Lorenzini Double IPA | Maui Brewing Co.

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Lorenzini Double IPALorenzini Double IPA

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A special beer for a special cause. The name comes from the sharks "Ampullae of Lorenzini", the shark's electro sensory organ used to detect changes in electric fields. This American Double IPA was brewed with blood orange, local citrus, and Maui cane sugar. The unique hop profile of Azacca, El Dorado, and Sorachi Ace lend big grapefruit, ripe mango and tropical aromas, followed by a clean, mildly sweet bitterness. At 7.6% abv and approximately 80 IBUs this is a deceptively drinkable Double IPA.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very hoppy and citrusy. A bit dry on the finish with a delayed orange juice taste. Orange juice and Maui cane sugar are supposedly added. I taste the orange juice, but not the sugar.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose citrus, floral, grapefruit, malt, old orange juice, light carbo. Taste light sweet bitter orange, bready malt, some pine, grapefruit, hint of spice, slight soapiness, medium body.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is citrus, tropical fruit, sweet fruit and earthy malts. The flavor is citrus/sweet fruit, earthy malts, light tropical fruit and a bitter/slightly spicy finish. A slightly stronger regular IPA.

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Photo of BJones12
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the Brew Pub in Maui while on my honeymoon . LIked it so much i bought a 6 pack for the resort in Kapalua. Went back and bought another rack to sneak home in my check in luggage. ORangey aroma with a kick. Rate this one very high

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can..."canned on 090116" on the bottom" so about 7 weeks in the can

Pours moderatly cloudy, a nice shade of medium amber, sturdy and lasting khaki head, a nice looking film, and extensive fields of fine sheeting all up and down the glass...nice looking brew

Pungent hopped up sniff, with ripe melon, mango and pineapple coming to mind.

Delicious DIPA, big, bold, flavorful and highly enjoyable...more of the same from thenose, big fresh tropical fruit notes, along with some smoke on the back end...ample maple malts to balance thing out..10% brew with not quite all the alcohol in check...high quality DIPA in a can, all the way from Hawaii...nice

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Photo of donspublic
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into wine glass, nice 2 finger dirty white head, hangs around for the entirety and provides beautiful lacing. Clear reddish amber in the glass. Smells of malt, citrus. Taste initially if caramel sweetness with the blood orange citrus/mild sourness coming out on the middle, finishes with mils bitterness and some residual sweetness on the finish. Great mouthfeel, no alcohol coming thru. Dangerous beer. Picked this up as a pick six, going to have to go grab a sixer of this. This might be one of the best blood orange ipa's I have tried

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blood Oranges, Bitter, Tropical, Bready

Orange-amber with red hues, Lorenzini is cloudy with loads of particles in suspension and an off-white foamy lace with legs. The aroma offers fresh orange, tropical fruit, floral and herbal notes. Big blood orange flavors, a hit of mango, bright citrus edges and a zesty undertone provide an even bitterness. A bit bready with hints of chocolate, caramel and richer layer of sweetness from the Maui cane sugar, which really works with the blood orange. And by using Azacca, El Dorado and Sorachi Ace hops, it's a refreshing break from all of the heavy-handed Amarillo-Cascade-Simcoe hop bombs out there.

STYLE: American Double IPA | ABV: 7.6% | AVAILABILITY: Winter

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of Rpm0003
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a pretty good and unique double IPA. I found the beer description pretty accurate. Big mango and tangerine taste up front followed by mild bitterness on the finish. Probably the sweetest tasting double IPA I've had, but that's not a bad thing. I'll buy this again sometime

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Photo of bluehende
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Nice aroma and the bitterness of the blood orange was a nice taste that blends in nicely with the hop profile. A bit different but very tropical and good.

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Photo of Sundrifter
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As a huge IPA fan and shark lover since I was a kid I naturally had to try this beer. This is a double IPA brewed with blood orange, tangerine and Maui cane sugar. It has a reddish orange hue and right after pouring it into a cold glass I immediately smelled the hops along with a very big orange citrus flavor that was not only unique but pretty damn good. In addition to the citrus flavors I got some notes of tropical fruits along with some caramel, malts and some bitterness from the hops as well. I also like how the proceeds from this beer go to shark research which is definitely cool and not something you see all the time from breweries. A very good effort on a distinctly different double IPA from Maui Brewing and something I'd love to try again someday.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am back on The CANQuest (tm) for the moment, taking a break from the interminable backlog of bottles that seem to dog my heels at every turn. The worst part is that many of them are not AIPAs and as a hophead, I begin to get an insatiable jones that must be attended to lest the Hop Monkey on my back begin to screech and howl. I scored this recently at Max's on Broadway in the currently strife-filled Baltimore. I will toast the non-rioting citizens, many of whom are my friends, with this beer.

From the CAN: "Certified Made On Maui"; "Limited Release"; "Ale brewed with Tangerine and Blood Orange Juice"; "In collaboration with the biologists from the Shark Research Program at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. This team uses satellite and acoustic tags to monitor the movement behavior drivers of tiger sharks as they overlap with human use of coastal waters. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Shark Lab to support shark research."; "Handcrafted Ales & Lagers Brewed with Aloha"; "This Double India Pae Ale was brewed with blood oranges, local citrus and Maui cane sugar. The deep red hue is is a result of the blood orange juice and specialty malts, including Chocolate malt. The unique hop profile is made up of Azacca, El Dorado and Sorachi Ace. This beer is delightfully bitter and aromatic, with notes of tropical fruit, citrus and, of course, fresh orange zest."

I am so excited to be returning to The CANQuest (tm) for the moment that I had no option but to initiate a Crack! and an inverted Glug. I got two fingers of foamy, tawny head that lasted only briefly before falling back down, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with a LOT of floaties in evidence. Did someone chum these waters? Why do I suddenly hear the theme to "Jaws"? Nose reminded me of a recent chocolate mole beer with a spicy chocolate odor underlain by a sweet orange citrusiness. Mouthfeel ws thin-to-medium, surprising for the style. The taste reminded me of the Brach's Orange-Chocolate caramels that my maternal grandmother used to put on her coffee table when I was a kid. The ABV was really well-hidden, making it that much more dangerous. Suddenly, something brushed against my ankle and along my leg and I realized that I was not alone! My blood ran orange and I began to swim to safety, waving to the gunner lookout on the ship as I realized that I was somehow back in the Navy and on Swim Call. It was too late as I was finished and the finish was semi-sweet, but ultimately less than satisfying.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this might be the best maui beer i have had, and freshness may be a factor. my girlfriends parents just brought this back fresh from the island for me, no time on a boat or in a distributor warehouse for this one, and it makes a big difference. such a clever recipe, huge malt bill, hawaiian cane sugar, sorachi ace hops, and tangerine and blood orange juice. the color is a little more amber than others, i think the label mentions a slight dose of chocolate malt, but the head is tall and lasting and bone white. i smell the sorachi ace right away on the nose, that creamy lemon zippy character it always brings goes really well with the added citrus. the taste is very similar with the hops not just in the finish, but running all the way through it, being carries on and push forward buy the robust grain complexion, which is way less sweet than anticipated by the color alone. blood orange and tangerine are used appropriately, not over dosed, but absolutely impacting the flavor here, tangy slightly acidic juicy and ripe. bitterness is only middle of the road on this one, and for an imperial ipa, the abv is very low. that lends to great drinkability, and frankly makes perfect sense in the hot maui climes. i have never seen this for sale here in colorado, which is too bad, because its sensational beer. love the choice of sorachi hops in it, makes it really stand out. i also like how part of the proceeds it generates goes toward shark research, important stuff. well done on all fronts with this one, it gives me a new respect for maui brewing.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN: 12 fl oz. Great label art and design. Aluminum. Standard pull-tab.

Purchased at an Austin, TX grocery store and served cold into a pilsner glass. Expectations are well above average given the brewery.

7.6% ABV. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1.5 inches wide. Off-white colour. Somewhat creamy. Not real frothy. Typical thickness and fullness for an IIPA. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Retention is average for the ABV - ~1.5-2 minutes.

BODY: Littered with plainly visible yeasty dregs and muck, this is anything but a clean presentation. Dull translucent copper. Has a dirty mucky look unbecoming of the style.

Appears adequately carbonated. Overall, it's a pretty poor appearance for an imperial IPA. Clearly unfiltered.

AROMA: Tangerine, citrus, orange zest, odd chocolate malt, pale malts, caramalt, and a kiss of inexpressive blood orange. This aroma is anything but fresh, which really takes away from the citrusy notes (which I think are intended to be the focus). It's not too cidery, but the cane sugar isn't really working here. There's some herbal character and pine, which dilutes the citrus hop profile substantially.

An underwhelming murky aroma of average intensity. Not a very appealing imperial IPA. I'd like the blood orange and orange zest to ring distinct, and to come off fresh and expressive.

Luckily, no yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

TASTE: Citrusy, with heavy tangerine leanings - at the expense of the more interesting blood orange flavour. The malt backbone is too sweet, focusing on robust caramalt instead of the more approachable pale malts. The cane sugar was a bad call, bolstering the already problematic sweetness with a raw sugariness that just doesn't belong in beer. A dab of chocolate malt further disrupts the balance. Frankly, the hop profile just seems off; why not use something like Citra or Centennial in a beer brewed with citrus juice?

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Not a subtle build at all, nor an intricate one. This beer suffers from a plain presentation of flavour, yet the individual notes still don't ring distinct, giving this beer a murky melange of flavour that feels neither cohesive nor even-keeled. There are severe balance problems, and the American yeast comes through far more than it ought to. Why not filter this?

TEXTURE: Full-bodied, overcarbonated, unrefreshing, smooth, wet, and sharp. Pretty generic middling execution. There's no harmony of texture to taste, and this mouthfeel fails to elevate the beer as a whole or to accentuate specific individual notes from the taste. Has too much caramalt-derived weight and heft on the palate. Some might find it a bit astringent.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or harsh.

OVERALL: The best aspects of this beer - the blood orange citrus, the orange zest, the mellow tangerine - get lost beneath the more dominant problematic flavours like sweet caramalt, off-putting cane sugar, and completely unwelcome chocolate malt. The hop selection is poor, failing to complement the citrus juice, and the texture is ill-suited to the taste. While drinkable, it doesn't hide its ABV well, nor is it a strong effort from Maui brewing. I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends. The discerning drinker will be severely underwhelmed. With the rich availability of superior imperial IPAs on the market, I can't see this performing well for Maui.

Low C (2.78)

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is a rounded orange, lemon and tangerine mixture.
The taste starts out malty, then quickly moves through three different waves of bitterness. Finishes long and bitter.
The texture is thicker and crisp.
The flavor profile is great, but a little too bitter overall for me.

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Photo of hophugger
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light reddish-gold color with average head and light, spotty lacing. Aroma is of cool, orange and other assorted citrus, lightly dank !. Flavor is bold with orange flavor being dominant. Lots of floaties in this beer, hopefully it is just orange pulp.. Mouthfeel is pleasant and cool and this is a great brew from this brewery !!

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Photo of RyanK252
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Bright citrus, fruity, a bit floral, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Blood orange jumps out, floral and fruity notes, a little melon, and caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I dig the blood orange, but I'm not big on the fruity hops.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can, indecipherable dating on the bottom into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Fine dark amber body, slightly hazy with the tiniest floaties mixing with a nice amount of ultra fine carbonation, kind of like a neat reverse cascading effect through the orange to brown amber body. Head has a nice creamy appearance, a yellow vanilla like color to it but makes only about a finger but still manages to hang on to about the same sized round puck on top.

What a fun aroma. Lots of orange juiced fruit, and tropical notes. Creamy biscuit and sweet vanilla cookie notes get mixed in as well. Nice controlled bitterness to match with a spicy quality which goes wonderfully with the fruit tones. Just real nice.

Palate seems a bit of a surprise but still quite enjoyable. Chewy and leafy mint bitterness in the mid palate that takes away from much of the hinting fruit character, but leaves a different hop expression that is fun if unanticipated. Very tight and fine like carbonation that real cuts through like a sharp knife emphasizing the hoppy bitterness it seems, almost too much to a degree. Mild orange aftertaste and lots of zesty oils with a bit of watery juicy quality but not horribly.

Overall kind of an interesting take on fruit and hops, but sort of leaves me wanting more. Perhaps a fresher can?!

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I found Lorenzini a bit underwhelming, like so many Maui Brewing beers. I had this one on tap in a bar in Seattle, just after returning from a week on Maui, where I sampled 6 other MBC beers.

Lorenzini is a nice idea ... a blood orange DIPA, a different take on the tropical notes in an IPA/DIPA. The problem is that the fruit is quite muted, as are the hops. The result is an OK drinkable DIPA, but it's just too understated to be anything more than pleasant. You'd probably like it, as I did, but there are a lot of other DIPAs out there to reach for first.

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

12oz can, part of a minor slew of new products from this brewery arriving in Alberta of late.

This beer pours a mildly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly ecru head, which leaves some static transmission lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of rather dank pine resin, mixed citrus fruits - sweet orange, white grapefruit - muddled tropical sugary esters, bready caramel malt, further spicy, leafy hops, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is big tangerine, red grapefruit, and exotic orange citrus, a lessened musty pine needle bitterness, further fleshy mango fruit notes, gritty, grainy caramel malt, and a softly spicy, leafy, and kind of perfumed hoppiness.

The carbonation is impressive in its subtle, mouth-filling support, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, a slight clamminess inherent in the variable dankness of the hops. It finishes on the sweet side, all that extra fruitiness really having no other option in terms of ubiety.

A decent version of the style, the adjuncts definitely rendering a certain Hawaiian sense through it all. Tasty, and not particularly sweet overall, despite what I may have already just written. And hopefully the proceeds from this brew help make the shark depicted on the label appear a little more upbeat!

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours a nice caramel orange color. Forms a finger and a half of slightly off white colored head. High head potential, low head retention. Minimal spotty lacing.
S - 3.75 - Extremely spicy, very faint and mild touches of orange and tangerine. The fruit here seems a bit subdued.
T - 3 - Extremely weak and faint blood orange and tangerine upfront, ends on a decent note, but quickly fades into an aftertaste of what I can only describe as Windex bitterness.
F - 4 - Decent medium bodied mouthfeel.
O - 2.75 - The hops, the blood orange and the tangerine are all there, but they're weak. Delicious idea, poorly executed. Will not buy again.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a plastic cup at the St. Paddys parade, downtown Jackson, MS underneath a canopy in the pouring rain. (sets the mood, doesn't it?) Thanks, Darren.

A: Clear gold/amber with a half finger head of off-white foam that hung on for the floats. Nice lacing.

S: Bring on the citrus! Mangoes and blood oranges are very prevalent with light grapefruit and mangoes. Could smell this for a while.

T: Follows nose with a big splash of sweet mangoes and oranges. Very low bitterness. Grapefruit slides in for the kill. I wish there was a bigger malt profile.

M: Light to medium, with medium carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: Yep, this one does smell better than it tastes, not that the taste is bad. More malts would've given this Lorenzini a better balance. More like drinking a fruity cocktail than a beer. Glad I got to try it, though.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: 4 - Pours a clear amber orange liquid with half a finger of whitish slightly orange head. Tons of small floaties dance evenly in the liquid from top to bottom.

Smell: 4.2 - There is a big tangerine nose right up front with slight citrus backing.

Taste: 4 - Big tangerine front end which quickly rolls into a slightly biter blood orange finish has a long lasting slight bitter hoppy aftertaste. no alcohol detectable.

Feel: 3.5 - Very thin mouthfeel for a double ipa. Wet finish with a long lasting tangy bite.

Over all: 4 - A very different take on the typical DIPA. Definitely get all of the blood orange and tangerine advertised on the can. To me it could have used a better malt back bone, that and the thin mouthfeel just kind of kill it for me. Its rare a beer looks and smells better than it tastes and feels, but this is just that. However the big tangerine and blood orange flavors with the long lasting after taste save it for a solid 4. Definitely worth the purchase of a single if you get a chance, and that is just what this was.

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a can of this. It pours a clear copper to orange color with an off-white head. A full wall lace clings to the glass.

The nose is herbal and rindy with citrus and pulp/zest. Some fruity and floral qualities blend out the nose making it quite enjoyable.

The taste is bitter rind, pulpy zest with almost an oily feel. Its fruity and floral with plenty of citrus combination from both the hops and citrus addition.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. A pretty nice canned IPA that I would drink again.

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Photo of obrike
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as hoppy as I prefer, but a fun and interesting take on a DIPA. Murky dark orange color in my pint glass, lacing does not last too long. Can smell blood orange and a bit of grapefruit. Looking forward to trying it.

Taste of blood orange is there, but not in your face like you get with grapefruit Sculpin. Hops feel a bit buried, but the flavor is good. Not the juiciness I hoped for. Bready, sweet malts are certainly there on the back end.

Overall, glad I gave this one a shot, but I don't think I'll be revisiting.

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Photo of Catracho5
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can poured into a Hop Tulip glass

A: Amber color, slight orange tint on the edges, white head that dissipated fairly quick, clear, not getting much carbonation, looks okay.

A: Slight hop bitter aroma, not much on this, especially for a IIPA as the can says.

T: Definitely get the tangerine and blood orange bitterness coming through, not getting much of a hop citrusy bitter flavor on this, not much on the flavor.

M: Very dry, medium mouthfeel, it's flatter than most IPAs I've tried.

O: Nothing impressive here, the tangerine and blood orange really overwhelm any IPA characteristics. An IPA with something added like this needs to be complemented by the addition, not overwhelmed by it. I would like to taste more piney, citrusy IPA flavors than what this offers. It's labeled an IIPA but it's more like an IPA, second time trying Maui Brewing Company, and I have yet to be impressed.

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Lorenzini Double IPA from Maui Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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