Maniacal Double IPA | Port City Brewing

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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

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

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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of nmann08
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Aromatic intensity is below average; this is somewhat withdrawn for an imperial IPA.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 WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
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 smithj4
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of atrocity
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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 paulish
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of imbibehour
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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 IrishColonial
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
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 bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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 yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Maniacal Double IPA from Port City Brewing
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