Nepenthe Ales LOTUS - Eater | Candia Road Brewing Company

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Candia Road Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by johnnnniee on 10-06-2012

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by MRclean:
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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Vessel: Purchased in a 22 oz. bottle. Consumed from a tulip glass.

Appearance: Not good, it was a light milky yellowish brown. It was completely opaque and didn't look very appetizing.

Smell: Hoppy and pleasant with strong floral notes.

Taste: Super hoppy with strong citrus, floral, and tropical notes. I am going to guess there is citra in here. Very enjoyable for IPA fans.

Mouthfeel: Almost creamy feeling, but I think this is due to the high amount of particulate and yeast left in the beer. The mouthfeel certainly did not match the taste. This should be a nice clean beer to match the crisp hops.

Overall: This beer is its own worst enemy. The flavor is great, the hops are amazing, but the beer is far too cloudy, milky really, and the carbonation was way off. The slowest pour I could manage still produced over half a glass of foam. If these issues can be fixed this will be an amazing beer, but until then it is not.
Serving type: bottle

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

We can fully appreciate bottle-conditioned brews, but Candia Road really should tighten up production as this character—or to narrow it down, the yeast—takes over a bit too much. Another case of “yeast gone wild,” the potential is there, though falls way short of what we expected.

ABV: 8.2%

LOOK: Deep amber, hazed, massive head

SMELL: Intensely floral, lots of yeast, toasted grain, faint caramel, exotic fruit, hemp seeds, rose water

TASTE: Juicy hoppiness, faintly dank, slightly biscuity grain, sharp bitterness, chalky yeast, estery, apple skin, astringent; extremely dry, very bitter finish

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter the beer was a hazy dark orange color. There was a fairly small off white head that left a minimal amount of lace.

Mostly a pine aroma, a tiny bit of citrus. Faint sweet malt.

Piney, resiney taste. I thought I could taste some grapefruit. Not sure where the malt went.

A hop-forward beer. I wanted a little more malt presence, and found this to be a difficult DIPA to drink.

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Photo of BrianC
2.32/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looked like beginner homebrew. And it tasted like beginner homebrew. It was way overcarbonated. I poured gently after a loud release of co2 upon opening, but ended up with more than half a glass of foam. It was very clowdy, which I really don't mind at all, but it did contribute to the homebrew quality of this beer. And when I say "homebrew" I'm not referring to those that know what they're doing. I'm referring to the guy that just made his first or second bacth. At $8 a 22oz there's just too many really good choices out there. Hey, I gave it a shot.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on March 24, 2013.

The color is orange-amber with a haze and a significant, soft puffy head that sticks around until the end.

Earthy hop characters are first note on the nose with a vague sweetness in the back. But hops mainly.

The medium body is also smooth yet somehow acidic and carbonated.

The taste is the way a good IPA should be with a slight malty sweetness for a millisecond, quickly encompassed by a solid, earthy hop flavor and something vaguely fruity. This is a nicely done Double IPA.

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Photo of Chris_Mac
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, unfiltered copper appearance. Thick, off white head with lots of carbonation. Smells of malt, taste has some up front hops, with malt reinforcements dominating the middle taste segment. Great, full bodied mouthfeel. Another unique winner for Napenthe, they have a fresh take on classic styles and always feels original.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Interesting....saw this guy at the local coop and having never tried any of their offerings, thought I would give this one a go.

A: pours a cloudy golden orange with a MASSIVE head that absolutely refused to go down. This guy was unbelievably carbonated, noticeable from the moment I cracked the bottle to a resounding hiss. Hmmm...interesting.

S: Not getting much in the way of aroma, but there is some herbal spiciness, and a hint of bready malts. Also, I don't know what C02 smells like, but this might be it. A bit of a chemical scent.

T: Really not getting anything here. Once you get past the biting carbonation, it is a watery mess. I get some spicy herbs, maybe a slight bit of clove, but absolutely nothing in the ballpark of what I would expect from this style. Tastes like a bitter and over-carbonated witbier, or maybe a poorly constructed saison, from the herbal spiciness. Hint of pepper and phenol at the end.

M: Thin and fizzy, with a stinging carbonation.

O: Fizzy and poorly made. I'm not one to drainpour, but if I was, this would be a candidate.

***REVISIT: ***

I just revisited this beer after a few months, and it is marginally better but still unbelievably sub-par. Just a hint more malt backbone than I remember but still just tastes like dirty fizzy hop water. I might as well just steep some hops in my club soda next time...

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Photo of Massbmx
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lou50rp
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Basshooker
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kdivers
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy murky light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, mango, and a touch of pineapple. Very faint hint of bread attempts to provide some balance. Honestly this smells incredible! The flavor has more sweet and bready malt than the nose lead me to believe. There is a solid shot of fruity hop flavor midway through and a nice lingering hope bite in the finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick bubbly resinous mouthfeel. She ain't much to look at, but this is quite a solid DIPA.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Chilled poured bottle poured into a pint glass. Cannot find a bottling date anywhere on the bottle, but I think this is most likely pretty fresh as I have never seen this on shelves before.

Appearance: Medium orange to light brown in color. Slightly cloudy. Pours a really aggressive, three finger beige head that sticks very nicely. Nice retention all around.

Aroma: Lots of sweet pineapple and tropical fruit notes are present upfront. Really light malt background. Some citrus and pine notes from the hops as well. Almost lemony. Very interesting.

Taste: More tropical hop notes really take hold here. Some mango, lemon, and orange zest notes. A sharp bite of bitter pine on the back end. Some very light caramel notes from the malt. Definitely appears to be very fresh and have plenty of hop flavors. A bit on the sweet end of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel: This is where this really falls short in my opinion. Extremely thin, watery body. Distractingly thin. The carbonation is almost completely absent, despite the really aggressive head it pours. The lack of bosy really pulls down the rest of the beer.

Overall, this double IPA has some nice hop flavors. The problem comes in with the carbonation that completely holds back some of the other aspects of the beer. Overly watery and almost syrupy. The hop profile is pretty solid though. Not something I am likely to revisit.

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Photo of NHSTEVE
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of coombski
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jbeervt
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Prost76
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of DownWithSocks
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow, too much foam, man. It's cloudy with a strong amber hue. Reminds me of one of my homebrews.

Musty pine aroma greets the nose. I think I know what's in store.

That pine dose is mirrored in the flavor. Coats the mouth. Just a touch of sweet malt underneath.

Carbonation level is too damn high. A beer that is more head than beer is not a beer.

When it settles down, it's still a decent stab at the style. It just needs a hell lot more refinement.

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metapod
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JeremyScott
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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