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Serendipity | Red Eye Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Red Eye Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dirtylou on 06-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of alcstradamus
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the recipe of Beer Advocate member averagejoe, who won a homebrew contest to get this brewed for the Red Eye brewpub. I did not get to try it while it was still available at the brewery, but was given a bottle of it to enjoy.

A--Nice cloudy copper color with a finger of head in my 16 oz. snifter. Spotty lacing is left behind as the glass empties.

S--Grass, lemons, sweet caramel maltiness. I love the hop profile here, its almost as though a shot of pure lemon juice was added.

T--Huge on flavor yet well balanced. The hops are floral/earthy and quite bitter, but the bitterness is well balanced with the sweet malts making for an overall fantastic tasting DIPA.

M--On the full side of medium bodied, and very sticky on the roof of them mouth...just like any great DIPA should be.

D--I have a hard time not chugging this too quickly, it is an excellent example of the style. It is tough to objectively review something that you were personally given by the brewer, but truthfully that fact may have caused me to rate this LOWER than I should. I hesitated on giving out any 5's, but it may deserve some. It's a shame that this is no longer on tap at the brewpub or commercially available

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Photo of SykDoc
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I also had this fresh at the brewery and bought a growler to bring home. Poured from a growler into a pint glass. It pours a hazy amber color and forms a 3/4 inch light tan head that leaves a full coverage blotchy lacing. Carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma is a hefty dose of pine hops with some sweeter grapefruit and caramel malty sweetness that pop up.

The taste is very good with a piney hops presence that is combined with a peach sweetness. Difficult to tell if it is this or a caramel malt sweetness mixed with grapefruit, but either way, very good.

The mouthfeel is solid as well with a medium/full body. Carbonation balances the intensity of the flavor and it goes down cleanly but leaves a dry and somewhat sticky feel at the finish.

This is a very good beer. The ABV is almost too hidden, particularly when combined with the blend of flavors. This alone is worthy of a trip to Wausau, WI if you can.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the old fashioned, $4 on 2-1 tap night

cell-phone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, dark amber body - quite dark for the style...light beige froth

smell: agressively hopped and noticeably bitter in the nose - grapefruit, pine and a full dose of caramel malt

taste: very good DIPA - much more balanced than some of my other favs (pliny, dreadnaught, etc) - thick chewy caramel malts make this almost feel like a really hoppy barleywine without all the booze (i think is 7-8%). bitter grapefruit and dripping pine round out the flavor profile - nice beer

mouthfeel: thick chewy body, moderate bitterness

drinkability: goodd

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Red transparent body with a large celled eggshell colored head standing about an inch and a half tall. It fades relatively slow leaving a sticky lacing along the glass' edge and a humucky surface on top.

S - Aroma has a medium strength and consists of citrusy hops.

T - Flavors are mutlipe and they trasition from one to another with grace. It begins with mild hops and subtle malt. The middle begins a pickup of slightly bitter citrus hops before smoothing into a piney citrus ending. The finish is mild pine and begs for more consumption.

M - The feel is smooth with no watery texture to note. There's a nice medium thickness to this brew that really allows it to go down with ease. Just after the middle and right before the finish there is a slight coarse texture to note. It really is interesting how the texture comes, goes, then comes and goes again.

~ This beer has really softened me up. It is an easy to drink brew that has some great cloudy 'head'. It makes me feel relaxed and exhilerated both at the same time. If you haven't had the chance to try it, I suggest you make some time.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into Duvel tulip. Thanks again Alcstradamus.

A- A nice amber, with a very minimal amount of haze. After a good pour, there was only about a half finger's worth of head, if that. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Pretty much hop forward, with a sweet, malty background to go along with a little of honey. As the beer warms up, there is a heavy booze smell.

T- Again, hops right away and actually a pretty decent malt backbone that really makes this more balanced that some DIPA's out there. Like the nose there is some sweetness, almost a honey taste combined with a little alcohol flavor.

M- A big bite up front from the hops and nice, dry finish. There isn't that much carbonation which isn't necessarily a bad thing in this circumstance. Medium bodied that is a little closer to the heavier side.

D- Pretty good considering it's a DIPA. The bite really dies down once the beer warms a little bit and I think that helps smooth it out. If you are looking for a huge hop bomb maybe look elsewhere, this is more balanced.

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Serendipity from Red Eye Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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