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Full Throttle Double IPA - Sebago Brewing Company

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Full Throttle Double IPAFull Throttle Double IPA

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
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 Yeastcakes
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: Sam Adam's glass, cellar temp
A - Hop aroma comes across as full bodied without being overbearing.
A - Nice full three fingers of head with good retention. Hazy light brown in color.
M - Medium to full body, low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.
T - Full floral flavor with enough malt body to keep things in control. Bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth.
D - Very nice double IPA. Dangerously drinkable.

Yeastcakes, May 08, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from mikeale, thank you for the bottle.

Poured this in an over sized wine glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very beautiful orange color with a reddish tint. There is a two finger head that is ivory, foamy, and creamy. The clarity of the beer is hazy, there is some light that is able to pass through. There is some lacing on the wine glass.

Nose: A nice maltiness with some sweetness. There is a nice pine, floral, and citrus aroma.

Taste: A very grapefruit, pine and floral emits from the beer. There is a good malt backbone with a slight touch of sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and the finish last for a few moments. This beer has a wonderful rich flavor that you would expect from a DIPA it is not fantastic, but good.

colts9016, May 07, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy medium amber with some definite yeast-floaties. Modest creamy head. Decent aroma of fruity, citrusy hops.

Flavor is good, pretty subtle for a DIPA. A lot of earthy, yeasty flavors combined with a heavy dose of bitterness. Hops are a bit fruity, not that compelling in my opinion. Mouthfeel is nice, quite smooth, and alcohol is well-disguised. Not the best New England version of the style, but a good effort.

dasenebler, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has a Brewed on 3/3/09 stamp on it. Very fresh indeed.

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a dense and creamy ivory colored head. Settles very slowly, staying chunky and pretty full and leaving some webbing on the sides.

Smell is not overly hoppy, but has a nice resiny, herbal hop quality to it. There's a bit of grapefruity citrus, as well, and some sweet caramel. It's pretty weak actually, and especially in the nose of DIPA I want to be smacked in the face with hops. This doesn't do that.

Like the smell this isn't the hoppiest of DIPAs, but it's nicely balanced and there's enough hops to give it a little bit of pop. The hops are primarily herbal and citrus flavored. It's almost malt forward for a DIPA, with a big caramel malty backbone. That's somewhat backwards given the style, but I'm more accepting of balance in the taste than I am the smell, and there's just enough hops to make it work pretty well. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of a medium body and is quite creamy. Slick and smooth, almost chewy in fact. Carbonation is pretty modest, giving it a soft, smooth feel.

This isn't too bad but it's certainly not hoppy enough to be in a class with the best versions of the style. Don't expect a hop bomb going in and you'll find a brew that's pretty easy to put back.

number1bum, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pansy known as number1bum gave this one to me in our most recent trade...learn how to not be a complete moron.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. No freshness date anywhere that I could see which I'm not a fan of when it comes to DIPA's.

Pours a murky orange/brown with a two finger off-white head. A fair amount of stick holds on to the sides of the glass throughout tasting. The nose wasn't what I was hoping for. Syrupy hops, caramel malts, and gritty earth. Some pine underneath, but this one is really lacking in the aroma for the style. Taste is pretty similar to the smell. Muted hops, sugary malts, and toasted grains. Once again, this is not what a DIPA should be, even for an East coast version. Medium to full body with a somewhat creamy feel. Average carbonation with a dry aftertaste. I don't know if this beer is well past its prime, or just a poorly made DIPA...either way I'm not liking this beer. If I could find somekind of dating on the bottle I would review accordingly, but since I can't, this one gets a poor rating. Thanks a lot Josh, you're worthless. Luckily I have a Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock on deck to save my poor tastebuds...

edit: so this was bottled on 3/3/09 which baffles me even more because the hops were weak all around.

BeerTruth, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a standard pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased at Gasbarro's in Seekonk, MA. Bottled date was 1/26/09 so it was reasonably fresh.

A - Golden and mostly clear with a moderate off white head. Good lacing.

S - A good amount of hop aroma. Started more piney and grassy but then went more floral and fruity.

T - A nice balance of rich malt and hop flavors / bitterness. No off flavors. The alcohol was not especially apparent.

M - Moderate consistency (although maybe a bit thin for a DIPA) and moderate carbonation.

D - Smooth and easy. A pretty good IPA for the northeast.

GJ40, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Durge, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of DousedInStout
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, deep amber with near white head. The head and lacing stay all the way through - very nice retention! However, the aroma is somewhat lackluster. For a DIPA, the aroma is hollow - there are very faint notes of grass and lemon, and some esters from the alchohol. The taste starts off sweet and caramelly and ends with a lingering hop bitterness, but still somewhat nondescript. It is very balanced, and heat from the alcohol content is prevelant. The mouthfeel is superb and rich. Overall, I'd say it's about average for a NE DIPA...

DousedInStout, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for this awesome extra! Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small off-white head that left some sticky lacing all the way down the New Belgium globe. Aroma is earthy, fruity, hints of pine, caramel, and slight booze as it warms up. Taste is very bitter, loads of caramel malt, pretty well balanced, and while there's some light pineapple flavor, I could go for more citrus hop character. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, probably due to the large amount of caramel malts thrown in this brew, appropriate carbonation. This was a very unique DIPA, as it tasted nothing like any other East Coast varieties I've tried. A nice extra that I was happy to have tried.

KeefD, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 22, 2009
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer complements of ClockworkOrange.

A- Pours a murky golden amber with a thick off-white head that disapates and leaves a long lasting lacing.

S- A nose of sweet burnt caramel malt folllowed by notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine and pineapple.

T- First taste is sweel caramel which prepares the palate for the big blast of hops, consisting of grapefruit, pine, pinapple and more grapefruit. A sweet burnt caramel finish faintly lingers in the background under the long linggering bitter simcoe hop.

M- Medium bodied with a Full mouth of hops.

D- A very drinkable DIPA that turned my tastebuds on. Wish I had more. This is a hopheads nirvana. A chunk of stinky cheese and a six pack of these and you'll be set.

3 3/4 Hop Buds on the PSYCOHOP Scale.

PSYCOHOPS, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a four-pack at Hannaford in Maine. Pours a murky dark amber body with chunks of what is presumably yeast floating in suspension and a half inch of off-white head. Citrussy grassy minty hops dominate the aroma with just a touch of caramel malt. Robust citrussy pithy leafy minty hops dominate the flavor as well as expected, with touches of breadiness and caramel in the background. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Definitely a sipper due to the robust flavors and full body. Overall a very decent stab at the style and while I've had better, I've definitely had much worse, and this isn't as harsh as their Frye's Leap IPA.

MrHurmateeowish, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy deep copper/amberish color. About a one finger white head that slowly recedes to a 1/8th film that lasts throughout the beer with wispy lacing left behind. Nose is fantastic! Major fruity hops are present - grapefruit takes the lead on this one, there is some pine in the nose, and faint faint whiff of a pale malt. Taste is largely of grapefruit up front. It for sure has that hop kick! Then it fades in to a bit of pine, and a pale malt to even it all out. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, but finishes very crisp, medium bodied, carbonated nicely. Overall, a really nice beer form Sebago!

Jayli, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of cannabanaceae
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

cannabanaceae, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle at Julio's. Poured into my shaker glass. I don't know if was the light of the full moon coming through my window, but this beer looks fantastic. A cloudy golden honey amber color with a solid two fingers of fluffy, sticky ecru foam. Certainly a beer to "drink with your eyes" first. Aromas of pineapple, caramel, clementines, and pine attack the nose. Flavors of sweet caramel malt, tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, orange and grapefruit pummel the tongue. Very smooth with a nice slightly bitter grapefruit finish. Really excellent stuff. I wish I would have got more than one bottle. A fantastic DIPA.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 1/26/09 at 55 degrees.

Pours hazy amber with a half inch head of off-white. A dense skim coat remained on the surface after the initial settling as well as some moderate lacing.

Aromatics lead off with subdued hopping, dark fruit, and ripe malt. A hint of grape jam amongst the citrus fruit. Far from pungent or floral.

Medium bodied with a tacky almost syrupy mouthfeel.

Jammy citrus fruit, plump malt, and a hint of pine sap start the palate. A slight warmth and marmalade step forward.

Finishes with plenty of lush malt, low bitterness, and jammy fruit.

I would really like to try a super-fresh sample of this beer.

brewandbbq, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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...

deltatauhobbit, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of ericj551
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sebago's Full Throttle Double IPA pours a cloudy amber with a light head that fades. The aroma is a huge citrusy punch, tons of grapefruit as well as pine and hints of raisiny malt. Bitterness pops up first in the flavor followed by some of the citrusy flavor alluded to in the aroma. A bit of pine gives way to a brief but rich caramel sweetness. The resiny bitterness once again overwhelms on the finish and lingers pleasantly with a nice citrusy flavor.

ericj551, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

smcolw, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of nobletrout
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The color is about perfect. Seen some IPA's a little lighter, but this one was fine.

S - Everything you'd expect from a DIPA. Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial are all there, plus some Simcoe (according to the bottle). Dry hopped for a month apparently.

T - Tasted.... too sweet. I know IPA's need more malt to offset the hops aroma and taste, which are definitely there. But this one has something going on (Dextrin?) that's maybe a little too high in my book. Hop combination, while impressive in smell, seems a little one dimensional. Most DIPA's that I really get into seem to surprise with each sip.

M - Once again, a little too syrupy for me. carbonation is spot on.

D - for a local brew, good stuff. Price is a little steep for a four pack. This isn't 90 minute.

nobletrout, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember having this on tap when I lived in Portland and LOVED it. I was amazed to hear that it would be bottled and anxious to see how it compares to my memories of the draft version...

Pours a deep orange color with nice bright sunshiny notes. Big fluffy inch + of head. Nice and thick. Good looking pour.

You can certainly smell this from a good three to four feet away once the cap is popped and this bad mamma jamma is poured. Smells piney, grapefruity, lemony...all those great smells of C-hop charged double IPA. No off scents, just hops hops hops.

Oh man that is good. All those smells come to life in the mouth. Grapefruit and other citrus, pine, pineapple and all with a very nice malty sweetness backing them up.

Mouthfeel is sort of syrupy with a pronounced tongue walloping from the hops. Overall, its a very solid, drinkable dIPA clocking in above 8%.

Finally, a kick ass super hopped production beer from Maine. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time.


indiapaleale, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of TonyReaves
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I tweaked my review after a couple more bottles. This beer is Garrett Oliver's proverbial "saltiest dish."

A- Deep golden, a bit hazy. At 79 IBUs, that's to be expected. Pours almost no head- I didn't expect that for an IPA.

S- Delicious. Big waft of grapefruit, with some piny scents there too.

T- The grapefruit influence is huge. My first thought is that it tastes like a glass of Ruby Red. More bitter than I expected, but that's not a complaint. I don't know if I'd want to drink this on its own, though. I grabbed some chips and hot salsa, and the spiciness countered the bitterness well. This is absolutely the most bitter Maine beer I've had. Personally, I'd prefer a bit more balance. I can just detect some crystal malt under all the bitterness, but it's wildly overpowered. I love the overwhelming citrus, but I don't know how enthusiastic I'd be after drinking another 1 or 2.

M- It's actually pretty light in the mouth. I'd like a bit more body.

D- I put below average, because this stuff can't stand on its own. If I were eating spicy Indian or Thai food, I'd set drinkability up to a 4, but it's a bit unbalanced to go it alone.

TonyReaves, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of hippityhop86
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. I have traditionally stayed away from the imperial or double IPAS more because I'm interested in taste and drinkability over Alc. content etal. I had this on draft at the brew house with a meal.... WOW! It had the feel of a regular IPA in its color and sessionability, but after 2 I could certainly feel it.
i truely enjoyed my first double IPA, unfortunately you can only get it on draft. However after speaking with them directly they have plans to expand to other pubs, even in Hudson, MA at the Horseshoe!

hippityhop86, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of mshallah
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. A real treat of a big beer, this brew smelled huge.Hops and alcohol upfront with a background sweetness. A sticky head retention and dark orange color show this beer has a big malt base but the freshly dried hop presence which included citrus and pine tipped the balance to hops as a DIPA should. The hop flavor and aroma combined for a complex hop lover's dream. The brewers squeezed all they could from the bitter flowers. Every sip revealed something and invited another taste for exploration. Wonderful find.

mshallah, Oct 13, 2007
Full Throttle Double IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.