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Willimantic Dyvyl Hopyard IPA - Willimantic Brewing Co.

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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 15.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: jaxon53 on 10-06-2007)
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Reviews by shigg85:
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

shigg85, Sep 23, 2012
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Photo of ExtraStout
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Willimantic Dyvyl Hopyard IPA

Had this on tap (12 oz.) at the Willibrew today. It is an unfiltered Double IPA brewed with 5 malts, including Pilsner and Biscuit malts, then hopped with Magnum, Marynka, and spices fermented with their French Saison yeast.

This website states it is 8.4% abv but Willibrew's menu (on 6/24/12) has it at 9.6% abv so who knows? I belive the previous version of the brew was at 8.4% but this brew has been unretired and is now at 9.6%.

It pours an amber color with a thin white head. The IBU's don't seem too high on this offering. Very drinkable with a slightly above average mouth feel. I wouldn't call the body thin but it is not much thicker than average.

I like most offerings buy Willibrew and this brew was one I would have again.

ExtraStout, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow with a big frothy white head. Low aroma of bready yeast and clove. Full and rich mouthfeel with a thick and creamy body. Flavors of doughey yeast, clove, banana, and low floral hops. The hops are a great addition to the flavor and meld nicely with the typical Belgian flavors, but I would prefer just a bit more hops and a bit less yeast funk.

far333, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of naproxen
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Between pouring at Brass City and multiple times at the bar...

This is the second year this Belgian style IPA has been brewed, and I really enjoyed this years more than last.

It is the aroma that really gets me on this, I will sit there for a few minutes just inhaling it before even taking that first sip. There is a spicy, fruit, and pepper aspect to this that shows its belgian side, while the hops adding that American citrus flare. The taste follows suit pretty well with what the aroma promises. A sweet biscuit malt coupled with the mildly spiced flavors of the yeast and the bitter finish of the hops. And to top it off, it goes down much smoother than the last batch.

The flavors have mellowed a bit since it was first tapped this time around, evening out into a wonderful full flavored and drinkable belgian ipa. Get some while it lasts or wait until next year.

naproxen, Oct 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

buschbeer, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

beerasaurusrex, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of mtbbaboon
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler to go after having dinner here. I poured this into a snifter glass. Pours a golden amber color with thick foamy head. Lots of lacing on the side of the glass. It's got a real nice aroma. The aroma is hoppy, malty and somewhat fruity, though I can't quite place the fruit. The taste is nice and hoppy, and the sweet malt compliments the hops nicely. It's got a good bitterness to it as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, and leaves some stick in the mouth. It drinks rather easy. I enjoyed this and would drink it again. As a side note, the growler cost me $29 with the jug.

mtbbaboon, Dec 05, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a pint glass at the Willibrew. Poured a nice golden amber color that had great clarity. About a finger of bone white, creamy head capped the beer. Head diminished rather quickly into a thin layer in the glass. Did leave a bit of sticky lace behind though. Great nose on this one. Tons of thick malt notes, some bitter hops, candi sugar, some nice dark fruits and spices. The taste was almost as good as the smell, but, it did fall a bit short. A pretty bitter hop bite up front, mellowed out nicely with the huge malt flavor, candi and brown sugar, along with a good strong yeasty flavor. Finishes with a bit of spicy alcohol heat. The 8.4% ABV really shows itself. Mouthfeel was thick and full. Drinkability was great but the alcohol will get you.

jaxon53, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Naproxen for the hookup! Shared with the fine folks at Bruisin Ales at the post BrewGrass gathering.

A-Bright, clear copper with a medium off-white head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet biscuit malt and Belgian yeast spiciness with a nice zip of citrus hops.

T-Well balanced citrus hop bite along with a pop from the spicy yeast and sweet biscuit malt. This is very nicely put together.

M-Medium-light bodied with a slight stickiness and a nice lingering hop/yeast bitterness.

D-Well done and well received by all of the folks that tasted it. I didnt find it particularly different or "big" but the sum of the parts made for a nice drinking brew.

Deuane, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub, served in a 12 oz soda glass. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a whispy white head. Smells of flowery hops and a bit of spice. Huge blast of hops on the first sip, followed by a mellowing sweetness. Little bit of spice from the saison yeast. This is a belgian IPA! Very drinkable despite the 8.5% abv.

DrDogbeer, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty from the highly respected Willimantic Brewing folks shines a bright clear amber color with a big off white yellowish head and lots of carpeting lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is a sort of peaty pine hop, even a touch herbal, sort of an ocean mist effect. Interesting and kind of yummy. The first taste brings a very thick, full bodied avalanche of chunky wine-like pine. Alcohol is evident in the flavor but it does not interfere with the flavor here. I get some currant sweetness married with a bold buttery malt. This is a very drinkable DIPA despite the alcohol level. Very impressive, somewhat complex, great body with lots of flavor. Willibrew forever!

Durge, Dec 11, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

BastardFromABasket, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of a flight at Willibrew Tavern.

A: Poured a very clear amber. Bright and bubbly, with a creamy cap that hung around nicely.

S: Smells like the sweeter aspects of an IPA, probably because of some of the Belgian ingredients. Mostly citrus with some pine, but malt presence as well.

T: Tastes great; smooth and full flavored IPA. There is a creaminess to it that is very enjoyable. The typical hop characteristics are there and the Willibrewers were aggressive with the hops, but took care to balance it out nicely with sweet malts.

M: Medium-bodied and slightly sticky. The finish is clean, however.

D: The 8.4% ABV would prevent you from drinking too many of these, but I'd go back for a couple of pints after the flight was over.

A great pick if you're at Willimantic Brewing Co., but as with all their stuff, hurry, or you'll miss this one.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 29, 2007
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this DIPA is a thickly hazed dark amber color, with a thin wispy white head on top

S - piney and citrine hops dominate as one would expect, the amount of balance that a residual sweetness imparts, however, is unexpected, and welcome

T - the sweetness really comes to full force on the palate, the hop profile exhibits the same notes as in the aroma, the pine and citrine elements, the sweetness is big and reminiscient of candied sugar and some distinct ginger

M&D - lively and flavorful on the tongue, not incredibly complex but rich and powerful flavors, if anyone knows how to make an IPA/DIPA its Willibrew

sinstaineddemon, Oct 05, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler received in an in person trade with richdude. Thanks for the opportunity!

Appearance: Iced tea brown with orange folds. A small off white crown rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace.

Smell: A touch of malt sweetness along with a healthy dose of juicy hops....almost smells fresh hopped.

Taste: Initial hop bitterness that opens up into a slightly fruity and slightly buttery malt profile. Finishes slightly bitter and slightly dry.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and a touch slick but I think this growler has lost some carbonation since it was poured (5 days ago). Growler says "best consumed within 24 hours of pouring" on it and I think they might be right.

Drinkability: No alcohol presence which is cool considering the abv. More carbonation and a better flavor profile would make it more drinkable though.

Nothing special but not bad.

koopa, Oct 09, 2009
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1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

Had on tap at Willi last night and was not impressed at all.

The nose was pretty good, spicy, piney, with a good amount of citrus balance. Warm with a kick of alcohol, but with a bit of sweetness from a good amount of malt.

Taste was totally off for me. I liked some of the German style malt flavour, but it was just too much. Surprisingly it's hard for me to describe exactly what was wrong with this one, but it was boozy and dry, maybe even astringent, or something. I had a couple small sips and couldn't bring myself to drink anymore -- and that's an extreme rarity for me.

Two other people at my table ordered it and thought it was okay, but sadly for me this would have been one of my first drain pours. To my credibility, even they were surprised I'd found something I couldn't enjoy (as I'll even enjoy a macro lager occasion).

Ian_B, Oct 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

larybrew, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
Willimantic Dyvyl Hopyard IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
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