Merry Taj
The Lost Abbey

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,021
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,846
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
247
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The Lost Abbey
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  29
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: First IPA for Lost Abbey. Brewed with the freshest hops available. Features 5 different hop varieties: Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe.
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

March 17th, 2016 - Enjoyed over drinks with colleagues, I didn't have much time too take meticulous notes (and the bar is too busy for that anyway) but this is a gorgeous deep, dark brown brew with a good hoppy nose and a spicy disposition. And most notable on the flavor is how mild the hops are even though the menu bills this as a Double IPA. But still quite good and engaging, catching the palate's attention even in a place like this.

Apr 26, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2.09/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Unknown vintage; drank 12/11/14 @ Fischman's.

Dark orange hue.

Off-white head; a curtain of lace.

Pine, caramel & mild orange citrus nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Scorched-earth hop bitterness in the flavor, with hints of honey & caramel trying (& mostly failing) to emerge.

This is everything I DON'T like in an IPA.

May 14, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance had a semi dark red sort of amber color. Bar pour leads to a one finger white foamy head that dies to leave some white cling lacing. The smell started off light caramel leading to bitter hops, nothing overly done and extremely inviting. The taste was a bittersweet all the way through to lead to a super nice bittersweet caramel bitter hops aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium in body, somewhat sessionable, and the carbonation is right on for the style and for me. Overall, I say this is a good AIPA that I would have again.

Jun 09, 2017
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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Eureka Restaurant in Concord, CA.

This tasted like a light hoppy barleywine. Woody & Cedary citrus hops. Almost like a low ABV aged SN Bigfoot. Nice change of pace but not at all what I was expecting when I ordered it off the menu.

Mar 10, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark red look, cloudy. Scent of piney and citrus hops. Nice flavor, something different in this beer. Citrus and slightly bitter. Good carbonation. Good beer at the City Yap in University City. Evenly carbonated with the slight bitterness lasting on the palate.

Jan 07, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks burnt orange with decent head. Smells of standard malts and bitter pine hops, and taste is same. Basically like a lower quality bigger Ballast Point a big Eye. Not bad, but not great by any stretch. Bitterness gets further out of proportion as beer warms.

Dec 28, 2016
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seanbhudson from California

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had of draft at Eureka.
Aroma: bready, caramel, pine, rainforest
Taste: apricot, pine, pomegranate , orange, grapefruit, mango, earth. There is a lot of complexity here and the flavors meld together well.
Body: full lingering flavors
One of the best beers I have had in awhile

Feb 07, 2016
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brief notes @ the Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver. Expectations are high since I love Port's IPAs. Served on-draught for $6/10 oz.

A: 2 inches of head. Off white colour. 6 minute retention. Frothy and somewhat creamy.

Body is a translucent amber-copper of average vibrance.

It's a nice look for an IPA.

Sm: Pine-forward, with some sticky hop oils and resins to back it up. Amber & pale malt sweetness balances it out. I think I find some kind of herb or spice, but I can't put my finger on it.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

T: Follows the aroma, with more of an Amber malt sweetness than pale malt presence. Hop forward without being imbalanced, emphasizing the pine. Has an English ale feel to it - something in the malt bill (or maybe even yeast). Built nicely, but without stand-out characteristics.

Mf: Standard, with a bit of a weak presence on the palate. Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, medium-bodied, and of average heft on the palate. Not oily, gushed, or hot.

O: An above average IPA with a timely holiday Amber malt spin, but still in the shadow of Port's other superior (I)IPAs. I wouldn't nab it again at this price point. Will likely disappoint those (like me) who associate the Lost Abbey brand with excessive quality, but it's middle of the road for the Port label. Drinkable.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Dec 07, 2015
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy, deep ruby red color with dark apricot edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Really nice color.

Earthy, slightly floral aroma with spicy, grassy hop notes and resinous oils followed by subtle fruit sweetness and a strong malt backbone. Fresh cut grass, pine needle and dank oily buds followed by biscuit malt and dark fruit notes. Slight peppery spice character with vinous grape, sour cherry and plum. A bit malty for my preference but the dark fruit and spice presence add another dimension.

Full body with a strong malt backbone countering the bitter, earthy hop presence. Very hop forward with dry resins giving off sticky pine and earthy grass flavor. Dank buds, resinous oils, pine needle and delicate spice but lacks citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. Thankfully the malt backbone makes up for this. Very sweet and only slightly roasted with some caramel, biscuit and fleshy dark fruit notes. Some nice wintry spice as well with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Vinous fruit with dark cherry, plum and sweet berries . Nicely balanced but lacking complexity in the hop department. Also, the malt presence is heavier than I prefer but it's an appropriate beer for the season. I just don't think I would want more than one in an evening.

Nov 23, 2015
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Nugganooch from California

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Bressi Ranch
Full Pint – 12/22/2014

A: Merry Taj pours a dark murky amber body with a definite unfiltered kind of look to it. Has some lighter orange tones to it. Creamy thick finger wide topping of khaki tan suds that holds tight for a few lengthy moments. So much scattered stick to this one it gives the glass a fogged up appearance.

S: Smells like the fresh dank sauce served up with some nice crusty warm bread. Seriously herbaceous this one is with a nice backing of floral and spice notes. Add a dash of caramel like sweetness and perhaps some understated citrus and pine there as well. Nice refreshing malt-balanced nose that is remarkably similar to Sierra Nevada celebration.

T: Bready malt balanced to the beat of some resinous dank and floral herbs with a bit of hop spice mixed in. Touch of spiced citrus and pine there but mostly dank with leafy wet hop flavors. The beer has an upper amount of scrubbing bitterness to it and the alcohol is well hidden in flavor for 8% ABV. Great accord to this overall. Merry Taj is a solid brew but eerily too much like SN Celebration. Dare I say one step even better.

M: Moderately filling with a nice creamy texture provided from the CO2. Hits with a peppery bitterness midway and finishes with a drying feel and long resinous linger.

D: An Atypical west coast IPA. Big resinous wet hop flavor with the bready malt to counter play. Really I am not certain if this is an homage to SN Celebration or just an outright attempt to trump it. Either way is a win. The similarities and flavor profiles are too canny. In this case here, fresh off the draught, I am enjoying it quite a bit more than the OG Celebration I must say.

May 11, 2015
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JeffBlue from California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Draft, Hopping Pig, San Diego, CA 11/29/14). Wonderful smell; perfumey if you will. Recently looked for this beer at BevMo but no luck. Think I missed the boat on this one.

Mar 01, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First, I think this is miscategorized. It's more of a Belgian IPA and not at all the usual American style. And it's definitely not a summer beer. This is January 11 and it's on tap at Waypoint Public in North Park.

Dark coppery amber with a nice cap of foam. some pleasant sweetness with a winey taste. Very bitter aftertaste, the hops and yeast conspire together. Tangy and zippy, with a nice grapey sweet note.

The yeasty bitterness is quite startling, but maybe the good old American IPA hop flinging is at work here as well as the Belgian yeast. Warm and woody with some toasted malt. Mostly it's bitter.

Jan 13, 2015
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srandycarter from California

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, Main Tap, El Cajon

A - The color of rust and copper (not green). Small near white head, not much lace.

S - I can never discern much on tap, especially when it is cold and I have a cold. Buddy of mine found it hoppy and floral. I didn't find much of anything.

T - Yum. Some marked malt but mostly hops in a standard IPA profile.

M - Medium body, good balance, etc.

D - A tasty beer. Fun to try.

Jan 07, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bountiful lace (nearly a full blanket) from a minimal head. Dark amber color. A bit of haze.

I notice the alcohol first, not because it's strongest, but because I wasn't expecting it. Otherwise, I like the malt-hop balance. Pleasant aroma but not overly strong.

Thin malt start. The hop is very earthy-~not my favorite style, but well done. Long lingering aftertaste. Body is neutral; the carbonation elevated.

Jan 01, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a well made ipa, but not the type that really excites me. i like the latest southern hemisphere hop craze, appreciate the fruitiness and tropical nature of it. i also like the old school west coast, resinous and sticky and big, even sweet at times. this is neither of those, and while it has some cool hop nuance (amarillo), this is a bitter bomb for me. its so intensely bitter as to not only destroy the palate for future beers, but also to crowd out any grain character, hop oil mouthfeel, and anything at all that would make it interesting or memorable. its obvious that the beer is of high quality, up to part for these guys for sure, but its so bitter that it doesnt have all that much flavor. im not usually one to complain about IBUs, in fact i look for them, yearn for them even, but this has been taken to absurdity. undrinkable in quantity i think, but its cool around the holidays as a conversation beer. i wouldnt buy a bottle of it though.

Dec 30, 2014
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mschantz from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap aS a guest tap at Bagby Brewery in Oceanside. Light reddish brown beer with nice clarity. Thin pencil of head that stuck around a bit. Pine present in the nose but certainly not dominating. Brown bread, Carmel and white grape flavors initially. As this beer warmed up, a sweeter flavor, candied orange perhaps, opened up. Mouth feel is sparkly as this beer is highly carbonated and nice.

Dec 28, 2014
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

Growler obtained from Trenton Road Take Out 11/29/14

A solid Amerian IPA style. Not citrus or piney enough for my now-spoiled taste to be truly brilliant, but would definitely buy again if I came upon it. Good balance, probably could use a bigger hopping. Very drinkable.

Nov 30, 2014
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Goliveidaho from Idaho

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a gobblet at Brewforia, Meridain. Head light...lacing delicate..small bubbles bouncing up through the dark amber....very dark with fine highlights. Massive grapefruit...sublte orange....do I taste pomegranate? Very smooth in the mouth leaves the palliate dry...like a lemon...tart...expecting the next mouthful. If this beer had just a smidge more complex overtones it would as my server said,"Stupid good." Cheers!!

Jan 04, 2014
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: murky ruby grapefruit honey red

S: grapefruit, malt, caramel

T: grapefruit, pineapple, pine, sweet caramel

M: medium, don't feeling carbonation

O: it's ok. I'm a LA fanboy. However I'd recommend their Belgian style offerings over this. It seems a little mediocre compared to the rest of their offerings. Nothing offensive though

Jan 01, 2014
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Durge from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This holiday IPA shows a dark rosy amber color with a fair cover of white that breaks down to a sparse blanket with lots of crackled lacing. The aroma is clearly announcing some grapefruit hops and some caramel wheat. Fairly mild but nice. The flavor brings a bigger hop kick with near cloying grapefruit and some piny bitter sweetness. There's a hint of cherry and sweet grain with a very subtle alcohol sensation. This is a solidly medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation that drinks pretty well for the ABV. The feel is fairly heavy with just a tasteful bit of spritely tingle for the tongue. A definite hop brew for the holidays when you might want to pace yourself a little to enjoy the crackling fire. Very nice.

Dec 17, 2013
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AgentMunky from New York

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass at Ale Arsenal.

Nice head. Mahogany clear. Heavy lacing. Smells of earthy hops. Citrus zest. Tropical fruit. Dryish. Zesty. Hint of caramel malt. Light, spritely, and crisp. This is a rather light, subdued, interesting AIPA. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended. Would have again. Aftertaste is dry and spicy.

Dec 15, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus zest qualities all around.

Dec 11, 2013
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Siebel98 from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Had this right after a Green Flash West Coast IPA, and if I didn't know different I would have sworn at first taste that the GF had a higher ABV.

Beautifully balanced beer. Rich copper color, dense creamy off-white head, citrusy hop aroma. Flavor is incredibly well balanced between the massive malt and hop levels, and the alcohol is very well hidden. With very little lingering bitterness, this beer is surprisingly easy to drink for an 8% IPA.

Kudos to Lost Abbey on their first IPA. Outstanding.

Dec 03, 2013
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RaulMondesi from California

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great, great dark reddish appearance like a Moroccan sunset. Nose is wonderful; like an orca clearing it's blowhole of pure, yet light hop juices. Taste is a bit different; not harsh like listening to a Katy Perry record, but deceiving like Katy Perry with makeup on. It's a bit "sharper" than most IPA's, but still smooth.

Yeah, like Katy Perry, it's a bit confusing. I mean, it's ok and I would order another, but, would I?

Bless your hearts, my children.

Nov 29, 2013
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