Hop Essence Series: Motueka Hoppy Maibock-style Ale | Brewmaster Jack

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Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Maxwell on 12-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by Maxwell:
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a muddled, orange brown, almost bronze. The beer forms a pretty, lasting head of midsized, slightly creamy white bubbles that leave a slippery, fluffy, fat lacing. In body, the beer is clean and clear, but surprisingly opaque and a bit hazy. On the nose, the beer smells like a big old DIPA. Prickly, floral hops blend pine resin, cat piss, grapefruit pith, and even a bit of mango alongside earthy spice notes, which seem to be a blending of the malt and hops. Touches of onion do come across the nose. On the tongue, the beer is cleanly bitter, though faint bready sweetness can be found in the middle and on the finish, and a light acidity can also be sensed in the hop character. The bitters are strong in this, but have some wonderful, subtle balances that keep them from being an utter palate wrecker. Touches of alcohol can also be sensed in between the bitters, but they are light. In flavor, the beer begins as grassy bitters, unfurling into mellow medicinal bitters and then exploding briefly with juicy fruit and a touch of mango, persimmon, and apricot. The juiciness in these hops are restrained and subtle, but beautiful and expressive, which I really like. This is a big bitter beer that finds rich complexity with its hops and the light, toffee and bread flavors that the malt puts out just before the finish. The finish is a strong punch of citrus pith and pine resin, which lasts briefly on the palate. In the mouth, the beer feels smooth and medium bodied, with a soft astringency, and a bit of chewiness to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is fluffy, and middling, and the finish is dry and bitter. The mouth is left with pools of saliva on its edges. Overall, this is a great DIPA. I think I see where Brewmaster Jack was going with the “Hoppy Maibock-style Ale” style, but this is just a nice bitter DIPA with a very soft malt background. Rich and subtle complexity all around on this beer, the bitters are strong, but the flavors found within them are rich and delicious. It could use a little work with the aroma, but overall this is a beer to try.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy orange color. Body glows despite the haze. Head is frothy and bubbly as well as being bright white. Stringy lacing.

S-Motueka hops are some of my favorite. Any New Zealand hop smells absolutely delicious to me. Uber tropical hoppy aroma. Mango, pineapple and plenty more exotic fruits. The malt is light, crisp and bready. Pretty excited to try this.

T-The flavor is exceptional. It reminds me a bit of a piña colada. Coconut and pineapple. A medley of tropical fruit. Then it switches over to more coercive flavors of grapefruit, grass and even some green onion. The malt is set here just to let the hoppy flavors shine and express themselves. Motueka hops are delicious.

M-Bitter, resiny and dry. Hints of alcohol. Bitterness lingers. Great feel.

O/D-Interesting, it's a Maibock style ale that is more of a DIPA. Whatever it is, it's delicious. "The hop Essence Series is crafted to complement the specific hop varity used" . They really did a great snob showcasing the Motueka hop here...mmmm....New Zealand hops.

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Hop Essence Series: Motueka Hoppy Maibock-style Ale from Brewmaster Jack
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 10 ratings