Blazed Orange Milkshake
Hop Butcher For The World

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #311
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,821
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 10.78%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
69
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Hop Butcher For The World
 
Illinois, United States
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95
World-Class
Notes: Citra & Strata Hopped Milkshake Double India Pale Ale
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tom for this one. Not a fan of lactose beers, but I'm curious about this, so I'll be as objective as possible.

Pint can - 04.08(?).20 - poured into an RC ale flare at 44°F.

Pours a hazy but not quite milky glowing orange juice yellow, topped with less than half-a-finger of loose white suds that recedes quickly to an airy, bubbly collar.

Nose: I thought King Julius smelled like an oramge creamsicle. This IS an orange creamsicle. Orange and vanilla cream. Quite literally a cream-filled orange popsicle. There's some faint mango and Citra fruitiness in the background, but this is plain and simple, orange and vanilla cream. Not at all complex, but amazing nonetheless.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with sweet pale malt and oats. It isn't super sweet like some other Hop Butcher offerings I've had. It's just right, while edging towards the sweeter side. Next, an explosion of Citra notes including orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango, and some papaya. In addition to the Citra-driven citrus notes, there's clearly a true orange element here. The Strata lends some more melon, grassy, white grape, and "fresher" hop notes. There is definitely a true orange and vanilla cream flavour, but it isnt artificial, and it's hoppy enough to where it still tastes like an IPA. The creamsicle theme is subtle, restrained, yet totally pops. Zero nasty lactose flavour. Finishes with some orange and cream, and some nice citrus pith to cut through the sweetness, but zero bitterness. Pure orange creamsicle flavour lingers.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-full in body, with the beer itself drinking crisp and medium, but the lactose lending a soft fullness. Not chewy, cloying, or sticky. Low effervescence, but still carbed. Really nice balance of fluid crispness and creamy softness.

Overall: I hate lactose in beer. This may change my mind entirely. Wow, is this good. Sweet, but not too sweet or sticky. Lots of promised orange-vanilla creamsicle, but doesn't taste unnatural or overtake the beer. No gross lactose flavour. Plenty of true hop flavour to remind you it's an IPA. If this is the definition of a milkshake IPA, then dammit, I'm converted! Please, even if you despise lactose beers, do yourself a favour and try this.

Tom, what a great call! Thanks!

Apr 21, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Start to finish this beer achieved the replication of the orange creamsicle. Could have used a last’s head to complete the experience, bit if you are a creamsicle fan this beer is for you!

Jun 12, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

L - 1/2 finger bright white crown atop a dirty orange body.

S - orange candy, vanilla, brown sugar.

T - very sweet orange/vanilla candy. No bitterness. High sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-full, creamy body with appropriate carb.

O - damn it’s sweet. Diabetics beware.

Jun 09, 2019
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jhavs from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a stemless teku (?) at same time as Orange Chantilly from Phase Three.

This pours orange, creamy looking, big white head that settles slowly.

Aroma is big OJ. Fresh orange juice. Slight vanilla.

A load of orange flavor. Juice and zest. Tastes a lot like an orange Julius. The vanilla is subtle but comes out as it warms.

Moderate carbonation and slightly above medium body.

An interesting and flavorful brew. Tasted like a nice DIPA with bright fresh orange and vanilla background. In the Orange Milkshake competition with Chantilly, I give a slight edge to Chantilly because it ticks off more of the milkshake boxes.

May 29, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours thick slightly dark orange color with a big fluffy white head nice retention. Lots of lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - When i opened the can I immediately smelled orange, the vanilla is incredible it really smells like a creamesicle. Lots of ripe orange nice sweet nose.

Taste - Damn Wow the hops hit me first, slowly they fade into orange, super smooth vanilla this really reminds me of a milkshake.

Feel - Nice creamy full feel, little warmth nice dry finish.

Overall - Really well done, this is milkshake IPA full creamy just the right amount of vanilla.

May 23, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So the hype is real, and this isn't my first orange creamsicle milkshake ipa, but it is the best so far! Hazy yellow pour with white lacing. Smell is full of candied orange, vanilla, some background dank hops, with a trio of supporting fruit: grapefruit, banana, and melon. Taste is sweet, but still actually has dank hops, nice balance, with huge orange and vanilla bombs throughout. Supporting fruit felt in some sips, not as much in others. Sneaky dry finish after layers of cool and creamy haze. Great dessert ipa, best milkshake ipa I have had in a while

Mar 30, 2019
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Very sweet oranges, bananas, clove, how much a little bubble gum in the background, and some mild bready malts

A: cloudy straw with medium head that falls quickly. Light lacing.

F: Mellow oranges, cloves, bubblegum and banana, sweet maltiness and vanilla.

M: medium body with lots of creaminess; lingering sweetness with lots of vanilla.

O: it’s like an orange creamsicle with vanilla. Refreshing and creamy. Didn’t live up to the hype for me.

Oct 26, 2018
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miniditka77 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I could go into a lot of detail on this one, but I think the best and most accurate review is this: I've had orange creamsicles that tasted less like orange creamsicles than this beer. Awesome.

Sep 21, 2018
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can (8/7/18) drank on 8/27/18.

Deep opaque/hazy appearance with a 'dull' orange color. Not off putting or anything, but just different than what you normally expect out of 'hazy' IPAs. Plenty of carbonation and frothy foam upon aggressive pour. This is basically an orange creamsicle in form of a beer. Vanilla sweetness in noticeably as is citrus orange flavor. Sweet. Creamy mouthfeel and a good finish.

This is a very good 'milkshake' IPA. Not quite in the tier of Tired Hands but I'd take it any day.

Aug 27, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.16/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated 8/7/18 shows a cloudy flat orangish-yellow body with no cap.

Green onion slowly exposes a vanilla aroma.

Flavors include orange juice, citrus, and vanilla, but they don't communicate with each other, and the onion seems to hover around.

Mouthfeel leans full, but clears the pallette like fruit juice.

Overall I don't see the benefit of fruit juice feel, onion aroma, and a flat look. But if that is what they are going for, they nailed it.

Aug 15, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Sahm Sensorik tumbler from a one pint can on August 9, 2018. Brewed with Citra and Strata hops. Smooth, creamy and delicious. Highly recommended.

Aug 14, 2018
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badmotorgrunge from Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best in “this style “ I ever had. Better than Tired Hands! I wish people wouldn’t compare to regular Blazed, because ITS A DIFFERENT STYLE!
Well Done HB!

Aug 11, 2018
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the look. Great color and lacing. Creamcicle flavor is very sweet. I can see why some are saying it’s not an IPA since there’s so little bitterness. The smell matches the flavor as you’d expect. I wasn’t impressed with the non milkshake version when I had it last year, but this new version I’d get again.

Drinking the latest 5/8/19 can release now. I upped my smell to a 4.5. So good!

Aug 10, 2018
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freshbeer7 from Illinois

1.42/5  rDev -67.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is not an IPA. The furthest thing from it. A sweet, hot mess. Can only taste vanilla and lactose. Were hops even used in this beer? Regular blazed orange is far and away a better beer.

Aug 04, 2018
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pagriley from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh can - about a week old

Pours like dishwater, murky and hazy, with an odd white cast to it
Smells amazing, pure creamcicle.
Taste is the same - soft creamy creamcicle. Childhood flashback in a can
Feel is a bit light - expected more a thick feel

Overall a delicious beer - freaking amazing.

Jun 21, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer-caused a lot of argument and discussion at last week's beer share. Has the characteristics of a New England IPA. Cloudy, citrusy, juicy, slight dankness, seems to be a huge load of hops involved. The vanilla gives it a creaminess and yes, it seems like an orange Creamsicle. The argument comes from the idea that these might be artificial orange flavors involved, and some of the guys found it to be too sweet. I can see that point. It's a very good beer, but I wonder how much of it comes from additives.

Jun 21, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/13/18; drank 6/20/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice white head; strong, frothy tree-rung lace.

Orange candy & vanilla notes in the nose...yep, an orange creamsicle.

Medium mouthfeel.

Just as it smells, this tastes like an orange creamsicle; it's uncanny!!

For being quite sweet, it's also very drinkable. I'd have another.

Jun 21, 2018
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BRami127 from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into pint glass from tallboy can.

A: Hazy orange. Little head. Thick
S: Citrus sweet with hoppy scent in background. Creamsicle like
T: Thick, citrusy, like a liquid creamsicle Refreshing. Like a hoppy orange-vanilla ice cream

Overall: Very impressive beer from Hop Butcher. Refreshing for a summer's day. For me, this is their best showing so far.

Jun 16, 2018
Blazed Orange Milkshake from Hop Butcher For The World
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 69 ratings