Infidel Imperial IPA | NINE G Brewing Company

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Infidel Imperial IPAInfidel Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
NINE G Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Indybeer on 06-11-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a rusty ruby color with a short tan head that fades fast and leave little lace.

Smell: The smell of honeycomb and perfume hops that lean heavily to citrus and a touch of pine sap then and balance with toasted malt element and some fruity attribute. The alcohol shows through a bit as well.

Taste: The hops are huge in this beer. And yet they are not offensively bitter because of the sweet backbone that is adequate to support the high IBU. Ripe citrus rind and hop resin with a sweet pink grapefruit and honey in the finish. Long after the swallow my mouth is still suffering magnificently from the intense drying bitter hops that annihilated my palate. It seems to get more bitter after it is long gone than it was across the tongue. The alcohol shows through at the finish and in the aftertaste but is not as invasive in the flavor as I would have guessed from the aroma.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is bitter and active with hop pin and needles and alcohol heat on the cheeks and yet slightly sweet and thick.

Drinkability: This is a monster worthy of the name Infidel. It is a very tasty sipper for sure.

Hope this is helpful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed burnt orange with a creamy-like tight slight off white head that left spotty lace as it never fully settled.A real noticeable alcohol presence in the nose along with some tangerine and orange not your typical American DIPA aroma but not all bad.Flavors are not as big in the hop department as to be expected for the style hop flavors come in the form over very ripe tangerine and orange with some noticeable resiny qualities a real nutty malt character shows thru as well as slightly hot alcohol presence in the finish.Not bad a somewhat different take on the style here,I liked the creamy mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a crystalline deep amber orange with a half inch of white head that quickly falls to a ring atop the brew. Aromas start out with deep caramel and toffee tones. Resinous, herbal piney hops are still there in nice supply but seem to have faded a bit. Light citrus. Somewhat floral, more on the malty side of the spectrum.

First sip brings a sweet caramelized toffee malt upfront that moves into resinous, piney hop flavors. Light citrus tones as well. The hops bring some bitterness against the sweet malts, however the maltiness wins out in the finish. The hops have faded here and seem a bit dirty. Still not bad!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick. Good subtle carbonation. It fills the mouth well and goes down smooth. Overall, drinkability has suffered some due to age and I wish I could've had this fresh. However, it doesn't look like I'll ever be coming across this one again. It's morphing more towards a barleywine now. If you run across this beer by chance you might as well give it a shot while you can!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm hazy caramel brown body with a sticky light beige head that turns rocky but last a good bit. There are several long strands of tiny bubbles gliding up to the surface.

S- The smell of green grassy hops with a light pungent quality is stronger than the sweet caramel malt flavors that come through.

T- This beer has a sweet sticky caramel flavor that is soon overpowered by a green hop flavor with notes of grapefruit rind bitterness. There is a big pungent hop finish that hangs on after the finish. After a bit of warming there is some light toasted malt and pale malt flavors that come through in the beginning.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a creamy texture for most of the drink. When the head is gone it loses the creamy texture. There is no real alcohol heat at the finish.

D- This beer has big sweet malt and big pungent hops. Very well built and nice to drink.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, got a 4 pack at CityWide Liquors at grape/edison in mishawaka...a new brewery in south bend? I'll drink to that

appearance: interesting label bearing the image of satan himself, which is odd given theres a church about every 20 feet in south bend...pours into widemouth wine glass...glowing orange-copper body with a light bubbly beige foam head...lacing is bubbly and light

smell: aroma is mysteriously tropical...pungent citrus, mango, grapefruit, light apricot...nice pine compliment. lots and lots of hops

taste: This is a nice dipa for sure and its rating is clearly being weighted down by 2 unusually low scores...bitterness level is quite high, piercingly bitter ruby red grapefruit, dripping pine, orange-citrus, mango and other tropical syrupy fruit...nice effort from the new kids on the block

mouthfeel: high bitterness, abv not abrasive

drinkability: pretty good considering the bitterness

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Photo of nortmand
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber orange with a long lasting white head that leaves lots of beautiful lace.

Intense hop aromas dominate the smell. Citrus, pine resins to the max. Makes the nose tingle.

Slightly sweet caramel flavors up front, immediately this is changed to intense, over the top bitter hop resins and smooth citrus notes. Everything an IIPA should be. Some alcohol burn at the end.

Full bodied, and a bit slick. A nicely crafted IIPA.

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Photo of blackie
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a nice 0.5" off white head that slowly falls back to leave a considerable layer of foam for quite awhile. The beer is a medium, copperish amber in color.

smell: Big, piney and citrusy American hops with a grainy, sweet malt presence. Some caramel and some herbal tea notes.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is light and smooth, and the body a full-on medium

taste: Big hop flavor with a decent amount of sweet, grainy malt flavors for some balance. The hops could be a little more distinct and crisp, but they do give some nice fruity, piney flavors. The bitterness comes out primarily in the finish, lingering with some caramel malt sugars.

drinkability: Quite easy, a good dipa

Bottle shipped by dirtylou from Madison after a visit to his #2 alma matter for a match

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alcohol, like many things in life, is a series of incremental steps...the quintessential "acquired" taste. We didn't necessarily love hops when we started out, but we slowly started appreciating them. Soon enough, we were scowering the country for increasingly hop-smattered, teeth-ravagingly bitter beers to quench the eternal hop-thirst. Somewhere along the line, we realized that there is a middle ground between caustic hop-tea and underhopped American barleywine.

This is one of those beers that forces this type of realization. It is insanely bitter...i'm guessing the IBU range here has to be in the high 90's. The mouth-flaming high-acid hopping rates here are not for the faint of heart. The strange thing about it, like many hoppy beers, is that after you get past the initial hop-napalm you start enjoying it.

Infidel IPA features a ridiculous label design with a flamboyant Satan-like figure on the label and various anti-Osama rantings. It is also marked - confusingly - "Please Enjoy Before: 3223G177". The four-pack was a rather costly $11.99.

This beer springs to life a red-twinged copper with a lively head that dies to a lop-sided blob. Fine refractive bubbles linger on the sides of the glass.

The aroma of this beer doesn't exactly scream DIPA, nor does it bowl one over with traditional hop-bomb fragrances. Powder, fluffy malts, a few spikes of metallic hops, and a distinct alcohol burn.

The taste starts out insanely bitter but delectable and realized. The problems seem to develop towards the outset: the beer falls sort of limp with coin-y harsh bitterness. After about half the glass you get acclimated to the wacky-high IBU figures and underwhelming malt presence and things get better. Very orange-like in nature.

Mouthfeel is rough and slightly metallic. Seems to scream for more malt-girth to keep everything from being chaotic.

All in all, this beer has some strengths and some weaknesses. There is a very good DIPA buried in there, you've just got to find it. By the second bottle, I was actually enjoying this a great deal. But that's not to say its not pretty darned rough-around-the-edges. I'm going to let this one sit for 6 months or so. We'll see what a little age does to this package.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor.

Poured into a pint glass mug, formed a 1 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head holds on nicely, with plenty of lace. Aroma is malt sweetness coupled with grassy hops and alcoholic tinges. Taste stays the course, with the alcohol more hidden than in the nose, and hops bitterness coming on strong at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both reasonably nice, but not much really jumps out at me on this one. A pleasing standard DIPA though, no detractions of note.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a somewhat clearish copper-amber, with a pretty decent head that shrinks to bubbles and film, and some pretty decent lacing, lovely. Aroma is strongly piney hops, some pineapple, malts dancing in the background.

Taste is pretty darn hoppy, but has a noticable malting, sweetly leveling. Hops are good on fruits, strong pineapple with an aggressive pine, finishing bitter, quite bitter, me likey. Mouth is medium bodies, pretty nice carbonation keeps mouth lively, starts off feeling a little watery though. And while I like this one, can't imagine going out to find it again, nor could I sit down with this for more than one bottle. One and done.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice looking dusty copper colour to it. It forms a well decent fluffy, sticky looking, soapy, spitty off white head. The head eventually settles into a thin layer of froth atop the hoppy pond below. The head is quite capable of casting off some nice drippy splats of chunky lacing and it does. Carbonation is light.

The nose is fairly pungent. It makes no attempt to hide the burly hop factor involved here. It smells oily and resinous. It is quite piny and to a lesser extent grapefruit citrus laden. I get a definite feel of the chlorophyll vegetable quality common to brews with heavy hop quantities. Greenish tones.

The taste is decent. There is a hearty malt foundation that seems to be a bit overpowering to my palate. The hops are here as well, but they are not expressed enough to quell the maltiness. The pine flavours are nice. There is a definite citrus component. It is a bit grassy and plant matter peppered which makes it almost spicy tasting to me. Decent.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. The heavy malt just thickens this thing up immensely. It is a nice body, but I think it offsets the hop showcase. The density of it just seems to bind the hop flavour and it also cuts the dryness factor down. The bite just isn't here. I think it may be a bit flat on effervescence. This mouthfeel is good, it is just misplaced on this beer. It is too syrupy for the hops to shine to their full potential.

The drinkability is good with all things considered. I am not tempted to get another one of these out of the ice box to follow this one up though. I think it has left me feeling thirsty and unsatisfied overall due to the thick malty sludge blob. It might benefit from a more vigorous carbonation factor. Close to greatness, but just a hair short of the mark. It is easily worthy of a try, there is just some solid competition in this style's arena.

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Photo of silenius
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/orange with a vigourous head. The head and lacing are beautiful. The sheeting in my glass as the initial head recedes looks like lorraine style swiss cheese with all the little holes. It is more like netting or webbbing. The carbonation in the beer is some of the most active I've seen. A tremendous amount of tiny bubbles stream from bottom to top of the glass.

Smell is honeyed hops. It smells like someone made some sort of hop-brittle using honey. Floraly honey with piney hops. This foretells a very sweet and hoppy IIPA.

Taste is mouthdrenchingly hoppy and sweet. The two main flavors there balance each other and fade to a call and response on the back end. It is more bitter than many other IIPAs (more bitter than Dreadnaught, for example). It is more on par with a Ruination. I'd like to try them back to back to see.

As I continue to drink this beer, I get a salty dimension to it as well in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and bubbly with a little carbonation bite.

I think after a while the bitterness will overwhelm my mouth and I'd stop enjoying it as much.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake-1, Snake-1 Don't fire today,
The guy in the Cherokee at FWA
Is going home to drink an I2PA
It might be an Infidel; so what do you say
About giving a Cherokee a break today.

Four pack 12 oz bottles. Cannot determine date code; but it just arrived at Liquor Store in Ft. Wayne yesterday.

Slight Pffftt with release of cap.
Pours Rich Clear Orange Copper color from a bottle that retains a slight thin tan sediment in the bottom.
Smell is sweet and hoppy.

BANG ! I think I was hit by a hop filled sidewinder missle, I've lost control of my taste buds !

Hops overwhelm everything, cannot detect alcohol except for slight warming in pit of stomach.

I think I will have to go eat a jalopeno laced burrito to clear my tongue !

Someone kicked in the 'afterburners' when it came to hop additions, and I think it would be fine if they were throttled back a bit. Don't get me wrong, I love hoppy beers; but this could be 75% as hoppy and still be a hop bomb. I gave it 3.5 on drinkability, I think it would be easier to drink if the hops were reduced somewhat.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy copper color with a dense head of orangish-white bubbles. Lots of lace. Medium low level of carbonation.

S: Holy Hop Gods! Lots of hops and citrus, with solid and pronounced pine aromas. One of the best DIPA aromas in recent memory.

T: Wow. Very impressive. Hops are in abundance and totally over the top. Initial notes of medium bodied citrus give way to powerful hops and sharp pine. Malty backbone finish. Outstanding.

M: Dense and thick. Slightly syrupy. Appropriate for a DIPA. Not too thick, with a pleasant note of carbonation on the palate.

D: One or two of these is enough for awhile, I think. It's so good that the higher ABV (8.4%) may only be a small issue when drinking this beer. It's hard to say. I've only got one, but if I had a couple more I'd likely drink them right away, too.

Notes: An outstanding DIPA from a newer brewery in the Detroit Market. Must try their other offierings, but will likely come back to this one soon.

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Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt aroma that boasts of pale, Munich, and bisquit malts. It has a wonderful breadlike aroma as well as mild hop scent that just peaks through the malts. The taste is good as well. It has a sweet malty flavor that goes down easy with breadlike character. It finishes with a tremendous hop explosion and a lingering bitterness. It's well balanced. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great Imperial IPA. It's not all about the hops, although they're present and accounted for. The malt content really adds balance and increases the drinkability.

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Photo of mcallister
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I rate this one so highly mainly because of the head. It pours a magical shade of amber with twinges of red. The head is large fluffy slightly off whte and retains itself now for over 5 minutes. Leaving beautiful lacing down the glass that sticks like honey.

A pale malt aroma with some fowery, earthy hop spiraled about. A slight smell of nectarine, and apricot as well.

Not the greatest DIPA but satisfactory. The mouthfeel is awful leaving a layer of filth in your mouth that reminds me of just vomiting after a long night. The hops are very bitter and out of whack. No real direction they are going in. The nice subtle malt does a good job of trying to balance but just doesn't reach it's task.

I think that this review tells itself in drinkability

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Photo of bjohnson
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter. Very hazy light rust color with a frothy one finger white head that holds a thick film of retention. Sweet coral like lacing.
S: Nice juicy fruit notes penetrate--mostly citrus notes. Fresh with a bit of pine. With a swirl a thick maltyness can be detected.
T/M: Good blast of fruit and pine hops up front. Smooth with a grapefruit presence that's slightly sweet in the finish and aftertaste. Excellent bitterness level leaves the mouth quite dry with subtle tingly sensations of pine. The bitterness is like a hammer on the tongue. Biscuity malt is there, but definitely takes a back seat to the hops. Nice mouthfeel with slight pepper and spicy notes. Definitely what a dipa should taste like.
D: Very drinkable. Damn nice dipa from the midwest. Glad I received this in a trade. High abv does not impact the flavors much.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz purchased at Holiday Market in Canton, MI poured into a pint glass. Best by date is stamped into the side of the label, but is hard to read and makes no sense.

Tall off-white head towering over clear copper with plenty of carbonation. Strong retention with lots of thick globs of lace.

The nose is mostly citric to piney hops with just a hint of the malts. My mouth braces for a hop bomb....but I like it.

The malts reveal themselves upfront as slightly sweet before they are kicked aside from the grapefruit and pine needle hops. Yep, that's a hop bomb Old Scratch is holdin' on the label. Strongly bitter and drying with asome of the sbv creeping up in the back with a little bit of heat. I like all the elements in play here, but there is a certain complexity that is missing. Its a BW by the numbers and I think some age might bring out more character.

Moderate in the mouth and the drinkability is limited to a couple...maybe three.

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Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Derek for the offering.
It is good looking but rather strange; golden with a reddish hue, but cloudy, and not cloudy as a wheat beer, but cloudy as if someone mixed a different drink in there. Still looks nice, and different.
It has a pleasant, fruity hoppy nose with some discernible roasted malts, better balanced than the average american IPA.
Taste is classical american IPA, hops and more hops, although this one still has some (minimal) malts noticeable in the mix.
A pleasant brew, most will like it more than me, but IPAs are not my favorite style, unfortunately.

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Photo of froggyfrog
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Snifter.

A: A murky bubble-crazed dark orange beer with a white pond scum head.

S: Darker fruits and refined sugar.

T: Bitter citrus hop flavor, fall fruits and alcohol.

MF: Semi-sweet and syrupy.

D: An average ale. Alcohol is a little hot.

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Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know what? I came upon this all prejudiced by the label - "oh great - another beer employs Stone-esque language on the label warning of taste-bud abuse mingled with insults" only to enjoy this one in the end. It poured a pleasant hazy peach color with little head that soon disappeared. Aroma was distant but soon came into focus as pineapple, a little grapefruit and perhaps a little marmalade; putting me in the mood for breakfast with my grandmother. We would eat some toasted English muffins with butter and marmalade before moving on to the bacon and eggs. I begged her not to smoke those Kools, but what the hay - she died ten years ago. The flavor was hoppy up front, but somewhat restrained, perhaps due to it's being old - the bottle says, "Please Enjoy Before: 32336177." Wow! what am I to make of that? It seems like the number can be translated as, "shoulda had this one fresh on tap somewhere in South Bend, Indiana." Still - it's hoppiness hints at true west coast character with floral hoppiness stuck right between aroma and flavor - the far back end of the top of my mouth (soft palette) In some ways this is a kinder, gentler DIPA while still carrying all the key attributes. Something leafy and fruity on the finish. This would be a great morning beer. My grandmother would roll over in her grave if she knew I would wake up at 7:00 am on my day off just to drink this and read the paper.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear light orange color. Frothy, meringue head. Great lacing. Aroma hits you straight away, this is a hop fest, but it's slightly different than the grapefruit-tangerine hopfest that your average IIPA is. Slight grainy musty smell as well. Taste is upfront hops, but perhaps a bit much, I get an almost dirty taste as well. It does go down smooth for an IPA, it's well put together and interesting, but just the dirt taste doesn't set well with me.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep murky amber orange. Lively carbonation which is tough to see due to the clouds. A thin white head with little retention. Smell doesn't have the hop presence I'd expected. Very sweet malt here with some honey, caramel, and toffee essence. Some apple is present in the smell with hints of grapefruit and piney hops. Malts come through first with the taste as well. Some caramel again and sugary sweetness. Apple is again present and after the sweetness comes the grapefruit and piney hops, a bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a slight tingle on the tongue but not as hoppy as others. More chewy than resinous. Doesn't fit too well with the style for me but still pretty easy to drink. The malts and hops fight for dominance but neither really do. A struggle to balance. All around pretty good and interesting for sure.

Thanks goes to alexgash for the extra!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange golden with a 2 finger white head that coats the glass with sticky, soapy lacing.

S - Piney, grapefruit, flowery hops with a hint of grainy sweet caramel.

T - Bitter grapefruit and piney hops up front with a tocuh of malt balance and a bitter finsih.

M - Medium body with biting carbonation and a dry, almost chalky, finish.

D - A solid DIPA. Glad I got to try it before it disappears.

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Photo of aforbes10
2.21/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, i finally got to try Infidel, the double IPA that the new brewery in town has been promising since it opened in December. Man, i've been excited about this beer.

My buddy dispholidus1 brought a 4-pack over and we set to trying...
Poured orange and bubbly with a nice looking head. not cloudy at all. Looks decent. Smells hoppy and sweet, not bad but not great either. There's a dirtiness (like actual dirt) to the odor that i don't expect from an IPA. Taste is pretty bad. Lots of hop oil flavor and tons of sugary sweetness, but it's not balanced at all. It kind of tastes like they used a whole bunch of different hops, added them randomly at all different times in the process and then just called it a double IPA. The alcohol isn't hidden well either. It's hard to drink (not because its a big beer, just because it tastes bad) and doesn't leave you wanting more. This is nowhere near as good as Dogfish, Rogue, 3 Floyds double IPAs. I'm really disappointed.

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Infidel Imperial IPA from NINE G Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 31 ratings