Hakuna Matata IPA | D9 Brewing Company

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3.74/5
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Hakuna Matata IPAHakuna Matata IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
d9brewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tropical IPA brewed using hops from the US, UK, Germany, Slovenia, and New Zealand. The result is a much more balanced, less bitter but more flavorful Dank-style IPA with hints of Mandarin Orange, Pineapple, Grapefruit, and Elderflower.

Added by District9Brewing on 12-17-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,378
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
73
pDev:
15.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am continuing New G7, I mean, D9, New Beer Summit, I mean, Sunday (Weak, I mean, Week 694) with this beer. It's going to be yuge!

From the bottle: "Brewed with elderflowers and 8 different hops from around the world. The result is a balanced dank-style IPA with pineapple, citrus and peach hop flavors."

I am rather anxious to get this one in. I now have a job assignment for tomorrow + I am just getting tired after today's marathon. Upon Pop!ping the cap, I got some light foaming coming up through the neck of the bottle. I decided to head this off at the pass & begin my slow, gentle pour sooner, rather than later. Once I got the pour started, it seemed to calm down, at least in that it was not foaming or going crazy. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. An in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with great retention, leaving decent lacing in its wake. Nose smelled like tropical fruit salad & while that might be nice on deployment for a WestPac, it was not optimal for the style. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was very much of the usual tropical fruit suspects - mango, guava, papaya, even pineapple, but where was the bitterness?!? If I am to rate to style then what was I left with? Finish was semi-dry, but I was unfulfilled. YMMV.

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Photo of cdaniel28
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything a good beer should be! A little dank, a little fruit scent, a little hoppy, and just all around great taste.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good IPA. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass. Bright hazy, dark gold color with a foamy, bubbly white head and foamy bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit earthy with subdued citrus and tropical fruit smells. Flavor features some caramel and bready malt along with the earthiness and citrus. Good flavor and bitterness but the malt presence is strong enough to balance the beer away from being a hop bomb. Mouthfeel shows a nice level of carbonation, little alcohol presence and a good balance between malt and hops. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dflo32
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is an Amber orange color with a small white head. The aroma is a nice blend of mild hops and malts. A very good beer.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NonicPanic
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TastyBeverage
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

west coast style IPA...very good for the style

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MericanToast
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sohearn
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neil2me
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cobrito
2.06/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber with average head and lacing.

Not much to offer in the aroma, especially considering it is brewed with eight hop varieties and elderflower.

Taste follows nose. Hops have been balanced into oblivion. Stale candied fruit. Feels limp.

Overall, a drain pour. Bless the hearts of the two, yes two, beer store employees who recommended this less-than-mediocre brew to me. I guess supporting local involves supporting some inept products. Sigh.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of stakem
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pint appears hazy dark copper with white cap.

Smells of caramel malt, almost akin to homebrew with dried malt extract and slight floral touch.

Taste is sweet and malty with a fruity alcohol aspect and floral aftertaste. Minimal hop bitterness is herbal.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. This must be a dated bottle because its not the "tropical ipa" as advertised but maybe the elderflower addition is what made it tropical? I donno but its not good.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stadmo1
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CalebD
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of greencovesteve
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on draft at Craft Conundrum in Charleston SC. Comes in the snifter a murky, coastal Carolina seawater consistency orange with minimal head.

Aroma is there but not particularly particular. Mostly floral hops with a strong earthy presence too. Leaning more towards English than American IPA.

Taste confirms the English heritage. So earthy with a touch of floral. No citrus or pine. Not my style.

Not bad per se, one supposes, but not a typical American IPA. I'll pass on the future.

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Hakuna Matata IPA from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 73 ratings