Maniacal Double IPA
Port City Brewing

Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,245
Ranked #4,623
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of shiny brass on a ship with a smaller head and limited lace. Nose is old school pine and citrus but not as big as I was hoping/expecting. Taste is certainly old school with firm bitterness, pine, and some cracker malt backbone. Its a pretty good beer if you are looking for a classic IPA, although I'd like a bigger nose on this one considering it is a pretty big beer.

Jan 21, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours clear and golden with a two finger head; good persistence and spotty lacing

Smell: Bright and citrusy with tropical fruit tones of mango and pineapple

Taste: Mango and pineapple forward, with a bit of sugar cookie underneath; through the middle, a citrusy bitterness develops, bringing lemon and orange tones; moderate to high bitterness, through the finish, all well complemented by the tropical fruit and the malt base

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: In a sea of NE IPAs, here is a beer that captures some of the tropical fruit aspects that make that style so popular while also bringing the citrusy bitterness of the West Coast - a first class effort by Port City

Jan 17, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Aug 19, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.17/5  rDev +2%
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

Aug 30, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
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

Jun 27, 2017
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got2 from District of Columbia

4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When beers not only cost more, but come in a four-pack instead of a six-pack, it had better be something special. Port City's Maniacal Double IPA doesn't disappoint.

First off, there's the alcohol content: 8.6 percent; definitely nothing to sneeze at.

It's also a bitter beer, which should be expected for an IPA, never mind a double IPA. What's surprising is that there's an initial–though admittedly strong–taste of hops. But underneath the bitterness there's a sweetness that's a bit disarming.

Talking about waking softly and carrying a big, hoppy stick!

The color is rich and golden, with a nice, though minimal, frothy head. This is a delicious, complex IPA from Port City, perhaps their showiest beer. The scent is vaguely of licorice, and hay (?).

But it's good to know that when Port City calls a brew 'Maniacal' they mean it because this is a big, bold beer that manages to be interesting and nuanced at the same time.

Jul 25, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's obviously bottled conditioned because there are many clumps of yeast. The liquid has many suspended particles. Darker amber color. Small head which settles to rim bubbles. No lace.

A bit of a stew aroma. Little hop.

I get a bread flavor initially. The taste has an alcohol warmth to it. There's a strong semi-sweet finish to the otherwise bitter swallow. The aftertaste is balanced well. Richer body with a lower carbonation level.

Jul 18, 2016
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obywan59 from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange with a 2 1'2 finger white chunky head that leaves light lacing.

Smell of caramel, citrus, and a bit of spice.

Rather bitter in taste upfront. Powerful, but now overwhelming. This recedes somewhat, as the beer warms, and the flavor opens up to caramel and ripe citrus with a light to moderate bitter follow through and a hint of spice.

Medium full in body. Very smooth with light carbonation and a syrupy retention

After the initial onslaught of bitterness, the beer settles down and mellows out. Very well balanced with great flavor and aroma. The ABV is well disguised.

Jul 12, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a cloudy gold/orange with a white fluffy head. Aroma is dominated by hops, with perhaps some citrus tones. Taste is hop-forward (although you can find even more hops in other beers, e.g., Hop Devil, Victory Brewing). Maniacal is 1) more balanced, 2) more interesting with the addition of citrus & pine flavors, and ultimately, 3) more drinkable. Solid, but I still prefer the fuller bodies of Stouts.

Jul 05, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-a hazy yellow orange color with a fingers worth of white head that slowly disappears to leave a light layer of lace

S-citrus and tropical fruits and light bready malts

T-taste is similar to the smell with lots of citrus, light tropical fruits, light caramel malt, and a piney bitter finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall not the best example of a DIPA, but one of the better offerings I have had from Port City

Jun 14, 2016
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Philguay92 from Connecticut

3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical IPA color with a little suspended yeast. Strong hop smell with some tropical fruit accents. Piney at first sip with a real malt body and a slightly spicy aftertaste. Very average but it hides the 8.5% well.

May 26, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled April 13th 2016.

Dark orange and a bit of muddy brown body appearance. Frozen rising carbonation, looks practically dying to get up to the top, it's like the bubbles are drowning which is a neat concept and kind of ironic statement it seems now. Head creation is particularly weak, barelay a finger is made with a good standard pour, but gives a creamy half finger top while settling.

Caramel sweetness and a bit of mild sensing hop angles are coming straight off the gate. Not a big sugar bomb, but light toasty and warm caramel sensations dominate. Mild sensing hop angles of faint citrus, and a bit of barleywine light crispness strangely.

Palate makes some interesting angles. Crackling toffee malt base which makes a good snap. Slightly grapefruity finish, but a more tea like leafy sensation in the middle. Light palate, but thick malt backbone and depth of flavor. Slight dank aromas seem to pick up in the mid palate, and particularly on the swallow. Nice light bitterness of tea and grapefruit oils really come out in the aftertaste.

This strangely reminds me of a simpler, lighter, and easier drinking version of Dogfish 90. Not a bad company to be keeping. But this is not a hop heads brew.

May 22, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color and just shy of clear. Big foam head slimmed into a persistent cap. Pine shellac atop fruity hops and grain sugars; medium feel; subtle tongue-wrapping bitterness...

May 08, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange-amber with thin white head. Modest aroma of pine, orange, mango and pineapple. Malty with a touch of alcohol flavor and mild bitterness, coupled with a little spiciness lingering in the aftertaste. Medium to heavy bodied with a somewhat oily mouthfeel. It's okay.

Mar 25, 2016
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glorious light amber, copious white head and strong lacing. Smells strongly of citrus, passion fruit, citrus, sweet malts . Tastes with sweet malts forward, citrus, floral, balanced by a pleasant hop bitterness, more citrus than pine. Incredibly well balanced. Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, astringent and very clean finish.
Overall, solid DIPA, well balanced, the malts balanced by the hops. Solid example of the style and an incredible price point for an excellent brew.

Mar 06, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-dark golden/copper with a hint of orange, moderate creamy head, good lace retention.
Smell- tropical fruits as well as biscuity malt.
Taste- big juicy and delicious tropical fruit taste, toasted malt backbone, and strong hops presence that balances the sweetness rather than overpower like some hop bombs.
Feel-medium bodied, medium carbonation,really drinkable.
Overall-a delicious IPA. I would love to find again.

Nov 26, 2015
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AgentMunky from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Oath. From notes. Reviewed 11 October 2015.
Smells and tastes like a deliciously malty DIPA with an aggressively herbal back bite. Easy drinking and good, if simple. You couldn't ask for a better example of the style -- right up there with 90 Minute.

Oct 16, 2015
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BethanyB from New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: An ombre effect takes hold, as shades of orange move through the gold-to-copper spectrum. There is quite a bit of haziness, perhaps due to dry hopping. The snow white head is delicate, but leaves behind lots of lace.

Smell: While the hop scent is strong, the toasted malt does not get lost. It's a refreshing quality in a DIPA, as the malt provides a backdrop against which the hops can really pop. Pineapple, tangerine, and earthy pine make up a dense and delicious hop profile.

Taste: The fruit from the aroma is in the flavor as well, and blends nicely with spunky hop bitterness, zany white pepper, and cozy buttered toast. The fascinating finish is sugary sweet with an edge, as if the the glass has been laced with sugar-coated hops. And yet, this sensation is short-lived: it hits you on the tongue, then quickly fades away, leaving only tingling and a light, lingering bitterness. After awhile, the fruit flavors become curiously caramelized, turning into burnt toffee. Adding to this deep complexity are the strong hop flavors of orange peel and sage.

Mouthfeel: A medium-weight beer, with medium-high carbonation. Perfectly solid for the style.

Overall: A beer so delicious, it's even more of a shame that the flavor fizzles out in the finish. The complex layers are distinguishable, yet balanced, and the aroma leaves you sniffing. If the flavor fade-out could be remedied, this would become a fast favorite of mine.

Jun 25, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/24....pours dirty copper, very high white foam. Punchy grapefruit nose. Thick malty taste, bitter pine pokes through. Boozy. Solid DIPA, good flavors.

May 31, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangish gold body with grapefruit hops aroma.
More of a sweet DIPA than hoppy as the grape taste leads to a bit of sweetness, bordering on tropical fruit, and is a smooth, light bodied drinking IPA that hides higher ABV quite well. A little simplistic and not what hopheads prefer but I enjoyed my beer.

Jan 24, 2015
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Jnashed from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried on tap at a local establishment. Full pint.

Appearance golden cloudy with a good amount of head from the tap. Very appealing look.

Smell. Homerun. Smelled like mango and tropical fruits. Slight pine but really a fruity IPA.

taste: very very good as there is a good base sweetness that comes through the fruit. Not as bitter as one might imagine, in fact not very bitter at all. One of the more quaffable DIPAs around. But that lack of bitterness takes points off for lack of complexity

feel. Nice full mouthfell. Nice malt bill I presume

Overall. Great beer actually. Smell is amazing and taste leaves one waiting for more. Like Heady Topper noise with less of the full complexity of flavors but still very very good.

Jan 05, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy deep orange color.

The aroma has big orange peel and citrus.

The flavor follows with what I imagine is Citra or Amarillo hops. Lots of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit peel. There are peaches and a medium bready malt in the middle. The finish is again of citrus peel and a decent bitterness.

A really wonderful surprise. The alcohol is really hidden and this punches of fresh "new age" DIPA.

May 11, 2014
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dexterk1 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery. Served in a tulip glass this beer has a nice amber to orange color. Head was medium and stayed for a little bit.
Smell was of citrus fruit as well as a little malt. Some minor grassy notes as well.
Taste is pretty citrus heavy from beginning to end. Some pine near the end. Grapefruit is what I would say dominates with small malt background
Mouth feel is pretty standard. Not too carbonated and not too heavy on the tongue.
Overall either the best port city beer I have tried or very near the top. Very good overall.

Jan 01, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at the brewery

Described by my surly bartender as "amazing." Well...hmm...
Looked fine anyway, slightly hazy orange-amber color with a small white head that faded to a wispy layer of bubbles; moderate lacing. There was a good amount of hoppiness in the aroma, with floral and citrusy qualities coming through, but it was largely dulled by the intrusive malty sweetness, with a slight medicinal/grain-alcohol twinge. Again in the taste, bitter hops up front, citrus, pine, floral notes, all soon overcome by sweet malty sugars, chewy bread, overripe melon, soapy phenols. "Messy," if I had to describe it with one word. Medium body, moderate carbonation. I supposed I'd try a sip of this again, but probably no more than that.

Nov 30, 2013
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Pencible from Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark cold with some white head.
S: It smelled like fresh mango with some grapefruit and papaya.
T: It tasted like sweet fresh mango and bitter grapefruit, with some honey and papaya. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a fantastic double IPA. The scent and taste profile were my ideal. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth. It also had well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. Lovely brew.

Oct 20, 2013
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 198 ratings