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Pioneer The New Frontier Double California IPA - Pioneer Brewing Co.

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Pioneer The New Frontier Double California IPA
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very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pioneer Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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Photo of HamdenHector
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S: an off putting sourness with a touch of tropical fruit hoppiness and caramel malt in the background;

T: I feel like this beer wants to have a tropical fruit flavor profile, but the sourness is pushing that into the background; alcohol is very noticeable; no bitterness at all;

M: medium Bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I'm guessing that what I drank isn't what the brewer intended; no date on the bottle, so no telling how old it was;

HamdenHector, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Ecxeeder616, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of markdrinksbeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

markdrinksbeer, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of SweetChicken
3.83/5  rDev -1%

Served from a 22oz bottle to a tulip.

A - Loved the golden, orange color. Hazy. Little to no head. Appetizing. Took a little off due to an inordinate amount of suspended sediment.

S - Very appealing balance of smells. A little thin, but nice. Hints of orange peel, biscuits.

T - The initial taste was all biscuits and malts. The hops hides out for a while, sneaks in and finishes off quite nicely. When colder, it was really subtle. As this beer warms, the hoppy bitterness really comes through and puckers the taste buds.

M - I was surprised at how much carbonation comes out with such little head. Certainly not in a bad way. Not super-boozy for an 11% beer.

O - As a flyer of the shelf with no research or idea how this was going to go, I was pleasantly surprised. A decent go at a pretty hefty ABV from this brewer. Not the best west coast style, but a good effort.

SweetChicken, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of rockrob
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rockrob, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz bottle from benbking (thanks man!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours a mildly orange hued gold with a fluffy white three finger head. Foam shrinks back to a halo with wisps of bubbles on the surface. A good bit of chunky lace left on the glass.

Smells of orange, mango/ papaya and faint shortbread. Thise aromas become much richer as it nears room temperature.

There is a very strong fusal alcohol component while still chilled. It fades as the brew warms and over the burn there are some nice notes of mandarin, mango, apricot, citrus rind, pepper, cracker, shortbread and a hint of caramel. I'm glad I took my time and let it warm a bit because things blend much better as the chill subsides. Still a tad hot but a nice mix of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Sticky, slick, medium body with fairly soft carbonation. Finishes with grapefruit peel, oranges, cookie and a nip of booze.

Despite being slightly heavy handed with the alcohol I found myself enjoying the latter half of the bottle. Once it warms and the aroma fills out, there is a richness and balance that I found pleasing. Not ground breaking but solidly crafted and enjoyable enough that a full bomber was no chore to put away. Worth a try, if not a hunt.

ThickNStout, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of pioneerbeer
5/5  rDev +29.2%

pioneerbeer, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of BRYeleJR
3.25/5  rDev -16%

BRYeleJR, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Oidmoe, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Ian_B
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Ian_B, May 31, 2014
Photo of Mullen2525
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Mullen2525, May 11, 2014
Photo of Beeahluvah
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Beeahluvah, May 08, 2014
Photo of KenRondo
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

Good kick as taste and alcohol blended well to satisfy any thirst quench.

Thought this beer represents the IPA genre well, just enough of bitter taste with slight citrus twist.

Me like well enough for the 4.25 rating. 1st beer rating hope to perform better in the future.

KenRondo, May 01, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%

On tap at the Hangar. Served in a snifter.

A: Mildly hazed, orange in color. Thick and creamy white head retains very well. Thick coating of lacing on the glass.

S: Pithy and tropical. Pulpy mango, apricot, and mandarin orange. Pithy. Shortbread and toast. Alcohol comes out as it warms.

T: Pithy hop tastes. Perhaps a touch vegetal. Hints of apricot and mango. Alcohol comes on strong. Caramel and heavy toast from the malt. Gritty hop finish with a wallop of alcohol.

M: Thick body. Hefty, but airy and creamy rather than sludgey. Moderately carbonated. Alcohol lays in a lot of warmth. Moderately astringent.

O: This one may have gotten away from them a little. Unpleasantly boozy.

ryan1788a5, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Chico1985, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of SpacingOutMan
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Serving Type: Bottle. As with other Pioneer bottles, the artwork is very pretty with a great contrast between the artwork, text, and the bottle itself.

A: Great dark and hazy amber body with a beige creamy head; approximately 1/4" with great lacing. Carbonation is visibly strong and prevalent.

S: Sweet and ambrosial aroma that hits all of the hallmarks of a good-smelling beer: solid base of hops and sweet malt; a fruity twang that resembles a combination of citrus and hints of lemon balm; and a slight presence of some earthiness.

T: Definitely has a kick to every sip, though it's hard to say if it's the flavor alone or the mouth feel. The flavor profile doesn't necessarily match the smell but in this case, that's quite alright. While initially bitter and earthy, the citrus and mint-like herbal flavors definitely overcome the sudden "hit" of alcohol that is prevalent mid-sip. The sweetness of the beer is fleeting and only lasts a moment, but it provides a great median between the front- and back-end of the sip. The back-end of the sip ends just like it starts: a tad earthy, bitter, and a hint of spice.

M: Full-body IPA that had great carbonation. While the alcohol does provide a bit of a kick, it isn't overwhelming and most certainly doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer.

O: While I would definitely drink this beer again, it isn't very drinkable due to the high ABV and the bitterness can be a bit overwhelming as you drink more of it concurrently. The smell and taste are definitely better than your average beer so I highly recommend this beer for those looking to broaden their hoppy horizons.

SpacingOutMan, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev +3.4%

MLaVioletteJr, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jaycar06, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Hoggo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Hoggo, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of jwps214
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jwps214, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Chris_Harry_MA, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kaelingirl, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of GuitarIPA
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

GuitarIPA, Nov 29, 2013
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Pioneer The New Frontier Double California IPA from Pioneer Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.