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Full Throttle Double IPAFull Throttle Double IPA

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big juicy American hops burst from this unfiltered deep amber ale. The caramel sweetness takes a backseat only to the abundance of citrusy, piney flavors and aromas. Dominated by Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Falconer's Flight hops, our double IPA has been dry-hopped for over a month.

85 IBU

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 181
Photo of theo871
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled on 1/19/11, purchased on release date 1/28/11. It really doesn't get any fresher than this!

Pours a dark orange-amber color with a one finger white head that leaves behind beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet fruit, citrusy, floral, a bit of spice.

Tastes syrupy, hoppy, spicy, sweet fruit, caramel.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick with a perfect amount of carbonation for the style.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could easily polish off a couple of these in a sitting, but with an 9.1% ABV, I may have trouble standing afterwards!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden/orange color with a great sized amount of head that fades slowly and leaves tons of lacing in its path.

Smell is strong in piney/citrusy/grapefruity hops, earthy, quite pleasing to the nose.

Taste is a kick to the mouth, probably one of the hoppiest beers coming out of Maine, strong grapefruit presence with a nice earthy piney bite, has a slight balance of caramel to smooth things over.

Usually one of these puppies is enough for me, I definitely feel it afterwards, seems much stronger than the 8.2% although it doesn't show it while drinking.

I've had this both on-tap and in bottle, decided to go with the bottle review since I could detail it better than using my memory, even though on-tap it is a much better beer.

Another fantastic beer coming from Sebago, certainly becoming one of my favorite brewery in the area, now if only they made their single batch series barleywine a rotating release as well...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

S: The aroma is very fruity with a lot of citrus. There's a good amount of hops and caramelized malts in the background.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong fruity citrus sweetness up front that is tempered by a floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. I could see where some might think this beer is too fruity but I think the strong citrus flavor is pulled off well. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, as long as you're ok with the sweetness, this is a nice beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of hippityhop86
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. I have traditionally stayed away from the imperial or double IPAS more because I'm interested in taste and drinkability over Alc. content etal. I had this on draft at the brew house with a meal.... WOW! It had the feel of a regular IPA in its color and sessionability, but after 2 I could certainly feel it.
i truely enjoyed my first double IPA, unfortunately you can only get it on draft. However after speaking with them directly they have plans to expand to other pubs, even in Hudson, MA at the Horseshoe!

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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer complements of ClockworkOrange.

A- Pours a murky golden amber with a thick off-white head that disapates and leaves a long lasting lacing.

S- A nose of sweet burnt caramel malt folllowed by notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine and pineapple.

T- First taste is sweel caramel which prepares the palate for the big blast of hops, consisting of grapefruit, pine, pinapple and more grapefruit. A sweet burnt caramel finish faintly lingers in the background under the long linggering bitter simcoe hop.

M- Medium bodied with a Full mouth of hops.

D- A very drinkable DIPA that turned my tastebuds on. Wish I had more. This is a hopheads nirvana. A chunk of stinky cheese and a six pack of these and you'll be set.

3 3/4 Hop Buds on the PSYCOHOP Scale.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Setting up the 'zebo today and was getting a mite parched... so, this bomber I picked up at Gary's in Portsmouth on Monday (05APR) was calling my name. Let 'er rip... 85 IBUs and 85°F... Coincidence? NOT!!

My imperial pint glass had a clear liquid filling it... color was a deep copper, though could be called a nice apricot hue, too. Carbo was slow and steady, meandering topside at its own pace. Head was creamy and light tan, starting at 1/2" then ebbing to 1/8" before settling at a fine layer, along with decent lacing. Aroma had light sweetness with loads of citrus. Was like a rich marmalade. Nice... real nice! Body? Checks-in at medium-plus, almost being chewy. And the feel on the palate was smooth and creamy. Way nice, yes!!

Solid sweetness leads off in the flavor category as well, surprising for a DIPA. Loads of citrus follows, but it's not bitter... has grapefruit and apricot, as well as being rindy and resiny. Once more, this tastes like a very well-made fruit spread, which one could layer on a scone quite well. The hops linger a bit, but never overwhelm. I love the sweetness combined with the west-coast hopping. Damn tasty, indeed!!


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of mshallah
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. A real treat of a big beer, this brew smelled huge.Hops and alcohol upfront with a background sweetness. A sticky head retention and dark orange color show this beer has a big malt base but the freshly dried hop presence which included citrus and pine tipped the balance to hops as a DIPA should. The hop flavor and aroma combined for a complex hop lover's dream. The brewers squeezed all they could from the bitter flowers. Every sip revealed something and invited another taste for exploration. Wonderful find.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single 12 ounce bottle at Julio's. Poured into my shaker glass. I don't know if was the light of the full moon coming through my window, but this beer looks fantastic. A cloudy golden honey amber color with a solid two fingers of fluffy, sticky ecru foam. Certainly a beer to "drink with your eyes" first. Aromas of pineapple, caramel, clementines, and pine attack the nose. Flavors of sweet caramel malt, tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, orange and grapefruit pummel the tongue. Very smooth with a nice slightly bitter grapefruit finish. Really excellent stuff. I wish I would have got more than one bottle. A fantastic DIPA.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer because of the statement on the bottle. I got this in a 4 pack and shared it with my dad. He's not much of an IPA drinker but this may have converted him. It has an piny citrus aroma. The beer is hazy amber with a nice thick head. The brew starts sweet and buttery but quickly becomes bitter. The bitterness lingers on the. This beer is not for the faint of heart, those looking for a west coast IPA this is not. It has a pleasant aroma but the hops in this beer are mainly for bittering.

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Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Has this about a week ago at Sebago's monthly cask night. 16oz served in a pint glass

A: Cloudy dark orange. 1 finger of frothy white head. Impressive amount of lined lacing, starting at the top and making it's way almost down to the bottom of the glass

S: Lots of citrus hop aroma, more than the bottle or draft versions. Some malt, but again less than normal

T: Starts with big citrus flavors (pineapple, grapefruit) before moving on to a bitter pine. Slight malt in the finish providing a brief sweetness

M: Full bodied. Smooth and creamy. Obviously light amount of carbonation. Little bit of bitter hop aftertaste

D: This was a great beer for cask. I prefer it over the regular versions. Definitely will order any time I see it

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Photo of deereless
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Decent head retention, a thin layer of tightly packed head, caramel in color with lots of dark orange, very little action visible in the beer - 4.00, S: Strong citrus and more specifically orange and tangerine, quite pungent, I also pick up some tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango, there's also a good deal of honey - 4.50, T: Hops dominate the palate as one might expect on a double IPA, thick and syrupy, sharp hop bite, very pungent - 4.25, M: Thick and heavily bodied - 4.50, D: A nice double IPA, solid interpretation of the style - 4.50

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Portland brew pub location,came in a 16oz pint glass a clear beep bronze color with a thinner off white head,big hop nose dry resiny with a bit of grapefruit rind the malt presence is light with only a trace of caramel sweetness.Full on hop bomb on the palate big shot of citrus rind and fresh cut grass then finishing with an onslaught of resiny pine.The malt base is there adding a bit of sweetness and body,pleasantly surprised to find a DIPA anywhere in Portland really this fixed my hop fix for the evening.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a rich orange to copper hue with thin eggshell white surface layer of head. Some small white particles are suspended in the beer and several streams of carbonation rise to the surface.
Aroma is pine sap and some light citrus notes with just a bit of malty caramel poking through to balance things a bit.
First sip reveals an average body with mild tingly carbonation. Texture is a little sticky on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is a brief hit of caramel and toffee followed by fairly robust hop hits of pine sap and grapefruit rind, finishes very dry and astringent, leaving me smacking my lips.
the ABV is fairly well hidden here, probably due to the hop bite, and the beer is pretty drinkable. I would recommend this brew to hop head friends and will buy again and probably feature in trades.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer in my tulip glass. Hazy red/orange, medium tan head, a lot of lacing. Sweet malt aroma, with a lot of citrus and a little floral. First sip, wow! Very sweet beginning, then hammered by grapefruit, pineapple, and a little pine. Pretty rugged beer, fun to drink, although no more thn two at a time for me, my taste buds went numb.

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Photo of Soozy
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this out of a snifter, so the color might be a bit skewed.

A - Dark amber with reddish hues. This almost has the color of a barleywine.

S - An overwhelming amount of tropical fruit. I'm actually picking up a lot of mango and pineapple. Some malt carries through as well.

T - The rich crystal malt backbone of this IPA is coupled with the harsh bitterness of the hops. Again, tropical fruit notes right before the bite of the hops hits your tongue. There's just enough bitterness to balance it, and you get a hint of caramel and chocolate notes. This isn't the standard DIPA super bitter/hoppy beer that you expect when you hear DIPA. It's well balanced with the hops being the highlight of the beer.

M - Lightly carbonated. Again, I keep coming back to comparing this to a Barleywine. The alcohol is present as it warms, but is fairly well-hidden.

Overall, this is a great beer. I think it'd be interesting to cut down the IBUs and turn this into more of an American Strong Ale. The bitterness from the hops takes a little away from the malt characteristics.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KalH for sending me this one! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Light copper color, big fluffy white head. Moderate haze and carbonation.

S: Resiny citrus, pine, tropical fruit and some dank herbal hops. Sweet cracker malt in the background, but there isn't much malt for a DIPA. Nice aroma.

T: A really enjoyable hop profile here. Dank, citrus, resin, pine...plus more of the light cracker malt than I expected from the smell. There is some malt sweetness but I don't get a big caramel flavor. Some spice plus the resin hoppiness lasts into the swallow and the hang. Not overly bitter by any stretch. EDIT - as it warms some through the drink, a bit more caramel malt flavor comes through, but not to the point of dominance.

M: Medium to a little light-bodied for the style, but it doesn't detract. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium alcohol presence. Good carbonation.

O: This is good. It's kind of a light-weight for the style in terms of OG, mouthfeel and flat-out hop dominance, but I still think it's classified appropriately. The relative paucity of caramel flavor in the malts gives it a leg up in my book compared to many (most?) other American IIPAs. Really enjoyable, and I would definitely pick a sixer up if it were available around here. Recommended.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: Sam Adam's glass, cellar temp
A - Hop aroma comes across as full bodied without being overbearing.
A - Nice full three fingers of head with good retention. Hazy light brown in color.
M - Medium to full body, low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.
T - Full floral flavor with enough malt body to keep things in control. Bitterness lingers in the back of the mouth.
D - Very nice double IPA. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of DMBoSox11
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #2 - 12 ounce bottle (no date) in a snifter.

A: A cloudy, dark orange with a darker off-white frothy head. The head had assorted bubbles with light retention. Ridiculous glass covering lacing.

S: Grapefruit hops with a huge sugary sweet malt backing and a very slight touch of alcohol as it warms.

T: Beautiful grapefruit and grapefruit rind hops followed by a touch of floral hops. Solid multi-grain bread malt with a sweet and lasting finish. Bitter for sure, but not over the top. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Full body which coats the mouth. Medium carbonation, but I wish it were higher to get that bite of most IPAs/IIPAs.

D: Perhaps the best IIPA I've had.

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Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with a light tan head, nice leg.

S: Piny citrus and a little 'cooked-hop' aroma (from a long boil?).

T: Nectarine, pine & biscuity pale malt. Solid bitterness, alcohol is very subtle.

M: Moderate body is smooth & almost creamy.

D: A good drinker.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes of a generous half pour in a pint glass at Sebago's Full Moon cask event. This was a preview keg of the upcoming batch of Full Throttle to be released this spring. It is a very hazy--some would say foggy--orange. It has a big head of white soap bubbles. There is a very dry, grainy hop aroma. It smells old fashioned, and brings to my mind images of antiques stores. It has a sweet, hearty hop flavor. There is a bit of a graham cracker taste to it. The aftertaste is subtle, but the hop bitterness is there. It has a medium body (maybe just slightly heavier than medium) and a slightly sweet and sticky mouthcoating. It's very good for an 8.2% ABV beverage. It's also very drinkable considering the high alcohol content. I can see myself going through an entire four pack of the Full Throttle all by myself, assuming the bottled version of this beer is as good as the cask version.

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Photo of Cmsalzberg
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a 1/2 inch thick white head. Good lacing and overall good looking beer.

The smell is very hoppy and matches exactly what you would expect for a double IPA.

The taste is very hoppy, a little citrus, and quite bitter. Not to bitter though, very enjoyable.

It feels smooth as it washes over the tongue then just before swallowing it feels almost prickley.

A great beer very enjoyable with a great taste and smell. Would definitley order again!

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Photo of ericj551
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sebago's Full Throttle Double IPA pours a cloudy amber with a light head that fades. The aroma is a huge citrusy punch, tons of grapefruit as well as pine and hints of raisiny malt. Bitterness pops up first in the flavor followed by some of the citrusy flavor alluded to in the aroma. A bit of pine gives way to a brief but rich caramel sweetness. The resiny bitterness once again overwhelms on the finish and lingers pleasantly with a nice citrusy flavor.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to gauge the color as the restaurant was fairly dark, but I'm guessing a lighter amber/golden. It clear, mildly active, but with a thick white foam, good retention, and very thick lacing the didn't wash away. Very attractive.

Some moderately strong boozy heat just barely leads over the piny and citrusy hops, with sweet maltyness hanging right in there. Not bad at all.

Fairly sharp piny bitterness and robust hoppy flavors balanced well by an assertive malty backbone, and noticeable booze.

some tingles up front, a rich full body, not too dry or bitter in the finish.

Almost finished it before the food came, had to ration myself to make it last. So I'm saying it's pretty drinkable. Was somewhat surprised as I've never been overly impressed by Sebago. This one is good.

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Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We did a blind tasting of four IIPAs, with Pisgah Vortex, Sebago Full Throttle, Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Derek's homebrew - this one was lost out to the homebrew in the opening bracket, but then lay a beating on the Vortex 1 to come in third.

Copper body with a nice tan head and good lacing. Very resiny aroma with lots of pine and grapefruit. Sweet citrus flavour, with pine and chewy, almost bready malt. Fairly slick mouthfeel. I liked this one, and I guess its a credit to the homebrew that it caused an upset.

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Photo of Jayli
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy deep copper/amberish color. About a one finger white head that slowly recedes to a 1/8th film that lasts throughout the beer with wispy lacing left behind. Nose is fantastic! Major fruity hops are present - grapefruit takes the lead on this one, there is some pine in the nose, and faint faint whiff of a pale malt. Taste is largely of grapefruit up front. It for sure has that hop kick! Then it fades in to a bit of pine, and a pale malt to even it all out. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, but finishes very crisp, medium bodied, carbonated nicely. Overall, a really nice beer form Sebago!

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