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Misty Mountain IPA - Back East Brewing Company

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Misty Mountain IPA
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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: strengthdoc on 08-18-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with an earthy hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but does not provide much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but considering how many better alternatives there are within the style, I probably wouldn’t drink this beer again unless my choices were quite limited.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.89/5  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.

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, crisp, copper coloringw ith a thin, filmy, clingy, frothy, off-white head of about a quarter of an inch. Decent head retention as you drink. Aromas of roast toffee and biscuit in the backbone, with a mossy, peppery, cedar hops presence that smells both wet and rich. Flavors are hop forward, with a strong, green presence up front, heavy in cut grass, earth, and cedar pitch, followed immediately by a blast of resiny, bitter, and floral hops characteristics that balance with a tart blast of grapefruit. The malt profile is anchoring the brew, giving enough of a roasty, toasty, and slightly sweet backbone to keep your palate from being completely overhauled by the hops presence. This is a tasty, bold, big beer. All of the flavors build on the tongue as you drink, but at least the body is light and smooth enough to keep plowing through. Very green and bitter aftertaste, with only a hint of the citrus remaining. It's starting to feel like a foresty marsh of hops vines in my mouth, and that's not a bad thing. Very smooth, clean finish that clears quietly amidst the hops chaos the beer has left behind it. Very powerful, hop-heavy brew, with a dash of the citrus tart lingering behind...I really like it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Durge
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A second introductory beer from this new Connecticut brewer, found at Southington Wine & Spirits in Southington, CT, this IPA is a dark orange copper color with a magnanimous near oatmeal colored head and healthy lacing. The aroma is a unique skunk cabbage malt with leafy hop and an almost chocolatey edge. Firm and nice. The flavor is again unique and oh so good. Lots more skunk cabbage malt and leafy hops that send a bitter streak to the back of your throat. The combination brings an almost minty, root-like flavor that presents in a fairly bready, grain way. It’s a medium body brew with a very fine but effective carbonation that makes for a mellow, smooth feel with a little bit of crispness. Delicious and very sessionable in my book.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of alexgash
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can.

Mostly clear deep orange copper. Fat finger of dense, creamy, light khaki head. Very nice lacing. Nice mix of malt and hops on the nose. Treacle-y caramel and butterscotch malt and spicy, piny hops. Aroma almost seems maltier than hoppier.

Toasted malt and spicy hop bitterness up front. Caramel and gingerbread malt sweetness mid palate. Hints of tropical fruit. Herbal and citrus hop flavors and bitterness into the finish. Orange marmalade and toffee in the finish. Lingering malt sweetness. Moderate body with a slick feel. Not bad.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.67/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Brewery: This one pours a fairly clear coppery color. There was a small off white head that left some lacing. Nice hop nose. Pine and citrus dominate. The taste is very good. It has a good hop bite. Mainly citrus and pine flavors, with a decent malt body behind it. Nicely balanced.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a cold growler into a snifter. SPlit the growler with my two brothers and fish113d.
the beer pours a clear amber color with some fluffy beige colored head of about .5 cm that fades to a surface layer quickly after pour.
The aroma is light caramel and toffee mixed with some grass,citrus rind and spicy hop profile. Not a huge nose but it is enjoyable and appropriate for an IPA. Dont expect double IPA nose from this beer.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine gentle carbonation. Texture is smooth and crisp. Overall physical properties are nice.
The flavor is similar to the nose with some caramel that rolls to earthy spicy hops that finishes a bit dry. No hints of any booze and the dry finish entices the next swallow of beer.
The beer is very drinkable and we polish off the growler with no problems. Everyone was happy with this solid IPA offering from a new brewery in CT!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Misty Mountain IPA from Back East Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.