Locust Reign
New England Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #57
Ranked #256
4.49 | pDev: 7.13%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: This is a monster of a Double. Big, hearty, and it's got girth. Huge tropical fruit taste and aroma converge in this beer with an abundance of Galaxy hops in the blend. Easy smooth drinking for an 8.2% beer. And no flying bugs.

IBU's: 82
OG: 17.2
Hops: Columbus, Galaxy, Mosaic
Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 372 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Radcpa
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber appearance with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is hoppy with a slight citrus touch. Taste is a fairly strong hoppy with a slight touch of citrus.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Hazy deep yellow body with a one finger head.

Aroma – Pine and spruce with hints of floral at the end.

Taste – Bitter, pine, light biscuit malts. Long light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel – Crisp and clean.

Overall – Pretty darn good beer. Well put together.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Tropical paradise. Thank you Lord, thank you God. Say n'more,... nudge nudge, aye aye. Love it.
Hops. Pretty much blows your face out. Not to mention tongue. Finally abbitter IPA.

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Photo of zshaft
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice dark orange yellow. Good amount of haze with nice pillowy head. Nose is super ripe melon,berries with some minty scents coming through. Pretty dank. Nice! Mouthful is good and coating making the flavor profile all that much better. Front end palate follows the nose with nice ripe apricot and melon with flavors of berries , kiwi, and serious resinous mid to end palate blast leaves you rather stunned. The flavor builds throughout the sip and bitter dry finish is perfect. Flavor bomb with tons of tropical flavors make this amazing. A little more harsh on the palate than say, treehouse but every bit as good. This beer knocks it out of the park. Top of the line. Prob my favorite from this brewery. I need more!!!

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Photo of gcamparone
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. Thank you Ryan for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a yellow-orange hazy body with a big frothy white head that reduces to leave chunky lacing and a good amount of retention. Real nice look

Aromas are citrus and tropical dank hops, also a little earthy and malty. Taste is smooth, easy citrus and tropical hops, finishing lightly bitter. Easy drinker and hides abv well.

This is a crusher, I could drink this all day even though it's a DIPA. Real nice.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a tulip. Darker gold in color. Dank aroma with grapefruit. Taste is the same...tons of grapefruit and a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied and not too heavy. Overall, this surprised me in that it’s this good.

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Photo of MrRB
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the greatest beers I've ever had. Can release yesterday and I got my maximum allotment of 12 cans. This is hazier, more obviously "New England" in style than NEBCO's other DIPAs. Peachy yellow in color. Thick, dense head that goes nowhere. Room-filling aromas of mango, cantaloupe, orange zest, strawberry, and spearmint. Overwhelmingly flavorful on the palate, insanely resinous and dry, still fruity, with a finish that lasts for minutes. In appearance and aroma, this reminds me of the best DIPAs coming out of Vermont like Foley Brothers Prospect. What sets this apart is the abundance of bitter resin and clean dryness that balances the fruit and creates a more exciting, more complete DIPA experience. Sometimes a beer is so well made and so delicious, you just have to say, "This is perfect." Well, this is perfect.

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Photo of Gatch
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Enjoyed on the icy trip up from NY to MA for Christmas leave in December 2017.

Another bonkers hop-bomb with an insane flavor profile, feel, and drinkability. Juicy yet bitter and in the end, a solid reminder that it's a DIPA.

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Photo of jhavs
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Golden straw, cloudy but not full haze, pure white thick foamy head.

Aroma of resinous earthy pine, fresh and ripe tropical fruit, zesty citrus.

Flavor is tropical with a big resinous background. Earthy and bit herbal, but smoothed over with fruit and citrus zest.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Very nice flavor and aroma, great DIPA, not full on juice bomb, nice balance.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden yellow orange in color. Cloudy in appearance. Dank, grass, melon, tangerine, orange, nectarine and citrus zest. Cracker malt. Light. Nice citrus bitterness that lingers. Not too sweet. Real good.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very well executed DIPA. This one flies under the radar but no longer for me. Side by side with the baby ducks and this holds its own and then some. Klaus!

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Photo of rabbott2
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler filled 10/22/17 and drank 10/27/17

Look-Dark orange, good clarity, creamy and thick head, lacing is sticky and lingering

Smell-piney is the main item here. There is also a nice complexity to this that is very tropical and hard to pinpoint. Mango and pineapple for sure, lemon zest, orange. Nice and unique.

Taste-follows the nose a lot. Some more orange opens up into this as well. Definitely some lemon and peach and pineapple as well. It’s tropical but the pine is strong and the bitterness is powerful.

Feel-speaking of’s here alive and well. I really love this true dipa style that has a powerful bitter backbone that our hazy bombs miss. It’s creamy and bitter and drinkable at 8% as well.

Overall-love the style and this competes with the tier 1B of HF dipa of the same style. Very enjoyable and I’ll see it out again for sure. Best of the NEBCO I’ve had.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cold growler filled at the brewery 5 days ago. The beer is poured into my snifter and is a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy and frothy bleached white head of 3 cm foaming up. The head is fairly dense and fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer. I dont see any bubbles rising to the surface in the glass.
The aroma is a bit of resinous pine sap and also fruit with peaches or mango. I do get a bit of musty dank weed like hits on the nose as well. Complex and assertive hop nose that allows only the faintest of grainy malt to come through in the background.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. The flavor is a brief hit of caramel malt and then moves to some bitey hops with a bit of citrus rind and pine sap. I also get a little bit of tropical fruit but there is a lot more bitterness here. I have a bit of lingering resiny hop bite. This is not a juice bomb as it allows for significant bitterness.
The booze is hidden and sneaks up a little bit as I work through the glass I have poured. This is a nice DIPA and one I would fill up on if I visited NEBCO.

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Photo of edthehead
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this one back to back with Super Super Naught, FBD, and Double FBD, so it had a lot of competition, but came out on top. Great IPA, and typical NEBCO goodness, but just a little too lean ... needs a little more New England attitude!

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Photo of jcflorian
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at brewery 12-15. Pours a light orange with minimal head. Very nice lacing.

Aroma is dank galaxy.

Taste- if u are a fan of galaxy u will love this beer. This is dank all the way. Malt is light in the background. Not overly complex flavor. It's dank galaxy.

Mouthfeel is a little light for an IPA

Overall- I have been spoiled by treehouse and trillium . Nebco is a great brewery. Love everything about the place. Great vibe, awesome cool staff. But the sad truth is that they finish way behind the other 2. This beer is just lost in the shuffle of amazing New England ipas

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Photo of Roguer
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a beautiful orange-gold brew, fairly clear (translucent), with a strong white head with good retention.

The aroma reveals ... that this is a hoppy brew. Tropical notes are forefront, tinged with a citrus-like acidity, so that it all comes muddled together in a melange of wonderful hoppy aromas. Resin, pineapple, mango, and a touch of dankness seem to stand out, but barely.

Flavor follows. There's a nice balancing bitterness, adjoining the irrepressible hop flavors of pine and resin, mandarin orange and papaya. Like the aroma, the hop flavors all blend together, all floating on a strong malt backbone of light pale grains and biscuit.

Extremely drinkable. Lively and active. 8.5% won't hit you until it's far, far too late.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hazy Amber with foamy white head, aroma is a soapy funk (not the glass...) but gives way to grapefruit and citrus. Taste is juicy, but not a fruit bomb. Great feel with plenty of hop bitterness - which for me, many New England IPAs are lacking. Perfect carbonation too

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad DIPA by any means, but it's hard to stand out when your brewery also makes Fuzzy Baby Ducks and Coriolis. It is beautiful to look at though, and hopefully it tastes better fresh on tap over what I got from the growler pour.

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Photo of M_chav
3.86/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler was a low fill and over 2 weeks old by the time I got it. diacetyl on the initial taste but not so much on the nose. Nose has nice earthy hops, pine and grapefruit. It's growing on me slowly, alcohol is a bit aggressive. Overall a pretty nice DIPA.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very thankful to a loyal and reliable trade partner for keeping me up to my eyeballs in NEBCO offerings! This one was a long time coming as it's not done very didn't disappoint! Super super smooth for an 8% DIPA! Loved it!!!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy golden straw color with a 1-finger creamy white head. The head dissipates into a nice film that rests gently on top of the beer. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

The aroma is very tropical with loads of bitter pine. Peaches, mangoes, and pineapple all permeate from the glass. There's a touch of grapefruit pith followed by a strong resinous pine note on the back end.

The mosaic really shines through on the first sip. Lots of fresh mangoes and peaches. However there's far more citrus here than the aroma led on. Loads of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange rind add a wonderful citrus juice blast to the flavor. Then comes the galaxy hops to remind you that this isn't just a juicy fruit bomb. The finish is very piney and resinous and gives you a nice bitter kick in the teeth. As the beer warms there's a very subtle caramel sweetness.

The feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. Slightly sticky with a touch of alcohol warmth. Goes down relatively smooth. Finishes slightly dry with just a faint, lingering bitterness.

Overall, and excellent DIPA that really does an excellent job balancing tropical sweetness with piney bitterness. There's not much malt to be accounted for but there are plenty of hops to make you forget about that. Great beer. Hope to try this again someday.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very underrated beer from New England Brewing Company if you ask me. I'd put it ahead of G-Bot and Fuzzy Baby Ducks which is ranked much higher. Will make a special trip!

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Photo of CTHomer
4.09/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: all grapefruit;

T: grapefruit with a little toffee mixed in; finish is exactly like fresh grapefruit, including a slight pithy bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation lightly dry finish;

O: a galaxy/grapefruit lover's dream;

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Photo of tregan_20
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler fill from NEBCO and poured into a Gandhi-Bot snifter (felt it was appropriate haha). Pours a dark orange/caramel color with slight amount of head and lacing. The smell is somewhat of a mixture of peach, mango, oranges and maybe some other citrus rinds. The taste follows suit with the blend of many tropical fruits. Carbonation is on point and the mouthfeel is medium. It is very drinkable for it being a IIPA. This one is definitely a "sleeper" beer from NEBCO; quite possibly my favorite offering from them. Overall, try to get some fresh from the brewery... you will not be disappointed! Cheers!

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Photo of mike22ne
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap and it tastes pretty fresh. Good looking copper and slightly hazy with a thick white head that quickly disappeared. Smells of tropical fruits and peach and a bit of piney hop resin. Taste is similar with a burst of sticky, prickly piney bitterness. Very solid beer and leaves a nice slick feeling and lingering bitterness.
Overall just fantastic!

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