A Year With Dr. Nandu | Aeronaut Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aeronaut Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
aeronautbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our one year anniversary IPA. This beer is the full strength IPA of the Session with Dr. Nandu which was the first beer ever brewed by the Aeronaut team (even before it was Aeronaut). The original beer was inspired by the Spanish Table beer Guineu Riner and Founders All Day IPA. The concept was to make a delightful, light, floral, fruity highly drinkable pale ale. In this beer we find a faint malt sweetness is paired with a distinct bitterness and rich tropical aromas of Mosaic hops.

Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.3%
65.8 IBU

BEER STATS
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
256
pDev:
7.65%
 
 
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15
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the BNA party in Providence.
Hazy deep amber color with a decent off white head. Bready maltiness with earthy citrus and tropical fruits to counter.

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Photo of gbiello
2.88/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden orange out of the can with finger of frothy head. Citrus pine resin catty aroma. Bitter flavor with a thin mouthfeel. Not the best I have had.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the art work on this can! 9/13/18 opened on 10/17/18.

Pours out to be a rather clear golden Amber color. White clumpy foam soon spreads out thin, solid ring and scattered foam remains.

A very hearty, grainy, citrus and peppery grapefruit, rich lupilin, style aroma from the Mosiac hops. A slightly sweet, Amber/buttery malted scent also brings light sweetness.

The overall flavor and mouthfeel really does come across as a hefty sided session IPA. 6.5 % abv. Is a heavy session, more complex than most session style ipa's as well, but it's light to medium bodied approach makes it very easy breezy.

Hearty, earthy and grainy hits me first, deep Mosiac hop effects, peppery citrus and mild juicy toned hops keeps the complexity high. The malt really plays well around the edges, sweet Amber, bready with a hit of honey is easily detected after the hops relax.

Very enjoyable and easy with decent complexity overall. O.k time to sip!

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Photo of mike22ne
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can, dated 9/13/18.

Pours a good clear caramel color with some nice pine resin and tropical hop aromas. Minimal foam quickly fades to just a ring.
Good flavors of hops and caramel malt, a little grainy. A bit grassy, a bit piney, and a mix of floral fruity flavors.
Prominent bitterness and resinous hop character well balanced by the malt base, for a sticky bitter finish.

It strikes me as much more of a classic IPA than most of what you find on the shelf these days. Very nice, glad I picked it up and I'm glad they still make it like this!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is an extremely clear orange amber with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is intense mango and pineapple.

Taste is a lot more light than the aroma would let on. Definitely tropical fruits with a light malt.

Deliciously drinkable beer.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack at Ryan and Casey Liquors. Beer pours with a clear orange appearance, visible carbonation, a bubbly head that dissipates and some patchy lacing. Lightly grassy hops and pine aromas fill the nose. The taste builds upon the aromas and really expands with some orange, grapefruit, and malts flavors that are rich. Good carbonation; really helps to make it an enjoyable drink for the evening. Overall, great taste dimension.

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Photo of Holderness
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned ~3 weeks ago.

L -- Very slightly hazy orange body. Aerated pour out of the can produces a one-finger solid white head. Some retention and lots of lacing.
S -- Tons of tropical fruit aromas with a little piney dankness in the back. Definitely mosaic!
T -- Herbal bitters, pine resin, grapefruit pith, passionfruit, and a bready malt backbone to balance things out. Semi-dry finish
F -- A little bitter and puckering on the finish, but nothing too bad. Medium- carb.
O -- Love the can designs from these guys, and their beers definitely fit right into the current beer scene around New England. $16/4-pack from the brewery is pretty damn steep, though, given the ABV. Even Trillium is cheaper!

81/100

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got one can of it given to me by a friend. Pours a nice clear golden color. I couldn't smell much. Text was very smooth as was my mouth feel. Over all A very nice beer from a brewery that I had never heard of and wouldn't mind hearing more from. Good job and I would definitely buy that again even if somebody didn't give it to me for free

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a golden burnt orange color with a sly transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Sticky lace clings around the glass after a finger’s worth of white foamy head dissipated. The aroma started with some danky sweet onion, thick grassy bitter hops, subtle pine and all of that seems to layer on the malts nice and clean. The flavor yields to the maltiness, somewhat sweet but clean and throwing itself against the bitterness of the hops and then brings in some citrus against that pine and dankiness. Aftertaste seems well balanced between the malts and the hops. Quick finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Mild carbonation. Sly acceptable stickiness. Overall, I was quite impressed with my first Aeronaut beer. Very well balanced.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mac and Walt's in Norton, MA.

This one pours a rusted dark orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells kind of herbal and peppery, with lots of juicy tropical fruit, maybe a bit of blueberry skin, etc.

This is awesome. The bitterness is herbal, crisp, and a little peppery. The Mosaic hops shine here- this has a killer tropical character, a little blueberry, lots of mango and melon, and some sort of exotic feel, maybe guava? There's basically no malt character here, but that is completely fine.

This is medium bodied, crisp and full, with a good level of carbonation.

I have no idea what the name of this means, but I can really appreciate how good this beer is.

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Photo of Chris215
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not what I expect in an IPA. Didn't get floral or citrus notes. Dry and bitter. Guess I expect that juiciness all the time now. Drinkable though. Reminded me more of an amber.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 2/9/17, nice and fresh

Pours a nice big fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, some soapy fluffy lacing, pretty clear honey orange color with an amber hue.

nose big bright hops, some dank resin notes, a little pine sap and faint green onion, plenty of citrus and a little tropical notes, little stone fruit, some toasted reddish malts.

Taste brings fruity hops out front, a little fruity slight melony bubblegum and stone fruit, into some citrus, and a little papaya and tropical notes, turning a bit spicy and piney, and a touch of dankness, with some sweet toasted malts underneath, a little fluffy. Finish dries and gets very spicy, a chewy briny spicy hop character, with a bit of pine sap. A touch of the mosaic onion starts to come through as it warms.

Mouth is med bod, a little fluffy body, fluffy carb.

Overall not bad, mosaic didn't bring as much onion but did have some pine sap and turned really spicy and briny on the finish, hard to drink much of it.

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Photo of JMFBOSTON
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to see cans available more frequently outside of Somerville/Cambridge area. Great IPA, great flavor, coppery color. great hop nose and flavor, dry bitter finish in the best way possible. This beer has certainly grown on me , had at the brewery for the first time years ago and is one of my favorites when I can find it. Extremely drinkable , hits all the right notes, classic.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 2/10/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of digboy
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer from Aeronaut - found it at the local packing store just over the border into Maine. Canned 12/29/16. Just gonna say from the start... this beer would be the love child of Old Speckled Hen and an American IPA, meaning caramel malts underlying a moderately fruity hop profile. And that should not scare you by any means.

Deep, satisfying copper orange color with a half-finger head. Nicely carbonated with a clear body. Muted floral aroma, nothing jumps out but definitely declares itself in the American IPA style.

Mouth feel is crisp and light - not terribly malty yet not necessarily hop-forward either. Bitterness is moderate all around. I get definite caramel flavors in the after taste and the Mosaic comes out most at the end. I think they have succeeded with Mosaic where many have failed by keeping it tempered by sweetness. Interesting.

This beer leaves me wishing I could have this in the summer instead (hopefully it gets released in June again this year). If they were shooting for Founders All Day I think they overshot it by a mile because it has a much more complex flavor profile with less reliance on malt. I definitely want to have this again and look forward to hunting for it.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cool can. Good beer. Feel is a little light and overcarbonated. Above average aroma. Good flavor. If you like IPAs you won't be disappointed by any means. Just short of very good.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 10/6.

Pours hazy copper with a moderate head and retention. Tropical fruit in the nose. Mild amounts of peaches, mango, pear, and apricot. Delicately floral, not pungent or leaping from the glass. Medium bodied and crisp with a softish mouthfeel. Fruity hops, faint malt, and a firm, slightly coarse bitterness on the palate. Finishes with mild fruit.

A pretty solid IPA with nice fruity overtones. More hops all around would be even better,

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark gold color. Nearly no head which leaves only a few spots on the glass.

Prickly pine aroma. A little weedy. In the background I get just a touch of caramel. malt.

The flavor comes across dry with lighter (in color) malt flavor than the nose indicates. The hop is strong, nearly biting. Dry nearly astringent swallow and aftertaste.

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

2016 Year with Dr. Nandu, transported in a crowler and served in a tall glass. Beer pours pale golden in color and looks quite tame. Aroma however is magnificent. Tropical fruit punch, passionfruit, papaya. Flavor of hoppy and fruity, very drinkable for a double IPA. Sweet and bright, easy to drink, and non-traditional for an IPA. An impressive offering which has raised my expectations from Aeronaut.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into pint glass canned on 8/25

A: Light amber, great clarity, very small white head but it was a full pour so not much room for it to develop.

S: Lots of candied hops, sweet, pineapple, light mango, peaches, a little bit of a bready end

T: Nice pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lightly herbal very juicy

M: Light to medium with a fine line but more medium not very cloying on the tongue ends slightly dry.

O: This beer is pretty good. The beer tastes cleaner and not as muddled as Hop Hop and Away. Nice juicy fruit flavors with a nice medium body just a solid IPA.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pine, resin, grapefruit pith, melon and papaya. Extremely dry. Bigger malt backbone, slightly over shadows the hop flavor. Bitter. Little to no sweetness. Not very flavorful but as I kept drinking, it got better. Womp womp.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours amber bronze with a frothy off-white foam head. Smells like dank herby earthy grass, sweet toffee biscuity malt, orange, grapefruit, guava, papaya, mango, with spicy bitter resinous pine. Tastes real dank and earthy with tropical notes of mango, papaya, guava, orange, grapefruit, sweet toffee biscuity malts, with dank herby earthy grass and spicy resinous pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really well balanced IPA.

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Photo of SABERG
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 7/15/16 into a nonic pint glass.
A - Wonderful copper color, I love the clarity in the offering, strong carbonation feeds a nice frothy cap.
S - Batard out of the oven smeared with orange marmalade, excellent aromatics. Grain well displayed and the hops are mainly tropical.
T - Starts out piney, shifts to comfier, then slightly sweet malts. The flavors run in a narrow band.
M - Full in body, nice carbonation keeps things moving along. There is a linger with an ever slight metallic finish.
O - A well constructed IPA . the grains come through and again, I love the clarity.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had a strange experience while visiting Curtis Liquors in Weymouth, MA. The store has a slightly bizarre setup. There are random fridges set up around the front with a mishmash of spirits. You'll see a nice local Farmhouse parked right next to Spiked Seltzer, next to Kambucha next to mid-shelf Champagne. Stuck all by it's lonesome was a four pack of cans, white background with some red and black doodles throughout that look like they may have been conceived with a couple of colored pens on a cocktail napkin... how was I going to say No?

Pours a liquid copper, darker American IPA malty color. Looks really nice and likely indicative of a balanced malt v. fruit IPA.

Smell is grapefruit rind, buttery biscuit the marriage of malt and hops you'd expect. Nothing exceptional as everything is subdued.

Taste is, well, a slight disappointment. Malty, dirty grapefruit rind and a dusting of floral with a sneaky estery banana/bubblegum finish which is the winner as far as positive flavors.

Moutfeel is great, not sticky. The beer doesn't coat your tongue and throat and every sip is more of an experience than a chore. Surprisingly light, almost refreshing. Wow.

This is a good IPA, it hits on all fronts, but where some aspects are a home run I'd say the flavor is a seeing eye single. All the flavors are present and theres some pleasant flavorful surprises but it leaves me wanting a little more.

This is my first experience with AERONAUT and I'm a fan, they certainly seem to have their act together.

Strong recommendation to try

Cheers!

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Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured an amber-gold color with a 2F head which quickly resolved in a Spiegelau glass.

Earthy aroma with a little citrus- not very strong, but pleasant.

A very unusual citrus taste which I haven't tasted in other IPAs.
Very enjoyable, and different. There is also an earthy character to the beer- not overdone.

The palate is quite enjoyable. Very hoppy, but not overdone. Very sharp.

Overall, an excellent IPA. The taste is unusual, and I really enjoyed the palate .

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Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 256 ratings