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Maniacal Double IPA - Port City Brewing

Maniacal Double IPA
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.43%

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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3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours an orange-hued copper, with a thin head of bright-white foam. This retains well, leaving back some frothy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral and piney, with a touch of medicinal character. Grapefruit is standing out, along with some sweeter notes of fruit and malt. The alcohol gives this a certain amount of heaviness in the nose. The taste has a zesty bitterness with resins mixed in. Softer notes of herbs, tropical fruit, bread and a touch of sweeter caramel malts help balance this. This ends dry, bitter and resinous on the finish. The feel is medium with a sharp creaminess that spreads out. The higher alcohol gives this a boozy edge. This was certainly drinkable “enough” for a bigger DIPA but the pronounced alcohol presence does hold this down with unnecessary booze and sweetness that I’m afraid wrecks the party a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 13:51:48 | More by Kegatron
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3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at the brewery

Described by my surly bartender as "amazing." Well...hmm...
Looked fine anyway, slightly hazy orange-amber color with a small white head that faded to a wispy layer of bubbles; moderate lacing. There was a good amount of hoppiness in the aroma, with floral and citrusy qualities coming through, but it was largely dulled by the intrusive malty sweetness, with a slight medicinal/grain-alcohol twinge. Again in the taste, bitter hops up front, citrus, pine, floral notes, all soon overcome by sweet malty sugars, chewy bread, overripe melon, soapy phenols. "Messy," if I had to describe it with one word. Medium body, moderate carbonation. I supposed I'd try a sip of this again, but probably no more than that.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 07:51:24 | More by Rifugium
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3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

white creamy head and a hazy bright orange colored beer. smells srrongly of oranges and pine resin. taste the same as the smell. a slight malt presence that makes itself known. feel is heavy and a little thick and syrupy. a pretty good beer worth getting

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 23:12:02 | More by HattedClassic
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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery. Served in a tulip glass this beer has a nice amber to orange color. Head was medium and stayed for a little bit.
Smell was of citrus fruit as well as a little malt. Some minor grassy notes as well.
Taste is pretty citrus heavy from beginning to end. Some pine near the end. Grapefruit is what I would say dominates with small malt background
Mouth feel is pretty standard. Not too carbonated and not too heavy on the tongue.
Overall either the best port city beer I have tried or very near the top. Very good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 00:18:51 | More by dexterk1
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District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: amber, slightly cloudy, with good head tetention and nice lacing
S: caramel with some flowery notes
T: starts out malty as anticipated given the smell. The caramel notes fade to a pineapple/grapefruit combination, before fading into the earthy hop end notes.
M: malt front, fade to a little hops bite at the end, but nothing too strong. The alcohol makes a little presence late as well
O: solid offering I would definitely order again. Had it while also siping my friend's Ruination. The ruination was more citrusy up front and definitely drier in the end, but overall I thought they were within the range of being comparable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 00:59:11 | More by cjgiant
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District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden color with some amber hues. Head falls quickly. Scattered lacing.

Nose: Some sweet caramelly malt notes that meld nicely with a big fruity, piney blast of Simcoe hops. Nice overall aroma, if a bit subdued.

Taste: As in the nose, the hops and malt blend really nicely together. That being said, this is a bit malty sweet for my preference in DIPAs. A little bit of tropical fruit with previously said Simcoe-y fruit and pine notes.

Mouthfeel: Booze is present but not really distracting. Mouthfeel is creamy while still being well carbonated. Long, juicy finish.

Overall: Really well-made (as all of Port City's beers are)double IPA that just leans a bit toward the malty side for my tastes. If you're a fan of maltier DIPAs with good hop flavor and aroma, definitely check this beer out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 17:28:08 | More by jacewg
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Whole Foods serving in a Flying Dog goblet. Cloudy golden appearance with a fluffy white head. I have to say i am not a massive fan of Port CIty's previous offerings so I didn't have high expectations when i came to try this but I was pleasantly surprised by this. The one thing that stands out is the tropical aroma, distinctive peach and mango notes in the aroma and in the taste, accompanied by a fairly solid malt backbone. The alcohol is nicely hidden too. Overall a very good attempt at a double ipa, good to see another solid local offering. Hopefully they think about bottling this sometime soon. If you see it around, give it a try.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2013 22:27:11 | More by davet100
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4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this both straight from the brewery and then took a growler home to have a week later.

A - Poured a great orange/copper color with nice fluffy white head and tight bubbles. Some nice lacing as well.

S - Great fruity tropical notes. Slight malt/bready aroma as well. No hint of any alcohol/booziness.

T - Following the smell, a nice pop of tropical flavors. A little bit of the malt backbone, but the hops just take over. Juicy is the first thing that comes to mind

M - Very nice. Dry feeling afterwards as expected. Nice amount of carbonation, even after a week in the growler. No real warming from the alcohol either.

O - For a local DIPA, this one is great. It's flavorfull, it's aromatic, and it's easy for me to get. I had to go back last weekend to refill the growler. If you are in the DC area, do not pass this one up.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 16:29:44 | More by ASXL41
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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 02:19:53 | More by Pencible
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4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 16:52:00 | More by C20Percent
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4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 22:16:58 | More by Mises85
Maniacal Double IPA from Port City Brewing
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