Hobbit Juice
Beer'd Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #157
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,264
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 8.18%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
281
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Beer'd Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: Single hopped with Nelson Sauvin. This floral beer offers flavors of white wine and stone fruit.
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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I attended the Beer Advocate IPA Beer Fest ... There were lots of great beers and brewers there, but this one stood out to me as my likely favorite. Exceptional in every regard ... Thumbs up.

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Photo of Gatch
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Really cool location inside a repurposed warehouse that now housed several vendors and small businesses. Decided to get a glass of this because they didn’t have it in cans. Damn good DIPA! More on the West Coast side of the style. Filtered, crisp, clean, and super resinous. IBUs are up there which is a pleasant change from the endless NEIPAs!

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Photo of ravisingh
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a half finger of head leaving behind decent lacing. The color is a little odd, almost offputting when considering other dipa's. However, the aroma is subtle and floral. The taste is where this thing shines. Stonefruit and a subtle sweetness that pleases. No booze notes. The flavor has been refined to this point with thoughtfulness. Very nice beer.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 7/27/18

Pour offers a semi-hazy dirty orange with a soft but frothy finger of off-white foam.

Big aromas of guava and papaya strike first, followed by some caramelized peach, honeydew melon, mango, light booziness and grape peel; light earthy hops come in to round things out.

Tastes of dank citrus bolstered with raw white grape, fruity acidity, herbal pine; earthy mint, bubble gum, and tree bark make for a soft, naturally sweet the finish.

The Nelson-influenced white wine effects impart a nice drying element to the mouthfeel making a relatively big brew feeling crisp and clean while never allowing the flavor to depart.Moderately carbed, this one stays smooth while maintaining a presence; excellent for a DIPA.

A big DIPA playing strongly to some nice West Coast elements, and one that goes down like a session with great variation in flavors both approachable and nuanced. Quite boozy, but it wouldn't take much to be compelled to drink a few of these consecutively; just a well-rounded, bold, and upper-tier DIPA.

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Photo of richj1970
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with 1-2 finger white head. Decent retention and moderate lacing.

S: Pineapple, mango, peach, and apricot. Very pleasant fruit aromas.

T: Ripe peaches, pineapple. mango, white grapes, and apricots. A touch of piney bitterness.

M: Medium body with soft carbonation that leaves a silky mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry.

O: Excellent DIPA that brings the Nelson hops up front and center. Very well done!

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours murky deep golden color with soapy white head that looks like it will never go away. Sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Smells of honeydew melon, grapes, light hop/pine, a little bit of sweet peach and mango.

Taste - The Nelson hops really stands out, mango and peach shine through as well. Great balance of sweet fruit and a hint of bitterness.

Feel - Medium bodied soft carbonation with just a hint of dryness at the end. A touch of heat from the alcohol at the very end.

Overall - great aroma wonderful fruit/hop flavors the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a partially hazy dark orange, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This smells like a stanky Nelson bomb- Nelson hops always give me that beautiful white grape thing, but also an overripe funky fruit thing. This beer is no different. I also get peach and grapefruit on the nose.

This is my first beer from these guys, and it's a fun one. It's all Nelson, so it's got a pretty wild hop character- white grapes, dirty earthy flavors, grassiness, peach, grapefruit, and melon. There's basically no malt character. You'd have no idea that it's a DIPA- it's not boozy in the slightest. It's hidden so well.

This is medium bodied, fairly crisp for the style, with a soft level of carbonation.

Beer'd seems to be yet another brewery jumping into the 16 oz canned hop game. Fortunately, unlike a lot of breweries, they seem to have nailed it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a freshly filled growler poured into my snifter at cellar temp. I picked up the growler at the brewery yesterday.
The beer pours into my glass a bright clear golden color with a fluffy bleached white head of 3 cm foaming up. The foam fades gradually to a sturdy surface layer and leaves tight lattice on my glass after each sip.
The aroma is a mix of white grapes and some floral notes showcasing the hops. I also do get a bit of caramel and some honey too. A nice mix on the nose.
First sip of the beer reveals a very fine tingly carbonation with an average body and fairly slick texture. Very drinkable physical traits.
Flavor is kind of sweet with white grape and honeydew notes up front and then a bit of caramel that very quickly gives way to a bit of pithy rind that gives a lingering bite on the finish. I also have a dry palate after the swallow.
I dont get any booziness which is impressive for a 9.2% brew.
This beer drinks dangerously easy for its size and is very interesting and complex without being over the top intense.
glad to have tried this great beer from Stonington. Definitely worth a purchase if you visit Beer'd.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a teku

CLEAR amber with active streams of carbonation. Two finger billowy white foam cap settles to a solid white layer. Few lacings

Fragrant on the pour. Aroma of melon, citrus rind, white grapes and a. Whiff of pine

Taste of tangerine, citrus rind, melon hops over a nice malt backbone

Smooth, dry has a gentle hop nibble that lingers. Alcohol is well hidden

Good beer

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft. The memorable takeaway is one of candied citrus flavor. This is a robust IIPA that packs a wallop. You know that you've imbibed something significant. No session brew this. A multi-layered flavor profile that is not uncommon with other heavy IIPAs, so it's not unique in that aspect. Worthy of a pour when its available.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from BA Mag Issue #119 ( Dec 2016 )

Juicy, Nutty, Warm, Citrus
I’m not sure if I’ve run into a Double IPA with more balance than Hobbit Juice, it’s loaded with juicy hop flavor that drops suggestions of melon rind, apricots, soft pine, blonde tobacco, and citrus pith. A solid malt backbone goes bready and a little nutty as I continue to drink. It’s warming, but the 9.2 percent ABV is not hot at all. This beer even pours clear, yeah ... clear. Hobbit Juice is definitely different than most DIPAs, which only makes me want to try more of what this brewery has to offer. [Jason]

Look 4.25 | Smell 4.25 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours hazy and amber colored with a golden hue; the head lifts to an inch and leaves shards of lacing; decent stickage

Smell: Ah, the smell of Nelson in the morning; melon and vinous tones with a hint of pith

Taste: Fruity and somewhat sweet on the front end, with honeydew and white wine grape tones; through the middle, the pithy bitterness builds and crescendos, after the swallow; the finish has a nice blend of the bitterness and the sweeter fruit aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer shows off the Nelson Sauvin hops magnificently; a real pleasure to drink

Thanks, colby600, for the opportunity

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Photo of GQonDraft
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of the best DIPAs out there. The Nelson Sauvin hops breathe beautifully through every sip. At 9.2% this is scary smooth. A unique and perfectly crafted beer. This brewery consistently creates world class brews and Hobbit Juice sits at the top In all its stone fruit mineral goodness. There is nothing else like it in CT or anywhere else. Bravo Beer'd! Bravo!

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from Roguer. 16 ounce can into signature teku glass, no can dating. Pours fairly crystal clear medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, papaya, guava, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, white grape, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/tropical/citrus/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, papaya, guava, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, white grape, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, papaya, guava, pineapple, mango, melon, berries, white grape, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/tropical/citrus/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Light lingering hop astringency near the end of the glass, but not overwhelming. Moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, bready/grainy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly warming alcohol for 9.2%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/tropical/citrus/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV; despite the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Extremely dank and fairly juicy on hops; with just enough malt for balance. Never sweet or heavy feeling for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oldsailor
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional DIPA from a great local Connecticut brewery! Was lucky enough to have it on tap at Millwrights in Simsbury and it paired extremely well with my brunch burger.

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Photo of bobv
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Beer'd Brewing Co. offering.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a slightly hazy golden body with some lacing. Nose of tropical, fruit, slight pine, floral hops. Taste follows nose with moderate bitterness. Feel is adequate and overall, a good one from Beer'd.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, shiny copper color. Moderate head which leaves an initial ring of lace -- streaks thereafter.

Light "Juicy Fruit" aroma with a smell similar to cotton candy. As sweet as this may sound, it doesn't smell sugary.

Starts sweet and thick, and then the bubbles and strong straight up bitterness kicks in. Long, long bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is complex, lasting me to keep sipping looking for new, previously hidden flavors. Yet, I don't find any worth noting.

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Photo of JonnyJuicebox
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep rich honey. No particulate, nice clarity. Reminiscent of a west coast style IPA like an Alpine beer.

S: Sweet, sticky alcohol. Floral. The smell doesn't blast out of the glass like most new england ipa's these days, it's more delicate.

T: Hop candy. Sweetness without an overwhelming amount of malt. Notes of wine, apricot and orange rind. Dank and sticky, but the Nelson hop helps keep everything dry.

F: Big and chewy. If I drank this from the can i'd assume it was packed full of particulate like a Bissell Bros can.

O: Awesome, awesome stuff. It very very much reminds me of Sip of Sunshine but less malt and more dry. Truly a knockout beer.

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Photo of anteatr23
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours filtered and golden amber with a two finger head. Smells strongly of nelson, candied berry fruit and cereal grains and earthy. Taste is a hoppy blast of Nelson, but with a nice balance from the malt and hops. ABV is well hidden for a 9.0%+ DIPA. Bitter and earthy, but it's drink-ability may be its best feature.

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Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Drops out of the can beautifully; bright, clear pale golden color and thick foamy head.

Nose is quote floral with ripe fruit, layers of floral hops and a soft vinous suggestion.

Mouthfeel is quite impressive. Super creamy, a bit syrupy and the slight chew is broken up bit a lively carbonation as the beer rolls around and coats the palate.

Candy-like sweetness with a deep malty breadiness that's complemented by tons of fruitiness, like ripe fleshy melon, stone fruits and citrus pith. Damn hoppy, pretty damn bitter and there's a nice bite. Very distinct flavors of white wine must with an herbal spiciness. Hop oils are a bit sticky and there's some pine and resin, too, but mostly in the dry, crackery finish. Gets a bit boozy and peppery as the beer warms. Hop flavors stick around for ages.

Stands out flavor-wise amongst a sea of canned DIPAs. I really dig the focus on Nelson Sauvin hops. Truly unique.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap at Flynn's Mansfield

Big creamy foamy head fades slowly, nice lacing, clear blond color

Nose lighter side, little blond malt, fruity hops, generic tropical, guava papaya banana, little citrus and maybe mango, grapefruit citrus

Taste taste some spicy piney, little tropical pineapple and papaya, mango skin, fair bitter, mild resin and mild orange zest later, dry but sticky finish, fair spicy and citrus

Mouth is med bod nice carb.

Overall not bad

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Photo of Immortale25
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Excellent pungent hop aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and that dank oniony characteristic.

T- Not nearly as bitter as I would expect from the intense hop bouquet. Wonderfully balanced and fruity as well as resinous and tangy. All that with the ABV so very well hidden.

M- Just the right amount of bite with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Now that's what I'm talking about. After not being all that impressed with their single IPA, this one blew me away. One of the best hoppy beers I've had in recent memory. You must seek this out if you're in search of a dank hop explosion.

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Photo of Berge95
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was blown away by this beer. One of the best Nelsons I have ever had. Hazy golden pour, smell is floral and tropical with Nelsonn hop notes. Taste has a lot going on, with grapefruit being dominant. Medium bodied, overall a gem. Very surprised by this brewery and beer that came recommended and delivered.

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Photo of lic217
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Little hazy, light yellow, big head, nice lacing
Smell: Tropical hops, some weird smell, not sure how to describe, some spice, and that classic Nelson white wine smells
Taste: Tropical hops and that signature white wine flavor, starts sweet, ends dry and bitter
Feel: Drinks big
Overall: a good beer

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Photo of emount91
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear orange color, foamy head that dissipates quickly. smell is that dank Nelson hop scent: grassy with some white grape must. taste was actually pretty malt heavy: a sweet bready malt with big grassy notes over it, actually very balanced. feel was good for DIPA: thick but fuzzy. overall a very good brew, though I've had better Nelson beers before.

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Hobbit Juice from Beer'd Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 281 ratings