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Atwater Conniption Fit Double IPAAtwater Conniption Fit Double IPA

Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by oberon on 06-12-2010

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 170
Photo of oneaday
2.17/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. Started cool - 48f and warmed up to about 55f. Decent expectations for this based on the color, creamy head and great piney / grassy smell. Best advice is to just leave it in the glass and smell it. This is just an average hoppy IPA, it's nowhere near a real DIPA or IIPA. No balance, no malt, no alcohol, no greasy mouth feel. Just bitter, metalic yuck. Save your money and buy a 6 pack of Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- double ipa. bot. june 13. consumed sept. 13.

A: Princeton orange pour with a decent clarity. Creamy-milky topping has an oatmeal tint with a fair stay of retention. Fine, moderate rise of carbonation with a broken, speckled, and spacious setting of lace on the vessel.

S: Faint flowery, citrus, no real sense of hoppiness, some bread, but no real toastiness. Disappointing for a pale, let alone a reputed ipa.

T: The flavor was a bit rough citrus, raw, flowery, mildewy, old, against some toasted bread, pine and some thick hop oils.

M: Syrupy, spicy dried honey floral notes. Lightly syrupy body, light crispness, spicy dried honey citrus flower leave.

O: Decent level of hoppiness does not always make for a good ipa. syrupy, not particularly bright hop wise, nor tasty flavor wise. meh. A C+ at best beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro.I looked around for this beer and there isnt much information about it,kinda surprised to see it on tap down here.Poured a a mix of amber and burnt orange,a large fluffy white crown atop.Very muted aromas with mainly just a passing whiff of leafy hop and sweet alcohol.Flavors are much like the aromas meaning very light and ho hum,leafy hop and sweetsh caramel malt with a shot of the sweet alcohol.To me its nothing like a DIPA,not big hops,not much complexity,just sweetness.Eh another Atwater beer to not have again.

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Photo of Durge
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this oddity at The Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro, NC. It's a clear dark amber/light copper color with a solid off-white foamy cover and great lacing. The aroma offers very little, just a slightly yeasty wheat and maybe hint of bayleaf. The flavor is more purposeful with a dry grass hop over light bready malt. I pick up some suggestion of cherries and some pine hop steps up after a few tastes. This is a bright, crisp feeling DIPA with medium body and modest but adequate carbonation. The flavor is pretty grassy but it is favorably balanced with the piny-malt characteristics. It's not an overstated DIPA, no special evidence of alcohol. In fact, the hops are not real loud here so it might disappoint most DIPA enthusiasts, but it's not bad tasting and quite drinkable for the style. A little too grassy leaning to be a favorite for me but I recommend it for a try.

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Photo of Omnium
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Very cloudy orange color, soapy 1 finger head, thin lacing.
S - Dank hop oil, orange juice, grapefruit peel, dried flowers, soapy alcohol scent. Not really appealing.
T - Bitter hop bite, some orange juice flavor, sweet malt, a little pine.
M - Sweet bitterness hangs, very thick and chewy mouth feel.
O - Didnt really care for this at all, it has a weird odd medicine type aroma and flavor that grosses out my palate. Overweighed with malt, and an unappealing mix of bitter flavors.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is an ok leans more towards and English style than West Coast all you pine and citrus hop heads should be mindful. The beer pours a clear copper with thin white head that is not leaving a lace. The scent is subtle maybe some hints of bitterness. The taste is very bitter but balanced nicely with sweeter malt. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with subtle carbonation. Overall its ok....glad to have tied it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

underwhelmed by this one. too balanced to really fall into the double ipa category for me, and a little more malt richness than the beer really needs. a touch of caramel malt has given this a nice bronze color, and its heady at the pour but it settles quickly. nose and taste are very similar, and both unimpressive for the style. im not getting the big hops at all, this is more like a strong pale ale than anything, and has a little english grain flair to it that pushes it further away from the style guidelines and from what my palate looks for in a big ipa. it does hide its alcohol well under some hop bitterness, but i need more to move me in this crowded style. drinkable enough honestly, but i am not particularly interested in more than one. not bad, just not hop forward enough.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep gold color with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of sharp grassy hops and grainy malts.

The taste was grassy hops with a big caramel malt bite. Bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

An okay DIPA but not one that I'll remember.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.0% ABV, 92 IBUs, production of June '12 notched on label.

A - Conniption Fit pours a murky orange color despite sediment remaining in the bottle. A quiet hiss of carbonation is released as the ivory head rises to a tall stature before dropping to a giant dollop of foam that floats on the beer below it's clutching lace.

S - A billowing strong hop presence embodies a bolder earthy tone than that of the big ripe citrus fruit generally found in a double IPA. Canned pineapple and grapefruit half appear but this beer leans more towards cut grass and wood chip earthiness with a bit of pine resin. It doesn't smell quite like an explosive double though as a hint of stale cardboard pokes in before the malty finish caps things off with cereal grains and caramel malt. A passing whiff reveals a hint of paint thinner on the finish; an odd hop side effect methinks.

T - Sticky caramel malt seems to become sticker with the aid of the hops' biting pine resin but it displays a good partnership between the two. Pale malt backs up the rest of the hops which jump into a muted blend of citrus with lemon zest coming out on top as the most focused flavor of the bunch. Overall, the taste just seems rather plain though. There's different things going on here, but none of them express unique characteristics from their core ingredient, instead they all seem to clump together.

M - Medium-full bodied, this tacky beer combats the feel's stickiness with higher carbonation for a crisp finishing feel that also batters the tongue with dry bitterness. Even if the hops' flavor profile doesn't quite expand, they do a good job of creating a nice bitter mouthfeel.

O - Atwater Block's Conniption Fit Double IPA initially seems more like a double English IPA with it's dry, earthy characteristics but citrus fruit eventually makes it's way in and gives the feel a necessary boost when the rest seems to fall somewhat short. Double IPAs are intended for immediate drinking, but I find it strange this beer would exhibit oxidation characteristics after only a few short months. Regardless, it's not offensive, it just doesn't hold it's own in a world saturated with big, bold double IPAs.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium orange amber color, a one fingered creamy head that's fairly thick and viscous, and gentle, but tight carbonation.

S - Mild citrus and pine with light caramel malt. The aroma is pretty weak, I'm breathing in for all I'm worth and not getting much from it.

T - Sweet caramel malt backbone is sturdy and present from the start of the sip all the way to the very end. The malt immediately builds a quick burst of sweetness and almost as fast, is met with a swurry of pine and bitter grapefruit with a little acidic tang to the bittering. After the two collide, they continue to do so throughout the remaining sip and at the end, the pine and grapefruit bitterness win and create a fairly long and lingering dry aftertaste. The flavors start out more balanced and towards the middle the hops come on like gangbusters.

M - Full medium body, smooth on the tongue, dry finish.

O - What I really like is they date their bottles. Had this not been stamped with a bottle date, I would not have bought it because I'm tired of laying out mounds of cash for outdated big IPA malt bombs. For me, this one sits between a B- and a B. What kills the deal for me is the weak aroma. For 8%, the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

multiple pints drank from the keg over the evening. didn't realize it was a DIPA until later, easy to drink.

appears a dark rusty orange brown color. nice off-white head, good head retention. fruity, herbal, and earthy hop aroma. enough malt in there to balance the taste. medium body, fairly smooth carbonation.

overall - a solid beer.

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Photo of JVoyager
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Pint Glass from 12 oz Bottle dated June, 2012. Nice appearance with a bright amber/orange color; not much of a head, maybe only one finger's worth.

S: Smell is very citrusy and fruity with some slight earthy-hop notes.

T: Bitter and citrus taste; almost reminded me of grapefruits. Not as hoppy as I was expecting from a DIPA.

M: Medium bodied with a very dry feel.

O: Overall, it was a decent beer from Atwater. I was expecting a hop-explosion, but this was a little more mellow. Not the best DIPA I've ever had but it was definately different.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking golden color with a touch of haziness to it. The head was soapy looking and it left a good lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer was ok, but as I drank it I felt that it got a little funky. The taste of the beer was crisp and bitter, has the taste of a solid DIPA. The mouthfeel was clean and medium bodied with a nice carbonation to it also. Overall this beer wasn't pretty good, I love the name of it which is why I picked it up in the first place. It's not a bad DIPA, I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is well balanced. Some hops, citrus, malts kicking in at the finish, not overly bitter, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled June 2012. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good foamy lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, bread, grass, orange, mango, pine, earth, and herbal spiciness. Pretty good aromas with decent strength and balance; a bit too herbal and grassy. Taste of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, biscuit, floral, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Good flavor balance; with a nice malt/bitterness balance as well. No cloying flavors or astringent bitterness; a pretty clean finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a good DIPA. Some good hop/malt balanced flavors, and very smooth to sip on. Quite pleasant and enjoyable for a DIPA. It is unlike most that are in your face with a lot of hops and bitterness.

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Photo of korguy123
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. Bottle date is July 2012.
Currently enjoying while watching Doctor Who for the first time in my life.

A- Hazy copper pour with a finger and a half off white head., Lacing is decent.

S- Bright citrusy grapefruit, strawberries, sweet malts and a touch of honey and lemon rind.

T- Bright grapefruit, sweet malts, some honey, some mandarin oranges and a bit of digestive cookies. Fairly balanced for a DIPA but still quite good.

M- Light the medium body, great carbonation with a bit of chew.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, notched N 11, poured into a GRBC pint glass.

A- It had a slightly hazy, golden body with moderate carbonation. The 1-finger, khaki head settles to a thin foam. There were some great sticky rings left on a glass that doesn't tend to do any favors in that regard.

S- Nice and hoppy while in the bottle. After the pour, it opened up with grassy and herbal notes. Sweet bready backbone reminded me of something like Hawaiian bread. It seems pretty fresh. Warmth brings out the malts, providing a little more balance.

T- Very rich, double IPA. No mistaking this one for a barleywine. Hops are full on from beginning to end. There is a sweet malty backbone (again reminding my of Hawaiian bread and other grainy qualities) that pulls it somewhere toward balance, but hops really do rule this beer. Hops run the gamut of flavor (herbal, organic/leafy, citrus on the verge of pithy). There's also a bit of an aspirin-like flavor that gets a litte abrasive. As with aroma, warmth brings out a little more malt flavor.

M- Very dry from the hopping that also provides a tingle (even slightly tongue numbing). Foamy 1st sip gives way to moderate carbonation. Medium-full body.

O- A really hoppy D-IPA. A little rough around the edges to point of being biting/sharp/harsh. I sense the ABV, but it is a smoother quality. Any harsh aspects seem due to the hopping. Maybe better suited to a true "hop head." In fact I'd suggest it to some of my friends who love the hops. I prefer a little balance.

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Photo of Svenhook
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of this before I will travel to the brewery for a tour.

Pours a nice fluffy head and leaves a moderate lace. The taste seems a little boring and flavorless at first, but quickly grew on me. Was not impressed after the first bottle but have since changed my mind. Very nice pure hop aroma. Not overly bitter with an after taste of florally hops.

Overall, this beer grew on me. Was unimpressed on first taste but believe it is a well rounded DIPA. Very excited to taste it fresh on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't fresh, about six months old, so it probably will impact the score. Pours a dark red orange tannic brown, cloudy, very cloudy. Smells of malt sweet and bread and ripe fruit and but not much hops alive in this one. But taste is less malt forward than the nose suggests, the bitterness more pronounced, but in a way one dimensional. Mouthfeel is ok, spot on for a DIPA, although a bit clumsily effervescent. Ok, but sure would like to try this fresh.

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Photo of Beerdanza
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Here we have a double IPA from Atwater brewery. They are one of my favorite local breweries, and make a great range of high ABV brews. You're not going to want to drink any of these all evening.

Pours a cloudy golden color, with a nice tight head. It looks just right for an IPA.

It's got a ton of hoppy bitterness. It's not too complex, but more straightforward. Bitter hops. If you like the bitter taste of hops, you'll like this. It leaves a very sharp, bitter aftertaste. I'm a huge fan of the bitterness, so I enjoy this beer a lot. If you are looking for more malt in your IPA, you may want to try something else.

It's from Detroit, so don't disrespect it, or it will cut you, Man.

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Photo of jwc215
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours bright copper. The head becomes wispy. Minimal vanishing lace. Not the greatest head or lacing, but very nice color.

The smell is of caramel with leather and a hint of orange.

The taste is of sweet caramel, leather, (hint of wet tobacco?) and wood. Sweet, but does have a bitter touch in the finish.

Full-bodied and chewy, it is smooth. Alcohol well-covered.

A unique DIPA. Personally, I would consider it an American Strong Ale because it doesn't have the modern DIPA's citric/piney character very strongly. It is sweet-leaning, but bitterness does come through. An interesting, pleasant brew!

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Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled notched Nov. 2011

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Very fruity hops, with citrus, mostly orange, being most prominent. Also some caramel malt and grassy hops.

T - Nice hop bitterness up front, again with a big citrus component, but caramel and bread malts come in pretty quickly. Finishes with more bitterness. Definitely one of the better tasting beers I've had from Atwater.

M - Medium mouthfeel, slightly sticky. Finises semi-dry with some nice bitterness.

O - Certainly not in the upper echelon, but this was a pretty enjoyable DIPA, and one of the better Atwater brews I've had.

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Photo of Emnmarko
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated July 2013 Enjoyed 2/21/14

A- Pale golden honey and hazy. One finger head, white and tight, leaves moderate lacing.

S- Citrus from the hops comes through first. Grapefruit, lemon. A sweet bready aroma behind.

T- Sweet malts overpower the hops off the blocks but a dry bitterness soon takes over. Well balanced. At 92 ibu's this packs a punch as expected from a double IPA.

M- Drinkable for an IPA. Medium bodied for a 9% brew.

O- This is a fine double IPA. Nothing to write home about, but it was definitely enjoyable. True to style but lackluster. There are better out there but this does the trick. Check it out if you are in the mood for a hop forward IPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was at The Friendly Greek recently, picking up some lovely bombers and having a draft while doing so when one of my constituents walked in. He was in the market for some IPAs and DIPAs and asked if I could recommend some. I helped him to get a mixed-six and steered him over to a four-pack of this beer. I told him that Atwater Block has always been very hit-or-miss for me, in that when they hit it, it is fantastic and when they miss, they miss by a mile. I further copped that I was curious to try this one, but I did not want to commit to four, even for $11.00 so he bought the four, and I owe him $3.00 for the one that he slipped into my bag for review. It is nice to have friends ...

From the bottle: "Conniption Fit - /ke'nipSHen/ /fit/ - a hoppy ale characterized by a sudden, violent hop outburst, often accompanied by a tirade of strong language and unexpected gyrations of the face and mouth due to hysterical enjoyment."; "Beer Is Good"; "Enjoy Responsibly".

It was extremely fizzy and effervescent following the initial pour, so I backed off so as not to overflow the glass. Upon settling, I had just under two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention as the day's humidity made an unwanted return following intermittent showers. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. A previous reviewer mentioned haze and sediment, but I had neither. Notched date was J(une) 2013, so mine was definitely fresh. One whiff of the nose and I also understood what another reviewer meant by this as being an "English DIPA" as it was very malt-driven with the hops underlying the sweetness. I was put in mind more of a barleywine. Mouthfeel was on the full side, possibly due to all of the carbonation. The initial taste was very sweet, especially for the style, and very reminiscent of a barleywine. Thick, sticky lacing began to appear from the first draught. Finish was semi-dry, with the hops finally getting a chance to flex their muscles.

How do I quantify this one? If they would re-label it as an English-style barleywine or a Strong Ale, I would buy into it. As an ADIPA, it was far too sweet and malt-driven for my taste. Did I like it? Sure! It made me break out in a sweat drinking it, which all ADIPAs should do to be of any merit at all, but stylistically, it was flawed. Am I a style maven? Heck, no! But neither should I just gloss over that it really was not as advertised. Would I choose this over their misses, as previously mentioned? Heck, yes! Like I said, it was getting me where I was going, but it was taking an alternate route in so doing. Confound these guys!

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Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not what I was expecting, and I love a surprise like this.

It's darker golden almost orange - not your usual IPA. More like an imperial red. The aroma gives away what is coming in the taste. It smells hugely malty.

The taste is much maltier than any IPA labelled product I've had in a while. It's a deep, chewey malt. The hops are completely overpowered - maybe this is an old bottle, but I like it. Let me check for markings ... I can't tell, but I'm pretty sure it is - very old. That explains the hops being missing, but it's an interesting malt bomb.

The aftertaste is bitter and sweet - like a barleywine.

I'll take it - a probably-too-old bottle from a usually reputable dealer (Saveon), but a very interesing and unique taste.

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Atwater Conniption Fit Double IPA from Atwater Brewery
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