Messenger IPA - Spiteful Brewing
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Reviews by joe1510:
4.36/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Spiteful Brewing- Messenger IPA
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
Messenger IPA from Spiteful Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.