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Misty Mountain IPA - Back East Brewing Company

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Misty Mountain IPAMisty Mountain IPA

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25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 161
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 29.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: strengthdoc on 08-18-2012

Misty Mountain is a great example of the American-style India Pale Ale synonymous with Craft Beer. Originally brewed for sailors on shipping routes between England and India, British IPAs are known for their strong hop bitterness, which were added as a preservative for the long voyage. The American adaptation is decidedly stronger and offers a more robust hop bite. Back East IPA is no exception. This assertively hopped beer has a great hoppy aroma, crisp hop bite, and smooth medium body.
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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 161
Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a fluted pilsener glass at Republic in Bloomfield, Conn.

A: Poured a dark, copper-amber color with a two-finger head of dense, white carbonation bubbles. Clarity is good and carbonation consistent throughout, leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Dry, spicy and mild herbal hop aroma rises with baked bread and hints of fruity malts. Flecks of mint kick up with the milled grain and musty, floral esters.

T: Well-balanced approach to this IPA; a bready, medium-bodied caramel malt flavor up front with hints of sweet, smoky roast intertwine with herbal, bitter hops that don't raise too much acidity on the palate. Mild bready, fruity and chocolate flavors mesh seamlessly with faint, herbal bitterness before washing back with a hint of dry, musty bittersweet spiciness.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a smooth malt mouthfeel to back up the very mild hop bitterness.

O: A nice, middle-of-the-road IPA with lots of upside given the study malt backbone to support pleasing, herbal and slightly grassy hop bitterness. Reminds me of the NEBCo Sea Hag of old, to a degree. It's not the best American IPA that's likely to be on tap, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to the amber ale fan looking for a boost in bitterness.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange. Very murky. Loosely packed large off white head. Attractive lacing.

S: A tinny pine character. Weak hop aroma overall, nothing assertive. Weak caramel malt.

M: Wouldn't quite call this creamy as the brewers do. Seems a little thin with moderate carbonation. Doughy malts and a little sticky.

T/O: Dirty, woodsy, earthy and grassy, light orange hop bite. Some medicinal and edelweiss herbal character leads into a moderately high bitterness.Pithy lemon and clean finish that rest for about a minute on the palate. This beer has some nice bones just needs to fill out a bit more. I don't find it as well balanced as others, the brewers say the hops are assertive, which they are. However, hops are fickle, and just because hops are abundant in a beer doesn't make it a great IPA unfortunately.
Pros: Nice price point, local, good bitterness for spicy food
Cons: Body doesn't match flavor, hops don't necessarily dominate in the 'best' way

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Photo of tectactoe
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can.

w/o any freshness/canning date info

Pours hazed medium amber. Loose off white head and leaving decent looking rings and strands of lace.

On the nose its pine hops.

Respectable IPA, I get mostly pine and resin in the decent but not outstanding brew.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chrisras
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of bbudnik
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz. can at Barnum Publick House. Pours a nice amber color with a fluffy head head that sticks around. Smells like a balanced IPA, sweet malts with a gentle mix of hops. Taste is on the money for the aroma. Balanced, maybe leaning towards hoppy, but not excessively. It's very restrained and sweet, overall not bad but not great. Would probably not seek out.

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Photo of buddha8
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rdilauro
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange hue. The 'typical' pine grapefruit nose associated with high IBU beers was evident but not very strong.

The first sip was light, typical high hoppy IPA but not as dry as some others. I felt that the IPA needed something more to better balance it. It was suppose to be a malty beer, but I just didnt get body to this one.

I will have to try this one again.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Roguer
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of grahuba
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Surprisingly dark amber body. Nice white head. Small collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - Estery and a little yeasty. Sweet doughy malts. A little bit of citrus hop. Doesn't smell like an IPA.

Taste - Quite sweet. Resiny pine hop. Again with the doughy malts. A touch of grain. Fruity estery finish.

Mouthfeel - Too sweet. Medium body. High carbonation.

Overall - This is an IPA? What? This was so boss...like boss hog, lol.

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Photo of Zbyler
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

out of a bottle given to me by a distributor/salesman

A- Nice dark golden color. A bit cloudy in the glass with some nice bubbles sprinting towards the off white finger of head on the top.

S- Sweet malts take over the smell, a slight hop hop aroma but not as much as I was expecting.

T- Big delicious piney/ citrus hops up front. A bit of tart grapefruit and other citrus notes. Gives way to a sweet malt backbone and a deliciously sweet finish. Every sip makes you want another.

M- Nice mouth feel, subtle carbonation. A bit heavy on the tongue.

O- Overall I was very surprised with this beer. Had this one after previously having their Imperial IPA. Great hop flavor with a nice palette cleansing sweet finish to it. A very good beer overall in my opinion. The 7% ABV is not noticeable until after you have had a few.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/16...pours from the can soft copper, heavy high white foam. Clingy and foamy. Malty bitter nose, grassy. Light bitter taste, toffee/bready pokes through. Good carbonation balances out. Tasty bitter with a touch of spice at the end. Crisp. Very good.

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Photo of BrahptimusPrime
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time having this. In a can, poured in a glass. To me it smells like a lager. No potent or distinct smells. Taste is very smooth. At 7% it is just as easy to drink as a yuengling. Very refreshing. Very faint hop taste, smooth finish. I wouldn't say this is for hop heads, but overall a very good beer that could be refreshingly drank one after another.

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Photo of DanE
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from Cork and Wine in Glastonbury and poured into a tulip. I was told this was less than a month old. Me taking it out of the cooler grabbed a lot of attention, the owner of the package store raved about it there recent tasting and another patron chimed in as well.

A: Deep amber, much like a Deviant Dales or Centennial IPA. It is definitely filtered. 1 1/2 finger white head, great carbonation.

S: Piney, bready, and a hint of caramel and floral. It smells very similar to SN Torpedo.

T: Very similar to the smell. Piney and slightly sweet. Again, much like SN Torpedo, however more bitter than SN Torpedo. The bitter profile is throughout and provides an excellent balance. As it warms the after taste is very complex.

M: Excellent. The carbonation is hitting the spot.

Overall: Support locals! I personally like more citrasy IPAs, but this is very tasty. I would recommend it to me fellow Connecticut residents.

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Photo of ChrisChagnon
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Misty Mountain IPA from Back East Brewing Company
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