Timber Beast
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,214
Ranked #9,366
3.98 | pDev: 13.07%
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Timber Beast is a spicy, full-bodied, imperial India pale ale balanced with a generous dose of Galaxy, Simcoe, Centennial, and Ahtanum. It’s a recipe inspired by the complex and beautiful flavors of Mississippi and a reflection of the strength and spirit of our very own Timber Beast. Rye is a natural fit for the Imperial style. The nutty sweetness of this hearty grain perfectly balances the generous hop bite and brings you back for another sip.
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-review :

Parish Teku, bottle notched in December of 2019.

Pours an orange-ish hue, pretty dark for an IPA, but probably due to some of the rye. Head is large and in charge, leaves nice lacing as it recedes.

Aroma is spent grain, potato flakes, cold tomato soup, and grapefruit rind.

Flavor brings heavy malt presence, I suppose it's rye, it's just dusty and grainy really, with a tinge of ethanol, then grapefruit rind, martini onion, slight orange rind, and a finish of caramel malt. It is more of a chore and not delicious.

Feel is thick and sticky but then the alcohol thins it out. Pretty big presence of heat, and has a sticky resiny finish that dries on the palate.

Overall, still not impressed, this is a poor double IPA, and as noted here, very fresh, still has flavor issues. While on paper it does hit the right markers, I won't go back for more, ever.

----------------------Original Rating 3.78, July 18th 2018--------------------------
12 oz bottle dated May 2018 (I don't have an exact date)

Appearance is 100% opaque with an almost tomato-soup-like consistency and color. Lots and lots of flaky sediment floating around the mid-to-bottom portions of the glass. Head is off-white and 1 finger tall, stays pretty firm and leaves nice creamy lace up the sides.

Huge aromas of tomato and grain alcohol; rye and ethanol with slight asparagus and onion. Zero fruitiness, more vegetal-herbal. It's strong though, very assertive presence.

Caramel malt comes whopping straight out of the gate, just one wave after another. Violent. What follows next is rye starches and ethanol with flavors of tomato paste/squished tomato. Slight onion/herb also compliment the profile. Slight hop fading.

Feel is boozy and burning, with a resiny, hot presence. Faint clinging resins.

Overall, if it weren't for the overwhelming steam roller of alcohol presence and assertiveness, this beer could be completely nasty. It's like very herbal tomato sauce but the ethanol brings this sort of poppy vodka reduction to the mix and gives it an artisan boost. It's definitely unique, not a favorite of mine, but if you're curious try ONE, to see if you like it enough to buy more. I personally like the DDH version better.

Jan 16, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a modest head that slowly dissipates and leaves lacing. Citrus in the nose. The mouth gets a different flavored IPA - most likely the Rye that is outstanding!

Feb 11, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Gold with medium head. Orangey citrus aroma with a hint of pine. The flavor, too, is almost all citrus, with a very sweet maltiness. There's just a trace of rye spiciness. Moderately bitter for the style. Hardly a hint of alcohol. Lighter carbonation.

Jan 07, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 4/3/13: Pours an opaque deep gold with 2 fingers of beige, moderately lasting, foamy head that leaves a nice coating of sticky lace. Aroma is heavy grapefruit and to a lesser degree other citrus with a hint of pine, caramel and rye spice. Taste is a nice blend of citrusy hops, hefty rye spice bite and strong earthy hop bitterness. It finishes lightly sweet with caramel malts which ride into but rapidly fade in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, lively with spice, dry, drawing and crisp. The best Lazy Magnolia offering I've experienced to date.

Jan 06, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Rich amber/gold with good foamy head and lacing.
N: Hops, malt, and grains.
T: Very rich and smooth hoppy malt mix with sweet grains in there, some bitterness.
M: Medium
O: What an enjoyable beer, this is just a flavor bomb.

Mar 17, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Spiegelau Adina glass. Slightly cloudy dark amber in color, with reddish highlights and a thick long-lasting white head. Lots of sticky lacing. Nice burst of hoppy aroma upon opening the bottle. Once poured and allowed to rest, the rye really begins to come to the fore. Straight-up rye bread dominates the aroma profile. Lots of spice on the palate, with a nice hop bite and a ton of bitterness. (Brewer claims 94 IBU's, and they're all there for sure.) Finish is slightly astringent, with some lingering spicy bitterness on the palate. Excellent beer, great pairing with hearty and spicy food. Nicely done!

Mar 02, 2018
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NastyNorseman from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich malts, rye shining through. This is a delicious, chewy brew. Resin, raisiny flavors with nice bitterness from hops. The mouth feel is a thicker medium. This is a filling IIPA.

Feb 07, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber color with an off white head. Head slowly fades to a thin skin that leaves lots of side glass lace.
SMELL: Starts with tart, piney hops. Citrus of grapefruit. A little musky.
TASTE: Tart, dry, hoppy with citrus overtones and some rye malts.
FEEL: I get more malts on the palate in this area.
Very tasty beer. I'll have another!

Jun 17, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with beige head. Aroma has woody hop notes, sweet orange, red grapefruit and some underlying caramel malt. Taste starts with the sweet citrus fruits backed up by the malt, continues with earthy hops and finishes with medium grapefruit bitterness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Overall it's really easy drinking DIPA with the alcohol hidden very well and very balanced taste.

Aug 11, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Glowing amber orange pour, finger white head fades slowly leaving lots of spattered lace. Sticky sweet malt aroma, toasted bread, mild citrus. The taste is on the sweet side, but not overly. The sweetness is balanced by piney floral hops with lingering bitterness, a touch of peppery spice throughout. Alcohol is very well hidden. Medium oily slick mouthfeel. Best brew by Lazy Mag in my opinion, wish it would get down here a little fresher.

Jul 07, 2016
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fortozs from Mississippi

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

TONS of frothy head. Pretty slow to diminish. Leaves lots of lacing. Fairly clear; copper to amber color. Smells good. Taste is complex, dominated by pine. Plenty of spicy notes. Sour. The tiny bit of sweetness compares to burnt caramel. Hints of oak. Very pleasant bitter finish. Pretty full bodied for an IPA. 9.0% alcohol content but not overpowering. Something you are supposed to sip, but somehow you don't. Creamy mouthfeel with all the carbonation. The very first of several great IPAs from the region. Definitely a winner.

Jun 06, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mildly hazy honey amber with fine bubble beaded head and good lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, spicy hops with a touch of earthiness. Striking in a pleasant way.

Taste: Full, spicy, caramely with a hoppy rye punch. Pleasant and lasting through the finish which is malty and hoppy in about equal measure. I don't notice any of the alcohol mentioned by other reviewers and at 9% ABV it's hardly a blockbuster.

Texture: Medium full without being heavy.

Overall: A beast of an Imperial Rye Ale which should appeal to those who want a heavy textured full flavored ale. Not stout like, not ale like, something in between and unique.

May 06, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of orange, pineapple and pine. It tasted of sweet caramel maltiness and pine.

Aug 16, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, slight pine, hint of alcohol, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hint of alcohol, hint of caramel malt, slight pine, hint of yeast, sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, body, and blend.

Jul 21, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a heavy flocculated brown. Outstanding head volume, very good retention and world class lacing.

Outstanding nose of spicy rye, citrus hops (orange, tangerine) and a rich caramel and biscuit background.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that has creamy moments. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair amount in the finish.

The flavor profile has the potential to be outstanding, but fails to cover the alcohol. What results is a nice citric hop flavor accompanied by the rye over a rich caramel in the beginning. The middle brings a mild bitterness that has both rye and hop characteristics that have pine aspects as well. Then comes the alcohol and it overwhelms everything from then on. The brewer snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on this one.

Jul 17, 2015
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Lahoi from Kentucky

3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice imperial. Not the best I've had (Green Flash maybe), and far from the worst (no names). It is certainly a beast of a beer. It might not be atop the imperial food chain, but it is a legit contender.

Jun 24, 2015
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Liquorgal08 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was the first beer That convinced me that I love hops.
Look: golden murky honey, beautiful foamy head that leaves decent lacing. The appearance of this beer is where it really shines.

Aroma: Spicy rye bread, a bit of citrus and maybe a tad of pineapple.

Taste: Like your driest wine up front, leading into that spicy bread that I smelled earlier. Hops and rye kind of fight it out on my tongue and I'm really not sure who wins the fight.

mouthfeel: back to the wine bit, like a very dry medium bodied wine.

I fell in love with this beer the first time I tried it. It was what brought me to love craft beer. While it's not quite as magical as the first time I tried it, it's still a beer I really enjoy.

Jun 10, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Opaque honey body with a really thick frothy cream colored head. The head holds up well and leaves massive thick sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, woody (cedar), and slightly tropical. The typical dry rye aroma is present as well.

Taste: Really dry and woody up front with spicy rye notes. There's some nice tropical fruit in this that offers a nice distraction from all of the wood and dry bitterness. Spicy in the finish. A sharp cheddar cheese bitterness in the aftertaste. It doesn't taste like cheese it has the same bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body, dry.

Overall: Great flavor all around, one of the best Lazy Magnolia brews I've tried.

May 02, 2015
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Meyertj from Kansas

4.87/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer presents a nice hops taste. The lacing was disappointing but I suspect the bartender just didn't know how to pour it correctly. He had never heard of Beer Advocate, so my guess is he doesn't know much about beer.

Apr 26, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is strongly hoppy, resin and woody notes with a hint of malt. Pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick pale golden-wheat head. Taste fills the mouth with hoppy resin and woody notes and strong but not ferocious bitterness, and just a hint of sour orange. Bold, if not complex; definitely for only the stout-hearted. Er, IPA-hearted. ;) Smooth, firm, lively texture leaves a strongly hoppy finish that hangs around for a bit. Can you tame this beast?

Apr 25, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange/dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of rye, piney hops. Taste is the same. Piney hops, rye, medium bitterness, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it is not the hop bomb I expect in this style, but still a solid beer.

Jan 28, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy ivory foam with a hint of orange. Looks great!

Smell: strongly lemony and slightly floral hop aroma. With the alcohol thrown in the works, it smells a little like floor wax ... but in a good way.

Taste: very bitter and herbal hops right up front, slowly fading into the more lemony element. Not bad, if, again, a little floor-waxy.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a pretty good carbonation. Creaminess is a bit evanescent, but it's decent enough.

Overall: this beer is not terrible, but it just doesn't grab me.

Nov 18, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Awesome beer. Great citrus smell. Flavor is fresh citrus, caramel, pine, and light rye. One of the better ipas I have had in a while. Will look to pick this one up again.

Oct 27, 2014
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: golden copper, slightly hazy apperance, persistant off white head. some hop particle floaties in the bottom

S: Moderate strength grapefruit and tangerine hop aroma with evergreen and herbal notes slightly less dominant. Spicey rye character at medium level with mild toast and caramel.

T: Moderate grapefruit and pine bitterness thats got a rougher character (fitting in the beer though). More developed pine and dank evergreen like flavors evolve into a medium level of rye spiceiness, toast and mild biscuit character - similar to the aroma - that comes off mildy sweet. The finish is crisp and has a refreshing last burst of pine that lingers on the pallet.

M: Medium body with medium-moderate carbonation. The rye adds the impression of more body I think. Tiny bit of alcohol warmth

O: A very fitting name for this beer. Drinking it you can't help but bring up images of deep woods with snow covered evergreens and burly axe weilding lumber jacks. A good beer overall at a good price - not mind blowing but thats now what its trying to be. Cheers!

Oct 21, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Mississippi beer! 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. The head is two fingers high, and slightly off-white in shade. It has both good retention and a nicely dense texture, and also leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. (4)

Smell: It has that intense grapefruit typical of a good DIPA. While that's usually enough, this beer also injects a subtle kiss of rye throughout. The rye doesn't dominate, but neither does it completely hide like a shrinking violet. I'm also picking up faint estery touches and a crackery (not caramely!) malt backbone. It's not the freshest bottle, so I'm impressed with its mild complexity. (3.5)

Taste: The initial flavor is bitter grapefruit, blending with touches of orange peel and pine. Rye notes appear around the mid-taste; just like the nose indicated, it's a subtle characteristic that adds to the experience instead of detracting. At times, I'd call the finish faintly juicy, and that's a great thing. The back end also reveals some more general malt notes (caramel, toffee). Its level of grapefruity bitterness is just right - not too pungent, nor too timid. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and fairly sweet, typical of a DIPA. However, it has enough crispness and bitterness to go down fairly easily. The carbonation is slightly masked by the sweetish body. (3.5)

Overall: It's not quite a top-flight DIPA, but it's still a very good one. It has a reasonable depth to it that quite a few in the style lack. Aside from the sweetness being a bit too much (always a problem in most big rye-laden IPAs in my opinion), I can't really think of anything wrong with this. Certainly, I'd drink it again. (3.5)

3.64/5: Very good by DIPA standards, utterly miraculous by Mississippi standards

Oct 19, 2014
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