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Reckless Abandon Belgian Double IPA | Abandon Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Abandon Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Double IPA

Brewed with heavy doses of Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops. Dry hopped twice to produce a big hop aroma.

Added by plaid75 on 11-04-2013

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by BA_Berto:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured from a growler filled at the brewery yesterday.

appears a hazy opaque dark golden orange color, with bright white head. strong mixed hop aroma, part citrus rind, part herbal, almost basil. very pleasant. taste is well balance. light malt flavor - sweet with honey notes, finishes dominated by the same mix of hop flavor. not bitter, just bold hops. no booziness. lower carbonation, full mouthfeel that coats the mouth. so smooth. drinks remarkably easy.

of all the great beers drank at Abandon, this was the highlight for me.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CloudStrife
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz grumbler pour into a snifter. Filled 3hrs ago.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a decent off white head sitting on top. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass as the head slowly dissipates. Not very much visible carbonation.

S: Farmhouse hop aroma is the first thing I think of when I smell this beer. A grassy bitterness mixes with a solid yeast base. Pale malts add a bit of balance to the mix. More of a fruitiness comes out of the hops as it warms up.

T: As with the aroma there is a nice mix of yeast and hops in the beer. A nice floral, grassy and earthy quality from the hop blends nicely with a bit of spiciness from the yeast. Alcohol comes through a bit on the backend.

M: Medium to full body with a nice creaminess. Mild carbonation with a fairly dry finish. A bit of a nectar like mouthfeel to it which I appreciate in IPA's.

Overall I am diggin the farmhouse characteristics in this beer but it needs a bit more of that hop flavor to really push it into the double IPA category.

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Photo of kingston2
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Cheld
4.56/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of dandp88
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Donnelly's Public House in Fairport, NY.

A really nice, hoppy IPA/saison combo we have here. It pours a shimmering, clear amber, with a billowing, 2 inch head. Nice lacing.

Smells and tastes very similar- like a great farmhouse ale- slight funk, Belgian yeast, cloves, plus dynamite hop flavors of pine, grassiness, and herbs. Very little malt, maybe slightly biscuity. Could be slighlty hoppier, maybe, but I don't think they were going for a hop bomb here. The hop flavors that are present are very nice, anyway.

Clean mouthfeel, pretty dry, medium body. Drinkable.

I love what Abandon is doing out of their barn in Penn Yan. With work, they could be the next big thing.

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Photo of plaid75
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light resinous pine and a round caramel.

The taste offered the same light resins with a soft earthy sweetness and moderate esters.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a tasty farmhouse inspired DIPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This brew was served on draught at Acme’s Bar and Pizza in Rochester, New York. It arrived in a pair of generic but fat, curved snifters, showing a slippery burnt apricot coloring. A fractured wisp of a white head was produced on the pour, but this faded as quick as it came to be. Wet, dripping globs of lacing were left in its wake, and reproduced on vigorous swirls of the glass. The aroma comes together into a cohesive unit, formed from punches of dirty, bittering grassy, floral, and earthen hop leafiness, toasted amber and biting caramel malt, tannic lemon tea, bright phenolic cloves and plastics, nutmeg and black pepper spiciness, harsh ethanol airs, pulpy orange flesh and rind, buttered whole wheat English muffins, sugary cereal grain filler, molded potpourri, chocolate candy corns, synthetic black cherry fruitiness, and metallic but savory Belgian yeastiness. The taste to follow was very, very bitter, stemming primarily from a toasted, musky, barnyardy amber and Belgian barley grainy grittiness. Otherwise getting mashed behind this arrowhead are notes of heavy Magic Marker phenols, minimally sweet banana bread esters, heavily grassy and resinous floral hoppiness, synthetic lemon cleaner, dried lemon rind, white flour, nutmeg, burnt candle wick, wet cork, buttercream, and burnt brown rice. The body was full, and the carbonation was lightly medium. Each sip gave contributory slurp, smack, cream, and froth, but the nicest thing about the feel was its heavy, far-reaching coating. This aided in allowing you to more slowly acclimate to the intensity of the beer’s bitterness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer disappeared as a slower sipper might.

Overall, while this isn’t our new favorite beer from Abandon, we consider it to be a success stylistically. It got around to each necessary aspect, hitting the bright, syrupy hoppiness hard from the beginning, and moving through to include bittering, dank phenols. I think the problem that we ran into here was that they pushed it to make a novel “Belgian Double IPA” and overshot their target. While the hops add a small degree of sweetness they, too, add in big ways to the bitter side of the basket. This combined synergistically with the phenols for a final product that was just over the top bitter.

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Photo of DuffMan23
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mirp1
2.66/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Had it on tap today. Went into it without any preconceived notions; just "pour me that one." Well, I get all styles of beer, and can live with imperfection here or there. This beer bothered me. I found it to be harsh, and not in the hop sense of harsh. I am fine with hop harshness, so, a near drain pourer. I didn't give it back as not to insult the pub from which it came. I finished it, wincing all the way. Tasted kind of like someone dumped concentrated wet cardboard and mustard in my beer. Guh!

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Baab200
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice farmhouse/saison style DIPA.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of devilfluff
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BeerOps
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reckless Abandon Belgian Double IPA from Abandon Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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