Merry Taj IPA | The Lost Abbey

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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 Eden
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.1 really pretty good sidebar

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Photo of drewone
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Crusher
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 daem3384
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Photo of swanfungus
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nugganooch
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pharmdawg12
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryho
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Docrock
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gouettn
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sillyhed8
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsm80x
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffBlue
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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