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Messenger IPA - Spiteful Brewing

Not Rated.
Messenger IPAMessenger IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

13 Reviews
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Reviews: 13
Hads: 71
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Roger85 on 07-02-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Hads: 71
Reviews by BrewUSA:
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4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Spiteful Brewing- Messenger IPA

Look 9/10
Smell 20/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 90/100

Great DIPA, right away reminds me of Dreadnaught. All the normal IPA tastes (Citrus, Pine etc...) Also has a big boozy presence. Maybe a bit too much to keep it from being an elite contender amongst the big dogs of the DIPA world. World class aroma for what that's worth~

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Literally in the fridge less than an hour after it was delivered to the Beer Temple yesterday.
Just about as fresh as can be...

Deep and bright orange color, high clarity with some visible carb trails rising in the glass. Surface skim breaks apart after a few sips.

Hugely citrus forward aroma, orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Very pungent and super fresh.

Taste is also citrus heavy, dank and pungent with a hint of earthy tropical papaya/mango notes. Medium bodied and smooth, moderate bitterness, lingering papaya in the middle and aftertaste. Dry in the aftertaste, supple feel, with a well hidden abv. Overall this is probably Spiteful's best beer to date. Seems like their answer to Pipeworks NvU.

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22 oz bomber courtesy of clewis901 pours an uber clear copper color with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and lace...the foam is really stiff and dense.

Nose is uber-tropical and citric...smells like Citra if you axe me...wow. A great hop forward aroma with the malts tailing along for fun in a honey drizzled biscuit kinda way

Taste is bigger and more bitter than the friendly nose would indicate. You can tell this mutha is 10+% ABV. The hop favor is off the charts...hop bitterness is low...Citra signs fo sho! The ABV is incredibly well hidden...until it get warm. I like It, but it is a bit astringent...prolly due to the high abv and low malt presence. I like it but the more I drink Citra beers the more I think they need a little sumpin sumpin to keep the complexity alive. Mix this with some Amarillo and we might have something.

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Appearance: Nice light golden/caramelly. Ton's of lacy, but that's what I would expect with a 10 percenter.

Smell: Smell bites the nostrils. Initially it is a biting sweet smell. There is a lot of nice piney and citrus combination going on. Its sweet pine and citrus zest almost. It's biting my nose!

Taste: A nice 50/50 of malt backbone and hops. It tastes sweet but with those pine flavors carried over as well. Exact amount of bitterness I want to support the ABV and hops. The hop flavor doesn't shine as much as it did in the nose but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sticky. Its a big beer.

Overall: Wow, I am really happy with this. It isn't blowing my mind per se, but a big bruiser citra hopped IPA. Heavy on sweet orangey flavor, some pineyness, and a heavy malt back bone taboot. Yum.

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Appearance: light orange color. Thin to no head on the pour and was not present while drinking. Low carbonation active while drinking. Very clean looks, has all the points of a big DIPA.

Smell: Bright hops hit the nose right away. Accents of mangos, strawberries, and kiwis. The hops certainly do not stand on their own, a balanced medium bodied malt backbone really makes this aroma pop.

Taste: The front of this beer is an incredibly clean and distinct hop profile that goes undisturbed and allows the drinker to simply enjoy it, bursting with juicy citrus hop flavor. The hops round out in the body of the beer and combine seamlessly with the sweet malty presence. The finish is a medium dryness that seems to come from the high ABV of this brew. Love the front and body of this beer, like the finish.

Mouthfeel: An event for the palate, incredibly hoppy front, malty body, and pretty boozy finish.

Overall: Really excellent beer, Spiteful continues to produce incredibly high quality IPAs and APAs. I love how well they showcase Citra hops in this brew. The hops are very well backed up by a great malt backbone. My only gripe, and a small one at that is the 10.4% does seem to pop out a little more then desired. Through and through though, an awesome beer.

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Messenger IPA from Spiteful Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.