Big Punisher
Jailbreak Brewing Company

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Jailbreak Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Imperial IPA
3.79 | pDev: 13.46%
Sep 21, 2019
Apr 18, 2014
Very Good
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Notes: A well-balanced double IPA with a semisweet malt backbone and complimented with generous amounts of citrus & tropical fruit hops. Rich, delicious, and rewardingly punishing.
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Reviewed by Ego from New Jersey

3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
when in maryland...

slightly hazy orange, clean white head that sticks around, lacing is good, carbonation is average, good enough to meet the style

citrus, strong orange peel, nice pine back end of hop notes, slightly astringent

taste etc...
solid mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, oh where have the hops gone my friend ? Suddenly malty, which would be fine if I didn't have to put out a missing person's report for the hops, double the IPA means ... well, at least to me, some damn hop kick, this has barely to none, way too sweet a finish for my liking (or not liking in this case), not a bad beer but never in a million years would I blind taste this as a DIPA, maybe an IPA... maybe

not a bad beer, but only an average DIPA at best, the beer shows marks in certain departments (mouthfeel, carbonation) but lacks seriously in the most important category for this swisher of brew.
Sep 21, 2019
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Rated: 3.44 by 32arden from Maryland

Aug 31, 2019
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Apr 16, 2019
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Mar 04, 2019
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Feb 19, 2019
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Jan 26, 2019
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Dec 16, 2018
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Rated: 3.84 by JonB25 from Delaware

Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Gasp262 from Canada (AB)

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
This came across to me as an exceedingly ordinary double IPA. My drinking companion called it the worst he has ever had. I won't go that far, but it was just unremarkable and quite plain for the style
Jun 09, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by RGPeters from Virginia

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Kinger22 from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A golden, amber beer with a little bit of a frothy head. The smell is fruit with some yeast and hop notes. As for the taste, it’s very flavorful with powerful citrus and hop flavors
Mar 17, 2018
Rated: 4 by undomiel from Maryland

Mar 14, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by rodlavers from Maryland

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by mush from Illinois

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by HarryPotHead from Maryland

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by IMZep from Maryland

Aug 09, 2017
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Reviewed by scream from Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
One the boy brought back from a recent D.C. trip for me. Head retention was not that great. Smell was minimal. Medium amber in color. Nice hoppiness to it. I thought that it tastes great and was very pleased woth it despite what some might perceive to be flaws would buy again if it were available here.
Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 3.47 by Bum4ever from California

May 02, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by nickfl from Florida

Apr 14, 2017
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This one features nice balance in the nose, with obvious sweet malt complemented nicely by the citrus and pine, with a touch of black pepper perhaps. The look is solid; amber with orange highlights and a steady head leaving frosty rings of lace as a keepsake.

The balance continues in the taste, although the flavor leans to the malty side in the finish, and the texture doesn't hold up as well, getting a touch watery. A bit of graininess intrudes upon the aweetness, and the alcohol starts to overwhelm the hops. There is a spicy note as well, but it doesn't meld with the booze toned maltiness as well.

Not my favorite of the style; slightly disappointing.
Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by thomda11 from California

Mar 14, 2017
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Reviewed by vludwig from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I got one can of this beer from a friend and I loved it.

Pours with a great head, and lacing tracks every sip to the bottom of the glass. Bright, glowing amber in color, and slightly hazy, as expected.

The beer smells strongly of citrus-grapefruit, but also has earthly, woody, and sweet malty notes, giving this beer a nice, appealing complexity.

The taste is balanced, and similar to the aroma, with citrusy hop flavors, slightly sweet malt flavor, and notes of grain, earth, and wood. The flavors shift and play on the palate, another appealing complexity. The finish is clean, with just a bit of pleasant bitterness. Each taste calls for the next.

The body is medium, about as light as can be expected from a beer this big and complex, and the carbonation is appropriate.

This beer suits my taste perfectly, and I would make it my go-to, everyday beer if I could. Unfortunately, I live on the west coast, so I can't.
Mar 09, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by ClavisAurea from New York

Feb 28, 2017
Rated: 5 by Blocorp from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2017
Rated: 4 by duvel1979 from District of Columbia

Feb 04, 2017
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Reviewed by mpyle from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pale amber color, slightly hazy from the hops. Poured a large creamy head with good retention.

A somewhat generic aroma - malt and muted hops. Slightly metallic aspect of it.

Big malt backbone, quite malty sweet up front. Decent hop flavor midmouth with some pine, but not hugely bitter on the backend. Too much malt or insufficient bittering - skews a little sweet for my palate.

Medium-full body and fairly high carbonation. No astringency. Some gentle alcoholic warming.

Double IPAs are hard to get right. I rarely like them, and this one falls into the "a decent beer but not for me" category. Hops and malt don't really come together in a coherent package in my view.
Feb 03, 2017
Rated: 3 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Dec 24, 2016
Rated: 3.47 by Seanecy from Virginia

Oct 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by bgold86 from New York

Sep 04, 2016
Rated: 3.47 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 3 by malfunxion from New York

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 4.56 by lccrunchy from Pennsylvania

Jul 29, 2016
Rated: 3 by Xxxjake09xxx from Massachusetts

Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2016
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz can

dark golden color, thick white head - good lacing. big hoppy aroma of citrus and pine hop flavors. taste is fairly bitter - with the same hop flavors - a bit of biscuit malt flavors. medium bodied, a bit sticky.
Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by smcel371 from New York

Jun 09, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Shradical from Virginia

May 18, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by gruves33 from Maryland

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