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Ambrewsia - Brewmaster Jack

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88
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 08-25-2012

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by puboflyons:
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle dated April 7, 2014. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

The pour is a slight hazy copper orange amber with a long lasting white foamy head that lingers on.

The aroma has a decent dose of floral and piney hops that emit a grapefruit-like character. The toasted malts figure into the aroma a little bit too.

The body is around medium and fairly smooth.

The taste has plenty of resiny hops on my tongue but not to the point of exploding in my face. Malt character can also be tasted. This is a well-balanced Imperial IPA that still emphasizes the hops with a dry bitter finale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I look at the ratings of this beer and I'm very surprised. I think this beer is exceptional. Drank a month out from bottling and in MA, so maybe I'm benefiting from the freshness. The beer smells and tastes awesome. Very good carbonation, with lots of citrus up front and a sweet aftertaste. Really good brew.

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4.04/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of far333
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazed, orangey apricot with a light beige head that slowly recedes. Low aroma of floral hops, a little perfumey.

Flavor of toffee malt upfront, followed by grapefruit citrus hops, tastes like centennial. Morphs quickly to pine, and bitter orange rind. Fairly bitter, but this tastes like a single IPA, not a double IPA. Not overly complex, thin mouthfeel, this is just above average overall.

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very hazy orange, thick white head fades to a thick layer and leaves little lacing. A good bit of sediment from the bottle.
S - Floral, earthy, grassy hops. Some malt faint malts, caramel, biscuit.
T - Citrus from the hops, like orange rind. Some hop spiciness. Well balanced by the malt.
M - Medium/heavy body, medium carb. Dry finish. Leaves a little bitterness on the palate.
O - A good DIPA. Although the ABV on the 12 oz I got read 7.0. Happy to have tried it, but I wouldn't rush back out to get it.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great color. Terrific taste. Awesome beer

Photo of ThrashMaster
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJRubes
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up from a local wine and cheese store (oddly enough) while out with the wife today.

I poured the 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams point glass.

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a moderate head. Honestly, it looks a bit light for a DIPA. The head dissipated fairly quickly leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - Getting a lot of hops right off the bat. Getting more pine and evergreen as opposed to citrus fruits in some other DIPAs I've had. I'm only getting a little malt in the smell... Overall seems a bit thin on the nose.

T - Taste follows the smell. Getting bitter, spicy hops and pine right away. Certainly not an unpleasant flavor but I expected more complexity from a DIPA. Very dry...reminds of a dry white wine. Not a strong malt backbone on this one which probably leads to the dryness. My mouth is really craving some malt but it's just not there. I think the taste would be excellent with a stronger malt presence, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

M - Good carbonation but not so much that I have an issue with. Feel is on the thin side, I was hoping for it to be a bit more creamy. But, then again, it's probably due to a weaker malt backbone compared to some other DIPAs. Certainly not unpleasant but I expected something a bit more rich.

O - Solid DIPA. Is it among the greats? No, but it's still a solid offering, worth picking up if you can find it. I think some more malt presence would go a long way and could make this beer truly excellent.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.59/5  rDev +15.9%

Worth a short drive to get, 90+

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed since my last review was most likely old or slightly infected. Since that review the other ones I've had from them were much better, so time for a re-review. Botted on 4/07/14 so pretty fresh.

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, hazy reddish orange color, already much different, although appearance is lower I have a feeling the rest will be much higher.

Nose nice citrus hops, some orange zest, tangerine, little candied orange peel, clementine, a light nectarine and stone fruit notes, touch of a papaya like tropical note, and some toasty reddish malts, a little candy brownish malts too, touch of caramel, bit of grapefruit later.

Taste starts with more citrus and fresh fruit, a little fresh grapefruit flesh, orange flesh, little juicy tangerine and nectarine, more fleshy than juicy, like fresh blended fruit. Into candied orange rind and a touch of pith, with some semi sweet malts, a little toasty reddish malt and caramel, but just enough to balance it. and an abrasive fluffy feel, little fluffy malt as well. Bitterness is fair to start, a little rindy, and increases on the back end. Finish gets a bit spicy, hops ramp up as it attempts to dry but the big malt sweetness keeps it from that. A hint of booze comes through with that, spicy earthy rind like bitterness dominates for a while after, and quite bitter at that point, almost like chewing on hop pellets dry.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, feels a bit thick and abrasive too, with plenty of carbonation, note quite too much yet but almost there.

overall better than the first one i had, but not by a lot. I suppose the old bottle was just old and fermented a bit too much in the bottle, lost some of the hop bite, etc. Still the same beer which is why it's not worlds better, a decent IIPA, nothing out of this world, but enjoyable.

(Now the old review)
Pours a nice fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing, hazy tangerine orange color lots of bubbles rising up. 4.5

Nose has a big candy malt base, caramel, toffee, sweet amber reddish malts, light bready yeasty, sweet syrupy, light citrus hops, little spicy earthy hops, quite fruity and a big spicy hop bitterness waiting for me. 4

Taste starts with more malts, sweet candy malts, caramel, toffee, bready malts and bready yeast that gets a little off flavor tasting and unhappy yeast that I can't label, maybe too hot in fermentation, or possibly the early onset of infection. Then hops, quite bitter as it ramps, light citrus, quite spicy and earthy, some pine, chewy hops even, light candy hops too. Finish is still fairly sweet but drier, a lingering long bitterness and earthy spicy hops, and an anesthetized hot booze lingering, and just a touch of that unhappy yeast or possible infection offset. 3.5

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming semi hot booze late, good carb. 4

Overall interesting, but not great, decent hops that don't really excite. Malts are nice balance to the heat and big bitter earthy spicy hops, but also either bad yeast or possible infection. 3

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Ambrewsia from Brewmaster Jack
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.