Coriolis
New England Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #28
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
98
Ranked #341
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 7.9%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
687
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New England Brewing Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
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SCORE
98
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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
Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 687 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 04, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours like pineapple juice or orange juice. Completely opaque. Like a melted creamsicle. Head is light bubble-clusters that do leave some consistent lacing tattoos on the glass. This just looks absolutely awesome and unfiltered. Just how I like it. Beautiful.

S-Nose is world class. Uber-tropical. I get all the best exotic fruits. Pineapples, apricots, grapefruit (both ruby red and white), clementines, oranges and even some eucalyptus. Pine and late-Summer sunned grass. Light malt is sweet cracker. Phenomenal.

T-Thank you NEBCO. The Nelson Sauvin hops are exquisitely displayed. Apricots and pineapples are so stressed and delicious. Divinely juicy. Just incredibly ripe. Orange, clementine and grapefruit coat the palate in a resinous jacket of excellence. This beer finishes very bitter. All the tropics morph into a coercive chop of resinous pine and grass. The Nelson Sauvin hops are longwinded! Animal cracker malt crouches behind the world-class hop parade.

M-On cask, this beer is the perfect temperature and perfect feel. The softest carbonation. Resinous and slimy in the best way. Goes down just too easy. This is a perfect cask beer. Every sip is orgasmic.

O/D-God, NEBCO is one of the best in the world. This equals Fuzzy Baby Ducks in every way. The hoppiness is something to marvel over. One of the best beers I have ever had. Easily stacks up to the best on the East Coast (Hill Farmstead, Alchemist etc.). One of their crowning achievements.
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8/27/12

Had via growler. While the beer is still world class, I found it to lack some of those super-tropical flavors I detected on cask. That being said, I can still taste the bitterness on my tongue. Still amazing. Had such a hard time grading this. Regardless, this is a top-10 beer for me at this point in my beer odyssey. Oh yeah, and this beer gets better as it warms!

Aug 25, 2012
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vonnegut21 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of white head. Hazy and cloudy.

S: Strong tropical notes. Pineapple and mango, grapefruit, pine resin, hints of peach and berries. There's a lot going on here, but oddly the nose feels almost a bit mild compared to the taste.

T: Huge juicy tropical notes. Pineapple, mango. Lots of peach. More than the nose. Middle is grapefruit juice with touches of berries and pine. Nice lingering bitterness, but for how expressive and juicy these hops are, it's not overwhelmingly bitter. Really excellent.

M: Nice body and full carbonation. Coating on the tongue. Very drinkable.

O: My favorite beer from NEBCO by a long shot. Gandhi-bot is a solid beer and FBD was quite good, but this is a different level than anything else I've had from them. Nelson Sauvin is the king.

Feb 26, 2014
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TheRossness from Connecticut

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!

Dec 23, 2016
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery just a couple days after conditioning. Served in a 668 tulip.

A: Clear deep gold body under a gorgeous two-inch head. Terrific retention and lacing. Perfectly gorgeous.

S: Just weird. Earthy fruitiness dominates, with tons of lemon, grape, passionfruit, gooseberry, and a hint of earthy smokiness. Each inhalation brings new aromas. Excellent.

T: Fruity, smooth, and juicy. Citrus, mango, peach, and lemon stand out. Faint biscuity malt and some earthiness ahead of the bitter, ultra-dry finish. Really complex, clean, and fascinating.

M: Creamy medium body with super-fine carbonation. Lovely.

O: Yet another amazing hoppy experiment from NEBCO. I certainly preferred the straightforward awesomeness of Fuzzy Baby Ducks, but this is wonderful in its own right. The Nelson Sauvin hop doesn't seem to have any limitations on its craziness. I've had this a few times since taking the notes above, and each time it's been different - but always delicious.

Cheers!

Sep 18, 2012
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. screw top growler, filled 6 days ago.

Golden apricot body. Clear and clean. Finger of dense, gauzy, off-white head. Some lacing. Profoundly hoppy nose. Pungent, earthy, resinous, grassy, but also ripe cantaloupe, and various tropical fruits. What an interesting hop (Nelson sauv.)! Might be a little candyish malt underneath it all, but this is all about lots of fresh, delicious hops.

Starts off with some pungent, resinous hop funk bitterness. Becomes more herbal, peppery, and fruity. Sugary malt fills in, but can't stand up to the hopwall. And what a deliciously, dry, bitter hopwall it is. Big herbal, minty, resinous hop bitterness into the finish. Long lingering dank funk and peppery resin. Ahhh. Medium-full body with a creamy, slightly syrupy feel. Terrific!

Aug 31, 2012
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

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!

Feb 08, 2018
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Billolick from New York

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 stuff...buy as much as you can when and whenever you see this stuff.....world class and super enjoyable

Jan 13, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 19, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

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.

Jan 08, 2017
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Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a stemmed-tulip glass at J. Timothy's in Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a bright, slightly hazy light amber color with an orange tinge and a thin, creamy cap of ivory foam which retained well and left some nice, clingy lacing on the glass.

S: Very complex, pleasant and fruity aroma. Nelson Sauvin hops have given this DIPA a great depth on the nose, consisting of pineapple, peach, citrus fruits and a spicy, floral scent as well. A very inviting, fresh and hoppy smell.

T: The flavor is an intense blend of citrus and spiced, fruity notes. There's a mild, caramel malt sweetness up front, but this is quickly overrun by the strong, hoppy flavors and bitterness. Flashes of orange, grapefruit, pine and mango leap effortlessly over the inexplicably light palate before finishing with a semi-sweet and bitter hop finish.

M: Light alcohol tinge but a mostly balanced mouthfeel here with a slant on the hoppy side, naturally. Very drinkable and enjoyable mouthfeel.

O: Coriolis is one of those beers that has a lot of hype around it and actually lives up to it. A whopping 8.2% ABV and hop profile built on an unfathomable amount of fresh Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, this DIPA is a fierce, fantastic drinking experience for hopheads and American Strong Ale fans alike.

Aug 23, 2013
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PHBoiler from Illinois

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.

Jul 08, 2017
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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia

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.

Jan 11, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 16, 2017
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Mateo2699 from Texas

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.

Mar 16, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

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.

Apr 17, 2017
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Rejis from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 12, 2017
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dms from Connecticut

4.99/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recently released in 12 oz cans by NEBCO. I waited in line for the first release. I'm glad I did. Previously, I've had this only in growlers and on tap. The pleasure of being able to pop open a 12 oz double IPA like this in a can is wonderful. If they ever make enough of this to distribute it, it will be a game changer.

It is full of flavor. Piny, citrus with a nice bitter finish. Fresh grapes on the tip of my tongue and the front of the roof of my mouth too. There is no dark-malt, roasted-brown flavor at all here. It's all tangy resin up front with a deep, almost floral palate rush in the middle, and a balanced, slightly bitter finish.

Compared to Bright, another top Nelson hopped double from Treehouse, Coriolis is less sweet. Bright is smoother, sweeter and more juice-like. Coriolis is more bitter, biting, and punchy. It's more carbonated than Bright as well.

At the same time, Coriolis has that classic NEBCO taste that makes all of their IPAs instantly identifiable. I have a tendency to want to "naw" on the hops with fresh NEBCO beers and this one takes that to the max.

This is a filtered beer, I think all of NEBCOs offerings are. Where some people might prefer an unfiltered mouth feel with a beer like this, I actually think the Nelson hops are showcased perfectly the way it is.

Jul 17, 2016
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aqi317 from Connecticut

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.

Jan 30, 2017
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PSanger from Connecticut

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.

Mar 11, 2017
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Rugg315 from Connecticut

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!

Dec 28, 2016
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Packageguy from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally.
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 bite...you'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.

Sep 29, 2017
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MrRB from Connecticut

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.

Feb 08, 2018
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Phishagonia from Connecticut

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!

Mar 24, 2017
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jvillefan from New York

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.

Apr 24, 2017
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