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Supernaut IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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Supernaut IPASupernaut IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Single hop IPA using Mosaic hops.

Added by Pete27lax on 01-30-2013

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275
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4.39
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of dms
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
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 shines through. Whatever, the case, it's absolutely delicious. 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 slightly similar to a Brett IPA from somewhere like Kent Falls Brewing but without the sour element. And just plain better. The certain smell/taste that I can't pin down - although I know it's not just the Mosaic hops because I've had several Mosaic brews that are nothing like this - is something like a piny, metallic, bready yeast that I can practically gnaw on. A cross between wet leaves on a warm fall day and grapefruit. And while I realize that that might not sound amazingly appealing, trust me, it is. 3/4 of the way through this growler in one afternoon/evening and I'm just not tiring of that taste. Every sip is like the first time.

If you are in the mood for a dank, 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.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of emount91
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery, the pour displays a cloudy yellow gold color with a foamy 1 finger white head that was full of bubbles, fading on the quick side but leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smell is unreal for a single hop beer, so fresh smelling that the hops hit my nose when the glass was 6 inches away. Fresh lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, lemongrass, citrus hops, some pine cone/piney hops, tea leaf, coriander, biscuit, graham cracker and then some tropical fruit and another blast of citrus hops. Simple yet so complex as the dominant lemon aroma is wonderful and the malt balance makes this nearly perfect smelling for an IPA.

Tastes like it smells with a lot of lemon and citrus hops bombarding the tongue to start, then like the nose showcasing the fresh lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, lemongrass and citrus hops. The second wave is sharp with more zesty citrus, peppery spices, some pine cone/piney hops, tea leaf, coriander, biscuit, graham cracker, pineapple, fresh cut grass and then some more tropical fruit. Well balanced and wonderfully crafted, the expert use of the mosaic hop in this brew completely hides the ABV and gives off a ton of complex flavors.

Mouthfeel thin and slick, with a light feel and mild fizzy carbonation, it trails off slightly bitter with a lot of citrus and lemon zest that's leaning towards the dry side. Overall a damn fine single hop beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had back in 2013 at the Ordinary but then again in March 2015 fresh at the brewery itself. Really great sour and dank IPA here. Not too heavy on the body but very heavy on the hops. My favorite combo.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like I need to write a review for people to go out and get this.

A: Orange-yellow; hazy. Finger of ivory head; uniformly stacked bubbles and cake-like top.

S: Excellent complexity and perfectly nuanced. Fresh sliced mango; fresh cut pine. Tart blueberry.

M: Medium body and firm carbonation. Semi-silky feel and crisp finish.

T: Mosaic hops are so clean tasting to begin with; it's a no brainer to make a Mosaic only IPA. They hit it out of the ballpark. Moderate orange citrus bitterness; sweeter and juicier tropical rush. An earthy grassiness. Berries and cherries. You get a different flavor profile with every sip; sometimes citrusy, sometimes juicy--always dank. And the best part is you can drink a bunch since it's only 5.8.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just a great beer. Took a trip to NEBC in December to get a growler. The freshness kept for a few weeks. Just awesome crispness and hops and citrus flavor. Hard to beat NEBC.

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Photo of dd43
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful citrus IPA from our friends at NEBCo. Big orange and lemon notes in the nose. The orange really comes through in the flavor especially. There's also a substantial pine component that comes off not quite like a cleaning solution but approaching that. It's a bitter brew but highly drinkable because the ABV is on the session side of things and the mouthfeel is crisp and ebullient. Another beer from New England that would smash in the package store. Alas this one is draft only, so drink it when you see it!

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Photo of MartyMarrr
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Another excellent beer by the boys at NEBCo creating some excellent stuff down there. Easy drinking but bursting with flavor. Possibly the best mosaic IPA I've had to date. PLEASE CAN IT!!!

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Photo of SimonPuggle
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the NEBCO offerings I've had (Elm City, 668, Fuzzy Baby Ducks, Gandhi Bot, Sea Hag) this one is by far my favorite. I find it to be well balanced. Not boozy not too bitter.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the tap:
A: brownish gold cloudy appearance. 1 finger of head. Decent lacing.
S: grapefruit citrus blast strong hop presence
T: higher citrus profile consistent with the nebco ipa style
M: fully flavored with a bitter dry aftertaste
O: please can it. Another great ipa!!!!

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; copper colored; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly; thick lacing;

S: abundant pineapple, grapefruit, and green apple aroma;

T: pineapple with grapefruit rind which gives it a lot of bitterness; the pineapple fades at mid-palate; the finish is bitter grapefruit rind;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish

O:intense aroma and bitterness; this is a hop bomb;

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a dark orange color with a one finger head. Aroma isn't too strong consisting of sweet fruitiness and citrus hops. The first taste showcases the hop presence of this beer with pungent grapefruit followed by bready malts on the back end. The taste is great but what really elevates this beer is the smoothness. Considering the strong presence of grapefruit there is very little astringency or bitterness, which allows the bursting hop flavor to be the focus.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CTJman for getting this growler down south in superb condition.

A - Nice hazy, golden color. Definitely unfiltered, but pretty uniform.

S - Lots of tropical citrus. Very strong aroma. World-class.

T - Juicy citrus hops on the front end with a nice resiny, slightly bitter finish. Very little malt presence. Just hoppy goodness. Definitely some nice tropical fruit flavors in there.

M - Light and very drinkable. I could drink a lot of this on a warm spring day.

O - Great mosaic IPA from NEBCO. Very similar in structure to fuzzy baby ducks, especially in the finish and mouthfeel. These guys do fantastic work with their hoppy beers. Really good. Ruefully killing the growler as I type this.

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Photo of princeofthepoint
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler pouted into snifter. Pours a beautiful yellow gold. The nose you get from the Mosaic hops is just stupid. Tastes amazing, very sessionable, light and fruity with a real crisp hop bitterness. Kill me now. This is a nuclear weapon for the Beast Coast beer game.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Growler purchased at the brewery 20 minutes ago.
-appearance is a golden brown with limited head but lacing that sticks to the glass as you drink
-smells of pine and malt with slight lemon hints
-taste smooth with a little kick on the back end of hops, pine, sweetness caramel almost and aftertaste remains in a good way
-overall great IPA that doesn't kill you with hop bitterness but a smooth and drinkable brew

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Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Pies & Pints in Middlebury, Connecticut this IPA has a very clear, pale golden appearance with a big white, snowy froth on top and a carpet of lace as you empty the glass. The aroma is somewhat delicate but brings a really nice citrus-pine, very solid and alluring. The flavor is an awesome blend of rye malt and citrus-pine. There's a little bit of light lemon sweetness blended terrifically with the hop bitterness while presenting a bit of grainy malt backbone. The body is medium to light with a fairly mild feel and modest carbonation. Highly drinkable. Great!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale amber body with good transparency. A slight haze, but not cloudy. Big frothy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S- A mixture of pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes. Just enough malt comes through so you know it's there. The tropical fruit aromas are big and juicy; pineapple, guava, passion fruit.

T- Bitter juicy hop flavors play off of a toasted malt backbone. Flavors are not huge and in your face, but are delicious.

M- Very smooth and drinkable, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O- Very good IPA. Good flavors and great drinkability.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ive had on tap at the brewery, on-tap at the Lumberyard in Georgetown, CT, and from Grolwer purchased at the Brewery...this review is from the growler...one week old.
Pours a hazy orange with a slight reddish color; nice thick white foam...looks so good. The aroma is where this is superb! Huuuge grapefruit citrus aroma, some bready malts...it just smells so damn good.
Taste is chewy dank citrus and pine hop flavor...just fruit juice with a tad of pine...its so good. Nicely bitter and so easy to drink. What a pleasure to drink this brew...yes, you should seek this out. Quite possibly one of the best "session" IPA's out there.

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