Johnny Mo's Tres Vieux IPA | Hermitage Brewing

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Johnny Mo's Tres Vieux IPAJohnny Mo's Tres Vieux IPA

Brewed by:
Hermitage Brewing
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SolomonGrundy on 04-08-2011

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by RoyalT:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a thick, cloudy, beautiful orange in color with a monster head that showed great retention.

Smell – The hops and malts are nicely balanced and very big at the nose. The hops are definitely East Coast with a very strong grapefruit aroma.

Taste – It’s not as heavy at the taste which is good because the nose is a bit intimidating. The beer keeps it’s balance and lives up to its “old style” name with a musty character throughout the drink.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied with some enticing bitterness.

Drinkability – This beer stands on its own, has a unique unfiltered flavor profile, and is very drinkable. It’s what sampling craft beers is all about.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: Copper orange color with 1/2 head and a little lace

Smell: Light citrus hops hints of pine and grapefruit

Taste: Notes of pears, grapefruit and orange peel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body lightly carbonated with a slightly dry finish

Overall: Dont waste your money on this beer even if it comes recommended like it was to me. There are 100 IPA's out there that are better so drink one of them

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Photo of Elemenopy
2/5  rDev -31%

Photo of alexhahn82
3.07/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A --- Golden orange with a huge 3 finger head and plenty of lace, takes a while for the head to dissipate.

S. When opening the bottle smelled a very nice floral citrusy hop, after pouring it was still there but not as intense.

Taste/Mouthfeel -- Taste is decent/average, with a very small body to the mouthfeel, almost water like in consistency. Though to be fair it is a Single IPA, This beer greats you with a very non complex well played single hop type of flavor, but finishes without a bang, or for that matter much of anything.

Overall - Price point says no to me all day, as this is subcontracted to be brewed its a decent start but has a lot of tweeking to get it dialed in to justify the $6 or so for the 500ml bottle. Steer clear unless it gets tweeked to perfection or dropped to around $3.50 a bottle.

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Photo of codynevels
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a perfectly respectable head that showers that glass with a decent amount of lace

Smell: Hints of caramel and pithy citrus

Taste: Opens with both the caramel and citrus pith flavors and moves in an aspirin-bitter direction by mid-palate; there is a bit of tropical fruit that arrives, after the swallow, but the bitter, medicinal flavors dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Better than I expected but still not an impressive example of the style

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.97/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Menlo Park, CA.

Uncaps without much of a hiss, and then pours a dirty, hazy orange colour, with a loose-bubbled head of very pale yellow. Some lace forms in insubstantial bridges. Body is very light. The carbonation is quite fine at least, and is quite anarchic when the beer is tilted. It looks decent without filling me with a huge amount of confidence.

Nose is dirty, and oddly sweet. Barley sugar makes it smell quite sickly, while the faint, earthy, rather dull hops just create an unpleasant spike in the sweetness. Some musty, woody earthiness provides an organic character which doesn't help. Pretty much everything in here is disappointing, or worse.

Taste is maybe slightly better: there's a tone of orange peel coming through on the front, with an oddly dark character towards the back. It gives it a very slight Jaffa tone, while the bitterness on the back manages to clear out much of the sweetness, very much helping the beer raise out of that cloying phase. It's actually not bad once it's in my mouth.

Feel is smooth but thick. Thicker than it should be.

Overall, this isn't great, but it's not horrible either. The nose really is worse than it should be, but otherwise it potters along and becomes acceptable. That's no great compliment, of course.

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.51/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle.

Pours hazy dark copper with a half inch head of beige. A placid surface developes quickly with zero lacing.

Aromatics lead off with stale hop pellets, freezer burn and dusty malt. Dried grapefruit rinds with wet cardboard basically.

Medium bodied with a slickish mouthfeel.

Wet paper, stale malt, oxidized hop pellets, and chipped pressboard fill the palate. A medium bitterness and carboard pulp follow through.

Finishes with wet cardboard, stale hops, and oxidized malt.

This is one every old beer from the BevMo in LaQuinta California. I want my money back.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
3.11/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours with a hazy penny hued body with a small, bone hued off-white head with good lace. Pretty looking beer. Aromas of pine, tropical fruit, citrus. A noticeable smokey phenol that is off putting (a bit leather like, possible sanitation problem?). Sawdust/papermill. Light malt sweetness. Flavors of pine, citrus, strawberry jam. More notes of the smokey phenolic (off-flavor). Tastes like the beer has a bit of beechwood smoked malt (that's the off-component). A bit of a fruit hop presence that reminds me a bit of columbus. Some pine, alcohol. Medium bubbles, a bit creamy, some alcohol. Decently well done. The 16th Century Tres Vieux anecdote is asinine. Other than the smoke aroma/flavor it is a good beer. Pretty fresh tasting, and one of the better Hermitage/BevMo products.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.1/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odd and strong and smokey, which is weird. Not bad, but just weird.

Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy, slightly soapy head and a little bit of sediment. The aroma is conventionally hoppy, with a clean bready malt, a little sweet, and some floral hops. The flavor is carmelly with a delicate flowery/citrus hop character. But there is a distinct wood smoke flavor, like there is a scoop of smoked malt in the mash somewhere. There is a stiff, acidic bitterness on the finish.


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Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.29/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, this is actually brewed by Hermitage Brewing Co. out of San bad...

They claim this is brewed in the style of a European IPA. I'm smelling something more akin to an American IPA, maybe even a DIPA, so I'm gonna classify it as an American IPA.

It's actually beautiful. Huge, creamy, meringue-like head. Lots of slow rising bubbles. A touch "dirty" from the sediment of what-have-you. Nice orange-amber color.

Smell is actually good, like a nicely hopped IPA. Typical aromas of grapefruit and pineapple. Good but not unique.

The beer is actually almost good but....ummm...Right upfront it's rockin': like Dokken even. Sharp bite of hops greets you. Nicely carbonated, too. But the late middle and finish get....weird...A very bizarre, almost charcoal like, flavor settles in for a space. It's unusual and unsettling. It's almost herb-like, too, but in a bad eating rosemary stems and not the needles...Finish carries this off flavor through it, and then it lengthens out and drops the off flavors...Nice hop finish...Strange as all get go, but serviceable...

The basics: a whopping $8.99/500ml bottle (HOLY CRAP!!) and 7% ABV.

What I like most: it's a beautiful beer.

What I like least: The price and strange flavor in the middle.

Verdict: At $4.99, this would be good but not $8.99 this is painfully lacking in value. Go buy two Plinys instead of this...

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Photo of EdTheEdge
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of 100floods
2.92/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours a pale, hazy copper/amber hue with off white head. Notes of pine and citrus, pretty clean in it's delivery. The first sip delivers some hints of malt that are immediately shoved aside by the hops. Bitter, but not over the top. Notes of grapefruit and earthy pine. Some smooth, creamy textures ease up the hop flavors. Pretty empty in the malt flavor department. The hop flavors are nice, but I want a little more complexity. Just a hint more of malt and maybe a little more diversity from the hops. A lot good things happening in this beer, but not enough to get me to drink it again. Potentially a good intro to people wanting to try hoppy beers, maybe.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of haver
2.72/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured the bomber into a pint glass bot not a lot going on so I gave it a violent pour to get a nice head that fell quickly but refused to die. Color was Burnt orange carmel. Very cloudy, not a sexy haze but a dirty water look. The smell was is sweet carmel and i'm guessing warrior hops. both very upfront. The mouthfeel starts off with perfect carbonation and gets very thin quickly. Taste is very sweet that fades to bitter and very watery fast.Dry.

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Johnny Mo's Tres Vieux IPA from Hermitage Brewing
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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