Laser Cat
Medusa Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #433
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,894
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
101
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Medusa Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: Prepare yourself for a cosmic experience with one of the most preposterous IPAs Earth has to offer! Built from New England-grown 2-row malt, German wheat, and Patagonian crystal malts, this concoction is dry-hopped with absurd amounts of Citra and Nugget, and is loaded with plenty of dense citrus, tropical fruit, and herbal notes to assault your hop-loving senses. Enjoy responsibly, Earthlings!
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Photo of harrypowers
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a small dissipating head.

Smells of grapefruit. Tastes of citrus and pine. Very slight bitter finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

Light body and mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

My can settled so the first pour was clear and the second was hazy. Something to be aware of.

This is a relatively simple beer ( not a lot of subtle aromas and tastes ) that is very pleasant and drinkable.

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harrypowers from Massachusetts, May 01, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well made beer. Can 1/23/20 near two months. Huge two finger head. Lots of fruity notes going on. It's not a hop bomb. Very mellow, alcohol well hidden. It reminds me of a Lagunitas brew, maybe a cross of their lagunitas sucks? and a unibroue don de deiux (spelling?) Haha. It's worth a shot, though pricey.

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NHBeerSnob from New Hampshire, Mar 30, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, golden with a faint haze, not a lasting head
Pine resin on the nose, with a sweet musky fruit
Taste is pineapple, mango, pine, citrus, with tweet malt caramel and an explosion of mild bitterness
Feel is smooth, medium to heavy bodied
Well balanced between sweet caramel maltiness and bitterness, this is a go to imperial ale
Nearest station to Medusa Brewing, Hudson, MA is 8.6 miles away from South Acton, so a nice, flat, easy 30 - 40 minute bicycle ride.

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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts, Mar 29, 2020
Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a growler of this from Medusa after attending the Collings Foundation WWII Battle for the Airfield on 12OCT19. Dipped into the growler out in The 'Zebo on 13OCT19....

It was a clear copper color, with light carbo. Had a very thin, off-white head; mostly fine bubbles at the rim. Lacing was solid. Aroma was rindy with a bit of grapefruit and also some toasty caramel. Had a medium body, and was mostly smooth, with some light prickle.

Taste also had some toasty caramel, with more citrus in the form of grapefruit, pineapple and a touch of apricot. A nice balance of semi-sweet and pithy bitterness, though I thought it could have had more of a hop kick. Prosit!

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

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Bierman9 from New Hampshire, Oct 31, 2019
Photo of GregDBoston
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Balanced, but as their signature IPA, I expected it to have more flavor to it. It seems a little watered down and has no haze or other special character to it.

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GregDBoston from Massachusetts, Jun 17, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fifteen dollars. My second brew reviewed from these guys, may have had one or two more. Pretty solid, nothing special, do love the can art.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Jun 07, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Snulip glass canned on 11/29/18. Pours a very attractive orange amber with a solid finger sticky white head that leaves thick gobs of lace. 4

Smell is apricot, tangerine, pine resin, and grapefruit rind. 3.75

Taste follows maybe a bit more aggressive apricot, tangerine, pine, mango, and some mild balanced grapefruit. 4

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, slightly soft on the palate, a tad sticky but not dry, and at 8% ABV goes down pretty easy. 4

Overall this is solid, not really a NEDIPA, more like SOS, but a solid DIPA just the same. 4

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Jan 09, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really interesting beer. The flavors are balanced in a distinct way in this beer.

Nice pour. Clear amber-gold color with a 4F head in a Spiegelau glass.

Malty, earthy aroma. Some raisin/ toffee, tropical fruit.

Nice malty MF.

The aroma traditions well to the taste. Same flavors, more pronounced raisin/ toffee., tropical fruit.

Not too hoppy.

Excellent and quite different beer.

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brureview from Massachusetts, Dec 23, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 10/1/18.
Look is semi-clear gold orange. Nose is sweet tropical fruit. Taste follows and has sweet citrus with little bite at end. Feel is fairly light. Overall a very nice version of the style. Would drink again.

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Ronl12 from Massachusetts, Nov 22, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and deep copper /golden nice to see old school ipa, smell continues malt crystal punch with grapefruit hop .. taste balance upfront some nice bitterness with sweetness from the malt and bite from the hops, some nice dank notes on the finish

Well done ipa, and great to find a craft ipa that in NE not and NEIPA

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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts, Jul 08, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can, dated 01/18/18. 'What's the deal with Stonehenge.' I don't know what that means. Anyway, served in a spiegelau-style IPA glass.

Pours a very slightly hazed copper-gold with two fingers of loose-bubbled, cream-beige head. Retention is so-so but leaves a thick, handsome cap and collar with a light tracery of lacing.

Nose is relatively faint but nice, caramel, sweet, ripe citrus and a little soap.

Tastes of toast, grapefruit juice, bitter resinous herbs and green tree leaves, black tea with lemon. Sweetly malty going in, earthy and leafily bitter through into a mostly clean finish.

Feel is a little tacky, medium-plus-a-bit bodied and well carbonated.

One of those beers I had to drink twice to get the hang of. The nugget and citra combination doesn't quite do it for me, sort of like an imperial ESB if there ever were such a thing, god forbid. But I don't know that that's down to me or the brewer.

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papposilenus from New Hampshire, Jan 27, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only been to Medusa's taproom once, but I found it to be a pretty fun experience. Not all of the beer on offer was great, but some were outstanding and most were at least well-made with a few interesting ideas. Pretty sure they had a dark saison on tap, for example, which is one of my favorite "red-headed stepchild" beer styles. Anyway, the beer in my glass was on the taplist that day, but it had apparently kicked before we arrived. Luckily, its popularity has translated into a full-blown can release, which also happens to be Medusa's very first! I'll drink to that!

Pours a nice, lightly-hazed lightish/medium amber color with a firm and dense head of eggshell white foam which seems to last and last. Due to the solid clarity on display, I can see intense streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of my glass, which seem to be doing a great job of keeping the head afloat. Lace show seems quite great and consistent, and the legs are very solid, to boot. Overall, this sits very nicely in a glass and feels highly-presentable. Great first impression!

The nose is pretty interesting... it's dank and fairly resinous smelling, with a background element of juicy papaya, apricot and light melon. Some herbal notes, grapefruit and candied citrus round out what seems to be an impressive nose with quite a bit more character than I expected from the Nugget/Citra dry-hop combo. The Citra seems to provide a lot of grassy qualities when combined with the floral and mostly-neutral Nugget. There's a smidgen of caramel in here, which seems to do its job keeping this on the more old-school side of things, though it does lend a nice balance to the proceedings.

Flavor is sharp and surprisingly-woodsy with bright floral and herbal notes melding on the mid-palate with resin, tart and rindlike grapefruit, pomelo and fleshy apricot. There's an almost acidic presence to the flavor profile here, which continues into the finish and presents as a lasting bitter punch closing out each sip with relative dryness. Feel is rather full-bodied with a solid, tongue-tingling carbonation and a decent hit of ethanol in the finish. On the whole, this doesn't quite stand out in the crowded New England pale ale market these days, esp. because it represents a rather "traditional" view of the DIPA among many haze-bombs, but it definitely does the job. I am less in the mood for this kind of thing these days, but it's made quite well and is enjoyable for sure!

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ichorNet from Massachusetts, Jan 26, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on 8/25/16. Lovely imperial IPA with loaded Citra and Nugget hops. Feel is a little weaker than I would have liked but the taste, smell, look is spot on. It's actually 8%, not 7.5% like the description says. Highly recommended if you're near Hudson, MA.

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DenizDenzo from Massachusetts, Aug 26, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sunrise in color, somewhat turbid. Grapefruit pith, rind, zest. Semi sweet and dry. Pine. Melon. Big, tongue tingling bitterness on the end that coats the mouth. Solid.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Jun 07, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Small head that becomes only rim bubbles and a couple of spots for lace. Orange amber color. Hazy.

Great pine and citrus rind smell. Very full and aromatic.

The taste is deceptively smooth and shuttle. It starts with a fruity, malty base. The hop, while strong, is not overly biting. Even the aftertaste is a gentle blend of the aforementioned flavors. I get some alcohol warmth in the swallow. The body is full and the effervescence moderate.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Jun 04, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer! Had a 5 oz glass on tap just to try it, and had to follow it by a 13 oz glass. The citra hops on this are amazing!!! Excellent smell, lacking a little bit on the taste, but still pretty good. I definitely a must-have.

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diemilio from Georgia, May 26, 2016
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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at brewery on 9/5/15; drank on 9/6/15 in a traditional pint glass; I have stuck with only Medusa IPAs and pale ales so far, but this is by far the best beer I have tried yet from Medusa, not even close really; focus on this beer IMO.

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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts, Sep 07, 2015
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 101 ratings