10th Anniversary Double India Pale Ale | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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10th Anniversary Double India Pale Ale10th Anniversary Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BrewMaven
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part one of my beer haul from a Syracuse trip.

Hazy deep amber hue with a short but persistent head.

Ripe mangoes and plums come forth on the nose..A hint alcoholic..subtle yet foreboding.

Taste is in line with the aroma..except there is not a hint of heat at all..a real sneaky brew at 10%.

Full rich mouthfeel with fine, mild carbonation. All in all an outstanding DIPA and definitely a repeat buy in the future!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy copper tinted amber under a 2” fluffy white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Fruit, alcohol, resin, pine.
T: Light fruit, peach, melon, bitter finish.
F: Creamy, medium body and slightly below medium carbonation.
O: A big double IPA loaded with alcohol that is barely apparent.

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Photo of mfessak
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent double IPA from a local microbrewery. Of all the samples we tried, I would say there wasn't a bad one among them. Definetly worth the trip for both the tasting and the tour. Wonderful, informative staff as well. Full- bodied character to this beer, my husband and I enjoyed this beer( and the place in general) immensely. Tours are on Sundays only, and we both recommend going early before the crowďs descend.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

S: booze and caramel malt;

T: caramel malt first; booze in mid-palate that fades as you get to the finish; if you wait, you get a touch of bitterness;

M: a touch syrupy; moderate carbonation;

O: no hops; other reviewers had a very different experience and what they tasted was what I was hoping for; perhaps I had an old bottle, but I couldn't find a date; if I find a bottle with a fresh date, I'll try it again;

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Middle Ages Brewing Company in Syracuse, NY. Poured into a Rooster Fish tulip.

Pours a dark orange, with a billowing 2 inch head, and really good strings of lacing down the glass.

Smells include grassy hops, pine sap, pine needles, honey, and sweet malt.

The taste is similar. This straddles the line between Imperial English IPA and American Double IPA- lots of characteristics from both are in this. There is an enhanced malt flavor, very honey-like, with some dry crackery malt like characteristics. There is a huge hop slant to this beer though- lots of grapefruit, pine, and fresh cut grass all battle out. This is a huge IPA, with tons of flavors all battling each other. It could be slighly better melded together, and cleaner, but you can't deny it tastes good.

Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel, finishes sweet. The alcohol is present a little bit, but doesn't detract too much.

This is a great DIPA from Middle Ages. Due to their English leaning and yeast use (Ringwood), this doesn't taste like a normal DIPA, but it still quite tasty and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear ruby orange, two finger white head, with lots of lacing.

S-Citrus, dirt, grassy, pine tad bit of bread, nice hop notes.

T-Starts with some citrus, grass, bread, nice bitterness.

M-Lighter to medium in body, some hop bite.

O-A regular run of the mill DIPA. Yeah it is good, but in such a saturated market this does nothing to stand out. That being said ~7 dollars a bomber is a nice price.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy golden amber color with a finger thick white head. Smell is pretty weak. Mostly floral hops. Not much else. Taste is mostly citrus and floral hops with a good amount of bitterness and slight sweetness. Not much else really. The alcohol is covered up pretty well though by the bitterness. Mouth is very crisp, but maybe a bit too carbonated and heavy. Overall, an okay brew, but lacks in flavor.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clear copper with a reddish hue and white creamy foam head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Caramel, earthy funky pine, tart and tangy grapefruit, and lingering floral notes. All aromas work well together.

T: Fruity and floral hops balanced very well with a soft caramel-like malt backbone. Hints of dark fruits. Incredibly smooth with alcohol very well hidden.

M: Full bodied with a higher carbonation that works well here. Creamy and viscous with some appealing prickly carbonation.

D: Very good DIPA that is probably one of the smoothest and well balanced DIPA's I've had in a long time.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.11/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap at ebenezers ale house in west seneca, NY. served in a pint glass. i ordered this not realizing it was about 7 years old.

light bronze, burnt orange color. frothy off white retentive head, left a nice creamy layer. a little lace.

minimal hops. slightly herbal citric with a lot of biscuit and light caramel malts.

again, the hops are almost gone. herbal, light citrus with lots of biscuit and light caramel. some bitterness, but not enough to really fit the style. slightly buttery and slightly warming.

bigger side of medium bodied.

tastes a little off, and pretty bland. the hops are almost completely gone and i guess that was to be expected.

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Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing. 4.5

Smell: Hop forward with a strong, sweet citrus presence. There is enough malt to back up the citrus bitterness. 4

Taste: Falls just short of the smell. Still hop forward, but there is a buttery quality that I beleive to be from the malt. Citrus peel hops throughout, but the buttery quality distracts from the hops a bit. Some warm alcohol along with some pepper in the finish. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish. 4

Overall: This is almost great, but doesn't quite get there. I enjoyed it, but probably woulndn't get another. 3

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber - from the Wegman's in Syracuse

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber/copper colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit and a fair amount of a pineapple flavour. There also seems to be a bit of a cherry sweetness and a bit of straw/hay. It ends with a pretty decent amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - The hops really linger on the taste buds with this one. The flavours are good but nothing along lines of a sculpin/pliny/hopslam etc. Still worth the purchase.. pick it up if you see it, especially if you like hops.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 22 oz. bomber poured into an Ommegang tulip. No date on the bottle.

Look- Pours a murky tawny apricot color, the head on this one really stands out- The color of old ivory, it's a loose, sticky, glorious looking mess that clings to the sides of the glass for its life, leaving thick rings of foam as it slowly settles. Man, this looks tasty!

Side note- I've got a friend that calls this a "moustache beer", which he thinks is hillarious. Less so for those of us with moustaches.

Smell- Sweet fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol. More subdued than you'd expect from the 10% ABV. Agitation brings out some soapy/flowery notes and a piney hop twang.

Taste- Sweet fruit, hop bitterness, and alcohol duel it out in this one, emerging and re-emerging in turns; with a very light toffeelike malt that mellows it out a bit and comes out in it's own right towards the end. Aftertaste is like a slowly fading alcohol-hop somersault. I'd like this beer a tad bit more if the tastes were a bit springier- it's well balanced and quite drinkable, but it's missing that lip-smacking quality I look for in a DIPA.

Mouthfeel- Light for the style, moderate carbonation, and the ever-present head lends it nice creaminess on the sip. Coating, but not unpleasantly so. Very easy drinking for the ABV.

Overall- It's quite good, and very reasonably priced for the offering. I feel that the Middle Ages signature "Old World" toasty/toffee malt backbone does this one a bit of a disservice though, blunting the hop presence more than I'd like for the style. Nonetheless, it's a solid offering and one I've sampled and re-sampled many times. Also- the somewhat subtler flavor and relatively clean finish make this an excelent "dinner" beer that goes well with a wide range of foods (in my experience.)

I do remember liking this beer in particular at the brewery way back when, hopefully I'll get to revisit it and update this review at some point in the future.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy copper color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV clearly printed on the label. There was no date of bottling anywhere.
Massive two finger foamy frothy head that takes forever to subside, leaving behind some really nice, sticky lace. This ale is visually very appealing.
Aroma is very perfume-like, very floral with sweet malts and some alcohol notes.
Taste upfront is on the sweeter side, with the hop presence becoming evident in the middle and exploding till the finish. The finish is surprisingly crisp and almost dry. The bitterness does not linger around in the finish. This is a very, very tasty and well balanced double IPA. The alcohol is also masked really well. The alcohol is definitely not felt on the palate.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. Just make sure you are not planning on doing anything after a bottle of this DIPA.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.
A solid brew from Middle Ages.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh from the brewery. poured a stickey light amber color with a very light but tall white lace head into frosted middle ages glassware. smells like the full gamet of hops, pine, floral, citrus, resin. almost like a fresh hop ale, especially in the taste, which is lighter than the smell, less intense to a degree, and definitely in the mouthfeel, which is thinner and lighter than you expect from a double ipa. this i a very well done beer, despite its difficult to classify first impression. surprisingly well balanced for a double ipa, and absolutely worth the price at $5.99 for a 22oz. will be sharing this with family again very soon

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a beautifully colored brew of deep tawny. It holds a half finger head of sticky white bubbles which disappear quickly, with no lacing. The beer looks thick and syrupy, slowly dripping out of the bottle on the pour. There is absurd haze, with thick chunks of yeast and dirty droplets floating about. Carbonation appears light and sluggish. The nose gives notes of cotton candy sugars, booze, and sweeter malts up front. There is bright hoppy soapiness, with floral hints here and there. Fruitiness comes in to cut at the bitterness in the form of fermented strawberries and mashed apples, as in a cider. The yeast also seems a bit different, with a sweeter tang bordering on funk. As we sip, there is bright and strikingly bitter hops, with big soaps, right up front. The malts crash in with steel, with the yeast offering similar flavors. This all works out for a decent balance. Through the peak of the sip continues bitter yeastiness. This remains clear until the end, where the malts both clean up and sweeten up. Peppery booze sweeps in, with the continuation of those soapy hops in an oily slickness. The aftertaste breathes of soapy hops, sweeter booze, and general hop bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is lighter. There is nice froth, with decent slurp and glug. This beer is entirely coating, with sticky dryness left to the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and this beer drinks relatively well.

Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was the thick yeasty inclusions. This added a tang to both the flavor and the aroma. This was a surprisingly bitter beer to the tongue, so a sweeter edge may have offered a nicer balance. The beer also looked a lot thicker than it actually was, and it would have been more enjoyable to have a fuller brew. Ultimately this is a totally drinkable DIPA, from a great local brewery.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent Double IPA.

Beautiful burnt copper, dark amber; lightly hazy with a decent cream coloured head. Aroma is malt-forward, caramelized notes with a hop bite in the background.

The taste is well balanced and overall delightful. Sweet malts followed by a citrus hop explosion. Pleasantly dry finish doesn't linger overly long, and the bitterness is present but subtle. The 10% alcohol is completely hidden, with a subtle lingering warmth but no burn whatsoever.

Bottle was purchased at the brewery in July this year, but I neglected to ask the brew date. Wish I'd bought more. Well done, Middle Ages!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intensely hopped for a balance that forgoes malty balance in favor of bright and sharply crisp citrus character.

Opening with a bright golden, light amber color despite a mild dry-hopped haze. A froathy white head coats the beer with persistent retention and intricate lace. A solid yet standard IPA appearance.

Sharp citrus character is accompanied by sweeter tropical fruit aromas for a rounded and complex scent of ruby red grapefruit pulp, tangerine, orange marmelade, and a resiny juicy acidity that's inviting for any hop lover. A thin caramel base helps to anchor the aromas and give a bit of a richer scent.

Flavors of sweetness seem to strike first, but is short lived. Soon into the very first sip, the caramel takes a distant backseat to hop flavors of oranges, grapefruit, lemongrass, light pine, pineapple, appricot, and other citrus and tropical varieties. The caramel sweetness is soft but seems to take the acidity off of the hops and round them into the flavors of candied fruits. Very succulent and refreshing.

Early carbonation and soft malts give a medium body, maybe a bit more robust because of the caramel sweetness. But the malt richness is short lived, as the crisper, sharper hop flavor usher in a dryness that seem to amplify the alcohols for a very refreshing and dry fruit bitterness. Caramel richness hides the grassy astringency of hops well and give a full rich texture that is aided by a light toffee-oily feel.

For a brewery that specialize in English-style ales, they pull of this classy American variety well. With a bit more crisp of a body and the avoidance of yeasty oils, the beer could be even drier and drinkable.

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Photo of neorunner
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #6 - http://flic.kr/p/9rZh9t

Thanks to Kevin (shrek806) for sending me this beer in round 4 of the Blind Beer BIF.

22oz bottle dumped into my New Holand High Gravity glass. Color is clear golden yellow with a thick creamy head that you could rest a cap on. Aroma is fruity citrus hops, pineapple and tangerine. Flavor is very hop forward, a mix of pine and spearmint provide an interesting contrast to the fruity aroma. Not much malt or alcohol presence in this beer, which is odd because I'm feeling it. My guess for this one is a DIPA.

The reveal shows me its Middle Ages X DIPA. Wow, they hit the bullseye on this one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Unfortunately, this one has a bit more time on it than I would prefer for a DIPA, but we'll see how it goes.

Appearance: This pours an inviting orange amber color, effervescent, yet hazy. A majestic eggshell cap rests on top, retaining nicely and decorating the glass with a sheet of lace.

Smell: The hops have definitely faded in this one. It smells balanced, with tangerine, apricot, and some candied grapefruit.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma. It starts sweet, with caramel malt, then blends in with the hops - a smooth transition to candied grapefruit, tangerine, and apricot. It finishes lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body on this one. Alcohol touches the tongue and throat and warms the stomach. The vigorous carbonation that I found in the appearance is subdued in the feel, leaving a softly carbonated creamy beer in its wake. Hoppy resin still coats the tongue, but loses any blistering effect it may have once had.

Drinkability: More boozy than I would like and less hoppy at this point. Drinkable, but not one of the more enjoyable DIPA's I have had.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the middle ages beer tasting

A-burnt orange in color. Little bit of head forms
S-dont know how old this is but there is still a nice hop smell. Mostly piney
T-tastes like it smells. Very piney with the hops. Not as bitter as I expected
M-nicely carbonated. Goes down smooth
D-suprised at the abv. This hides the abv well

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit murky and orange with lote fo white head. Good lacing. Smells bitter and hoppy. Not quite the punch that i want in a dipa but not bad. Tastes a bit unbalanced.Mostly just piney hops. Somewhat bitter, some pretty on dimensional hops. Not much malt to back it up. Overall fairly drinkable and well carbonated but leaves something to be desired

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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark orange in color. Forms a large, fluffy, off-white head with some stiff retention. Good lacing.

S: Lots of citrus aroma, lemon, and grapefruit. Maybe a little tropical fruit and a fresh, green herbal quality. Sweetly scented.

T: Starts with a strong lemon citrus flavor intermixed with pine moves on to an aggressive, but brief, bitterness that fades to herbs and more citrus. Light caramel malt base. A good dose of alcohol (and fusel spice) on the finish.

M: Full bodied with appropriate carbonation. A bit of heat from the alcohol.

D: A surprisingly easy drinking DIPA with 10% ABV. Hop forward, respectable malt base. Quite tasty.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a nonic. Thanks to Franz4 for grabing me this for me on a recent trip to NY.

A- Copper/amber colored and fairly hazy. Pours with ~2 fingers of creamy tan head, which fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving a veritable sheet of lacing. Definitely borderline 5.

S- Citrus/pine and mango notes. Modestly sweet, caramel malty notes provide some balance to the solid bitter punch.

T-Solid piney/slightly grapefruit hop flavors supply the bitterness. Very solid, fairly sweet malt pressence balances things out nicely. Excellent bitter finish.

M- Moderate to slightly high carbonation. Medium to full feel, and quite creamy.

D- Very good. Very good on all fronts, and a very easy drinker for it's 10% ABV.

Future outlook: Really nice beer, but an out of stater, so probably won't have too often.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap just the other night.

Poured a wonderful bronze with a finger of rocky tan head. Retention is good, lacing is minor.

Smells of strong earthy hop with minor floral notes and a bit of spice.

Taste is intense, with strong hops from start to finish. Finish is sharp. Spicey and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, light to medium bodied. Carbonation is well balanced.

Drinkability is alright. This is strong and as such I couldn't really drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich copper/golden color, lots of head with really strong retention.

S - The aroma is strong and full of hops and a bit of the malt. Some undertones of the sweet elements of fruit of floral elements.

T - Lots of hops up front, really full and rich with some floral/citrus notes to it. The malt joins in toward the end to really give a well rounded and complete taste. The aftertaste is full of the hoppy taste of the beer with a little bit of the floral notes.

M - Really nice and smooth and creamy. Medium bodied and really interesting texture.

D - Even with the 10% APV, this was a really smooth and drinkable beer. The hop flavor was present and strong, but not over bearing and alone. Really great beer from look to taste.

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