Adjective Animal
Wiseacre Brewing

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,980
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,205
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.85%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
148
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Wiseacre Brewing
 
Tennessee, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

"Adjective Animal."

Currently #63 on the top Tennessee Beers list.

CAN: 12 fl oz format. Standard pull-tab. No canned on or best by date. Pink label.

"Double India Pale Ale." 8.6% ABV. No mention of hop varietals used appears on the label, but their website shows Nugzilla, Citra, Falconers Flight, and Centennial.

Original Gravity: 19.5 plato
Final Gravity: 3.5
IBU: 78
Bittering Hops: Bravo
Aroma Hops: Centennial, Falconer's Flight
Dry Hops 1: Nugzilla, Falconer's Flight
Dry Hops 2: Citra
Malts: Two Row, Honey Malt
Yeast: Ale

AROMA: Grapefruit. Pine. Pale malt. Floral hop aromatics. Resin. Obvious bitterness.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has obvious alcohol warmth, limiting drinkability. Pale malts try to counter the hop bitterness, with grapefruit amplifying perceived bitterness and ultimately overpowering the malt sweetness leading to imbalance. Resins, floral hops, citrus, pulp.

Centennial and Citra are poorly showcased. Any pine and citrus disappears beneath the hop bitterness and scraping grapefruit.

Smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied, unrefreshing, thick, moderately heavy on the palate, well-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, astringent, or rough, but it is scrapey and warm which doesn't do it any favours.

OVERALL: A hot IIPA with a subpar hop profile and low drinkability. Forgettable fare I wouldn't buy again at $8.49 USD a 4 pack plus tax...not sure what they were after with this one but at least they aren't using the double dry hopped fad as a marketing crutch (yet). I don't know who'd select this over Lagunitas Sucks in a blind taste test, and that beer is both widely distributed and more affordable.

Not a beer I'd recommend.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold color with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of strong pine supported by citrus.

Taste on entry is heavily malt which is quickly covered over by the pine and citrus hops. Fairly simple flavors that track alongside each other without actually blending together. It tastes and feels like they doubled everything.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

This is quite simply a strong brew.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, darker golden color. The head is white, frothy, 2 finger. The head retention is damn good. Decent lacing on the glass.
The aroma is a nice pineapple aroma. Deep and rich.
Taste - I like this. Nice pineapple flavor up front that turns more to grapefruit on the backside.
Body is full. The hops do linger in my mouth. Some crispness to it.
Solid DIPA. Really hits all the notes right.

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Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had poured from 12-oz. can into tulip pint. This DIPA looks the part, has a nice citrus aroma, and a good balance of malt and hops, but the huge alcohol ultimately overwhelms everything else.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.26/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

12 oz can purchased from LD's Beer Run in Jackson, MS. No can date.

Hazy honey bright gold body with a bubbly head of 2 fingers.

Aromas of stale caramel and hop spoilage. Slight pine, soppy grapefruit.

Stiff pine to start, followed by ugly caramel and onion notes. Old grapefruit.

Feel is carbonated and creamy. Slight resiny dryness.

Overall, another bad, presumably outdated can from LD's Beer Run. Those guys suck.

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Photo of jkblr
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned November 2017 (127 days old) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8.6% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy with a few chunks. Color is orangish yellow with a minimal off white head. The head is quickly reduced to a small ring. The aroma is classic pine and citrus. The taste is semisweet caramel and more pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, lowly carbonated, and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, ok. Might have been better fresh, but hard to tell now.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can at the 2017 Suwannee Roots Revival Festival.
Pours cloudy with a tall foamy head over an orange-amber body.
Fine, fruity aroma with hints of apples, pears and numerous tropical fruits. The flavor is bold and hoppy with fruity hops dominant. Improved with warming.

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Photo of Hefekopf
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a standard conic glass. Slightly hazy, translucent amber in color. Very nice two finger head which recedes into a one finger marble-topped head that leaves behind decent sticky legs of lacing. A strong sense of piney, citrusy tropical fruits and dank wet hops greets the nose. This follows in the taste with the addition of soft bready caramel malts and sugary molasses-like alcohol sweetness, providing a finish to the sharp, but well rounded flavors of strong grapefruit and slightly tangy pineapple and kiwi. A decent piney, citrusy bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, along with a fantastic sticky, resinous, silky smooth and very sweet mouthfeel.

A bit on the darker and danker side of the DIPA spectrum, Adjective Animal definitely has a place among its contemporaries. It's a little smoother and more mellow than some other hop-blasted offerings of the style while still delivering great hop flavor. A job well done for Wiseacre, a good pick from the Memphis area and certainly something I'd like to have on draft some day.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy bronze color with a massive four fingers of antique-white head that leaves rings of lacing and a floating half-inch island of foam in the center. Some floaters, too.

Traditional piney aroma with some rye-like pepperiness. Maybe a hint of tropical fruit and grapefruit, but it's not very strong.

There's more pineapple, piña colada and guava than pine up front in the taste. Also a strong malt backbone, bitter aftertaste and quick kiss of alcohol.

Medium bodied and slightly syrupy, with a prickly, "scraping bubbles" mouthfeel.

A perfectly good DIPA. No canned on date.

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Photo of Grizzarky
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

can dated 1/13/17 into tulip.
Poured dark copper with a 2 finger head of sense tiny bubbles that left a lingering ring with heavy lacing, and large flake like chunks of sediment. Nose is a bit muted, caramel malts followed by citrus. Taste starts of malts and quickly follows with a burst of citrus hops, and leaving a sweet and resiny finish. Overall, the large chunks are visually unappealing, the caramel malts are prominent with a very simple hop profile. I would drink this again if offered one, but it's definetly not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely unfiltered copper color, though with a few solid pieces of sediment, which are a bit off-putting. Mild citrusy smell. The flavor, though, is VERY good. Hops are forward, but not overwhelming. Lots of juicy citrus fruit, and very little to no pineyness. This one invites you to gulp it down even with the high ABV. I would get this again!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Opaque yellow/gold with an eggshell white one finger head that lingered. Decent lacing.

S: Tropical notes of mangoes, grapefruit, guava and light caramel.

T: Grapefruit pops up along with mangoes and citrus love. Low bitterness with a caramel sidebar. Really nice and easy drinking for such a high ABV.

M: Medium with medium creamy carbonation.

O: This one surprised me. A damn fine DIPA with staying power. I had to buy some more.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark hazy yellow, thick head. Nose is pine and a touch of tropical fruit as well as some malty caramel. Palate is orange, some pine. Balanced by a caramel malt backbone. Detectable alcohol on the finish. Smooth crisp mouthfeel. A fine beer. No date so may not be fresh. Nothing special.

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Photo of Casey3236
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't really care for this. Maybe I'm getting spoiled by all the great beer out there. I mean, this is better than anything you'll get served poolside at a Mexican resort, but waaaay too malty and boozy.

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Photo of Gingerjesus504
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good double IPA from the folks at Wiseacre. Not too sweet, characteristically caramel in the malt. Not a lot of aroma to speak of, especially after a few minutes. Good mouthfeel that stays with you. The sweetness present could withstand more bitterness IMHO. There's nothing fancy about this double IPA, but it is an excellent example of the basic characteristics of DIPAs.

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Photo of jp32
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber/copper color with a significant haze to it. Solid head retention.

It has a sweet, malty aroma for a double ipa, with an oily, resiny, hop characteristic added.

Caramel malt dominant flavor with the addition of piney, tangy hops. Some subtle fruit notes also are present that remind me of overripe nectarines.

Good body and good mouthfeel.

It's flavor is well on the basic side of things. It seems to be directed far too much towards the malts than the hops for a beer of it's style. It's not really something I would pick up again.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4 pack of cans picked up at McScrooges in Knoxville, TN.

pours a pretty murky brown with an off white head which sinks to a solid ring and faint covering. Lacing is still pretty decent though.

Working hard to find some hop aroma, and there is a strong malt presence. This may be a bit past it's prime.

The taste grew on me. At first I dismissed it as an old DIPA, but eventually I found the blending of the malt and hop bite quite enjoyable. Best I could tell this was a BB date of March 2016. But not sure about that.

Feel was medium, finish was slightly sour.

Overall an interesting beer, worth a revisit.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a murky, medium muddy brown body. Kind of blech looking. Two finger white head, good carbonation, lots of lacing. Smells of resin, caramel, pine, citrus, bread, crackers. On the sweeter, maltier side. Flavour is similarly malty, fair bit of caramel and cereal sweetness mixed in with pine and a bit of citrus, with more resinous pine on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth with a bitter resinous finish.

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Photo of Buck89
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Hazy amber color with a foamy 1-finger head. Good retention. Nice aromas of orange, grapefruit, blueberry, and bready malt. I got the malt up front on the taste - bready and not sweet. Followed by citrus and bitter grapefruit. Slightly hot on the finish but not too much for a big DIPA. Not sure what to make of this - it could be an old can - no visible date is present - but the malty taste was too much for me.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Deep amber color, almost brown when not held up to the light, hazy, two finger white head has great retention and leaves coating lace. Aroma of dark fruit, melon, bready notes. Full caramel sweet malt taste with plenty of hops, piney woodsy bitterness with some tropical fruit and melon notes as well. Lots of flavor, touch of alcohol burn. Thin to medium semi slick mouthfeel. Overall decent IPA, a little on the dark fruit melony side, which is not my favorite IPA style but this was a good brew.

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Photo of qchic
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great head retention and lacing, inviting aroma, and a satisfying, well rounded flavor of citrus and pine. Good body and slightly oily mouthfeel for the style while remaining very drinkable. One of the best out of TN!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

March 24, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Very dark copper, moving into brown, with moderate chill haze. An inch of moussy, slightly off-white foam that lasts awhile, slowly receding over several minutes and leaving substantial lacing inside the glass.

S – Upon opening the can, I get a quick blast of grapefruit and citrus, Citra-like aromas, but there’s a ton of papaya, guava, cedar, and resin as well. The hallmarks of Centennial hops are here. Bread crust and toast malt provide a big backbone. Only issue I have is that the aromas hide a bit a couple minutes after the pour; I’m having to really stick my nose in the glass to get them back.

T – Spicy tropical notes of papaya, with mango and guava, and a floral quality that I’d compare to rose hips. Some grapefruit and woody notes in the background. Rich bread crust malt supports the hop profile, and moderate to moderate-high bitterness rises on the finish.

M – Moderate malt sweetness provides a solid contrast to moderate-high bitterness. Carbonation is moderate, normal for IPA, and body is medium to medium-heavy. Clearly a double IPA, but very balanced.

O – My intro to Wiseacre, this does not follow the pack. Excellent hop and malt profile. Great beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little rough around the edges but a very solid beer otherwise.

Grapefruit and mango dominate in the Hops Department. The booze is fairly evident but it's not necessarily distracting. A little abrasive on the tongue.

I liked the beer and I'm glad that this is available in my area. That being said, I would probably reach for others

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of fluffed up ivory colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing , slight hazing

S: Grapefruit, breadyness & a little mango

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, & pine up front. Cakeyness, grapefruit, pineyness & a little mango once warm, some dryness. Finishes with much grapefruit, mango & breadyness

MF: Fairly hefty body, a bit over carbonated. nice balance

A well out together DIPA, I would buy this again

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on October 25, 2015. Look is copper orange hue, medium head and light lacing. Smell is funky earth, sweet malt notes with hints of pine and citrus. Taste is rock candy, dank earth and bitter pine resin. Feel is medium in body and bitter in the finish. Cool label, average beer.

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Adjective Animal from Wiseacre Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 148 ratings