Man Eater
Hi-Wire Brewing

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,831
Ranked #22,503
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Hopped at a rate of 3.5 pounds per barrel, this is a seriously hopped double IPA. Man Eater marries Amarillo’s spicy aromas with Citra’s classic notes of lemon zest & mandarin orange. These big hop aromas accompany a spicy, citrusy, floral flavor and a warming alcohol finish.

DRY HOP: Citra, Amarillo
YEAST: Ale Yeast

88 IBU
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 62 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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puck1225 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Golden yellow color with good head and lacing. Classic double IPA smell and flavor profile. Citrus and pine. Some vanilla sweetness.

Mar 20, 2019
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

GVRW on draught. Nothing special about this average brew. Appearance is inviting, but nose is basic and macroesque taste is off-putting. Made for the masses.

Mar 16, 2019
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy color, nice display of lacy legs. Sniff portends ample hoppage, tis true to the palate. Briefly sweet but rudi, citra, amarillo but the double in this DIPA. Good stuff.

Mar 16, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT can
Served in an IPA glass

This beer pours a hazy amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of head that clings to the side of the glass as it recedes.

The aroma is dank, medicinal, and grassy.

The flavor starts medicinal. I get some melon in the middle. The finish is dank.

Medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel

This is a decent beer. Medicinal flavor is not my favorite. I do not believe I would pay $13 or $14 for another four pack.

Mar 14, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy deep rich burnt orange color with a thumb sized cream colored head with good lacing. Color on this one is really intense a pretty looking beer.

Aroma is nice citrus orange, passion fruit, good grapefruit rind bitterness aroma and touches of pine all riding on a big malt base touches of honey, bread and caramel.

Taste is big kick of hops deep grapefruit rind bitterness with some lingering pine and herbal like bitter notes. But also fruity orange , pineapple , passion fruits make appearances then are over powered by bitterness. Nice big boy IPA with a good hop kick finish has some lingering herbal and spice to the bitterness also along with a little alcohol kick that blends well.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with carbonation that offers a little pep to the flavors but otherwise doesn't seem over done.

Overall I like this beer a nice big hoppy IPA maybe I have had too many NE style ones with out a good kick of bitterness that seems to be missing today.

Jul 20, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange yellow with a mild, off-white foam.

Smell is a Sweet Tarts medley of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and peach tempered by some classic catty rug and graham.

Taste is far less stunning than the nose, with earthy rug, cat, and pine first, followed by grapefruit, graham, and orange, all coming out frothy, yet chewy dry.

Apr 23, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 3/8/17. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy and cloudy orangish golden with a big chunky white head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are citrus forward with a nice amount of malts. Sticky orange leads the way. Subtle hints of caramel along with some crackers and bread. The flavors are citrus forward as well. Lots of orange along with some subtle hints of grapefruit. Some pine and fresh grass in the mix. Solid malt backbone. It's bittersweet. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's extremely fluffy and creamy. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid DIPA. It's nothing flashy or crazy, but it's nice and enjoyable. Good citrus flavors.

Apr 20, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received from @Dragginballs76 post NBS BIF #5.
16 oz can marked Batch 3/08/17, stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The can has been simplified – the tiger is gone. Contract brewed by Three Ring Brewing.
Aroma – citrus and pine.
Head large (Maximum 4.2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, dense froth, average retention, diminishing to an irregular two to five mm frothy ring and heaped frothy island.
Lacing – excellent. Medium complete rings showing both stalactites and stalagmites; most bubbles are tiny to small.
Body – medium yellow, hazy.
Flavor – moderately bitter but flavorful – hop selection works very well, it keeps pulling me back in. slight hint of malt. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends with just a hint of chalkiness.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

A very well balanced DIPA – not so hoppy that it borders on torture and just a hint of malt coming through. This is one that could definitely sneak up on you after having several easy-drinking cans.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

Apr 18, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can into an impy nonic a hazed burnt orange infused golden with a sticky half finger white head atop,lot's of chunkies and floaties.I do get quite a whiff of mandarine orange and sweet alcohol,alot more alcoholic than even the abv in my opinion.Quite sweet and sticky on the palate with tropical fruit notes,a sharpness from the Amarillo's kicks in the finish.It's quite sweet and even a little boozy but there is a decent hop profile to somewhat but not really offset the sweetness.

Apr 12, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cloudy orange with thick soapy white head. Nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Pineapple, orange, mango and hints of sweet caramel

Taste - Taste is similar to the aroma, pineapple and orange caramel, malts the alcohol is pretty noticeable.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated pretty dry finish slight burn from the alcohol.

Overall - I was really looking forward to trying this and while it is a solid DIPA and the flavors are solid the alcohol overwhelms a bit.

Apr 07, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice extra, thanks to brentk56 for the opportunity. Pours a nondescript orange-brown with lots of residual lacing. Plenty of bitter citrus on the nose, mostly pomelo and white grapefruit pith, with floral notes and a bit of malty sweetness lurking underneath for balance. An interesting finish that manages to retain both sweet and bitter. Not the profile that's en vogue at the moment, but a pretty nice DIPA in its own right.

Apr 04, 2017
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wedge from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a thick, soapy off-white head. Flowery, soapy, green hoppy aromas...grass, citrus, and pineapple juice. Clean hoppy grapefruit, apricot, general bitter greenness, and a faint nutty, toasted caramel malt sweetness. Smooth, medium body with a dry finish - not too boozy or sweet. Pretty alright, but there are so many better options around.

Mar 30, 2017
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MMP126 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can in a tulip glass
Dated 3/8/17

L: darker orange. Slight chill haze. Head poured to 1 finger. Fell after first sip.

S: smell is faint and hard for me to pick up. Hops. Grapefruit. Definitely a hoppy beer. But no distinct smells for me.

T: great hoopy bitterness. Taste makes up for smell. Grapefruit again. A little bit of flower. Alcohol is there. Not heavy but present. Malt flavor is low. Some caramel. Flavor does last. Very good

F: not dry. Coating. Slightly pillowy but not very much.

O: bought this on a whim because the can was cool looking. Pretty good. Not world class but good. Good to drink. Would buy again.

Mar 29, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16oz can

It's a great looking beer. An opaque orange gold with a thick, pillowing head that lasts forever.

It smells like sweaty feet/BO (in a good way somehow), candied orange, grapefruit rind, spicy pineapple, and caramel malts.

It tastes like a little maltier version of the aroma. Pithy orange and grapefruit, and some bitterness in front of a solid caramel malt backbone.

A solid beer. Not great, but pretty good.

Mar 25, 2017
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial IPA pours to a brief-lived, medium creamy ivory-colored head on a slightly hazy, effervescent pale-amber body; lacing is good, consisting of sticky slabs and caverns. The nose is medium in intensity: pineapple backed by orange and sweet florals that hint of cotton candy and fennel seed; significant alcohol overtones ride atop it all. Up front, the palate is sweetish grassy pineapple and bready malt, with hints of perfumey florals; midpalate, an assertive bittersweet nuttiness emerges, as does a light rind-like citrusy bitterness that partially balances the sweetness. The bready malt foundation, apparent from the start, plays a progressively larger role from mid-palate on; this beer is definitely on the malty end of the spectrum for the style. The finish is quite nutty/bittersweet and boozy, followed by the onset of a light-for-the-style grassy/pineapple bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Retrogustative olfaction is moderately grassy. Mouthfeel is on point for the medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy, moderately astringent, and slightly peppery from the restrained carbonation. (growler)

Mar 26, 2016
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hotpauko from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had to review after seeing what I thought was not an accurate first review. Problem is I am having a spicy BBQ dinner during the review. This is a big bold and alcoholly tasting double but has a smooth character. Boozy smell, hits the mouth big and boozy witha big hop bite, but taste is more malt than hops. Gotta be ready for this one but not bad i think could be put together a tad better.

Jul 25, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a fairly cloudy medium burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate golden honey + copper colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops with a lighter amount of sweet caramel + biscuit malts.

T: Upfront the beer is rather sweet with moderate to strong flavors of caramel + biscuit malts with some light honey and toffee sweetness. There are moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops which impart a moderate amounts of lingering bitterness and a hint of booziness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Seems like this beer has seen some improvement since I first tried it in 2014 (and now from cans and quite fresh). Not the best hidden alcohol but still very enjoyable.

3.19/5: look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3 [April 4, 2014]
A: Pours a clear orangish copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass rather slowly and a hint of garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium to thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops with a lighter amount of sweet caramel malts.

T: Upfront the beer is rather sweet with moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some light honey and toffee sweetness. There are moderate to strong flavors of hops - I detect some citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/pineapple, and pine/resin. There are moderate notes of alcohol towards the finish. Moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky with a light amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer needs to do a better job of hiding the alcohol - it is far too in your face and astringent and takes away from the hops and malts. There is lot of sweetness and a lot of bitterness in this beer but somehow it does not quite seem to be in balance. Not sure I will be grabbing anymore of these.

Apr 02, 2014
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