New England Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #23
Ranked #767
4.35 | pDev: 7.36%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Notes: A single hop IPA brewed with Mosaic hops which produce fantastic flavors of pineapple, mixed berries and passionfruit
IBU’s - 55
Kettle Hops – Mosaic Dry Hops - Mosaic
Malts - Pilsner, Vienna, Biscuit
Yeast - American Ale OG - 13.8
Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 364 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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musicsherlock from New York

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

01/13/21 stamped on the bottom of the can
Reviewed 03/17/21

Two fingers of billowy, off-white head. Large bubbles that burst. Cloudy, cold-haze orange. Lacing like a doily.
Pines and pineapples on the nose
Great hop bitterness with enough malt backbone to hold up. Good to get away from the overly-sweet NEIPAs. Full flavor
Typical carbonation and appropriately cloying mouthfeel
Awesome IPA. Glad to get back to traditional IPAs again.
Facehugger up next

Mar 17, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking from a Counter Weight glass (the irony)
Look... nice beer color with a slight haze
Smell...hoppy lemon dank yeast. a healthy smell pronounced
Taste.... bitter floral grassy with a good bite
Overall... I def want to try the super supernaut I am sure it is better with a little more stank on it...Very solid but I'm somewhat biased because I am not a fan of the session IPAs generally and have yet to have a session that was incredible....someday I hope to find one that is!!!! The search is not over

Aug 11, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can, within a month of canning. Light yellow-amber, clear appearance with good amount of foam which lingers for a bit. This is what the NE IPAs were before they turned hazy. Citrusy, bright and floral with a bit of bitterness at the end, with a lighter feel that made them super easy to drink.

Aug 09, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can stamped "Wolves run in packs BB 9/6/20" to a Nonic.
Fairly clear gold body with a 1-1/2" large bubble white head. Head fades during session, lacing is decent but not spectacular.
Mild grapefruit, mango and dankness on the nose.
The flavor seems like a bridge between East and West coast. A little tropical in the front, hoppy IBU hit for mid and finish. Alcohol is noticeable despite the 5.8% designation. Medium body with decent carbonation.
Respectable beer from a brewery that earned respect a long time ago (relatively speaking).

Jun 07, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Far closer to transparent than opaque and closer to rust than new-age straw gold. Tastes and smells of blueberries, spring flowers, and a bit of sticky resin: a wonderful showcase of Mosaic hops with an old-school clean bitterness that brings hop and malt sweetness into balance. A short and sweet review for a simple beer that can either be contemplated or drunk by the 6-pack

Mar 12, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at New England Brewing Co in New Haven, CT.

This one pours a mostly clear dark orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like dry pine, berry sweetness, orange marmalade, and pineapple.

This is fairly old school, but done well. I don't always like Mosaic hops, but this is done well for me. It's got that typical pineapple and blueberry sweetness, along with just a hint of biscuity malt.

This is light bodied, pretty crisp, and very drinkable, with a nicely smooth and slightly creamy finish.

This is pretty clearly old school, and I definitely like it for that.

Mar 08, 2020
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Billolick from New York

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, 10/17/19 stamped on the bottom.

The pour here shows about a fully hazed brew, a moderate light khaki cap, that leaves a thicker film, and extensive strands of fine lacing.

Tropical fruits on the nose that come forward are mango, and some melon.

This is a quite tasty and fresh tasting brew, more of the sniff follows onto the palate, with a bit more of grapefruit bite adding to the complexity and intrigue. Fresh cans of NEBCO's IPAs don't disappoint.

Nov 07, 2019
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mnrider from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned: 9/05/19
Reviewed: 9/18/19

A: Pours a hazed golden amber color. Nice finger of thick creamy off white head. Great lacing with ok retention.

S: Strong fruity aroma. Sweet. Mango. Papaya. Bubblegum. Peach. A lot going on here for a single hop brew.

T/M: Not unlike the aroma. Orange and various juicy fruits. Hops have a slight bitterness. Floral and grassy at times. A little dank and earthy. Medium bodied and dry. Very good mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O: Excellent IPA. Enough bitterness and juiciness to please me. It’s impressive what can be created from a single hop variety.


Sep 27, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours crystal clear golden color with a nice white head that settles to a thin cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma - Light mango and grains stand out right up front. Little orange, earthy hops and papaya nice sweet aroma.

Taste - Taste at first is a cross of orange and tangerine, toasted malts, grain, grassy hops. Really nice bitter citrus peel that lingers.

Feel - Medium bodied, nice carbonation hit of dryness on the finish.

Overall - Well done IPA, very different nose and taste how much the grains and earthy hops come out I love it.

Aug 14, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/9/19

Pours a burnished golden orange with a slight haze and topped with a dense head of soapy foam; excellent retention recedes steadily to a thick cap and generous layering of webby lacing.

Aromas open with wild berries laden with a dense backbone of tropical fruit, highlighting dank mango and guava nectar, with yeasty pine aromatics and semi-sweet bread dough cut with bitter, grassy hops.

Taste shows a more juicy pineapple along with mango peel, dehydrated lemon zest, and strawberry/wild berry, all supported by a floral, slight, airy herbaceousness; doughy malt, bitter, grassy finish largely mirrors the aroma.

Mouthfeel brings a tight, lighter body, mostly dry and very crisp, with fluffy, medium-heavy carbonation; smooth, crackery malt along the palate inviting a drying bitterness to spark a clean malt finish.

A single hop stretched near the maximum of its expression; coupled with NEBCO’s trademark yeast profile, and you’re left with an incredibly dynamic sub-6% IPA bringing intrigue to aroma and flavor, and one as crushable as it is complex.

Jul 24, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This another beer to try from New Englan Brewing. The last beer I consumed from this brewery was tasty. The beer is two months old. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a pint glass. The beer created a two-finger head when poured into the glass. The bright white head is frothy and airy. The retention on this head is excellent, leaving loads of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 4 a pale gold color with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. Overall the beer is beautiful.

The aromas in the beer are pineapple, mandarins, oranges, lemons, papayas, berries, toasted malts, a hint of floral, cut grass, herbal, and touch of breadiness.

The flavors in the beer are strong floral esters, pineapple, oranges, lemons, a hint of grapefruit, toasted malts, malty sweetness, herbal like bay leaves, a musty note, and a touch of pine.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and carbonated.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-high carbonation, and a full finish.

This a really solid IPA. The beer has robust hop flavors with a firm malt backbone. A must-try beer for IPA lovers.

Jul 17, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- The can pours into a tulip glass with a very slightly hazy deep golden body and a massive creamy head. Two inches high is where the cap ends up and it has very good retention. Lacing is massive with thick webs cascading all round the glass.

S- Mosaic hops complimented by a fair malt presence suggesting a moderate sweetness and some crackery grainy hints. When put together the aroma is of bubble gum, ripe mangoes, peach, melon, dank herbs and floral hops. Definitely on the softer tropical side of things.

T- Brings the essence of tropical fruits from the hops that was so prevalent in the aroma and the grain bill definitely picks up quite a bit with the biscuit barley providing ample flavor. Mango, bubble gum, tangerine, dank weed, floral and slight grapefruit hop notes balanced by moderately sweet, bready, crackery and slightly nutty barley notes. Well balanced and the hops and grains play fine together as there is no caramelized or long chain sugar notes to be found.

MF- Puffy and rather creamy but not quite chewy medium body. The carbonation is fairly high and the beer ends with a clean medium level bitterness. Oh so smooth.

Tropical fruits from the hops is met and matched by strong but not interfering grains. Well balanced and well brewed as the flavors play nicely together and the body is just super creamy and smooth.

May 13, 2019
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another classic nebco ipa. Was delighted to see that this is being made available for distribution throughout CT. Classic nebco build and body. Refreshingly crisp and medium bodied, with that mineral water mouthfeel. The ultra-quaffable body and quintessential nebco grainy malt flavor make this beer a pleasure to drink and it feels very familiar to me, akin to g-bot or seahag but with a different hop profile. First sip was tropical fruit. More pineapple than berry going on here IMO, maybe a bit more berry/stone fruit on the nose. Im getting a lot of sharply bitter pith and rind. I hesitate to say pine... but there is that familiar old school ipa vibe here. When aerated and slurped I'm getting more fruit/berry flavor but that tickley finish on the tongue has that skunk, funky, weedy west coast ipa thing going on. Im not sure if this is better than G-Bot but its certainly lighter in alcohol presence (sessionable). Glad to see another high quality, fairly priced nebco product on the shelves. Im almost shocked to see that this is a single hop ipa, there is so much shifting nuance and depth to the hop experience that you might not realize or believe it's coming entirely from Mosaic.

May 03, 2019
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Original rating: L:4.25, S:4.5, T:5, F:4, O:4.5 = 4.64

Updated and reviewed: 01/23/21
Canned: 01/05/21
Consumed: 01/23/21

L: Pours a pale gold with a light haze. A vigorous pour results in a fine, white finger and a half. The retention is decent. After a few minutes the head has fallen to a 5mm ring round the circumference of the glass with the middle of the glass having a thin film with splotches of thicker head. This head is retained as the beer goes down leaving a thick webbed lacing.

S: Strong blueberry, stone fruit, fresh cut grass, distinct grainy malt, and notes of pineapple.

T: I get floral and grassy hops on the front after which I get blueberry and a light, soft, and supporting grainy malt sweetness in the middle. The back end is pineapple and bitter grapefruit with notes of pine. The bitterness on the backend is not overpowering but really balances out the sweeter aspects.

F: The body here is a bit on the lighter side, but still pretty substantial. I would say a medium-light body having medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy on the front end but turning crisp and clean in the middle with the finish having a very nice dryness.

O: I've been drinking this beer since it was first released (I believe as a fat ten-er series beer.) Back in the day this was a revelation. I remember lines for growlers at the brewery. Not in my wildest dreams would I have ever hoped to have six packs in my local for $9.99. Suffice to say it still holds up in my opinion. The balance between the hops and the malt bill is amazing and it really lends itself to an easy drinking beer without sacrificing the "hit you in face with hops" aspect. As noted above it is only $9.99 per six pack and you really can't beat that from a quality to price calculation. Not only that but they are now pumping this out year round so over the last year and a half I have had some in my fridge more often than not. Finally, this is an amazing and fairly unique showcase of what can be done with the Mosaic hop. Many, if not most, single hop mosaic beers are citrus and grass dominated, but the 'naut is one of the few that I've found that has such intense blueberry aromas and flavors (the Super Supernaut takes this to the next level.) Highly recommended!

Nov 16, 2018
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jhavs from New York

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

Orange straw, hazy, just off white head, small bubbled, creates a thin collar with sticky lacing.

Aroma is earthy, citrus zest, some grapefruit, pine and fresh grass. Bit of toasty grains seems to be noticeable.

Noticeable doughy malt presence covered with loads of citrus and earthy hops. Lemon zest, some grapefruit pith for bitterness and a lot of earth and grass.

Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Big balanced flavors in a reasonable ABV IPA.

Dec 05, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking a cellar temp growler poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear goldenrod color with a fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm and fades to a wispy surface layer after the beer pours.
The aroma is complex yet not overpowering with a wide range of hop characteristics. I find some pine notes and a bit of citrus fruit with some lemon and a bit of grapefruit. A little bit of grainy malt is buried in the back of the nose.
I take a sip and the beer is average body with gentle and rolling carbonation that tingles just a bit after each swallow. The texture is smooth and the beer is very drinkable based on physical traits.
The flavor is a bit of grainy malt and lots of grapefruit an pithy rind hops. I also get some lemon notes and a bit of lingering bitterness after each swallow.
this is a great IPA that isnt just punch you in the mouth bitter and isnt super boozy either. Very drinkable and an enjoyable brew. Glad to have gotten a growler of it as I will definitely purchase this one again.

Aug 20, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, dark golden-orange coloring, with a foamy, clingy, light, white head. Aromas of rich pine pitch and wet grass, with pepper spice, herbal notes, and subtle citrus highlights. Flavors are very hoppy bitter and green forward, rich in dried grass and pine pitch. There is a subtle citrus blend of grapefruit and orange providing a backbone to the dank and herbal hoppy overtones. Smooth, midbodied, with a solid bitter and dry edge. The aftertaste is more herbal and grassy hops, lingering on past the smooth, dry, bitter finish. Great beer!

Jul 15, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

cloudy, orange golden in color. Pineapple, pine, grapefruit juice and pith. Super flavorful for a less than 6% ipa. Nice bitterness level, not overly sweet. Really well balanced.

Jun 24, 2016
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dms from Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I think this is my favorite NEBCO beer. Yes I've had Fuzzy baby Ducks but it was over a year ago and so I can't make the comparison. Plus, I was somewhat of a noob back then anyway. I live about 20 minutes from NEBCO and lately I've been there once a week. I've had all the standards and recently most of the Fat 10-er series. Locust Reign and Coriolis have been my favorites until now.

Supernaut is to me the most NEBCO of NEBCO beers - if that makes any sense. The brewery itself has a characteristic smell, outside, inside - I could smell it from the parking lot today when I grabbed my current batch of Supernaut. As all of their beers have that characteristic smell/flavor (that I think I now attribute more to their particular yeast than to any particular hop) Supernaut captures it the best. Perhaps it's the single Mosaic hop that let's that yeast character shine through. Whatever, the case, it's absolutely delicious. When the hop flavor hits, it comes in after the initial taste. And then the Mosaic taste fades into a wonderful, grassy, piney aftertaste. Poured in an open glass I can't stop sniffing it. The taste is exactly what the smell prepares you for. I've found this to often NOT be the case with many great-smelling beers, where you find that the taste is a pretty standard disappointment after a unique bouquet. With Supernaut you say "Yup, that tastes just like it smells."

So how to describe that smell and taste . . . I will go out on a limb here and say that Supernaut tends to strike me as a very pleasant weedy, dank, and bitter sauce. If you've had other mosaic single hopped beers and liked them then you'll love this one. I wouldn't say that the Mosaic taste is exactly tamed here. In fact it hits you in the face, although it's in the smell and the finish, not in the initial taste. My friend that shared the growler with me referred to it as "weed beer", "weed" literally referring to pot. I guess I never made that connection but now I do kinda feel like Mosaic hops taste similar to the way marijuana smells. I've had several Mosaic brews that are nothing like this though. NEBCO really features the Mosaic taste here. If you've ever had Blue Point Mosaic Session IPA, imagine a beer much less watery, much more concentrated in every way with an even stronger piny, metallic, bready yeast flavor that you can practically gnaw on - and you've got Supernaut. A cross between wet leaves on a warm fall day and grapefruit. I'm just not tiring of that taste. Every sip is like the first time.

If you are in the mood for a thick, Treehouse style, New England juice bomb, this is not it. This is something different and equally fantastic. To me, Supernaut captures the essence of NEBCO. While it has that characteristic NEBCO taste, it is worlds apart from their other, more standard IPA, Sea Hag. It's lighter, lower in ABV, and more doughy/bready than their double IPAs. And it takes to the max that flavor element in those doubles and imperials (Bot, Locust, Coriolis) that makes me like them so much. Then it follows all of that up with a Mosaic punch that you want to gnaw on. Bold. Delicious.

Jun 23, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery.

Pours a subtly cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger white head. Solid retention and lacing.

The aroma is subtle but fantastic. The mosaic hops really shine. I get plenty of lemony citrus and grassy pine, as well as a touch of pepper.

The taste is very grassy with plenty of lemon zest. Slightly dank and bitter. Fades into a spicy, bready malt backbone that provides some nice balance.

Feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very clean and drinkable. Slight lingering bitterness on the end of each sip.

Overall, this is an excellent Mosaic IPA. It's very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

Apr 01, 2016
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brewmeister1984 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually liked this a tad better than G-bot. Easy drinking with mosaic hops. Also picked up a 32 ounce growler of this. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

Mar 27, 2016
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anteatr23 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly dark and hazy with a one finger head. Smells of peppery hop and apricot. Taste is bitter, not not overly and a citrus dry finish and a spicy mouth feel. Fades into bready toasty malts. Balance while remaining hoppy. Delicious IPA.

Mar 25, 2016
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-The beer pours a slightly hazy gold. The head is a full fluffy white inch. Lacing is copious.
S- The mosaic hops shine through in the nose with a strong grassy, herbal aromas.
T- This brew is a single hop mosaic IPA. In that vein the taste follows the nose. Grassy, herbal, and with a moderately lingering bitter finish.
F-Carbonation is moderate. The brew coats my tongue and gives an overall moderate mouthfeel.
O- This is an excellent example of a single hop mosaic brew. I would highly recommend it to someone who wants to get a feel for what mosaic hops bring to a beer.

Dec 06, 2015
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emount91 from Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deleted my previous rating to finally give this beer a full review. poured fresh from growler into a proper NEBCO snifter. pours a hazy golden orange with a good bubbly head that dissipates quickly. carbonation seen floating from sides of glass, bubbles from the carbonation eventually create a new thin head on the beer that lasts almost the entire 16oz. smell is everything you'd want from MOSAIC through and through: grassy, fruity, citrusy, and "herbally" dank. taste mirrors the smell exactly but more intense: grassy and fruity notes up front, then the fruitiness turns into citrus while the grass note still lingers, and finally the weedy dankness finishes it off. no alcohol taste whatsoever, but wouldnt expect that at this low of an ABV. mouth feel is clean, didn't feel any coating whatsoever. the carbonation made it a very crisp clean beer. definitely my favorite single hop beer ever tasted up until this date.

Dec 03, 2015
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is more on the u toe side rather then your big hop bomb. The nose has a nice hoppy smell. It has a very enjoyable taste with only a slight bitter finish. Overall a perfect IPA for your everyday.

Aug 06, 2015
Supernaut from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 364 ratings