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Final Frontier IIPAFinal Frontier IIPA

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To Øl

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is it! The sequel to the hop success of First Frontier. This beer is the final in every way. We recommend it as the final of your evening! This is an extremely potent and yet well balanced Double India Pale Ale. This beer is well suited in extreme environments, whether it be Siberian winter, Volcano eruptions on Java, Danish earthquakes (They exist!) or rush hour. This beer is seeking out frontiers and built for the test.

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, flaked oats, Hops (Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus) and yeast.

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium

Added by digita7693 on 11-06-2011

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 95
Photo of FLima
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber orange color with a thick beige head with excellent retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of caramel, some pine, lychees and grapefruit. Below expectations.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, toasted and caramel malts, pine, hint of booze, candy, oat and lots of resin and tangerine. Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with appropriated carbonation. A bit sticky. Alcohol of 9% is felt but not harsh.
Potent American DIPA, very resiny, but a bit overdone with the caramel malt. Assertive, definitely not complex.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle - we've had the First and the Southern Frontier, now comes the Final - how Star Trekkish!

This beer pours a mostly clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some splendid cobwebbed lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of bready, lightly pastry-like caramel malt, muddled orange and grapefruit citrus peel, a decent tropical fruitiness, Pez candies, and further leafy, piney, and well-perfumed hop bitters. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a bit of biscuity toffee, some hard water chalkiness, mixed and matched domestic and tropical fruit esters, and more sort of robust piney, leafy, weedy, and now faintly booze-tinged hops.

The carbonation is fairly tame in intensity, but more upbeat in its playful frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and more or less smooth, both the hops and shy-ass alcohol taking a pass on ruining our day at this point in time. It finishes off-dry, the malt still keepin' it real, while the various hops kick their virtual cans about, and the booze, well, we're starting to get a little worried about it, not calling home, and all that.

Wow, a pretty heady, and yet eminently enjoyable version of the style - I'm getting all the metrics I expect (sturdy base malt, Choose Your Own Adventure hops), some I don't (the Vermont-evocative chalky thing), and all under the non-existent umbrella of an elevated ABV. Yup, this is some good, good stuff.

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Photo of devilben02
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a supremely hazy bronze-brown color with a moderate but quickly vanishing head. The aroma is dominated by the big and bready malt backbone, some alcohol, and only a modest brightness from some woodsy hops. The flavor is more balanced, with characteristics of pine and earth providing a dull but resonating bitterness over the bread and alcohol. The medium body and fine cabonation allow a bit of a boozy finish to linger on the palate. Overall, although it provides some punch, this one is in that fuzzy zone between DIPA and barleywine, which leaves me confused and unsatisfied for some reason.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a cooper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coning up through the glass. Awesome lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, candied orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and a little booze.

Taste: Nice citrus hop characteristics followed by sweet caramel malts, mild bitterness, and a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little thinner than the norm, low to medium carbonation, and a little booze.

Overall: Couldn't resist the bottle price and I'm not dissapointed. For a DIPA with little alcohol presence in the taste, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep yellow color ale with a nice white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with some citrus and resinous notes also perceptible is quite intense and very enjoyable. Taste is also a good mix between some floral hops notes with fresh green hops notes with citrus and resinous notes clearly identifiable. Malt backbone is pretty solid though does not detract from the hops profile. Very little bitterness with great floral aroma from the dry-hopping. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I very much enjoyed this beer and this is 100X better then their IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy amber-orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away, leaving specks of lacing on the surface and a hairline collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with notes of caramel from the underlying malts.
T: Flavors of caramel are a little more prominent in the taste compared to the smell. Notes of grapefruit hops and hints of earthy yeast are also present along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with slight bits of crispness and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There are some faint hints of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.
O: From the initial taste, you can quickly perceive that this will be a big beer given its malty undertone, but the alcohol for the most part is well masked and does not detract from the overall taste. This might have been a little more enjoyable if it had some more crispness and carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this because i thought it was a mikkeller product, maybe they are somehow related? someone educate me here. this beer is no let down though, pouring a polished bronze color with a sturdy white head about an inch and a half tall. the nose is woodsy hops, dank and earthen, not piney so much as weedy, resinous and spicy from the yeast. flavor is exactly the same, but the hops are really intense, bitter first, sweeter in the finish. malts are english in nature, but provide more body than taste. carbonation is great, body is medium to heavy medium, and the alcohol is invisible. slightly caustic bitterness for a second, but it sweetens up. this is a wonderful ipa, expensive at 7 bucks a bottle, but not overprices. tasty gear here, ill try some of their others.

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Photo of mooseo
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A - Dark amber with a massive, thick white head.

S - Inviting aroma of fresh grapefruit, caramel, and tropical fruit. 

T - Intense waves of bitter pink grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits. Hops are slightly balanced by a subtle breadiness and rich caramel malt backbone. 

M - Very smooth, medium body, crisp. Dry finish with warming alcohol

O - Wow, this is an excellent double IPA. They nailed the style perfectly. Lots of flavorful hops, masked alcohol, easy drinking. Loved it. 

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour orange/amber with a small head.
Nose shows pine, grapefruit, banana and apple, but remains restrained. A fair bit of sweet malt is present underneath.
Flavours are centred on the malt rather than the hops, despite the reasonable amount of piny and resinous notes. Ultimately it's all about the caramel and very sweet, clean malt.
Body feels to thick and syrupy.

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Photo of smcolw
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lumpy, dome-like head. Very slow to recede, leaving some chunky lace. Cloudy with orange tinge to an otherwise darker amber color.

More malt (with a touch sugar) than hop, quite floral.

Very well-balanced for a DIPA. There's no extremeness to this beer. Good starting malt base with a decent hop kick, but there's no bite to the beer, just a lingering bitterness. Full bodied with a lower than typical carbonation. There's a clear alcohol presence but it's subtle.

This is one of the smoothest to this DIPAs I've ever had; very nice.

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

A. Completely opaque deep gold color. Some foamy white head, with a little lacing.

S. Beautiful hoppy lemon scent.

T. Very strong sweet taste. Kind of like a grape jolly rancher. Some rye malt taste to it.

M. A sour aftertaste. Very smooth.

O. A bit too sweet and dark fruity, but it is god in small amounts.

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

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a vase: Barley clear rusty orange, honey highlights, thin covering that dissipates fast.

Smell is malty, almost cake-like at first, with a floral & fruity balance, kind of like dried pineapple or even yogurt drops.

Taste is very bitter at first, piney, then breaks & ushers in a tea-like dryness, followed that dried pineapple flavor, booze heat. Rounds off with a baked pie-crust, toasted sweetness. Almost has a Ricola kind of herbal/honey taste. Bready & boozy, piney bitterness really gathers some steam & makes the aftertaste very bitter.

Mix of smooth & abrasive at times in the mouthfeel, full-bodied, close to sticky but cleaned up by a scrubbing hop abrasiveness.

Some cool aspects to it, a little different but more challenging at points. Good stuff can't help but think it's filtered through a foreign translation.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a slightly hazy bright amber color with barely any head after a vigorous pour (started slowly to find nothing developing). Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smell is not what I'm used to from DIPA- very malty, subtle pine hop notes, a hint of booze. I like a bit blast of hops to the face. Not bad, a pleasing scent, but not my idea of the style.

Taste is consistent with smell but hops are a little bit more balanced with malt. Still, very low bitterness, very malty and rich, some pine hop stickiness, a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Again, not my idea of the style.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium bodied, chewy, with moderate carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer but in no way lives up to my idea of the style- there should but a lot more hops in the nose and more bitterness and abundance of hop flavor. Sadly lacking in these characteristics.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper amber with lingering big head. Big aroma of apricot, giant hops, citrus. Big flavor...hops, bitterness, fruit rind...uh...funkiness, but not brett. OK...I'll admit, the label alone is very appealing. Big carbonation and dryness with full body...very tasty and fun.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bengal tiger orange shows a high clarity and a low visible effervese. A creamy beige head sits only briefly atop before dissipating to a polished surface with an thin encircling lace ring. Weak head, weak carbonation and no lace. An 11.2oz pour even looks short by a few oz in my chalice.

S: Boozy pine and dried grapefruit pulp. Alcohol laced sweet dried oranges are average in strength, low in complexity.

T: Sweet boozy grain and pine juice, dry orange grinds deliver a fair rate of bitterness but textbook holding little surprise nor originality. Dry toasted caramel balances things out a bit. I can taste the bitterness, but it is rather mundane, not enough to wallop you strength wise, nor not enough to intrigue you complexity wise, with a flavor that tastes all to familiar and expected. A bit of a watery boozy pine finish and toasted grains rounds things out.

M: Syrupy mid range body with nil carbonation. Could use some crispness, a rather lazy mouthful, slippery syrupy feel with a warmth of boozy pine.

O: All around an average experience. Shame I really love de proef and this does little justice having their name attached. Its like the difference between soup in a can and homemade, a Belgian brewer made a textbook beer on what they assume is mainstream and every hop loving ipa american drinker would like, instead it drinks like a homogenous ipa for the masses and does little to distinguish itself. All in all a fair rate of hoppiness with an easy enough to manage 9%abv but does little to invite in more another.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking golden color, a solid white foamy head on top with a sticky lacing. The smell of the beer is loaded with fresh hop aromas that give off tropical fruits and citrus. The taste of the beer is nice and bitter like an IIPA should be. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty good but it's got one hell of a boozy heat on the back end of it. This beer overall is pretty enjoyable. I am surprised by the amount of heat it has since it's not even more than 10%. Either way it was a good brew and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden-copper color with a very thick, long-lasting off-white head. Great clarity and fine carbonation bubbles.

Classic IPA aroma: floral and sweet. Piney and citrus-like hop aroma gently revealing a fine, light, biscuit-like malt scent.

Very nice malt taste upfront. Caramel and a touch of toffee. Hop bitterness soon follows with an alcohol warmth making a presence near the finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Slightly "sticky" with sugars, yet clean overall.

A pretty good IPA. Well-balanced with a near-classic IPA complexity in taste and aroma. The ABV isn't over-bearing. Damn tasty and well-worth repeated visits...

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Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A whole lot of hops - not that I expected otherwise - and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops (a big heap of them), a bit of citrus, a hint of malt and some pine thrown in for good measure. A very straightforward, classic DIPA flavor. Well done.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a creamy, yet bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A good example of a European brewery that's actually able to get the DIPA style right. Well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of maleman
2.92/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an SA glass. Color is dark amber with a less than one finger head that quickly receded into a thin, almost non-existent cap. The lacing was very thin, also. The nose was of heavy pine resin and grass. A bit of lemon was noted, too. Very hearty smell! A complex taste that was almost overpowered by the high alcohol content. The grass comes through upfront, some banana peel at the end along with pepper. Medium to heavy bodied with the heaviness attributed to the phenol. Medium carbonation. Tasted in the very back of the mouth. Not too enthusiastic about this find. The alcohol is so overpowering you can't really ascertain much else in the beer. Won't be revisiting. Sorry! RB!

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Photo of popery
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a medium amber, slightly hazy. The head is beige and fairly small. After about a minute, it's just a thin layer of foam shot throught with larger bubbles.

The aroma is sweet and hoppy but relatively restrained for a DIPA. It smells of lemon cookies, candied grapefruit rind, pine needles and a touch of caramel maltiness. The hops just aren't aggressive enough for me. It's a pleasant aroma, but not much about it stands out.

The taste is similarly sweet and hoppy. The malt backbone is nice, but there's a bit too much simple sweetness for me. A touch of spice shines through towards the end. The bitterness amps up a bit in the finish, which is long and resinous with pine and grapefruit notes.

Carbonation is fairly low for a DIPA. There's a fair bit of hop oiliness. Medium body.

Final Frontier is a nice enough beer, but it's just not terribly interesting, particularly for more than $5 for a 330 ml bottle, and there's a bit too much caramel malt character for my taste in DIPAs.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my duvel glass

A- pouts a hazy orange/ lightly burnt amber, with half a finger of off white head that dissapates quickly. Very little lacing.

S- not overwhelming on the nose, especially for a dipa, orange, citrus, and a faint pine, slightly sweet note, smells nice, but not as pungent on the hop aroma as I would have liked, still a nice smelling beer though.

T- citrusy for sure, starting with orange up front and a hop bite then a light grapefruit/pineapple on the end, nice piney accents through out, everything is very well balanced here, excellent flavor. Touch of sweetness and grassy hops come out a bit more as the beer warms.

M- light/medium body with low/medium carbonation, has a bit of an oily feel with a slightly resinous finish and a mild lingering bitterness, but overall the mouthfeel is well rounded

O- a very well rounded and tasty dipa, the hop bite is nicley complemented by the hint of sweetness, nothing is too over the top, I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of champ103
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky reddish/orange color. A bubbly white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Plenty of hops as one would expect. Orange peal, citrus, lemon aromas. Lingering bitterness.
T: Up front is an orangy like hops bite. Strong bitterness lingers with an overly slick and soapy character.
M/D: A medium body. A bit on the light side. To much of a slick and oily feel for me. Plenty of alcohol is noticeable. A slow sipper.

Just a ho hum DIPA. Lots of bitterness, soapy hops, and not much else. Not bad, but not something I am coming back to.

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Photo of cjdoerr
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11oz bottle, this is the first I've heard of the brewery. Obviously this whole site as well. With that it was enjoyable with hoppy flavors, unfortunately I expect a lot more from the style. Would've been amazing, but mine poured flat.

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

A: Light amber body, moderate sized off-white head, spotty lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, resin, lemon, a little bit of malt shines through.

T: Pine and grapefruit are the two dominant characteristics. Nice malt base. A little resinous in the finish.

M: Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied, assertive carbonation.

O: A nice dIPA. Tasty but not as complex as the best examples of the style.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Birthday beer #2. This just arrived in Indianapolis yesterday. It pours a light bodied dull copper in color with a one finger soapy white head. The aromas are light and hoppy. It's definitely not an aggressive nose for a DIPA. It actually features a balanced slightly sweet malt backbone and fresh citrusy hop profile. It's not outstanding, but solid. The flavors are pretty one dimensional. There is just a lot of citrus with a dry slightly bitter finish. Oranges galore. The alcohol shows itself as it warms. It drinks light bodied and finishes a little dry. Overall this is a pretty standard DIPA but it would be hard to buy this over something local.

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