Merry Taj IPA | The Lost Abbey

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86
very good
244 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
First IPA for Lost Abbey. Brewed with the freshest hops available. Features 5 different hop varieties: Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe.

Added by dwagner003 on 11-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
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Photo of waddellc2
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of BARFLYB
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Rye? Not sure it impressed nice 1/4" head. Laced glass nice. Nose is not ipa. Color is malt. Taste is Rye??

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Photo of parris
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Very astringent and uncomfortable combination of hops and holiday spice

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Photo of samoblue
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of retry4z
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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

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3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sludgegnome
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Reginato
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of jophish17
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Lurkerson
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwswigs
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thampel09
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of John_M
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

While not terrible, I just didn't think all the Christmas spices blended in all that well with the IPA base beer. One and done for me.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jeff1973
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of citizencane
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Merry Taj IPA from The Lost Abbey
3.85 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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