Spellbound Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,962
Ranked #13,379
3.94 | pDev: 8.88%
Spellbound Brewing
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
Notes: One of our flagship beers. Aggressive hoppy aromas and flavors intertwined with a malty backbone to balance it out. Dry hopped to bring out a blend of bright citrus and pine hop character.

IBU's - 75
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color with light off white colored lacing.

S - Aroma is so light that it's barely detectable. Delicate citrus and caramel malt (of what's there).

T - Light caramel malt base with resiny citrus and pine over the top.

M - Medium body with sprightly, prickly carbonation.

O - A solid, updated traditional IPA style that drinks very easy.

Jul 14, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass. There is either no date on the can, or I can't decipher the nonsense that's there.

L---Opaque/hazy, Amber color. Fluffy, pure white head that faded quickly to a cap and left good lacing.

S---Very hoppy. Citrus fruits and light pine as advertised.

T---Follows the nose with citrus & light pine. More malty than expected for an American IPA.

F---Medium/full bodied with good carbonation. Just a bit of stickiness.

O---A damn solid IPA from an unknown brewery. I'll keep an eye out for Spellbound in the future.

Mar 08, 2021
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haines710 from Delaware

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a can at Wegmans and decided to give it a try. Not sure how old it is but still has a kick to it. Nice bitterness and mouthfeel but missing the pine or citrus that was indicated on the can label. From the scent I wasn’t expecting a strong flavor but hoped to have a little more than just a bitter aftertaste. I like the can and the mouthfeel. Happy to try something new. Maybe this can just wasn’t fresh. Without dating we will never know. Glad to have tried it.

Feb 15, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good solid copper color is that of the brew which fell from a 12 oz. can into a clear pint glass. Less than solid is an aroma, it's rather subdued. There's only a little head and lacing. Then, the taste moves things along. It has a significant malt backbone and it gives a nice sharp, bitter and clean hop bite. It really is a nicely balanced AIPA. Maybe not among the best, but certainly better than most.

Jan 13, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sent to me in a BIF ( thanks MacMalt!) and enjoyed in a pint glass.
The head was impressive, trying to foam over right after popping the tab, but I got most of it into the glass.
The aroma was milder than I expected, but very pleasant. The flavor was definitely not expected- I had the impression it was more a midwestern style than East. It was really tasty, just not expected.
I would certainly be happy to drink these on occasion, and very grateful for the opportunity to try it.

Oct 18, 2020
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It pours dark amber with a relatively small head. The aroma is fairly malty and spicy with some piney notes. No idea how fresh this is but the levels of bitterness are fairly intense which complement the very malty base.

Apr 05, 2018
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Spellogue from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice aroma, spicy with wafts of caraway. Not really a hop nose. Light, clear color. Very dry, sharp taste. Caraway and celery seed hits high on the palate. Tastes of rye in the wort, whether it is there or not. Dry, bitter, floral finish. Different than most IPAs these days. An interesting take on the style.

Dec 08, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


On tap at Al-Starz, watching March Madness with the girls.

LOOK: dull yellow, mildly hazy, creamy medium head,

AROMA: pineapple, mango, very fruity and efervescant.

TASTE: ashy, fruity aslo, but not as tasty as the aroma teases.

FEEL: medium to fill body, but easy drinking.

Good tasty ipa.

Mar 18, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the second of two beers from Spellbound that I traded out for with a friend relatively recently. It reminded me of an ESB because of how sharp the bitterness was while being well-rounded and though it took a while for me to warm up to it, it wasn't that bad of a first impression on me. I just wished that it had more of a hop presence and less pine to it, as this wasn't something that could be downed quickly!

The pour to this was decent as the beer was amber and slightly hazy in appearance. More than enough head could be seen and like the Pale Ale, the lacing was the best aspect by a mile. Thick, voluminous, and soapy, it was quite a sight to behold. As for the liquid itself, it was floral, herbal, and slightly spicy as the hops felt quite British in taste. They had the texture of a dry-hopped beer but thankfully, there was more than enough caramel and biscuit malt to offset that. Too much malt here as the grapefruit rind in the back and the complementary bitterness were what ultimately salvaged this beer.

The alcohol wasn't too high here, which was a saving grace when all was said and done. Not a true American IPA, this felt more British than anything else and nothing like the hazy examples from this neck of the woods or the more waxy and earthy counterparts from the West Coast. Worth a go once, this would please any hophead open to something a bit different from the norm. Needs to be improved or reclassified to hit it's full stride.

Feb 11, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Spellbound Brewing "Spellbound IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I'm not sure what kind of IPA this is supposed to be, but I'm guessing it's kind of an English style (based on the maltiness) done with citrusy and piney American hops. The body is a very hazy amber with golden highlights beneath a massive head of frothy off-white. The aroma expresses a caramelish, almost chocolate-accented, grainy, bready and toasty malt with hints of citrus and pine in the background. The flavor brings those hop components forward although the solid maltiness remains dominant. The maltiness offer a sweetish component that's then anchored by a solid bitterness, not letting it get sweet, and bringing it to a dry and bitter finish amidst swirling notes of soft grapefruit and delicate pine. It's fairly aggressive to be sure, especially in the bitter and piney finish once you've had a few ounces and it starts to build on your palate. Points for a lively character, but dinged for its balance and lack of refinement.

Dec 07, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, a touch of pine. Taste is pine, grapefruit, some malts, balanced, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall this is an enjoyable beer.

Sep 26, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 9 days ago. Poured into IPA glass. It pours a golden-amber color with two fingers of milk white head and lacing. It smells of pine needles, grapefruit, some tropical fruit, resinous hops, and a whiff of caramel. It strikes a nice balance of malt and hops. There is a malt base with a touch of caramel, followed quickly by the grapefruit and a fairly biting, bitter hoppy finish. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and the ABV of 6.5% gives it some substance without being overwhelming. Overall, this is a very nice IPA At 75 IBU it should please hop lovers but the malt backbone gives it some added dimension. It's well-crafted and a pleasure to drink.

Aug 31, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My utmost thanks to Summer Dave for this most welcome CANtribution to The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Our India Pale Ale [IPA] has an aggressive aroma highlighting bright citrus and pine Ameri[CAN] hop varieties. This style is light in body and bold in flavor. We have just enough malt to provide balance and keep you coming back for more."

The Crack! released some foam and I was anxious to get started after that earlier clinker, so I CANducted an inverted Glug. This produced a mammoth three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was a great CANbination of pine and citrus hops along with a biscuity maltiness. My mouth was now watering unCANtrollably. Mouthfeel was unexpectedly full, almost like a DIPA or that last stout from last night. The taste was bright and juicy, very grapefruit, some pine and all underlain by a pleasant biscuit maltiness that lent a nice balance to the intense tastes of the hops. I JUST transcribed the label & I swear that I had not read it before beginning my review. Clearly, great minds drink alike! We used to talk about "Drinkability" on here and man, did this one have it! I could be really happy with this beer in my cooler, no matter what time of the year. Finish was dry, but appropriate. I was not gasping, I felt satiated but I was actually ready for another, whether this one or something else. Stay thirsty, my friends!

Jul 22, 2016
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Dopen993 from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into tulip. No date

L. Dark golden orange with lots of haze. Finger + of thick head with lots of lacing.
S. Some hops and pine on the nose. A little bit of caramel sweetness.
T. Light citrus notes with some nice bitterness especially on the back end. Some nice malt which made it quite balanced.
F. Medium mouth feel with nice carbonation.

Jan 31, 2016
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark golden with a multiple finger white head that has serious staying power and leaves lacing halfway down the glass. Citrus hops and slightly resin aroma are strong and last thanks to the head. Heavy malt presence to balance out the piney hops with a floral hop finish. Very pleasant finish but definitely a malt forward IPA. Light body and medium carbonation with no bitterness.
If malt forward IPA's are your thing, this is a good one. I would've preferred more hops and would've enjoyed more of the floral hops throughout. Very refreshing and it could definitely sneak up on you.

Dec 18, 2015
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therubicon from Delaware

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy white head with great retention. Blast of piney hops up my nose as soon as I open the can. Not much flavor wise other than piney, citrusy hops. Medium-full bodied and pretty creamy. Looks and feel great in the mouth, but just not much going on flavor-wise.

Nov 09, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Pours copper with a frothy head. Sticky lace. 4.25

Smells lovely with bright tropical notes of pineapple, mango, etc. 4.25

Less tropical but there is some light mango flavor, with more assertive grapefruit and biscuity malt flavor. The finish is grassy and earthy hop flavors. 3.75

Potently bitter with a substantial malt presence. Kind of aggressive on both accounts but finds a decent balance. Some zestiness from the grapefruit/citric aspect. Drinks medium-bodied with medium carbonation, translating to a pretty easy-to-drink brew. 3.75

Good stuff.

Oct 25, 2015
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark orange with a thick white head.

smells like muted hop, some spice. very refreshing.

tastes very piney with some slight fruit. finishes very dry and bitter.

goes down smooth, is easy to drink. finishes with a dry and bitter tang.

overall this isn't bad but it's not great. very piney as opposed to fruity. finishes very dry and bitter. it's not that i dislike that combination but it is something to describe.

Oct 10, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.82/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The reason for low rating is because i found this to be sticky, and the bitterness was so high it was hard for me to drink. Too bitter for me and im an IPA guy.

Oct 03, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jersey IPA. Up there with Carton, Kane.

ABV 6.5%. 75 ibu. 7srm. Consumed in a Belgian tulip glass from a light colored can.

A: Dense rustic white amber with a 2 finger, milky white head that was long on the hold and big on the waves of lace.

S: Pine hops drive the nose, with fresh, sticky resins, a bit of dank, and lots of flowery hop. Reminds me of Dales.

T: Above average hopping, piney, dry, spicy, citrus, and finishing into grapefruit rind. Aggressive dry hopping of grapefruit on the finish. Ample malt, with a long, lingering peppery, nasturtium finish of hop flowers.

M: Crisp, dry, refreshing, piney citrus and with a bit of alcohol fire on top of a creamy malt base.

O. Deserves a try and a long run. Bought at WFM. Jersey getting strong at craft.

Sep 11, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. can poured into a snifter. Orange body. Small white head. Smells of pine hops and a little bit of grapefruit. Light sweet pale malt aroma. Grapefruit hop flavor with a strong pale malt character. Kinda sweet. Aggressively bitter in the finish. Long bitter piney finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Decent, I suppose.

Aug 03, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can, unknown date:
Pours a pale yellow that looks a bit towards white even, but that's partially due to the condensation on the glass. The liquid portion of the beer is hazy, but you can definitely see the shapes of things on the other side. Fluffy white head fried pretty tall on a mid-aggressive pour. The cloud of head sits atop the beer, leaving patches of soapy-looking lacing.

My initial sniffs didn't pick up much. As the beer warmed, I got a bit of sweet tropical fruit, papaya and maybe even a little coconut (strange). There's a little honey and light grain as well-almost granola. None of this is what I was expecting.

The taste comes back to to expectations. Malts seem pretty clean, although trying to place the taste does remind me of oat/granola again. Beyond that is a grassy/woody bitterness that really encompasses the palate. The woody notes could be what I was getting that I attributed to the malts. A little warmth brings a hint of grapefruit rind to a more distinctive pine wood taste. In the end taste I get a lightly minted tea flavor in some sips.

The beer hits the tongue a little watery, but it passes very quickly into a decent about medium body beer. End is fairly dry, with a little feeling like I licked a smooth board.

The can mentioned a very aromatic beer, and I don't get too much in the nose. An indication of age? or a marketing boast? That aside a nice beer that was very enjoyable at the end of a workday.

Jul 24, 2015
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight haze in the body, golden orange color with a big pillowy white head. Mild hop aromas, definite big malt presence to balance things out. Flavor is more of the same; pine hops and malt. A restrained approach but it certainly makes it very drinkable.

Jul 20, 2015
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose on this beer is great. A citrusy/fruity smell jumps out of the glass! Taste....Definitely get some citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit peel/rind up front. Mid to back of the palate you get SMACKED with pine needle astringent bitterness that lingers a bit.

Jul 06, 2015
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Golden orange with 2-plus fingers of loose white head. Slightly hazy with moderate carbonation.

Pine sap, passion fruit, perfumey florals, orange citrus, dank, caramel, and candy sugar.

Dank greens, pine sap, perfumey florals, and grapefruit pith. Hints of passion fruit and orange zest. Firm caramel and honey backbone with touches of toffee. Finishes with pine needle, grapefruit zest, and onion.

Medium bodied, silky, oily, moderately bitter, and dry.

Very dank and piney. Bitter but with a firm malt backbone.

Jun 11, 2015
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