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Supernaut IPA - New England Brewing Co.

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Supernaut IPA
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Reviews: 34
Hads: 235
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 18.41%
Wants: 63
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Pete27lax on 01-30-2013

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Prime 16 in New Haven CT. Shaker pint glass.

The New England supernaut ipa was overall a different IPA than normal. Poured very dark copper. Some foam. Can't see thru. Pine sharp nose. Bitter open. Citrus too. The bite is sharp. Malt below but thin. Solid ipa. 4 4 375 35 375

Hard hop soft malt made for a good IPA experience

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at NEBCO

A newer brew from these guys, I suppose, so I'm glad I could snag one while in town. My visit to NEBCO was short, but sweet. Generous samples (free?) of some very tasty brews, and a good chat with the employee. Too bad we can't give barfly reviews to breweries, because they deserve them.

Anyway. This was a solid AIPA, slightly hazed copper pour, with a small, sturdy, white head. Nice hop bill on the nose, grassy, citrusy, tropical. The taste was similarly hop-driven, notes of citrus zest, tropical fruit, wet grass, fairly bitter and dry, hints of ammonia (not out of the ordinary), with a solid but subdued crackery malt base. Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite good overall.

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Photo of braugon
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks hazy orange.
Great fresh, floral hop smell.
Clean hoppy taste; grapefruit, vidalia onions, sounds gross, however it is anything but.
The hops in this one are mosaic, which I'm not sure I've ever had, as I'm told they're hard to find, the hop slowly unfurls in taste as you drink.
Taste changes nicely as it warms.

Nebco does right by the Elm City .

abv is 5.8%

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly; thick lacing;

S: abundant pineapple, grapefruit, and green apple aroma;

T: pineapple with grapefruit rind which gives it a lot of bitterness; the pineapple fades at mid-palate; the finish is bitter grapefruit rind;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish

O:intense aroma and bitterness; this is a hop bomb;

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

64oz growler straight from NebCo. Pours a hazy burnt orange color with less than a half inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is uber fruity. Pineapple, orange, mango,grape and some floral hop notes as well. The taste is some more of the tropical fruits along with some floral hops. Some breadiness but this one is hop forward. Floral hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with a mouthfeel on the lighter side. Very drinkable IPA that doesn't skimp on the hop flavor. Reminds me a lot of Founders All Day IPA. Overall, perfect warm weather all day drinker.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz. growler into a NEBCO 668 tulip.

Pours a frothy 1.5 finger white head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a cloudy orange-peach. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. Solid.

Nose is grapefruit, passion fruit, citrus, and a tropical hop bitterness. Real juicy with a robust fruit presence. Aromatic. Very appetizing.

Opens sweet citrus, passion fruit, and tea leaves. More of the same in the middle with an emerging sap and resin hop bitterness. Juicy tropical fruit at the end. Finish is a dry, dank, hop bitterness. Some grapefruit pulp and zest in the aftertaste. Great flavor, nice character.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth, warm and aggressive in the mouth and goes down smooth and dry. Messy finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Real nice.

Continuing in the long line of under-the-radar, super-solid IPAs and DIPAs, Supernaut from NEBCO is no slouch. Great aroma and feel with a complexity of flavor and drinkability to match. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Pahn
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fluffy while head that sticks around a long time and leaves a wall of lacing. Pours a hazy orange. As attractive an IPA as you can get (though could use more additional lacing I guess, insofar as appearance matters).

Smell: Citrus and weed, like most of the popular hop varietals these days. Blooms a bit with time, but still a bit "ambiguously fresh-but-not-that-fresh" hop. If Fuzzy Baby Ducks or Heady Topper or Sculpin are "wet, fresh hops," this is "fresh hop pellets."

Taste: Pretty good earthy, pungent and citrusy hops up front, then a really beautiful malt backbone. Very high perceived bitterness (I'm guessing very high IBU). Light prickly carbonation and very dry finish works excellently with the cereal malt flavors. Hop flavor has more of a sweetness to it than most. This is my first Mosaic single-hop beer... it's interesting, but I'm not sure I see why people would clamor for it over Amarillo or Simcoe or (especially) Citra. Calling this "Citra on steroids" seems more than a little hyperbolic.

The hop flavor is juicy and good, (and I know that, as usual, this barely makes sense) but it seems to have more of a compressed complexity than soaring, adventurous hop character. It reminds me of fresh Sculpin; really good, but just not getting there compared to the best from Hill Farmstead or Lawson's or Alchemist (or NEBCO), or even the better Stone and Sierra Nevada hoppy one-offs. The fresh grain malt backbone and top tier mouthfeel pick up the slack though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Crisp, with mild tongue prickling carbonation and a very dry finish. Almost exactly how I want my IPAs.

Overall: Great, well-balanced IPA. Easy to drink a lot of, and a good showcase of this new trendy hop. I don't think it's quite on the level of other NEBCO single hop beers, but then again neither are 99.9% of the beers being produced these days. To put it another way, if I went to a bar and saw this on tap, I would order it.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the tap:
A: brownish gold cloudy appearance. 1 finger of head. Decent lacing.
S: grapefruit citrus blast strong hop presence
T: higher citrus profile consistent with the nebco ipa style
M: fully flavored with a bitter dry aftertaste
O: please can it. Another great ipa!!!!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is more on the u toe side rather then your big hop bomb. The nose has a nice hoppy smell. It has a very enjoyable taste with only a slight bitter finish. Overall a perfect IPA for your everyday.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a brand new Gandhi-Bot glass.

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy golden orange with a big frothy off-white head. Platonic, almost.

S: Mainly citrus hops, with an odd pungent aroma underneath that I can't place. It's not bad, just unexpected.

T/M: My first mosaic hop-focused beer, as far as I know. It's a very nice taste. Instead of the normal orange/tangerine citrus, I'm getting sweeter fruit, like mango or pineapple, maybe even white grape? That pungency is still there in the finish. Hardly any bitterness -- this one is citrus sweet and juicy. Mouthfeel is crisp, light and extremely drinkable.

O: Another superb IPA from NEBCO. NEBCO is killing it these days. One feels that a major expansion is inevitable one of these days, and if that happens, watch out East Coast.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super excited to try this. Poured into a tulip glass. This beer has a very nice head with some nice lacing, the colour is a murky orange. Smell is of some tropical fruit and maybe even a bit of lime. The taste is orange, pineapple, mango (lime in there as well). No real hoppy bitterness to this. Mosaic is certianly one sweet hop, absolutely no bitterness to the finish at all. Another NebCo hit!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale amber body with good transparency. A slight haze, but not cloudy. Big frothy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- A mixture of pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes. Just enough malt comes through so you know it's there. The tropical fruit aromas are big and juicy; pineapple, guava, passion fruit.

T- Bitter juicy hop flavors play off of a toasted malt backbone. Flavors are not huge and in your face, but are delicious.

M- Very smooth and drinkable, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O- Very good IPA. Good flavors and great drinkability.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ive had on tap at the brewery, on-tap at the Lumberyard in Georgetown, CT, and from Grolwer purchased at the Brewery...this review is from the growler...one week old.
Pours a hazy orange with a slight reddish color; nice thick white foam...looks so good. The aroma is where this is superb! Huuuge grapefruit citrus aroma, some bready malts...it just smells so damn good.
Taste is chewy dank citrus and pine hop flavor...just fruit juice with a tad of pine...its so good. Nicely bitter and so easy to drink. What a pleasure to drink this brew...yes, you should seek this out. Quite possibly one of the best "session" IPA's out there.

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Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, Connecticut this IPA has a very clear, pale golden appearance with a big white, snowy froth on top and a carpet of lace as you empty the glass. The aroma is somewhat delicate but brings a really nice citrus-pine, very solid and alluring. The flavor is an awesome blend of rye malt and citrus-pine. There's a little bit of light lemon sweetness blended terrifically with the hop bitterness while presenting a bit of grainy malt backbone. The body is medium to light with a fairly mild feel and modest carbonation. Highly drinkable. Great!

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CTJman for getting this growler down south in superb condition.

A - Nice hazy, golden color. Definitely unfiltered, but pretty uniform.

S - Lots of tropical citrus. Very strong aroma. World-class.

T - Juicy citrus hops on the front end with a nice resiny, slightly bitter finish. Very little malt presence. Just hoppy goodness. Definitely some nice tropical fruit flavors in there.

M - Light and very drinkable. I could drink a lot of this on a warm spring day.

O - Great mosaic IPA from NEBCO. Very similar in structure to fuzzy baby ducks, especially in the finish and mouthfeel. These guys do fantastic work with their hoppy beers. Really good. Ruefully killing the growler as I type this.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler filled on 3/14/13. 5.8% abv.

Hazy deep copper with golden yellow edges. Pinkie finger of tight-bubbled, gauzy, eggshell white head. Very fresh hop nose. Complex bouquet of pineapple, unripe mango, sweet onions, funky weed resin, and fresh cut grass. Whew!

Herbal hop bitterness up front. Faint toasted malt ducks underneath. Hops proceed to steal the show. Numbing herbal bitterness swells as a heady mix of floral, resinous, and citrus flavors. Grapefruit rind bitterness. Light tropical notes. Sweet onion pungency. Hints of cat pee (which I drink all the time :)). Strong resinous funk. Malt gets overwhelmed, but I get notes of sweet biscuit and fruit. Very dry finish. Medium body with a smooth, cask-ish feel. A very hop forward IPA and a beautiful one at that. This mosaic hop is an assertive one, with lots of great complexity.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy orange body with dark golden hues beneath the dense, pure white head which is very slow to dissolve leaving a sticky ring of lacing around the glass.

AbundatNt hop aromas leap from the glass both earthy or floral and citrus as well. The earthy notes are herbal, grassy, and woody all at once while the citrus is more tropical like pineapple or star fruit.

The hops on the flavor are equally biting with wood and herbal notes with a touch of sweetness mid palate full of citrus zest. The finish ends with an awesome oily, bitter palate coating hop finish. I just can't get over the hops packed into this thing, its a bit of a different mix versus its American IPA counterparts.

Medium to the fuller side in body with generous carbonation with an abundantly tasty, big hop finish.

We have a winner. Another great beer from NEBCO, yet a very different hop makeup versus their other brews in the IPA family.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like I need to write a review for people to go out and get this.

A: Orange-yellow; hazy. Finger of ivory head; uniformly stacked bubbles and cake-like top.

S: Excellent complexity and perfectly nuanced. Fresh sliced mango; fresh cut pine. Tart blueberry.

M: Medium body and firm carbonation. Semi-silky feel and crisp finish.

T: Mosaic hops are so clean tasting to begin with; it's a no brainer to make a Mosaic only IPA. They hit it out of the ballpark. Moderate orange citrus bitterness; sweeter and juicier tropical rush. An earthy grassiness. Berries and cherries. You get a different flavor profile with every sip; sometimes citrusy, sometimes juicy--always dank. And the best part is you can drink a bunch since it's only 5.8.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had back in 2013 at the Ordinary but then again in March 2015 fresh at the brewery itself. Really great sour and dank IPA here. Not too heavy on the body but very heavy on the hops. My favorite combo.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley Vine in Bristol, CT.

Pours an orange-toned brew with a white head.

Aroma is all citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, etc. Inviting.

Taste follows. Bitterness and floral at the same time. Just a great beer.

Can this one, PLEASE!

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Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery, the pour displays a cloudy yellow gold color with a foamy 1 finger white head that was full of bubbles, fading on the quick side but leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smell is unreal for a single hop beer, so fresh smelling that the hops hit my nose when the glass was 6 inches away. Fresh lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, lemongrass, citrus hops, some pine cone/piney hops, tea leaf, coriander, biscuit, graham cracker and then some tropical fruit and another blast of citrus hops. Simple yet so complex as the dominant lemon aroma is wonderful and the malt balance makes this nearly perfect smelling for an IPA.

Tastes like it smells with a lot of lemon and citrus hops bombarding the tongue to start, then like the nose showcasing the fresh lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, lemongrass and citrus hops. The second wave is sharp with more zesty citrus, peppery spices, some pine cone/piney hops, tea leaf, coriander, biscuit, graham cracker, pineapple, fresh cut grass and then some more tropical fruit. Well balanced and wonderfully crafted, the expert use of the mosaic hop in this brew completely hides the ABV and gives off a ton of complex flavors.

Mouthfeel thin and slick, with a light feel and mild fizzy carbonation, it trails off slightly bitter with a lot of citrus and lemon zest that's leaning towards the dry side. Overall a damn fine single hop beer.

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Photo of princeofthepoint
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler pouted into snifter. Pours a beautiful yellow gold. The nose you get from the Mosaic hops is just stupid. Tastes amazing, very sessionable, light and fruity with a real crisp hop bitterness. Kill me now. This is a nuclear weapon for the Beast Coast beer game.

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Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into my brand new ghandi bot glass! Shared with my neighbor who was not worthy.

A - Nice golden tone, just begging to be consumed.

S - Citrus! Orange and Grapefruit just over the top.

T - Impressive, boarding on Amazing.

M - Probably the best part about this IPA, had a considerable big bite / bitterness at the back end of the taste. Made me want more and more.

O - I will seek this out again and again. Another great job by our friends at NEBCO. First experince with a single hop beer style, but would love to try some more.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a 1 1/2 inch off-white head. Clings nicely to the glass as I make my way through this brew.

S: Strong Orange aromas, tangerine and clean tropical fruits, absolutely beautiful nose on this IPA.

T: More tropical fruits especially in the front end, Hop bitterness in the finish, but then there is a sticky sweet coating in the end, really enjoyable. Feels a bit bigger then the 5.8%

M: light bodied but fills the mouth nicely nicely and goes down easy.

O: Just a great IPA from NEBCO, probably my favorite IPA that they make.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a dark orange color with a one finger head. Aroma isn't too strong consisting of sweet fruitiness and citrus hops. The first taste showcases the hop presence of this beer with pungent grapefruit followed by bready malts on the back end. The taste is great but what really elevates this beer is the smoothness. Considering the strong presence of grapefruit there is very little astringency or bitterness, which allows the bursting hop flavor to be the focus. Overall, this is a great ipa and will fulfill your grapefruit ipa needs and then some. (95/100)

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Supernaut IPA from New England Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.