Maniacal Double IPA | Port City Brewing

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Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
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4.06/5
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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:
#5,777
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
188
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
10
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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by Kettle1:
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Aromatic intensity is below average; this is somewhat withdrawn for an imperial IPA.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 Andnkuhn
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So delicious. One of the best beers iv ever tasted.

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

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 stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Zonian1
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tappangordo
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dcbeers
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.25/5  rDev -20%

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 tclipse
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of woodchip
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Kegatron
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours an orange-hued copper, with a thin head of bright-white foam. This retains well, leaving back some frothy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells floral and piney, with a touch of medicinal character. Grapefruit is standing out, along with some sweeter notes of fruit and malt. The alcohol gives this a certain amount of heaviness in the nose. The taste has a zesty bitterness with resins mixed in. Softer notes of herbs, tropical fruit, bread and a touch of sweeter caramel malts help balance this. This ends dry, bitter and resinous on the finish. The feel is medium with a sharp creaminess that spreads out. The higher alcohol gives this a boozy edge. This was certainly drinkable “enough” for a bigger DIPA but the pronounced alcohol presence does hold this down with unnecessary booze and sweetness that I’m afraid wrecks the party a bit.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of whitecluster69
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Photo of Mises85
4.91/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had it at the brewery. It had a orange copper color with 2 finger head.

Smell: Grapefruit and Citrus all the way. Big hop bomb

Taste: More grapefruit and more hops. Just enough malt but the hops steal the show.

Superb beer and one of the best IPA's that I have had. It is almost like bear republic racer 5 but with more hop character since it is a DIPA.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuccoFan
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drone
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but certainly not anything out of the ordinary.

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Photo of Swift989
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dexterk1
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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