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Buddha's Juice DIPABuddha's Juice DIPA

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Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap. Pours cloudy orange-brown in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is grapefruit, pine resin, and light citrus and toasted malt. Bitter, medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Makes for a slightly above average hoppy beer. Worth trying, but there are several other local IPAs I prefer.

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Photo of predikit
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, leaves a fizzy white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is fairly mute, light hoppy fruit aroma and that is it.

Taste is pleasantly fruity, with grapefruit and tropical fruit notes, for 120 IBU, it is very balanced and not overwhelming at all. Still cakes my tongue with a bit of resinous bitter, but certainly nothing that turns me away. Find the malt takes much backseat to the hops.

Medium light bodied, leaves very clean, but not crisp.

Surprising to find an IPA that has some balance to it's flavor, and wouldn't turn it down if I was offered some.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 3/6/17

A: Dark orange with some light amber at the core and some tangerine around the edges - some chill haze - pours with a small white head, fades to a wispy cap and a small collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Big punch of citrus - orange and grapefruit juice - grapefruit peel - candied citrus - floral citrus - grassy with some sharp pine needles - vaguely tropical - caramel grains and some toast at the base

T: Orange and grapefruit juice, basically - grapefruit peel, pith, oil - candied citrus - floral citrus - decidedly juicy in many ways, yet not a trendy juice bomb - oily - grassy with some sharp pine needles - an interesting sweet citrus fruit in the aftertaste, probably the elusive Buddha’s hand - earthy bitterness, very bitter overall - caramel at the base, alcohol is mostly hidden

M: On the heavy side of medium, slick and oily, medium carbonation, finishes mostly dry

O: By the hand of Buddha

Is there such a thing as too much citrus? Maybe. I understand the urge to add grapefruit to a DIPA, but part of me wishes they had just included Buddha's hand to better showcase that flavor. There's just a bit too much grapefruit oil and pith in here for me to highly recommend it. It's definitely interesting though.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall, lots of husky malt and leafy, resinous hops. Orangish with a little head. It is roundly malty and medicinally bitter. Medium body. A little boozy, but not terrible. Pretty decent, I'd love to try it really fresh.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/17/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with an earthy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are several other 2IPA’s that I would choose first.

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Photo of r_love
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New England DIPA. 9.6% ABV.

Translucent amber. Grapefruit, lemon peel, and guava on the nose. You really get the grapefruit and buddha's hand on the palate, but they are so clean and subtle you'd think they were from the hops and not an infusion. The citrus flavors are quite nice but unfortunately slightly marred but a sweet maltiness that seems out of place. I'd like this more as a straightforward, crisp hop-focused beer without the malt backbone. Still, a very good DIPA.

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Photo of VFerrec
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A sweet citrus aroma right off.
Pours a nice golden amber.
Sweet on the front end, nice lasting bitterness to balance it out.
Very Drinkable for a high ABV beer.
Limited Release, Very Good Double IPA.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four-pack at Craft Beer Cellar Westford after work. Amusingly, most people were looking for Sip of Sunshine but since I've already had it (and they were out of it within minutes of announcing they got some in; groan) but I was looking specifically to snatch this one up since I've heard a lot about it since the first time it was brewed. Therefore, I have high expectations for this double IPA!

Pours a deep orange/amber color with a thin yet retentive head of blurry white foam with cloudy spots on top. Lace seems very consistent and the beer presents with nice legs and a fairly hazy body.

Nose is pure citrus oil with tons of grapefruit, tangerine, orange and lemon peel. I guess the heady smell sort of like a cross between passionfruit-like sweetness and white grapefruit or pomelo must be the Buddha's Hand? Light pine resin and dank hoppiness backing up the fruit addition. The hop bill on this is, in general, surprisingly old school (though Calypso is certainly an unusual addition to a citrusy DIPA), so it's no surprise I mostly get pine and citrus and no real tropical fruit notes here.

Flavor is bitter and pith-forward upfront with huge grapefruit peel and pith combined with tangerine and orange peel notes. Middle of the palate is overtaken by a wash of caramel-like sweetness and a very "old school" west coast IPA-like backbone of malt and pine/citrus. The finish is very bitter and has a nice lingering note of citrus peel, and I do believe I get some of the Buddha's hand zest in there as well with some bright lemon and even floral notes coming out here and there.

Feel is pretty solid, with a nice coating bitterness, low-moderate carbonation and heavy-ish body that reflects the 9.5% ABV fairly well. Semi-chewy malt and big citrus/pine presence really highlight the weight of this beer, which it does kind of throw around. Not sure it needs to be almost 9.5%, and that's one of my only real sticking points with it. This feels like it'd be a better beer at only 8% and with some more modern hops to really bring it into the present. The Buddha's hand is a nice idea, but it's not as distinct as the brewery wants it to be. Grapefruit, though more generic, is a much more prominent and noticeable addition. Very good stuff, but has some minor improvements that could be made. Glad I picked up a four-pack, regardless. I will enjoy drinking the rest of them!

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Photo of kculrich
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz. bottle, dated 01/26/16, served in an oversized tulip.

Pours a deep, dark orange with about a finger and a half of soda-like foam. The head subsides quickly, leaving a ring of suds and very little lacing.

Smells of pineapple, lemon peel and fresh straw, vanilla, spice and lime.

There's a good, strong bready malt presence right up front, followed promptly by the pineapple juice, grapefruit and pine. The juiciness of what I'm tasting as pineapple, presumably the Buddhas hand, nearly verges on being overpowering but is rescued in the nick of time by a nice, sharp, resinous bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Medium bodied and well-carbonated.

I typically dislike, if only on principal, beer that has had fruit added to it. I bought a single bottle of Buddha's Juice (for ticking purposes, you understand) and now I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy them all. I can see myself happily drinking myself insensible with a pile of empty bottles clanking around my ankles.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Plan B. Pours a translucent amber color with very little head. The aroma is sweet tropical fruits and citrus hops. Lots of lacing. Some hints of floral hops. The taste is a nice hoppy blend. Floral hops, grapefruit, pineapple, and some orange. Tropical but with a little bit of lemon. Nicely bitter. Pretty big alcohol presence. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Pretty solid Imperial IPA. Hopefully this one gets canned. Overall, I'd look for this again for sure.

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Photo of scotorum
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in February, so this has enough age on it to possibly affect the review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Clear amber with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Citrus.

t: Bitter hops up front, followed by a medicinal note and then more hop and grapefruit peel bitterness, all over a solid biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingered on an otherwise dry finish. The rough edges of the bitterness naturally faded during consumption, and throughout the high ABV was very well covered,

m: Medium plus, very good body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: When I saw the "brewed with grapefruit peel" on the bottle of this recent Wormtown offering I immediately thought of Grapefruit Sculpin, which I found too bitterly citrus rather than flavorfully so to be particularly tasty. Same here, although this one has more substance to it and mellowed out better.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Peppercorns.

Nice creamy almost 1 finger head fades slowly nice lacing, hazy grapefruit reddish orange color.

Nose big hops, spicy fruity citrus hops, some tropical fruit, guava, tangerine, sweet malts reddish candy malts, light candied orange peel hops.

Taste light bitter rind, lots of hops, spicy chewy hops, pine, etc, like chewing on a hop pellet! Some tropical fruit citrus, light grapefruit, some grapefruit pith, some guava, tangerine, bitter citrus rind, slightly astringent, but nice semi sweet malts bring a nice base and balance, light reddish caramel malt. The chewy earthy spicy hops lingering forever on the finish, light tropical fruit and citrus, pine, etc lingering, drier not really sticky, very little booze.

Mouth is fuller bodied, nice carb, just a little booze, light hop oils.

Overall nice, big hops, quite bitter but malty balance, good hop fruits and citrus, good but not amazing.

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Photo of Dope
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is dated February 2014. Just hit the stores locally about 3 days ago and the brewery is less than an hour away. So probably pretty damn fresh. In fact I appear to be the first person to review the bottled version.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/red. Tall, frothy offwhite head. Top notch head retention and moderate splotchy lacing.

S: Quite the gamut of hop aromas. It's kinda hard to pick them all out. I get lots of citrus, grapefruit mainly. Loads of tropical fruits with pineapple, apricot and mango maybe? Spicy pine is in there too. Layers of hops, none really stand out prominently. Overall a very fruity aroma.

T: Yup, more hops and more variety. It's all over the map. Up front it's mainly the fruitiness with the grapefruit and tropical fruit. The spicy pine and resin follows shortly after into the middle. Loads of very bitter grapefruit peel in the finish, this must be the adjunct as well as the hop flavor combining. Quite bitter in the finish in general really. Long lingering bitter, bitter grapefruit skin flavor hangs around forever. Pretty dry in general, no real sign of malt.

M: Medium bodied, smooth but quite dry and bitter.

O: A beast of an IPA for sure. It's not so much the extreme boldness and sharpness of hop flavors that you get in some IPAs, in this one it's the overall strength PLUS the variety. Every sip highlights new hop flavors. The grapefruit peel addition only makes it more bitter, this is QUITE a bitter and dry brew with no malt in sight. Surprisingly drinkable due to a smooth mouthfeel however. I've never had Buddha's Hand so I can't comment on that aspect but I assume it to be some sort of fruity flavor as this beer is chock full of fruitiness.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Lemony, grassy, grapefruit, citrus, and herbal hops followed by a nice malt backbone and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: This Buddha fruit and grapefruit flavor compliment this beer really well. Awesome taste with malty sweetness, tingly bitterness, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, light bitterness, warm alcohol, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer has grown on me over the past few years. The Buddha fruit adds nice flavors to this DIPA. Will get more before it disappears till next season.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours from the 12oz bottle to a goblet with a slightly hazy deep golden-orange body and a white cap. The head is thick and frothy making it to about an inch high before slowly falling to a thin island in the middle of the beer and a wide belt at the edges. Lacing forms in a large, spotty pattern.

S- Heavy on the tropical fruits with mango, peach, guava and papaya character joined by citrus hops and a touch of sweetness. Other things that come to mind are tangerine, orange, fresh grapefruit juice and zest as well as a hint of cereal and pine.

T- Opens up with a similar juicy tropical profile as the aroma but quickly becomes fairly bitter with sharp grapefruit oil and pine resin coating the palate; bitterness keeps its grip for the foreseeable future. Sweet melon, dank herbs, mango, peach, papaya, guava, orange, tangerine, grapefruit juice and floral hops balance with a light sweetness, a touch of alcohol, bread and pale barley.

MF- Full bodied for the style with a hefty and chewy creamy texture. The carbonation is at a high level but falls very smoothly onto the palate thanks to the consistency of the brew. Ends with a sharp bitterness akin to biting into a citrus peel.

Juicy tropical fruits are joined by a massive dose of just about all hop flavors with a focus on the citrus, fruity side of things as well as some pine. Tastes a bit alcoholic and that compounds onto the sharp bitterness but overall a really pleasant high ABV IPA.

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Photo of mctnoyes
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional IIPA. The buddha's hand fruit gives this beer a unique citrus aroma and flavor. Dark orange in color and very hoppy. One of my favorites.

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Photo of rjp217
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly flavorful thanks to what I believe comes from the grapefruit peel addition. Bitter hops but insanely drinkable. Just a great balance between the citrus notes from the fruit, hops and a bit of pine. This is a huge improvement from previous years. I can only hope this comes out year round.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 01/12/17

Pours hazy amber orange with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like candied grapefruit, papaya, orange citrus, melon, berry, buddha's hand, some caramel malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like candied grapefruit peel, papaya, orange citrus, melon, berry, buddha's hand, some caramel malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice DIPA with grapefruit peel and buddha's hand.

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Photo of Blksab99
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell of citrus fruit and pulp is pleasant and distinct. The Buddha's hand fruit is definitely unique and is such an odd looking fruit. I've never seen one in person before today when I checked out one that was on the bar while waiting for my growler to be filled. This beer is great tasting and very dangerous as the high ABV is nicely hidden; the malt balances the hops well leading to a surprisingly well balanced IIPA. This is a juicy, sweet beer and has a sticky mouth feel that may be off-putting for some people. Overall, this is one fine beer and one that I'll seek out again. The problem is that this area has a lot of competition in the juicy IIPA category and I had to drive past one of if not the best brewers of east coast IIPA's to get this fresh (TH). First world problems though!

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Photo of rudzud
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wormtowns newest double ipa, this was brewed with ten plus hops including Amarillo, Centennial, Kohatu, Summit, and Simcoe. Near the end of the boil Buddha's hand and grapefruit peel was added. 120+ IBUs.

A - Poured into a standard snifter a nice hazy dark orange hue with a wonderful one finger thick and creamy white head that fades slowly to leave tons of side lacing and a thick sudsy blanket. Just excellent. Great appearance for a Wormtown.

S - Aromas of big tropical juice here with lots of light pineapple, subtle papaya, and mango. Great bitter grapefruit. Buddha's hand fruit comes out in the aroma as well, its own pithy tropical fruit aroma I've come to love in Chinese candies.

T - Taste is is a wash of hops all of which play very nicely together. Bitter pine, tropics, and faint malts are balanced nicely. I really like what each hop brings to the table. Deliciously bitter with Buddha hand peel coming out nicely in an almost chewy way. Very nicely integrated throughout the brew with the grapefruit peel really lingering on that and finish making a naturally bitter finish even more so. Again, excellent.

M - Mouthfeel is wonderful. Crisply carbonated keeps the alcohol from weighing this one down. That said its still a somewhat sipper as that 9.6% definitely hits good and hard.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this Wormtown offering. Hands down this is my second favourite new release they've had over the past 8+ months (Norm wins that category). A very delicious DIPA one of the best they've done. Definitely worth getting if one is in the area. Excellent.

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Photo of heydrinks
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a limited yearly release...this one is unique in both it's nose and taste...brewed with Buddah's Hand and Grapefruit rind...very zesty and bright but not bitter which was unexpected...dangerously drinkable for it's 9.5% ABV...

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Photo of dbkdev
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a perfect beer for me. I've tried a few other grapefruit infused Ipa's/IIPA's and they didn't hold up to this. Unreal hop and grapefruit aroma/flavor and the perfect malt backbone to hold up to the bitterness. I really can't say enough about this beer. Get it, pour it, Enjoy.

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Photo of Stonehill64
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every year when this comes out, I am sure to grab as many growlers as humanly possible before it goes away. The Hands of Buddha fruit are very tough to get, and thus it's only released mid to late winter each year. This stuff is amazing. From the smell, to the first taste to the finish, a solid-solid brew. Make sure to grab some if you have a chance to try some.

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Buddha's Juice DIPA from Wormtown Brewery
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