Dreamin' Double IPA - Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IrishRedRock on 07-16-2004

Inspired by the highly hopped beers from the west coast, our double IPA is truly a hophead's delight. Five varieties of American hops added throughout the boil create a wide range of flavors including pine and citrus, while generous dryhopping in the fermentor provides the distinct aroma of fresh hops. We guarantee that this is one of the freshest double IPA's available, giving you a great reason to drink local. 85 IBUs.
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Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Manayunk Brewing Company finally available in 12oz cans. They come in 6pks, but too expensive ($15-16) so broke them into 4pks for a more reasonable $11 (I know, not much difference per can but it's a Jedi mind trick to the public). Seems they found a company that comes out with a truck and cans their beer for them right in the brewery parking lot. Really? Haven't heard of a mobile canning line before, but this is 2013. I'll give them credit as the cans are attractive with nice graphics and colours.
Anyway, poured into a Newcastle tapered mug.

AP: Light amber colour with gold hues mixed in, but a bit of transparency also. Poured a generous 1 1/2" fluffy white head that crept over the rim of the glass. Settled down to 1/4" with some lacing when you tilt the glass.
AR: Typical hops aromas of grapefruit, orange and pine with biscuit and caramel malt and a bit of grass and cracker also. Pretty nice, but not blowing me away either.
T: Much like the nose, but the flavours are better (more vivid) than the aromas. The main tastes are biscuit and caramel for the malts and grapefruit rind and pine for the hops. The malt and hops are pretty well balanced, which caught me offguard. I also get a little bit of bready/yeasty notes as well and a tiny bit of lemon. The mild bitter hops linger on your palate well afterwards.
M: Good body on this one and a rather creamy mouthfeel. Fairly juicy in mid palate with a dry mildly bitter finish.
OV: A nice DIPA with good body, balance between the malts and hops, solid flavours and a nice soft lingering bitterness. Good effort from Manayunk Brewing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of Chris Fiery's best brews! An excellent, very drinkable double IPA. In the glass it offers an orange amber with glowing golden highlights beneath a frothy white head that holds quite well and leaves some really nice lacing in its wake.

The nose just drips with pungent, citrusy fruit (grapefruit, orange, pineapple) over some grainy, lightly biscuity sweet malt.

The flavor delivers the same hop blast, but it's more rounded with lots of soft, bready/biscuity malt to support it. A bold bitterness backs it, but it's not over-done and there's just enough to balance the girth of the malt. It finishes drying and surprisingly short considering the amount of hops that are in there, leaving you ready for another sip. Well-balanced!!! Very drinkable! Well worth trying.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Union Jack's (Boyertown, PA) on 4/11/09. Part of the '09 Easter Hopfest.
Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper with a finger of solid brite-white foam. Great retention that just keeps bubling and bubling, staying rich, and leaving extremely thick lacing back. The aroma is floral and very spicy with hops, along with a tangy smelling undercurrent of citrus, caramel, and bread.

The taste is overall spicy and tangy feeling, with a hop profile that is more zesty than resinous or bitter. Nice balance to this though, with a solid backbone of toasted malts, caramel sweetness, and juicy tropical fruit flavors. Finishes dryly bitter and spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (that ABV is extremely well hid) with an easy creamy feel up front and slicker carbonation in the back.

I dug this. It definitely packed some West Cost flavors, although they weren't quite as assertive as I might have expected and this overall was maybe even a little too spicy at times in the taste. The balance and especially the body though were very nice, which kept the drinkibility up. A solid hoppy pick here.

Photo of darkside7268
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall your run of the mill IPA. Nothing really stands out other than the slight spicy hops. It has a decent taste and look, smell could be improved on but nothing to complain about. It is easy to drink and a good starter for those just getting into IPAs. Nothing in this beer will scare you away from the style, only your taste buds will!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Strong effervesce within an orange peel body of good clarity. A frumpy, cottage cheese textured head is cornsilk white in color, and shows a good holding rate. Lacing sticks well to the vessel with a high rate of coverage.

S: Dry citrus, pine, dry barley with a light sense of delivery. Overall average rate of delivery.

T: The flavor is pretty hoppy, sweet grains and toffee, an immediate awareness of dry citrus. Dry fruit skins and pine, sharp citrus tones, with a dry lingering fade. The alcohol is detected, toasted dry green apple skins, sweet cinnamon rum, baked bread with some underlying warm fruitiness. The hops start kicking in mid-drink masking the initial complexity. A dry toasted grain sweetness and dry citrus soon evolve on the finish with a high degree of awareness and empowerment.

M: slighty syrupy, warm with a slight booziness felt on the inner cheeks. A pinch of alcohol laced citrus dryness finishes off the tongue.

O: Overall a good degree of complexity from the 5 hops arrive early in the drink, the dry hop nature and alcohol soon evolve mid-way. Good hop kick, decent visual, easy packaging (can) with solid good results. The nose seemed the only small aspect holding this back, the flavor holds up its end.

Photo of Blanco
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a firkin hand pump (hope "cask" was the right choice) and served in a tulip glass on tap.

The beer was a very light golden color with a nice, resilient, off-white head that stuck throughout the whole pour with excellent lacing. It looked almost like a belgian white, which seems unusual for the style, but something about the look was awesome with that nice thick head and the very strong lacing hanging steady from start to finish. The smell was very hoppy and piney, as you would expect, with a slight hint of citrus. The taste was similar, although very bitter, but strangely not in an unpleasant way. despite the bitterness it was smooth going down and the mouthfeel was on the thicker side and slightly creamy in consistency. This was a very drinkable brew, so much so I picked up a growler for consumption later on this week.

Photo of weeare138
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber with a thick 1 finger white head that stays for several minute. Tons of sticky ring lacing.
Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, oranges, and biscuits with some sweet malt.
Taste is of the same aromas that is nice and balanced.
Mouthfeel is sweet, bitter, and different for an East coast IPA.
Drinkability is very nice. They claim they would put this up against any west coast IPA and I believe it!

Photo of ssimpson89
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Winberies, Wayne, PA

Light amber with creamy white head, faint hop aroma but almost non-descriptive. Lots of lacing left on the glass.

Piney and malty flavor, not getting much citrus. Flavor is OK, but not what I was expecting from a Double IPA. It was just kinda there and left me wanting more. Creamy mouth feel with a piney finish that lingers.

Decent, glad I gave it a try.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. gifted by one of the assistant brewers (thanks!), unknown brewing/packaging date, drank out of my BBA tulip-style glass over 30 minutes

Photo of beerfinder
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice hopped brew with good citris taste.

Photo of rfgetz
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Devil's Alley...

A - Golden orange color, nice fluffy white head, decent lacing.

S - Citrus hops up front, some piney hops in the rear

T - Predominately sweet citrus hops with piney hops there. More sweet than bitter. A little bit of black pepper taste.

M - Medium bodied, crisp, slightly sticky

D - Decent beer, not an extreme DIPA in terms of flavor, but has the ABVs. Would have another.

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Take one mobile CANning line, one regional brewer, one CANquester (TM) and one trip to Monde Market and what do you get? A happy Woodman!

From the CAN: "Inspired by the highly hopped beers from the west coast, our double IPA is truly a hophead's delight. Five varieties of American hops added throughout the boil create a wide range of flavors including pine and citrus while generous dry hopping in the fermenter provides the distinct aroma of fresh hops. We guarantee that this is one of the freshest double IPA's available giving you a great reason to drink local." That is EXACTLY how it appears on the CAN, not the way shown in "Notes".

Nothing like the sound of the Crack! early on Sunday morning (coming down). It revealed another brimful CAN and I employed an inverted Glug just to see what would happen. Man, but I created two dense, creamy fingers of tawny head with great retention that resembled a scoop of vanilla ice cream atop a cone. The room smelled like I had been spraying grapefruit air freshener and I heard a howling monkey from somewhere on my back. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = ~ 6) and in front of me were Croesus, King Midas and Mammon, all clamoring for a sip. I CANnot be an alcoholic as I never drink alone! Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was like a grapefruit-caramel CANdy with the grapefruit dominant and the caramel submissive in a caged death match. Holy F**k, I really need to cut down. JM&J, but I was starting to slip into a hops OD! I just purchased Stan Hieronymous' BA book on Hops, so maybe it will have First Aid tips for the overindulgent hophead ... Hey, baby, I'm nice and mellow now, man. I have cued up Triumph the Wonder Dog (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcRHUOTNobE) and he is the most deflating thing I have ever encountered. Loads of sticky lacing , but I am running the dishwasher later today, so it all works out. Finish was dry, sticky, hoppy, hey, baby, do you have the bowl? I need to clean the screen, man. I'm not gettin' a good hit. Actually, I feel like somebody hit me with a baseball bat. Is beer supposed to do this? I may need to go back to bed. CAN The Old Lady join me?

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

I'd say this was the best brew I sampled from the Manayunk Brewery. Their take on the imperial IPA was pretty tame by IIPA standards, and most might even say it's actually just a regular IPA, but it still had the edge over the other brews available.

Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a small white head that receded to a thin layer. Citrus and sweet malts in the aroma. Citrusy hops in the taste, but not overbearing as you'd expect from a labelled imperial IPA. Sweet malts in the background and a bitterness left in the mouth. Medium mouthfeel and fairly drinkable.

Photo of ManoaBeverage
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding Double.
A smooth finish.

Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a deep golden straw color with a finger of head. The nose is very mild, especially for a DIPA. Fruity flavor combined with sweet malt essence upfront. The body on this offering is a touch heavy for a DIPA, but I do not consider that a negative. This is quite tasty, but the hoppiness is just not up to DIPA standards (even though the listed IBU is 85).

Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter.

Extra-hazy burnt amber with 2 fingers of off-white head. Excellent retention.

Orange, papaya, grapefruit and caramel. A touch of pineapple.

Pink grapefruit juice with touches of mango, papaya and pineapple. Nice caramel backbone with notes of cantaloupe and honey. Finishes with orange zest, pine needles and a hint of rye.

Medium-full bodied, oily, sticky and smooth.

Very smooth hop flavors that pick up resin towards the finish. Nicely balanced and easy drinking.

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pineville Tavern. Nice IPA, sweet and bitter with a reasonable hopiness. On par with a good west coast IPA with fresh, clean taste. Was suprised to find out that this was a double IPA as not big or overpowering. Worthy of a try, I liked it! 4pts.

Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: caramel, pine, and orange tones are easy to detect.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, pine, grapefruit, orange, pear, and a decent balancing sharp bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a good drinkable DIPA, where the alcohol is not noticeable and the focus is on the malt and bitterness.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Manayunk brewing, poured into pint glass

a: golden/amber hue, prickly head with decent retention. leaves lacing rings around the glass

s: citrusy and piney hop aroma dominates

t: surprisngly well balanced DIPA. sweet malt is only slightly overpowered by pine and citrus hops. This reminds more more of an English IPA with more fermentables and american hops. alchohol is well hidden.

m&d: light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Very drinkable beer for its ABV and can get you in touble with the sweetness.


Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a minimal thinnish white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is citrusy hops with a bready and doughy pale malt base, light hints of tangerine. Minimal bitterness for a Double IPA, 65 IBU is a bit of a surprise. Lots of tangerine rind and some grapefruit, long doughy lingering finish. Mouthfeel is thick and a little sticky with lots of clinginess on the finish. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, decent, but far from being a hopheads delight. This is about as good as it gets from this place though. Wish BA would let me do a review on this brewery...

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What this? Manayunk is brewing a really good beer? Being the sucker I am for Double IPA's, I had to go for a pint of this, even with low expectations. I was extremely surprised...this is a great beer. Deep golden color with a well retaining head and a big floral hop aroma. Well balanced as well, and a delight to drink, especially in comparison to their other beers. I went back a few days later for more of this; it helps that I live in Manayunk, but it was that good.

Apparently the brewers were motivated by the bold West Coast IIPA's and attempted to make one of their own. While I wouldnt say this is an extremely aggressive, over-the-top IIPA, they did hit the style very well. Impressive.

Photo of mattgreger
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden orange color, with a nice 1/2 inch creamy white head, that actually holds for a bit, then follows with some great lacing.

Aroma has a very strong citris hops smell up front, with a nice piney finish on the aroma as it leaves the nose. Nothing else that really catchs my attention though.

The forfront of this beer is definitly a sweet citrisy hops flavor, then your hit at the end with a nice bitter piney hop flavor. Everything you look for in a great IPA.

Very crisp brew, medium bodies, with a slight, almost stickiness feel to it.

Very decent brew. The first few sips of this brew made me think that it would have a higher ABV...so was almost unimpressed with the lower ABV's. Overall a good selection though.

Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pinocchio’s in Media.

Hazy light gold color with a small, slowly settling white head. Good lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Tons of citrus fruit, orange, tangerine, and pine in both the aroma and taste. Really fresh and vivid and fruit forward. Incredible aromatics, dry hopped to perfection. What a huge burst of tangerine! Lightly sweet. Good bitterness that doesn’t overshadow the tasty fruity hop flavors of this beer. Low malt character propping things up beneath it all in true west coast fashion. Super tasty.

Excellent mouthfeel as well, with a medium full body and carbonation on the slightly lower side, making for a smooth and creamy drinking experience. Easy to put away, alcohol nowhere in sight. Totally drinkable.

Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brilliant golden copper with a medium white head that reduced a bit and left nice lacing.

S-Light citrus with a bit of spiciness. Overall not very aromatic.

T-Biting spicy citrus with light caramel malt sweetness. A pleasant touch of tangerine in the finish.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied, sharp and crisp with good lingering bitterness.

D-Not the citrus bomb that I like or was expecting but this is certainly not bad. A nice, spicy, hop forward low malt sweetness West Coast-esque IPA that is one of the better beers I have had from Manayunk!

Photo of bruachan
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

very similar in color to the ho harvest and krooks mill. i actually wouldn't be surprised to hear that they use the same grist

the head was much more impressive on this offering than on either of the others i mentioned. it finally settled to a firm coating and left some, but not outstanding, lacing

big hop aroma, i assume to be from columbus (yeah yeah, assume makes an ass...), with its resiny character. the resiny touch continues with the flavor, particularly at the finish. it's a very sweet finish, actually

it's an IIPA but only measures in at 65 IBUs, which puts it at the bottom of the spectrum. at 8% i suppose it makes sense, but the beer has extremely limited bitterness (my guess is that the manyunk clientele aren't too into the bitter thing, but maybe they could be trained)

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Dreamin' Double IPA from Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant
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