The Juice
Madison River Brewing Company

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Madison River Brewing Company
Montana, United States
IPA - Imperial
3.78 | pDev: 12.7%
Mar 08, 2020
Dec 13, 2010
Very Good
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Notes: This Double India Pale Ale, or IPA, is extremely hopped American-style Ale that gets its hop bitterness and character from Amarillo and Simcoe hops. A generous amount of hops and malt, 3.5 lbs per barrel and 2800 lbs of malt, were used to give this beer a rich malt character with a distinctive hop flavor and aroma. This unfiltered beer is amber colored, thick bodied, highly bitter, and finishes off with a sweet grapefruit after taste.

101 IBU
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

This is a traditional IIPA, quite sweet and boozy. I was hoping for it to be more balanced

Mar 08, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by pianoguy from Washington

12 OZ bottle . Bottled July 10th (a month old)

Pours an amber body with an off white head. Lots of tiny visible carbonation. Good retention. Lots of layers of lacing.

Scent is somewhat malt forward, I smelled pine immediately after the pour but that faded quickly and a malt scent quickly took. Fairly prominent scent overall.

Hops are more noticeable at the taste. Red grapefruit and some booze. A solid malt backbone with a nice bitter finish.

Medium to full feel(must be all the malt)

A solid beer and worth revisiting ! The name of this beer is a little confusing though, By today's standards juicy usually implies a juicy tropical fruit IPA. While I like this beer a lot, it would be a stretch to call this one Juicy.

Aug 13, 2019
3.92 by Peacmyer from Montana on Jul 08, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

On tap at the Montana Ale Works in Bozeman, MT. Pours a deep amber with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is juicy citrus: grapefruit, orange, and mango, nicely balanced by caramel malts. Mouthfeel is on the sticky side of medium; carbonation is perfect. Finish is sticky with a slight lingering bitterness. Overall, I would consider this an exceptional DIPA. Kudos to Madison River!

Jun 26, 2019
3.88 by lochef81 from Michigan on Aug 17, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of fluffy sand colored head. Great head retention, pretty good lacing

S: Some maltyness, faint citrus, only real letdown with this beer

T: Grapefruit & breadyness, plus dryness up front, a little woody bitterness as well. Cakeyness, citrus bitterness, some dryness as this warms, a touch of orange juice as well. Finishes with a little woody dryness, grapefruit, OJ in moderate amounts & just a little breadyness

MF: Fairly chewy, restrained carbonation, nicely balanced. Body thins out just a scoosh as it warms

Drinks easy for the heft, not super juicy, but a solid DIPA that I would never say no to...

Jun 14, 2018
4 by wertschy from Pennsylvania on Oct 25, 2017
3.25 by cherche from Washington on Sep 16, 2017
3.82 by HoistinBrews from Minnesota on Aug 15, 2017
2.94 by Redman414 from North Carolina on Jun 11, 2017
4.29 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Feb 03, 2017
3 by dertyd from California on Nov 27, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by deleted_user_950283

Now called 'The Juice'. Edit needed. Bottle dated 070816... yes thank goodness Madison River started dating bottles. Definitely an 'English style' malt driven double IPA with a pronounced bready sweetness. The 9% packs a whollup and is really disguised well. This is how Montana wants their beers, tasting like 'beer' with a hop/malt balance and smooth sweetness. Really a great brew but nothing special for the whale seekers... I could and have gotten destroyed quick on 90+ degree day backyard bbq's on this and will in the future also for under $10 a six pack.

Aug 06, 2016
3.77 by 5EKF from Illinois on Aug 04, 2016
3.75 by SamuelMiller from Montana on Jul 11, 2016
3.42 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Jul 04, 2016
3.5 by Roybert from Texas on Jul 02, 2016
3.75 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Jul 01, 2016
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3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by TheSixthRing from California

Had from the bottle 04/15/16 at Copper Horse in the Bozeman, MT airport. No bottling date found

Appearance - Poured into a pint, the brew is clear with a subdued golden orange color. Sandstone, half-finger width head that dissipates fairly quick, leaving a thin, mostly solid layer of suds across the top. Lacing consists mostly of spots found around the glass.

Smell - Soapy. Mild orange. Some bready sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Soapy character with mild citrus bitterness. A touch of grapefruit pith in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Near full in body with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and drinkable, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Meh. I've found what I describe as a soapy character in a few select pales I've had, but never in a DIPA. Not a completely terrible beer, but I wouldn't want to drink it again.

Apr 24, 2016
3.59 by JohnBender from Texas on Feb 25, 2016
3.65 by B_B from California on Feb 13, 2016
3.46 by bigleague from Michigan on Dec 04, 2015
3.62 by nuebs from South Dakota on Oct 21, 2015
3.8 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2015
3.42 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania on Sep 15, 2015
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by porter_collie from Minnesota

Despite the American style hops, I would describe this as a double English IPA. The maltiness body has some nice caramel and nut notes. The hops are citrusy. Nice mouthfeel.

Aug 13, 2015
4 by Chucker17 from South Dakota on Aug 09, 2015
3.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota on Aug 03, 2015
Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, pine, citrus hops, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, and alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, pine, sweet malt, alcohol, slight earthy malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, great blend and feel, good appearance, aroma, and body.

Jul 16, 2015
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Jul 15, 2015
4 by Schwegler from Nevada on Jun 22, 2015
3.25 by GRFounder from Michigan on Mar 04, 2015
3.64 by DraftDaddy from Illinois on Mar 03, 2015
4.33 by sporklift87 from Colorado on Feb 23, 2015
4.1 by neckbeered from Montana on Feb 07, 2015
3.35 by Hugh37 from Tennessee on Dec 20, 2014
4 by moose73 from North Dakota on Nov 30, 2014
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 18, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a clear red tinted orange amber color with a one finger head of foam. The head fades over a moderate level of time to leave a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a sweeter fruity aroma being mainly of a melon and tangerine smell. Along with these smells comes some hoppy aromas being mostly a mix of grapefruit and an earthy smell, but also containing a faint floral hop aroma as well. With a bit of a musty smell and a bit of bread, a rather sweet and intriguing aroma is overall produced.

Taste – The taste starts with a bready and sweeter fruit flavor with a nice tangerine sweetness upfront. Other sweeter flavors of caramel are upfront as well, being mixed with a good showing of a grapefruit hop. The grapefruit grows stronger in nature as the taste moves on to the end, being accompanied by some herbal and initially lighter pine hop tastes. While the grapefruit is the strongest at the end, the pine does get to a more moderate strength overall. Some slightly musty and a moderately melon taste comes more toward the end of the taste. With a loss of the caramel sweetness and a bit of a dwindling of the tangerine, one is left with a decently hopped, and still smooth and still rather fruity sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather more syrupy side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. For the melon fruity flavors and the hoppy tastes the syrupy body is actually quite nice accentuating the hop and creating a sorta chewy feel for the melon. The thickness coupled with the lower carbonation level of the brew, makes of a nice slow sipping style overall.

Overall – This was a very enjoyable double IPA overall. Not the standard citrus bomb that you often get; this one has nice blends of other fruity flavors and a nice blend of hops. Quite enjoyable overall.

Nov 16, 2014
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