It's Complicated Being A Wizard
Burlington Beer Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,007
Ranked #3,386
4.11 | pDev: 9.25%
Burlington Beer Co.
Vermont, United States
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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 377
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on June 21, 2019. Double IPA with a radiant straw orange glow. Brewed with massive quantities of hops for a bold hop flavor. Utilizing barley, wheat malt, and flaked oats in the grist bill for a soft malt character.

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Photo of VTBeerDrinker
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being among so many great beers as a Vermont resident, it's tough separating all of the fantastic beers. This one is outstanding. This is the ideal New England IPA.

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Photo of Ronl12
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 2/21/19.
Look is nice hazy milkshake golden with light orange hue. Smell is light tropical fruit. Taste follows nose with pineapple and citrus at top. Feel is medium and creamy. Overall a very nice DIPA. Very nice smooth sweet front. Grapefruit notes sneak in at end as it warms. Would drink again.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a lovely hazy golden amber with a modest head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves lacing. Citrus in the nose, maybe with some pine as well. Taste follows nose, the pineapple predominant. My can says 8% by volume instead of 7.5%.

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Photo of Naughead
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I first opened the can, the smell reminded me of Treehouse's Julius. In the glass, though, the nose changed to a "minty" smell for me, not really piney, but something unique. Definitely fresh and refreshing. After about 10 minutes in the glass, the creamsicle taste and smell came out. This one is definitely complicated, a potion that changes character in the glass, but always offers something interesting. Overall, a very interesting NEIPA!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 8/7/18 poured into a tulip
A: Hazy creamsicle color with a one-finger head
S: Wow, after just writing the appearance I'll be damned if this doesn't smell like a creamsicle too. Orange, a bit of vanilla, some malt/tropical fruit/pine
T: Much drier than the nose; orange/dried orange peel, malt, pine, just a touch of dank
M: Medium-bodied, dry, bitter
O: The nose took my by surprise. The flavors differ but overall a well-made enjoyable NEIPA

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Photo of Wasatch
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to larryi86 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 060818
ABV: 8%

My first from this brewery.

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, peach, apricot), slight diesel like. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, peach, apricot), slight diesel like, Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Orange Julius! Addictive! Milkshake!. Thanks Larry!

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - 2-finger white head atop a murky orange body.

S - dank orange, pine, some candy.

T - orange and grapefruit. Bread. Biscuit. Pine. Some dankness. Moderate-low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - Medium body and carb.

O - It’s complicated being a NEIPA. This one is decent, though, but doesn’t stand out.

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Photo of PSanger
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is quickly turning into one of my favorite breweries. Quality beer after quality beer. This one is no different. has a great NE IPA smell with the strong somewhat piney taste of a VT beer. Definently can tell this is an 8% but not in a negative way. This is a good IPA. Don't pass on an opportunity to buy this one.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler into pint glass. Pours a murky burnt-orange/amber with a decent off-white head. Initial impression is massive citrus (orange and grapefruit), with a little caramel malt balancing things out. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy-smooth; carbonation is perfect. Finish is initially sweetish, but fades to a lingering fruity bitterness in the back of the throat. Excellent!

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Photo of digboy
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque creamy gold color with a one finger silky bone white head that does not leave much lacing.

The aroma is sweet and tropical with guava and orange notes, very strong. Love it!

Taste is similar but with some floral notes that could fall under "orange blossom". Malt is low and lending to the sweetness while the bitterness is moderate, coming out midway through and remaining in the finish along with the orange notes.

Feel is very soft and creamy.

This is a fantastic example of a thick NEIPA. The nose and flavors are clean and very pleasant, feel is just right, and there is enough bitterness to add something to the profile. Love it! The last few I've had from these guys are making me a huge fan now. I will be coming back for more.

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Photo of WaffleNugget
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: 1/2 inch head, poured from a can. Pink/pale yellow, very pretty.
S: Lots and lots of citrus in this one. It pretty much dominates - there may be a little hint of something else. Something a little sweet too once the head dies down a little.
T: A really smooth NEIPA, especially considering it's 7.5%. At the forefront, there's some citrus and orange/lemon peel, which makes its way to bittery hops at the end.
F: Extremely smooth, very low carbonation.
O: A fantastic citrus-y NEIPA that is really smooth to drink, especially for a double. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of larryi86
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you CanConPhilly for this
16 oz can, dated 10/11/17, poured into a teku

A- A super hazy golden straw color with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, some floral hops, a little bit of resin.

T- Citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, piney/resiny finish, touch of earthy spice.

M- Smooth, medium body, slightly creamy.

O- A solid DIPA, very happy I was finally able to try it!

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Photo of ovaltine
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first beer from these guys, it pours a murky grapefruit color with a tan head. Nose is grapefruit and oranges, but there’s also a significant malt note, which I’ve not experienced with any NE-style IPA that I can recall.

The taste is loaded with juicy grapefruit, orange, and pineapple, and the malt notes make an appearance at the end of the taste. Very nice. The feel is a bit prickly, which I also appreciate. A very nice beer with a lot of gravitas.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slowly but surely my palate is beginning to reject more and more NE IPA-style ales. It started happening about a year ago when once leafy-green-fruity-glorious hops started tasting more acidic and closer to juice concentrate. I say all this because clearly this reflects my reviews, and I've become wary of the hazeeeeee pour which signifies an oncoming hop-onslaught.

This baby is all haze coming out the tall boy: muddled murky orange and pineapple juice with a nice, thick head that lingers.

This has more of an earthy, sap-like quality to the nose than I expected, but there's still tropical fruit galore by way of mango, papaya and pineapple.

Taste is fruit-forward; citrusy and tropical and pungent. Lots of hops bringing everything they have to the fore - fruit, pine, earthy resin, flora, fauna. Big flavors.

Light bitterness but it's not absent; good carbonation washes the flavors over the palate. Astringent, acidic aftertaste from all the fruit. NE IPA through and through.

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Photo of y2kawakami
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice hazy orange color with about a 1" foam head

Aroma: Picking up some piney and citrus notes

Taste: Some hop bitterness up front that kind of goes away towards the end and leaves a bit of a bitter flavor at the end

Feel: Good mouthfeel. Mild carb but really smooth

Overall: Solid IPA. Not among the top, but if this was on my local shelf, I'd take it to the beach and enjoy.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taster at the source with Craig.
Hazy murky the look of grapefruit juice only cloudier. small head dissipates quickly. Dank fruity earthy hop with light astringency. Medium body smooth character. Nice hazy beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a murky and completely opaque light yellow color with a massive soapy white head. Retention is excellent and there are thick, chunky rings of lacing left all over the glass. Really a beautiful looking beer.

Smell is very bright and fruity. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine and green herbal earthiness burst out of the glass.

Taste is similar, but there is a moderate bitterness throughout that seems to muddle the fruity flavors rather than compliment them.

Feel is light side of medium and soft with a bit of oily hop resin that sticks to the palate into the aftertaste.

Overall a very solid beer. Easy drinking and flavorful enough, I just think that if the bitterness was only present on the finish rather than all throughout, the fruit flavors would be more pronounced.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can "Alohamora" 8/9/17 8.0 % abv.

A standard New England Style DIPA with the vetyppry cloudy yellow and white hued gold. 3" high, white bubnly foam tower. Slow dissipation. Chunky and impressive lace.

Earthy and grainy citrus fruit hoppy aroma. Sweet tropical fruity edge to the hops that makes this just right on for the style. Light, crisp and sweet malty backdrop tonround out the nose.

Ahhhh...that full and unfiltered chunky body and flavor of the NESDIPA! Full of robust citrus and light tropical fruits, slightly earthy and grainy but certainly dominated by a full-on fruity hop attack. Sour and tangy notes pop out later with a very nice, dry and bitter hoppy finish. Pine, earthy, dry leafy hop thing happens in a more mild fashion but comes out enoughbto keep the hop complexity pretty high. The classically light and sweet malt delivers an excellent balance for the style, doing it's job well as just a support team for the hops.

It's not easy to stand out among all of the seriously high quality NE style Dipa's or Ipa's these days. The market is saturated by these styles and approach. Manybof them falling somewhere right in the middle of the pack. This is a very high quality DIPA, does it stand out Highly enjoyable and would most likely blow the socks off of anyone not familiar with the style.

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Photo of Tommo
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very nice attempt at the NE style IPA, but isnt quite all the way there. In texas, this would be the best IPA available for sure, but in VT, this falls a bit short. Cloudy in appearance, noticable hop aroma on the nose though minimal on the palate, and a medium light body make this a very nice beer and worth purchasing, but not truly in the ranks of the great NE IPA breweries

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a hazy bronzed orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than about thirty seconds. A thin messy layer of clingy lacing roamed around the glass nicely. The smell starts off with some sweet malt in front running into light citrus hops underscored by a layer of sweet and bitter pine. The taste was moderately sweet carrying a nice layer of bitterness to surround my tastebuds. There’s a light lingering sweet aftertaste sliding into a semi-dry sweet to light bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it, might lean to a decent sipping quality. Carbonation seems good for the DIPA style and for me. Overall, this is a nice DIPA.

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Photo of Eponymous
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer smells great coming out of the can--lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes. It has a beautiful hazy orange-gold look and a nice mouth feel. The juicy taste was terrific--pineapple, papaya, grapefruit, etc. The only downside is the boozy bite that becomes increasingly prominent as you move through the glass.

Overall, this is a nice beer that reminds me of some of the better IPAs made by Hill Farmstead or Trillium. Definitely worth checking out if you're in Vermont.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz tulip glass canned on 3/8/17. Pours like orange pinapple juice with a massive two finger head that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell is guava, papaya, passion fruit, pinapple, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows tropical start to finish, juicy, and a healthy shot of grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, moderate carbonation, not dry at all, and drinks incredible and the can says 8% ABV.

Overall I do not feel 88 dies this justice, a classic and tasty New England DIPA.

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Photo of GraniteState101
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So as I start to explore Beer Advocate the 88 ranking on the Wizard seemed like a greater disconnect than anything I've tasted/researched on the site. My pallet indicates this is a criminally slept on beer. Purchased case from Hunger Mountain Co-Op in Montpelier, VT (incredible selection btw) along with a slew of other cult-status VT IPAs and the Wiz fit right in - if not outmatched some of its hyped up VT counterparts. Smooth. Hoppy. And without the slightest hint of the 7.5%. I've had a few cans and the experience has been consistent - perhaps I'll need to revisit after the case is complete but for the moment this is top tier stuff that I'd recommend anyone try.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16oz can, dated 04/19/17... 'Mage Armor,' whatever the hell that means. Served in a nonic.

Pours a horrifyingly thick and murky slurry of macerated pineapple with a finger of creamy sludge. This beer is so hideously ugly that it is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. I mean, it looks like you could stand a spoon up in it. Gorgeous. So-so retention but a nice cap of bubbly suds and a thick wall of lacing.

The nose is disappointingly faint, a little biscuit, pear, mango and funky flower.

Taste is a bitter, bready fruit punch, orange juice, orange rinds, tea and grassy herbs, otherwise not super complicated. Finishes dank and spicy with some kind of funky yeast in the sinuses.

Feel is fizzy, medium-thick bodied - although not as thick as it looks - and just a bit boozy.

Overall, a decent enough NEIPA that sadly doesn't live up to it's appearance. There are hundreds of better IPA's in Vermont but, on the other hand, there are hundreds that are worse, too. I loved Stainless Forest but this one doesn't quite measure up.

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