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Marauder IPA | Cavalry Brewing

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Marauder IPAMarauder IPA

Brewed by:
Cavalry Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grainy maltiness with aromas of figs and lemon grass from the use of traditional English yeast and hops. This beer has earthy flavors which are rounded out nicely by a smooth bitter finish.

Added by taez555 on 04-21-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 42
Photo of Omnium
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy amber 2 finger khaki head with a wall of fine lacing.
S - Tart malty aroma, caramel and biscuit malt, some tart citrus juice, a little toasty.
T - Definitely some toasted malt, dark and bitter, some more roasted grain in the back too, very little hop character coming out in this.
M - Kind of a creamy roasty feel to it with a mild bitterness.
O - This would make a better India Brown Ale than an english IPA, its very malt forward with lots of roasty traits.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly hazy dark amber hue. Head is quite large. Two full inches of fizz. Lots and lots of lacing too.

S-Light metallic aroma. Baked bread and a very mild hop presence. Cooked vegetable hops. Caramel and toast.

T-A lot of caramel and some flower petal hops. Sweet cereal and metal.

M-Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Light bitterness.

O/D-No, no, no.

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This local IPA looks golden brown with a very impressive white head and plentiful lacing. Looks very solid. The aroma brings a slightly tart cabbage with strawberry wine and fermenting wheat. There's some cherry malt sweetness too. Decent but not highly inviting. The first mouthful brings an immediate vegetable and dark fruit medley that finishes with a fairly grassy hop bite. I get rhubarb-cherry with a muted maple-malt and vodka-like edges. It's really a plenty tasty treat but if IPA's conjure up hop bitterness aspirations for you, then you will probably be disappointed. This is medium-light bodied with a fairly effervescent feel. Enjoyable for one or two but not fulfilling enough to sustain a session.

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Photo of n2185
3.61/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a coppery brown with explosive carbonation that caused my glass to overflow twice. It eventually recedes into a thin cap with a lot of lacing.

S: Caramel malts up front with sweet citrus notes along with a hint of candy sugar as well. There are grass and pine aromas toward the finish.

T: Slight caramel malts at first with dryly bitter grass and pine hop flavors. The finish is clean and only slightly bitter.

M: Medium body with highish carbonation, this beer is dry and crisp feeling.

O: A pretty decent IPA overall. Not terribly complex, but enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of GreatOak10
4.59/5  rDev +49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a fantastic ENGLISH ipa. A lot of people are judging this beer according to what they think an ipa should taste like without have trying a couple English ipas first, nice caramel sweetness from the British crystal and nice toasty malt, a great balanced beer and very drinkable, now my new go to beer

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Photo of Gavage
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark amber almost brown in color. Two inch head lasts a while.

Smell: earthy hops and a sharp citrus tone rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, hint a chocolate, grapefruit, some grass tones, and a moderate bitterness is wrapped in a big breadiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: slightly unbalanced as the citrus tones overtake the hop presence. As an english style IPA this was a bit more citrus focused than I expected.

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Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 2 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, cloudy

Smell: caramel, toffee, and slight citrus hops

Taste: caramel, toffee, and slight citrus hops with slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with big time hops coming in the middle that create bitterness that lasts throughout, dry aftertaste, moderate-high carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: A nice and bitter—almost dry hopped tasting ipa. I will get this again, but due to how dry it is, one is good enough in a sitting. Nice beer for hopheads that do not mind a bit of sweetness.

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Photo of nickfl
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Some sweaty pine hops and lots of toasty brown malt and caramel.

T - Caramel and some lightly roasted malt character up front. Brown sugar and a bit of toffee character in the middle. Some light pine hop flavor towards the finish with moderate bitterness and more dark, sugary malt character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I would never have believed that this was intended to be an IPA if it didn't say that it was on the label. Too dark in color and way too dark in flavor with a muted hop aroma and almost no hop flavor. At best, this might pass for a hoppy brown ale, but it is really hard to like this as an IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a very large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a lot of breadiness from a hearty malt character along with a touch of smokiness in the background. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is a bit mild for the style but creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

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

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of torchedpunk
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this bottle on a whim while visiting Conn.

Appearance- This was the best part of the beer. It looked great. Darker than I expected, a brown or dark amber. Head formed well but dissipated quickly.

Smell- Surprisingly, the hops came up to meet my nose while pouring before I even went down to smell it. Though once I got down there it was very mild, Slight hint of nut, hardly any hopiness. I was confused it says IPA but it smells like a regular ale.

Taste- This was the second most disappointing part. If you call your beer an IPA it better be able to sail to India and make it. This was weak. No impressive hop kick, hardly any hop notes at all. It was malty but it was mild. Something was wrong with this beer. It is bottle conditioned because I had yeast traces at the end but it hardly had any dirty taste to it. It was plain, most certainly not an IPA and I was so disappointed.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation, no bite, water consistency. It had a delayed malt earthyness to it but nothing worth writing about.

Overall- I have never heard of this company and I just wanted to try something new. I am very easy going when it comes to beer. Just give me some hop kick with a little bit of malt and carbonation and I am a happy guy. Your beer can suck but if you can drown it with hops I'll take it. This was not the case. this is not an IPA and I would not recommend it to anyone. I am very sorry Cavalry but this is not a success.

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Photo of erosier
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a clear dark amber color with a thick and medium sized off white colored head that laces the glass all the way down as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of caramel and then a nice earthy and citrus hop finish in the nose.
T: Tastes of darker and deeper roasted malts than I was expecting, nice caramel and sweetness to it, then a nice less intense earthy and citrus hoppy finish with some pine as well.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall a pretty decent take on the style as it has a darker and sweeter malt base than most.

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Photo of chefelf
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had very little bitterness (only 40 IBUs). Not being a fan of IPAs in general I found this beer pretty enjoyable. That being said, I'm not sure if IPA fans would be particularly happy with it. It's much darker than expected, mild and easy to drink.

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Photo of taez555
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a dark tan/brown body with an offwhite head.

Nose had a fruity and mildy vegatable type smell. Apples, raisins, ripe fruits. Almost has a Belgian smell.

Taste is medium bodied and strongly carbonated. Very weak sort of taste at first. Mild camamel, a strong bland bitterness. Its a very non distinct sort of bitter hop flavor. Sort of like hops, but without any flavor. No leaves, no citric flavor, just sort of "hop". Not really even any strong base malt flavors. Its sorto base IPA, insert your flavor here.

I don't know, its not bad, its just not great. Drinkabe, but like the other Cavalry beers, just, meh.

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Photo of Adrianized
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

Medium-dark brown and mahogany in color.  Aggressive pour yields a half finger head which dissolves to a thin layer with bubbles hanging on the edge.  Nice lacing.

On the nose up front I get maltiness... A caramel malt.  Smells like an IPA past it's prime (which this bottle isn't).  Then I get a weird but faint tropical fruit hop profile... Peaches, mangos, and bananas.  Still, mostly malt to my nose.

Tastes like it smells.  Mostly caramel malt followed by peach and mango sweetness.   Maybe a tiny, tiny bit of hop bitterness at the end... But I'm digging deep.  Not really getting any of the pine or citrus I expect from an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with relatively low carbonation.

Overall it's not horrible.  But, it doesn't look, smell, nor taste like an IPA to me.  I wont be buying this again.  So far, this brewery's best offering is Hatch Plug (try it!).  I grew up in the area, so I really want to like Calvary, but so far they're less then impressive. I'd probably give this particular brew a better rating if it wasn't marketed as an IPA...
EDIT: I see this is an English IPA, which I don't think I've ever had before and thus probably rated too low. Ohwell, I'm just not digging this one.

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Photo of begforme4484
2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a 6 pack for the weekend because I've never seen it stocked in the store I regular before.

It was on the darker side, looking more like a lager than anything. It had about a finger of head with a pretty aggressive pour, and it stayed around for a minute or two. The smell was the best part of the beer, it had decent floral aromas. I wan't impressed with the taste because, really, it didn't offer much. It seemed rather watered down, but that said, it didn't taste BAD.. just lacking. It was watery, but that made it somewhat easy to down. I didn't find my self sitting back and enjoying any intricacies at all. I wouldn't get this beer again.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass on 6.23.11., this appears a semi-clear deep and dark red color under a tan head. Aroma carries a moderate but pleasant sweet toasted malt aroma highlighted with mild but significant notes of kool-aid-esque strawberry and light cocoa. There seems to be a greater robust malt character here than anything I've had in any previous English IPAs. Palate is crisp and balanced nicely throughout with a slightly herbal and dark wheat bread noted dry finish. Definitely fits the English session ale bill.

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Photo of mltobin
2.33/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a bottle of this at The Bridge in New Milford.

Appearance is a brown color with a one finger head. The smell is faint in general, some wood, malt, hops on a light scale. Upon sipping Marauder, the taste is better than the smell, but not by much. Some of that aforementioned components come out again, along with a sweetness, then dryness in the finish. MF is trending towards medium. This was a very average beer. I hope that down the road, something else from Cavalry makes a better impression on my palate.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mikro, Hamden CT

A: Pours a ruddy, murky brown. Almost dark green! Quite hazy, one finger cream head.

S: Vegetal hops, very green but not bright....I like it. Hint of bready malt.

T: This beer had the most odd hop profile out of any IPA I have ever had, English or otherwise. Unsweetened iced tea is all I can think of, its uncanny! In fact I further pinpointed it to McDonalds unsweetened iced tea. This may be my first experience with challenger hops, perhaps? Merauder is backed by a rich bready malt backbone, and the iced tea hops finish more typical, grassy and clean.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Drinks easily.

O: For better or worse the hop profile is, like I said, odd. Maybe upon revisiting this beer I wont get the same sensation...I aim to find out. Still, a flavorful and interesting low abv beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.25/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Cavalry Brewing Co. in Oxford, Conn.

A: Deep copper, amber color with a two-finger head of creamy, off-white foam which leaves behind a little lace and retains quite well. Nice clarity and modest carbonation.

S: Nice, balanced aroma of bready, medium-roasted malts and herbal, earthy hop scents.

T: Toasted, dark biscuit and caramel sweetness up front with a slightly creamy, roasted black malt flavor thrown in the mix. Challenger hops shine through on the back of the palate before washing down with residual sweetness and a bit of lingering, grassy and pine hop bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied IPA with exceptional balance. Carbonation is even-keeled, if perhaps a bit too high on this taste. Will have to compare to bottle or draft elsewhere.

O: Hell of an English IPA which teases a ton of flavor out of relatively low ABV. Marauder has a great feel and sturdiness of flavor; very mineral and heavy handed with hops in comparison to other Cavalry brews. Outside of Brooklyn East IPA and BBC Lost Sailor, dare I say this is one of the best east-coast, New England IPAs I've had? Well done.

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Marauder IPA from Cavalry Brewing
3.08 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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