Surging From The East
Insight Brewing

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IPA - New England
Ranked #1,743
Ranked #12,293
4.05 | pDev: 5.68%
Insight Brewing
Minnesota, United States
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into glass. 'CHAPTER XVIII'.
Hazy, golden orange body, lots of floating particles, white head settles to cap, lots of lacing coverage.
Tropical fruit aroma, some pine also.
Taste is sweet, juicy tropical fruit, with more dank pine toward the end. Some citrus pith bitterness at the end.
Coating, medium mouth feel, but a bit thin for what it's trying to be.
A decent fruitier IPA, but appearance is marred by all the floating particles. A little too bitter for type.

Nov 12, 2017
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BeerGuy8315 from Iowa

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Canned 3/1/17.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange in color with a 1/2 inch, frothy, cream colored head withe fair retention. Thick, white lacing throughout.

S: Big aromas of citrus and tropical fruit including orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, melons, and guava. Dank, piney hop notes come through as well.

T: Starts off with grapefruit and bitter citrus rinds followed by mango and melons, as well as lighter notes of pineapple and guava. Slight juicy element. Finishes with a lingering piney, resinous hop bitterness.

F: Light to medium bodied. Smooth and pillowy feel. Light carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish.

O: Overall, this is a good NE style IPA. The flavors and feel are a little less juicy than what I typically paint the style for, but a good beer nonetheless. Impressed by Insight on this one. Haven't been a huge fan of their stuff, but this is well done. Would definitely give it a try again.

Apr 26, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours - cloudy orange color with a good bit of floties. Nice dense white head with lost of sticky lacing.

Aroma - Nice juicy aroma, lots of citrus orange and mango. Smells like fresh squeezed OJ.

Taste - Lots of bitter orange peel and grapefruit, some mild citrus as well tangerine and mango. A little too bitter to be a NE style but the look and aroma hit the mark.

Feel - Medium body pretty dry bitter finish.

Overall - A pretty good IPA based on the taste and the bitterness not really a NE IPA.

Apr 24, 2017
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Mdog from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Pretty hazy yellow, good head.

Smell: Citrusy, dank.

Taste: Sweet, tangy citrus, tangerines and oranges, mild bitterness. Tasty!

Overall: I picked up the split 4 pack of East vs. West from Insight. I prefer the East, probably because I like my IPAs on the sweeter side. East had a nice mix of citrus flavors going for it.

Apr 16, 2017
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L-Cloudy oak colored.

S-Fresh citrus and tropical fruits....tangerines, oranges, mango...a hint of dark berries as well.

T-Nice fleshy citrus fruit of mandarin oranges and tangerines....lighter notes of mango..light doughy malt backing..

F-Seems rather light in body for the style...More of pale ale type of body....a little grapefruit bitterness on the short finish..

O-Very enjoyable easy drinking IPA that is along the lines of a New England style IPA...they didn't nail it but this is a good beer. A little more heft in the body would help a lot.

Apr 08, 2017
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i went into the packie and bought a sixer of harpoon and this 4-pack from insight. figured we'd do new england versus minnesota interpretation of new england.

poured orange and hazy with a decent head that leaves a lot of lacing. looks like chicken stock that was allowed to boil for too long.

nose is tropical, but not as bad as some of the others. taste is bitter and piney.

aftertaste is very dry and bitter.

not a fan. not terrible by any means, but two of these was more than enough.

Apr 07, 2017
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

East pours a copper color with a very small barley lacing head. Big dry hop aroma, with hints of grapefruit. Flavor is full hop upfront, hints of grapefruit, with a dry bitter after taste. Good body and feel, with a nice dry after taste. Overall, very good IPA, good showing of the hops, nice dry body.

Apr 03, 2017
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Citrus aroma, with pine. Attractive orange, hazy/turbid appearance. 1 inch or so white, thick, bubbly head (from a relatively vigorous pour) receding eventually to a ring leaving thick lacing. Hardly any visible carbonation. Thick, smooth, creamy mouth feel. Taste mirrors the aroma, citrus and pine, with a strongly bitter middle and finish. Nicely done IPA, with a nicely controlled bitter finish (by that I mean it is not a palate-wrecker, but it is most definitely a bitter beer). On its own, enjoyable and recommended. I've not had the "gold standard" NE IPAs, but I suspect this one is too bitter to fit the mold. This does have the appearance, and it does have a smoother and creamier feel than the typical west coast IPA, but the taste pretty much follows the west coast model.

Mar 29, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours an orange gold with an average head. The aroma has a fair amount of tropical fruit - pineapple, guava, passion fruit, as well as pine and floral notes. The flavors also high on the tropical front , with guava, passion fruit, and pineapple the strongest, as well as mandarin orange, and a lingering bitterness at the end. the mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer, but a bit lacking in depth. Of the pack I much preferred the West.

Mar 25, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the concept: east vs. west IPAs, two cans each in a four pack. This is for the east coast fruitiness, 16 oz. can dated 3/1/17, the yellow one.

The pour is is vaguely reminiscent of a glass of rendered fat, which the kids seem to like. Nose is flexing citrus, grass, oranges. Very nice.

Surging from the East doesn’t hit the northeast bullseye, but at least it wings the target. First & foremost, this slugs like a session IPA. The taste has more bitterness than its namesake & the ‘juiciness’ quotient is akin to how good that Better Than Ezra song is (both, low).Citrus tangled with dankess, active yeast (?), fall grass, pine. Chewy. This I could drink by the bucketful.

Much better than the lame ‘west’ attempt, but only vaguely northeastern. Good, solid beer…now, for the mixing…

Mar 16, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: East pours a mostly hazy orange with some light on the edges, and a slim off white head.

Smell: Pineapple and passion fruit is what I get out of the nose. The nose is somewhat reminiscent of canned Sue, but maybe not as explosive. Some bubble gum is present, but swirling leads to some more dank notes.

Taste: I get some of that Citra note-tropical notes, melon, but also some galaxy notes as well. Good, but nothing I'd consider up there with the east coast big boys.

Feel: Despite being dubbed east coast, I still get some unwanted bitterness in the finish. Up front and mid palate, this beer is relatively smooth and slightly juicy, medium full bodied, but the finish gets astringent.

Overall: If this wasn't dubbed East, I'd dig this beer much more. This is reminiscent of a Toppling Goliath effort, but maybe with a bubble gum yeast presence.

Mar 16, 2017
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morimech from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very hazy golden color but not murky or look like a orange milkshake. A dense head forms and has good retention. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of citrus, weed (quite dank for the style), and some tropical fruit. Impressed with the flavor but a little too bitter for the NE style. Low juiciness but still a lot of citrus and tropical fruit. Medium body and softly carbonated. Creamy texture. A very nice IPA that I hope Insight puts out at least rotationally. They need to start dating the cans however.

Mar 15, 2017
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy dark orange color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is juicy with tangerine, mango, and passion fruit. The taste is equally juicy with the mango and passion fruit taking center stage. Bitterness is moderate. The mouthfeel s medium bodied with a silky texture, and appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is a very fine beer. I hope Insight keeps it in their lineup.

Mar 14, 2017
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sharp citrus aroma that is pungent and sweet and dry. Complex citrus taste profile, with a nice tangerine bitterness on the finish. Very smooth and creamy, especially for not being a DIPA, with a finish that somehow still manages to be dry. Kind of like a better executed Troll Way (which I also like BTW).

Mar 12, 2017
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TonyBaloney from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My overall take is that this is an excellent IPA: looks, smells and tastes great. Been a while since I got a nice hops burn aftertaste like this beer has.

Mar 08, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful slight hazed golden color with a small white head its fresh. Smell is fruity ,juicy and tropical. Taste is topical hops with citrus and pine some sweet malts with a lingering grapefruit rind/pine taste which i did not like . medium low carbonation with a soft mouth feel but had a lingering bitterness that took away from the overall NE Style for me . Still tasty and very good but not on the same field as TH,Odd13,Wakefield, HT, Other Half.

Mar 07, 2017
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Josholson666 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mildly hazy gold/orange color. Fruity aromas come out pretty strongly, smells real nice. Taste is similar, but there's definitely still some lingering bitterness there. Mouthfeel is good for the style, juicy and soft. Definitely one of the better MN style NE IPA's.

Mar 07, 2017
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gregy55902 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wanted to love this, but just generally liked it in a platonic way (although a bit more than its sister can). Canned 3/1 - freshest canned IPA I've ever had. Honestly, I've never had any "true" east-coast IPA's from trillium/treehouse so I don't have much to compare this to. Pours cloudy in the glass like NE style should - decently fruity and hoppy, nice citrus in the nose, but I don't detect too much dry hopping as the aroma does not burst out of the glass. Taste follows the nose - nice pleasant mild bitterness, with ample nectarines, pineapples and pine covering the palate. I would buy a lot of this if it were cheaper ($3.50/can), but such is life. As it is, Toppling Goliath king sue / DDH pseudo destroy this, but this is an interesting offering from a semi-local MN brewing company. It's fresher than anything else right now, so give it a shot.

Mar 05, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

East vs West

Eggshell white head. Fluffy with lace. Hazy sunset golden orange.

This one is tropical and fairly juicy. Mango and papaya with orange juice. Some bitterness does show however in the finish. Floral notes. Other than that I feel they did well with the style.

Although not up to Trillium's level, for $3.50 a can, this is an excellent buy, especially in MN.

Mar 04, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 31 ratings