Hakuna Matata
D9 Brewing Company

Hakuna MatataHakuna Matata
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,719
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #33,466
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 13.33%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
107
From:
D9 Brewing Company
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  28
SCORE
85
Very Good
Hakuna MatataHakuna Matata
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 107 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by woodychandler:
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Jun 11, 2018
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TheKingofWichita from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thought the beer was actually pretty good.

It pours a orange amber color. Smells of citrus and multiple kinds of hops, almost floral. A nice smell. It leaves some lacing on the glass as it is drank. Taste of a good solid bitterness backed by a strong malt backbone almost making it a session IPA. Very drinkable. Picked up a 6'er at a local convenience store and was surprised it was this good. Mouthfeel was average and overall a pretty good beer. I was happy with it and would buy it again.

Jan 19, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Apr 20, 2018
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap
Color golden amber with light haze
Smell has a tropical fruit aroma like papaya
The feel and taste are both very good with mild bitterness and dry body with slight melon flavor and mild citrus with light alcohol
Overall a good IPa not as sweet as a NE IPa but lacks bitterness of a west coast style

Jan 14, 2019
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apr 13, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and slightly greater than moderate orange + golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderatre aromas of caramel + bready malts with moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, and herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel + bready malts with just a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/mango, and herbal hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away pretty slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. An average IPA that is not quite as tropical as I was expecting considering the name and description on the bottle, still enjoyable but more malty/balanced than I was expecting.

Jul 18, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass. No freshness date found.

Look: Pours a medium amber color with a large, fluffy, dense off-white head that has excellent retention.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of bready malts and citrusy hops with a touch of floral. .

Flavor: Mild bitterness for style; Moderate strength. Dominated by hops that mostly feature citrus and tropical fruit notes, but with a hint of herbs.

Feel: Near medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: a mild (especially in terms of bitterness), balanced, easy drinking IPA. .

May 24, 2016
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GreenStreet from New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 20, 2015
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generallee from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 06, 2017
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nitter from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 29, 2017
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zoobcool from Nevada

5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal IPA. Citrusy with a great finish.

Dec 20, 2014
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ckollias from Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 03, 2017
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brauseboof from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 06, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Jul 11, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aug 20, 2017
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Jul 12, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 03, 2016
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jeff1973 from California

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 18, 2015
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Aewachiw from Maryland

3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 28, 2020
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 04, 2016
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feb 28, 2019
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ADTaber from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 31, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Double Barley can-shaped glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a full inch off off-white head that retains very well before slowly shrinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of bumpy surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Sweet aroma of malt and some citrusy hops.

T- All hop and malt flavor with very little bitterness. The taste that is there is balanced but not incredibly impressive. Just some typical malt sweetness and nondescript citrusy hop character. Very easy to drink for the ABV though.

M- Somewhat tangy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Pretty good but I'm glad I only got a single since I was certainly expecting more from a "Tropical" IPA and I would've probably grown tired of it had I bought six of them.

May 03, 2016
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CB2maltygoodness from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 13, 2017
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Mantooth from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 15, 2017
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