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Final Frontier IIPA | To Øl

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Final Frontier IIPAFinal Frontier IIPA

Brewed by:
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 by PeterIngemi:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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 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 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 BrazilianAussie
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of djcira
4/5  rDev +5%

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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Final Frontier IIPA from To Øl
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