Ambrewsia | Brewmaster Jack

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Brewed by:
Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PeterIngemi on 08-25-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
149
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
20.61%
 
 
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4
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37
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Reviews by jlindros:
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed since my last review was most likely old or slightly infected. Since that review the other ones I've had from them were much better, so time for a re-review. Botted on 4/07/14 so pretty fresh.

Pours a nice fluffy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent soapy lacing, hazy reddish orange color, already much different, although appearance is lower I have a feeling the rest will be much higher.

Nose nice citrus hops, some orange zest, tangerine, little candied orange peel, clementine, a light nectarine and stone fruit notes, touch of a papaya like tropical note, and some toasty reddish malts, a little candy brownish malts too, touch of caramel, bit of grapefruit later.

Taste starts with more citrus and fresh fruit, a little fresh grapefruit flesh, orange flesh, little juicy tangerine and nectarine, more fleshy than juicy, like fresh blended fruit. Into candied orange rind and a touch of pith, with some semi sweet malts, a little toasty reddish malt and caramel, but just enough to balance it. and an abrasive fluffy feel, little fluffy malt as well. Bitterness is fair to start, a little rindy, and increases on the back end. Finish gets a bit spicy, hops ramp up as it attempts to dry but the big malt sweetness keeps it from that. A hint of booze comes through with that, spicy earthy rind like bitterness dominates for a while after, and quite bitter at that point, almost like chewing on hop pellets dry.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, feels a bit thick and abrasive too, with plenty of carbonation, note quite too much yet but almost there.

overall better than the first one i had, but not by a lot. I suppose the old bottle was just old and fermented a bit too much in the bottle, lost some of the hop bite, etc. Still the same beer which is why it's not worlds better, a decent IIPA, nothing out of this world, but enjoyable.

(Now the old review)
Pours a nice fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing, hazy tangerine orange color lots of bubbles rising up. 4.5

Nose has a big candy malt base, caramel, toffee, sweet amber reddish malts, light bready yeasty, sweet syrupy, light citrus hops, little spicy earthy hops, quite fruity and a big spicy hop bitterness waiting for me. 4

Taste starts with more malts, sweet candy malts, caramel, toffee, bready malts and bready yeast that gets a little off flavor tasting and unhappy yeast that I can't label, maybe too hot in fermentation, or possibly the early onset of infection. Then hops, quite bitter as it ramps, light citrus, quite spicy and earthy, some pine, chewy hops even, light candy hops too. Finish is still fairly sweet but drier, a lingering long bitterness and earthy spicy hops, and an anesthetized hot booze lingering, and just a touch of that unhappy yeast or possible infection offset. 3.5

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, some warming semi hot booze late, good carb. 4

Overall interesting, but not great, decent hops that don't really excite. Malts are nice balance to the heat and big bitter earthy spicy hops, but also either bad yeast or possible infection. 3

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I look at the ratings of this beer and I'm very surprised. I think this beer is exceptional. Drank a month out from bottling and in MA, so maybe I'm benefiting from the freshness. The beer smells and tastes awesome. Very good carbonation, with lots of citrus up front and a sweet aftertaste. Really good brew.

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AshlandNacho
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jcorn
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beers smells amazing. Taste isn't quite as good as it smells but still very good. Would be a higher rating but it just kept foaming out of the bottle. I didn't drop it or anything so weird. Could only take 2-3 sips, all I was getting was foam. Decent tasting foam though.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of far333
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazed, orangey apricot with a light beige head that slowly recedes. Low aroma of floral hops, a little perfumey.

Flavor of toffee malt upfront, followed by grapefruit citrus hops, tastes like centennial. Morphs quickly to pine, and bitter orange rind. Fairly bitter, but this tastes like a single IPA, not a double IPA. Not overly complex, thin mouthfeel, this is just above average overall.

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Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper color, average sized white foam, dissipates pretty quick, plenty of left over lace.
Very sweet honey like malt, sweet tropical fruity hops aroma mostly.
The flavor showcases a big, ripe tropical fruity hop taste, fat grain bill with plenty of malt backbone. In fact, the malt is present, rides right aling side some pretty big fruity hops. Citrus and slightly sour notes ride in later on with a big, dry, bitter finish.
Feel is a medium body, sharp, crisp and dry effect to finish.
Earthy undertones, grainy but a decent balance of malt/hops makes this seem like a big English style IPA.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of cyrushire
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle dated April 7, 2014. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

The pour is a slight hazy copper orange amber with a long lasting white foamy head that lingers on.

The aroma has a decent dose of floral and piney hops that emit a grapefruit-like character. The toasted malts figure into the aroma a little bit too.

The body is around medium and fairly smooth.

The taste has plenty of resiny hops on my tongue but not to the point of exploding in my face. Malt character can also be tasted. This is a well-balanced Imperial IPA that still emphasizes the hops with a dry bitter finale.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Peter1977
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DJoe
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fitzy84
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. The beer pours with a murky orange appearance, a thin ring around the glass, and really nice lacing on the sides. Aromas include some light pine hops mixed with grapefruit and mango. Taste generally follows the nose with some bitter citrus wrapped around some earthy hops. Mouthfeel is good with a crisp carbonation. Overall, I liked how this beer looked and felt.

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Photo of dental
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dulcea
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Hos
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Ambrewsia from Brewmaster Jack
3.93 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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