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A-10 Warthog Double IPA | OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery

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A-10 Warthog Double IPAA-10 Warthog Double IPA

Brewed by:
OPA-OPA Steakhouse & Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 03-03-2005

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Photo of ComputerBeer
2.46/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheesy smell, bad hop notes with little to no malt aroma. Medium body, bitter to style but has a "fake" sweet finish. Definate boozy harshness on the pallette. Cane sugar? Lots of American hop notes, somewhat to resinous. Deep golden color with lots of haze. Expected more out of this beer.

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Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Honey copper colored with a low orangey-beige head.

Citrusy aroma, some honey and apricot.

Flavors of doughey malt and some surprisingly understated citrusy hops. Morphs to honey and pine, some grapefruit pith notes. Flavors overall are a bit muted and understated. ABV warmth is moderate for the strength of this beer.

Moderate carbonation, even mouthfeel upfront and finishes tingly.

Average drinkability, expected more complexity and richness of flavor.

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Photo of VALIS666
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark orange color with a small, sticky head. One of the nicest looking colors I've seen on a beer. The rest, alas, is not up to that level. Scents of orange, soapy water, mild spices. Taste is immediately sweet, overpoweringly sweet, which is common for such a high ABV. Aftertaste is bitter, sweet, gassy. Interesting beer, and a monster at nearly 14% ABV, but the sweetness is difficult for me to get around. Citrus is more present as it warms.

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Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ppoitras for shipping a growler of this my way as part of a great Secret Santa box. Had to delay the unveiling somewhat, but now it's popped open to share with neighbors & friends for the evening's festivities.

Opens with a satisfactory hiss & pours with a nice white head, proof that it has suffered little from its imprisonment in its glass cell. Light amber for a DIPA. Smell is unaggressive for the style, but with a faint sweet, lemony, almost Dawn-like aroma.

Somehow, the Warthog managed to conceal the hops from the nose, because they're definitely in there. The first blast is unwashed hops with an accompanying country twang of soapy bitterness coming quick behind; but there's something just a touch off. The malts are too prominent for this hophead, quickly beating the hops into submission & allowing the caramel melt to slide into the backside of the taste profile. It's an odd tandem: the hops stick to the roof of one's mouth, but the aftertaste is of the malts. Huh. Interesting.

Overall, a good brew & an interesting interpretative dance on the style. The hops are a touch too much bitter & a touch too little tasty, & that weird end profile...well, I'll be glad to get other's impressions of this. I like it!

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Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of loose rocky cream colored foam. A nice translucent orangey copper color fills the glass.

S - Smells rich and caramelly with some light buttered popcorn aroma. Hops are central to the aroma although not as up front as I'd like. Citrusy and grassy mostly, some pineapple and light apricot too.

T - Some alcohol, tons of caramel, a nice hoppy bitterness and some pineapple/tropical fruit character. Well balanced overall...maybe too well balanced for my liking giving a bit too much caramelly malt to be ideal for me. Some malty sweetness mixes in, at times seeming just right, at other times a bit cloying.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Get a light alcohol heat on the inhale and with every sip.

D - Good tasting DIPA...definitely not the best I've ever had, but quite good. Balanced toward the malt more than I'd like to see, but still plenty of hop flavor. Bitterness not quite up to the level that I expect out of a DIPA.

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Photo of soze47
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remembered drinking this beer on tap over the summer and liking it very much. This is a DIPA for sure and has some unique, but not all that remarkable flavors.

Appearance: Very orange, nearly translucent body. Leaves some great lacing.

Aroma: Pretty strong smell, but nothing singularly stands out. There is a pretty high sweet smell, but there are notes of tangerines and oranges too.

Taste: I wasn't expecting the sudden pine hop flavors I got right off the bat, but an almost overwhelming sweetness sets in. This sweetness is unique on its own. As said in other reviews, it is almost candy or bubble gum like. No notes of caramel to me. Resinous, thick citrus rind bitterness tempers the sweetness at the end, almost tasting like orange or Clementine marmalade.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one starts off very drinkable, especially considering the high ABV on this brew. The oily hop quality gets to be a lot more cloying as this one warms toward the end of the glass.

Overall: My local store said they just got this back in stock, so I think this guy is pretty fresh. It could stand to have a lot more assertive hop flavors to counter the intense sweetness of the malt. However, this is not a bad beer and worth a try if you can catch it on tap. I will probably pass on getting the growler again. At such a high ABV, finishing it is a task!

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Photo of dashirey
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this growler from ppoitras. It was sent for this cycle of Growling at the Moon - thanks for the opportunity to try this brew.

A - Slight hazy orange-amber colored. One finger of head that reduces to virtually nothing. Speaking of nothing - there was really no lacing left behind from this beer either.

S - Combination of alcohol, hops, and sweetness. At times each one takes control and flexes it own muscle.

T - This definitely should be considered a malty, sweet DIPA. Reminds very much of the last Weyerbacher Double Simcoe I had. I'm not sure what hops were used in this beer, but that is my assessment. The malty sweetness along with alcohol dominate the taste of this beer - it is 11% after all.

M - Smooth at first but the alcohol burn quickly follows. Medium-bodied but the sweetness gives leaves your mouth feeling sticky and syrupy.

D - I like this one, but the alcohol and sweetness would make this a tough one to drink over and over.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These bolder beers do get higher ratings. Here, it was fresh which is always a plus in beer, a little head,lace, medium plus mouthfeel. Good balance,not too bitter,a 1.5 rather than a double, which I appreciated, and a dominant taste of grapefruit.Incredible 14% batch. One of their better beers, appealing to all the geeks, and understandibly so.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the brewpub. 12.2%

I was very excited to get my hands on this one, after three tries the finally had it (or weren't out- as it is). This is a beast of a DIPA. Tremendously hoppy, a little too dry at the end for my tastes. I prefered it served on a slighty chilled glass, it just seemed to hold the character together better. What the brewer did an outstanding job on was making the monsterous amounts of alcohol in this beer. Was very smooth and very drinkable.

To be honest, this is the best deal in New England for this type of craft beer. $8.00 growler fill with $1.00 deposit.

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Photo of edchicma
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy copper, with no head. Smell is distinctly floral jhops, especially as the brew warms. The taste is meant for hops lovers. It remains throughout with some nice citryus nots....alchohol is there too. Mouthfeel has a slightly syrupy quality, but it finishes clean enough. Drinkability is good, considering the high abv.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 12.13.08 at home. recieved this from ppoitras in the Nov/Dec 'growling at the moon'.

nice reddish copper color - clear - quite a nice looking and inviting beer. decent foamy head but didn't last too long. smell was a malty hop smell. you can definitley smell the alcohol in the background as well.

taste is strong malty alcohol. creamy and buttery. nice taste once the alcohol zing subsides. and it really only hits you on the first taste. the 11% is definitely not hidden - but it doesn't alter the taste or appreciation for this beer. can't drink a whole lot of them, but am definitely enjoying it.

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Photo of Omnium
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Alpine Spring bow-tie glass

A - Pours out a really nice clear yellow straw color, with two fingers of foamy white head, good lacing.
S - Aroma is interesting and mildly complex, earthy and grassy hops, bread malt, a hint of rye and pepper, some slight belgian style clove and yeast, some grapefruit and mango fruit.
T - Unfortunately the taste isnt as complex as the aroma, but its still decent, good sweet malt base, nice mango flavor with some light grassy tones, biscuit hits you mid way, sweet on the end though.
M - Sticky feel, but not sickening.
O - I like the complex aroma, flavor is decent, I'd get it on tap, but wouldnt invest in another bomber.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 3-oz. sample glass at the Brewmaster's Tavern adjacent to the Opa-Opa Brewery in Williamsburg, Mass.

A: Poured a sticky, hazy looking burnt orange color with a thin layer of foamy residue. Hop oils can almost be seen floating in this brew like fudge swirl ice cream.

S: Smell is quite pungent in the hop department, with grassy, herbal notes and pine needle being subdued slightly by spiced grapefruit.

T: A big, potent and alcoholic blend of sweet caramel malts and sticky hop characteristics. A slightly bitter and spicy grapefruit flavor can be noted at first, with a musky and burning pine flavor to follow it. Very good, but a sipper indeed.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite sticky from the hop profile exhibited here.

D: There was a 12-oz. max offering of this on-tap, and probably for good reason. A big, tasty DIPA with a lot of punch behind it. Won't appeal to even some hopheads because it is a little raw still. Others will turn away from the solvent.

I was told by the bartender that this DIPA was at 17%, and it did not taste like that at all, meaning either it's extremely well crafted, or she's just a liar. I'm leaning towards the latter, but still, a very tasty, powerfully hoppy ale with strong alcoholic hop resin flavors masked with sweet and subduing malts.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy golden orange with about a finger or two of white foamy head.

The smell is pretty hoppy, some citrus and pine come right out as soon as you get close. There is a little malt flavor hiding in the background.

The taste is hoppy but a thick, feels a little off but still pretty citrusy with hints of grapefruit and some slight lemon. Some piney flavor also is present that leads into a malty sweetness at the end.

The feel of this beer is a little bit thick and somewhat heavier going down then expected. Some good carbonation with a slightly dry feel

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64oz Growler served right out of the fridge and poured into various Pint Glasses

A - Poured a very hazy and murky, deep orange amber with some floating and suspended particles as well. Very cloudy with a good amount of carbonation visible a well with lots of chains of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon the initial poor there was a large head, perhaps three fingers high which towered over the top. This finally settled down but not before leaving tons of sticky and gooey side glass lace and a small pillow like cushion of off white foam across the remainder of the top. A very classic looking big IPA and a very nice dark color to it overall.

S - The aroma was very big and full of deep resiny hops from the very first smell. I also noticed immediately a hint of alcohol inside of it that was somewhat hot, but this was easily overpowered by loads of hops. Deep rich pine flavors along with lots of floral orange and sugary like tangerine were taken front stage here and really showing off. There was no doubt that this was going to be a very large IPA. It had a very fresh aroma to it; in fact you could almost smell the stickiness to it.

T - The flavor was very nice. To be honest this was a very big beer, clocking in at over 11% ABV and you could tell from the very first taste. It still had some residual alcohol hotness to it, but that was fine, sometimes you actually come to expect it, and this was still a very fine IIPA. Now then, the hops were mouth shattering at times. Deep resin filled tastes, almost made your teeth stick to your gums, and was soo fresh you could chew it. Lots of sugar added to try and balance everything out, bringing out more of an orange like note to it, but this was very big and floral, really pretty classic for the style. The finish as you can probably imagine was long and drawn out and very bitter, the flavor lasting soo long that you were yearning for another sip even several minutes later.

M - This was a very nice and very fresh medium bodied ale. The carbonation as well was very good and lasted well into the end of the session. I was very pleased to here that little bit of a pop and a hiss when I opened the growler, letting me know this one was just bottled and I was going to get to try it the way it was meant to. Excellent oily and resin nature to it and just a really good example of how this one should be done. Never light at all and just a really solid offering here.

D - Well this was a little tricky. First off the flavor, carbonation, and just overall appearance were all excellent, I would have loved to have drunken this one all night long, the only problem with that was it's a touch too strong for all of that. No matter though, this was still excellent, and was definitely a sipper as I threw down two pints and I knew I threw them down, very smooth, almost deceptively so, this one will definitely end up sneaking up on you.

Overall very solid offering here and one I am glad I could try. I am the biggest fan of the style, and really think a lot can be done wit hit. This however was straight up west coast mouth tearing high IBU IIPA, except from the Northeast, you got to love that. I would get this one again any time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive head right out of the growler. Leaves excellent spider-web lace. Orange-amber and slightly cloudy.

Surprisingly mild hop aroma, but it is very attractive--a nice cross between floral and bitter.

The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Good hop bite as one would expect. Creamy body with a decent carbonation. This is really a very easy DIPA to drink--quite deceptive based on the decent balance.

On 4/12/13, I tried the bottle version of this. Here are some of the differences I noted in this taste:

A-It bubbled out of the bottle.
S-the same
T-Stronger alcohol presence
M-Thinner with a high level of carbonation.
O-More extreme

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Photo of RedChrome
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear body was a medium copper color. Inch thick eggshell colored head faded down in about three minutes. Tiny slow rising carbonation bubbles are plentiful. lacing in rings around glass.

Aroma was a bit subdued for what i expected. Hop scents were pine like but weren't as strong as the single IPA OPA-OPA makes. A faint hint of lemon citrus.

Taste is nice and bitter. Hops show nicely and have a grapefruit quality. Pine resin clings to the taste bads after everything else fades.

Decent thickness, but not too viscous. Carbonation is a bit overpowering.

A decent brew. Would work well with a pulled pork sandwich. Worth the cost of the growler. Give it a try if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in the double Trouble GIF. Pours dark amber to brown in color with a big fluffy cream colored head that slowly chunks up and leaves a small amount of lacing. Aroma is on the sweet and sugary side with some cotton candy and some black pepper. More candy comes through in the taste with a pink bubble gum sweetness that shows just a hint of citrusy orange behind it. This is followed by a peppery and piney hoppy bitterness and a decent size alcohol bite in the finish. Definitely a big malty body on this one, rich and slightly syrupy, but this is definitely well balanced by a good bitterness and a not so shy alcohol content. Very nice dipa, I really like them with the big rich maltiness, the candy and gum flavors in this were quite strong, only thing that may have been better for me was the aroma, as there wasn't a ton of hop aroma and I usu love to bury my nose in a good dipa aroma. Thank you Cooperrip for the opportunity.

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Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ CT River Brewfest: This was a pretty impressive beer. It poured an orangish color without much head. The nose was a fairly potent but not overpowering wiff of piney hops. The taste is pretty hoppy, but not overpowering in spite of being strong. A nicely balanced concoction.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

** update 2007 **

they are hitting this beer out of the park. tastes like fresh bigfoot. no more fusel issues. hops are not as strong.. probably because the woody flavors have evened out and there is no need for hop abuse. drinkability, mouthfeel & taste all increased by .5

** update 8/2006 **
sipping the '06 batch tonight.. alot more cohesive and drinkable.. or maybe i can handle the big stuff with more class. who knows. either way, the alcohol has become much more integrated and the hops play a more prominent role.. a nice citrus zest to balance the almost-oaky malts. drinkability score has been increased from 1.5 to a respectable 3.5 as a result. update over. **

a real funny beer to be out in the summertime. 12oz pour

clear but really, really thick. big color separation from peachy in the thin part of the glass to blood red (almost crimson) in the thicker part. nose has a fermented and roasted malt aroma. very dark and foreboding with rubbing alcohol character. hops and strong perfume arise as this beer warms... even the hint of a brandy soaked cherry comes into play here. flavor is huge alongside a perfectly tuned medium body. way too hot on the alcohol, and totally prohibitive in terms of flavor appreciation. sweet caramel, burnt sugar, hops and licorice are all here, but muted. a sipper, reminiscent of several west coast barleywines when fresh. wish this was bottled or barreled to improve with some age.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brewpub. Pours a translucent orangey gold color with a half inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma of pine and tropical fruits hops. The taste is juicy citrus and tropical fruits with some piney/floral bitterness at the finish with some more citrus peel. Some sweet malt flavors as well as a nice warming alcohol presence. Def can taste the 10%ABV. Medium bodied. Overall, a boozey Double Ipa with a nice mix of hops and malts. Worth grabbing again.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

store-bought growler, tasted in early april 2009.

coppery amber with faint haze. lots of light tan head slowly fades into a thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: piney resins (very fresh upfront), with nots of grapefruit. hint of caramel underneath. some more tropical notes as it warms, but somewhat duller than expected/hoped.

taste: sweetness from the caramel meets the sweetness from the yeasty apple esters, into the citrusy hops, which are more of grapefruit rind and piney resins toward the finish, with some medicinal and phenolic notes. moderate to bold bitterness, with more resins into the finish.

medium body, nicely syrupy, with momentary, mild resins in the finish. lightly prickly carbonation can be creamy and fluffy.

a decent surprise. needs 3 or more people to finish the growler though. my brother and i struggled a little...

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Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a brilliant deep amber, with a head that gets the hell out of Dodge in a hurry out of fear for its life. Big maltiness, some nuttiness, and citrus hops in the aroma, which is carried deep into your sinuses on fine alcohol fumes.

I've never had a beer that was pissed off before. This one's close. A massive wall of fruity (dried apricots most apparent) and citrusy (maybe some orange marmalade in there?) flavors, tied together with a solid underlying bitterness, assaults the tongue. Mid sip I get flavors of Thai food - maybe Kaffir lime leaves, galangal root? - for just a brief moment. It finishes with a slowly decaying melange of alcohol (no fusels at all - just wafting fumes. Impressive!), grapefruit rind, fruity malt, and toast. It's huge - it's not 10%, but closer to or just over 13% per the owner. But that alcoholic strength is SO well integrated that it's part of the whole. I've had steaks with less chewy mouthfeel. The flavors make it very drinkable, but the towering strength adds circumspection to the "Yeah, I'll have another" urge.

This beer exists somewhere in the H. P. Lovecraft netherworld between huge barleywines and huge DIPAs. And it came out of a brewpub. Impressive as hell.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub July 2005.

This A-10 Warthog Double IPA (13% ABV) poured a clear, coppery amber color with off-white foam that settled and almost dissipated completely. The smell was of sweet malt and floral hops together with a touch of grassy hops, and hints of grain and perhaps a note of caramel. The taste was very thickly sweet malt followed by a strong hoppiness. The alcohol came out in the finish together with some fruity hops. Oddly, this double IPA could have used a bit more hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and thick with full body and modest carbonation. This beer was warming with the taste and feel of alcohol in the finish. This was a good and potent DIPA, though not as hoppy as I expected.

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Photo of awall422
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on my first trek out to Opa-Opa. Poured a dark godlen with amber hues. Decent head that left nice lacing. Great aroma, hops springing out of the glass! taste is sweet, but well balanced by the hops. finish is bitter. It kind of felt like a thick, almost chewy mouthfeel and coated the tongue. For a double IPA, this was pretty easy to put down. Dangerously so. Makes me want to go back out again, even though it's a 2 hr drive.

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