Maniacal Double IPA | Port City Brewing

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Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA
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Maniacal Double IPAManiacal Double IPA

Brewed by:
Port City Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 04-23-2013

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2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of drone
2.94/5  rDev -27.8%
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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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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3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
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 Philguay92
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
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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3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
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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3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Maniacal Double IPA from Port City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 179 ratings