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Locust Reign - New England Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 211
Avg: 4.63
pDev: 22.68%
Wants: 122
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: bccrosley on 07-09-2014

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 211
Photo of thatoneguymike
4.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Giddyup! Beautiful orangey-brownish color that is expected of an IIPA that's not of the recent NE-variety..

Smell is a nice citrus/grapefruit, with the taste matching much of the same but finishing with a bitter aftertaste.

This is not a brew that hides its abv, as it packs a kick in its feel, but that is also welcomed when you know what you're going into.

A pleasure to try and would love to use this as a kickstart to try other NEBCO IPA's/IIPA's.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Grabbed two growlers of this yesterday and I was very happy I picked up two.

A: Pours a dark orange caramel with a frothy top. Some slight haze in the beer but not a lot.

S: Aroma is freshly squeezed orange juice, mango and peach along with some apricot and citrus rinds.

T: Tons of peach up front, mixing in with oranges, grapefruit rinds and a blending of many tropical fruits. This tasted so amazingly fresh that I was very surprised that this had not been hyped as much or I had not heard as much about this beer after Gandi has gone full country viral and as Fuzzy Baby Ducks has been known to create large lines that I recently waited about an hour to get. I honestly think this is the best of the bunch and is so good that I will be getting this any time that it is released. The hops are spot on just fresh with peaches and other tropical fruit flavors that are mouthwatering and right up there even with any other world class Double IPA I have had.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and with a good level of carbonation. Not too much or too little. Locust Reign goes down extremely smoothly.

O: Overall , this is my favorite Double IPA that I have ever had from New England Brewing and I would say this is better than many of the very recent IIPA's that I have recently tried that are also very good such as Treehouse Julius (too much rind) and Sip of Sunshine which this is slightly more flavorful than but is also an amazing IIPA. I would get this by the caseload if it was canned and I could keep it fresh longer, but I will gladly settle with driving to the brewery any day that this is available if I can get it as easily as I did yesterday. Well done NEBco!

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Photo of -Rick
4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first IIPA from NEBCO, and it did not disappoint. Pours a orange gold color, a bit cloudy with a nice white head. Lots of tropic fruit in the nose, oranges, pineapple. Taste follows the nose, loaded with tropic fruit but has a slight bitter taste in the finish. A great beer!

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Photo of codytwo
4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look = Hazy with a darker orange tint
Smell = Tropical with great hoppy aroma
Taste = Very citrusy
Feel = Smooth
Overall = Considering a lack of hype, I was very surprised with the overall strength of this brew and found it to be very delightful.

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Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank on tap at J. Timothy's Taverne, Plainville, CT
Served in a tulip

The hazy, orangey-amber liquid was topped by a small, creamy white crown that fell to a thin cap. A few drippy streaks of lacing trickled along the glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Super hoppy and fragrant. Really juicy and fruity. Loads of sugary sweet overripe fruits. Stewed peaches and apricots dominated. Really intense. Exotic tropical fruits also came through strong. Tons of mango. Hint of guava. Citrusy notes were also apparent. Good dose of candied orange peel. There was a dank, marijuana-like quality as well.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was also spectacular. Really hoppy. Juicy, fruity and intense. Equal parts stone fruits, tropical fruits and citrus, and just enough of a pale malt backbone to keep the hops in check. Loads of peach and apricot. Good amount of mango and pineapple. Candied orange peel also came through strong. White grapefruit appeared on the back end. Grapefruit rind-like notes were detectible in the finish. Just a touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel was super creamy and plush. Nearly full bodied for the style. A super fine, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence gave the liquid a silky smoothness.

I used to think that Coriolis was the best hoppy offering by New England Brewing, but Locust Reign is definitely a notch or two better. With its amazing topical fruit forward aroma and flavor profile and pillowy soft body, this beer falls into the upper echelons of East Coast stye double IPAs.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had tonight at Prime 16 in New Haven, they had it on cask but I don't believe it was dry hopped or casked on anything. Just straight hand-pull at room temperature. Poured a hazy amber with a thick two finger head that receded slowly and left good lacing. Smell was a little weak once the head died down, but what came out was pure hop juice and a malt backbone. Tastes much better than the aroma, good sweetness upfront and then hop bomb. Nice juicy notes abound with honey and melon and dank hop leaf. Finishes a tad bitter with a hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is insanely light for the ABV. I drank a full 12oz over the course of about 5 minutes and had to order another. Overall a smooth and balanced New England DIPA that never gets malty. Excellence in a glass.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is a somewhat cloudy orange, but nearly as cloudy of the now stereotypically NE IPA. Smell has a nice, enjoyable floral scent to it. The taste is all earthy hops with a slight bitterness to balance. The finish is a little too bitter for me, but still enjoyable. Another solid/good IPA from nebco.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.49/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden w/ light haze. Thick, creamy head. Splotchy lacing.

S: Classic pine and citrus. A bit of papaya and melon.

T: Mildly sweet, papaya nectar, finishes with a bit of pine and modest bitterness.

M: Well-carbonated (especially given this is a growler). Very drinkable for a DIPA. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

O: My favorite from NEBCO by a substantial margin. Very good.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy gold straw color with a thick, pillowy off-white head. Speckled lacing follows the beer down the glass.
S: Big grapefruit aromas with hints of lemon and even liquorish. You mostly get the mosaic hops on the nose, but the galaxy helps check it in check.
T: Big, giant citrus flavors. Rich and delicious, but not at all muddy or overbearing. It's just delicious.
F: This beer has one of NEBCO's best feels. Given the ABV and hop bill this thing shouldn't be so smooth and easy to drink.
O: This beer is amazing. Every time I drink it I like it more than the previous time. This is one of the NEBCO beers I am on the fence about it being their best. I'm not quite ready to declare that yet, but it's right up there.

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Photo of Pahn
4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

mini review:

Another perfect DIPA from NEBCO. Cereal grains, eartty pungent hops, 5.0 mouthfeel. Exceptional. I could drink this all night and be stopped only by sleep.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.44/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a a hazy burnt amber color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is uber fruity. Tropical and citrus fruits. Orange, mango, pineapple papaya, grapefruit and a hint of lime. The taste is more of those tropical and citrus fruits. Lots of mango at first followed by guava and grapefruit. Light toasted malts towards the finish. Bitter grapefruit at the finish along with some more tropical notes. Pretty dry mouthfeel and lightly carbonated. A bit boozey. Overall, amazing.

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Photo of von_kaiser
5/5  rDev +8%

A: hazy dark orange, nice lacing to boot, 1 finger head
S: like any other highly acclaimed nebco dbl ipa, tropical fruit-floral aroma. Heavy though.
T: should have never ordered the French onion. Prior too however, again, similar to the great dbl'd offered. Citrusy hop-bomb!
M: great carbonation. Flavor STAYS!
O: would take over heady any day. Possibly because I haven't had as often as. Regardless, this was great. Get if you can!

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Photo of jjdc
4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful burnished gold and orange peel in the glass. Pungent. Nose is a lovely tropical blend of sticky papaya and guava that wafts out of the glass. The flavor is nicely sophisticated here, running from a sweet, mango fruit upfront to just enough malt to balance the massive hops here, to a dry, slightly bitter bite on the backend that cleans things up for the next sip. World class. Better than the Bot.

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Photo of Amalak
4.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a growler from the brewery in New Haven, Connecticut.

The smell of hops is incredibly pungent. Lovely. When it hits the lips it's quite sweet. Very mild--in a very good way--when you consider the smell. Juicy as hell. A nice vegetable taste underneath that gives it a balance. So smooth, a great DIPA.

The color is a caramel brown and it is completely opaque with a limited white head.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32oz growler into a Duvel tulip. Gigantic thanks to Matt and everyone else at NEBCO for making this incredible beer and getting it to me while fresh. Cheers guys!

A: Hazy orange-amber body under a full two-inch head of thick, dense, creamy off-white foam. Terrific retention and thick cobwebs of lace. Perfectly gorgeous for an unfiltered DIPA.

S: Huge, complex hoppiness. Tropical fruit is at the forefront, with lots of mango and pineapple. Some grape, pear, grapefruit, and orange as well. There's also a distinct hint of onion, which I'm not a huge fan of but which stays decidedly in the background. Overall, it's terrifically heady and enticing.

T: Even better than the nose, as the onion is nowhere to be found and the interplay of tropical fruits and dank citrus can unfold undisturbed. I'm getting strawberry, papaya, lychee, white grape, nectarine, and plenty of grapefruit bitterness on the long, clean finish. It just gets better and more drinkable as it warms, with the decadent fruitiness always balanced by the solid bitterness. Outstanding, even for NEBCO.

M: Creamy medium body. Great carbonation level, period, but especially impressive for a growler that's been shipped 1,000 miles.

O: I knew this was special from the first whiff of aroma as I took off the cap, and it only got better from there. It reminded me a lot of the most recent batch of Coriolis, but with an additional dose of grapefruit bitterness that tied it together even better than that magnificent beer. My favorite NEBCO DIPA yet, and one of my top 5 DIPAs of all time, easily. Get some if you can!

Cheers!

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Photo of NuclearRich
4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Filled on the release day, 7/9/14, drinking now (one week old - disclaimer: This blew my mind at the brewery, so I waited for my own hype to chill out before reviewing). Poured into the only appropriate glassware: The Gbot

A. Hazy orange nectar, smaller white foam fades to a thin cap, minimal lacing.

S. Oh man this is going to taste good. This is galaxy pale ale on steroids. Theres a sticky sweet tropical sweetness combined with sticky dank resin. A little mango, grapefruit, pine, herbal spice, and a touch of a pale ale malt. And just tons of it.

T. Take what I said about the aroma and smack the shit out of your tongue with it. Good god. As it warms it gets a little more herbal, almost cilantro (which I love and subsequently: I made guacamole with a touch of this in it. Double awesome). The alcohol is hidden behind that palate assault, until it warms, and then it becomes only sllightly apparent. Also, this is easily the most bitter beer I've had from NEBCO.

M. Medium bodied: Tongue coating thickness, held in check by big bitterness. light-med carb. Really ideal per style.

O. I don't know if the brewery guys were just jonesin' for something hoppy besides gbot/seahag to brighten their day, or if they just wanted to show the locals how to do it. This is an insane beverage my friends. Drink it and be happy, as this is (as usual) the real deal. I see a caged death match coming: a swarm of flying horned grasshoppers against the hometown favorite ducklings

P.S. Craig, I see you whistling some Converge while pouring this.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.61/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the expertly filled tap to the squealer on-premise at NEBCO taps.

A: Rich golden hue with clinging lacing. 4 mm disk that lasts with some legs.

S: Rich and tropical. Papaya, weediness and other bitter citrus dominate.

T: Big, tropical and weedy. Pineapple, bitter, underripe papaya and weed-like notes abound. Galaxy hops notes are present, as touted on the board. Base bittering hops might be Simcoe or derivative. Very large hop presence.

M: Smooth, resinous finish coat. Medium-full bodied yet deceptive. Brings the perfect bitter finish like no other.

O: Big, tropical, sufficiently high ABV madness meets smooth, tropical hop notes. Well executed.

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Photo of MikeM417
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going back and reviewing some of my favorite beers I've had since my previous ratings now mean nothing. Locust Reign is one of my top 3 favorite NEBCo beers. The other two being Coriolis and Fat Ten Er #2. I wish that one day I could compare all 3 side by side, but unfortunately, that tasting has only occurred in my dreams.

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Locust Reign from New England Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.