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

Grabbed a growler after having a few of these on tap.
Pours a hazy orange color with a decent 1/4 inch white fluffy head.
The initial aroma is of mandarin oranges, the meaty orange fruit along with the syrup that comes in the can, some mild peach aroma is there as well. Behind the initial pronounced fruity hop character is a mild earthy hop tone, a bit piny, and a good dose of candy sweet malt and a bit of husky grain.
A good bitter bite tugs my taste buds at first and slowly fades with the swallow to leave a nice peachy flavor, a bit of grapefruit and some mild spicy hop character. The maltiness is not really a player in this beer, it only attempts to compete with the heavy dose of hops. As the beer warms a bit though, a malty backdrop is more noticable and promotes a grainy biscuity flavor.
Good medium mouthfeel with a solid level of carbonation.
A great big dose of hops for those of us who likes our IPA's good and hoppy, my glass just keeps ending up empty and it finds more pushing the envelope in it. Hurry and fill your growlers before its too late!

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

On tap at the brewery on 6/6/07.
This year's edition weighs in at 6.7% abv.

Pours an unfiltered golden-tinted peach topped with a creamy white head. A good hold of ringed lacing down the glass to the last drop. The aromas are of juicy hop oils; pear, peach, lemon, and lime citric esters. The juicy resin practically jump for the tumbler. The flavors take from where the aromas leave: juicy, hop resin with a citrus and light fruity-esters. Notes of pine balanced with enough of a malt backbone to stand up to the hop profile. The finish is smooth on the palate, despite a powerful, juicy hop bitterness. I would suggest grabbing a growler to go, as you will crave for more.

Photo of Hautacam
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy amber with a foaming 1/2 " pour head...settles down to a collar and laces nicely.
Smells of floral , citrusy hops.
Taste is a good balance of big malt and big hop. Sweet , with a twang of fresh grapefruit bitter that's doesn't go away.
Body is light side of medium...kind of low in carbonation , but it feels right for this brew.
This is very drinkable stuff. An excellent IPA. Goes well with food or on it's own.

Photo of ppoitras
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First imperial pint pours with a thick "pancake bubbling" 1/2" beige head, which lasted nicely, left lots of lacing along the glass sides. Slightly cloudy orangey amber brew, with a nose of "Five Alive" citrus. Taste immediately shows the plentitude of hops, but merges admirably with the malts, and provides an amply hoppy, but not overly bitter experience. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great as well. Another excellent IPA from Willi.

Photo of bjohnson
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the brewpub after lunch. Pssst as I crack the top open.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a frothy cream colored head. Slight retention on the sides of the glass with a thin film on top. Sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Hop presence torches the nostrils with a big grapefruit, orange peel, and pine notes. Nice malt background on this also.
T/M: Chewy, juicy, oily, resiny mouthfeel of hop notes right off the bat. Big grapefruit, orange peel, melon, and pine flavors talk loudly to the taste buds with malty flavors that just come out with a whisper. Stickyness coats the mouth very well. Slightly dry in the finish with a nice long bitterness. Excellent balance of the hop profile to the malts. Hops are strong, but it's not a complete bitter hop bomb.
D: Damn drinkable and very tasty IPA. One of the better ones I've had from the Northeast. Excellent balance to this beer. Get this if you can as it does push the envelope.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint of this on the way home from UCONN.

The beer is served in a pint glass and arrives a hazy goldish orange color with minimal beige surface layer of head.
Aroma is in your face hops with sour cirtusy grapefruit mixed with pine and a bit of grass. no malt scents are detected by my nose.

First sip reveals a smooth textured average body with mild gentle carbonation.
Flavor again is hops hops and hops. Starts with a citrusy hop flavor that rolls to a piney hit of bitterness that tingles the sides of my tongue long after I swallow each sip. A very dry finish encourages me to take another sip.
The burps are also fairly piney and reignite the bitter tingle on my tongue.

Even with all the hops, I found the beer very easy to drink. Definitely a hop lovers brew!

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Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
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