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Willimantic Address Unknown IPA - Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Willimantic Address Unknown IPA
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BA SCORE
89
very good

20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2002)
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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this growler with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear burnt copper color with a tan cap. Some spotty lace holds in a line around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is fruity and tropical with a bit of catty aspects that get dank and herbal. Overall quite a solid display of simcoe hops with even a hint of mango thrown in there as well.

The taste includes plenty of that dirty mango, catty dryness and grass quality simcoe is known for. Some fruity rinds and zest with pith, pulp and bitterness. A little bit of solvent alcohol with a backing of toasty sweet grain.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The solvent alcohol blended with a fruity to floral hop feel made for a pretty nice brew overall. Thanks again Heath for sharing.

stakem, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Kegatron, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -2.4%

jaxon53, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of JimPhelps
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JimPhelps, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

shigg85, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of tjdrewry
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

tjdrewry, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of DanE
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

DanE, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

JAHMUR, May 02, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
5/5  rDev +22%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of datalager
4/5  rDev -2.4%

datalager, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/2/2009. Growler from the brewpub. Pours a cloudy light brown/orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus, garlicky hops, nacho cheese Doritoes. Reminds me of Smuttynose IPA. Flavor of rich caramel and bready malts, garlicky, spicy hops. Tons of flavor and spices here that gives this a full-bodied palate. Really reminds me of super fresh Smutty IPA. This is a top-notch IPA. Very enjoyable.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from BeerTruth and Naproxen just last week. Haven't had any brews from Willimantic but looking forward to this one. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching the Raiders vs. Eagles.

Appearance- Pours a semi chill hazed dark orange with a great two finger dirty white head that recedes very slowly. A great cap and collar remain along with loads of sticky lacing.
Smell- Very sappy and piney and pretty potent. Smells like a raw pine cone that just fell off the tree. Maybe a bit of grass as well but it's like 90% of that pine bite. Some caramel malts are noticeable as well. Pretty one dimensional nose I suppose but nothing wrong with that!
Taste- Starts out much the same way as the nose with a big burst of macerated pine needles. Sappy and raw the hops are bitter and earthy and dominate the brew. Perhaps a bit of a red licorice sweetness and a touch of butterscotch but very little. The malt is just strong enough to very lightly cut into the hoppy goodness but it's very little. Finishes with a bit of lingering hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel- Pretty solid bodied brew with a light zippy carbonation and numbingly bitter feel.
Drinkability- Very tasty IPA that is hella drinkable and nice n' hoppy. I really enjoyed the half growler I consumed the day I opened it but the second day was even nicer. I swear it had even a more earthy/piney taste (or I was just a bit more sober). Either way, thanks much Aliza (aka the brains and looks of the relationship) and Adam!

younger35, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of mentor
2.9/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Essentially no head over a gorgeous orange copper liquid. Nearly clear. Smells tangerine, touch of pine, and some nectarine. Hops, essentially no malt.

Tastes strong hop flavor and minimal hop bitter. Malt is way underneath and plays a supporting role. Hop flavor is orange, tangerine, and some soured pine. Finish dries a bit from alcohol and hop bitter. Alcohol is very clean. Some oxidation rises retronasal in the end. Light body and md, but sharp carbonation. For my preferences, this beer needs more malt and more thickness to keep the beer on the tongue a bit longer into the aftertaste. Enjoyable.

mentor, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to Sulldaddy for including this in my SS05 package!

Growler pour into my Allagash chalice reveals a most uncharacteristically dark amber brew with a fabulously dense and clingy head of oatmeal hued froth. Lacing is about as thick as it gets. Definately the darkest I"P"A I've seen. Excellent appearance nevertheless.

Aroma is sweet roasty malts, scorched caramel, layers of fruit, and a hearty citrus- laced pine sap note. Smells chewy and freshly hopped. Reminds me a bit of a fresh Celebration Ale with more sweet citrus notes.

Flavor shadows the nose with chewy caramel and roasted malts upfront that deliver a pleasant fruitiness. It quietly slips into a well-rounded hoppy finish with nuances of candied grapefruit skin and crushed pine needles. There's a warming tingle of alcohol, seems stronger than 6.5%, no complaints.

Body is right between medium and large. It has a chewy mouthfeel and a smooth creamy texture. I'm suffering from a head cold right now but figured a growler from CT needs to be consumed ASAP. I must say I was happy to oblidge.

AlexJ, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at the pub with lunch. The beer arrives in a pint glass and exudes a slightly hazy mahogany color and a thin beige surface layer of head wisping away on the surface.
The aroma is as expected hops and hops. I get rindy citrus notes, sappy pine, and some grass as well. I find just a hint of caramel in the background.
The first sip reveals an average body with is a little sticky on the roof of my mouth. The carbonation is fine and tingly and adds a lot of texture to the beer.
Flavor is caramel for a second then hops rush in with pine grass and bitey grapefruitrind swishing around in my mouth. THe hops linger well after the swallow leaving a dry and bitter pine and rind taste in my mouth. Quite an impressive IPA that is something all hopheads would/should enjoy!

sulldaddy, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of mikeys01
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is from a batch served November/December 2005. This incarnation of the delicious Address Unknown is a deep reddish amber in color, not quite clear, and capped with foamy tan head. It's quite bold in appearance for an IPA, the darker hue apparently due to a different biscuit malt than previous batches. Aroma is a mouthwatering mix of dry bready malt and reeks of fresh super citrusy hops, mmm.

Taste does not disappoint, this is one juicy, flavorful IPA. Loads of bitter grapefruit and tangerine up front lead into a malty sweet oasis. Plenty of biscuit dances with toasty caramel, plenty of body there to stand up to the hops. Finish is unmercifully bitter with a hint of sweetness, you won't quickly forget about this one, nor will you want to. Another fantastic IPA from Dave W, and dangerously drinkable, damn tasty!

mikeys01, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy off white head that leads to ringed lacing with good strength. A shade lighter than amber in color with noticeable sediment. The aroma is pine, resin, and a crapload of hop oils. Very juicy and strong aromatics that make me want to dive right in. The flavor is a strong pine, cedar, and a touch of citric hops. Also a soothing caramel malt backbone. The waves of pine and cedar continue throughout the sip; almost as if you're biting into a pinecone (but it tastes delicious). A nice stiff wall of bitterness leads to a sprucey aftertaste with a drop of lemon. The mouthfeel is full as this IPA touches every last tastebud on the tongue. The intensity of the various hop combinations is almost too strong (and that's coming from a hophead). Very tough to drink with a meal, but perfect to satisfy a hophead's thrist on its own.

NEhophead, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a cleaner orangey pour.. amber tints and a thin foam ring. sticky layers of thin lace and an overall summery treasure in appearance

very fruity in the nose, lots of berry

taste is woody, hoppy. full of spice and orange rind. mild malt adds body and constitution. bitterness emerges only in the finish, and nicely complements lighter body. aftertaste is almost screwdrivery, orange essence and alcohol. interestingly complex for a cask, not a session by any means.

goodbyeohio, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope this is the right IPA that I am reviewing, but since I wrote down the abv as 6.5 and this is the only one in the databse that is listed as such, I guess, i've got a good chance of being right. Anywhoo...This is a deep golden lookin' brew. With a nice little head of off-white foam. Aromas are very hoppy and bitter, with a greenish biscuity malt aroma in the mix as well. The taste follows suit. This is raw, unadulterated hoppiness to the 3rd degree. Finish is drying, and leafy with some nice biscuity malt notes. not perfect, but I find nothing wrong with this most awesome IPA. This brewpub really knows how to do this style as well, it would seem!

francisweizen, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An amber/orange colored ale that has a slight haze to it. Has a nice creamy off white head that leaves a nice lace. A great aroma of hops jumps out of the glass as the glass is filled.A little sweetness starts on the tip of the tongue. Then the hops grab control over the back of your tongue. There is a surypy stickyness to the mouthfeel. An interesting brew.

ybnorml, Nov 04, 2004
Willimantic Address Unknown IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.