Trial By Combat
Brewmaster Jack

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Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States
Imperial IPA
3.99 | pDev: 9.77%
Jul 13, 2019
Feb 03, 2017
Very Good
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Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 2.81 by Jacobo from New York

Feb 13, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Comes in a hazy translucent golden orange color, with a massive foamy and soapy head that dies down to leave lots of chunky lacing.
The aroma has restrained but tart passionfruit, orange zest, mango, grapefruit, and earthy, woody, spicy hops.
The taste is tart passionfruit, papaya, mango, orange, grapefruit, toast, honey, white chocolate, and earth and hints of pine and clove on the finish. A bit strange for an IPA, but it tastes good. Finishes lightly dry with just a touch of bitterness. Extremely crushable for its abv.
The mouthfeel is medium-plus-ish, well carbonated, dry, crisp, and slightly resinous.

Overall: Maybe it's not the passionfruit bomb you're looking for, but this is a tasty and crushable NEIPA supplemented with passion fruit juice. It's good.
Nov 08, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Bluesfolk19 from Massachusetts

Nov 07, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by sgregory from Connecticut

Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Oct 09, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by Phil9250 from New Hampshire

Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Sep 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
8/24/18 canning of this DIPA brewed with passionfruit juice... Deep golden color, hazy translucence under a coupla fingers of clean white head... Citrus and tropical fruits on the nose have an earthy, musty undercurrent... Passion fruit is evident on the sip, but accompanied by a character that is just as vegetal as it is fruity - suggestion of garden herbs and vegetables as well as having some tropical elements... Sweetness is mild, bitterness is mild - smooth and soft carbonation in a medium-weight body... Despite not being a passion fruit guy, and despite the odd, earthy, vegetal aspect, found this beer to be very enjoyable, even if not exceptional...
Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 3.74 by AD17 from New Jersey

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by eddiefl from New York

Aug 31, 2018
Rated: 4.85 by dblais from Massachusetts

May 03, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Mar 23, 2018
Rated: 2.84 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Mar 07, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts

Mar 04, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Blksab99 from Massachusetts

Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 4.22 by jorgerod99 from California

Feb 08, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Murph106157 from Connecticut

Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by alexsergio from New York

Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
22oz bottle served in a large snifter. Given to me by @mr-jj. I don't see a date.

Pours a fairly ugly dingy grey-brownish color with a smallish head. Murky. Smell is passionfruit and hop flowers, but very mild.

Taste is heavy fruit juice and a slow off bitterness.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, fairly still.'s not terrible, but I'm not impressed.
Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by Donkster46 from Washington

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by holzman57 from Massachusetts

Jan 23, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by Jeromedepot from New York

Jan 07, 2018
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2
Picked this up at Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a super hazy dark orange hue one finger head that faded to leave light side lacing and a thin creamy wispy blanket.

S - Aromas of ethanol, caramel malts, weird vegative aroma. Not getting much in the way of hops at all. Just like caramel drizzled tomato slices along with a side of rubbing alcohol. Really, really perplexing here.

T - Taste is vegative again, tomato forward somehow. I get a slightly spicy, earthy hop flavour, but I also get an almost light salinity at the start. Finish is generic bitterness. Plenty of caramel malts and a little bit of alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated though perhaps a little on the thin side.

O - Overall this was an utter train wreck. Passion fruit translates so, so wonderfully in a beer but here it's as if someone mistook an heirloom tomato for a passion fruit. This has loads of potential but fell way, way short of the mark. I thought i liked Brewmaster Jack...but the past few beers I've had from them were just awful Kind of shocked...

Serving Type: Can
Jan 04, 2018
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
No canning date, big creamy fluffy head fades slowly, thick lacing, murky pink grapefruit blood orange color

Nose juicy fruit, citrus, tropical notes, grapefruit, mild passion fruit, fair creamy malt, pith and spicy hop notes

Taste weird vegetal thing like carrot beet juice or something, tomato juice, little grapefruit and orange pith, faint passion fruit, creamy wheat and malt, hint of booze warmth. Little grassy spicy hop late

Mouth is med bod, creamy fluffy carb but a bit lighter, hint of booze warmth

Overall weird characters, decent hop notes, very little passion fruit
Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Dec 25, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by Maudrey from New Hampshire

Dec 21, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Bloodsnot77 from New Hampshire

Dec 21, 2017
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Rated by antimasone from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very well balanced
Dec 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a pale burnt yellow to ruddy orange color with a light transparency about it. Sly carbonation rising to meet a quickly dissipating finger’s worth of foamy head. Subtle clingy filmy lace. The aroma had some sweet grainy malts up front and then some sweet to bitter citrusy hops. Some mango comes in and then finally but the passionfruit, oddly enough shows up last. The flavor leads with the sweetness from the hop juices and blends with the sweet grainy malts decently. Tropical juices come across faintly. Grainy sweet to tropical juicy sticky aftertaste hitting the finish in the same sort of way. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a gritty hop burn hitting my tongue. Slightly a sipper, almost sessionable, definitely an in-between. Carbonation feels good. ABV feels fine. Overall, well, it has a ton of potential, I’ll give it that.
Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by sachie23 from New York

May 25, 2017
Rated: 4 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by malfunxion from New York

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Mar 10, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Mar 08, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by Gkruszewski from New York

Mar 07, 2017
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16 oz. can

Pours hazy amber-gold orange with a dense creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like passionfruit juice, guava, pineapple, mango, papaya, fresh orange citrus, grapefruit, mild toasty caramelized bready malt, with dank spicy earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine. Tastes like musty tart passionfruit juice, guava, pineapple, mango, papaya, fresh orange citrus, grapefruit, some toasty caramelized bready malt, with dank spicy earthy herbal grass and floral resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice DIPA with passionfruit juice.
Mar 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Mar 05, 2017
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