Full Throttle Double IPA - Sebago Brewing Company

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Full Throttle Double IPAFull Throttle Double IPA

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009)
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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 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 Soozy
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this out of a snifter, so the color might be a bit skewed.

A - Dark amber with reddish hues. This almost has the color of a barleywine.

S - An overwhelming amount of tropical fruit. I'm actually picking up a lot of mango and pineapple. Some malt carries through as well.

T - The rich crystal malt backbone of this IPA is coupled with the harsh bitterness of the hops. Again, tropical fruit notes right before the bite of the hops hits your tongue. There's just enough bitterness to balance it, and you get a hint of caramel and chocolate notes. This isn't the standard DIPA super bitter/hoppy beer that you expect when you hear DIPA. It's well balanced with the hops being the highlight of the beer.

M - Lightly carbonated. Again, I keep coming back to comparing this to a Barleywine. The alcohol is present as it warms, but is fairly well-hidden.

Overall, this is a great beer. I think it'd be interesting to cut down the IBUs and turn this into more of an American Strong Ale. The bitterness from the hops takes a little away from the malt characteristics.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with amber hues, decent off-white head, good lacing.

S: Citrus and pine scents up front, a deeper sweetness behind.

T: Very sharp hop notes of grapefruit, but also pine, like the nose leads on. The malt backbone is almost cake-like. Not too sweet, but a very enjoyably hop to malt ratio.

M: Very good carbonation, leading to a creaminess.

O/D: This beer is a lot better on tap than in the bottle. Has a much better hoppiness, and not at all boozy.

Photo of ggilman
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On draught at the South Portland Sebago location.
Served in a pint.

A - copper hue, slight haze, very little head, but poured right to the top of the glass. Beautiful sticky lace.

S - earthy sugary malt and some hops.

T - thick sweet syrupy malt. A delicious double, without double hops. Rich. Malt finish. Some earthy root vegetable flavor.

M & O - thick, viscous with a clean pure finish, but didn't satisfy my hop craving.

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

A - Pours a copper amber color with minimal carbonation and a light foam lacing covering the top.

S - Fresh pine, biscuit malt, mild acidic citrus, the aroma is faint for a big beer, but there is a slight tartness to the aroma.

T - Taste is better than what the nose suggests. Starts with a caramel, buttery acetyl sweetness and half way through the back of the tongue is hot with a peppery, acidic pink grapefruit rind on the back end. Leaves the mouth with a peppery, lingering citrus bitterness for a minute or so.

M - Smooth, thin medium body, mild pricklies on the tongue, and a semi-dry finish.

D - A decent drinker. Starts out balanced before the hops set in at the end. (No complaints here!)

Photo of gford217
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Khazadum
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Thick white wedding lace lacing ( so clever ). Low retention time, but when it was around giant creamy head that was not that easy to generate. Golden amber body with good amount of carbonation rising up through its ranks.

S- Very sweet. Super caramels coming off of this sucka. The back end is the notes of oxidation and aging along with some grapefruit. Definitely probably a bit past its freshness peak, but still hoppy. Faint grassy notes.

T- Opens with the caramel sweetness being overwhelmed by a typhoon of giant bitter crests. Its funny, they fade out and come back in the finish. They let the middle generate a bit of fruit zest sweetness. Like an orange citrus, maybe grapefruit low note, but once again. The dominating factor of bitter sweeps them off to the periphery so my finish is dominated by tufts of bitter fluff hiding a mini biscuit nougat of goodness.

M- Full bodied, crisp opening with residual carbonation for the finish. Few beers pull off the long slow carbonation drag well, this seems to have it nice. Long lingering and stickiness.

D- Not the best, but not the worst. It is definitely run of the mill for impression. I can drink a full glass of it, and not notice the alcohol that much at all, but do I really want to? Probably not. Its just not what I was thinking it would be. It could be a factor of age, but I can't guarantee that.

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 Brez07
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Has this about a week ago at Sebago's monthly cask night. 16oz served in a pint glass

A: Cloudy dark orange. 1 finger of frothy white head. Impressive amount of lined lacing, starting at the top and making it's way almost down to the bottom of the glass

S: Lots of citrus hop aroma, more than the bottle or draft versions. Some malt, but again less than normal

T: Starts with big citrus flavors (pineapple, grapefruit) before moving on to a bitter pine. Slight malt in the finish providing a brief sweetness

M: Full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Obviously light amount of carbonation. Little bit of bitter hop aftertaste

D: This was a great beer for cask. I prefer it over the regular versions. Definitely will order any time I see it

Photo of steve8robin
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on a recent trip to NH. Tried before and enjoyed, now official review time. 12oz bottle...

A: A murky bronze / copper look with a small off white head that fades quickly to a couple bubbles. Decent.

S: Smells of some great fruity citrus malt with some tropical scents almost blended in. Some earthiness on the backend. Good.

T: Hmm, a little tame for an IPA. A citrus orange peel taste upfront followed by some tame hops. A hint of pineapple on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A crisp dry refreshing finish. Very good.

D: Goes down fairly easy here.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Not amazing, but good. If you have access, this is a good cheap IPA to pickup a 6 pack and enjoy. Not worth hunting. Mild for an IPA.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber color with good clarity and retention of a tan head. Leaves little lacing on the glass.

Mild citrus aroma is borne on a big sweet bready malt aroma. Full bodied with the emphasis on sweet bready malts. Carbonation and hops are not quite up to clearing the palate of the heavy sweet malts.

A good winter sipper.

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

I had this beer tonight and chose it out of a 200 bottle selection at a beer bar because I hadn't had anything from Sebago in awhile.

This beer poured an amber color with a thin off white head.

The aroma was of malt, caramel, and spice along with a hint of floral.

Taste was smooth, sweet, with a bit of spice. Medium-bodied.

I personally could only drink one in a session.

Photo of theo871
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 1/19/11, purchased on release date 1/28/11. It really doesn't get any fresher than this!

Pours a dark orange-amber color with a one finger white head that leaves behind beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet fruit, citrusy, floral, a bit of spice.

Tastes syrupy, hoppy, spicy, sweet fruit, caramel.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick with a perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could easily polish off a couple of these in a sitting, but with an 9.1% ABV, I may have trouble standing afterwards!

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin head that quickly disappears. Some lacing. Sweet aroma of fruit, most notably pineapple. Some hops as well. Taste is a nice bitterness. Some hints of orange. Pretty refreshing. Overall its a good beer but nothing special. Not in a hurry to seek this one out again.

Photo of deereless
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Decent head retention, a thin layer of tightly packed head, caramel in color with lots of dark orange, very little action visible in the beer - 4.00, S: Strong citrus and more specifically orange and tangerine, quite pungent, I also pick up some tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, there's also a good deal of honey - 4.50, T: Hops dominate the palate as one might expect on a double IPA, thick and syrupy, sharp hop bite, very pungent - 4.25, M: Thick and heavily bodied - 4.50, D: A nice double IPA, solid interpretation of the style - 4.50

Photo of DrJay
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, reddish, orange amber color with a thick, frothy head of creamy beige foam which retained pretty nicely and left a good streak of lace around the glass. Carbonation is sparse and lazy while clarity remains fairly good.

S: Smells of a big dose of dextrose and caramel malts with loads of fruity ale esters and a whiff of floral, citrusy hops to go along with a bit of an oak aroma.

T: Very creamy, sweet and full-bodied blend of medium-roast caramel malt up front. Nice, warm fruity ale flavors jump out around mid palate with a slight dose of tea and toffee. A resinous, bitter and earthy hop flavor mixes with a slightly harsh alcohol sting and lingering coffee roast flavors for a lasting aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and has a medium alcoholic, hoppy sting.

D: Full-Throttle is a big, malty, sorta unbalanced boozy ale which doesn't really float into the DIPA realm for me, but might work as an American strong ale. A little sweet and cloying, and the 8.2% ABV does get a little hot and heady at times. A pretty good strong ale for a fair weather IPA fan looking for some extra bang.

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 Gyle41386
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks to 6DaysBottomOcean for the bottle.

Dark orange-amber pour. Just over a finger of off-white foam retains well. A little lacing sticks to the glass.

Typical East Coast DIPA nose. Very, very sweet aroma. Not much hops, very disappointing after reading the label and seeing their hop selection.

Flavor is much too caramel sweet for my tastes. More toasted graham cracker flavor than anything else. Practically no hop bitterness.

Big bodied. Soft carbonation, plush feel. Super boring DIPA. Too sweet, and not nearly hoppy enough. Not great.

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

Beer is a nice dark amber, with a light head and some lacing. Aroma is kinda interesting. Some hops, but also some plum or caramel something. Taste is bitter and hoppy. Refreshing, bracing, but not overpowering. Fairly simple, but in a good way. A nice change of pace from the punch-in-the-face hop blast that some other double IPAs provide. Mouthfeel is fine. Well carbonated and quite drinkable. All in all, a very good, straight ahead double IPA.

Photo of DMBoSox11
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #2 - 12 ounce bottle (no date) in a snifter.

A: A cloudy, dark orange with a darker off-white frothy head. The head had assorted bubbles with light retention. Ridiculous glass covering lacing.

S: Grapefruit hops with a huge sugary sweet malt backing and a very slight touch of alcohol as it warms.

T: Beautiful grapefruit and grapefruit rind hops followed by a touch of floral hops. Solid multi-grain bread malt with a sweet and lasting finish. Bitter for sure, but not over the top. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Full body which coats the mouth. Medium carbonation, but I wish it were higher to get that bite of most IPAs/IIPAs.

D: Perhaps the best IIPA I've had.

Full Throttle Double IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.