Timber Beast | Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

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Timber BeastTimber Beast

Brewed by:
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Mississippi, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mississipping on 07-12-2012

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange colour, with a tan 2 finger of head. Aroma is zesty citrus notes, flowers, spicy hops and a spicy rye note. Some bread crust in there as well. Prevalent bitterness on the taste with bit citrus notes and an assertive, zesty, spicy rye bite. The spicy hops and rye co-mingle nicely and somewhat intensify the bitterness. It's a good medium body, substantial, with a nice carbonation level.

LM is taking this new elevated ABW law and hitting the ground running. This is a great Rye IIPA! Can't wait to see what they do next!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a nice medium gold, good amount of visible carbonation, and a huge, three-finger white foamy head that lingers.

S: Bready rye, citrus & grapefruit hops. But overall not a huge aroma.

T: Follows the nose, but certainly bigger flavors than the aroma would imply. Citrus hops, bready malts, almost a caraway taste in the background, plus pine & pith hop bitterness. Dry, bitter hoppy in the hang.

M: Medium body, minimal alcohol presence, tons of carbonation sensation.

O: This is pretty solid, and a good first offering I've had from this brewery. The bitterness level was high, but stopped just short of off-putting for me. I'll drink more of this one.

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

Poured from 12oz
Best by 02/06/14

A- beautiful orange-golden color with thick two finger off-white head
S- citrusy, some pinyness
T - really get the citrus here. One of the better tasting IPAs I've had
M - really smooth, not a lot of the bitterness
O - surprisingly, one of my favorite IPAs now.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured the Beast into my tulip glass and received about two fingers of foam. The coloring on this one is an amberish, orange coloring. I get some decent lacing from this one.

The nose and flavor on this one is very hop forward. I get a decent amount of citrus in this one. I like the balance in the nose and body.

Overall, this is a very good IPA. I enjoyed sipping this one.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an opaque hazed golden orange with a nice finger of off white head with fantastic lacing and very good retention.

S - tons of grapefruit and orange citrusy aromas, spicy rye, earthy hop undertones.

T - a nice citrusy flavor quickly becomes dominated by a hefty rye punch and a strong earthy hop bitterness that lingers through the (slightly sweet and malty) finish and aftertaste. Dry spicy bitter finish. Very good

M - medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Crisp and drinkable.

O - if grapefruit, rye spice, and dry earthy bitterness sound good to you then give this a shot. Will buy again

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from Dogwood Growlers (Acworth, GA). 7.49. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours ruddy garnet with two fingers of pale head. Spotty lace.

Aromas of floral, pine, rye and some citrus.

More bitter earthy pine in the flavor than the nose with grapefruit rind, rye spice, pepper, biscuit and just a hint of the respectable abv. Pretty good.

Medium full, oily feel with moderate carbonation. Lingering piney, citrus rind finish.

Not bad at all and I'd drink it again but it lacked any wow factor for me. It's quite good without bringing anything new to the table.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange/light-copper color. Good sized, creamy, tight, white head. Nice retention with a layer of lace remaining.

S - Citrus and pine hop aroma. Citrus made up of tangerine, orange, and a slight grapefruit nose. Hints of lemon. Fair amount of pine. Faint rye spiciness, but nothing too strong. Some bready notes as well.

T - That peppery, rye flavor comes out more than the nose suggested. Still a good helping of citrus, but the pine really kicks in on the finish. A subtle earthiness and slightly herbal flavor is in the background. Starts slightly sweet with the tangerine/citrus flavor along with a slight breadiness before finishing with the rye/pine bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Pretty smooth with average carbonation.

D - Alcohol is really well hidden and it taste more like a 7% IPA. Nice flavor combinations with the rye/spice present but not overpowering. Pretty refreshing and easy to drink.

Notes: Nicely balanced rye beer. Instead of it being all about the spice, those flavors meld with the hoppy flavors. Nice interplay between the sweet citrus, bitter pine/herbal flavors, and the spicy rye. Easy drinker and overall enjoyable. A solid beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy brownish orange with a 1.5 finger thick white head. Amazing head retention and really good lacing. Really thick all the way around.

Lots of rye spiciness comes through on the aroma. Kind of reminds me of bread dough. Earth, caramel, and overripe citrus also comes through. Lots of orange and tangerine.

Dark caramel and rye on the flavor. The rye hangs around for a long time and really adds a nice element to this brew. Tons of ripe orange from the hops that approaches a slightly unpleasant acrid bitterness on the back of the tongue. Tons of hope bitterness that really comes close to being too much. This extremely strong bitterness combined with a very sweet and sticky mouthfeel severely limits drinkability.

Overall, a good effort by Lazy Magnolia on their first foray into high gravity brewing. This beer comes close but just seems to miss the mark. Toning down the bitterness and cleaning up the mouthfeel a little would do wonders.

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Photo of Omnium
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Pils
A - Cloudy orange with a two finger foamy off white head.
S - Sweet caramel and a hint of spiciness of rye, some pine.
T - Very sweet, some peppery rye, pine, grass.
M - Chewy and sticky sweet.
O - Eh, way too sweet for me, the rye helps balance stuff, but at that point its a lost cause

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of garuda
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange body, slight haze, white cap has good retention and nice lacing.

S/T - Juicy, citrus and pine hops up front, backed up by a strong caramel malt backbone. Rye spiciness comes through and builds in the finish. Hops are a little weak for a DIPA, and an unpleasant diacetyl/butter taste emerges as it warms.

M - Full body, medium carbonation. Stays smooth with a spicy and bitter finish.

O - Seems ok as an Imperial Rye IPA. Butter taste was a little off-putting and hops could have been stronger to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 1 and a half finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving a foam blanket, and some really nice spider web lacing as you drink it down. Head renews with each pour.

S: Italian bread, with a little hay and wood.

T: Very hoppy, very pungent, with a little bit of honey, tangerine, and oregano.

M: Bitter with a very slight sweet balance. Full and syrupy texture. Coppery aftertaste that linger throughout.

D: The bitter and pungent qualities will dictate a slower plodding experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice appearance including a frothy head and some decent lacing. Nose is bready and woody, but a little shallow. Hoppy and pungent flavor, with hints of spice and citrus. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Squire123
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pk in Nashville yesterday and cracked one open after supper last night...

The bottle says, "Imperial Rye Pale" and I'm curious to see what they've done here...

Big pop of spiciness from the rye present in the aromas but the citrus and pine of the hops matches up well for sure... really pleasant and crisp aroma... this smells like it could be terrific... very pungent and fragrant... seemingly gets better as it warms and really opens up...

A wave of bitterness and citrus right off the bat from the first sip... the rye does a super job of taming things and keep this from being a hop assault... spicy and earthy notes present from the rye... the hops are plentiful and I find myself burning through this first glass faster than I expected... this is a really tasty brew... extremely drinkable...

I burned through this 4 pack and could have drank more... extremely good effort from LM here...

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Photo of shand
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Timber Beast pours with such a large head, if I didn't know better I'd swear it's bottle conditioned. The color is a hazy straw. The aroma is very hoppy with a big orange note. The taste is pretty damn nice, it's got a big up-front hops with a nice, mellow rye finish. It's not very complex, but tastes damn good going down. The mouthfeel seems a little thin, but otherwise is nice, and the drinkability is great. Overall, a great first high-gravity brew from Lazy Magnolia.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours rusty orange with a small off-white head. Low retention, but good heavy lacing down the glass.

Smells of caramel malts, pine and earthy hops.

Similar flavors. A little citrus punch up front recedes into malty caramel sweetness. An earthy bitterness takes hold near the end to balance the malt a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium plus. Good carbonation level for the style and profile.

Generally prefer more pronounced citrus and pine in IPA's, but this was a solid effort.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: yellow-orange, a little hazy. Lots of tiny bubbles make a swath of head and lacing.
smell: Sharp piney hops. Some citrus. A sweet background.
taste: Sharp bite of hops, with the sweet malt softening the bite. Not as nuanced as the nose.
overall: A worthy DIPA from Lazy Magnolia. Not a stand-out but with all the smokin DIPA's out there, no knock.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thick buff head and consistent lacing all the way down. Color is hazy light amber. Aroma is pine sol and biscuit malt. Flavor is a rich blend of malt and hops yet it has a soapy, funky note that detracts a bit. Good bracing bitterness. Mouthfeel medium. Overall not bad but a bit rough in some spots.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company - Timber Beast

My first brew from Mississippi, another state notch!

Look - Poured into a goblet this pours a hazy deep caramel with some orange hues. It sports an inch sized foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Bready rich malt with a nice forward resiny hop overlay and a hint of rye.

Taste - Creamy sweet malt is pushed back by rye, which is them almost immediately overpowered by grassy bitter hops. After this it is almost metallic or astringent for a short period of time.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, chewy, smooth but bitter and more dry than sticky. Not overly boozy but obviously 9% so there's that. Good drinkability.

Overall - The poor rye gets crushed by bitter hops, but as a DIPA this is not surprising. Solid DIPA, would recommend but would not say that this is as rye heavy as it could be.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible bottle dating that I can see. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a nice two-finger foamy head the color of french vanilla. Takes a few minutes to dissipate, leaving sticky but receding lacing and a rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Body is glowing amber-orange hue with a faint amount of chill haze.

Smell - Lots of strong hop profiles, with grapefruit, hints of mango, pine resin, fresh vinyl and an underlying bite of alcoholic esters. As the initial aroma fades, a sweetish grain characteristic, almost like graham cracker, emerges.

Taste - The grapefruit again comes through, now with a bit more astringency than the smell. Hop bitterness quickly emerges from the initial fruit elements and there is some definite heat from the alcohol. I'm not one to shy away from a strong beer, but this not what I would call a "hidden" 9%. Finishes with some earthy spicy from the rye.

Mouthfeel - Slick and resinous, with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Bittersweet finish that lingers well after the swallow.

Overall, a very tasty take on a rye Imperial IPA. The rye is definitely present, but I agree with the classification of it as an IPA versus a Rye Beer. The hops are definitely the star, while the rye makes it unique.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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

Growler from Beverage World. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear amber with one finger off-white haed that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a light cap.

Aroma is citrus rind, pine, resinous hops, nice rye spice kick, bready malt a bit of caramel. Good strength.

Flavor is nice big bold hops, citrus rind, orange pulp, pine, resinous hops, rye malt really nice here, bit of alcohol, integrates well, big juicy hops and spicy rye kick. Well balanced. Minimal sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, good carbonation.

Mighty impressive DIPA from Lazy Magnolia. Heard nothing but good things and lives up to those claims. Really excited to see this here in Georgia.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle sent along by Bulbman in the Secret Santa BIF. It was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Timber Beast pours a hazy burnt orange. The slightly off white foam shoots past four fingers in height, actually managing to spill out of this large glass. Head retention is good, but lacing is very spotty aside from a good bit left at the top of the glass. The nose probably has more rye than hops, as the spiciness is immediately noticeable, but it takes a few moments for the grassy citrus aromas to make themselves known. The flavor profile leads off with a light helping of caramel before a potent spicy rye character comes in. The bitterness that follows is attention grabbing, but the grapefruit centric hop close is a little bit wimpy. The mouthfeel is alright, though I'd say it's slightly fulll bodied and under carbonated. Lazy Magnolia's Timber Beast is an enjoyable beer, but it didn't exactly blow me away either.

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Photo of sommersb
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-05-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Pours with a big, foamy off-white head on a clear, dark copper colored beer. Both lacing and head retention are excellent.

S: Clean aromas are big on citrus and pine-like hops, plus rye spices and tropical fruits.

T: Taste has a pretty big wallop of bitter hop flavor. There's a backbone of some sweet caramel malts, but they are fairly muted. I also taste some spice from the rye grains. You can feel the 9% alcohol as you work your way through the bottle.

Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated in the medium to high range. The finish is dry and hoppy, a bit on the astringent side.

O: Very well done DIPA here from Mississippi.

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Timber Beast from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
3.96 out of 5 based on 492 ratings.
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