Medusa IPA | The Defiant Brewing Company

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Billolick on 02-16-2010

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 111
Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week from the ShopRite in Parsippany, having never given this a go. I like IPA's to a large extent and wasn't sure if this would measure up to the others that I esteem highly. Although this didn't stand out to me, this was quite serviceable and easy to enjoy, given the relatively low alcoholic content of this and how smooth it was from start to finish.

Good pour and appearance to this, as the rich amber hue, frothy head, and stream of bubbles that made their way through the partially translucent liquid combined for a nice effect. Lots of floral and herbal notes in the aroma, which could be found in the taste as well. Not a ton of bitterness underneath that but what was there had a nice earthy and slightly metallic tinge to it. This beer had a nice resin kick to it, reminding me of a West Coast IPA without being as strong of full of citrus notes. Just a hint of butter in the aftertaste to go along with the English Tea feel that this had to it, as the hops faded away .

While not a session beer, I could have had another in a sitting easily, since the alcohol didn't make itself known throughout my sampling of this. While not a bad beer, there wasn't anything to dislike about this and it's a perfectly fine IPA by itself. Given how many standouts could be found on any shelf in this country, this IPA pales (not in appearance) to them but would be a good choice for anyone looking to kick back with a hoppy beer without being overwhelmed.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler pour from the brewery about 75 mins ago. (reasonable price of $7.50 to refill an empty growler) Pours moderatly hazed, almond amber, the head is medium tan and quite expressive, frothy, lasting and then leaves all kinds of fine sheeting and extensive lacing. Nice looking brew. The sniffy snif reveals grainy and resinous hops. Well hopped and tasty IPA. More resin, pine notes, with a nice long, mellow finish. More then respectable IPA. Quite dry. Well done, perhaps my favorite Defiant offering to date

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JC333
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of tappangordo
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Ksilver2
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Matt73
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of DanE
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Color is an amber golden with a thick frothy head.

Aroma is white toast with a citrusy hop aroma.

Taste is straight bitter throughout with grapefruit notes and lots of tropical citrus flavor.

Absolutely amazing IPA. I want more of these.

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Photo of JBreezyyNY
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krisbee
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Walleybeer
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikr
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewery.

Poured a clear medium copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured loads of diactyl with a potent herbal hop.

The taste was extreme for the style. Full buttery diactyl accompanied by a full blast of lingering hop spice. Grassy and herbal.

The mouthfeel was certainly toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a potent and tasty example of the style. Full bodied and full flavored.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of devinoconnor
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as IPAs go, this wasn't an outstanding one, but certainly nothing too horribly wrong either. Average.

Pours a golden color, rather typical of an IPA. Smell is subtle, but solid. Notes of a little citrus, and of course hops.

In the taste, the brew just sort of let me down. Not all that exciting. Boring, I suppose. Medium hoppiness with some floral notes.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev +7%

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