Maggie | The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial IPA uses all English malted barley, rigorously hopped with Stryian golding, Fuggles & East Kent Golding hops.

88 IBUs

Added by DaPeculierDane on 04-02-2007

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear orange with thin white head and heavy lacing. Nose is very heavy on the pine, resin, lemon, and grapefruit character. Taste us heavy on grapefruit with notes if orange and lemon as well as grass. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, very nice hoppy dipa!!

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Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Grumpy Troll. This pours a cloudy copper orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is a mixture of hops and citrus. The taste is smooth, rich, with a lot of hops mixed with citrus and caramel malts. Finish pleasantly dry. This is an all-around good beer.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) Copper with a little haze. About two fingers of off white head. The head quickly settles to a collar. A little lacing initially.

S) Malt sweetness dominates, with just light floral hops. This has a nice sweet tropical fruit aroma, which was quite appealing.

T) Good malt backbone, decent balance with the hops. Follows the nose, especially in regards to the tropical fruit. There is a bit of a grassy finish with some booze. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but is more apparent with warmth.

M) Damn near full bodied, if it's not. Pretty smooth, and fairly easy drinking, even with the higher ABV. A bit of sting to it, but it settles well, with lighter carbonation.

O) Really, this is a pretty good brew pub imperial IPA. No complaints here. If you visit the Grumpy Troll, give this one a shot.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This DIPA pours a dark golden/light amber with a clingy white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy-some citrus and floral hops, nothing crazy, but still inviting. The flavor is moderately hoppy, mainly floral and a bit spicy with moderate toasty malts. The hop bitterness is high and definitely lingers into the swallow a bit. The carbonation and body are both medium. Overall a decent IIPA, worth trying if you are here, though the nose could use a bit of work.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to urbancaver for the hook up.

A- nice orange color. Some white lace to the head.
S-no distinct hops, but you know they are there.
T-run of your mill Iipa. Taste more like an ipa than an Iipa. Very bitter. No other hop tsse
M-not bad at all. Full bodied
D-drinkable. Couldn't taste the alcohol at all.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one, cam (urbancaver)

A - deep orange, thin white head, a bit cloudy.

S - bland malty profile, not what I expect from an IPA

T - just bitter hops, no other hops, and a bland malty sweetness. somewhat in balance with nose, but still not very good.

M - rather drying, medium body.

D - pretty easy to drink, but poor tasting.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance looks very pretty. Lots of nice frothy head

Smell- bitterness and something else i cant place

Taste- some hops but not much.. Mostly just bitter. Kinda blah.

Mouthfeel- thick and full bodied

Drinkability- meh. So so. Really just an underwhoeming beer

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Photo of Duff27
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the the Grumpy Troll Brewpub.

A- Pours a rich apple cider color. Vuluptuous head that stays along for the ride for the most part with plenty of lacing to back it up. Looks great.

S- Hoppy hoppy joy joy.

T- Its stanky! A good thing. Very different than the DIPAs I've had. Wow.

M- Rich and creamy. Daddy like.

D/O- Maggie is in yer face with the extreme hop flavor which limits this to a one or two pint session. Great experience overall. Cheers to Grumpy Troll Brewpub!

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Photo of Giveit2medark
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden color with a medium off white head.

Smell: A beautiful bouquet of hops possibly cascade or brewers gold or something similar

Taste: I was a bit worried as it was 100 IBUs but this beer was none too bitter. A great hops flavor complimented with citrus.

Drinkability: Medium-Heavy well carbonated, goes down smooth.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This arrived in a full pint at the brewpub, it was listed at 9% so I was expecting a snifter or something for only $4.

It was a hazy orange with a thin layer of foam on its surface. The texture was a little thicker than expected. The aroma was sort of oily and phenolic, it was more like a strong Belgian yeast smell, backed by caramel malt. Some hops were there, but not what I was expecting for a DIPA. Feel was also robust, full bodied, somewhat slick and oily. The alcohol was definitely there, and that yeast was again reminding me more of a Belgian than DIPA. Alcohol was masked somewhat, but certainly a flavor component. After the one pint, I was done. Probably could have done a sample of this instead, but the price was right. Not sure i'd tackle a bomber of this alone.

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Photo of Tone
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong hops (good floral aroma), alcohol, sweet malt, and and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong hops up front, alcohol is present but well hidden, a fruity flavor (almost a sweet berry or plum), and a subtle sweet malt in the finish. There's also a dryness in the finish. Wow, what a great beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained in the No BS 4 BIF via dirtylou. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head fades gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet, grapefruity, and alcohol is evident. Taste starts syrupy sweet, goes with a citrus twang in the middle, then bitter and alcohol tango to the close, when grapefruit peeks out again into the warming. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Plentitude of hops plays well with all the other flavors here. Good stuff.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and cloudy orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, and fruity. Tastes of citrus, caramel, melons, and fruity. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from 7/21/08

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Photo of tjkurz
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into imperial pint glass. Dark burnt orange nice creamy head.

Smell citrusy and fresh. Tastes same - a little alcoholy. Mouthfeel heavy and creamy and well carbed. Drinkability suffers because it is a bit heavy, high abv makes you a bit loagy - one bomber was more than enough - could not have handled more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amberish body with a smallish, off-white head.

Smell: Slightly sweetish caramel and toffee nose with a layer of spicy-scented hoppiness lurking underneath.

Taste: Caramel and toffee-flavored maltiness with a minor hint of pre-packaged cookie dough. Floral, spicy hops, maybe a touch of citrus, too, and with moderate bitterness. Finishes with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly decent drinkability -- it's plenty hoppy, but, thankfully, there is no caustic, tongue-crippling bitterness.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 ounce brown bomber bottle - Pours a deep reddish/orange with a small head - low in carbonation. Strong hop aroma dominates the malts. First sip is bitter and hoppy. Not too bad as this is a worthy is DIPA. The 8.5% ABV is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy burnt orange, copper with a thin off white head.

S - Citrus and tropical fruit with a very nice grassy, herbal noble hop aroma, biscuit, slightly toasted malts and toffee. Subtle. Reminds me of a much more subtle Masala Mama.

T - Toffee and toasted biscuit followed by juicy herbal, grassy hops. Tastes more like an IPA but very nice, big hop aroma.

M - Medium mouthfeel and smooth with a dry mineral finish.

D - More like a English IPA than a DIPA but very tasty. I can't wait to try more beers from Grumpy Troll.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Reddish amber w/thin head and decent retention. Very nice, intricate lacing.
S-Sweet toasted, earthy malt, orange, floral hops, grapefruit.
T-Malt and orange rind dominate right at the beginning, and the hops take over midway, but there are layers of other flavors underneath that sometimes emerge, such as caramel, and the earthiness gives the malt extra boldness that helps to keep the hops in balance.
M-Carbonation is moderate and just right. Body is on the heavier side of the middle tier, and the bitterness overpowers, but is partially kept in check by rich malt.
D-Drinks easily despite the bitterness, and the alcohol is disguised. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from the brewpub (unfortunately, they didn't have it on tap).

A: Tons of yeast. Bottle-conditioned to the max (literally... there's yeast on the cap!). Orange-brown, off-white head, some retention & lace.

S: Plenty of orange zest, biscuity malt & slight mineral.

T: Orange & grapefruit, slight rind, metallic, biscuity malt, good solid bitterness, alcohol is very subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body (perhaps a little thin for its size), dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Derek. An imperial pale, a British hopped up style. Cloudy with off-white bubbly, and lace. A bold malt aroma, and yeast. Unfiltered, as tehre is black sediment there. Average mouthfeel. Big on the hops,Styrian and Kent Goldings. A tad of toast which throws off the taste, not getting real citrus.

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Photo of Flyer
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Further proof that the Grumpy Troll can brew nothing less than great beers. Near-perfect pour, with a pillowy head. It's a ruddy lemon color coming out of the bottle, but when it settles into the glass after a dense swirl of bubbles it's more of a toffee color. Aroma is a little bready. Not as bitter as most Imperial IPAs, but still loaded with flavor, especially dense, crisp pineappley hops. There's a backtaste that's almost a Belgian-like funk, which only adds to the pleasure.

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Photo of Atron67
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this calls it a double imperial IPA, in my mind its really a pretty good english IPA,

A- a copper color with a light off white head on top. light haze in the copper body. sticky lacing left to the glass as the head slowly faded away.

S- pretty nice hoppiness is the first noticable thing as you would notice. a more subtle noble hop charachter, pretty light on the grapefruit, and grassy tones which was a little surprizing but its still pretty solid. the maltiness is also there and balances the hops pretty well

T- has a nice maltiness on top that starts out, and the malts then slowly give way to the hops, but stay along withit for a good while giving a nice balance.the hoppiness is like above, a good strong hoppiness, not very strong grapefruit charachter but strong all the same

M- pretty creamy, high carabonation,

D- pretty solid

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4oz sample at the brewpub $1

A-Hazy murky body with a burnt orange color. Thin head with slight lacing.

S-For a double IPA, this was definitely weak. The hop presence was as light as an APA. It was tough to pick up any intense or fresh hops and it definitely didnt have the powerful west coast hop presence it should have.

T-Nice raw flavor with a deep malt presence. Hop flavor is more english IPA than American IPA. There was a slight cinnamon tast in the finish which made for an interesting spin.

M-Surprisingly smooth for the rough unbalanced start. The sharpness of the body and hops spreads nicely and dont hang anywhere.

D-If this truly is an 8.5% DIPA with 100 IBU, I would be surprised. A nice clean brew but definitely not a mind-blowing DIPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

--Margaret Thatcher

Tropical sunset orange surrounding a bright orb of fiery orange (i.e. the rising sun) in the exact center of the glass. The large, pale orange-beige head is impressively sticky and is doing a good job laying down lace. Maggie certainly is an attractive old gal.

The aroma isn't as wonderful up close as it was farther away. The Grumpy Troll's website says that copious amounts of British malts and hops are used. The bartender who filled my growler said that Cascade and 'some other hop I can't remember' are used. I get toasted and earthy and faintly orange fruity, but Cascade? Nah.

Maggie isn't as impressive as expected. It tastes more like a 7.0% IPA than an 8.5% DIPA. That would be fine and dandy if it delivered explosive hop flavor and resinous bitterness. Unfortunately for this hophead, it's pretty well balanced with respect to sweetness and bitterness (100 IBUs notwithstanding) and is definitely balanced with respect to malt flavor and hop flavor.

As in the nose, moderately toasted and earthy malts are prominent (more pale malt would be preferable). Those flavors always make me think of English IPAs, so the whole 'Maggie, British' theme has been adhered to. I'm pretty sure there used to be a Union Jack on the old website. Come to think of it, why isn't English DIPA a style? I guess because no beer really qualifies. Including this one.

The bartender must have been thinking of a different beer because I don't get Cascade at all. The hop flavor is muddled and indistinct, so nothing obvious comes to mind. East Kent Goldings maybe? In addition to toasted and earthy, let's add herbaceous and woody.

The body/mouthfeel is fine. It's a little more full than the average IPA and a little less full than the average DIPA. The restrained amount of carbonation lends a glassy smoothness that should make the growler go down more easily than it might have.

I never realized how close The Grumpy Troll is to the highway leading into Madison. Even if Maggie isn't the outstanding DIPA that was expected, I still plan to pick up a growler of whatever looks interesting whenever I head north in search of good beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was really mild in flavor for an DIPA; and I would rate it as below average for the style, but it wasn't bad or unpleasant.

This beer was amber in color, relatively odorless, and flavor was what you'd expect, but very mild for an DIPA. I'm not a huge fan.

I had this on-tap at the brewery.

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Maggie from The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
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