In Absentia | Brick & Feather Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brick & Feather Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 67
Photo of Holderness
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 13 days ago.

L -- Pours a deep orange haze with a finger of off-white head produced with moderate pour. Good retention and decent lacing
S -- Dank weedy resins, juicy grapefruit, pineapple, floral, hint of fresh pine. Reminds me of Sip of Sunshine
T -- Candied tropical fruit, orange flesh, semi-sweet maltiness, light dankness
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium carb. Quite drinkable with a decent malt kick and moderate hop bitterness throughout
O -- Reminds me a lot of Sip of Sunshine in terms of both hops and malts, with maybe a little more juicy kick in this one. One of those 'sum is greater than its parts' beers


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Photo of SABERG
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased 2 hrs ago, into the test glass.
A - Hazy,creamsicle orange backdrop hides the gentle carbonation. A thick foam cap of off white froth acts as the proof.
S - Tropical fruits, orange, papaya, mango all up front
T - Very much follows the aromatics, added is some salinity and sweet malt base.
M - Feel is a bit soft on the palate, round, with a sweet finish
O - A beautiful IPA, stretching the APA with near perfection. So glad to be near this amazing brewer.

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Photo of Boto
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ The Foundry: This one pours a murky golden color. There was a small white head that left some lacing. Good nose. Mainly tropical hops. Some citrus too. The taste was very good. Not too much bitterness, but lots of jucy hops. Tropical and citrus flavors. Nice!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Foundry. The beer had a cloudy, dark orange appearance with a medium thick head that lasted awhile. Aromas were sharp with very vocal orangepeel mixed with various citrus smells and piney hops, Taste followed the nose with a very citrus-y, tangy, and juicy drink that did not overpower the flavor senses. Very easy to drink with my meal at the bar. Mouthfeel was interestingly silky in texture with a light, refreshing body. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this beer; appearance, aromas, and flavors were awesome.

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Photo of Damian
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise

Cloudy, pale yellow ochre appearance. Slightly short of opaque. The liquid was topped by a creamy, finger-tall, off white cap that fell to a clingy collar. A thick, patchy ring of lacing coated the glass.

The nose was hoppy and very citrusy. Orange and tangerine notes dominated. Bright, juicy and fragrant but not over the top. Touch of tropical fruitiness. Mango perhaps.

The flavor was very similar to the nose but slightly punchier. Lots of juicy orange and tangerine up front. Some tangy clementine as well. Bit of lemony tartness in the center. Orange peel came through on the finish. Just the slightest hint of pithy bitterness. As the beer warmed, the finish tuned slightly more bitter. Grapefruit rind was noticeable.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most impressive aspect of the beer. It was super soft, supple and frothy on the palate. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained an ultra fine, fluffy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Brick & Feather's In Absentia is a tasty, citrus-forward double IPA. With its incredibly high ratings here on BeerAdvocate, however, it fell somewhat short of my expectations. This is a very solid offering for sure but probably not one that I would go to great efforts to procure again.

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Photo of Reginald_Dunlop
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Walked right up to the bar and bought 2 growlers yesterday afternoon (there were only 3 other people there drinking flights). This might be my new favorite IPA. They take the popular East coast juice bomb style with the fruit forward smell and taste, but then add just the right amount of subtle balancing piney bitterness on the back end that many of the other big name Massachusetts IPAs lack in my opinion. A really excellent beer. I'm hesitant to write this review, because I have a feeling the days of having only 3 people there on a Saturday afternoon will be short lived, but these guys deserve credit for what they're doing.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The first thing that strikes you is the absolutely beautiful color on this beer. A sip provides a nice taste of juice without destroying the pallet and is incredibly reminiscent of Julius in this way. Incredibly well done. I almost don't want to share this review so that it can remain the hidden gem that it is.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 1L growler, filled at the brewery about 24 hours ago. Served in a cool imperial pint/nonic.

Pours a seriously murky orange-pear-gold with a finger-and-a-half of lush ivory foam. The head lasts for a minute or so before settling back to a bubbly film of scuz with thin, spotty lacing.

Smells of peaches, strawberries, pineapples, oranges, pine forest and fresh baking soda biscuits. One hell of an olfactory wallop!

Taste follows the nose quite closely with pineapple, clementine, mango and peaches. Dank, with a hint of pine needles and spicy wheat. The beer is a muddled masterwork of sweet-and-spicy grainy malt and juicy-fruit bitterness, all smashed together on the palate simultaneously. Delicious.

Feel is smooth and creamy, medium-heavy bodied and brightly carbonated with a slight boozy warmth in the gullet.

If you took a pint of Julius and a pint of Susan, and poured them together, I expect it would taste something like this. Massively excellent!

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Photo of JohnnyB
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not super bitter,not sweet..Just right. This is not Your brothers obnoxious juice bomb. This is juice heaven. Orange,grapefruit dominate with a bit of a spicy (Columbus?) finish. A very great representation of the East coast IPA.

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Photo of bmurphy13
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely incredible. This actually tastes juicy. Opens up with a burst of orange juice; then sweet, tropical fruit. Pineapple. Followed by dank citrus rind, that finishes sticky with just enough lingering citrus rind and bitterness to let you enjoy it before quickly going back for another sip. Incredible. May be my favorite IPA ever.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 1-finger white head. The head dissipates into a nice crown. Leaves some cobweb lacing.

The aroma is basically a fruit smoothie. Tons of citrus up front; oranges, tangerines, and ruby red grapefruit lead the way to some more tropical fruits. There's some pineapple and a good amount of mango. The back end is just piney enough to balance out the fruity sweetness. I could smell this beer until I die.

The taste starts off with a ridiculous amount of orange. It's literally like freshly squeezed orange juice. Following that is some mango and a hint of pineapple. The finish is just like the nose, with a subtle pine note that leaves just a bit of bitterness as you finish your sip.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth. Leaves a sticky coating around the mouth.

Overall, I am just blown away by this beer. It's incredibly juicy with tons of citrus and tropical fruits but has just enough bitterness to give you a nice hop bite. Watch out for these guys.

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Photo of darktipper88
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is incredible. It's everything I love about IPA's and is a perfect example of the "New England" style IPA. I would drink this beer instead of orange juice in the morning if I could.
Keep an eye on Brick & Feather, they're brewing incredible beers!!

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Photo of -Rick
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

enjoyed on tap at Armsby Abby,

This beer pours a hazy straw color with a nice thick white head that hung around for a while. Huge smells of tropic fruits. Orange,mango, pineapple come pouring out of this. The taste follows the smell. Lots of orange and mango. has a slight bitter finish. This beer has a great soft mouth feel, perfectly carbonated. What a great surprise this beer was! This will hold up against any of the big boy New England IPA's on the market today. Outstanding brew!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First off, the owners are really great and personable, but more importantly, they seem to really enjoy what they are doing. In the handful of times I've had growlers filled with this IPA there have been others present claiming that this beer "as good as anything from Treehouse or Hill Framstead" (which it is) and I am not 100% sure brewers (in general) like being compared to others- although this site is the exact forum to do such a thing.......go figure. At any rate, people, tell them how good the beer is based on what you're consuming at that moment. Sorry, Ill step off.

The beer is awesome. Super easy to crush at 7.1 %, hold on! Killer fruits on the nose, aged bananas, mango with the mouthfeel of a thickly pressed glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. My favorite aspect is the diesel finish of the hops- imagine the early morning smell of a lawn mower gas shack. So light and juicy, so good. Best beer I've come across in two years. If you get there soon you can say "I was there when.......the wait was.....I remember when........."

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Photo of Gastone
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler pour kegged today.
This might clear up with time but it's a very hazy light amber. Fair head with nice lacing. I'm not deducting for the haze (because it's a NE thing) but others might.
When I pour and can smell the hops at arms length it makes me smile. Citrus fruit punch.
The taste follows. Mosaic. More pine and IBUs than I was expecting. Very balanced east coast vs west coast vibe. Might have to drive back tomorrow.

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In Absentia from Brick & Feather Brewery
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 67 ratings