Weapons Grade IPA | The Defiant Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Defiant Brewing Company
New York, United States
defiantbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Billolick on 01-07-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
9
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.59%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of fosters9
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AlvinLin
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cyclewatts
4.97/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a terrific find! The beer is refreshing for an IPA without too much carbonation. It is easy on the palate despite the double IPA. If you are in the NY NJ area, pop by the brewery, they serve lots of small batch brews, some of which are crazy good! The staff are very helpful and gracious.

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Photo of djkman
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a beer (duh!) LOL!
Aroma - on first smell , it's a fruit smell in a good way like sweet and sour both at the same time. Like a sweet and sour sauce.
Feel --- that's still private on all my reviews... (Get a life, or go find a Pokeman already !!)

Taste, This is where the rubber hits the road.......

Like other double IPA's Defiant has done this beer good.
This double IPA has a flavor that stands out from the crowd.
It's says this is Defiants's recipe.
The best I can describe is you know when you are drinking a victory brewery beer AKA dirt wolf.
You know you are drinking a Defiant recipe here.
It definitely has a bite as the malt does not cover the hoppiness. It's like it's almost not there except for the color.
BUT if you like that, then it's a good thing ! ME, I like that. It's what makes it different from victory or dogfishead or the other places that create Double IPA's.

It also does not have that boozy smell you have in other Imperial IPA's
You can attribute that to the fruit aroma that camouflages the booziness.
OH believe me, it's there When you taste it, don't get me wrong.

It's great that local places by my home are making good beer!
AND their BBQ is good too !!!

And that's my review.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobertJBeer
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncelauro
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jhfinn
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: cloudy; amber colored; 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: floral, earthy, pine;

T: odd combination of malt and tobacco with a touch of pine in the background; tobacco is dominant toward the end and lingers into the aftertaste; finish is mildly bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: flavor didn't work for me; not reminiscent of an DIPA;

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Photo of farrago
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moderate head, around a finger of deep tan, mostly even surfaced with a few islands of larger bubbles, the lacing forms broad sheets but lacks stickiness. The liquid is a dark orange amber color with more yellow and brown than red, most striking is the absolutely huge amount of sediment thrown, makes you want to strain it into another glass, fully opaque and murky. At first the nose commanded by thick caramel and toffee nuances, sweet mixed citrus and then pineapple, peach, papaya fruit, plenty of pine sap as well as wet leafy matter, gluey nostril presence and not much subtlety on display. Full-bodied and sluggish, weighs heavily on the palate. The bitterness races to the front and create herbaceous bite prior to that caramel, butterscotch love fest. There’s something vaguely unclean about it, metallic and earthy. Carbonation level comes off as slightly below average and a non-factor. Loads on that pine resin and cone element. The blood orange and white grapefruit noticeable, however, the fruit becomes a muddle of inarticulate tropical flavors. Astringent finish with the booziness quite evident, texture way outlasts the flavors.

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Photo of SRBush1974
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JC333
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3/7...Defiant weapons grade. Pours medium Amber. Light white foam on top. Pine malty nose. Hints of orange. Lighter toffee taste followed by a citrus wash. Balanced nicely. Good tasty bitter. 4 425 425 4 425

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Photo of obriendes46
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mackeyse
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange with rimming steady white head and lots of streamers. 4
Dank, earthy, orange leaf nose that's almost unpleasant but kinda dirty-sexy, too. 3.5
Orange salt caramel up front then candied orange, resin, and some floral nectar. 3.75
Musty mandarin end and aspirin linger.
Medium and then some, a bit hot, well chewy. 4

Huge - robust nose, solid malts, big C hop nose, and some boozy fire. There's something raw about this, but it's the same quality that makes it interesting. An unapologetic brute. 4

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Photo of PaleAleSean
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoePoid
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of clay23
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Weapons Grade IPA from The Defiant Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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