Special Lady Friend
Jailbreak Brewing Company

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Jailbreak Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #2,023
Ranked #15,508
3.93 | pDev: 5.85%
Oct 29, 2021
Nov 27, 2018
Very Good
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Notes: Special Lady Friend is very special indeed, an all Mosaic hazy IPA which results from the culmination of experience gained through the last year or so of thoughtful experimentation with varied yeasts, hops, and procedural techniques. Originating from a sturdy base of 2-row, white wheat, and flaked oats, Special Lady Friend boasts a purified expression of Mosaic, given that Mosaic lupulin constitutes 50% of the dry hop by weight. Overripe pineapple, candied orange, and the fresh essence of blueberry dominate the nose, while the palate experience melds into a pithy melange of tropical fruit, ultimately resulting in a dry, yet soft, elegant finish. Cheers!
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3.75 by trickynicky from Maryland on Oct 29, 2021
4.09 by Boone757 from Virginia on Nov 06, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Lightly hazy bright yellow, pearl white finger of foam, lacing. Lemon, pineapple, mango, and significant grapefruit with moderate piney hops in the nose. Taste is a clone only pineapple takes over the lead from grapefruit, hops are the finisher but in a light fashion. Body is slightly thin, bright and decently crisp, just want a touch more of hop bitters to round out. Nice ipa for the porch

Aug 04, 2020
3.99 by MrDarcy from Massachusetts on Jul 07, 2020
4.21 by carrcolind from District of Columbia on Mar 21, 2020
4 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Mar 15, 2020
3.94 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Dec 12, 2019
3.68 by Dduquette from Maryland on Nov 14, 2019
3.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Oct 24, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Small sample at Salisbury MD Good Beer Festival. Billed as a NEIPA. Pours a slightly hazy light amber with almost no head. Initial impression is fairly juicy grapefruit, assisted by mango, a touch of pine, and a good dose of caramel. Mouthfeel is medium - it could be a little more pillow-y and have some more heft to it. Finish is soft and sweet. Good but not great.

Oct 12, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Aewachiw from Maryland

Best hazy ipa I have had in a long time. Super smooth and juicy. Had on draft at Trucksteraunt in Baltimore MD. Pours hazy, with good color. Would definitely get again.

Oct 11, 2019
4 by petewheeler from Maryland on Sep 21, 2019
4.43 by goblue3509 from Pennsylvania on Aug 18, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GateToWire from Maryland

Pours a hazy gold with zero foam
Lots of grapefruit, pine and citrus smell
Not thin but not thick on feel. Just a good solid IPA
Great hoppy taste, wonderful citrus flavors. Just a wonderful local Maryland IPA.
Would highly recommend

Jul 11, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz can

pale yellow golden color, slightly cloudy. thick white head, good lacing.aroma is citrusy - orange and grapefruit, also a bit grassy. taste is a bit thin, mostly bitter. not much body.

Jun 07, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours semi cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of passion fruit and citrus hops, very inviting. Tastes of passion fruit with slight citrus aftertaste notes. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Jun 01, 2019
3.77 by porterman66 from Massachusetts on May 23, 2019
3.54 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2019
3.92 by MGibbons from Maryland on Apr 27, 2019
3.77 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Apr 13, 2019
3.96 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Apr 13, 2019
3.98 by Big_V from Maryland on Mar 31, 2019
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3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by pizzabutt from Maryland

appearance: nice 2 finger head, foamy white. body is a hazy light amber, closer to a golden straw sort of color.

smell: very resiny. note of dank nugs, pineapple, and grapefruit.

taste: resin on the forefront, sort of like a pine sap-type flavor. as it sits and warms the tropical fruitiness comes out, backed by a

feel: moderate body. easily drinkable but there's a lot going on flavor-wise so it helps to slow down. somewhat oily and very astringent.

overall: a very solid example of the american IPA. to me it has the vibe of a double IPA (very hoppy, resiny, and oily), but the alcohol content isn't quite high enough. it drinks well and kicks enough that you don't need many. i quite like it, although i usually prefer NEIPAs on the fruitier side rather than the danker side.

Mar 28, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a rather opaque goldenstraw with a bubble show producing a one-finger head; good retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Pineapple, blueberry and candied orange peel

Taste: Pineapple and blueberry tones forward with the candied orange peel underpinning; an unusual bitterness pervades from the mid-palate, somewhat reminiscent of blood orange and aspirin, though the candied orange peel lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A really different take on an all-Mosaic IPA; by and large, I enjoyed it

Thanks, cdubnbird, for the opportunity

Mar 24, 2019
3.5 by jbexphys from Maryland on Feb 25, 2019
4 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland on Feb 22, 2019
3.97 by Lucular from Maryland on Feb 13, 2019
4.28 by jwglass from Maryland on Jan 11, 2019
3.93 by sisterofba from Maryland on Jan 05, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Labo from Maryland

Surprisingly delicious

Jan 04, 2019
4 by ljbivona from Maryland on Dec 14, 2018
Special Lady Friend from Jailbreak Brewing Company
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