Misty Mountain IPA | Back East Brewing Company

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Misty Mountain IPAMisty Mountain IPA

Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Misty Mountain is a great example of the American-style India Pale Ale synonymous with Craft Beer. Originally brewed for sailors on shipping routes between England and India, British IPAs are known for their strong hop bitterness, which were added as a preservative for the long voyage. The American adaptation is decidedly stronger and offers a more robust hop bite. Back East IPA is no exception. This assertively hopped beer has a great hoppy aroma, crisp hop bite, and smooth medium body.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange hue. The 'typical' pine grapefruit nose associated with high IBU beers was evident but not very strong.

The first sip was light, typical high hoppy IPA but not as dry as some others. I felt that the IPA needed something more to better balance it. It was suppose to be a malty beer, but I just didnt get body to this one.

I will have to try this one again.

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Photo of fank2788
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a pint glass
Pale copper in color with a finger or so of off white head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles after a minute or so. The smell is of some citrus hops but more in the way of earthy and spicy hops with a good dose of bready caramel malt as well. The malt is very present in the taste as well with a nice biscuity or bread like base. The hops are there as well with just a bit of citrus flavor but more in the way of earthy or resinous hoppiness. Overall there is a good dose of bitterness and that bitterness is very evident in the finish as it lingers nicely. A good but not great IPA, nice to see another brewery with potential in CT.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the can. Sampled on Aug 20, 2015.

It is not bad to look at with its medium amber, moderately heady pour. Kind of cloudy.

The aroma tends to be more caramel malt forward with a back drop of resiny and fruity hops.

Medium body.

Like the aroma, the taste tends to begin with a roasted malt presence while the fruity and resiny hop bitterness emerges toward the end.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz. can at Barnum Publick House. Pours a nice amber color with a fluffy head head that sticks around. Smells like a balanced IPA, sweet malts with a gentle mix of hops. Taste is on the money for the aroma. Balanced, maybe leaning towards hoppy, but not excessively. It's very restrained and sweet, overall not bad but not great. Would probably not seek out.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/16...pours from the can soft copper, heavy high white foam. Clingy and foamy. Malty bitter nose, grassy. Light bitter taste, toffee/bready pokes through. Good carbonation balances out. Tasty bitter with a touch of spice at the end. Crisp. Very good.

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Photo of MMarkMelly
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Not too much citrus lacking in hop bite.

Clean nice tasting room and beer. Don't drive through Blue Hills - almost accosted for letting a woman cross at a cross walk (by the woman waiting). #NoApathyInBlueHills

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange. Very murky. Loosely packed large off white head. Attractive lacing.

S: A tinny pine character. Weak hop aroma overall, nothing assertive. Weak caramel malt.

M: Wouldn't quite call this creamy as the brewers do. Seems a little thin with moderate carbonation. Doughy malts and a little sticky.

T/O: Dirty, woodsy, earthy and grassy, light orange hop bite. Some medicinal and edelweiss herbal character leads into a moderately high bitterness.Pithy lemon and clean finish that rest for about a minute on the palate. This beer has some nice bones just needs to fill out a bit more. I don't find it as well balanced as others, the brewers say the hops are assertive, which they are. However, hops are fickle, and just because hops are abundant in a beer doesn't make it a great IPA unfortunately.
Pros: Nice price point, local, good bitterness for spicy food
Cons: Body doesn't match flavor, hops don't necessarily dominate in the 'best' way

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Photo of BrahptimusPrime
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First time having this. In a can, poured in a glass. To me it smells like a lager. No potent or distinct smells. Taste is very smooth. At 7% it is just as easy to drink as a yuengling. Very refreshing. Very faint hop taste, smooth finish. I wouldn't say this is for hop heads, but overall a very good beer that could be refreshingly drank one after another.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can.

w/o any freshness/canning date info

Pours hazed medium amber. Loose off white head and leaving decent looking rings and strands of lace.

On the nose its pine hops.

Respectable IPA, I get mostly pine and resin in the decent but not outstanding brew.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Brewery: This one pours a fairly clear coppery color. There was a small off white head that left some lacing. Nice hop nose. Pine and citrus dominate. The taste is very good. It has a good hop bite. Mainly citrus and pine flavors, with a decent malt body behind it. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Surprisingly dark amber body. Nice white head. Small collar and a wispy surface.

Smell - Estery and a little yeasty. Sweet doughy malts. A little bit of citrus hop. Doesn't smell like an IPA.

Taste - Quite sweet. Resiny pine hop. Again with the doughy malts. A touch of grain. Fruity estery finish.

Mouthfeel - Too sweet. Medium body. High carbonation.

Overall - This is an IPA? What? This was so boss...like boss hog, lol.

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Photo of EvanJohnson
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I try to buy CT beer when possible and decided to give this one a go. The head on this is intense. Even a gentle pour into the glass yielded about a 2" head that stuck around. This made for a great first sip that packed a lot more hop than I was expecting. Smooth and malty without the overbearing malt that some bigger East Coast IPAs bring. I usually lean towards more citrusy style IPAs but this one was great. It's a nicely balanced beer in my book with equal parts hop punch and a smooth/dry finish. Great work Back East!

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Photo of mnrider
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can

A: Pours dark orange with a large off white fluffy head. Excellent retention and
thick sticky lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Mild dry hops with a hint of citrus. Just average here,

T/M: Smooth hoppy taste. Well balanced with a solid malt presence. Light floral
citrus. Sweet. The finish is mostly clean with only a light lingering of bitter dry hops.

O: This is a solid near outstanding IPA. Smooth with a great hop taste. Could use
more citrus flavors to juice it up. Still well worth a try.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with an earthy hops bitterness. Then some caramel and citrus sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but does not provide much balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but considering how many better alternatives there are within the style, I probably wouldn’t drink this beer again unless my choices were quite limited.

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Photo of Querty8
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saw this beer at a local store...heard it was from CT so I grabbed a six pack.

A - Poured into a mason jar....looks great...unfiltered, burnt orange color...one inch head.

S - Smell is ok...definitely refreshing with a little bit of malt and hops.

T - Starts off very hoppy but I started picking up more malty flavors 1/4 of the way through, awesome. I usually like more grapefruity/ citrusy IPA's but something here is making me want to chug this.

M - Decent carbonation....I usually prefer more with a prickly mouthfeel but this is not far behind.

O - Great drinkable IPA....definitely plan on killing the sixer with my Gf. Close to a hop bomb but not quite there. I haven't tried there Double IPA but I'm guessing it is spot on.

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Photo of alexgash
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can.

Mostly clear deep orange copper. Fat finger of dense, creamy, light khaki head. Very nice lacing. Nice mix of malt and hops on the nose. Treacle-y caramel and butterscotch malt and spicy, piny hops. Aroma almost seems maltier than hoppier.

Toasted malt and spicy hop bitterness up front. Caramel and gingerbread malt sweetness mid palate. Hints of tropical fruit. Herbal and citrus hop flavors and bitterness into the finish. Orange marmalade and toffee in the finish. Lingering malt sweetness. Moderate body with a slick feel. Not bad.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Pours a murky brownish orange with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Smells of toffee, caramel, lemon and cut grass. Malty aroma for an IPA. The taste is much like the aroma. Malt forward with a lot of sweet toffee and caramel flavor. Some grassy and floral hop notes as well. Caramel malts at the finish. Medium bodied. Damn drinkable IPA in a can that is perfect for summer. Overall, sweet and malty IPA that's a nice change of pace. Worth grabbing again.

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Photo of Zbyler
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

out of a bottle given to me by a distributor/salesman

A- Nice dark golden color. A bit cloudy in the glass with some nice bubbles sprinting towards the off white finger of head on the top.

S- Sweet malts take over the smell, a slight hop hop aroma but not as much as I was expecting.

T- Big delicious piney/ citrus hops up front. A bit of tart grapefruit and other citrus notes. Gives way to a sweet malt backbone and a deliciously sweet finish. Every sip makes you want another.

M- Nice mouth feel, subtle carbonation. A bit heavy on the tongue.

O- Overall I was very surprised with this beer. Had this one after previously having their Imperial IPA. Great hop flavor with a nice palette cleansing sweet finish to it. A very good beer overall in my opinion. The 7% ABV is not noticeable until after you have had a few.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, crisp, copper coloringw ith a thin, filmy, clingy, frothy, off-white head of about a quarter of an inch. Decent head retention as you drink. Aromas of roast toffee and biscuit in the backbone, with a mossy, peppery, cedar hops presence that smells both wet and rich. Flavors are hop forward, with a strong, green presence up front, heavy in cut grass, earth, and cedar pitch, followed immediately by a blast of resiny, bitter, and floral hops characteristics that balance with a tart blast of grapefruit. The malt profile is anchoring the brew, giving enough of a roasty, toasty, and slightly sweet backbone to keep your palate from being completely overhauled by the hops presence. This is a tasty, bold, big beer. All of the flavors build on the tongue as you drink, but at least the body is light and smooth enough to keep plowing through. Very green and bitter aftertaste, with only a hint of the citrus remaining. It's starting to feel like a foresty marsh of hops vines in my mouth, and that's not a bad thing. Very smooth, clean finish that clears quietly amidst the hops chaos the beer has left behind it. Very powerful, hop-heavy brew, with a dash of the citrus tart lingering behind...I really like it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a cold growler into a snifter. SPlit the growler with my two brothers and fish113d.
the beer pours a clear amber color with some fluffy beige colored head of about .5 cm that fades to a surface layer quickly after pour.
The aroma is light caramel and toffee mixed with some grass,citrus rind and spicy hop profile. Not a huge nose but it is enjoyable and appropriate for an IPA. Dont expect double IPA nose from this beer.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine gentle carbonation. Texture is smooth and crisp. Overall physical properties are nice.
The flavor is similar to the nose with some caramel that rolls to earthy spicy hops that finishes a bit dry. No hints of any booze and the dry finish entices the next swallow of beer.
The beer is very drinkable and we polish off the growler with no problems. Everyone was happy with this solid IPA offering from a new brewery in CT!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a fluted pilsener glass at Republic in Bloomfield, Conn.

A: Poured a dark, copper-amber color with a two-finger head of dense, white carbonation bubbles. Clarity is good and carbonation consistent throughout, leaving a bit of lacing.

S: Dry, spicy and mild herbal hop aroma rises with baked bread and hints of fruity malts. Flecks of mint kick up with the milled grain and musty, floral esters.

T: Well-balanced approach to this IPA; a bready, medium-bodied caramel malt flavor up front with hints of sweet, smoky roast intertwine with herbal, bitter hops that don't raise too much acidity on the palate. Mild bready, fruity and chocolate flavors mesh seamlessly with faint, herbal bitterness before washing back with a hint of dry, musty bittersweet spiciness.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation and a smooth malt mouthfeel to back up the very mild hop bitterness.

O: A nice, middle-of-the-road IPA with lots of upside given the study malt backbone to support pleasing, herbal and slightly grassy hop bitterness. Reminds me of the NEBCo Sea Hag of old, to a degree. It's not the best American IPA that's likely to be on tap, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to the amber ale fan looking for a boost in bitterness.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A second introductory beer from this new Connecticut brewer, found at Southington Wine & Spirits in Southington, CT, this IPA is a dark orange copper color with a magnanimous near oatmeal colored head and healthy lacing. The aroma is a unique skunk cabbage malt with leafy hop and an almost chocolatey edge. Firm and nice. The flavor is again unique and oh so good. Lots more skunk cabbage malt and leafy hops that send a bitter streak to the back of your throat. The combination brings an almost minty, root-like flavor that presents in a fairly bready, grain way. It’s a medium body brew with a very fine but effective carbonation that makes for a mellow, smooth feel with a little bit of crispness. Delicious and very sessionable in my book.

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Photo of davey101
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a 64 oz growler. Freshness unknown.

A - Pours a nice clear dark amber body. A two finger high head forms with tight bubbling. Settles down to very thin cap with a moderate amount of lacing and retention.

S - Piney hops. A whole lot of them. A touch of caramel and bready malt round the beer out as well as a light alcohol presence.

T - Very clean and simple. Pine forward with almost no citrus or fruit. The caramel malts provide a nice bready warmth and sweetness. The finish is super bitter. I'm curious to know the IBU's as this comes off more like a DIPA. Mouth feel is light to medium with nice carbonation and a clean slightly dry finish that really lets the bitterness do its thing.

O - I was surprised how good this was. Maybe its because its a somewhat fresh growler, but this is damn tasty. This may be my go to pine bomb when I want a break from the citrus heavy IPA's of the world. This brewery has great promise!

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Photo of DanE
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler from Cork and Wine in Glastonbury and poured into a tulip. I was told this was less than a month old. Me taking it out of the cooler grabbed a lot of attention, the owner of the package store raved about it there recent tasting and another patron chimed in as well.

A: Deep amber, much like a Deviant Dales or Centennial IPA. It is definitely filtered. 1 1/2 finger white head, great carbonation.

S: Piney, bready, and a hint of caramel and floral. It smells very similar to SN Torpedo.

T: Very similar to the smell. Piney and slightly sweet. Again, much like SN Torpedo, however more bitter than SN Torpedo. The bitter profile is throughout and provides an excellent balance. As it warms the after taste is very complex.

M: Excellent. The carbonation is hitting the spot.

Overall: Support locals! I personally like more citrasy IPAs, but this is very tasty. I would recommend it to me fellow Connecticut residents.

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Photo of strengthdoc
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased from Liquor Depot in Simsbury, CT into an imperial pint glass. Nice thick foamy head with a good amount of lacing and a deep copper color. There was a nice crisp floral hop aroma and the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a mild buttery feel on the lips. The taste is a moderately strong floral hoppiness from start to finish with a nice pine aftertaste. This is a very good IPA, I really enjoyed the consistency, but it could use a little more body.

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Misty Mountain IPA from Back East Brewing Company
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