Mad Butcher IPA
Mankato Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #683
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,158
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 5.62%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
73
From:
Mankato Brewery
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here is a CANQuest (tm) story for the ages. I was wrapping up the 2017-'18 school year at a school on the very western edge of the city & as I am wont to do, I stopped in at Dominion Pizza to scour their selection. A drinking buddy, whom I had not seen for a time, wanders in with his girlfriend, we make pleasantries & they sit down as I continue to drink & finish up. I am on my way up the street to catch the us when he comes running up with this CAN for me! It seems that he had been on a job assignment out to Minnesota & just happened to have this CAN still with him. He could make no guarantees, but it has been chilling in my reefer for a few weeks. We shall see.

From the CAN: "Fwhap!" as he swings around a rubber chicken; "60 IBU Juicy Citrusy"; "Citra and Mosaic hops drive the Mad Butcher wild (and yeah, he's a real person!), and this American IPA delivers them in spades. We don't recommend playing catch with a pig until he keels over, though. Just stick with the beer."; "This Is Madness!" The whole label is evocative of Roy Lichtenstein POP! Art. Ha ha.

Given my CAN's history, I wanted to be as gentle as possible with it. I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent, which actually fought me & I girded myself for spraying or geysering through the vent. Nothing untoward occurred, so I proceeded with a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Again, or still, nothing untoward was taking place, so once I had it sufficiently deCANted, I CANducted a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention that left nice lacing in its wake. Color was a pretty, solid-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled (especially) like the Brach's caramels with orange filling that my late-maternal grandmother used to put out. Mmm. Orange citrusiness, caramel maltiness plus an undefined tropical fruitiness that could have been any one of or a CANbination of the usual suspects. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was totally fruity, from orange citrusiness to tropical sweetness, commingled with a caramel maltiness. My friend was worried that this may not have held up, but if it was this good now, I CAN only imagine what it was like fresh! The CAN read: "08.07.18." so maybe my friend thought that he had somehow done this one a disservice. Not in my eyes! Whatta gift to a Midwest-leaning hophead! Finish was dry, but not gaspingly so. I was still getting a lot of tropical fruit well after the finish, so that may have CANtributed. Many thanks & good lookin' aht!

Jul 01, 2018
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cbcrunch from Wyoming

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 09, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Pours a just-beyond hazy cloudy orange/amber. Good carbonation provides a two-finger off-white head, which fades to a skein of froth, then gradually settles into a solid ring of clinging lacing. Very persistent. An excellent look.

The aroma is awash with hops from all over the spectrum. Tropical fruits first, with mango and pineapple, followed by citrus (grapefruit and blood orange). floral aromas, and then hints of pine. White pepper spicy yeast, white grape, and crackery grain notes, with hints of grass and booze. A touch of honey and peach. Excellent aroma, with distinctive notes.

The flavor is much more subdued and muddled. Very fruity, but the precise aromas don't quite translate. Vague tropical and citrus flavors are skewed to the sweet end of the spectrum, with the bitter pine notes failing to quite "get there." Hints of booze.

Medium bodied, the brew could use just a bit more carbonation. Seems a bit flat.

If the flavor matched the aroma, and if there was a shade more carbonation, this would be a serious "dark horse" contender for my favorite IPA. A gorgeous brew that falls a little flat at the finish. Still, an excellent brew.

Mar 23, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mankato Mad Butcher IPA, 6.5% ABV. Pours cloudy orange, with a faint ring of white bubbles. Nose is sweet and malty, taste is sweet honey and peach, almost no bitterness, with a piney aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Sep 22, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep, medium clouded orange color with a mild white head that fades quickly. SRM of 11-12. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of mandarin orange citrus, pineapple, passionfruit, and peach. A little fruit punch. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with lots of orange, passionfruit, peach, pineapple, and some citrus. Very juicy. Lots of orange-pineapple juice. It's like a mandarin orange cup mixed with pinapple. Minimal bitterness. A malt profile I cannot peg. Candied or pale malts I presume. Definitely leans sweet, but light and reasonable. Mostly fruity sweetness and pale/candied malts. (3.75)

Feel: Medium to light bodied. Light carbonation. Feels juicy. (3.50)

Overall: I think this one is more fruity and juicy than a midwest IPA. Lots of orange-pineapple juice. Mandarin orange and passionfruit to support. I don't get a strong bready malt profile, but rather fruity sweetness. It's like a sweeter east-coast IPA. Nice orange and pineapple/passionfruit flavors. (Final Rating: 3.79)

Aug 18, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 21, 2019
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Metalsnota from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 09, 2021
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Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 16, 2019
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Dryr from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The inevitable mix of mosaic and citra hops (my favorites).

A solid ABV with graet carbonation and flavor. More than J like to pay, but a great treat from a "local" gamer brewery.

Jul 06, 2019
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d5001986 from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 15, 2021
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viking77 from Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 03, 2019
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eithne from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Mar 17, 2020
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich & sticky Hop aroma with great fruit and some here grass in essence. Cloudy yellow gold with a short lived white cap a solid rings marking drinks. Full fruitiness in flavor but not without a nice streak of bitterness just as a reminder that the is a IPA. Foundational malt presence with a light caramel presence. A touch of stickiness in a nearly moderate feel that drinks quite easily. Very solid version of a West Coast IPA.
On tap at brewery.

Oct 14, 2016
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L-Deep oak colored....minimal head..

S-Fresh tropical fruits, pineapples, mango, papaya. Citrus as well. Ripe, juicy Mandarin Oranges, tangerines. Excellent.

T-Juicy fruits....tropical and citrus again....great blend. Like a fruit cocktail. Light honey cracker like maltiness.

F-Low carbonation...feels a little thin...

O-Up the carbonation and body a little and this becomes a top tier IPA...as is it is still an underlooked gem.

Jul 01, 2016
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Burgy from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 19, 2019
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Thin layer of head on a clear deep yellow body.

Aroma – Passionfruit, guava, light stone fruit, floral. Quite strong.

Taste – Light pine and hop resins, caramel, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel – A little viscous, good body.

Overall – Wonderful aroma, pretty good flavor. A nice beer and a hilarious can – different than on the BA page.

Mar 23, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pineapple, orange peel and grapefruit. Nice tropical fruits flavor with a light piney bitterness.

Aug 30, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright golden color a thin white fresh head and very little lacing. Smell is fruity with citrus and bread malts. taste is very hop fruit forward with hints of melon,apple ,citrus and pineapple, sweet malts round this out. soft moutfeel with medium carbonation full fruity hops a touch of dryness and bitterness in the finish. A tasty IPA

Mar 14, 2017
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LXIXME from New Mexico

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 30, 2019
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rickrem from California

4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Interesting that we picked it up at a liquor store in SW Minnesota and the person working gave us a discount because they thought it wasn't very good. I should have asked what they thought was good so I had a point of reference.
Poured out of the can

Medium gold color with light head.

Nice aroma, somewhat citrusy, earthy.

Right off the bat you get the citrus. Tangerine and grapefruit hit you in a nice way. Lighter and somewhat refreshing. Medium to lighter carbonation with a thinner mouthfeel.

Finishes clean and dry with a slight lingering bitterness. At 6.8 though, it almost drinks more like a better session.

Overall, a nice IPA. I think this would be a good one ice cold on a hot summer day.

Feb 18, 2018
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 27, 2016
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sparx1100 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 29, 2016
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 25, 2016
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atone315 from Wisconsin

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 06, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mad Butcher pours a copper color, with a small but lacing head. Big floral aroma. Flavor has a nice malty baseline, with good sweeter floral hop flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, its a bigger, bolder IPA, lots of flavors, sweeter finish.

Jan 13, 2018
Mad Butcher IPA from Mankato Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 73 ratings