Merry Taj IPA | The Lost Abbey

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Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

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 StoutSnob40 on 11-13-2013

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3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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.


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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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 smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on July 21, 2017.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Merry Taj IPA from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 244 ratings