Hoppiness Is A Warm Pun
Brewmaster Jack

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IPA - New England
Ranked #594
Ranked #1,890
4.23 | pDev: 8.27%
Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States
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GHow from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dated 01.18.19. Hazed unfiltered gold look. Hop and Fruit aroma mates with taste including a back of the palate IBU bite and feel. The name fits the brew. Have one..........

Feb 28, 2019
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flagmantho from Washington

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. There's a spot for a bottled-on day to be printed, but there's no date there, so I guess we're rollin' the dice here!

Appearance: super-duper hazy, milky body with an orange hue, and a finger of frothy ivory foam atop. Fills the bill for a hazy IPA!

Smell: big fruity aromas; tropical and a bit citrusy, there's plenty of juicy aroma here. There's something aromatic here that reminds me of fresh latex paint -- and somehow, it's not a bad thing. Bodacious.

Taste: the juice is loose! Admittedly, it's hard to determine what fruit the juice is from, but let's go with ... hops? It's kind of grassy, along with a bit of a mango-ey fruity flavor. I really like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a very nice creaminess indeed. For an IPA, it's really wonderful.

Overall: this beer ticks all the boxes for me. Although the flavor is more "miscellaneous hop character" than any particular fruit, it really works exceedingly well for my palate. Outstanding!

Apr 24, 2018
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degueulasse from California

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a gorgeous yellow haze to it, its cloudiness as mysterious as it is inviting. It has a delicate flavor that seems to be Massachusetts standard for IPAs: sweet without recalling any specific fruits, though this brand of sweetness might be a bit closer to peach and pear than to pineapple or mango.

Apr 16, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy orange yellow with a nice inch plus head that leaves plenty of thick foamy lace on the sides of the glass, with some very solid retention. 4.5

Smell is papaya, tangerine, passionfruit, pineapple, and just a hint of grapefruit. 4.5

Taste follows tropical front to back with papaya, pineapple, tangerine, and passionfruit dominating with a subtle hit of grapefruit in the amazingly balanced finish. 4.5

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, just the right soft carbonation, juicy but slightly sticky from all the fresh hops, and at 8.2% ABV it is dangerously approachable. 4.75

Overall I just really loved this beer, just exactly what you want in a NEDIPA. A friend gave me this and I want more!

Mar 25, 2018
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mikeinportc from New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 2/07/18

Hazy,murky apricot-gold, with light, creamy off-white head.

Aroma is fairly muted. What there is a light peach pie filling, that is then overcome by a slightly boozy fruited-brandy aroma.

The taste is inscrutable at first, as with the aroma. There is a fermented mixed fruit juice flavor, at first. (Yeah I know, beer IS fermented. ;) ) If you mixed pineapple juice with tangerine and apricot juice, all just as they start to ferment - THAT is the taste and feel. Not a bad thing. : ) Then a touch of pine,bitterness, and alcohol come along to finish.

The texture is medium lightly creamy/oily with fine carbonation throughout, with a lingering tingle on the tip of the tongue.

Overall while this is difficult to dissect , it's easy to drink. A pleasant experience, & I'm glad I got a 4pk, not just a single. (As I almost did. ; ) )

Feb 26, 2018
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Rogerlb from California

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottled from 4/24/17. This boring but strikingly-labeled Brewmaster (hey, it's about what's in the bottle not on it) pours a cloudy opaque orange gold. No floaters or carb bubbles visible, however. A 1 1/2 finger head that's sudsy. Insincere lacing and no alcohol legs when you swirl. This is a good looking glass of beer.

Aroma is citrus, juicy, all hops, no real malt. Bit of pine but only if you insist on looking for it.

And the taste -- malt and hops, and earth, even a bit of oregano (not kidding). Spoiled mango, along with a bitter undercurrent fighting with that sweet alcohol tinge that you get in a lot of "triple" IPAs. That said, this is full-bodied and balanced, it's not too much of anyone thing, although this thing is loaded with hop flavor without being a "hop bomb."

Tropical, this could almost pass for a seasonal summer beer, but with the boozy 8.2% ABV, which is pretty hidden in plain sight, probably makes it sweeter and balances out the hops without being "boozy" or sickly sweet. Well done.

As other reviews note, it's a little different, intense without going off the rails. Brewmaster Jack is one of my favorites, makes solid IPA and DIPAs and this is another great beer.

Jul 06, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.17/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a golden copper color with a thin transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a decent pace to fill a finger’s worth of quickening foamy head. Messy ring of lace. The aroma had some sweet dried wood, light peaches, some pine needles, and lime. Steady malt base. The flavor copied the aroma pretty much spot on leaning towards the sweet side and sliding into a sly bitterness of the pine. Drying bitter piney to peachy sort of aftertaste. Finish was quick with some subtle piney dry bitterness. The palate was about medium bodied with a steady sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, decent DIPA that I could go at again.

Jun 21, 2017
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TrojanRB from California

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a opaque brownish orange, with a finger of creamy white head and good retention

Smells of pineapple and tangerine, a bit of malt

Taste is kind of muddled....large malt presence, some fruit, some pine, but not very cohesive

Thick mouthfeel, alcohol is noticeable, moderate carbonation

Jun 12, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served in a tulip. I don't see a date. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours hazy dingy amber with a medium head and lots of fine carbonation. Smell is nice, tropical and green, rich, I like it.

Taste is also very pleasing. Same descriptors as the aroma, but with a medium bitter kick to finish it off. Maybe a touch too sweet or lacking a touch of bitterness, but still a very pleasing beer, and probably perfect for some tastes.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Overall, very good beer.

Jun 04, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can bought in Newburyport, MA - no date found on can

Pours a slightly hazy warm orange gold color with a one finger head at most. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is a thin but fruity lime and orange - unusual.

Taste has a bit of a burn to it up front - expected from a DIPA. Malt is light to moderate with a sweetness to it. Hop flavor is up front with a vaguely fruity tone to it. The lime does stick out. Hard to pick it out through all the burn. A moderate to strong bitterness comes in near the end and lingers.

Feel is not too sticky but with a in your face alcohol burn, maybe a little astringency too. Not ideal in my book.

Overall it's a pretty good DIPA but I'm not a fan of overly strong alcohol flavor so take my score with a grain of salt.

May 23, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a can of this at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice deep dark golden hue with a one finger white head that faded slowly to leave a nice creamy blanket and very light lacing.

S - Aromas of very bright citrus, orange peel, light grapefruit. Nice tropical pineapple notes as well. The orange juice aspects of the nose are excellent, super fresh and lightly sweet.

T - Taste is unfortunately not nearly as good as the nose. The orange juice is more subdued and the citrus is more of a zest/peel with some lightly generic bitterness. There is something else going on, I can't quite place it but there is an unusual taste. There is some malt sweetness, the flavour profile is on the thinner side. The odd taste...it's not vegetative but something else. Without that this would be a a rather tasty beer.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thin side, alcohol is hidden well but not much in the way of carbonation.

O - Overall this had the potential to be a very, very good DIPA. Great appearance and aroma but the taste and mouthfeel was really lackluster. Very unfortunate.

Serving Type: Can

May 18, 2017
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flaskman from New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is cold and fresh from the fridge. Purchased 2 bottles in the .99 cent bin and the bottled on part of the label is blank so no idea how old this is. It poured a very attractive cloudy orange with a decent head. The head dissipated fairly quickly with residual around the edges. Some lacing is present but nothing great. It smells Interesting enough to want to take a sip. It is a very interesting DIPA. Kinda fruity but not overly so. Kinda bitter but not overly so. It is well balanced with a slight boozy taste that I am having difficulty describing. Good mouthfeel and slightly bitter on the back end. A very good brew.

May 18, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: very cloudy and light orange, nice head with lacing
Aroma: tropical hops
Taste: tropical hops, light buttery taste, slightly sweet at starts finishes bitter
Feel about average for style, smooth
Overall: Another heavily hopped beer.

May 15, 2017
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jSehnert from New York

4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - All good except head was lacking
S - Awesome deep resinous hops
T - Very good up front, mid, and a bit unusual an upper palate finish
F - Full as expected
O - Very good East Coast DIPA; curious as to the upper palate finish.

May 14, 2017
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 16oz can, dated 04/27/17. Served in a spiegelau.

Pours a moderately hazed deep gold with a scant finger of soft foam. Retention is minimal leaving a thin collar around the glass with little lacing.

The nose is faint, some cereal, lime and berries.

Taste is malt forward, damp cereal grains, followed by lime, orange, peaches and mango. Doughy, finishes with palate-coating sweet, fruity stickiness.

Feel is smooth and mouth-coating, medium-light bodied and under-carbonated.

Overall, a not super-exciting, thin-tasting tropical fruit DIPA.

May 08, 2017
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djamesb from New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a lot of winesounding review bs .just drink this beer, it tastes like a hot tan girl in a thong bikini. Its a great double ipa take a bow brewmaster jack you've done your country well.

Dec 13, 2016
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barsonthetrak from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite MA breweries and this beer is a great reason why. So much stone fruit, grape, apricot... an awesome DIPA. Glad this is finally on shelves in Boston again, will be a go-to this winter.

Oct 20, 2016
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rms3434 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got one of these extremely fresh. Most IPAs that I'd throw in the fruity category fall under the citrusy lemon/grapefruit flavor profile. This one however is very fruity and blatantly different. I'm not sure how I'd explain it, almost orange/peach like, but this is really good. Does have more of a malt background than I would like, which does make it harder to drink a lot of for me. Other than that though there isn't much I'd change about this, I really like this double IPA. Significantly better than their pink DIPA (forgot the name), try out their saison too it's very nice.

May 15, 2016
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Darker than most, with a golden yellow color. Nose and flavor are malt-heavy with some boozy hop presence but mostly sugary caramel malt. Finish is nicely bitter with some pine and tropical fruit. I'm glad I tried this but expected something different. A maltier imperial IPA rather than a DIPA.

Feb 06, 2016
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PCole from Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber dated 9/4/15 poured into Tulip on 1/19/16.

Look: Orange-yellow, semi-opaque. Half-finger small, tightly-packed bubbles forming a bright white head that falls quickly. Easily roused with gentle agitation. Fine, particulate matter suspended throughout. Sparse lacing

Smell: Tangerine, peach, grapefruit, pine, lemon, fresh-cut grass

Taste: Apricot and tangerine, surprisingly malt-forward. Unfortunate lingering taste of cardboard and paper. Completely absent is any pine or resin notes. Never would place this as a DIPA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Extraordinarily astringent and dry.

Overall: Could potentially be a very drinkable beer, but I'm not sure what effect the 4+ months on the shelf had on it. Still kicking myself for not checking the date prior to purchase, something I'm accustomed to doing. I would be open to trying this again in the future when it's much fresher.

Jan 20, 2016
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Beglane from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 9-3-2015. Great burst of grapefruit and lemon when I opened the $7.49 bomber. I'm impressed by how well the taste fallows the nose. So good so hoppy so delicious

Nov 25, 2015
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at jm Curley in Boston

Pours a bright yellow with a white foam head. Smells very tropical and floral. Hoppy, sweet and fragrant. Taste is mild pineapple, tropical citrus, lemon, and grassy pine hops. Feel is light-medium with fair carbonation. I found this extremely easy to drink for a DIPA. It is bitter but not overdone, and maintains a great tropical citrus fruit flavor through the piney hops. Very good beer.

Nov 13, 2015
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sprat1960 from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellowish-orange in color; extremely cloudy, opaque. Pours with a 1+ finger white head that dies down leaving a thin even layer of foam of the surface of the beer. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks substantial in terms of body. Very appealing.

Smell: Loads of citrus (think lemon and lots of grapefruit) with mild hoppy aroma mixed in. Delicious. Made me want to take a drink! Perfect.

Taste: Tastes just like it smells. Load of citrus (think sour lemon mixed with loads of sweet grapefruit). Grassy-hoppy finish. Delicious!

Feel: Medium to full body. Slight fizz from the mild carbonation. Slight pucker at the end. Substantial feel.

Overall: An excellent DIPA. Refreshing. Full flavor, full aroma and full body. Minimal dry finish! Lots of citrus, on the edge of being too much. Would be great on a hot summer day. I would gladly drink this again.

Nov 10, 2015
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a two finger head. Smells of citrus and ripe hops. Taste is crisp and bitter, hop-foward. Hint of sweetness. Orange or lemon rind. Finishes bitter and lasts. Overall, pretty standard DIPA. Not exceptional, and not poor. Happy to drink it.

Oct 08, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mdr4669 for this 22 oz. extra/bottle. Stark black & white label & though I’m a big fan of puns, this one falls flat. I hope the beer doesn’t. Split with my wife.

The pour is unfiltered orange with low levels of carbonation. Smells just like Lemon Cascade & makes me want to empty a dishwasher. I love dishwashers because I hate washing dishes.

Hoppiness is a Warm Pun moonlights as something other than a hoppy beer. There’s a lemony, citrusy hop bite that’s immediately backed by huge sweet malts & a stiff kick of alcohol. Snappy dryness coupled intimately with an almost woody tinge in the mid-section confounds the stylistic code further. The ending, which isn’t completely happy, brings grass, wheat, & an escalating bitterness. A bit flat & a bit weird, both limiting how much of this I’d want to bring in & pee out.

If you’d given me this cold, I’d have guess a joker blended a blonde barleywine with a saison & slipped it to me, stifling a grin. IIPA? Probably my fourth guess. Decent enough.

Sep 19, 2015
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