Buddha's Juice DIPA | Wormtown Brewery

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Buddha's Juice DIPABuddha's Juice DIPA
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4.12/5
Exceptional
165 Ratings
Buddha's Juice DIPABuddha's Juice DIPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
wormtownbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rudzud on 11-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,920
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
165
pDev:
8.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of J-Rice
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ichorNet
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
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 trevorpost
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Holly1215
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VFerrec
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Blksab99
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Sk8sean86
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of s35keith
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kyle424
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SinjaminBentek
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sarge19
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gonzo000
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mctnoyes
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 yourmom123
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard beer to find, pumped to have the Buddha. Nice beer alittle to piney sweet for me, but nice citron blast to finish not at all bitter.

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Photo of kniles38
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coorsy
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iwanatalk2sampson
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Jackgonzo
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heydrinks
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Buddha's Juice DIPA from Wormtown Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 165 ratings