Excess Is Not Rebellion | Blue Lobster Brewing Company

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Blue Lobster Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of our interpretations of a Double IPA.
*Batch 1: Galaxy/Centennial/Citra, 7.8%abv
*Batch 2: 100% Galaxy Single Hop, 8%abv
*Batch 3: 100% Columbus Single Hop, 7.8%abv
*Batch 4: 100% Galaxy Single Hop, 8%abv

Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 53
Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for the growler. This is the 100% Columbus hop version. It pours out like the color of bruised oranges and rusty copper pipes with a microbubble, foamy white head that lumps up at about a finger and a half and retains itself for a respectable amount of time. Decent lacing on the way down, spotty and webbed, from nearly the top of the glass to the bottom.

Excess wastes no time slapping you senseless with a sensory overload of piney, resinous, and dank ass hops; we're talking Pineapple Express here, guys. The nugs are surrounded by dripping wet fruits; oranges, grapefruits, mangoes - a good collage of both tropical and citrus that mold together to form one, cohesive hoppy fruitgasm. Very fruity, very dank, resin to the core. Droppin' that sticky icky into a blood orange sweat bath.

Pale, cracker-y malt makes itself known in the first sip, but only for about a second or two before the hops come in an seize everything like Poland in 1939. So many flavors going on at once; pine, resin, oranges, buttery bread, stanky danky hop oils, sweet papaya, mango, holy shit what the hell is going on here? Lovin' the tropical fruit, lovin' the citrus, lovin' the hop juice. Bitter... quite bitter indeed, hitting the back of the tongue like a box of rocks in the final moments.

The finish is dominated by more hop oils and fading tropical fruits with a mild grassy and green onion-like note in the background. It's fairly light bodied, perhaps thick enough to reach the "medium" range, but I'd still like something a little more full from my 7.8% IPA/DIPA/whatever you call it. Moderately sticky and resinous and coating, get ready to brush them hop oils off before they eat away your gums.

Didn't really have any expectations from this one and it turned out to be really quite awesome. Not quite as explosive as other citrus-centric hoppy DIPAs out there, but it's approaching exceptional status, no doubt. Crazy to think that all of those flavors were coming from a single hop. Columbus hops nonetheless... color me impressed. I'd like to try other hop varieties of this brew, but I'm afraid they won't be as good.

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Photo of mltobin
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL growler from the brewery poured into a wine glass.

It pours a cloudy orange color with two fingers of a fluffy white head. The nose on this DIPA contains orange, pine, hops and a good amount of a dank quality. For the taste, there are tropical fruits including mango, resin, some malts, very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, nice level of carbonation. This is a tasty imperial IPA from these folks out of NH. I am glad that I picked this up when passing through the area.

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Photo of wyatt13
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I received this growler in a trade with JSBILK -- thanks, Justin! Poured from a 750 ml. growler into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a golden orange color that is stunningly clear. A slightly off-white head erupts off of the liquid, hanging precipitously above the edge of the glass. Sticky lacing is formed throughout the entire glass.

S - The money load of tropical galaxy hop aromas that I was expecting! This smells absurdly fresh -- like someone squeezed the sweet nectar out of a coterie of tropical fruits just minutes ago and crammed it into my waiting nostrils. Peaches, nectarines, mango, grapefruit -- it's all there. Sweet and sticky aromas have my mouth watering.

T - The taste follows suit, but with additional complexity beyond the straightforward galaxy profile. In addition to the expected tropical fruits and citrus, there is a lot of earthy hop character, like a dank jungle undergrowth thing going on. A bready and caramelized malt backbone helps to balance everything out through a nicely bitter finish.

M - Very refreshing and thirst-quenching, with a medium body. A drier mouthfeel than I was expecting given the sticky aromas.

O - I always love to try fresh growlers from breweries I have never had before, and this beer from Blue Lobster is no different. I think if they amped up the tropical qualities in the taste to dominate the earthiness that this beer would be even better. Very tasty beer, and one that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL swingtop growler filled at the brewery yesterday. This is the Galaxy hop edition of this beer. Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

Appearance: Light brown to medium orange in color with a light, beige head. Recedes into a light lacing and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Bright citrus zest and tropical fruit notes from the Galaxy hops. A touch of bitterness is noticeable in the nose as well. Really nice.

Taste: Juicy citrus tones upfront with some nice mango and pineapple. Some light resin and earthy hop qualities come through as well. A lot of bitterness from the hops on the back leaves a nice dry and refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a light dry finish. Really drinkable and thirst quenching.

Overall, a really enjoyable, refreshing and well done IPA. There is a nice combination of tropical fruit, citrus and bitterness that goes on. The ABV is nicely hidden and keeps me coming back for another sip. Definitely look forward to more of what they are doing in my home state.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper body with a small white head. Just a few wisps. Clear. Thin collar.

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit. Herbal notes also. Floral. Lots of caramel. Grassy in the back.

Taste - Lots of citrus. Sweet orange and grapefruit. Lots of caramel malt. Nutty, almost. Herbal and grassy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Low carbonation. Maybe from the growler.

Overall - Pretty good. Hearing great things about this place. It isn't that great but I'd try more from them.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excess Is Not Rebellion pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a creamy head on top. As the foam dissolves some spots and lines of lace remain on the glass.

The strong aroma is loaded with orange citrus, grapefruit, and a touch of grass. There's a little sweet malt in there too. The aroma does tend to fade as you drink the beer.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is chewy with firm carbonation. The flavor has nice floral notes, orange citrus, lemon grass and a sweet malt balance with some caramel and bread plus some tropical mango notes. It finishes bitter with lingering tropical flavors and citrus.

Overall this is a very tasty beer with a great aroma and easy drinkablility. It's a bit puckering at the end and leans bitter.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

100% Galaxy Hop Edition

A-Pours a semi-dull orange. Big, fluffy head. Head retains and laces consistently. An excellent looking beer. The head is awesome.

S-Galaxy hops of course. What an aroma! Galaxy really displays a strong note of vibrant citrus. I blatantly smell hay in the nose which is very unique. Some florality too. Mild maltiness in the way of biscuit and sweet dough.

T-The flavor is quite energetic. I prefer it to the nose I believe. I like the overall flavor but I would enjoy a bit more overall intensity of the flavor. Its quite pleasing but it doesn't explode upon the tongue like some of the best brews in the style. I do get a bunch of tasty, sweet tangerine and clementine citrus. I also get a cool bubblegum flavor. It tastes great, I just want a tad more intensity.

M-Very drinkable. Strong carbonation. No booze. Moderate bitterness but it isn't overwhelming.

O/D-My second DIPA from Blue Lobster. I think I may enjoy the overall flavor of this one more but it lacks the intensity of its peer (A Town Called Earth). Still, this is a really great brew. Will be making another trip to Blue Lobster very soon.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This review is for the 100% Galaxy-hopped batch released in April 2013 (8% ABV). 750 mL swingtop growler poured into a big tulip, 24 hours after growler was filled.

This beer pours orange in color with some gold hues. Decent head on the pour after a day in the fridge and very good sticky, spiderweb lacing.

Smell was a mix of earthy bitterness and citrus/tropical fruits. After loving Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy so much I guess I was expecting more in-your-face fruit notes. Regardless, the aroma was very pleasing.

Taste was fruity and sharp but a little more bitter than I was expecting. The batch is all Galaxy hops, so perhaps the palate balance I was looking for was never going to be there anyway. The bitterness aside, the overall flavor was excellent. Clean, piney, citrusy goodness that just got better as it came up in temp.

Medium mouthfeel that was easy to drink despite the subtle bitterness.

Overall another very nice offering from Blue Lobster. I am really liking David's take on IPAs and DIPAs. I think I would rank this one right in the middle of Stalkhome Syndrome and A Town Called Earth, with the latter being my favorite IPA from this brewery thus far.

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Excess Is Not Rebellion from Blue Lobster Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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