Maniacal Double IPA
Port City Brewing

Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,309
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4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States
Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
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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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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Aromatic intensity is below average; this is somewhat withdrawn for an imperial IPA.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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Mess from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Sep 28, 2013
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uturn from Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%

May 16, 2014
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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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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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whitecluster69 from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Jun 13, 2014
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

May 01, 2013
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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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Hurl4bru from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 18, 2019
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JonB25 from Delaware

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 28, 2020
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nickfl from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2017
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Feb 07, 2014
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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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metter98 from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 23, 2015
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3/5  rDev -26.7%

Oct 31, 2014
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Jan 22, 2014
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Apr 23, 2013
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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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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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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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nmann08 from Virginia

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

Jan 25, 2015
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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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billab914 from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

Apr 26, 2013
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navin from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jun 05, 2013
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