It's Complicated Being A Wizard
Burlington Beer Co.

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,322
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,705
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.98%
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
450
From:
Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  137
SCORE
92
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a small long lived head and ample lacing.

Smells of grassy piney hops with some tart citrus.

Tastes of grapefruit , orange and mango with a slightly bitter finish. The tart and bitter tastes balance with the sweet well.

Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable and flavorful brew.

Sep 21, 2021
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is straw gold, head is brighter white with fine bubbles, head presents 1 finger thick, then dissipates to solid top with at least 1/4 inch thickness, some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is honeysuckle, melon, lighter pineapple, lighter citrus, some biscuit, light malt.

Taste is pineapple, melon, citrus, some rind, some biscuit, maybe some honey, abv is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is low carbonation, moderate sweetness (not overdone), light/moderate bitterness, drying finish.

Overall a nice mixed fruit hazy dipa with dominant melon character with balancing sweetness and lower but perceivable bitterness.

Sep 14, 2021
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Taste follows with some hop bitterness and a lot of citrus sweetness. It's not sweet, but the sweetness is there. Feel is very good nice and smooth. Overall it's a very nice NEIPA.

Sep 02, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look,,,slightly off yellow with the usual opaque juice look. Moot towards yellow than brown.
Smell...hop melon pineapple dankness but a little faint.
Taste,,, the first on i had of the 4 pac i was a little off or it was a little off. Hop melon pineapple, then sweetness and bitter dry...nicer finish on my 4th. I think my first on of these seem to infer too much bitterness but this on i am really digging.
Feel...medium carbonation that really fills the character of this beer. Light lacing
Overall...this beer definitely grew on me. it has a pronounced delivery that is somewhat unique. I would try again and try a few others of the Vermont juice

Aug 30, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looking like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, dense and dull orange-yellow, it came in a clear pint glass. The tap pour produced very little head, although what's there seems to last. Citrusy hops dominate the aroma. So, without yet a taste, citrus seems to be a character. There is some citrus like quality to the taste, but there's more. A little malt flavor brings an earthy mild sweetness that mutes the sharpness of the hops, but in a pleasant way. It smooths over what could have been a too acidic representation of a citrus hop bite. Hop heads, fear not, for this has a strong hop profile and finishes dry and nicely bitter. Only just a little hint of alcohol to add even more complexity to the taste. Another example of why Vermont brews the best beers in America, maybe the world.

Jul 02, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No canning date but great simple and subtle can art.
Pale, pasty, cloudy yellow color with dense, low head.
Cooked citrus fruit aroma fills the room upon opening then fades quickly. Subsequent sniffs offer a light lemon smell and hints of mashed grain.
The flavor is weak on malt and overall character. Bitterness dominates and the ubiquitous citrus hop flavor profile is boring and not in any way unique.
Thin mouth feel puts a finer point on the lack of malt complexity and sweetness to balance the hop acids.
Overall a drinkable 2xIPA but not one I'd choose again.

Jun 29, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-a mango colored turgid tap pour hosts a thin white foam cap and a light aroma of of orange and tropical fruit.
The flavor is flush with mango and guava. The hop bitterness is low.
The mouthfeel is quite smooth.
This is easy to enjoy.

Jun 21, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed medium golden pour with big fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Bright and fruity. Citrus... grapefruit and rind plus some tropicals.

T.F: Strong grapefruit/citrus. Rind, pine, and fruit. A little pineapple and mango... but definitely citrus-centric. Nectarine and stone fruit... a bit of spice. Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy carbonation. More citrus to finish.

O: A very well done Imperial NEIPA, and easy to see why this is their flagship beer. This is a great everyday brew.

Jun 17, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: hazy burnt orange color with a nice copper note and some dark matte yellow. head is nothing more than a frothy film at the side of the glass, off-white

s: loads of tangerine, clementines, and apricots. mango and sharp pineapple behind that. some sweet honey biscuits and creamsicle ice cream. some strawberry and passionfruit. this smells delicious

t: some bitter grapefruit and orange juice. guava, nectarine, and some sweet peaches. some pineapple and mango in here as well. a bit of sugary sweetness, but very subtle. some sweet grass and creamsicle ice cream. a touch more grapefruit bitterness at the end

m: fluffy, medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. not really sticky like you get from some DIPA's

o: another awesome beer from Burlington. Very easy to drink for a double, but has the mix of sweet and hops that you want. not as tropical in the taste as in the nose, but is very nice

Jun 04, 2021
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beerbully from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Hazy, deep orange 1/2 inch head......good retention....lacing is thick

S-Hops are tropical....mostly over ripe fruit....melons and papaya.....some dank notes.......some dried oregano ( first time I ever out that in a beer review)....there is some herbal spiciness

T-very pleasant and balanced........some fruity hop notes........some candied fruits......some juicy fruit gum flavors......not sweet......a nice minimal bitterness to balance some of the fruitiness....,..

F-Smooth, soft, pillowy......creamy....medium plus body

O- Great beer.....was given to me from a friend, thank you......will gladly purchase and will try more from this brewery

Apr 09, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can dated 2/26/21 into a tulip glass.

Pours an opaque yellowish orange with about one and a half fingers of white head. some off-color spots in the head presumably from the yeast cookie in the bottom of the can. Pretty good retention, excellent lacing.

Smells mainly of pineapple, oranges and tangerines. Also a slightly earthy aroma.

Picking up tangerines and peaches in the taste but predominate taste is a sweet/bitter alcohol.

Soft, full-bodied mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a nice beer, but thought Uncanny Valley was a little better put together than this one.

Apr 03, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light hazy gold with a nice thick white head. A little bit of lacing. Aroma is a complex combination of mint, fresh forest, mango, banana, coconut and orange with some dank and green coming through as it loses its initial chill. Detecting some oats as well. Taste is a blend of all the tropical notes from the aroma. Medium carbonation. Semi soft feel. Overall, I’d say it’s a more complex version of Wavelength from Equilibrium.

Mar 05, 2021
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the real deal. Put a Treehouse label on the can, and the rating skyrockets. I'm giving this beer its due. Melon, papaya, and citrus abound without being overly tropical. Smooth, creamy, dank, dry, and resinous in all the right places. Will buy again with glee

Feb 16, 2021
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 1/6/2021. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a hazy, pastel orange with a large, foamy, bright white head and thick, soapy lacing. A fragrant, fruity nose with pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, honeydew, and pine needles. It's a fruit bomb with abundant orange/tangerine, pineapple, lemon peel, and grapefruit, along with oats and resinous pine. The Idaho 7 and Chinook hops really shine. As it warms I'm noticing more earthy dankness from the Simcoe. There isn't a lot of bitterness. The flavors are distinct yet delicate. For 8% ABV this ale is positively crushable. It went down fast. It's moderate in body and the carbonation level is appropriate. Up till now I haven't been overly impressed by Burlington Beer Co.'s offerings but It's complicated is outstanding. It really doesn't drink like 8% but boasts lots of flavor. Now that we're getting distro of fresh cans I'll definitely buy more of it.

Jan 24, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to SawDog505 for this can!

A - Opaque dark medium orange gold color that looks very "pulpy". Lacing is thick, dense, and fluffy.

S - Dank citrus on the nose: pineapple, nectarine, and resiny pine.

T - Resiny pine from start to finish along with pineapple, nectarine, and apricot with peppery fruit rind.

M - Very soft on the palate and finishes more on the wetter side (with slight drying on the back of the tongue).

O - This is definitely a beer to check out. Recommended!

Jan 24, 2021
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz undated can.

Pours cloudy yellow with a half inch head of white. Moderate retention and lacing. A bit boozy in the nose with pithy, juicy citrus. Grapefruit, orange marmalade, and white grape. Medium bodied with a creamy but crisp mouthfeel. Jammy citrus on the palate with minimal malt and a balancing bitterness. Grape, peach, and grapefruit. Finishes dry with lingering citrus.

Oct 03, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: light pear color with a 2F head in a Spielgelau IPA glass.
Aroma: very floral, tropical fruit, a hint of sweetness, earthy.
Very malty,smooth MF.
The taste has a strong tropical fruit, citrus and a light earthy character.
Good hoppy finish.
Excellent DIPA. Unusual blend of fruit flavors. Most likely there are NZ, possibly Aussie hops, and citra in the hop profile.

Jun 03, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool name. No can date

Pours a decent foamy frothy 1 finger head with moderate retention and soapy lacing, hazy cloudy pale orange color

Nose is somewhat like Tree House, lots of juicy citrus and tropical fruits, mango sorbet, orange cream, papaya, quite juicy and creamy, some pith, general citrus, bit of dank tropical, doughy malt and proteins

Taste brings juicy citrus and tropical fruit as well, quite juicy, big mango sorbet and puree, papaya, little dank tropical, touch of guava, big mix of tropical fruits, some generic citrus, a bit of cereal grain and doughy creamy malt, nice soft minerals, no alcohol, drier finish with a bit of rind and bitterness

Mouth is med to fuller bod, very juicy and creamy like, med foamy carb, basically no alcohol

Overall this was quite nice, reminds me a lot of Tree House, great mineral/salt additions soften it quite a bit, nice tropical and citrus fruits with the juiciness, good malt base, very well done

May 17, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Oct 02, 2019
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VTBeerDrinker from Vermont

5/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Sep 28, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Mar 14, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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%.

Jan 04, 2019
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Naughead from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Dec 02, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Sep 09, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Jul 14, 2018
It's Complicated Being A Wizard from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 450 ratings