Full Throttle Double IPA | Sebago Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Gyle41386
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks to 6DaysBottomOcean for the bottle.

Dark orange-amber pour. Just over a finger of off-white foam retains well. A little lacing sticks to the glass.

Typical East Coast DIPA nose. Very, very sweet aroma. Not much hops, very disappointing after reading the label and seeing their hop selection.

Flavor is much too caramel sweet for my tastes. More toasted graham cracker flavor than anything else. Practically no hop bitterness.

Big bodied. Soft carbonation, plush feel. Super boring DIPA. Too sweet, and not nearly hoppy enough. Not great.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice dark amber, with a light head and some lacing. Aroma is kinda interesting. Some hops, but also some plum or caramel something. Taste is bitter and hoppy. Refreshing, bracing, but not overpowering. Fairly simple, but in a good way. A nice change of pace from the punch-in-the-face hop blast that some other double IPAs provide. Mouthfeel is fine. Well carbonated and quite drinkable. All in all, a very good, straight ahead double IPA.

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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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. No freshness dating indicated on the bottle. Poured a semi-translucent burnt orange with a frothy/creamy one inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim of a cap - swaths and spots of lacing adhere to the walls of the glass during the tasting, exhibiting excellent retention. Nose is sweet - toffee and citrus notes. Taste follows nose, with an initial bitterness that hits the tastebuds upfront and lingers lightly at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly viscous, with the perfect amount of carbonation - just short of lively. A little alcohol heat expresses itself at the finish. Having never had anything from this brewery, I was a little unsure what to expect, but this was a very good DIPA with great balance. The bitterness at the start and finish, nicely evens the beer out, making it quite drinkable for the style. Try this one if you can.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an 8oz sampling glass.

pours a deep dark orange amber with basically no head at all but some light bubbles rising. Nose is sweet and almost smells like cheddar.

Mouthfeel is very thick and rich, quite sweet and very bitter with a dry finish (odd with the sweet initial taste). There is still that sharp cheddar taste to it that's a bit odd but I like it. Light carbonation and a strong malt bill make this very smooth drinking.

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Photo of travduke
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper/amber body, the one finger head quickly dissipates leaving mediocre lacing.

Aroma: Nice hop aroma, and a sweet malt in the background.

Taste: Malt and lots of it, sweet malt. The hops actually take a backseat to the malt in this DIPA. Very different and not what I look for in an IPA, not to mention a Double IPA.

Feel/Drink: Medium bodied. Too much malt to hide the hop presence. I didn't enjoy it, really wish I did.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.3/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

An extra in a small trade, I always get excited about unknown beers from far away lands, like dancing fairies on my doorstep. I do not say the following words as an insult to the trading partner, for he is a good man and the rest of the beers rocked.

I pour it in two glasses, its orange. Thats just weird. Not amber, not red, but orange. The smell, its hops, Lots of hops. The taste? well, it's interesting.

There is a huge malt sweetness. I like a sweeter DIPA, but this thing has a sugary sweetness on top of the expected malt sweetness. Then there is a hop bit slamming my mouth, but its not distinct hops, just amorphous non-floral non-citrus non-pine bitter hops. That's all livable, but it follows with an aftertaste of sugarfree orange sherbet. Its pretty awe-inspiringly gross.

I poured out the rest. Perhaps the worst beer I have had this year aside from the backyard aged Miller Highlife.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

at Union Brewhouse, Weymouth MA. $5.50 for a big boy glass.

Copper color, mostly translucent but I suspect a dirty glass. Fair retention and a poignant swartch of white lace. Looks like a beer.

Smells of sweet twinkie malt with a grapefruit and mildly bubble gum hop. Taste parrelels the aroma. Hops fall out as it warms leaving an ubalanced sticky, poundcake malt with no counterpart which really disrupts my drinking. I was hoping for more resin in the mouthfeel.

This was labeled as just an IPA on the draft list I didn't know otherwise until I sat down to review. While it has enough malt for a DIPA, the hops aren't up to task.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Given to me by Terry of Manchester; thanks Terry. Poured a dark bronze color with a rich and frothy head. This beer had fairly major sediment in the glass, but that's fine. Very cloudy and translucent. Smell was mildly (for a DIPA) of hops and pine. Taste was at first a little malty, but the hops came through in the finish, just for me on the weak side for this style. Mouthfeel was very good. Drinkability was fair; smooth on the taste, but not what I typically seek out in a DIPA. The sediment could turn off some, but it doesn't bother me.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Vermonthiker for sending me this brew. Poured into 10oz glass. The beer poured an orangey-gold color with about a half-inch of light khaki colored head that had good retention and nice lacing.

The aroma was nicely hop forward with a blend of citrus and pine being most noticeable. There was also a solid malt scent. On the tongue the hops really stood out and there was that good malt foundation for the hops to grow on. There was a slight floral flavor that I didn't pickup in the nose.

The body was nicely solid without being heavy and had a finish that was both dry and a little sweet. Drinkability was nice for the style, your tongue won't get burned out by a couple.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. If it were local to me it would be in my regular rotation. A must try if you see it.

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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 Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer bought as a single at Spirit Haus in Amherst, Ma. Bottled 2.4.10 etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours darker honey amber, hazed, medium khaki head, typical moderate bits of lace. Dull nose of bready malt and leafy hops. I'd call this one a slightly better then average DIPA, lacks the pungent and bold hop crunch, I'd like to see in a world class offering of this style. Hops here seem a bit muted, and lack any citric or fruity interest. Ho Hum, how jaded have we become?

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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 puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 13, 2010. The pour is a cloudy amber-copper with vitually no head or long lasting lacing. Yes, the aroma is overly hopped just as promised. The hops are very floral in nature. It tastes more like flowers than hops and it is a bit overpowering in that regard. There is also a juicy sweetness in the taste but really it is all bitter hops. The hops mask the 8% ABV.

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

12OZ bottle poured into tulip glass

A- Hazy orange color 1 finger of soft white head, settles to a thin layer of foam. not much lacing.

S- mild citrus, pine, and alchol

T- very sweet and fruity, some pine and a slight lingering bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium body, a little syrupy, light carbonation.

D- I picked this up while in Calais Maine today shopping paid the rediculous duty coming back into Canada, but after drinking I feel that it was worth every penny and I would buy again!

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Allagash tulip glass. Bought as part of a four pack for cheap considering that this is a DIPA and is over 8%.

Appearance: Orange brown, reminds me of fall in New England. Lots of sediment floating around the glass, but the beer is far from opaque. Two finger beige, pillowy head recedes nicely into a thin lacing and leaves some foam along the glass as it recedes.

Aroma: Stinging, astrigent (almost medicinal) pine hop aromas are strong, but not as dominant as you might expect. They are a little harsh on the nose though. Some sweet, almost fruity, malt rounds out the aroma, but doesn't make up for the unpleasant hop aroma.

Taste: Hops are here, but this feels nothing like a DIPA. Neither the hops nor the malt take center stage. Both seem to be here in equal proportion. The hops need to play a bigger role here. Most of the initial hop flavor is just some medicinal pine notes. The only place I feel the hops is in the aftertaste. Here there is finally some nice bitter hops. the malt is nice here though. Nice round, sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel: Here I have another problem. I want my IPAs to be crisp and bright. The mouthfeel here is too syrupy and does not lighten the flavors at all. This counters the flavors of teh beer which are light and crisp.

Drinkability: Flavors are light and unoffensive, and the ABV is managable for a DIPA, but nothing draws me to keep drinking this. The flavor is straightforward and overall, I don't love the flavor profile.

Overall, a weak DIPA thats more like an IPA. Flavor profile is average and its not as refreshing as it should be. A myriad of contradictions here, but its still drinkable and with some nice malt notes. The hops could play a much bigger role.

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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 Casey10
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was not bad I liked it. It is similar in some ways to a 90 minute with it's malt taste definate example of a east coast IPA.

A - Copper orange with a small head lots of lacing on the side.

S - malts some light pine light citrus.

M - creamy bit of a afterfeel not blown away.

D- this is good I like this style and would have again and the price wasn't bad for the style at 7.99 a 4 pack.

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Photo of beerbutcher
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours pale copper with an off-white head.

aroma is of caramel, citrus, pine with mild alcohol notes

on the palate it enters slightly sweet and fruity. as it warms in my mouth, the malty citrus turns real solventy and resiny. bitter acids grab the midpalate and bite hard after the swallow. resiny bitterness lingers

i like the texture of the beer. good soft carbonation and nice body. there's enough sweetness to hold it together

overall, generally liked the beer. wasn't crazy about the bittering hops and the hot alcohol really is not for me. the nose also left me wanting more, but generally: big, malty, bitter and strong. could use some tweaking.

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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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer begins with an expected enough look: Solid copper with a bright and glowing haze (dry hopped), very good head formation and retention with some lacing. Definately looks the bill.

A blended balance of big malts swirl with big hops making me sway from Double IPA thoughts to American Barleywines. Though the hop variety shines well with pine, citrus, and fresh cut grasses; the more-than-adequate malt sweetness prevents the hops from becomming showcased as needed for a great Double IPA.

Quite fruity with the malts and yeast give the impression of English ales, especially up front and early in the nose. Fortunately, the beer dries out a bit at mid palate allowing for a much more drinkable and enjoyable beer in the end. Equally as fortunate, the beer seems to be largely error free- only a slight fusal and acetone taste deep within the sweetness of the malts and would be hard to notice if not looking for reasons to mark it down.

With all that's great about the beer, it still seems to lack that 'it' quality that it takes to compete with the Leviathan Imperial IPA's, 90 Minutes, and Double Troubles out there. Maybe a bit drier and less sweet and fruity early on would help. Also the larger focus on hop flavor and aroma could set it apart as well.

Thanks jlindros!

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter glass

A: Semi clear rusty brown color with light head

N: Decent bill of noble hops with some pine, a musty charred earthy malt nose, touch of brown sugar

T: Starts with earthy dark malts and some brown sugar, some juicy fruits in the center, some hop bitterness in the front, with juicy hops in the center, the bitterness seems to build as it goes, some spiciness and pretty sweet taste, huge malt and sweetness seem to mask some of the hops and alcohol, but there is some alcohol in there as well

M: Pretty thick and sticky, light on carbonation

F: Still pretty sweet on the finish with lots of bitter hops hit at the end with some pine and lots of spiciness, touch of citrus, lots of juicy hops that make your mouth water, bitterness fades shortly after

Final thoughts: A pretty decent DIPA, lots of malts and sweetness, lots of hops on the finish but not as much at the front (could have been more up front), it finishes a little too sweet too, but still masks the alcohol well, it sticks to the mouth well too

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Photo of jdhilt
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is serious hops balanced with malts. Sweet piney finish. Higher ABV is totally hidden. Decent DIPA. $2.70 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this as part of a trade - thanks to my east coast connection who had been down in the states recently.

It pours a very attractive orange amber colour which is quite cloudy. The quarter inch head soon dissapated to a slight ring of foam.

The smell is surprisingly slight for an IIPA of this strength. Some sweeter citrus fruit and apricots are found within.

The taste is nice but there's something about it which stops it from being really really good. It starts off with hops, sweet fruit and then transitions into a slightly overbitter almost burnt taste. While it has good complexity there is something a little strange which is hard to describe. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly sticky and low on carbonation. Drinkability is about average.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On tap at Sunset Grill. Pours a light brown/orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweaty, grassy hops. Flavor is very bitter initially with hop oils and grassy hops and a sweet finish. The sweetness is a bit overpowering. Meh overall.

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Full Throttle Double IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 182 ratings.
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