Maniacal Double IPA - Port City Brewing

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Maniacal Double IPA
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Port City Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 04-23-2013)
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4.91/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it at the brewery. It had a orange copper color with 2 finger head.

Smell: Grapefruit and Citrus all the way. Big hop bomb

Taste: More grapefruit and more hops. Just enough malt but the hops steal the show.

Superb beer and one of the best IPA's that I have had. It is almost like bear republic racer 5 but with more hop character since it is a DIPA.

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4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Don't mean for this to be a back-handed compliment, but I'm not a big fan of Port City. I think their IPA is average. Not a fan of their Pale Ale or Optimal Wit. Their Porter is nice, but nothing too special.

Their Maniacal Double IPA is unbelievable. Had this last night at Tavern 64 as part of DC Beer Week events. Admittedly, my expectations were low, but this beer was as good as -- if not better than -- On the Wings of Armageddon. Making the DC Metro Area home to the best one-two Double IPA punch in America.

I'm not quite sure I've seen a beer excel at all factors quite like this beer. The appearance is amazing. Beautiful golden orange color with the foamiest white head ever. The best thing about the appearance is, even when the beer is half finished, a little agitation and the head fluffs right away. Amazing.

The smell is probably the "weakest" feature here. But, with this beer, it's "weakness" would be a strength any other brew. Yes, you get the hops -- for me it was more pineapple and mango, then grapefruit and other citrus. You get a little of everything. But, the extra pop is missing. It's not a misstep - just not as aromatic as other options.

Then you get to the taste -- and I was blown away. Tropical fruits -- such potent hops. For a second it was like I was drinking a banana -- no joke. Also, I don't get why people are criticizing the malts. They give this perfect slightly sweet taste -- I told somebody it was like liquid candy. The hops and malts work together to form a DIPA that stands tall.

Feel is great, too. Super smooth and creamy. Full bodied. From start to finish this beer is amazing. Really wish this was bottled. Would like to give more people that opportunity to try this. Really don't understand why anybody wouldn't rate this beer with high marks. Quite possible they've tweaked the recipe since the last release, or some people didn't have this beer as fresh as I did. Either way, it's great now, and if you can find it, then you must drink it.

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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark cold with some white head.
S: It smelled like fresh mango with some grapefruit and papaya.
T: It tasted like sweet fresh mango and bitter grapefruit, with some honey and papaya. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a fantastic double IPA. The scent and taste profile were my ideal. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth. It also had well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. Lovely brew.

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4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy deep orange color.

The aroma has big orange peel and citrus.

The flavor follows with what I imagine is Citra or Amarillo hops. Lots of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit peel. There are peaches and a medium bready malt in the middle. The finish is again of citrus peel and a decent bitterness.

A really wonderful surprise. The alcohol is really hidden and this punches of fresh "new age" DIPA.

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Maniacal Double IPA from Port City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.