It's Complicated Being A Wizard
Burlington Beer Co.

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,050
ABV:
8%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,410
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 9%
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
383
From:
Burlington Beer Co.
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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Reviews by musicsherlock:
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3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of rodmanfor3
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer tastes like a canned home brew. The only way you could be enthusiastic about it would be if one of your friends was brewing it and you did not have the heart to tell him/her that it is not good. Definitely a beer to be avoided.

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, sample from the brewery.

Mildly hazed deep golden hue, froth puts on a show. Orange zest, lime leaf, passion fruit, white tea, and faint parsley in the nose. Smooth and crisp, kiss of caramel with a wave of hop bitterness. Citrus rind and mild tobacco, tea and tropical fruit on the palate. The malt base is a bit bready, warming alcohol hits in the middle with a bit of spice. A bit rustic and in your face but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look at a bunch of recent reviews of this beer...the way people describe the look is ALL over the map...some saying "next to clear" and some saying "super clouded"...so confused...

My can pours super clouded...looks like a pineapple, mango yogurt smoothie...larger light oatmeal head, lasts nicely and leaves gobs of thick lacing and fluff all over the glass.

Soft and citric nose

On the palate its NE IPA juice bomb all the way with more pineapple and ripe grapefruit in the drivers seat...perhaps a bit on the thin side, but nothing to be concerned about this is tasty, complex and highly enjoyable in a tropical fruitalicious kinda way

Tall can...2/15/17

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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 Butznutz
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice cloudy orange into a tulip glass and i immediately picked up some nice tropical notes on the nose...mostly pineapple. the taste maintained a faint citrus sweetness but had very little hop bite. Drank smooth but in comparison to other New England IPA's this one falls a little short in the hops category

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Burlington Beer Company in Williston, VT.

This one pours a light golden orange amber color, basically clear, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bitter resinous hops, sweet malt, and a hint of grapefruit.

This doesn't work for me. I enjoyed it, but it doesn't feel all that carefully constructed. It kind of tastes like some of the bad batches of Heady that occasionally pop up- the hops are mostly bitter, almost astringent, and this does not meld well with the very sweet malt backbone. It's not always easy to drink.

This is medium bodied, with a definite lingering bitterness.

I expected a lot more out of this one- it's just average, with nothing to set it apart from the other awesome beers in the area.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VTCombi
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsonta
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjhall1989
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coorsy
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nishriver
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of palealeale
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPA_Weather
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of diamondlie
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rare_bird
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LukeGude
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can shared with friends, recommended at CBC in Waterbury. Crazy murky/thick! Apricot/mango/peach. Really bitter and lingering. Heavy. Glad to try.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheLisa
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft. Looks like a glass of OJ and tastes light and fresh.

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It's Complicated Being A Wizard from Burlington Beer Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 383 ratings