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Medusa IPA | The Defiant Brewing Company

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3.65/5
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116 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Billolick on 02-16-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,133
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
116
pDev:
13.97%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SpaethJam
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SadMachine
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeff1973
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikr
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walleybeer
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whiteturtle
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle.. Poured into Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Pours a goldenrod yellow with a 3 finger head. A complex nose: clean, fresh, but no clear direction on bitter/citrus/ or malt. Maybe a hint of lemon.
A grapefruit and lemongrass flavor right off the bat. You can definitely tell there is an english style influence with a bready malty mouthfeel. Aftertaste is mild bitterness, nothing out of the ordinary for an IPA. 6.8% is masked very well. As the beer warms I picked up some funky onion notes *not complaining about it, just caught me off guard*
They claim to use a monstrous amount of hops (varieties from England, Germany, and the U.S). I wasn't really blown away with Hop character. However, the complexity of the varieties is evident. I just moved up to the New York area and this is the first local IPA I have tried. I enjoyed my bottle. If you're not looking for a hop bomb, and like an intricate style of IPA, then I would give this a shot. If it is a selling point for you, a nearly 7% IPA six pack for $9 (upstate New York area price) is a pretty good deal.
I would definitely be interested in trying more from the brewery. The artwork on the bottle is pretty sick (A Medusa head with hops for hair instead of snakes). If I could convince Defiant Brewing to pay for the tattoo, I would totally get it.

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3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first trip to Defiant brewing was yesterday but it won't be my last. Great Brewery with amazing BBQ and excellent brews as well. I've spotted their brews many times but this was my first time trying any and Medusa was my fave. Not the best IPA I've had but a very good one that I will buy again. Nice aroma, good flavor and very smooth. Good stuff.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fluffy head, mottled surface, pure white, sizzles down to the surface quickly, leaving more islands than a consistent coating, the lacing is thick in parts but mostly thinner streaks. The liquid is closer to amber orange than pure yellow gold, there’s some very fine particulate matter floating when you inspect closely, not many bubbles but they are fat and move vigorously. There’s a sour funkiness to the nose, metallic and herbaceous as in forest floor matter not fresh leafiness, sour mixed citrus tones, not getting much fruit, a bit flat and lacking in thrust for the type of beer, ends with some tea leaf and floral notes but never activates fully. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, round and soft, the creamy texture could be replaced by keener bite for freshness. More bready here with slightly livelier hops and snap. Peach, apricot, apple fruit, less of a citrus presence. Malty sweetness throughout, however, not in the form of distinct flavors. On the whole it just seems muddled and lacking in punctuation at the finish. Its monochrome nature would be more acceptable were it more refreshing for hot summer days and such.

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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a very thick, long-lasting head. A little sediment at the bottom. A bit too much head, quite frankly. Flowery, musty scent, not very inviting. Bitterness throughout the sip. I'm not a big fan of this one. I picked it up as part of a mix-n-match sixer. No freshness date on bottle and I suspect this one may be past its prime. (7.0)

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Medusa IPA from The Defiant Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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