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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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unsure as to if this sample was from a bottle or draft. Poured a hazy orange color. Aroma was of sharp pine hops along with a fruity hoppiness as well. Lots of citrus. Floral hops as well. Some light, malty sweetness. Flavor is an initially stinging dose of pine and grapefruit. Then I get a little more of the fruitiness. Behind the hops is a candied sweetness. High bitterness. Chewy mouthfeel. Rather intense. Pretty well done.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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

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4/5  rDev +14%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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Nepenthe Ales LOTUS - Eater from Candia Road Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 42 ratings