Messenger IPA | Spiteful Brewing

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Messenger IPAMessenger IPA

Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 13
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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Literally in the fridge less than an hour after it was delivered to the Beer Temple yesterday.
Just about as fresh as can be...

Deep and bright orange color, high clarity with some visible carb trails rising in the glass. Surface skim breaks apart after a few sips.

Hugely citrus forward aroma, orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Very pungent and super fresh.

Taste is also citrus heavy, dank and pungent with a hint of earthy tropical papaya/mango notes. Medium bodied and smooth, moderate bitterness, lingering papaya in the middle and aftertaste. Dry in the aftertaste, supple feel, with a well hidden abv. Overall this is probably Spiteful's best beer to date. Seems like their answer to Pipeworks NvU.

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Spiteful Brewing- Messenger IPA

Look 9/10
Smell 20/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 90/100

Great DIPA, right away reminds me of Dreadnaught. All the normal IPA tastes (Citrus, Pine etc...) Also has a big boozy presence. Maybe a bit too much to keep it from being an elite contender amongst the big dogs of the DIPA world. World class aroma for what that's worth~

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber courtesy of clewis901 pours an uber clear copper color with an ample cap of white head. Nice retention and lace...the foam is really stiff and dense.

Nose is uber-tropical and citric...smells like Citra if you axe A great hop forward aroma with the malts tailing along for fun in a honey drizzled biscuit kinda way

Taste is bigger and more bitter than the friendly nose would indicate. You can tell this mutha is 10+% ABV. The hop favor is off the charts...hop bitterness is low...Citra signs fo sho! The ABV is incredibly well hidden...until it get warm. I like It, but it is a bit astringent...prolly due to the high abv and low malt presence. I like it but the more I drink Citra beers the more I think they need a little sumpin sumpin to keep the complexity alive. Mix this with some Amarillo and we might have something.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice light golden/caramelly. Ton's of lacy, but that's what I would expect with a 10 percenter.

Smell: Smell bites the nostrils. Initially it is a biting sweet smell. There is a lot of nice piney and citrus combination going on. Its sweet pine and citrus zest almost. It's biting my nose!

Taste: A nice 50/50 of malt backbone and hops. It tastes sweet but with those pine flavors carried over as well. Exact amount of bitterness I want to support the ABV and hops. The hop flavor doesn't shine as much as it did in the nose but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and sticky. Its a big beer.

Overall: Wow, I am really happy with this. It isn't blowing my mind per se, but a big bruiser citra hopped IPA. Heavy on sweet orangey flavor, some pineyness, and a heavy malt back bone taboot. Yum.

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Messenger IPA from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 78 ratings