Maniacal Double IPA | Port City Brewing

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Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
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Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
portcitybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Kegatron on 04-23-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,908
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
188
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
25
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Photo of mjw2808
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Baby, I am really getting it on tonight! I attended a high school classmate's funeral yesterday, two months before our 35-year reunion; a fellow site user called me out for my laser-focus on CANs to the point that it seemed like I was overlooking bottles; I am interested in eradicating my Bottle Backlog for once & for all (смерть бутылочкам!); it is not yet NBS; I had a really nice, sustaining nap earlier & best of all, the Pirates won & the Grateful Dead is in concert on telly so my brain is in "Park" anyway.

From the Bottle: "Dep golden with subtle orange hues, Maniacal (R) perfectly balances firm hop bitterness, pine and citrus aromatics, and malt structure."; "85 IBU".

I have to cop to some anxiousness in Pop!ping the cap simply because I could not wait to get started. The local ballpark was setting off fireworks, so the smell of gunpowder was in the air & I was ready! Despite all of my inherent excitement, I went with a slow, gentle C-line pour, resulting in the creation of two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was like citrus fruit salad with grapefruit, orange, lemon and a little pineapple on a biscuit base. It was like when we made fruit salad & Bisquick in a coal-fired Dutch Oven at camp in the Boy Scouts. I wasn't much for campling or the outdoor life, which is why I joined the Navy, but those desserts … Mmmm! Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & creamy, like a dollop scooped onto my tongue. I let it roll around, savoring the citrusy bitterness, which was surprisingly more lemony than grapefruit with orange and pineapple to smooth the rough patches. The malt was also surprising more biscuity than caramel, which is the usual suspect, rendering it biscotti-like. If there is one thing that I miss by virtue of no longer living in Da 'Burgh, it is Enrico's Biscotti Co., dahn inna Strip Disrick. Man, I used to make a weekly trip to load up for my morning coffee before heading off to class. Back to the beer - it was listed as 8,5% ABV & it was a pleasant follow-up to that Maniacal Stone nonsense earlier. This was mellow where that was hot. This was the way I like my DIPAs - drinkable, but not so crazy as to lay me out. It had a really nice citrusiness, especially of lemon, and a malt base that knew how to behave itself. Finish was semi-dry to dry, but not hot nor overwhelming. It was a nice wind up to the day as I get ready to retire for the evening. Tomorrow brings an all-new adventure in the form of NBS. See yinz then!

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint; bottled 02/16/2017.
A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber color with a one inch, egg-shell white head showing strong retention and lacing. Yeast sediment evident in the glass
S: Aromas of citrus and toast predominate. Maybe a mango note.
T: Flavors follow the nose, with citrus, mango/papaya, and caramel. Hoppy bitterness kicks in slowly with pleasant pine/eucalyptus aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied with strong carbonation.
O: Really a nicely constructed, complex Double IPA. Enjoy

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken in February 2015. Served on-draught into stemware at Torst in Brooklyn, NY.

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Hazy orange-copper with a bit of haze. Clean; no yeast/sediment is visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for the style.

AROMA: Heavy on hop resins, which I love. Pale malts. Faint pine. Vague floral hop aromatics.

Aromatic intensity is below average; this is somewhat withdrawn for an imperial IPA. I detect no overt yeasty notes, alcohol, or off-notes.

TASTE: Resinous, piney, floral. Pale malt sweetness nicely checks the hop bitterness, keeping this beer well-balanced. Well built as well, but not as complex/intricate, subtle, or nuanced as the best beers in the style, lacking the hop pungency and diversity of hop flavour observed in many great imperial IPAs.

Above average depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

I do like it, but it leaves something to be desired and the hop profile could be more harmonious and memorable.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, slightly overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and medium-bodied. Of moderate thickness.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Complements the taste okay, but fails to elevate the beer as a whole. Doesn't accentuate specific flavours.

OVERALL: Quite drinkable for its ABV and for the style, but not notable amongst the myriad expressions thereof. It's a nice imperial IPa but far from a world class one. I'd like to try it again to review it in finer grain, and it's well worth trying.

B- (3.36) / WORTHY

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Photo of Kettle1
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zp6167a
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PprBurke
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcel371
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GregSemenza
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Maniacal Double IPA from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 188 ratings