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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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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a slightly hazy amber color with two-fingers of khaki head. The retention was very good as a thin cap and the lacing in consistent fishnets. The aroma was of caramel malt, doughy malt, floral hops, citrus hops and light alcohol heat. The flavors were a well-balanced blend of caramel malt, doughy malt, orange rind, and light grapefruit. The finish was mildly bitter and pleasant. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation light. One of the best beers they make.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another nice one I received in a recent BIF, this one I had in the fridge for a while before I decided to bust it out. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I used this one as a nightcap on 06/24/2009.
The pour was decent enough. Medium amber in color with some light golden highlights in it. A small head, maybe a quarter inch high rose up quickly and faded just as quick, leaving a broken crown of almost bare liquid. A modest hop profile at first, I have to say I was not terribly blown away by this one. Starts to redeem itself a touch in the flavor though as I finally get a hold of a light citrus profile. Nice hints of orange, grapefruit, and a nice biscuit like flavor coming through mid palate on me. A heavier medium body that was not terribly high on the carbonation, but still it was a decent effort and was fairly easy to drink.
Overall this was unfortunately very forgettable for me. It just did not hit heavy enough at first for me and left me looking for more. Not a bad example of the style, just not really what I was looking for. Maybe super fresh or on top much better.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a dark amber, slightly cloudy. 1 finger slightly off white head, with decent retention; it soon levels off to a few mm thick coating. Very nice lacing all the way down.

Smell: Very strong hop fragrance at first, but subsequent smells are weaker. Sweet and syrupy. Very juicelike, with a strong grape smell. Deeper down are some darker, slightly smoky malts. Alcohol is also present. A slightly off fragrance.

Taste: Strong alcohol bite, both at the front on the tongue and at the end on the back of the throat. Strong hop taste, but the flavors are indistinct. Sweet and syrupy. Also with the strong hops come a slightly soapy taste. Some malts at the end, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer, with a big alcohol bite. Big.

Drinkability: A decent DIPA, but not great. The alcohol bite is a bite too strong and not well hidden. The hops are strong, but indescript. Sort of just hits you hard, without an subtlety. I didn’t mind drinking this one, but I probably won’t have this again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a deep, brownish-orange in color with a modest head.

Smell - There is a nice, balanced hop bouquet here but it is the massive, sweetish malts that steal the show. They are rightly toasted and doughy which might disappoint the hardcore hopheads but the beer aficionado will be greatly appreciative.

Taste - The sweetish malts take over at the taste. I am enjoying the big malt flavors but you can't really call it balanced at this point. The hops are all but worn out at this point.

Mouthfeel - This is huge in the mouth. It is close to full-bodied with little bitterness.

Drinkability - I enjoyed this big, malty DIPA but others looking for a heavy hop profile will be disappointed.

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Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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 Derek
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Yeastcakes
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
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 colts9016
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from mikeale, thank you for the bottle.

Poured this in an over sized wine glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very beautiful orange color with a reddish tint. There is a two finger head that is ivory, foamy, and creamy. The clarity of the beer is hazy, there is some light that is able to pass through. There is some lacing on the wine glass.

Nose: A nice maltiness with some sweetness. There is a nice pine, floral, and citrus aroma.

Taste: A very grapefruit, pine and floral emits from the beer. There is a good malt backbone with a slight touch of sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and the finish last for a few moments. This beer has a wonderful rich flavor that you would expect from a DIPA it is not fantastic, but good.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy medium amber with some definite yeast-floaties. Modest creamy head. Decent aroma of fruity, citrusy hops.

Flavor is good, pretty subtle for a DIPA. A lot of earthy, yeasty flavors combined with a heavy dose of bitterness. Hops are a bit fruity, not that compelling in my opinion. Mouthfeel is nice, quite smooth, and alcohol is well-disguised. Not the best New England version of the style, but a good effort.

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Photo of number1bum
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has a Brewed on 3/3/09 stamp on it. Very fresh indeed.

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a dense and creamy ivory colored head. Settles very slowly, staying chunky and pretty full and leaving some webbing on the sides.

Smell is not overly hoppy, but has a nice resiny, herbal hop quality to it. There's a bit of grapefruity citrus, as well, and some sweet caramel. It's pretty weak actually, and especially in the nose of DIPA I want to be smacked in the face with hops. This doesn't do that.

Like the smell this isn't the hoppiest of DIPAs, but it's nicely balanced and there's enough hops to give it a little bit of pop. The hops are primarily herbal and citrus flavored. It's almost malt forward for a DIPA, with a big caramel malty backbone. That's somewhat backwards given the style, but I'm more accepting of balance in the taste than I am the smell, and there's just enough hops to make it work pretty well. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the full side of a medium body and is quite creamy. Slick and smooth, almost chewy in fact. Carbonation is pretty modest, giving it a soft, smooth feel.

This isn't too bad but it's certainly not hoppy enough to be in a class with the best versions of the style. Don't expect a hop bomb going in and you'll find a brew that's pretty easy to put back.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pansy known as number1bum gave this one to me in our most recent trade...learn how to not be a complete moron.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. No freshness date anywhere that I could see which I'm not a fan of when it comes to DIPA's.

Pours a murky orange/brown with a two finger off-white head. A fair amount of stick holds on to the sides of the glass throughout tasting. The nose wasn't what I was hoping for. Syrupy hops, caramel malts, and gritty earth. Some pine underneath, but this one is really lacking in the aroma for the style. Taste is pretty similar to the smell. Muted hops, sugary malts, and toasted grains. Once again, this is not what a DIPA should be, even for an East coast version. Medium to full body with a somewhat creamy feel. Average carbonation with a dry aftertaste. I don't know if this beer is well past its prime, or just a poorly made DIPA...either way I'm not liking this beer. If I could find somekind of dating on the bottle I would review accordingly, but since I can't, this one gets a poor rating. Thanks a lot Josh, you're worthless. Luckily I have a Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock on deck to save my poor tastebuds...

edit: so this was bottled on 3/3/09 which baffles me even more because the hops were weak all around.

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Photo of GJ40
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in a standard pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased at Gasbarro's in Seekonk, MA. Bottled date was 1/26/09 so it was reasonably fresh.

A - Golden and mostly clear with a moderate off white head. Good lacing.

S - A good amount of hop aroma. Started more piney and grassy but then went more floral and fruity.

T - A nice balance of rich malt and hop flavors / bitterness. No off flavors. The alcohol was not especially apparent.

M - Moderate consistency (although maybe a bit thin for a DIPA) and moderate carbonation.

D - Smooth and easy. A pretty good IPA for the northeast.

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Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass at the new Sebago brewpub in South Portland, Maine this one shows a thick cloudy dark amber brown color with a decent off-white head and good lacing. The aroma brings grapefruit and orange with just a touch of rye malt bread, quite nice. The taste is a wonderful citrus shock with a nougat background in a medium bodied brew that feels slightly oily. Very nice, sharp but contained with fair tingly carbonation that is medium drinkable for the style.

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Photo of DousedInStout
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, deep amber with near white head. The head and lacing stay all the way through - very nice retention! However, the aroma is somewhat lackluster. For a DIPA, the aroma is hollow - there are very faint notes of grass and lemon, and some esters from the alchohol. The taste starts off sweet and caramelly and ends with a lingering hop bitterness, but still somewhat nondescript. It is very balanced, and heat from the alcohol content is prevelant. The mouthfeel is superb and rich. Overall, I'd say it's about average for a NE DIPA...

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Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for this awesome extra! Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small off-white head that left some sticky lacing all the way down the New Belgium globe. Aroma is earthy, fruity, hints of pine, caramel, and slight booze as it warms up. Taste is very bitter, loads of caramel malt, pretty well balanced, and while there's some light pineapple flavor, I could go for more citrus hop character. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, probably due to the large amount of caramel malts thrown in this brew, appropriate carbonation. This was a very unique DIPA, as it tasted nothing like any other East Coast varieties I've tried. A nice extra that I was happy to have tried.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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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4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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 MrHurmateeowish
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a four-pack at Hannaford in Maine. Pours a murky dark amber body with chunks of what is presumably yeast floating in suspension and a half inch of off-white head. Citrussy grassy minty hops dominate the aroma with just a touch of caramel malt. Robust citrussy pithy leafy minty hops dominate the flavor as well as expected, with touches of breadiness and caramel in the background. Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Definitely a sipper due to the robust flavors and full body. Overall a very decent stab at the style and while I've had better, I've definitely had much worse, and this isn't as harsh as their Frye's Leap IPA.

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Photo of Jayli
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of cannabanaceae
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this extra from rhin00s. Thanks Alot!

Poured from an unusual 12oz. bottle that had texture on the top. Beautiful light amber on top, straw colored on the bottom, lots of yeast in the bottle, looks like bubbling nectar. Had some spotty lacing, With a minimal head. Expiration date 1/08.

Smell was carmel with some grainy funk. Stale hops that smell like they have been sitting in a freezer for a couple years come to mind.

Thinking that this was going to be a god awful DIPa from the east, or a expired drain pour. I am proven wrong from the first sip. Very bitter tasting in front, the hops soaking into the cracks of my tongue fending away scurvy. The hops are very bitter, hiding the age of them. Some sweetness from a large malt bill. Finishes with a lingering bitterness in the throat.

Thinking Hop-Bomb on this one, and I really like it despite the smell giving me a bad impression.Who says smell is mostly taste? These hops did not fade with age. With over a year past the expiration date, this is still damn good and hoppy. Good job on this one Maine.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 1/26/09 at 55 degrees.

Pours hazy amber with a half inch head of off-white. A dense skim coat remained on the surface after the initial settling as well as some moderate lacing.

Aromatics lead off with subdued hopping, dark fruit, and ripe malt. A hint of grape jam amongst the citrus fruit. Far from pungent or floral.

Medium bodied with a tacky almost syrupy mouthfeel.

Jammy citrus fruit, plump malt, and a hint of pine sap start the palate. A slight warmth and marmalade step forward.

Finishes with plenty of lush malt, low bitterness, and jammy fruit.

I would really like to try a super-fresh sample of this beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 ericj551
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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 lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Full Throttle Double IPA from Sebago Brewing Company
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