Supernaut IPA | New England Brewing Co.

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Supernaut IPASupernaut IPA

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

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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Photo of SimonPuggle
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 dms
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Pete27lax
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the prime 16 tap takeover

Pours a golden color with a minimal head but good lacing and head retention.

Smell is great! Mosaic hops have a very complex smell. Very oily and fruity, similar to simcoe hops with citrus flavors.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Bitterness is mild but the flavors are very fruity. Resin notes as well.

Mouthfeel is perfect, smooth yet light.

Nebco does it again.. Love it!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Prime 16 during the NEBCO tap takeover 2013. The log kicked in 7 minutes. Unbelievable.

A: Hazy orange body under a finger of fine off-white head. Great retention and lacing. I have to ding it for lack of clarity, although I'm sure the cloudiness is only testament to its profound hop content, so I'm not worried.

S: Pure but complex hops. Herbal, floral, and citric all at once. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and especially mango. Amazing.

T: Follows the nose: rich, juicy hops dominate. Citrus, tropical fruit, and sticky vegetal notes are all huge. Really balanced and intense at the same time. Delicious in every way.

M: Smooth medium body, plenty carbonation. Nice and rich.

O: Yet another amazing single-hop beer from NEBCO - it might even by my favorite so far. I wish it hadn't kicked so fast, as I really wanted to get a second pour and drink it side-by-side with Fuzzy Baby Ducks. Having had them both (plus the Double Dry Hopped FBD cask) in the same night, though, I would definitely order Mosaic first if I had my choice. Incredible beer.


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Photo of MartyMarrr
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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 VelvetExtract
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a cloudy coppery hue. Nice, fluffed head. Head maintains its height and leaves loads of lacing.

S-Here we go again. Hop-soup from NEBCO yet again. The aroma explodes with baskets of tropical fruit. The malt provides some sort of backing to all those exotic fruity notes. Also tons of hemp.

T-The flavor starts off with the freshly-squeezed, juicy hop derived fruitiness. Pineapple and apricot and peach. Then a violent slice of piney, grassy and weedy bitterness sets in. The malt softens out the bitterness in some regards. The fruity hoppiness stays true throughout and leaves a long finishing note of grapefruit flesh.

M-High bitterness. Very drinkable and very dry. Perfect carbonation. So much flavor for a sub-6% brew.

O/D-Again, these guys brandish their expertise (especially with hoppy brews). This one reminded me of a mix of Fuzzy Baby Ducks and Gandhi Bot in both flavor and quality. An excellent,top-tier brew.

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Photo of ScottieD
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on draft at Plan B in a pint glass.

A--As someone below put, just an inviting beer to drink. Gorgeous golden color, 1 finger frothy white head.

S--A very nice hop/fruit balance. Notes of orange, pineapple, tangerine fruits with hint of floral aromas to tantalize the senses.

T--Very citrus forward with a nice hop balance and bitterness at the finish. Very sessionable--a perfect summer IPA in my opinion, although I could drink it all the time.

O--A tremendous IPA. I enjoyed it very much. Kudos to Rob and Matt on a job well done.

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Photo of emount91
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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 davey101
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 64 oz growler (filled today) into a 668 tulip glass.

A - Pours a color that I have come to expect from NEBCO, just a beautiful hazy unfiltered golden amber color. One fingers worth of white foam forms and disappears quickly. Moderate lacing and retention after a swirl but it seems to sit rather still.

S - Huge wave of tropical mango, grapefruit, clementine and some pineapple with an earthy and dank undertone. Not quite on the level of the Simcoe cat urine thing, but just a bit pungent. This smells fantastic!

T - It starts off with tropical fruits of mango, pineapple, oranges and grapefruit but its immediately met with with a wall of crackery malts. More of that danky earthy pungency with a bit of grass. Very balanced with the hops making their presence known at every second. Finishes dry with a juicy flavor and a light bitterness. Mouth feel is rich and oily with perfect carbonation.

O - Another incredible one-off IPA from the boys at NEBCO. This is a really impressive beer that showcases the mosaic hop so well. I actually enjoy this quite a bit more than Fuzzy Baby Ducks (I'm not a citra fanatic) and in terms of other Mosaic hopped beers this falls just short of HF Society & Solitude #6. Very impressive and damn tasty and far too drinkable.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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 TheLostGringo
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64 oz. growler into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a 1 1/2 inch off-white head. Clings nicely to the glass as I make my way through this brew.

S: Strong Orange aromas, tangerine and clean tropical fruits, absolutely beautiful nose on this IPA.

T: More tropical fruits especially in the front end, Hop bitterness in the finish, but then there is a sticky sweet coating in the end, really enjoyable. Feels a bit bigger then the 5.8%

M: light bodied but fills the mouth nicely nicely and goes down easy.

O: Just a great IPA from NEBCO, probably my favorite IPA that they make.

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Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into my brand new ghandi bot glass! Shared with my neighbor who was not worthy.

A - Nice golden tone, just begging to be consumed.

S - Citrus! Orange and Grapefruit just over the top.

T - Impressive, boarding on Amazing.

M - Probably the best part about this IPA, had a considerable big bite / bitterness at the back end of the taste. Made me want more and more.

O - I will seek this out again and again. Another great job by our friends at NEBCO. First experince with a single hop beer style, but would love to try some more.

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Photo of princeofthepoint
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
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 lic217
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light copper color, white fluffy head, a little too hazy
Smell: Tropical and resin
Taste: Tropical, a little orange, and resin, starts sweet, ends with an assertive bitterness, no alcohol
Feel: Slight resin coating in mouth after each sip, moderate carbonation, can be sipped or drank quickly
Overall: An outstanding Single Ipa, great feel, very hoppy, great balance between sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
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 CayseyW
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite uses of mosaic hops, which is not one of my favorites. It's got an amazingly complex nose that blends earthy grassy notes and subtle fruits. It's crisp yet full and the balance is incredible. This is one of NEBCO's most underrated beers.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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 nebula1999
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley Vine in Bristol, CT.

Pours an orange-toned brew with a white head.

Aroma is all citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, etc. Inviting.

Taste follows. Bitterness and floral at the same time. Just a great beer.

Can this one, PLEASE!

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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 orcrist_cleaver
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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 GarthDanielson
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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 CHADMC3
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy orange body with dark golden hues beneath the dense, pure white head which is very slow to dissolve leaving a sticky ring of lacing around the glass.

AbundatNt hop aromas leap from the glass both earthy or floral and citrus as well. The earthy notes are herbal, grassy, and woody all at once while the citrus is more tropical like pineapple or star fruit.

The hops on the flavor are equally biting with wood and herbal notes with a touch of sweetness mid palate full of citrus zest. The finish ends with an awesome oily, bitter palate coating hop finish. I just can't get over the hops packed into this thing, its a bit of a different mix versus its American IPA counterparts.

Medium to the fuller side in body with generous carbonation with an abundantly tasty, big hop finish.

We have a winner. Another great beer from NEBCO, yet a very different hop makeup versus their other brews in the IPA family.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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 alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz. growler filled on 3/14/13. 5.8% abv.

Hazy deep copper with golden yellow edges. Pinkie finger of tight-bubbled, gauzy, eggshell white head. Very fresh hop nose. Complex bouquet of pineapple, unripe mango, sweet onions, funky weed resin, and fresh cut grass. Whew!

Herbal hop bitterness up front. Faint toasted malt ducks underneath. Hops proceed to steal the show. Numbing herbal bitterness swells as a heady mix of floral, resinous, and citrus flavors. Grapefruit rind bitterness. Light tropical notes. Sweet onion pungency. Hints of cat pee (which I drink all the time :)). Strong resinous funk. Malt gets overwhelmed, but I get notes of sweet biscuit and fruit. Very dry finish. Medium body with a smooth, cask-ish feel. A very hop forward IPA and a beautiful one at that. This mosaic hop is an assertive one, with lots of great complexity.

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