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Messenger IPA - Spiteful Brewing

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Messenger IPAMessenger IPA

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89
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 6.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-07-2014 01:47:37 | More by Guinnsslvr
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Illinois

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-25-2014 00:33:17 | More by JohnnyNicks
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-06-2014 02:55:13 | More by sahd-1
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-24-2014 15:38:19 | More by beersdmf17
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emerge077

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

08-01-2013 01:27:43 | More by emerge077
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-11-2013 15:25:15 | More by CRJMellor
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +8%

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~

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

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-05-2013 17:57:44 | More by Zaphog
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fastenoughforphish

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

07-13-2013 01:46:26 | More by fastenoughforphish
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-23-2013 22:20:39 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

08-09-2013 01:06:54 | More by Thorpe429
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-21-2013 05:25:17 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-02-2014 02:55:19 | More by brandoman63
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slavall

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2014 02:11:56 | More by slavall
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Canti4341

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-23-2014 15:18:56 | More by SocalKicks
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-12-2014 22:47:58 | More by TastyIsBeer
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%

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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ERRL710

Illinois

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07-28-2013 07:28:40 | More by ERRL710
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-18-2014 12:23:46 | More by vermilcj
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Messenger IPA from Spiteful Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.