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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #27
Ranked #331
4.43 | pDev: 8.13%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Notes: One of our "single hopped" beers, this Double IPA gets brewed with only the Nelson Sauvin hop grown solely in New Zealand. A bright-tasting beer that has a big, ole taste of white grape. And yes, the label image is of a Hobbit holding a hop vine while being eaten by a T-Rex. It just seemed... there was this... um, honestly, we don't know what that's all about.

IBU's: 80
OG: 17.2
Hops: Nelson Sauvin
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4.01/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No canning date (presumably canned within the past week)

Pours a cloudy copper-orange capped with a few fingers of fluffy white foam; solid retention leaves a heavy smattering of thick, soapy lacing hanging around persistently alongside a thick collar.

Aromas of passionfruit nectar, pineapple, honeyed guava, and gooseberry at the top; a definite spicy quality and a deftly integrated maltiness make up the subtle backbone; hints of white grape must and detailed, herbal pine find their way interspersed throughout the bouquet.

Taste shows orange peel, papaya, and a ton of bursting general citrus character coating the palate; pine, sticky grapefruit, white grape, gooseberry, vague kiwi, and a squeeze of lemony zest all come out over time, all while still maintaining an extremely balanced profile.

Mouthfeel brings a pillowy smooth medium body with a solid dose of hefty carbonation evened across the palate and building to a touch of malty sweetness before fading into a thin veil of hoppy bitterness that absorbs into the finish; about as easy-drinking as it gets while still reminding of its malty/hoppy punch.

About as balanced and approachable as Nelson hops can be, with a traditional white grape character utilized to influence a fruitier/earthier character as opposed to dominating outright. Even-keeled to the point of extreme crushability, especially for an +8% DIPA with no shortage of a bittering hit.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, May 30, 2019
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4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer where I first learned about the Nelson Sauvin hop which instantly became, and still remains, my favorite hop. This has become my “go to” beer. Besides the amazing hop flavor, the soft feel and finish is what does it. Another fine creation of Nebco.

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Growlah from Connecticut, May 05, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange, tea-like color with two fingers of lasting, tan-tinted foam. Sudsy lacing.

Orange citrus and caramel malts dominate the welcoming, old-school aroma.

Pine and orange up front in the taste, with a sweet and bready malt backbone, and firmly bitter, lightly earthy finish.

Medium bodied, lightly creamy, with a nice fizz in the feel.

This is a great beer. I’m not picking up Nelson hops at all, though. I’d be guessing Chinook, Centennial, Columbus.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Apr 04, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Had this in a tulip glass with a quarter inch of head. Nice line of lacing. Not much aroma. Very fruity flavor - maybe plum. A little pine at the end, but not much. Overall great tasting beer.

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ravisingh from Connecticut, Aug 19, 2018
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4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is another triumph by NEBCO. Just picked up a few fresh four-packs from the brewery. Rich golden-orange color with a thick, durable head. Aromas of orange zest, keffir lime leaf, fresh melon, and resinous pine. Dry yet generous and extremely long on the palate (honestly, count in seconds how long the finish goes). Similar to G-Bot in that they are both basically perfect DIPAs, but with noticeably different flavor profiles due to the different hop bills. I am officially a NEBCO fanboy.

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MrRB from Connecticut, Feb 08, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can, fresh from the brewery dated 2/2/18.

Looks great, a slightly cloudy golden copper with a thick white head that persists all the way down.
Smells nice, fruity and aromatic. White wine grape, pine resin and berry.
Taste is similar hop tones, grape and subtle pine and citrus, maybe a little apple and spice. Some light caramel malt gives a round deep base.
Feels smooth, a bit oily but it's not too heavy. Strong enough bitterness and bright flavors keep it lively. A somewhat herbal and grassy character.

I used to think I didn't like Nelson Sauvin hops, but I had clearly never had a beer that used them so well. I'm still not sure I would choose to drink this over a more typical American-hopped IPA from NEBCo, but I can definitely enjoy it.

And glad I got it fresh!

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mike22ne from Massachusetts, Feb 08, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Knapp85 for this can. Canned on 9/25/17.

A - Nice clear dark orange pour with very frothy white head and lacing, foam is extremely sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Extremely fruity aroma, very sweet aroma, gooseberry, grapes.

T - All hops from start to finish - white grape, gooseberry, and very fruity with a subtle resiny white grape skin on the back end.

M - Big bodied with light prickly carbonation and extremely dry.

O - For 8.2% this drinks extremely well and the alcohol stays out of the way. Definitely recommend.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Oct 19, 2017
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4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's not easy for a guy in Massachusetts to get his hands on one of these, but I was able to squeeze in, after work, at the brewery on a can release day...the timing was finally good for me. Probably in my favor was the fact that it's not cheap, so...unlike the Fuzzy can releases, this one doesn't immediately sell out.
This is my first Nelson hopped beer, and it definitely has a unique smell/taste...white wine is an accurate description.
From a can into a flare, it has a typical NEBCo look...slightly dark amber...looks filtered, but has just a slight haze. Decent carbonation and mellow head retention. I can sense a little alcohol'll know you're drinking an Imperial.
The fact that cans aren't aren't released all that often (I think the last was 2 months ago), I'll definitely hit them up, when possible, to keep some of these in my occasional rotation.
NEBCo does no wrong.

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Packageguy from Connecticut, Sep 29, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good, not great. Filtered, copper colored DIPA. Super drinkable but overall, didn't wow me. Glad I got to try it though. On tap at Mohegan in Comix club.

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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts, Jul 16, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big grape nose. White grape is the star. Some pine. Fairly boozy. Balanced bitterness. Body is quite thin for a double. Hop notes trend toward grassy.

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PHBoiler from Illinois, Jul 08, 2017
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2.62/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I don't get this beer, a malt driven IPA that tasted old and stale (drank from can 1.5 weeks after canning). The hops were not well executed. I will not be trying this one again.

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jvillefan from New York, Apr 24, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can into an Alchemist stemless teku.

Nose is pine, citrus and cane sugar. Aromatic with a resiny hop bitter bite. Beer opens citrus, pine, grass and a yeasty, resiny bitterness. There's a rounded malt presence that mellows out and balances this one. Body is medium with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth on the palate and goes down silky and a little oily. Accented going down with a bone dry aftertaste.

The body is what stands out about this beer. Super smooth and drinkable.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Apr 17, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New England Brewing just keeps bringing the goods. Had this from a can poured into snifter, from the most recent canning release in March. Look is spot on for the style..golden/amber with some very nice lacing. Smell is spot on for a heavily hopped Nelson double IPA. Tastes very smooth and similar to a top tier Vermont double IPA. Hops dont come out and bite, it's surprisingly very easy to drink for a double. This is probably my 3rd favorite double IPA from New England. That's saying something. Cheers!

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Phishagonia from Connecticut, Mar 24, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Medium orange hue, big frothy big bubbled head with great lacing. Aroma is super melon, cantaloupe and orange citrus forward. Those Nelson hops really shine through, yes plenty wine grapes and tropical fruit. No detection of maltiness, and subtle hop bittneress. For a DIPA, super session like. Impressive.

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4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can dated 3/10/2017 (yesterday! That's fresh!) into a rt tulip glass. It's hazy Orange with nice foamy head. I pick up some light citrus & melon in aroma but something else is there...the aroma of a hot wine grapes from the Nelson Sauvin.

The first taste is amazing, like nothing I've had before as this is my first Nelson experience. It's sophisticated white wine grape and light citrus. It has a perfect carbonation and has a dryness but drinks so smooth.

NEBCO continues to impress. I will seek this and other Nelson hopped brews more often.

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Rejis from Massachusetts, Mar 12, 2017
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4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a number of times. The most recent was out of a can and after sipping it, and getting that huge smell of Citrus I said this could be the best beer NEBCO makes. Does not drink like a dipa to me. Almost a perfect beer. Well worth it anytime you can get your hands on it.

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PSanger from Connecticut, Mar 11, 2017
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5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 Oz can.

Currently my favorite offering from NEBCO. Perfect integration and marriage of the Nelson Sauvin hop with the New England base that everyone has come to love.

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aqi317 from Connecticut, Jan 30, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can...I can find no canning/dating info

Pours with a moderate haze, lighter almond amber, under a larger kkaki cap, lasting and then leaving low sheeting and nice looking strands and mini fields of lacing.

Inviting tropical fruit nose..with pineapple coming to mind...yum

Yasty, flavorful, smooth and highly enjoyable nectar...more tropical, more hoppy, more tasty goodness....notes of honey, pineapple, grapefruit, sweet bready malt notes...

Great as much as you can when and whenever you see this class and super enjoyable

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Billolick from New York, Jan 13, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz can into a Veil Teku. No canning date or BB date that I can find. Got it in a trade on 1/6/17.

Appear: beautiful amber golden color. slight hze. foram 2 fingers of dense bubbly head. that's hanging around a little bit. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Nose: white wine grapes some herbal dankness slight MJ pine. some caramel notes. something bready almost. nice

Taste: well balanced IPA. has a nice hope bite. I get a nice caramel bread backbone playing off some piney citrus hop notes.

Mouth: not creamy but light medium. not bad.

Over: Solid IPA. it's not NE style. seen alot of comparison to some TH brews. This is a different style. I'd be surprised to hear that the brewers of this were trying to have this compete with Green or other TH offerings. This is different. I'd put this with some of the best DIPAs I've had from SIerra, Green Flash, or Niganski. I enjoyed it. Glad it was an extra in a recent trade.

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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia, Jan 11, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from marino13412 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice combination floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus. Then a strong but not over-powering piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Jan 08, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste test Christmas Day with Sip of Sunshine(2nd),GreenTH (3rd)Swish Bissell Bros.(4th). Guess who was No. 1? Coriolis! Great beer all the things you want in this style without any of the back end bite. Incredibly smooth and flavorful. A Winner!

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Rugg315 from Connecticut, Dec 28, 2016
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4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Some people think NEBco is CT's Best brewery. I differ in that opinion. However, If all their beers were as good as Coriolis, it would be a different story. This is an DIPA that's bursting with flavor. Its fruity, creamy, slightly bitter at certain points, fresh tasting, refreshing, slightly straw-y. It has a bunch of flavors I can't name, but its a remarkably good beer. I think Its better than Julius and Green from Treehouse. Its a very unique tasting brew. I could have more of these. Gawd damn!

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TheRossness from Connecticut, Dec 23, 2016
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4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer a while back and wasn't very impressed. Didn't write a review. A buddy of mine insisted that I need to have it fresh so we drove to the brewery and picked some up. Drank it the day I brought it home out of a TEKU.

Look: Deep gold to bronze color with medium haze and a two fingers of rocky, pillowy head.

Aroma: Kinda reminds me of Founders All Day IPA. Nice sprucy pine dominates the nose. A little sweet pine candy poking through. Smells nice and refreshing.

Taste: Way juicier on the palate than the nose would indicate. Very vinous, juicy white grape flavor that Nelson is known for. Some grapefruit and papaya in there as well. Finish has some piney bitterness but its not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium mouthfeel, indicative of 8%.

Overall(style points): This beer is way better than I remember it being. Gotta get this one fresh as possible(within a week of canning). It looks and smells like a west-coast beer but has the juicy flavor to compete with east-coast IPAs. 93 points!

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MikeyMcD86 from New York, Dec 22, 2016
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4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful lacing and head. Golden yellow with ample haze.

Dense nose packed with all that I love about Nelson Sauvin. Grapey, tropical fruit. passion fruit and white wine. Amazeballz

Solid from top to bottom with representation of the aromas but also a smooth and fairly lingering juicy bitterness. Nice

Mouthfeel is not as heavy as many doubles and fits these lighter hop characteristics perfectly by not muddying.

Just a great IPA and 2 miles from my homestead.

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OatmattStout from Connecticut, Dec 21, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark orange color with white head. Nose is sweet orange, apple, grape, herb, grass, resin, and sap. Taste is sweet fruit - grape, tangerine, apple, pear, orange pith, white wine, herbal notes with a bite, malt sweetness, floral notes. Getting some vanilla cream notes from the nose as it warms. Mouth feel is world class, so creamy with perfect, prickly carbonation. Pour at cellar temp for the best mouth. This is a great IPA.

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danh53 from Florida, Dec 07, 2016
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