Maniacal Double IPA | Port City Brewing

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Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
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Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

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29
Ratings:
165
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
26.96%
 
 
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 165
Photo of got2
4.49/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of Philguay92
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -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...

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Photo of thebeers
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Oath. From notes. Reviewed 11 October 2015.
4/4.25/4.25/4.5/4
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.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, amber/orange in hue with a big foamy white head that has good retention and leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma is on the mild side but still offers up tropical fruit and citrus hops as well as a little sweetness as s counter. The taste is much the same but is blended well and manages to avoid to hard bitter bite of other Doubles. The body is moderately heavy and there is a subtle persistent carbonation to it with just a little bite on the finish.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: amber, slightly cloudy, with good head tetention and nice lacing
S: caramel with some flowery notes
T: starts out malty as anticipated given the smell. The caramel notes fade to a pineapple/grapefruit combination, before fading into the earthy hop end notes.
M: malt front, fade to a little hops bite at the end, but nothing too strong. The alcohol makes a little presence late as well
O: solid offering I would definitely order again. Had it while also siping my friend's Ruination. The ruination was more citrusy up front and definitely drier in the end, but overall I thought they were within the range of being comparable.

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Photo of davet100
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Whole Foods serving in a Flying Dog goblet. Cloudy golden appearance with a fluffy white head. I have to say i am not a massive fan of Port CIty's previous offerings so I didn't have high expectations when i came to try this but I was pleasantly surprised by this. The one thing that stands out is the tropical aroma, distinctive peach and mango notes in the aroma and in the taste, accompanied by a fairly solid malt backbone. The alcohol is nicely hidden too. Overall a very good attempt at a double ipa, good to see another solid local offering. Hopefully they think about bottling this sometime soon. If you see it around, give it a try.

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Photo of C20Percent
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Don't mean for this to be a back-handed compliment, but I'm not a big fan of Port City. I think their IPA is average. Not a fan of their Pale Ale or Optimal Wit. Their Porter is nice, but nothing too special.

Their Maniacal Double IPA is unbelievable. Had this last night at Tavern 64 as part of DC Beer Week events. Admittedly, my expectations were low, but this beer was as good as -- if not better than -- On the Wings of Armageddon. Making the DC Metro Area home to the best one-two Double IPA punch in America.

I'm not quite sure I've seen a beer excel at all factors quite like this beer. The appearance is amazing. Beautiful golden orange color with the foamiest white head ever. The best thing about the appearance is, even when the beer is half finished, a little agitation and the head fluffs right away. Amazing.

The smell is probably the "weakest" feature here. But, with this beer, it's "weakness" would be a strength any other brew. Yes, you get the hops -- for me it was more pineapple and mango, then grapefruit and other citrus. You get a little of everything. But, the extra pop is missing. It's not a misstep - just not as aromatic as other options.

Then you get to the taste -- and I was blown away. Tropical fruits -- such potent hops. For a second it was like I was drinking a banana -- no joke. Also, I don't get why people are criticizing the malts. They give this perfect slightly sweet taste -- I told somebody it was like liquid candy. The hops and malts work together to form a DIPA that stands tall.

Feel is great, too. Super smooth and creamy. Full bodied. From start to finish this beer is amazing. Really wish this was bottled. Would like to give more people that opportunity to try this. Really don't understand why anybody wouldn't rate this beer with high marks. Quite possible they've tweaked the recipe since the last release, or some people didn't have this beer as fresh as I did. Either way, it's great now, and if you can find it, then you must drink it.

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Photo of Mises85
4.91/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Maniacal Double IPA from Port City Brewing
4.08 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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