Electric Jellyfish
Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #406
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,619
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 8.67%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
176
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Pinthouse Pizza Craft Brewpub
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  39
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Hooded from Texas

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5/8/2020.
Poured from a 32oz crowler into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is hazy orange with 1 finger of white head. Retention is somewhat above average leaving a cap and thick lacing all the way down the glass. When poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass, it has 2 1/2 fingers of pillowly head.
The intensity of aroma is low. There are notes of grapefruit, mango, and an unfortunate burnt rubber smell that I hope does not carry over to the taste.
The intensity of taste is medium. The flavor has mango, a little apricot, pine, and a bitter finish that's just below medium-high. I do not taste burnt rubber unless I swirl the brew over my tongue with my mouth open to increase the flavors in the end palate. Even then, the burnt rubber flavor is very light. This is a well balanced, easy drinking, and delicious IPA.
The feel is thick, very juicy, super creamy like nothing I have had before, and there's a medium astringency level. The head is extremely soft and pillowly. Oops! I finished the crowler.
Overall, the brew scores high at so many levels that it's hype worthy. The burnt rubber smell seemed to just be in the initial pour. I cannot overemphasize how drinkable this brew is.

May 24, 2020
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ATXBrew from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh, the famous jelly juice. If you like grapefruit IPAs then you will live this one. If not, maybe not so much. Reminds me of Spindletap’s Houston Haze. A rival to Lone Pint’s Yellow Rose for the best IPA in Texas.

May 09, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives a hazy honey color with a one finger head; good retention and quite the smattering of lace

Smell: Rather dank with a weedy character: aspirin-like bitterness

Taste: As with the aroma, this is very dank; not much of a fruit character my, neither tropical nor citrus; aspirin bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another disappointing experience with a Texas NE IPA; a decent beer but not what I was anticipating

Jan 22, 2020
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RadioRat

1.89/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As an IPA enthusiast visiting Austin, I was excited to try out a top-rated IPA from one of Austin's top beer gardens. The look was really rad with that sick haze and the smell was floral and fruity, so I thought it was going to be an awesome, complex taste experience. However, the smell and appearance did deceive - this one tastes like burnt rubber smells! Maybe I had a bad pour, but the experience was terrible enough that I'm unwilling to blow 6 dollars on a second chance.

Nov 24, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance -The beer is served a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a little bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is strongest of a tangerine, tropical fruits, and grapefruit. Along with this are some aromas of grass and herb
Taste- The taste begins with a tangerine citrus taste with notes of tropical fruits and grapefruit. As the taste moves forward the citrus gets stronger and is joined by a bit of an herbal and grassy hop to leave one with a citrus and slightly dank taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is moderate. For the style the feel is great and makes it an easy drinker.
Overall - A tasty brew overall with a nice easy drinking feel

Aug 12, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received from @r0rschach in a BIF box. Canned on 4/17/2019 and poured into a pint glass. It's a cloudy tangerine with brownish hues and a thick, creamy milk-white head and extensive creamy lacing. It has a fragrant, fruity nose featuring tangerine, pineapple, lemon, lime, tropical notes, and fragrant hops. The taste opens with more tart citrus, including grapefruit rind and lemon peel, than the smell indicates but at mid-sip the pineapple and tropical fruit appears and nicely balances the citrus. The bill of Citra, Simcoe, Chinook, Ekuanot, Azacca, and Galaxy hops delivers lots of flavor but with only moderate bitterness. This ale has a crisp, fairly lite mouth feel with pleasant carbonation, and it's very drinkable with a moderate 6.5% ABV. Overall, I enjoyed this ale. It's nicely crafted with a great smell and lots of flavor.

Jun 13, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours super opaque yellow with a big fluffy white head that settles to a thick rocky cap. Lots of stringy lacing.

Aroma - Little bit of weed, pineapple, citrus peel, oats. Nice pungent nose.

Taste - Nice and juicy flavors of pineapple and mango. Hints of orange peel and grapefruit come in on the finish. Nice balance of juicy and dank.

Feel - Medium bodied, slightly creamy nice dry finish.

Overall - Well done NEIPA, great look, solid dank/sweet nose and taste.

May 09, 2019
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Austinbeerhead from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful "hazy" IPA. Cloudy in appearance with a sweet tropical fruit smell. Taste is fruity and smooth with a heavy consistency. Excellent beer overall.

May 01, 2019
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beeroclock from Florida

3.22/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I wanted to like it more. I don't hate it and I appreciate the grapefruit aspect, but overall I'm not loving the beer. Too much floral on this one. It's as if I am eating a jasmine vine with a squirt of grapefruit. It looked great for a hazy IPA. Many will love it I'm sure, just not for me.

Mar 27, 2019
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ragz06 from Texas

4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional reference for the “NE Hazy” style IPA. Cloudy juice appearance, a sweet fruit smell. Taste is typical for the style—not biter at all, smooth but thick, if that makes sense. Just a great balance of mouthfeel and taste, a great representation if the style and certainly one of the best available in Texas

Mar 06, 2019
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Longhorn08 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Lamar location.

Overall very solid. Thick white head with good retention. Smells of citrus with some hops mixed in. Cloudy appearance. Refreshing taste with a lot of citrus. Took a growler home and it didn't make it through the night. Would recommend to anyone.

Mar 02, 2019
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MrPolymath from Texas

3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not being an especially big fan of IPAs, I'm a bit biased, but I was intrigued after reading much about this one. It's not bad. I could easily imagine IPA fans enjoying this one.

Dec 09, 2018
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iguanodon from Utah

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2016-05-17] Draft at Waller Creek, Austin TX. Hazy gold with little head. Aroma of citrus, juniper, grass. Taste of bitter citrusy hops, this is a hop monster.

Oct 24, 2018
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mpipe from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great soft east coast IPA. Pours a hazy soft yellow, smell is citrus. Taste follows the nose, very drinkable. Orange, mango, pineapple with a malty back end. Excellent brew.

Oct 18, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this from draft to go with some duck sausage served with onion and dates. Excellent combo!

Very juicy beer. Strong grapefruit smell and taste, some orange and pineapple. Very pleasant acidic bite. Looks great too! Want to go to its source and try some of the variations on this theme!

Jul 06, 2018
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EastAustinian from Texas

4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite IPA in Austin. I have tried IPAs from about 30 different microbreweries as well as many others from other cities and this is still my favorite.

May 07, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Torchy’s Tacos in Austin, TX.

This one pours a fairly hazy and super murky burnt orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like tangerine, weed, mango, floral hops.

This tastes basically the same, with a intense weedy bitterness, some pineapple, mango, tangerine and floral hops.

This is fairly intense and raw, mouthfeel-wise, with a heavy bitterness. It’s still pretty drinkable.

This was a nice first beer from these guys.

Mar 13, 2018
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BltByKrmn from New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you Texans have never had Other Half, this is close enough to have no need to trade for it.

A hazy pineapple smoothie with some bite, very impressive.

Mar 11, 2018
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 32oz growler fill ran me $12 at the Growler Room (Burnet) in Austin, TX.

Currently #40 in the Texas Top 100 Beers list (and the 3rd highest IPA behind Community's Mosaic IPA and Lone Pint's Yellow Rose). ABV: 6.5% "Brewed with...Citra, Simcoe, Azacca, and Galaxy hops"

Served hours after purchase cold into a pint glass.

HEAD: ~1-2cm in height. White in colour. Somewhat soft and somewhat frothy. Retention is poor - maybe 1 minute at most - but that's somewhat forgivable in a growler pour beer I suppose. Leaves light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Hazy/turbid, sure. But not overly murky and pulpy like many IPAs that deliberately target a hazy appearance. This is somewhat bright and vibrant. Lacks any visible yeast/lees. Orange. Appears unfiltered; not clear or clean.

It's not better for its inconsequentially turbid body, but it's absolutely an appealing expression of an IPA.

AROMA: Papaya. Faint lychee. Muted tangerine citrus (or maybe it's overripe mango from the Azacca?). Definitely leans tropical in its fruit profile. I think I find wheat as well, but it's barely there. Pale malts are more dominant; 2-row. A bit creamy/creamsicle-redolent. Has that sort of vanilla cream-like aroma you'd find in a chai latte or the like. I'm not getting much passionfruit from the Galaxy hops. Has a hint of the yogurty tang-like note found in some Simcoe hopped IPAs I've tried (most from Hill Farmstead), but it doesn't have any of the oniony or floral character usually found in Simcoe hopped ales.

Not piney, juicy, resinous, oily, or herbaceous in its hop profile.

Aroma suggests a balanced IPA emphatic of tropical fruit. I hoped for more from the Citra and Simcoe, but the more New World tropical fruit vibe seems to be more what Pinthouse is after.

Aromatic intensity is above average. I find no off-notes or booze.

TASTE: Fulfills the promises of the aroma, delivering ample tropical fruit in the form of lychee, papaya, faint guava, a blip of overripe mango, and some citrusy zest. Not piney, overtly floral, herbaceous, resinous, or oily. Lacks the hop pungency one would find in one of the absolute best expressions of the style, so in that sense I struggle to see why the kids would call this "dank."

Pale malts/2-row keep any hop bitterness in check, and I suspect there's some wheat or oat adjunct in there too doing more of the work in that respect. It's certainly balanced, but I'd like more flavour from the Citra hops.

Simcoe does lend a hint of yogurty tang, but I don't find any of its more conventional oniony/garlicky flavour.

Very mellow and approachable. Pinthouse has kept this very reasonable at 6.50% ABV, but the result is not a more drinkable beer than a well-brewed expression of the style at a higher ABV (e.g. Racer 5) would be.

Above average depth of flavour. Average flavour intensity and duration.

TEXTURE: A little creamy, playing into that tropical fruit creamsicle vibe and lending it some nice softness. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Not oily in feel nor as "fresh" (if you will) as would be ideal.

Not boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: They're after a different flavour profile than that of the two Mosaic-hopped IPAs currently above this beer in the Texas Top 100 list, but one can't help but wonder if Mosaic additions would make this a better beer. Call it apples and oranges, but I'd sooner take Yellow Rose over this. Nevertheless, it's a quality IPA from a brewery that until now hasn't really gotten its due. I'd like to see Pinthouse dispense with the haze chase, drop this bright, and consider playing down the Azacca in favour of a more interesting and classic hop (e.g. Amarillo, Mosaic, or Cascade), but as-is it's absolutely worth trying even at $6 per 16oz and I'd happily recommend it to friends. If I made a personal Texas Top 100 Beers list, this would definitely be on it.

B (3.65) / GOOD

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04/21/19 on-draught @ PHP:

Probably my favourite turbid IPA brewed in Austin. Low bitterness but highish flavour, hitting on floral and tropical notes as well as Simcoe-derived faint yogurt and onion.

Medium-bodied, smooth, wet, refreshing, soft.

B- / WORTHY

Jan 07, 2018
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange yellow color with a thin foamy head. Retention is mild as is lacing. Big juicy citrus aroma. Pineapple and grapefruit very evident. Slight piney resin. Taste follows the same way. Nice citrus bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Dec 18, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. White head. Golden sunset orange. Lots of haze.

Somewhat juicy but fairly hoppy. Floral and earthy with some bitterness. Orange and grapefruit.

Medium bodied.

Dec 02, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orangish yellow. Short, foamy, Whitehead that Fades slowly with light lacing.

Smells grapefruit, Orange Peel, floral, light Pine and light malt.

Tastes Citrus, grapefruit, light pineapple, orange peel and floral. Followed by light malts and pine. Finishes dry with a citrus peel linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

Oct 31, 2017
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curtis6290 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Electric Jellyfish was the best beer I found in Austin (and in Texas as well). It is more like the New England IPAs that I like, and would give most of the more notable breweries in the tri-state area a run for their money. Reminds me of early Vermont IPAs.

Sep 23, 2017
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ChrisG523 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm spoiled with IPAs, being from New England, but this is a very good example of that style.

If you love IPAs, find yourself in Texas, and see this on the menu, get it. It has a similar cloudy, juicy taste of one you'll find in the Northeast.

Sep 18, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crowler. Slight malt sweetness met by big dank hop punch, but not overly bitter. Great balance and so drinkable. Nice soft feel. Thx to Buddha for the hook upon this one!

Jul 06, 2017
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