste is a little better and actually starts to resemble a DIPA. The citrus is much more noticeable with some mandarin oranges and pineapple. The caramel malts are still a huge presence with s slightly astringent but very sweet finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and bitter finish.
This is an interesting and very sweet, malt driven DIPA. The aroma is not great but the taste is decent and it's a decent beer overall.
03-07-2011 04:08:40 | More by gford217
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured into a tulip glass at the new Sebago brewpub in South Portland, Maine this one shows a thick cloudy dark amber brown color with a decent off-white head and good lacing. The aroma brings grapefruit and orange with just a touch of rye malt bread, quite nice. The taste is a wonderful citrus shock with a nougat background in a medium bodied brew that feels slightly oily. Very nice, sharp but contained with fair tingly carbonation that is medium drinkable for the style.
04-02-2009 05:38:21 | More by Durge
Full Throttle Double IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
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