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Messenger IPA - Spiteful Brewing

Messenger IPAMessenger IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 6.97%


Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Roger85 on 07-02-2013)
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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very gorgeous bright orange/deep copper color. There is a nice clean white head that forms of about 1 inch tall with some nice dense tight bubbles.

Arom of fresh Citra hops. Notes of orange rind and tangerine notes. Pretty grassy and herbal with a nice resinous background to it. There are some nice sweet orange notes in the nose and a pretty hefty caramel undertone to it as well. Nose is grassy, hopy and hefty.

Starts off with some resinous pine notes that quickly turn into intense bitter and acidic citrus notes. Nice notes of fresh orange and tangerine notes. This is mixed in with some nice slight malty and caramel sweetness. The finish of the brew is nice and bitter with a great citrusy dry finish.

Overall this is a yummy DIPA. Its pretty hopy but balanced well by the resinous piney notes and the citrus as well as some nice malt body to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:08:02 | More by JoEBoBpr
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-04-2014 20:36:49 | More by KVNBGRY
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SCZ

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

02-03-2014 00:25:02 | More by SCZ
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +8%
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~

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:34:07 | More by BrewUSA
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

01-02-2014 01:09:01 | More by SalukiAlum
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RWNay

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-06-2013 18:27:55 | More by RWNay
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-09-2013 01:11:13 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-09-2013 00:59:45 | More by Texasfan549
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Christopper

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-08-2013 18:47:54 | More by Christopper
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Farnswurth

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-05-2013 02:57:07 | More by Farnswurth
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Canti4341

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-22-2013 14:37:45 | More by Canti4341
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jschott75

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-16-2013 00:10:12 | More by jschott75
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a teku glass. Batch 48

Pours a hazy copper color with an inch thick white head with no lacing. Mild citrus hoppy aroma on the nose, not very intense which is a bit surprising but also quite refreshing. Dig the nose a lot here. The taste is quite fruity and sweet...but not buttery per say. Good amount of grapefruit bitterness on the back end, this actually has a very complex flavor profile. sweet at first and ends with a good amount of bitterness. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a very good DIPA! Spiteful has impressed me more and more with every beer i try from them. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 16:42:08 | More by Axnjxn
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mecummins

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates to a shallow layer after a few minutes. Minimal, very delicate lacing.

Aroma- I'm not getting a huge of nose on this pour. I can smell the Citra hops (orange & grapefruit) easily. There's an aroma of tropical fruits (pineapple mainly). A very small note of caramel malt.

Taste- wonderfully balanced hop profile. Lots of grapefruit, orange zest and tropical fruit on the tongue. Very hop forward (as usual for Spiteful) but also extremely well done. A bit of malt on the back. Very easy to drink. Almost too easy because the hidden booziness sneaks up on you on it's tail.

Mouthfeel & finish- medium with a moderate, hop forward finish. A decent amount is carbonation gives it a needed crispness

Probably my favorite offering from this brewery so far.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:03:51 | More by mecummins
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-17-2013 07:08:01 | More by ahbithwabm
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planbee

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-10-2013 03:47:19 | More by planbee
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-09-2013 12:06:27 | More by linnymtu
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

09-07-2013 00:52:24 | More by thinwhiteduke
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joe1510

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$9.99
Binny's, Bolingbrook

Batch #54

Spiteful is a crystal clear tarnished copper IIPA with an insanely creamy off white head. Thick lacing is left behind even as the head settles, not to mention all the remnants after each drink. Messenger is a mighty fine looking beer.

The nose is a hophead's delight. Dank resinous qualities intermingle with huge tropical fruitiness. Lactic, sweet papaya and mango, grapefruit, and overripe pineapple all make their presence known. How can citra be so potent? There's not much of a malt backbone noticeable in the nose. This beer is straight hop profile.

The flavor has all the same qualities as the nose. Seamlessly integrated mango, papaya, overripe grapefruit, and dank resinous all make for a crazy hop forward profile with a moderate bitterness. There's a whisper of caramel maltiness but that's it. Citra provides a ton of depth and the alcohol is so well hidden I'd guess this weighs in around 7.5%.

I'm met with a moderate body, none of the sweetness found in a majority of IIPAs this size. Firm bitterness hits right up front but mellows as it works over my palate. Smooth carbonation and a velvety body wrap things up nicely.

Messenger is one of the better IIPAs I've come across in awhile. It's good to have these guys on the shelves. I won't hesitate to pick this up again in the future. Nice homage to the messengers out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 01:52:42 | More by joe1510
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 02:52:44 | More by twiggamortis420
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dedbeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-29-2013 01:18:58 | More by dedbeer
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-26-2013 21:43:27 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-26-2013 17:01:47 | More by PaBeerLover
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-23-2013 22:20:39 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-23-2013 00:48:13 | More by Gonzoillini
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Messenger IPA from Spiteful Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.