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Pacific Reign | NoDa Brewing Company

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Pacific ReignPacific Reign

Brewed by:
NoDa Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
With New Zealand hops: Jade & Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Northwest hops: Warrior, Amarillo, Columbus, Centennial and Orange Blossom Honey.

Added by thagr81us on 11-21-2012

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by devilben02:
Photo of devilben02
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this bottle as a gift from my in-laws who were exploring Charlotte one weekend. The beer pours from the bottle with a nice, warm orange-brown color, but there is next to no head. Despite the seemingly inactive pour, the aroma is quite nice, with a bright, fruity combination of orange and pineapple hop characteristics. The flavor is a bit of a let-down, though, with a syrupy malt sweetness that easily overpowers the bright hops characteristics that had dominated the aroma. In addition, the carbonation level seems too low, making the over-sweetness of the flavor seem even more pronounced. Overall, this is a fine, fruity, drinkable double IPA, but it certainly does not stand out from others in the style.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange beer with a fluffy, foamy head. The aroma is a blast of pine, pineapple, oranges sweet malt and a touch of honey. Very sweet honey flavor that is balanced with massive bitterness. This beer is a 12 round heavyweight fight between sweet and bitter. It is really tasty.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the people at NoDa for sending me two bottles by mail after seeing I reviewed a bad bottle a few months back,that was a real cool thing to do.Poured into an imperial pint glass a somewhat murky deep burnt orange with a large blooming white head atop that left broken chunks of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Leafy/herbal and tropical fruit-like hop aromas over top of carame biscuit malt,some alcohol plays a role as well.Not in your face hops but quite fruity with underlying leafiness,a firm sweetish malt base is big and holds up against the hops,the alcohol is there but doesn't hit to hard.Iam glad I was able to have it the way it really is,again a classy thing to do sending me some by mail.Cheers NoDa!

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the source! Served from tap into a NoDa sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, rye, wood, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, spice, rye, grain, and spicy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. While this one was not overly complex it still managed to be quite enjoyable. The aroma was definitely one of the highlights of the beer as it was very inviting. The flavor fell a little short unfortunately as far as balance with too much earthiness. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity. Tick.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BNarc
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cantfindme
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 04/14/17.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick, solid ring behind.

S- Nice tropical fruit aroma brings to mind grapefruit, orange peel and mango. There's also a significant amount of dankness.

T- Pretty assertive hop bite with more notes of orange. The ABV is hidden pretty well but you can still tell this is a big boy. There's ample malt backing and an aftertaste of grapefruit pith.

M- Sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Wasn't sure what to expect from this due to the less than favorable reviews of past iterations but I'm pretty satisfied. Pretty aggressive the whole way through but still manages to display some semblance of balance.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jorrx003
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of njable
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate burnt orange + golden yellow + amber colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, herbal, and dank resinous hops over the top of moderate aromas of toasted + biscuit + caramel malts and honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a slightly heavier than moderate flavor of toasted + biscuit + caramel malts with a slightly heavier than moderate amounts of caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by just shy of strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, herbal, and dank resinous hops which imparts a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not sure exactly how fresh this beer was as the date stamped on the bottom of the can was unreadable but it was still very enjoyable. A really nice combination of tropical + citrus hop flavors and aromas as well as a solid malt body with a decent amount of sweetness from the honey. Drinks much easier than the ABV would suggest.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of qcghost
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a massive head (yes, I got one of the carbonated bottles) that does a mighty good job in the retention/lacing department

Smell: The beer's interesting hop combination creates a very nice aroma - the white wine grape character of the Nelson Sauvin is there as is the grapefruit, mango and other tropical fruit character that comes from the Pacific Jade, Centennial, Columbus, Warrior and Amarillo; the Orange Blossom Honey notches the sweetness level up a bit

Taste: A touch of honey on the front end and then the hops take over, with the Nelson Sauvin adding its distinctive edge and battling a bit with the tropical fruit flavors; mid-palate and into the finish, the sweeter aspect of this beer dominates, though there is still a bit of residual bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was really hoping to like this beer more than I did as the combination of ingredients was fascinating; not being a fan of underattenuated DIPAs, however, the sweetness was just a bit much; still, a very good beer that may suffer in the ratings as some non-carbonated bottles were released

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Photo of farrago
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Almost foamed out the top of the bottle once opened from a gentle standing position, initial pour filled over half the glass with foam. After it calms down there’s still a two to three finger head, all delicate, lacy of an off-white, eggshell color, more canyons than craters or dimples, curiously once there’s room the sheets of lacing slide easily down the glass sides. The liquid is a gauzy zinc orange to yellow hue, full opaque to the point where you can’t see the bubbles which must be there based on the head, holds the light well. The nose smells fairly straight up, the honey presence is faint and it’s comprised mainly of pine, flowers, wheat germ, coal tar, peach, apricot, pineapple fruit scents and salt, more crisp and herbaceous than malty, sweet, good fullness as well as staying power. Full-bodied, lots of fizz and swirling action, needed as the base material has a thick, syrupy feel. Pine, tangerine, pink grapefruit rule, the flowers lower but the honey maybe a touch more noticeable, almost more like maple syrup. Yeast, bread and unprocessed grains, never quite gets leafy but has bite. Again, hard to find a clearly consistent malt presence. Think this might have been caught at a time when the sweetness faded a little, overall seems balanced enough but there’s no one element which jumps out to grab your attention.

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Photo of Bin33chef
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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