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Alewerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Imperial IPA
4.21 | pDev: 7.84%
Jun 29, 2020
Jul 25, 2015
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Notes: You do not expect this Double IPA; it finds you. You open with excited trepidation, swooning over the sweet perfume of citrus & mango. Your mind races clumsily only to return to a constant locus of adulation. The tempting aroma lingers, invading your senses while keenly awaiting your return. Kind, not bitter, and content only to love you from afar.
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Rated: 3 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 30, 2019
Rated: 3.84 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia

May 19, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Beerasaurus from Virginia

Nov 29, 2018
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Really good DIPA. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass. A hazy honey yellow color with a medium size white head. Filmy lacing with a few solid bands on the glass. Aroma is strong, piney hops, some grapefruit and a little floral too. Good stuff!!!! Flavor is even better. Nicely bitter, citrus and resiny piney hops and some bready malt in the background. This is a strong beer without much in the way of alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. No off-putting booziness, just a nice hoppy experience. Great beer. Not a big surprise coming from the brewers of Bitter Valentine!!!!
Sep 12, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by Husky-Topper from New Jersey

Sep 01, 2018
Rated: 4.42 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 28, 2018
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Reviewed by lovemesumipa from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I drank this from a 16 oz. can, purchased through Tavour, and poured into a chilled glass. This is what a great DIPA should taste like. Fantastic in all respects, from first pour to final sip.
My only regret is that I didn't order more!
Jul 20, 2018
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can served in a pint glass. I don't see a date. I think it was a gift from @mr-jj.

Pours moderately hazy golden bronze with a very big head whose gradual descent is fascinating to watch. Leaving nice lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is hop resin and malt.

Taste is solid, straightforward IPA. Pine and grapefruit rind, a little booziness. Maybe something that reminds me of mango peel.

Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying. Overall, nice beer.
Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by Donkster46 from Washington

Jul 03, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by clake from Vermont

Jul 03, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jun 30, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by PprBurke from Virginia

Jun 20, 2018
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with coppery notes and a fine, one finger white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, orange and lemon, lightly spicy; smells good. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus and piney hops, orange, grapefruit, lemon, hints of dried light stone fruit and summer herbs. Nice balanced caramel with citrus and piney hop finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A very well made classic imperial IPA, with a profile that leans to the West Coast with the mixture of pine and citrus. That sits right at the heart of my IPA enjoyment spectrum, and I liked this quite a bit. It's a pleasant diversion to get this style IPA from the East Coast. Well done and I'll be back to sample this brewery if the opportunity presents itself.
Jun 17, 2018
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Reviewed by ThickNStout from Georgia

3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can from Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop (Williamsburg, VA). 4.99. Canned 5/16/18. Served in an Alewerks snifter. Enjoyed 6/11/18.

Pours golden orange with a finger and a half cap of white head. Retention galore. A nearly full sheet, a fluffy collar and several huge clumpy cakes of lacing.

Smells floral, herbal and slightly citrusy. Flower greens, pine, mint, orange and some bready malt. Some mango-like tropical notes creep in as it warms.

Tastes fairly bitter with orange peel, petals, pine, an earthy herbaceous quality, peach fuzz, mint, a subtle malt sweetness and an occasional bite of alcohol. More tropical fruit is present as the chill subsides. Pretty easy to drink for it’s strength.

Medium body, slightly slick with fuzzy carbonation. Bitter, lingering aftertaste of citrus peel, pine and floral notes.

A solid DIPA from Alewerks. I’m glad that I took my time with the can because I found it to be considerably better as it warmed a bit.
Jun 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Pencible from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: This poured a cloudy light copper with some white head.
S: It smelled like candied apricots and honey, with some orange and faint papaya.
T: It tasted like sugary apricots and cream, with some honey and orange. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent brew that seemed like an attempt at a NE IPA, but the hops were faded and the malt was too pronounced, especially in the finish. The scent and taste were still good but not great. The body was solid and the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. Not bad but nothing special. I'd take Bitter Valentine over this any day!
Feb 01, 2018
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Reviewed by RyanPoff from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at A Mellow Mushroom.

A: hazy gold with a finger or so of creamy white head. Excellent retention.

S: resinous pine hops, grass, booze.

T: surprisingly an easy drinker for an 8.3%. Bitter pine hops and honey/grass notes. Well balanced for a big drinker.

M: medium bodied fresh and popping.
Dec 09, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by bigbutter from Virginia

Oct 01, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by ledouge from Virginia

Aug 08, 2017
Rated: 3.7 by hypnotoad1 from Virginia

Aug 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Cavanaghty from Maine

4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Served on tap in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter pine notes with sweeter citrus.

Overall: Excellent IPA. Glad I tried the first batch they made of this this!
Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 4 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia

Mar 02, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Feb 20, 2017
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Reviewed by opieo from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Beautiful color, goldish-orange cloudy unfiltered. Heavy hops smell. Hops smack you in the face up front. Hops linger forever. Fresh, crisp, clean, refreshing. All you hop heads unite!
Jan 27, 2017
Rated: 4.22 by vabeerguy from Virginia

Oct 10, 2016
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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Orange and hazy - with sinking particals, enormous head , some lacing.

Peach, grapefruit pulp, bready aroma.

Light caramel malt, with a twist of tartiness. Smooth dry finish. Grapefruit, tangerine, What I especially appreciate is the creaminess and light carbonation that provided a full mouthful that bring forth the complex flavors. Long hoppy finish and ridiculously drinkable. Tartness increases as it warms, but its warming only cause its a bomber as this is one that makes your thirst for more with each sip.

Well crafted, complex brew, DIPA with something to offer beyond bitter.
Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia

Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2016
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bomber. Unlike the name of this beer my admiration for Gopens44 for sending it to me is out in the open. Looks like the label is stamped June 15, 2016.

Poured into a Jones Radiator (sniff) mug, this was a hazy orange-amber color, with a good-sized head somewhere between off-white and beige in color. Lots of lace left on the sides of the glass.
Grapefruity and orangey citrusy hop nose to this.

Citrusy hop flavor combined with a fairly mellow bitterness, but without a terribly assertive malt backbone, unlike the majority of IPAs I've had from this part of the country. There's still a little bit of a bready maltiness on the back end, but it's restrained, letting the not exactly showstopping but nevertheless quite pleasant hoppiness enjoy it's moment in the spotlight without any competition. Nice medium dry zap to the palate at the swallow. No sign of the relatively high abv in the taste, by the way.

Medium bodied, with a somewhat slick, oily mouthfeel.

This is a DIPA that delivers a highly enjoyable drinking experience without trying to reinvent the wheel. With a hop character that isn't palate-busting or some supertaster's riot of flavors, but a highly enjoyable moderately bitter citrus character, this is something I could see having two or three of in a session, provided I wasn't driving anywhere. If this were local, I'd hit it regularly. Thanks, Gopens44!
Sep 30, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by vtmel82 from Virginia

Sep 25, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerBenny from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Hazy. The first time I saw this was just on the cusp of New England IPA's becoming de rigueur, and at that time I thought it was too hazy; however, after getting acquainted with the style I'm way pleased with the hazy but not too thick golden color. Looks like I'm in for a juice bomb, at least a little.

S: It's actually kind of yeasty with oranges and booze, but as if the orange citrus was dulled a bit.

T: Orange peel citrus, bright apricot, a bit of bitter orange pith. The second sip tastes like a mimosa with fresh OJ and an extra pour of vodka, plus a splash of club soda or tonic that I wasn't picking up at first.

F: Smooth at first, and fizzier on the finish. Full but not overwhelmingly thick.

O: I really like this beer. It is maybe a little bit too boozy as I get deep into this beer, but otherwise it is very well balanced, and I am in to the juiciness of this beer. If you can get your hands on it, definitely grab it up!
Sep 25, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by Shanty76 from Georgia

Sep 06, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from California

Sep 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
L: Hazy copper gold color with a creamy white head and fingers of lacing up and down the glass.

S: Mango and lots of citrus, notes of berry and a light bready toasted malt. An inviting tropical smelling double IPA.

T: Lots of mango, citrus, and tropical fruit, with notes of berries and a toasted bread malt with quite a bit of fruit sweetness. For a double IPA this isn't overly bitter, and the alcohol is not very noticeable.

F: Lighter body and pretty easy drinking. A little light for a double IPA.

O: Not a bad beer but it seems a little light for a double IPA.
Aug 27, 2016
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Hazed out golden orange with 1-plus fingers of creamy head.

Mango, peach, tangerine, candy sugar, and passion fruit.

Apricot, peach, and mango juices. Tangerine and hints of passion fruit. Light candy sugar maltiness with touches of breadiness. Lightly dank with a resiny pine bite on the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and oily with a medium-light bitterness.

Lots of stone and tropical fruit juiciness. An overall great DIPA from AleWerks!
Aug 22, 2016
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle into a pint glass. stamped 6/15/16, so guessing bottled date and therefore 2 months old.

to be honest, this is a pretty ugly looking beer body. extremely murky, with some major floaties. however, it has a huge fluffy white head, decent carbonation, and leaves very good lacing. here goes....

aah, now that's pretty tasty. citrusy taste with a nice hop bite. slightly sour bitterness to it. slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat, which was surprising.

close to full on the mouth.

overall, a pretty good DIPA. appreciate the 8.0abv, which made it east to get through a bomber by meself.
Aug 21, 2016
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Rated by grover37 from District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Brookland Pint, not impressed
Aug 21, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by MaddDogg84 from Texas

Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania

Aug 13, 2016
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