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Maniacal Double IPA - Port City Brewing

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Maniacal Double IPA
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 04-23-2013)
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Chaney, Feb 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

yourefragile, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

AGB, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

GoodOmens, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of dexterk1
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

dexterk1, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Boone757, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

cfinch2, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Dave_Treat, Dec 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Drumomatic, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Tirefan, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

FirstBrewsoon, Nov 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

tclipse, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Pencible
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Pencible, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Swift989, Oct 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

delta490, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Mess, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

cjgiant, Sep 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

WesM63, Sep 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Dave1999, Sep 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

KevinGordon, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dreadnaught33, Sep 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

joek440, Sep 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Navalartichoke, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of davet100
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

davet100, Aug 30, 2013
Maniacal Double IPA from Port City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.