My Imaginary Girlfriend | Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as M.I.G. IPA

Added by Rhettroactive on 07-08-2012

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by WestCoastLibations:
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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had the opportunity to visit the Lost Rhino Brewery a month ago today (July 27th) while I was in the greater Northern Virginia Metropolitan Area, visiting my Sister and her husband. As a token of remembrance, and after taking a tour of the brewery itself, I picked up a deuce-deuce of MIG, to drink at a later date. Well, a month later, and about 7,000 miles away, I partook in a remembrance celebration, drinking this finely crafted IPA underneath the polluted night sky of the Central Korean Peninsula.

Poured from well-traveled bottle into a 6-ounce souvenir glass which was a parting gift of the brewery tour, the Ale came out lighter than I expected, especially given its 6%+ mathematical skills. With a rather heavy head, perhaps due to its pressurized trans-global shipping adventure, the beer still had a strong scent, emanating notes of citrus, with particular attention paid to the Grapefruit family. It was surprisingly light and fruity in both appearance and smell, two characteristics which would remain upon its consumption as well.

For an IPA, this beer brought it with regards to flavor, with the perfect mixture from the 4th Level Mage, and the flick of his 8-sided Polyhedral die. Hints of fruit masking any of the condescending tones set forth by the Hops, it was not only easy on the palate, but worked wonders on the mind as well. Silky smooove like Magic on a fast break, its mouthfeel complimented everything which had led up to that point.

The physical date with My Imaginary Girlfriend lasted about an hour, taking slow sips, as I stared up into the darkened night, only spotting one solitary star some 7,000 light years away. Yet the lingering after effects lasted for a good hour more, where I not only imagined I had a great time visiting this fantastic NoVa Brewery with a great Sister and Brother-in-law, but proof that it was not just my imagination, rather reality, as exemplified by the empty bottle on my desk...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PprBurke
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of macpfb03
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpectrePLUS
2.34/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What I would expect from a boiler-plate IPA. Not bad, but nothing special

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Photo of DavidHume
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly white and foamy head that stays for a while. The beer itself is a clear golden straw color. The overall look is pretty nice but it's nothing to write home about.

The beer smell is fairly standard and balanced but still good. The smell is fairly hoppy with some grapefruit notes and a light citrus one as well. The smell also has a nice sweet malt backbone. The hop notes are strong but not overwhelming and the malt sweetness to balance out those hops help.

The beer taster is pretty hoppy and pretty bitter. The main notes are grapefruit and a citrus finish. The malts aren't as strong as they were in the smell and let the bitter hop taste overwhelm them.

The mouthfeel is pretty good but a little light for an IPA. The biting carbonation adds some nice texture to the beer but it makes lighter too. The beer is unusually refreshing.

Overall, a pretty decent IPA and worth getting. The body isn't too heavy to drink during the summer. Definitely recommended for gamers and people with girlfriends alike.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 6/27/12
*From notes

-- Nice label, guys --

A: Cloudy 24k gold in hue, like most respectable West Coast IPA's should be. A generous pour yields a two finger white head that lingers and clings to the walls of the glass for some time.

S: Really juicy and luscious hops. I get some fresh, golden malt as well. I know LR was looking to create a West Coast IPA, and the nose is certainly leaning in the right direction.

T: Very juicy, though it could use more hop oil on the mid to finish, as it's just a bit stunted. But in the end, this is generously fruit forward, though a bit sweet on the finish. Again, the only knock here is that I wish the hops would linger a bit longer.

M: Right on. Well done here for sure. It's got a smooth, approachable texure with medium carbonation and lighter to medium weight.

O: Welcome to the party, Lost Rhino. I'm happy to say that this is one of...actually it may just be the best beer LH has yet to make. I hope that they return to this, as it'd be a sin to keep the good folks of Northern Virginia and beyond from this solid hoppy offering.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first review follows. I went back to the Lost Rhino tasting room to take another try with a fresh perspective and a bit more experience. I liked it more than I did before. The Mouthfeel definitely has a fruit sweetness on the front and a hop bitter on the back. Enjoyable.

Original: After a bit of disappointment with the Stone Use by 7/4/14, this was the local alternative. Drink local. Although not outstanding, this is a very respectable IPA that is well balanced between hops and malt, but it's hops does not come across as grapefruit ; it's more lemon and subtle with an enjoyable lingering aftertaste that invites one to taste more to keep that lingering enjoyment. I would certainly seek this out before it fades into IPA obscurity.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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My Imaginary Girlfriend from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 63 ratings