Locust Reign | New England Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Columbus, Galaxy, Mosaic

82 IBU

Added by bccrosley on 07-09-2014

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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Photo of MrRB
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Evmo31
4.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is probably the best batch i have ever tasted, i think the addition of mosaic is new. This beer is up there with FBD

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Photo of jhavs
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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 woosterbill
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32oz growler into a Duvel tulip. Gigantic thanks to Matt and everyone else at NEBCO for making this incredible beer and getting it to me while fresh. Cheers guys!

A: Hazy orange-amber body under a full two-inch head of thick, dense, creamy off-white foam. Terrific retention and thick cobwebs of lace. Perfectly gorgeous for an unfiltered DIPA.

S: Huge, complex hoppiness. Tropical fruit is at the forefront, with lots of mango and pineapple. Some grape, pear, grapefruit, and orange as well. There's also a distinct hint of onion, which I'm not a huge fan of but which stays decidedly in the background. Overall, it's terrifically heady and enticing.

T: Even better than the nose, as the onion is nowhere to be found and the interplay of tropical fruits and dank citrus can unfold undisturbed. I'm getting strawberry, papaya, lychee, white grape, nectarine, and plenty of grapefruit bitterness on the long, clean finish. It just gets better and more drinkable as it warms, with the decadent fruitiness always balanced by the solid bitterness. Outstanding, even for NEBCO.

M: Creamy medium body. Great carbonation level, period, but especially impressive for a growler that's been shipped 1,000 miles.

O: I knew this was special from the first whiff of aroma as I took off the cap, and it only got better from there. It reminded me a lot of the most recent batch of Coriolis, but with an additional dose of grapefruit bitterness that tied it together even better than that magnificent beer. My favorite NEBCO DIPA yet, and one of my top 5 DIPAs of all time, easily. Get some if you can!


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Photo of braugon
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pine and citrus hop flavors, about 50/50. Bitter on the finish, but not off-putting.

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Photo of timdrake
4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding brew, My favorite from New England Brewing.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.94/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Edit (02/20/2016): Had again last night at Prime 16 and this batch was remarkably better and hoppier. Upticks in the aroma and taste by 0.25 each, other variables unchanged.

Original: Had tonight at Prime 16 in New Haven, they had it on cask but I don't believe it was dry hopped or casked on anything. Just straight hand-pull at room temperature. Poured a hazy amber with a thick two finger head that receded slowly and left good lacing. Smell was a little weak once the head died down, but what came out was pure hop juice and a malt backbone. Tastes much better than the aroma, good sweetness upfront and then hop bomb. Nice juicy notes abound with honey and melon and dank hop leaf. Finishes a tad bitter with a hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is insanely light for the ABV. I drank a full 12oz over the course of about 5 minutes and had to order another. Overall a smooth and balanced New England DIPA that never gets malty. Excellence in a glass.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Shawner
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an awesome beer!! This is very well balanced, crisp, and refreshing. I just hope that @Mpontiakos and @TheBlueJerzzzz can someday get their hands on this amazing beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of KT123
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
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 socon67
4.06/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz. pill bottle growler into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

Looks pretty typical. Nice head, good color, spotty, messy lace. The aroma is of pineapple, citrus, mango, starfruit and other tropical fruit flavors. Sweet with a pungent hop background. Flavor is of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus and starfruit. Juicy with a slightly astringent and coarse, piney hop bitterness in the back that's overwhelmed by the fruit flavor. Sweet, tropical aftertaste. Super drinkable. Just the right amount of carbonation makes this one quenching and smooth at the same time. Delicious!

Given the pedigree, I'm not sure why I was surprised that this is really good. Worthy of its high score here.

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Photo of JRFresh
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Locust Reign from New England Brewing Co.
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