Damn Sure
Henniker Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,956
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,749
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 9.88%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
67
From:
Henniker Brewing Co.
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  21
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Damn SureDamn Sure
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 67
Reviews by Imakoniver:
Photo of Imakoniver
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at the Little Tap House in Portland, Maine. This is a very good beer. I would gladly drink this again and again. It has a really nice finish.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can from NH!

A - Pours a hazy medium to light golden yellow tan color with a thin, but very dense white lacing ring. Carbonation is light and steady.

S - Pungent citrus, pithy ripe pink grapefruit, yeasty crackery malt, pine, wheat, honeydew, melon, and lime.

T - Follows the nose. A blast of pungent, light herbal, pithy citrus with some crisp and delicate yeastyness, peach, and ends with a lingering piney/citrus bitterness. ... Some spicy/peppery presence also.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - A unique D-IPA that got better as it warmed. Recommended!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs Snulip canned on 1/7/16. Pours a very cloudy light yellow with a sticky white head that leaves behind some thin lines of lace as it settles into a thin layer of patchy white bubbles.

Smell is guava, passion fruit, pine resin, and ripe grapefruit.

Taste follows it starts out very tropical with guava, mango, passion fruit before it assaults your palate with aggressive piney grapefruit in the long lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, plenty of prickly carbonation, it coats your tonguests with hoppy goodness and making you crave the next sip, a little dry almost sticky, and drinks very easy for 8.5% ABV, but it lets you know you were drinking a hop bomb.

Overall this another DIPA that makes me proud to be from NH. Well done Henniker Brewing.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Can
No date


A:
Pours a fairly hazy straw-gold
with three fingers of off-white head that settles to a gloppy coat. Ok retention; confetti lacing. (4)

S:
Light juniper, lime zest and white bread crust. (3.75)

T:
Clean, flat hop bitterness that follows the nose.  (3.75)

M:
Almost-thin body with pretty active carbonation and a dry finish. (3.75)

O:
A decent IIPA.
It looks nice, smells nice and tastes nice. All in all the hop bitterness is there but is fainter than I'd think for a double. There is a little pale malt flavor and a touch of citrus pith.
A fine beer all told but lacking a little oomph or direction one way or another. (3.75)

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Photo of JzBeerlover913
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great DIPA out of New Hampshire.
Pours a hazy amber ish hue with a semi-lingering head. Great malt aromatics with some citrus aromatics in the mix.
Awesome mouthfeel. Citrusy, juicy, slightly dank. This is a tasty 8.5% Imperial IPA.

Brewed only once a month for freshness!

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Photo of Bloodsnot77
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Maudrey
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M1J77
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayLo
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mhjipa
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HashiitMahdroos
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jammann342
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ddoyle23
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AKniering
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best...beer...ever...

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Photo of Whitney-hammond-1982
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Have a keg and love it!

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Photo of osheamatth
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bottmfeedr
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the amazing woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is strong of citrus. Taste is grapefruit, orange peels, a touch of pineapple, considerably bitter and damn sure unbalanced. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was hoping for more.

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Photo of Phil9250
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having a small, 12oz tulip pour at The Flight Center in Nashua.... $7.25....

Pours a slightly cloudy golden, with minimal carbo and a very short, wispy white head. It's a bit light on the lacing. Has a pithy, bitter citrus nose, quite light on the malt. Body is a decent medium with not much prickle to detract from the feel.

Taste has some crackery malt, but then comes more pithy, rindy bitterness. Citrus is solid, with grapefruit mixing with some subtle tropical fruit. Not a world beater, but still quite tasty. Prosit!

4/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1892

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampling a cold 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer is picked up from the brewery recently during NH visit.
Beer pours a fairly clear golden color, nice change of pace from the haze storm that has swept across New England. A creamy bleached white head foams up about 1.5 cm and fades to a sturdy edge layer and large island in the glass. I get some wispy lattice on my glass after each sip.
The aroma is olde school IPA, with pine sap, grapefruit rind, grassy notes and some biscuity malt buried in the background.
First sip reveals an average body with fine and gentle carbonation. Pretty crushable physical traits on this beer make it an easy drinker.
Flavor is some citrus but moves to rindy grapefruit and some pine sap. This finish is actually a little astringeny bitter like an aspirin, also very dry.
ABV is well hidden for 8.5% and the beer is drinkable. I dont find this to be much of NEIPA and enjoy the shift to a more classic DIPA. Nice hoppy, drinkable brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, man, their eastern neighbors get all the beer love, but I totally dig what is coming to me in CANs from the Granite State. Yeah, yinz CAN go chase all of the Lawson's & Hill Farmstead that you want, but I'm digging some NH goodness! Yesterday was my New CANned Henniker Beer Sunday (Week 733) & I left things unfinished at the end of the day. Time to include, vice exclude!

From the CAN: "New Hampshirites are a different breed. We take pride in voting first, our state motto, not wearing helmets, and shooting off fireworks legally. Sure, we may not have the warmest climate or the biggest coastline, but we do have some great brews. Some might call us weird, but we’re damn sure never gonna change. We’re #NewHampshireforDamnSure Damn Sure Double IPA is brewed once a month in limited quantities to ensure freshness and a bombastic hoppiness."

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. About halfway in, I realized that clarity was not this beer's stong suit, so I ramped up my Glug speed. It responded by exploding with foam, eventually forming over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a deeply hazy/lightly cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had an emphasis on grapefruit, but I also got pineapple & mango in there. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but a little on the thin side for this style. Oh well. The taste was really intense - very evocative of a grapefruit/pineapple juice blend! I especially liked the way that these two flavors meshed, keeping it from being neither too bitter nor too sweet. There were some other fruit flavors going on in there, but those were the standouts. Finish was dry, but not really as bitter as the "80 IBU" as marked on the label. I CAN see drinking this one again!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Tallboy. Bottom of the can reads: "Peter Cotton Ale" best before 6/14/17

A light shade of gold. Very full white cap, thick and sparkling. Fades slow with a thick ring around the edge at all times.

The aroma is full of big hops, very "wet hop" esque. Sweet and tangy tropical fruits, and pine tree sap. Very light but sweet malt. Impressive nose.

The balance of flavor really stands out, a huge hop complexity runs deep with mostly tropical and citrus fruits. Only slightly bitter pine with a huge current of sweet fruits. Layer after layer of sweet, tropical fruits! Some tart, earthiness, mild bitterness and pretty big heat. 8.5% is going to bring a boozy taste. The malt taste is very heady and sweet, just right for the style.

The feel is very crisp, earthy with a proper grainny bite. Medium bodied, with a very smooth finish. Lush and lively!

The best aspect to this big hoppy beast is the multi-layered, tropical fruit flavors to the hops. It really has legs! Personally, very impressed with this DIPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Bert's Bestest Beers.
Pours a hazy lemony golden with a small bubbly white head. Big earthy resinous pine on the nose with bits of tropical grapefruit underneath and a hint of bready maltiness. Bitter pithy flavor with some earthy resin and a very light crackery bready malt flavor that barely stands up to the hop assault. Its a bit different that all the other me too IPA's out there, but I really dig it!

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn Sure from Henniker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 67 ratings