Full Throttle Double IPA - Sebago Brewing Company

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Full Throttle Double IPAFull Throttle Double IPA

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 181
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.57%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Thanks jlindros! (1,285 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (897 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 (1,039 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (378 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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? (487 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (911 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (316 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (391 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (812 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (260 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (732 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (476 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-This beer pours copper. Head is a light caramel color. Head is rather light. Head does manage to lace quite effectively.

S-Sweet yet grapefruity. Smells like candied grapefruit flesh. The citrus is coarse but the maltiness balances it out. Hops and sweetness are nearly matched. Strong caramel notes. Smells like it may be a month or so past its prime.

T-A rather strong flavor. Mostly grapefruit hops. The caramel and grapefruit combo is pretty nice. Sweeter than I would like. Light pine hops too. A strong yet malty DIPA in the flavor although the hops do dance around the palate with some power.

M-Heavier bodied with mellow carbonation. A bit syrupy. I could see the feel dampening down my drinking experience after more than one of these.

O/D-This DIPA falls into my own category of "DIPAs that stress citrus but are overall a bit too sweet". The hop bouquet is lacking bulk and complexity and the malt is a bit too firm. However, this is DIPA is far from poor. I found it to be mostly enjoyable. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured a semi-translucent burnt orange with a frothy/creamy one inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim of a cap - swaths and spots of lacing adhere to the walls of the glass during the tasting, exhibiting excellent retention. Nose is sweet - toffee and citrus notes. Taste follows nose, with an initial bitterness that hits the tastebuds upfront and lingers lightly at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly viscous, with the perfect amount of carbonation - just short of lively. A little alcohol heat expresses itself at the finish. Having never had anything from this brewery, I was a little unsure what to expect, but this was a very good DIPA with great balance. The bitterness at the start and finish, nicely evens the beer out, making it quite drinkable for the style. Try this one if you can. (932 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (707 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours light orange-amber, hazy, 1/2 inch off-white frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Tangerine, a little grapefruit, grassy/leafy soap, candy sugar, almost a little cherry.

T: Dank fruit (grapefruit and tangerine), grass, very heavy caramel malt character. The grapefruit upfront seems to change into soap/grass. Alcohol is spicy and floral. There's a good bit of bitterness that seems floral/grassy rather than pine. I can't say enough how huge and sweet the malt base is. I'm talking American Barleywine-like malt character.

M: Medium carbonation, full body that's very chewy with a ton of hop resin. Syrupy.

D: While a bit too sweet for the style, I did enjoy the flavor of this and the alcohol was hidden well enough to make this quite drinkable. The thick, sticky, and syrupy body made it drinking a bit more challenging, but I tend to love a full body. (873 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On tap at Sunset Grill. Pours a light brown/orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweaty, grassy hops. Flavor is very bitter initially with hop oils and grassy hops and a sweet finish. The sweetness is a bit overpowering. Meh overall. (261 characters)

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Full Throttle Double IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.