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17th Anniversary Session IPA | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lovindahops on 08-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by bentonquest:
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of MadScientist
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium gold with decent clarity and a persistent, off-white rocky head.

S: This beer smell like a an American IPA brewed with an English yeast. A moderately-strong citrus and pine hops aroma with some toasty malt and light caramel diacetyl dominate the aroma. There is a light fruit ester.

T: Hard to believe it's a session beer with all the flavor that is going on in this beer. There is a firm hops bitterness and moderately-strong citrus hops flavor by just enough malt for support. There is a light malt flavor with some caramel notes. The balance is decidedly bitter like an IPA with a dry finish and a lingering bitterness.

M: A medium bodied beer with high carbonation. It seems like the hops bitterness and carbonation are teaming up to produce a dry, prickle on the tongue. It a crisp beer a little slickness.

O: I could get into a sessionable IPA style, and this is a pretty good start. It's a firmly bitter beer with a great hops flavor and decent aroma as well.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the brewery. I love the concept of low-ABV pale ales hopped like an IPA, though at the end of the day I'm not sure it's fair to stand this up next to regular IPAs. It's also worth noting that this is distinctly a Ringwood beer, so you'd better be a fan. Mixed in with the juicy citrus aroma and flavor is that bready, candied character. The hops are crisp and complemented by a mild toasty malt hit. As it fades into the aftertaste, more grapefruit and citrus rind comes forward. It's a lot of clean American hops flavors blended with that Ringwood, making it different and interesting, and ultimately quiet tasty. Give it a try if you can.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sirsurly
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this when it was unveiled at the brewery's annual party. On tap, sunny summer afternoon, it hit the spot. Bought a 1/4 keg, brought it home to stick in the kegerator, and spent some time with it. Middle Ages makes a sensational IPA, an exceptional double IPA, a decent pale ale, and a set of other ales that are more or less missable. This beer falls somewhere in between their Old Marcus Ale, and the IPA. It's grassy, piney, and pretty good overall, but one would almost expect more kick for what yer gettin'. It's a lot of work for a 4.8 is all I'm saying. If you have a choice in the matter, definitely go for the IPA, of the double IPA, or the SPA, as you'll walk away refreshed. Really good brewery, metiocre effort with this one.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml swing-top growler to a tall, cervoise-ish fluted tulip (Ommegang stem); growler filled yesterday at the Syracuse Real Food Co-op (thanks Jeremy!), and the inauguaral batch of this beer was only just released about two weeks ago. So, it’s fresh.

Appearance (4.5): Very nice, tight head that easily pushes three fingers of cream-colored foam composed of a mix of fine and coarse bubbles, decaying slowly to a rocky, chunky cap and lots of sticky lacing all around. The body is a crystal-clear, 24-carat gold color. Honestly, for the style, this beer cannot look much better at all.

Smell (4.0): Sweet orange, extremely floral, and a moderate, underlying vegetal spiciness come out of the glass here; the hops character is predominantly floral however, and the malt body is subdued in comparison but comes across as fresh white bread and biscuits. Very nice aroma here.

Taste (3.5): The hop bitterness leans toward herbal and somewhat vegetal here (Summit, I’m almost positive), but retains a floral character underneath. The bittering is moderate at most, but definitely solid; the hop flavoring is also mainly herbal / vegetal, but it helps lead into a surprisingly long finish that’s reminiscent more of a “classic” feel, in terms of IPAs (as opposed to a lot of the newer, super fruity tendencies of the style). Meanwhile, the malt body is crisp and crackery, almost like water crackers, which is a good match for Middle Ages’ identifiable yeast profile (earthy and slightly buttery).

Mouthfeel (4.0): Moderate carbonation, light body, dry finish, not particularly oily or viscous—this sure as hell is a session beer. Drinking large volumes of this, if one is so inclined, would not be very difficult at all.

Overall (4.0): Middle Ages wanted to make a good, hoppy session beer for their 17th Anniversary (or at least that’s what I’ve been told), and that’s exactly what they did. I tend to prefer hazy, oily IPAs with crazy floral, fruit, and yeast tones in the nose and on the palate; in contrast, this beer is super-crisp, classically bitter, and consequently drinkable as all f’ing hell, so I can’t fault them for that. If that’s what you seek in IPAs and appreciate a good session beer, then this is absolutely for you—I’m sure they’re going to sell ungodly amounts of this over the next year, so if you see it, get it. More than likely, you'll be having two or three.

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Photo of Corey17
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of sachie23
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of thebuck
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap at the tasting room

Pours a brownish amber, clear, with an off-white lacing.

Buttered bread aromas with pine and grapefruit hops and some mild dry barley malt.

Pine hop bitterness with bready dry malts, a bit papery with some light caramel in the finish.

Lighter body with a tingle of carbonation.

The ImPAled is a better beer, but obviously this one is meant to be a session candidate with the lower abv (I believe they said it was around or under 5). It's a bit boring for me, not bad but not unique from other lighter hoppy ales I've had. That aside, it's certainly easy enough to drink and thirst quenching.

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Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Missed the 17th annivesary party but I was pleased to find this on cask! Middle ages 17th anniversary is a session ipa dry-hopped with citra

A- 17th pours a clear amber body with slightly hazy characteristics and lacing on the edges of the glass. The color is very inviting with both clarity and color

S- wow! A wallop of citra and the patented buttery yeast scent that most middle ages carry. Very strong with some herbal presence and piney hops. Great scent profile!

T- sweet with the resinous and caramel flavors from the hop profile. The herbal flavors match up well making for great flavor and taste. Completely refreshing and tasty

M- coating flavor of citra all over. I'm enjoying this

O- what a cask ale! The dry hopping from the citra meshes well with middle ages patented ales. Highly recommended as middle ages continues to deliver with innovation

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oddly enough this was on tap at the westcott theater at the dark star show last night. didnt know they carried craft stuff there. nice surprise! this one pours a nice coppery color was a lasting tan head, fluffy and dense at the same time. the nose is delicious, lots of hops, piney and citrus both, and a darker american malt profile, which is the perfect backdrop for the hops used. flavor has a nice hoppy punch, and didnt not feel at all to be a low alcohol brew. in fact, i was concerned i was drinking something pretty strong, but i had five of these and loved every sip. as true session beer, big on flavor and the feel was great too. plenty of carbonation and a fuller body for what i had previously known in a session ipa. i thought this was outstanding, and would love to try it again.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Soloveitchik
3/5  rDev -21.7%

17th Anniversary Session IPA from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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