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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mississipping on 07-12-2012

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Photo of obrike
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at Round Rock Specs.

This one poured a cloudy dark golden orange with a thin white head that left a ton of lacing in my 512 IPA glass...very impressive.

A good combo of piney hops and slight tangerine mixed with carmel malt...maybe some spice from the rye too. Really fresh.

Good bitter hop punch on first sip that turns into a sweet malt. The rye is there, just not as pronounced as it is in Hop Rod Rye. Medium carbonation and a smooth finish. Hides the booze well.

I really like this one. Very nice surprise from Lazy Magnolia. This is a pretty flavorful DIPA with a good combo of hops and malt. I'll certainly get it again.

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Photo of coldriver
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber with great head and lacing. Can really detect the sharp rye in the nose, with fruity citrus. Taste is resinous fruity hops dominated pine, grapefruit, and apricot with spicy rye notes. Nice dry finish offsets the malty sweetness. Overall this is a nicely balanced deep south hop bomb - certainly surprising to see something like this coming out of Mississippi.

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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 maximum12
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for dropping this into our recent trade involving four boxes & about 96 lbs. of first-class, kick-ass beer...& for continuing to dent my wants list at every opportunity. 12 oz. bottle poured into the pint glass I brought from home to Austin, MN for just this reason.

Pour is golden, clear, foamy. Not sure why expected sediment, but I did. Nose is a lovely soft citrus, sweet & with a hint of spicy jungle dirt to it. Very nice combo shot.

Timber Beast is the start of a new fad, I hope: rye IIPAs. Yes! OK, maybe not. Introduction reads like a piece of rye on the tongue, but it's quickly cut by the big-handed sweetness of the malt, leaving an...interesting impression. No mid-palate, just a quick cut to hops that are lively, bitter, & earthy - or that might be the rye. Still, the ending leaves the tongue mildly bruised, which is quite a contrast to the doe-eyes up front. Very easy on the throat, I'm drinking this like I'm drowning in it. Or maybe I'm just thirsty.

Very interesting beer that veers from pillow-like to jarring in the span of moments & has everything I love...but just doesn't quite capture my upcaste imagination. Very good beer that whispers 'I could be great'.

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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 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 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 John1985
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ale poured huge 3 finger head (maybe I poured too fast), wonderful rye aroma with some hops. Delicious rye and citrus flavor, excellent balance. Finishes hoppy with little to no alcohol in flavor but I'm having trouble typing this review. Wow I can't say I've had an Imperial rye before but this is great. Best beer I've had from Lazy Magnolia by far.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my 25cl Duvel Single tulip; freshness date of March 1, 2013 printed in black ink on the side of the bottle in a little box next to the barcode (“03 01 13”). After e-mailing Lazy Magnolia, I was told they have a 120 freshness period, so I take that to mean that this was bottled on November 1 or so, making this about ALMOST seven weeks old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (4.0): This pours about two solid fingers of light tan-colored, coarse-bubbled head, sitting atop a rich orange-amber body, lightly hazy but not cloudy. It’s got almost deep pink hues to it—that’s how vibrant the deep orange color looks. Moderate retention leaves a thick ring of foam on the surface of the beer after a while, and it leaves a few thick legs of lace here and there as it recedes.

Smell (4.5): Blood oranges. No shit, it has a deeply sweet but acidic citrus tones that smell like blood orange juice and candied red grapefruit. Some malty caramel tones mix with that sweaty hop sweetness, and a bit of rye spiciness adds another dimension to the body. This has a surprisingly complex smell to it, and I like it.

Taste (4.0): Compared the nose, the hops mostly contribute a mildly astringent but solidly bitter citrus peel kind of pithy bite, which is strong enough to stand up to the more pronounced rye character in the malt body—peppery and bready, with a light caramel tone, the rye has a really full character here. There’s some more of that sweet citrus and sweaty hop flavor from the nose, but it’s in the back, behind the pithy hop bite and rye spice. This is nice—not hitting it out of the park, but just as complex as much going on as in the nose. The only hint of booze is the slightly gaseous feeling in the finish, which is dominated by that crisp, bitter, citrus rind flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.0): On the full- side of medium-bodied, mildly viscous with enough alcohol and hop oil character to dry it out on the finish—leaving it quite dry, really. The carbonation is smooth but assertive, tingling all over and foaming fully but smoothly on the way down. Drinks too easily for a 9% ABV beer—but who complains about that? Yowza.

Overall (4.5): This is a pretty decent DIPA, and a really solid rye beer. The hops aren’t overly complex or aggressive or revelatory for that matter, but they’re full-bodied and well-placed as a complement to the rye malt character of the beer. This is well put-together, as it really melds everything going on nicely without being all over the place or too much of any one thing. Definitely worth seeking out, especially if you like rye malt.

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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 gtermi
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a cloudy dark golden body with a thin white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass as it fades.

S: TONS of piney and slight citrus hops on the nose. There is also a little bit of sweetness hidden in there too.

T: Like the smell, I am picking up a strong amount of hops and and sweet malt. The falvor changes from very hop heavy at first, but then it turns into a sweet malt flavor the longer it lingers.

M: There is a decent amount of carbonation with a strong amount of crispness on the tip of the tongue and the back of the throat.

O: This is a pretty solid beer and for only a dollar a bottle, the price can not be beat. I would for sure come back to this beer again.

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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 tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, bottle thanks to Hotmetal1.

This beer has a nice look and feel to it; glowing orange body with light haze; decent cap of cream colored foam with solid retention and lacing. Medium bodied with smooth but active carbonation and an appealing creaminess. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, pine, and muted spice. The flavor has a faint hit of the spiciness of the rye, but it plays a pretty minimal part in the overall taste; the sweetness of the malt and the moderately bitter, citrusy orange hops keep it suppressed until the finish. Additionally there is a not-especially tasty perfumed aspect to the hops not detected very much in the aroma. The finish is somewhat sticky and the aftertaste is average in terms of length and bitterness for a DIPA.

This beer was a bit mediocre for me; not bad, but in no way a standout in this crowded field. It was a little too sweet and the hop combination was both a little odd and a little lackluster. Additionally, a bigger overall hop presence would have gone a long way towards cutting through all that sweet maltiness and provided the counter-balance of elements I was looking for. Would have liked the rye to have more prominence as well.

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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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Photo of gatordawg40
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass, with huge head and cloudy appearance.

Fruity and hoppy smell, pleasant and not overly strong.

Taste was pleasant with a bit of hoppy aftertaste that disappeared quickly. The flavors that others have aptly described are very present.

Overall a nice beer and a great addtition to the Lazy Magnolia stable.

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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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An extremely sweet and enticing aroma of hops, citrus, and malt as well.

T: An interesting and subtle flavor at work here: A moderate (for the style) amount of hops, malt, and a fair amount of citrus (grapefruit, it seems). Another example of a flavor that grows on you after a while. Solid and refreshing.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A generally well done, easy to drink, likeable beer. Not quite as powerful as some DIPAs, but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of grapefruit and orange, with a hint of pineapple thrown in. The flavor is very nice. I really like the pineapple notes that I get, which are mixed with other tropical fruit such as mangoes and papaya. I also get a hint of biscuit malt. There is a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 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 thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from growler into a sampler shaker. Poured a dingy yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, orange, citrus, orange peel, tropical fruit hop, spice, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, orange, spice, orange peel, citrus hop, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. By most accounts this was just a decent brew, however the aroma on this one was very unexpected. When I went into it to investigate for the first time I found it to be extremely complex and pleasant. I just wish that the rest of this brew followed along with the aroma. This one could have been great, but the grain/spice aspect really dominated the flavor which was unfortunate. Another case of ‘close, but no cigar’. Too bad.

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Photo of dttheme
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy, almost murky looking. A darker amber color. Has a very smooth, fine looking head. The lacing is downright pretty.

S: Definitely some floral, piney hop smell but I also get caramel and faint spicy rye at the end. Almost no malt smell at all. Really nice. The way that I like my IPA's to smell.

T: Not as much rye as I was expecting at first. It has got some really delicious piney hops that end in sweetness. The rye spice lingers on the tongue and gives it some strong final bitterness. Can't taste that 9.0% at all.

M: Very carbonated, very dry. It has a good amount of body, but its diminished by the intense carbonation. I think the carbonation lends itself to the rye spiciness.

O: I rather like it, I think! The sweet, piney hops and the finishing rye spice play well together. Easy drinking and pleasant all the way through.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: dark honey golden, large carbonation bubbles, slightly offwhite head, moderate globby lacing

S: sharp apricot, sweet mint, a bit of apple-like sweetness...missing the rye that is supposed to be in here

T: bitter orange zest, apricot, crackery malt, bitter twang...not as much dark rye flavor as I'd expected.

M: moderate body with a medium dry finish, nice fuzzy carbonation feel

O: This is a fine beer thought I wish they rye in the grain bill came forward to lend more dark, sharp earthy bitterness.

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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 southdeltan
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this on tap and from the bottle. Both were incredibly fresh offerings (the draft was on July 1st, 2012 - the first day it was legal).

From the bottle there is a huge head that’s retained for some time. Nice coppery color. Citrus notes in the aroma and flavor. It has a very full feel in the mouth and is nice and spicy.

The alcohol is completely masked in this beer which can be problematic because it is very easy to drink. Easily one of the best IPAs I've had and a great first "high gravity" brew for Lazy Mag and the state of Mississippi.

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Timber Beast from Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
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