Mike Duggan #09 IPA | Duggan's Brewery

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Mike Duggan #09 IPAMike Duggan #09 IPA

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Duggan's Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Now being brewed by Cool Brewing.

Added by Derek on 04-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobsy for this IPA.

A: Caramel looking beer, very clear. The head is soapy. Could be associated to clouds too. Seems to stick very well to the glass.
S: Grapefruits hops with faint notes of citrus. I do get some caramel/toffee notes that are from the malts.
T: Very nice taste. Hops (grapefruits, citrus). Starts with grapefruits to move on with citrus. The after-taste is all bitterness. Bitterness starts small but finish big. In the 2010, a little metallic taste but nothing too annoying. It lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. Very nice.
M: Medium body, mellow (slightly round) in the mouth.
D: Easy IPA to drink. A very well balanced IPA. Again, I do class this IPA in easy to drink.

Thanks Bobsy for a good beer. Liamt07 sent me another one on september 2010. Just updated my review based on this 2010 version.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Toronto's Newest Craft Brewery is being run by one of Toronto's original Brew Masters. Mike Duggan was previously the Brew Master at the Mill Street Brewery when they were first building their business. Mike has since moved and opened his own BrewPub in downtown Toronto, Duggan's Brewery at Victoria just south of Richmond. The #9 IPA has just made its way into LCBOs, and is getting acclaims at every beer festival it goes to.

Honestly, I was pretty hesitant to enjoy this beer at first, but I'm not really sure why. I had no good reason, and I enjoy some of the beers that Mike created over at Mill Street. So my concern was completely unfounded. There was only one way to right this wrong, so I grabbed a 6 pack of #9′s and tossed them in the fridge. They come in oddly thin 275ml bottles with very clean and simple branding which I quite like. I would have preferred more beer, even just the standard 341 or 355ml, but the 6 pack is less expensive also, so no one is getting jipped. The skinny bottle is also really pretty, it grew on me more and more as I looked at it. But hows the beer? Thats the important question.

This is a real IPA, one with flavor, complexity, and depth. It has been brewed with 9 different malts, and comes in at 6.2% ABV. Mike's goal here is a West Coast style IPA with vibrant and bright piney flavors on a hop focused citrus bouquet. The key here will be the balance between rich hops and soothing malts. Not everyone can pinpoint this, I do have faith in Duggan though.

I opened the #9 cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed beer glass. The pour was very smooth and creamy building a frothy and mildly dense khaki colored foam right from the start. Gently, a richly amber brown beer rumbled with foam until a deeply glowing beer was produced. The head stood just over an inch with a creamy consistency trapped in a pillowy eggshell froth. The beer shone from the center with rich mahogany browns emanating out to golden brick, dark copper and bright spots of ruby. Into the sun especially you can see the richness of this beer - it is transparent but very deep, already proving the vast malt complexity.

The nose was perfect from the first sniff, and got me hooked. I think I spent a few minutes smelling this beer before even tasting it. Rich malty caramel and toffee blended so perfectly with smooth floral hops and zesty citrus flavors with a back end of pine, earth, hay fields and freshness. The more I think about it, the more this beer impressed me. Genuinely creamy malt sensations glide into your senses showing rich gooey sweetness, but also an earthy and complex round of leather and brown sugar. The hops sat right next to all the 9 malts and brought excellent balance creating a crisp and refreshing sensation.

Eventually I would have to try this beer, and by now I was very excited to. Exactly like the nose, this beer is sublimely balanced on your palate with huge waves of flavor. Could it be that Ontario has really produced a West Coast IPA that can compete with the, well, guys from the West Coast!? First the malts glide with with a wide structure showing your lips, tongue, cheeks and throat exactly what they were meant to - smoothly lush, and richly deep malts with the classic toffee and dark caramel flavor that is perfect in a big IPA.

Juicy rich malt flavors show complexity again with hints of dried fruit, charred savory flavors, and barley fresh feelings. They big key though is that right when the malts begin to overpower, the hops burst in with a lemon zest, fresh pine, grapefruit and earthy bitterness that proved to quench, refresh, and balance the #9 IPA perfectly. Ya, perfectly.

I'm left with a clean and bittersweet mouthfeel that is smooth and gently carbonated in a masterful design. This was very well done Mike, thank you! I'm going for the #9 next with some Indian or Thai food, something real spicy that I can only have on rare occasions. This IPA is going to match the sweet and robust flavors perfectly, and sooth and clean the spicy with ease.

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Photo of BigBry
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pint enjoyed with bobsy at C'est What.
Slightly darker gold color than Big Al's, thick white head. Better head and lace than I was expecting from a high hopped beer. Earthy, piney hops. Lots of bitterness, but still balanced and not too one dimensional. Good body, another pint that disappeared too quickly.

I believe I read that this won the Toronto Vask Fest, glad I got to try it as well.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up on a random T.O. excursion.

Poured into a nonic glass. A deep copper brew, some light carbonation. A terrific head for a bottled ale - a good half inch, lots of patchy lacing, excellent retention.

Nose is malty and fruity, with only a touch of spices and hops. Not really an IPA nose, more of a standard American pale ale. Still terrific though.

Not nearly as hoppy as I'd expected, but they are certainly there in the back. Spicy and peppery to the finish, the hops seem more East coast to me - rich and earthy. However, the malt character is this brew's defining attribute - caramel, cream, vanilla and red berries introduce the brew well. Hops feel a bit washed out for an IPA.

Slightly creamy, carbonation is a light sting. Medium bodied.

Definitely reminds me of Tankhouse, another exceptional Toronto brew. Not nearly hoppy enough for an IPA, it's damned close - and damned good. Exceptional value - probably the best 6 pack you can get for under 10 bucks ($9.95 at the Lower Jarvis LCBO). A pleasure to drink - another winner from Mike Duggan!

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, light tan head, some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Tangerine, grapefruit & peppery spice.

T: Tangerine, nectarine and grapefruit with a little grass & pepper from the hops. Some caramel and a hint of nut from the malts. Good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of peensteen
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A refreshing IPA. This is my everyday beer, replaces Mill St. Tankhouse in my fridge. The only down side is that I have to go to the brewpub to get it and it only comes in a 4-pack. But overall well worth the trip there, the other beers and food is great. It pours a lovely copper brown. Smells ripe with malt and hops. Very refreshing for an IPA. Would like it to finish a little longer but its inital flavour makes up for its short finish. This is made really well by, in my opinion, one of Canada's best brewmasters period. I will buy this as long as they make it.

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Photo of uno99
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewery a couple times, but the need for a 6 pack of something to bring to a UFC PayPerView party meant I wanted something smooth, easy to drink but still enough substance to quench my beer snob palate.

Served at 50 Degrees. No date on bottle.

A: Cool looking, small (275ml) minimalist design bottle, Poured into a stella tulip. Very deep copper-brown color. Huge head, which sticks to the glass like glue and lasts for the entire experience.

S: biscuit malts upfront. Pine and nettle hops. quite sweet and inviting.

T: Sweet malts upfront. A little honey and caramel center, then a good rush of hops peruses the sweetness down your throat. Sweetness does linger in the finish, but enough hop presence remains to balance things.

M: Quite a solid brew. Medium to heavy bodied. Coats the palate well.

D: Looking forward to sessioning this one whilst the gladiators of our time square off in the octagon.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a clear dark amber hue, with a few fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of lace as it recedes. It smells of caramel malt, and soft citrus hops, very inviting. The taste follows through on the promise with a solid caramel malt backbone, balanced with some nice orange and grapefruit hop essences. The carbonation is quite mild, the body smooth and soft, and the finish is dry and softly hopped.

A very good, and drinkable, Yankee-style IPA, which is seemingly hard to find around these here parts...

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Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had quite a few pints of this at Volo.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, almost mahogany, thick off white head forms, good retention, very thick and chunky, nice lacing. Smell is good, nice malts in the background, caramel and bread, some light citrusy/grapefruity hops, some floral, light fruitiness, not over the top hoppy but well balanced. Taste is similar, clean malts, caramel sweetness, some light biscuit, grapefruit, floral, some berries, citrus, nicely balanced, but could use some more hopping, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty good and drinkable IPA, very balanced, easy to put down some pints.

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Photo of TerryW
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer, clear chestnut brown under a moderate head that settles to a heavy film and leaves some very nice lace.

Nose full of carmel malts and grapefruit from hops. Very fruity and pleasant. That carries on through to the taste. Initial mouthfeel gives a bitter bite and then a mouthful of sweet malt. Distinct grapefruit rind flavour from the hops. Finishes with lingering bitterness and a hint of spice.

A decent brew, easy to drink, lots of interesting flavours happening.

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Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle at Chancey Smith's. Now called "Duggan's #9 IPA." Pours a deep, dark amber with brown hues and a thin layer of off-white film. Small amount of stringy lacing on the glass. Looks more like an English Strong Ale than an IPA. Smell is fruity and aromatic perfume, a mixture of toffee/caramel and pine/hop notes come through. Big punch of tangerine, bitter white grapefruit, and floral, cedar-like hops in the taste, as the toasted biscuit and caramel flavours take a back seat. Medium-bodied mouthfeel is juicy, tangy, and well-carbonated, with a dryly bitter finish and lingering citrus flavours. Recommended.

EDIT: this is much more balanced on-tap, with the malt coming to the forefront. I like the bottled version better. With IPAs, more hops are always a good thing!

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Photo of paxkey
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

no freshness date on label.

pours out mahogany with a small white head that fades quickly. little lacing.

aroma: I get cherrywood. like cherries and wood.
not a big smell off this so far. gonna let it warm a bit from fridge.

tastes bitter. grapefruit. tea like. nice stuff.
lots of fruit flavors exploding in mouth after swallow.

the alcohol is well hidden behind hops. some sweet maltiness on finish as well. above average mouthfeel. a little smooth a little creamy a little sharp.

I could session this or savour it. very pleased.

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Photo of eat
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Free bottle from bobsy poured into my new Duvel tulip...also courtesy of bobsy. Generous dude! Thanks Rob! I totally owe you.

Hazy cover of off-white head over a clear dark-copper body. Decent lacing.

Smells a bit floral with sweet citrus, caramel, bready malt and a little roast. Maybe the slightest amount of diacetyl, though it's not unpleasant. Doesn't smell at all like an IPA but would smell pretty great for a pale ale. I'm only picking up a hint of the kind of hopping that defines the nose of an IPA.

I've had this stuff a couple times and every time I'm immediately struck by how similar it is to Mill Street's Tankhouse Ale, which happens to be another brew by Mr. Duggan. I love Tankhouse but don't consider it to be an IPA and this stuff is really not all that different. I would say that it is hoppier than Tankhouse but still doesn't present enough hops to really fall under the heading of IPA. The beer is quite well-balanced, with earthy, peppery and slightly citrusy hops atop a caramely, bready malt base. The finish presents a touch of grapefruit rind. As a beer, there's nothing wrong here but I'd prefer the hops to be turned up quite a bit (especially some more citrus) if it's going to be called an IPA.

Decent medium body with light-moderate carbonation. Pretty good feel actually.

If I'm going to drink this stuff, I'd rather think of it as an American-style pale ale; of which it would be a damn good one. When I feel like drinking an IPA, #9 is sure to let me down. The hops just aren't there. Funny, if this was sold as Duggan's Pale Ale it would probably be one of my very favorite pale ales. Great beer; not really an IPA.

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Photo of duckdown
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

275ml bottles, from Cool Brewery in Etobicoke.

Very nice stuff! After hearing about this for a long time, I have finally gotten to try it.

Pours with a cream colored head that dissipates rather fast. The beer itself is a nice deep amber color. Smells familiar immediately, a nice balance of hops, citrus and flowers (from the hops), and malt and something sweet. Tastes the same: sweet like caramel, some bitterness from the hops, and background malt smoothes it all out. Little carbonation but there are some bubbles floating around.

Pretty thin mouthfeel I guess, but overall its a great balance of flavor and drinkability, something I would definitely buy again. Now if only it could make its way to the average LCBO or Beer Store...

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Peter Frampton, Massey Hall. That's when I first had this beer.

A great local beer, although it's more of an APA than IPA, right?

Pours a very clean dark amber from the bottle with a slightly off-white head that just does not want to dissipate in my glass, leaving a thick story-telling web of lace down the side.

A maltier IPA than most..but balanced with floral notes, sweet fruit, caramel, and hops. It reminds me of an APA like Anchor Steam, a hoppy Tankhouse..but not with a west-coast IPA hop-profile that maybe I was expecting. In any case, I could drink this all day long out of those tiny little bottles, or on tap with some hot wings and curry poutine. Fuck yeah.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at Terroni last night. It was nice to see this fine local beer at one of my favorite Italian restaurant.

Pours a deep brown color, this could pass for a brown ale. A small tan head clings tenaciously to the glass. Caramel malt and grapefruit show in the aroma. The taste is solidly bitter with a nutty, doughy, sweet malt profile. The hops are citrusy with a bit of pine character. Medium to light carbonation in the mouthfeel, on the lightbodied side overall. Moderate bitterness lingers in the finish.

This is a nice IPA. The robust malt profile stands up to the hops and then some. Its very enjoyable, though I like my IPAs a hoppier, with the malt subserviently in the background. I will seek this out again nonetheless. Its a very tastey quaffer.

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Photo of kwjd
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on cask and tap previously, but I finally decided to review this from a bottle. Pours an amber-copper colour with thick white head. Good head retention. Smells strongly of citrus hops and lots of sweet caramel malt. This tastes hoppier and bitter than it does on tap for some reason, which is good because I think on tap it can be more of a pale ale (similar to Mill Street Tankhouse). This is awesomely drinkable, and with the small bottles it doesn't take much effort to finish off a 6 pack.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Chancey Smith's in London. Served in a tulip glass.

A - One finger tan head that dissolves quickly and leaves attractive lacework. The body is one of the darkest I've ever seen for a single IPA - transparent dark coppery brown with a nice glow when held to the light. If this had better head volume and retention it'd be perfect.

S - Hop character seems like a mix of slightly dank Columbus hops and peachy Simcoe - maybe a bit of Cascade soapiness. This is definitely "East Coast" as it has a pretty strong malt backbone of caramel and bread. Reminds me a little of DFH90, but less boozy and aromatic.

T - There aren't a ton of flavoring hops, although the residual bitterness is quite pleasant and exposes their presence. There's some light floral and fruity notes on top of a highly present caramel malt base.

M - Light carbonation tingle, smooth, and a fairly resinous residual feel. Could use a touch more dryness in the finish, but otherwise no problems here.

D - This went down fast - nice texture and moderate bitterness make this a good session option. Glad to see a decent local IPA in Ontario - bring on the Imperial version!

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To begin with, a few very minor gripes.

The name. #9. It gives the beer zero personality.

The label isn't really bad so much as bland and uninspired. Mike certainly didn't pay his designer overtime to whip this one up, that's for sure. Plus it makes me want to play snooker.

I have had this on tap several times and it seemed to vary to the point that I could never really get a bead on the taste and a few times it failed to strike me as anywhere near hoppy enough to be classed as an IPA.

All dickish nitpicking aside, let's get to the beer.

Pours a surprisingly dark chocolate color, clear and a dark ruby when held up to the light, topped by a nice white frothy head and splotchy lacing. Dies down to a thin film in the end.

The aroma is mild caramel underneath topped by some nice citrus hops. Very nice but restrained.

The taste is more bitter than I remember it being on tap or cask. The taste follows the aroma, with a dark chocolate and caramel backbone met by some grapefruit pith bitterness, some pine and floral notes as well, ending with a dry, almost chalky finish. The bitterness lingers long in the aftertaste. The malt profile of this on tap and cask seemed a lot more pronounced. Here it's drowned out by the bitterness to the point that it's lacking any real complexity or depth.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little overly carbonated.

This is a good beer. But my preference is for an IPA with hops flavor rather than just hops bitterness, a good malt backbone, and a dry hopped aroma, and this is lacking in a few key areas for me.

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Photo of batmanbach
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of salvo
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich mahogany brown with hints of red. Light bubbles keep the half-inch head afloat for a while. Lacing is sticky and leaves pronounced notches marking each sip from the glass.

Smell is all pine: Christmas-fresh pine, balsam, spruce, sharp yet subtle. Malt adds sugarplum. Wondering how the draft compares to bottle.

Strong, bitter IPA that mellows to hop tartness. Hops are fresh pine sharp with little citrus except at the very end when the citrus begins to shine through just before the taste dissipates and I take another sip, renewing the pine. The mouth-feel is a little thin but appropriate. Nicely biting and bitter.

Thanks to @ herrorara and @ cratez for recommending Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario.

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Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is an average of the bottled and cask versions.

Freshly tapped cask at Volo, which shows what an amazing format cask conditioning can be. A surprisingly dark oaken body (darker than the regular kegged version from the sounds of it) support a frothy white head. Good retention and lace. Not really what you'd expect from the appearance of an IPA though. Earthy, citrus nose, with sweet orange and tangerine.

Wonderful balance in the flavours, with the bitterness kept in check, and the flavours running wild. Lots of tangerine, some pine, caramel malt, and like Derek said, a hint of nuttiness. Really stellar stuff with huge drinkability. Also, as you would expect from a well-kept (good job Volo), freshly tapped cask, the body is exceptional, with a texture that's both light and full at the same time.

The Number 9 IPA advanced into the second round of Volo's cask IPA challenge, but if its anywhere near as good as it was tonight it has potential to go all the way.

Bottled: Flavours are far more in check. Toastiness is heightened and the bitterness is a bit more restrained. Pitched a bit more to the conservative market, but still a pretty decent IPA. Ideally I'd ask for more hop presence, but this is pretty sessionable for they style, and seeing its local would probably still be preferred over the imports. Definitely not as good as on cask, though.

Edited to add: It did go all the way - best cask IPA in Ontario.

Further edit: This isn't as good as it used to be, so I've adjusted a few scores downwards a touch.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking very clear dark burnished amber. Nice pale tan head enjoys sticking around, and is aided by the persistent yet fine carbonation. Nice and sticky lacings do stick around as well.

A decent enough nose as well, nice malts, bready pale malts and a nice touch of caramel. Hops are nice too, but somewhat restrained. However their floral and citrus character is quite nice.

Taste is pretty good, the malts are spot on. The bitterness is certainly there, just wish it wasnt so clean and came with a more fruity punch.

A nice almost creamy medium bodied ale. Malts have enough presence to stand up to some decent hop bitterness. Almost resinous with pine, just wish it had more of a grapefruit or tropical fruit balance.

A pretty good beer, and at only 10oz bottle its pretty easy to knock more than a few back. Thanks to Miguel, i really enjoyed this Canadian IPA, this is something i would recommend to any IPA fan to try. It is also something i would enjoy having again.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

275 ml bottle poured into a Wellington Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark amber with two fingers of off-white head, some of which hangs around for the duration.

S: Smells of a little citrus hops, some malt, inviting but not overpowering.

T: This certainly has a lot more going on than Tankhouse, much hoppier but I'm still not sure it qualifies as an IPA.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

D: I'd rate the drinkability fairly high.

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