Crowd Control
Southern Prohibition Brewing

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Southern Prohibition Brewing
Mississippi, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #617
Ranked #2,786
4.22 | pDev: 7.11%
Aug 04, 2022
Feb 02, 2015
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Notes: Crowd Control is a dry-hopped Imperial IPA showcasing Mosaic hops. A solid malt backbone accompanied with a fruity and sticky hop overlay contain one another for a great balance of aroma and flavor. Drink fresh and don't resist.
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Reviewed by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I know one is an East Coast and one is a West Coast, but to me, this and Lagunitas Super Cluster taste very similar. That is not a bad thing! Crowd Control holds a slight edge, however.
Aug 04, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by magic_swaggin from Georgia

Jul 31, 2022
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Rated by jjweems

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow. Surprisingly tasty Imperial IPA from…. Hattiesburg Mississippi! Drunk from a can at The Neon Pig in Tupelo.
Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a relatively clear golden color with a two finger head; strong retention and some clumpy lacing

Smell: Bread and honey malt elements with tropical fruit tones - papaya, mango and blueberry

Taste: Sweeter malt tones, up front, with a honey character; the hops are muted but blueberry is the predominate tone; some papaya, mango and a bit of pithy bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An older can so I bumped the scores up .25; maybe another time I will get a fresh can but this has lost the hop pop at this stage
Feb 08, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by OfficerVZdiver

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Very Smooth for an Imperial. Almost has a sweet ice cycle taste to it at first, then the hops hit you towards the end. Good to drink right after a Devils Harvest from SP.
Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
L-The appliance is pretty typical. Straw colored with a nice healthy head that isn't large but stays for a while.
S-The aroma is fruity and tropical in nature. There's a bit of booze but it isn't very strong. Some nice sweet bready notes in there as well. Not too bad.
T-Fruity and light. I get some strawberry and maybe some apple as well. Overall sweet with a bitter bite at the end. There's a bit of a sour flavor at the end that I don't particularly like.
F-This beer has a creamy and velvety mouthfeel, which follows the flavor well.
O-A very solid NE IPA. I believe it's an imperial IPA so it does have some strong malty sweetness that ties this beer up very well in the end. I'd try it again. I don't believe this is the best thing I've had from Southern Prohibition, but there were some yeast floaters at the bottom so it could have been a bit old. Still very tasty.
Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jun 10, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

May 05, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 04, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by Jarrod_LC from Louisiana

Jan 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 13, 2020
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Rated by Mlhaynie1 from Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A very good hoppy IPA
Nov 30, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by cambabeer from New York

Jul 28, 2020
Rated: 4.11 by Ealanjones from Mississippi

Jul 18, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by RAFH from Michigan

Jun 29, 2020
Rated: 4 by Samnem from Georgia

Jun 22, 2020
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Rated by EmBru from Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Prolly my favorite IPA
May 19, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Apr 30, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Mar 19, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I'm back in Mississippi and reviewing Crowd Control from SoPro again. I really think they revamped the recipe. Also, fresh cans helps. This one was canned 12/13/19. I also had this on tap twice earlier today, but I think this can is even better.

Deep opaque gold, not juicy or hazy, but has a nice creamy head of 2 fingers that destroys the glass.

Aroma is huge pineapple with notes of spicy grapefruit, orange peel, mango, slight yeast funk, and cracker malt.

Flavor is a pineapple assault with lots of supplemental juicy fruits - blood orange, grapefruit, passion fruit, hints of mango, spicy fruity notes that I can't pin down, and a finish of slight resins and some faint pine. Bitterness builds on the palate and continues to wreck it the more it is sipped, definitely nodding to west coast style.

Feel is juicy and acidic, not creamy though, but has a nice hard carbonation and a mild to moderate alcohol heat.

Overall, a fantastic IPA. I had to sift through 3 or 4 packs in Biloxi to find one that was canned recently. The rest of them were old, which compounds the issue of finding fresh So Pro even in MS. I think that's an issue that needs to be addressed but perhaps that's not the brewery's fault and moreso the fact that MS has not caught on to craft beer and so it sits unsold. A sad story, but this beer is phenomenal fresh. Good stuff.

Previous rating 3.61 out of 5
2nd time having this one. Canned 5/11/18. Hazy orange juice color with a tall creamy head in my Calusa snifter.

Aroma of pine resin, slight honey, tree berry, orange pith, cracker, and pine.

Orange pith, honey, caramel, and pine all combine on the palate. It's fairly offensive, as I'm not a fan of caramel and honey flavors in my IPA's. Slightly dank and resinous. The huge caramel-honey notes well up to remind me of Coop's Alpha Hive though not as boozy and less pleasing or clean.

Feel is creamy, and has a nice level of carbonation. Slight resin and thin carbonation on the finish.

Overall, it's a flavor bomb, but not really my type of IPA. It was sold in singles so I got a few based on the recommendation of the crew. I think it's quite overpriced for what you get ($14.99/4 pack), and there's better options out there. Nonetheless it remains a cult beer for many beer fans.
Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by TrojanRB from Texas

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by mg97 from Mississippi

Oct 28, 2019
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Rated by Malacant from Louisiana

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Amazing balance of fruit and hops.
Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by ben741 from Canada (ON)

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Not sure this is a New England IPA though it looks like one.
Beautiful aroma of citrus while the taste is perfect balance of citrus and hops.

Excellent IPA.
Oct 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Currently #1 in the Top Mississippi Beers list, #450 in the New England IPA list, and #1898 overall.

Sixer ran me $9.99 USD plus tax at a beer store in New Orleans, LA.

CAN: Green. Standard pull-tab top. 12 fl oz format.

"Imperial IPA." 8.0% ABV. "Crowd Control is a dry-hopped Imperial IPA showcasing Mosaic hops. A solid malt backbone accompanied with a fruity and sticky hop overlay contain one another for a great balance of aroma and flavor. Drink fresh and don't resist."

APPEARANCE: Murky orange-copper body. Frothy off-white head. ~5 minute head retention (not bad for the 8% ABV). No yeast/lees are visible, but it is hazy enough I'd venture to say it might not've been filtered.

Looks fine for the style. Not any better than the next imperial IPA's appearance.

AROMA: Mosaic's signature blueberry note isn't emphasized as much as Mosaic's vague tropical notes, which blend unevenly with some weird lychee and guava notes that aren't particularly welcome. Pale malt. 2-row. Orange juice.

Aromatic intensity is average. Promises a sticky imperial IPA with a mundane hop profile that doesn't showcase Mosaic's strengths.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The weird sticky lychee and diluted Odwalla juice tropical fruit notes aren't really working well here, and none of them play to Mosaic's strengths...Mosaic's subtle blueberry flavour ain't here, and the mess of tropical fruit flavours in its place ain't cutting it.

I was introduced to Mosaic hops via Lone Pint's Yellow Rose IPA, a beer that gets Mosaic right. I wouldn't have imagined a brewery could get Mosaic this wrong.

Pale malt suppresses the alcohol warmth but can't fully stop it. Pureed orange juice concentrate injects some artificial citrus into this already troubled brew, bringing more fruitiness that isn't welcome or wanted.

Not piney, oily, resinous, oniony/garlicky, herbal, lemony, or floral.

Unrefreshing given its alcohol warmth. Smooth, wet, a little bit pulpy, sticky, medium to full-bodied.

OVERALL: Hardly Mississippi's best beer by my count and I ain't even had that many. I was optimistic going in - a well rated Mosaic-hopped imperial IPA for $9.99 a sixer? Sign me up! - but this isn't a beer I'd buy again and it'll be a bit of a chore working my way through the sixer. Lagunitas Sucks is probably available in every market this is, which has me scratching my head trying to figure out who - aside from Mississippi locals eager to claim the emperor has clothes - would ever give this a second purchase.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

02/27/20 can:

It's fine but not stunning. At least in the New Orleans, Louisiana market, this competes with Ghost In The Machine from Parish Brewing - which, while not amazing, is still a good bit better though a fair bit more expensive. It also competes with Bell's Hopslam during its season, as well as a good amount of more widely distributed imperial IPAs many of which are both cheaper and better.

In short, this is underwhelming...


03/09/20 can:

Has a borderline unpleasant hop burn atop its otherwise innocuous citrus hop emphasis. I vastly prefer the double dry hopped variant, but this is well priced for what it is.

Doesn't utilize Mosaic well, in any case.

Aug 27, 2019
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Reviewed by BuckKahuna from Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Wonderful cloudy amber gold color in the glass, smells like grapefruit, cantaloupe and bubble gum.
Tastes similar to the smell with a slight husk-musk flavor towards the end. Cascading spotty lacing down the inside of the glass.
Smooth mouthfeel with a slight tinge of an ethanol burn but that dissipates quickly.
One of my top 20 personal best beers I've ever had at this point, but then again I have probably only tasted around 200 beers in my lifetime. Maybe a bit more.
Jul 07, 2019
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Rated by OleCrookEye from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
A well balanced, hazy IPA. A little sweet, a little hoppy, lots of flavor and great mouth feel. It's smooth and perfect for 8% ABV.
Jul 04, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by JohnNasso from Georgia

Jun 07, 2019
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Reviewed by jonwiseman from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Absolutely impressive beer. Hazy, yet smooth. Hoppy yet tame. Clean from start to finish. Highest rating I’ve given a beer in a very long time. Outstanding!
May 31, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by IPAFireman from Tennessee

Apr 24, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Aquatherm_SE from Alabama

Apr 11, 2019
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Purchased at Habersham Beverages in Savannah, GA, and consumed on 8/31/17 from a 12 oz. can marked as "Canned by Nick 5/27/17". Poured into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Modestly hazy gold, with a two-finger white head with pretty good retention. A good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Citrus – mostly grapefruit and rind – and melon, dank, and tropical fruits. Cracker malts with just a bit of toastiness. Some resin and herbaceous hops as well. At least there isn't really any caramel on the nose, but a decent malt backbone.

T: Grapefruit and tangelo – both with some juiciness and rind bitterness. Tropical fruit salad and resin as well. Some woodsy herbaceous bitterness. Sweet biscuit malts, though again with minimal if any caramel. Sticky resinous and pithy bitterness in the hang.

M: A full body for a DIPA with a sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is about average for style – maybe a little more prominent than some modern recipes. Carbonation sensation is about average.

O: This is a weird one to me. I don’t know if there is “a” fault to pick out and criticize the beer for. I’ll tell you the malt bill is more sweet than I’d like, and the hop profile isn’t what will make me love a beer. It's really not something I'm digging, though I can't put my finger on exactly why. In fairness, this being consumed in close succession (though with a beer in between) to a King Sue may be swaying me here. This is not that for sure. But definitely not a bad beer, even when not at its peak of freshness.
Mar 20, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by markallmon from Tennessee

Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Mar 07, 2019
Rated: 4 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Jan 29, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by Sorrydog7 from Alabama

Jan 27, 2019
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Rated by gerbl from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Jan 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Dec 14, 2018
Crowd Control from Southern Prohibition Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 200 ratings