My Imaginary Girlfriend | Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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My Imaginary GirlfriendMy Imaginary Girlfriend

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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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 63
Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Modern Liquors -DC. Was saving for bottle share, but getting too old. Pretty smooth, in the East Coast style. Cloudy golden body, with medium airy head. Light hoppy aroma and taste, might pass for an APA in the NW. Tasty, with mild lingering finish.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and grapefruit, with some sweet honey and bitter resin.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest and resin, with some sweet honey and a bit of floral hops. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Very nice full body.
D: This had a good scent and better taste, with huge body and a clean crisp finish. So easy to drink and enjoy, even if not earth shattering. Solid brew.

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Photo of Chaney
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited the brewery today and picked up a bottle of this on the way out. Awesome label!

Served in a DFH ribbed condom glass.

A: Obviously, this was unfiltered. Very, very murky, lighter than tangerine color, with a decent head that died down fast.

S: Very faint, maybe some puffs of yeast and citrus.

T: Really nice hop component... surprisingly good! Neither West nor East coast in its disposition... right in the middle. Grapefruit was there but not heavy, mandarin orange is more the theme of the day here.

M: Not thick or sugary in the least and not booze heavy at all. The lacing was moderate.

O: Really nice, all-around drinker. I'd buy this again for $6.50!

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Photo of drned
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a small head from the Growler. As I enjoy the beverage, small bubbles continue to rise from bottom. Definitely an East Coast IPA, flavorful but not overwhelming.

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of xylomaniac
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can smell and taste the hop flavor which is a tad heavy on the front end, it is slightly bitte on the back end. Color appears typical of an IPA golden unfiltered appearance. Not really something I would enjoy or recommend having with a meal however its OK for a nice evening beer

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful menagerie of hops on the nose. Freshly plowed fields with sweet wildflowers, bursting with fresh citrus and honey.

MIG pours out a somewhat opaque honey color, rimmed with a white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice circle around the edges. Lacing is a bit spotty, but pretty.

Flavors of honey, lime, orange, orange zest, and slightly grainy on the finish. It's somewhat juicy, and all the flavors meld incredibly nicely. Quite flavorful and delicious!

Moderate carbonation and body on this one to match. It's not a sipping beer, but its not a session beer. I wouldn't drink too much of this in a sitting, but it would be tempting as it makes me delirious with joy. I need another.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Enjoying all of it, outstanding hop forward beer and lingering bitterness on the palate after each sip. Plus I'm bias since I've been to this brewery many times while living in Ashburn.

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My Imaginary Girlfriend from Lost Rhino Brewing Company
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