Laser Cat
Medusa Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #434
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,886
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 8.29%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
102
From:
Medusa Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  9
Gots
  27
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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papposilenus from New Hampshire

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.

Jan 27, 2018
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SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 07, 2015
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Icka31 from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 13, 2020
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smcolw from Massachusetts

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.

Jun 04, 2016
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ivyman from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 14, 2018
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 21, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed but it's a bit sharper/more bitter than I had hoped. Easy to drink and super tasty.

May 13, 2015
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seakayak from Massachusetts

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

Oct 28, 2017
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mattycasey from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 15, 2017
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 03, 2017
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oct 31, 2018
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liquorpig from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 29, 2017
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 11, 2015
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 02, 2018
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exohugh

4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

For a beer we chose mostly due to its can design, this was definitely worth it! Fruity, hoppy, delicious!

May 19, 2020
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kinopio from Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jun 01, 2017
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parris from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 06, 2016
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

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!

Jan 26, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

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

Jan 09, 2019
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mklisz from New Hampshire

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

Jun 07, 2017
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Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 06, 2016
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 11, 2020
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Remdog from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 30, 2015
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Patlee3324 from Massachusetts

4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

May 23, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 23, 2018
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 102 ratings