A Year With Dr. Nandu
Aeronaut Brewing Company

A Year With Dr. NanduA Year With Dr. Nandu
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #544
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,163
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 7.65%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
262
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A Year With Dr. NanduA Year With Dr. Nandu
Notes: 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
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 262
Reviews by jcoleMA66:
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3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Piney, Dank, Pithy, Bold

This is a grownup IPA. While all of the kids are brainwashed into drinking their juicy opaque IPAs, the veteran beer geeks notice the more intricate, well-played out and bold IPAs that don’t try to ride or even desperately keep up with a supposed Northeast—or Vermont—IPA trend. And let's not forget the balance and drinkability; A Year With Dr. Nandu is swimming in it ... just swimming in it. Hunt this one down.

Look 4.50 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 4.25

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #107 (DEC 2015)

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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 SRBush1974
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 HankSingle
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really nice smell - bright lemony fruits, maybe a dash of lime? Clean, expressive. But really didn't care for the beer that followed - lots of pine and bread, maybe a little chewy, but towards no purpose. More funk than bitter - I didn't manage to finish my glass.

I have a notion the problem, here, is me, and that this beer - which tastes really old school, to me, like, dawn of East coast IPA old school - would be awesome to someone else.

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

Photo of Philcassella
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MA_hops
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dark orange in color with a thick, white and foamy head that dissipates very slowly.
S: Bright tropical citrus notes with hints of pine and floral.
T: Grapefruit pith, hint of orange among other citrus notes.
M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness, crisp and hoppy finish.
O: Saw a 4 pack in my local liquor store's fridge and decided to get it as it looked interesting (excellent can art!!). Wow, I like it! Definitely is up there with Wormtown's "Be Hoppy", Bldg 8's "The IPA" and that ilk. Try it!

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Photo of Bhunter0812
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopcity617
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paoloboston
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Appears an amber color with very little head in the glass. Smells of pineapple, mango, and candied fruits. Taste is sweet and crisp like simple syrup and fruit. Bitterness come in the finish and lingers. Leaves the mouth feeling slightly oily. A solid IPA but I prefer the session Nandu.

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

Photo of gargoylethekeg
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CharlesK
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dopen993
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into tulip. 2/12/16

L. Nice clear copper color with 2 finger sticky lacing.
S. Some nice floral hops with a bit of a sweetness on the end.
T. Floral and pine and grapefruit up front. Nice bitterness lingers
F. Medium mouthfeel and average carbonation.

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Photo of Rejis
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gphelps70
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emount91
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 PapayaKings
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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A Year With Dr. Nandu from Aeronaut Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 262 ratings