Two Hemispheres Wet-Hop IPA | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at brewpub poured into taster. Color is golden with white head. Aroma is tropical fruit and fresh citrus hops. Taste is mango, apricot, citrus, and caramel sweetness balanced by piney and citrus peel hop bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel, low-moderate carbonation, long slightly bitter finish. Best Mad Fox beer I’ve had.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad Fox Brewing Company - Two Hemispheres Wet-Hop IPA, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours cloudy caramel with some chunky head with good spots of lacing.

Smell - Dank juicy citrus (galaxy?), not much malt.

Taste - Hops are citrus and the center of the taste and it ends with a touch of malt.

Mouthfeel - Not boozy, slightly sticky. Heavy-light bodied with moderate carb. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is great stuff, definitely need to get my hands on some Orange Whip!

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Photo of Hendry
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a frothy, long lasting 3 finger bone white head. Relatively translucent in color with lots of tiny bubbles in this 3 day old growler fill.Lacing is above average.

Tropical fruit nose,fresh aroma,slight malt presence.

Taste is a reflection of the aroma, nice and juicy. Last few sips had an almost light plum aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is decent, a bit oily,smooth, soft carbonation.

Best wet hop ale I have tried so far, another solid effort from Mad Fox.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy dirty-golden in color, with thin head, collecting at edges, very minor lacing
S: have to opt out a little, could not get a clean smell at pub. I got citrus/orange and something I was pretty sure not related to the beer. There might be a mustiness to it, hard to tell

T: hoppy from the get go, some carbonation, but a grassy grapefruit taste hits with the first taste. The carbonation leads to some hints of soda, but the lemon and grapefruit taste overtake that. The end is mellow citrus-fruity and mildly earthy
M: there is a good but not overpowering pull on the tongue, drying it out as the taste ages. The dryness also grabs the back of the throat a little.

O: almost a perfect example of a solid version of a dry, bitter IPA. There isn't much "special" or unique about it, but it won't disappoint and should impress some in its simplicity.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

snifter serving at the brewpub

a: served in a standard snifter, two hemispheres is a bright orange in color, capped with an off-white head that shows average retention

s: loaded with juicy tropical fruits - notably orange and, to a slightly lesser extent, passionfruit, on a body of balanced caramel and pale malts, vivid hops rise to the front and really show off what "fresh" means, very nice

m: carbonation nicely lively, not abrasive or harsh, with a moderate, satisfying body

t: similar structure to the nose - moderately sweet caramel and pale malts provide a palate for the application of the juicy, oily fresh hops - big flavors of juicy orange pulp and oily rind, sweet/tart passionfruit, closing out with a moderate-high bitterness and lingering grain flavors, quality stuff here

o: really a great example of the style, there are some better versions out there, but this one provides everything one could ask for in the style - big juicy hops, and lots of them

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Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Entered into the American style IPA category at World Beer Cup 2012. Bomber into a snifter.

A: Yellow gold body with an inch of soapy white foam. Good head retention with lots of lacing left behind.

S: Nice fruit bouquet, a blend of guava, mango, papaya, passion fruit, and orange flesh. Lesser notes of grass and earth. There's a little grapefruit in there as well. Bready malt lays a respectable foundation with caramel prancing in the distance. The nose requires some coaxing then prodding, but what I discover is quite nice.

T: Soft tangerine, mango, guava, and orange flesh flavors. Light bready base. Smooth lower moderate bitterness. The beer's hop profile is delicate and one that could easily be overwhelmed and possibly ruined by eating a meal or drinking an aggressive beer beforehand. The finish ushers in drier fruit rind notes.

M: Lower medium body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft, and sticky.

Overall: Though this was in competition a couple weeks ago, it's hard to say how old this is. It has characteristics of a hoppy beer that's aged a bit, but it's still quite nice.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill thanks to mdfb79

*Notes from yesterday – split amongst some friends

A: Pours a hazy straw gold color with a nice two finger off-white frothy head. Good carb. Some retention and chunky gobs of sticky laced drapes upon the glass.

S: Smells of grapefruit flesh with a very floral bouqet to it overall. Some alcohol. Nothing crazy aromatic to me but a nice clean fresh profile.

T: Taste emphasizes the aroma with some real nice juicy fruit and floral hops. Orange blossoms. Stone fruits. Guava and Passion fruit. Subtle sugary cookie malt base. Sticky sweet and resinous on the palate. Not getting a ton of that danky wet hop character but more delicate with fresh flowery hops that are a little soapy at times. Really nice balance overall. Alcohol totally masked. Pretty solid.

M: Lighter to med. body with a nice creamy texture. Long lasting coat of sugars and hop resins. Dry and crisp finish.

D: This was a real refreshing IPA with some interesting fruity and floral hop character to it. Nothing crazy intense bitter wise. Aftertaste comes off a little soapy but a great balanced brew. Very drinkable.

Enjoyed by the entire group. Growler went fast. Would definitely try again. Thanks Dan!

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, long, and memorable Wet-Hop IPA

Presentation: Growler from Bill Madden´s Mad Fox. Menu offers a short and enticing description of the brew with main ingredients, intent, and special harvest occasion. Notes 7.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass from the growler (also had on cask on a snifter glass at the brew pub).

A - Hazy amber pour, nice frothy head with good retention, nice surface memory with a long lasting ring and rich lacing.

S - Beautiful nose with a rich floral hoppy nose, citric touches, grapefruit and pineapple, sweet goodness...

T - Very nicely held and expanded in the mouth with a long, lingering and rich hoppy sense, plenty of pineapple, floral touches, dash of resin, tropical sense, soft sweet malty touch balancing it out with a caramel insinuation.

M - Medium body with medium to moderate carbonation, rather feeling like of a small bubble with a nice tingle to it. Smooth flow with a slight oily touch in the undercurrent pushing a nice bitter finish with a long lingering aftertaste.

O - Excellent… One the best brews tasted in a long time. Rich, fresh, enticing… Thanks!

Notes: Little else to add here. Stimulating crafted quality, the restaurant adds a big plus to these experiences, highlighted by the growler later on. So yes, I guess I am officially a fan. Brew felt spectacular on site and later from the growler nothing short of extraordinary. Thanks again! (Please, brew it again, and again, and again? Looking forward to the next harvest… )

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boom Thorpe, bringing the tasty form of growler of IPA the other day. Thanks!

Beer is yellow, clear mostly, soft white head of small and large bubbles, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is awesomesauce. It is like a fruit salad. Strong mango and nice pineapple / plum aromas in there.

Beer is light in body, nice finish, moderate bitterness overall a very nice drinking IPA. I had a lot of this growler and would have it again in a minute. Great little beer here.

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Photo of droomyster
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a snifter earlier this afternoon. It's abv seems be currently unlisted on BA, but I can report that it's 6.8%.

Pours a hazy golden body with finger of bright white head with retention and lacing properties.

Lots of orange citrus hops and caramel malts on the nose.

Has a very well balanced taste. The malts and hops are both very assertive and yet work in perfect harmony. This is more of a Zen-Master's-Brew than a Hop-Head's-Dream. On the finish, orange peel and piney notes linger with the sweet taste of honey comb.

Nicely done. Entirely enjoyable all on its own, glass after glass.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at the brewpub.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, tropical fruit, mango, and fruity hops. Very nice and lots of fresh hops, especially citrus.

t - Taste of citrus hops, pine hops, tropical fruit, mango, pineapples, grapefruit, and fruity hops. Super fresh hops and the tropical fruits come out even more than in the nose. Really great, and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some light bitterness in the mouth but not a ton.

o - Overall I thought this was a fantastic wet hop IPA, and this is probably the best beer I've had from Mad Fox to date. Loads of fresh citrus hops and tropical fruits, I will certainly be ordering this one everytime I go to Mad Fox and see it on tap.

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Photo of GinDC
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty balance of fruit and bitter. Very nice zing on the finish but balance.enough for a second glass. A tasty balance of fruit and bitter. Very nice zing on the finish but balance.enough for a second glass A tasty balance of fruit and bitter. Very nice zing on the finish but balance.enough for a second glass.

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this growler in the NOOB BIF round 6. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Citrus hops with sweet malt and notes of tangerine and pineapple.

Taste: Bitter, fresh hops with grassy citrus peel notes. Some sweet malt to balance things out a bit, but the bitterness is the star. The finish is hoppy and bitter. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I got to try this beer super fresh and it was very good. The bitterness was intense, but still very pleasant. I would have this one again.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample pour into a snifter at the brewing company bar.

Golden amber orange body with lemon like edged hues, with a wispy like white head and some minimal spotted lacing.

Nose is a giant apricot and tropical fruit rush. However, a distinct dried apricot sense seems to totally dominate the nose.

Taste feels like chewed dried apricots and classic fresh chewy feeling hops. Soft apricots seem to come off a nice soft texture to match with a slight light malt.

Overall an extremely fruity forward IPA. Real enjoyable! Walking out of here without a full glass was hard, but if I did they would probably have to peel me off the floor to get me home.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler last night - Poured into a pint glass - First brew from Mad Fox, I'm excited.

A - A slightly hazy light orange body. The head starts at about a finger of white foam that dies to a thin film that leave little lacing.
S - Big hop character that you would expect from a wet hop brew. A good tropical and citrus blast on the front end that develops into a robust piney and grassy hop nose. Fresh bold raw hops.
T & M & D - The flavor is big in the hop as well but not devestating on the palate. Maybe a slight sweet fruit flavor up front that once again is dominated by earthen hop character. Very smooth on the mouth with a good level of carbination.
O - I love the wet hop style and this beer does not disappoint. If you like hops this beer will please the senses and prove to be very enjoyable to drink.


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Photo of Thorpe429
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the menu:

"Two Hemispheres IPA brings together Australian Galaxy hops and American Citra "fresh hops" in a beer that has our brewery team very excited and very thirsty. This amber-orange beer aims an intense hop-derived fruit aroma straight at both nostrils with Galaxy providing citrus and passionfruit and Citra bringing even more orange/citrus plus pineapple, guava, mango. The 150 pounds of freshly picked, never dried, Citra hops were added after fermentation completed in a "wet-hop" process that brings out the most delicate volatile hop aromas along with fresh herbal notes. "

On tap at Mad Fox last night. Served in a snifter.

The pour brings a fairly-hazy apricot-orange brew with a thin white head. A bit of lacing eventually forms after a few swirls, though not too much. The nose explodes with loads of tropical and citrus fruit plus a very mild dank character. Mango and citrus come to the front. Really pungent fresh-hop aroma.

The flavor isn't quite as strong and some of the fruit character gets a bit jumbled. Still, it's really tasty and the mouthfeel is fantastic. Medium body with a slight chewiness and a nice dry bitterness to go along with the raw hop character. Devastatingly drinkable with a beautiful hop bouquet in the aroma, this may be Mad Fox's best hoppy brew yet.

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Two Hemispheres Wet-Hop IPA from Mad Fox Brewing Company
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