Ambrewsia - Brewmaster Jack
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3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
10-09-2013 22:13:06 | More by CJRubes
3.01/5 rDev -22.8%
A-Pours orange with a thin head. ACBF sample pour does allow me to rightly judge the head or lacing.
S-Balanced. The malt may outweigh the hops. Lots of sweet caramel and other basic malty notes. The hops are rather dull. Piney and oddly herbal.
T-Yeah, more of the same. Relatively odd in its hoppiness. Just as sweet. Balanced but with no really defining flavor. Just very forgettable.
M-Rather thin. Not too bitter.
O/D-Was not a big fan of this one.
06-11-2013 01:03:14 | More by VelvetExtract
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Dome formed head after settling. Leaves good ring lace after each sip. The liquid is golden amber and cloudy.
Strong floral hop (like evergreens) aroma. Good pale malt background with a touch of sweetness.
The flavor is borderline extreme--the hop is nearly overwhelming. Creamy pale malt start but the hop takes over quickly and completely. The swallow and aftertaste is like white pepper, but hop flavor while in the mouth is like grapefruit. Full bodied with good carbonation.
11-04-2012 20:53:06 | More by smcolw
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice sized fluffy white head with moderate retention and lace. Smells of hops and caramel, no shit huh! citrus, pine, resin, bread and caramel are all represented in the nose. The flavor has a malty start with lots of bread and caramel with a hint of anise. The hops are definitely present and provide a smooth bitterness and nice hop flavor. Citrusy grapefruit provide most of the flavor with a nice resin batting cleanup. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. I'd never heard of this brewery before I spotted it in a store far from home. I'm glad I took a chance at this one, its a really nice old school feeling IPA.
09-16-2012 20:43:07 | More by johnnnniee
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
A- This one is a nice looking golden orange with good head rentention and moderately visible carbonation.
S- Fairly hoppy with a clean, herbal, earthy smell. A little spicy, a little citrusy.
T- Very dry for an imperial ipa. It is slight citrusy, a little bit sweet, a little pine, grass and pepper.
M- Slightly more carbonated than ideal. This does intensify the flavors, however.
O= I was impressed by this beer and would like to try it again sometime.
09-08-2012 02:32:45 | More by PerHops
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
New offering from yet another new local brewer. No biggie- if you have some brewing talent, keep 'em coming, New Englanders!
Great look to this brew. Exactly how I like to see my DIPAs- orangy-yellow, hazy, with a touch of a regenerating head. Roughly the color of hop pollen, which is perfection.
The aroma is a bit muted, but nicely fruity and clean.
The taste is quite clean and bitter. This is a really nice, dry, hoppy brew. It's going to take me two or three or these to really tease out all of the flavors. Grapefruit is dominant, and with little malty sweetness to ease the grapefruit bitterness up, it's a little harsh but still quite enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is really the only mild failing with this brew. It's pretty thin and lacks the depth you might expect from a brew that looks so dense and hazy. The bitter film left on my tongue after every sip is nice, however.
This brew is certainly worth seeking out. It's certainly a specialist, and as I belch up hop rhizomes, you can guess what the specialty is. A little sweetness and body and we'd have an all-around world-class brew here.
09-06-2012 02:01:05 | More by stonermouse
Ambrewsia from Brewmaster Jack
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