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Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA - Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Willimantic Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2005

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 17
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4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at the Willimantic Brewery in Willimantic, CT. Brown and clear in complexion. The Chinook hops come through strong in the nose with a bittersweet roasted caramel flavor that follows. A wonderfully strong IPA at 6.9% (the batch I had was, at least... not 6.5%). Overall, this is a wonderfully complex IPA with the Chinook proudly featured, and if you're into Chinook, I definitely recommend it!

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3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler straight from the source. Pours a hazy dark orange with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas of citrus, orange peel, malts, grapes and slightly sweet. Taste is more of the fruity citrus with some tropical fruits (namely mango?). Sweet and bitter towards the end. Some grapefruit flavor. A bit of a floral aftertaste as well as some more of the tropical fruits. You get more of an alcohol presence the more you sip. Overall, one of the better Willibrew offerings.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a muddy, dark gold body with a small head of white foam. Good retention and lace.

S - some fruity, slightly musty hops with a strong caramel backbone.

T - fruity orange and grapefruit hops with dark caramel and a bit of brown sugar. Some pine in the finish with strong bitterness to balance three malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - a pretty average ipa, the malt is excessive and the hop character is a bit muddy.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one and only Willimantic IPA! This is the first hoppy beer that I really fell in love with. I first got this beer and realized how great hops could be!

This beer was presented to me in a pint glass. The beer looked amazing with this big white foamy head that stayed on top of the beer the entire time I drank it. Retention!

Smelled like a bunch of citrus fruits. And some pine trees too.

Taste? Like heaven with peaches and herbs. And some creamy malt too!

Overall medium body mouthfeel with tight and fine bubbles. Super drinkable and makes me want those hops! Even more!

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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/28/2010. Growler from the brewpub. Pours a murky dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, hop resins, grassy hops, mango. Flavor of rich caramel malt, plenty of grapefruit, citrus, and other light fruits with an almost tangy finish. Great IPA, so drinkable and enjoyable!!

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy burnt copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell and taste were loaded with juicy orange hops, secondary elements of grapefruit and pine and a full sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a very good and complex five malt and three hop ale.

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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub into a shaker pint.

A: Quite dark, cloudy brown-amber body underneath a thin half-finger head of creamy white foam. Not much to retain, but there's a nice ring left over. Nice lace.

S: Balanced aroma of piney hops and caramel malt. Pleasant but disappointingly under-powered, especially in a shaker pint.

T: Follows the nose, but shows far more intensity and complexity of hop flavors - pine is still dominant, but is joined by some fruit up front, herbal notes midway through, and just a touch of grapefruit on the finish. Caramel malt is present, but easily overwhelmed by the ample hops. Great tasting beer.

M: Quite thick and mouth-filling for an IPA, with enough smooth carbonation to keep things fairly clean. Just lovely.

D: Not off the charts, but quite solid for the big hop attack. I'm enjoying it, and will likely get a growler.

Notes: Willibrew knows how to brew an IPA, no doubt about it. This is a great example of a hop-centric beer that doesn't entirely forget about balance. Highly recommended.


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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to irishct15 for sending a growler my way - this one was so far under-the-radar that I figured I'd never get my hands on it. Shared with d0b while watching the Super Bowl. Served in a Willimantic pint glass. The growler was about a week old.

A- Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipated to a ring and some haziness. The body is a lovely hazed dark copper color with a fiery red glow to it. There are a few spots of lace left behind.

S - Upon opening the growler I was greeting by an intense burst of tropical fruitiness - like fruit punch. However, as it warmed there was more dank cannabis and cheesiness that came out. It actually got a little too dank for me at one stage. The malt character is light dose of sugar cookie.

T - Taste is the same main flavors as mentioned in the aroma but with better balance - tropical fruit sweetness, tangerines, sugary malt, dank weed. The bitterness is present and builds throughout, but thankfully never reaches critical palate-shredding mass.

M - Lower carbonation, juicy medium body that matches the flavor character. Super oily with lots of residual stickiness.

D - Extremely drinkable at 6.5% - there's nary a trace of alcohol to be found. Bitterness is sufficiently present but under control, carbonation is at a nice level.

This is the best new IPA I've had in a long while (since October it seems). I love the clarity of the hop flavors (Simcoe & Columbus) and the deceptive simplicity of it all. Highly recommended - perhaps this will rightfully get some more hype in the future.

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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unfiltered DIPA was a hazy, rich amber color off the tap. The head was beige, displayed excellent retention and left good lacing. The aroma was delicious, full of pineapple, citrus hops, floral hops, tropical fruit esters and a little alcohol. The flavors were semi-sweet and well balanced for an 'extreme' beer. I tasted orange, grapefruit and hints of tropical fruits along with a biscuity malt backbone and a lingering bitter finish. The complexity of Chinook, Columbus and especially the citrusy Simcoe hops was quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel was semi-smooth, the body medium and the carbonation medium as well.

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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Via growler pour into Imperial pint glass on 3/18/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy orange, copper-tinged body with modest carbonation and one-finger off-white head that yielded subtle lacing.

S - Some pretty dank hops here with spicy, piney and citrusy notes. Smells leafy and fresh. Some sweet caramel malt rounds out the aroma profile.

T - Herbal and earthy hops with a splash of citrus and some spiciness in the middle that lasts into the finish. Finishes with an aggressive hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Slightly thin, but still a pleasant mouthfeel overall. Bitterness is quite assertive and lingers on the palate for a while.

D - Very unique IPA from Willimantic that kind of reminded me of their E-mail IPA I had a while back. Lots of fresh, dank hops in this one. Great stuff!

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4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to naproxen for the hook up!

A-Slightly hazed deep copper with a medium off-white head. Retention was good with an eventual reduction to a thin cap that left nice lace.

S-My initial reaction was oh...Tang! With a bit more investigation notes of grapefruit, bitter orange rind and a hint of pine. A nice supporting sweet biscuit malt comes through in the background.

T-A bitter orange hop pop with notes of tangerine, grapefruit and milder pine flavours. This is a very nicely composed hop forward brew without going crazy with the hops. A nice, sweet but not overly sticky malt backbone supports all of the hoppy goodness very well.

M-Medium body with LONG lingering and a coating ofhop bitterness. This one stays with you for a while.

D-Off the charts drinkability! I really wished I didn't have to share this growler, as I could have drank the entire thing on my own. A very tasty, balanced and complete IPA. I saw this one on the board when we visited n the way up to EBF....but it wasn't flowing yet. I am grateful that my fellow CT BA naproxen came through for me! A super nice, tasty and hop-a-licious brew!

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Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
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