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New England IPA
Ranked #215
Ranked #1,174
4.38 | pDev: 7.31%
LIC Beer Project
New York, United States
Notes: Imperial IPA double dry-hopped with Mosaic, Motueka, and El Dorado.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 102 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BeerBaronBear
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've tried a number of LIC Beer Project offerings at this point. They're all nice, and this is one of my favorites. Compared with Kingsguard, another favorite of mine, this one's got a lot more hop punch and resiny finish to it, while still maintaining a complex fruit palate underneath. Personally not quite as high on my list, but if you like more bitterness on the palate, and a little more of an oily, syrupy mouthfeel, this beer's an excellent option.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on October 16, 2019. Oat imperial IPA brewed with El Dorado, Mosaic and Vic Secret hops. Aromas of strawberry, floral bouquet and guava. Soft on the palate with a strong, clean finish.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brass with a diminutive head that leaves plenty of lace on the glass. The aroma is of apricot, lemon and rosewater with some breast malts in there. The taste is dripping with juicy tangerine, tropical hops - very dank and highly hopped. A subdued malt ballast reminds me this is beer and not hop tea. The mouthfeel is full bodied with textured, light carbonation and lots of hop oils coating my mouth. High bitterness and everlasting citrus and tropical hop flavours in the finish.

This is a fantastic, super juicy DIPA. Complex and also crushable. Excellent and highly recommended.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super cloudy golden body with two fingers of white foam and agressive lacing. Aromas of pineapple, guava, papaya, mango, lime, with dry hops, lemon zest, and dankness. Taste is more bitter, in fact the bitterness is the best part, really letting the hops dominate most of the sip, with the tropical fruit emerging from their wake by the end. However, the dry hops as it warms get more into brief glimpses of soapiness that detract. Feel has great dry hops with general haziness, finishes very dry after starting moderately moist, though as it warms there is a hint of hop burn. Great first offering form these guys

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a *long* while ago, as I've had it in my basement with the rest of my massive stash. Thankfully, this beer held up well over time as it was quite enjoyable and easy to quaff with a minimal amount of sediment left at the bottom of my pint glass. The dry-hopped nature of this beer led it to be incredibly smooth as the alcohol was well-hidden at the same time. Overall, this was one of LIC's better offerings that I've been able to obtain!

Of course, the pour was a dank, murky goldenrod with plenty of head to top it off. Lots of clingy lacing stuck to the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this with a good amount of bubbles accompanying the liquid until the end of my session. Lots of dank hops, tropical fruit, and pineapple in the nose as the taste was a bit more earthy and pithy. Jackfruit, mango, passion fruit, and heavy citrus came through in the taste as it was heavy, but addicting, with enough juice in the mouthfeel from making this too murky for my palate. Sure, a chaser of water was needed to get this down but the garlic and scallions in the aftertaste kept this crisp and bright until the next sip, without allowing the flavors to fully fade away...

Yes, there was enough booze in this but it was not a deterrent as it enhanced the heavy-handed and understated hop presence of this beer. If you like your beers to be tropical, potent, and addicting, you've found your brew here. Canned on 2/17 of last year with "90 PITTED" written underneath it, this was a beer that packed a punch but kept you wanting another hit at the same time. Lovely stuff with an earthy hop profile that lingered long after the last bit went down...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Pale color, really hazy. Aroma is bright and hoppy with floral notes and tart fruits. Taste is light, fresh and hoppy with bitter finish. Really refreshing for a DIPA.

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Photo of dirtdirtdirtdirt
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks murky, grayish yellow. Modern.

Smell isn't as strong as the rest of the beer. Got served in a water glass at a restaurant, so maybe it needs a tulip glass, to be fair.

Taste is awesome, a modern classic orange-grapefruit bittersweet IPA with long, full flavor. A little boozy for my personal taste, but it's an IIPA, so....

Feel matches taste: long and full. Nice oily feel coats tongue, nice carbonation.

Overall 4.5, maybe 4.75 if served in better glass?

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Photo of cfalls
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy yellow/orange, not much head

S - passion fruit, super pungent fruity, lemon/lime, dank, hint of pancake batter

T - medium sweetness, medium minus bitterness, follows the nose with passion fruit and citrus

F - medium minus thickness, medium carbonation, not much burn

O - probably the best I've had from LIC, classic fruity NEIPA

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz growler into a speilgau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma is intensely hoppy. Lots of citrus and mango right off the bat.

Body is thin but the taste is incredible. Lots of fruity notes. Amazing beer.

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Photo of CHickman
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taproom 307 in NYC, it's got classic New England IPA looks and the great fruity matching aroma. Wow, it's juicy, hoppy and very tasty, full of citrus flavors, tropical fruit and a nice amount of malty complexities. It's very smooth and enjoyable, a damn fine DIPA from LIC that is incredibly easy to drink for a brew at 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours looking like orange hop sherbet, very hazy and completely opaque, with a thick white head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells absolutely wonderful, like mango pineapple juice with a hint of lime, from the Motueka hops. There's a bit of dankness in the aroma too, but it's basically all juice, baby.

This is the way you do a juice bomb. It's so tasty, with tons of mango, pineapple, and a good hit of lime from the Motueka. There's some grapefruit and tangerine as well. This tastes like a hop creamsicle, really, with a miniscule amount of bitterness on the finish.

This is medium bodied, really, really creamy and oaty, with a good level of carbonation.

I definitely need to try more beers from LIC Beer Project if this is the level of product they can put out. This was one of the best new IPAs I've had in a while.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Consumed today at LIC after a marathon eating fest in Flushing Queens. Looks turbid, hazy, cloudy, slightly yellowish, billowing off white head...what you would expect from a hazy spa, but might I say murky and not a glowing haze. My mind imploded on first whiff. Such a great strong aroma filled with passion fruit, dragon fruit, kiwi, little bit o' strawberry...and beneath it all something a little pungent. The taste follows pretty straight after the nose...and that's not a bad thing. My first thought was honestly..."this tastes like vitamin water dragon fruit flavor." Another reviewer likened Hollows to Lambo Door and I completely agree. This is hop candy. Passion fruit is strong, again strawberry, followed by tropical fruit salad. Then, oddly, I do get a little garlic flavor coming through. I do wish there was a little more bitterness coming through to cut the fruit salad. I nice fluffy and juicy mouthfeel. This beer threw me for a loop. Better than expected for sure. Only downside, lacking a small bitter hit.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer a number of times before including fresh at the brewery but forgot to review so I'm reviewing it now. Drank on tap out of a tulip. Beer pours out a near perfect light gold/yellow with a turbid full haze and a pinky of bright white head. Huge tropical fruits on the nose. Tons of passion fruit, mango and pineapple. Also had a bit of red fruit(think strawberry) as well. Much less green and herbaceous than it was when I had it fresh at the brewery. Taste follows the nose with a lovely medium minus bitterness. Red fruit slightly more pronounced than on the nose. Awesome medium plus creamy mouthfeel. Overall this beer amazing, definitely the best LIC, in fact, it's one of the best beers full stop. 99.5 points!

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Photo of Skellbop
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very solid offering and maybe the best yet from LIC that I've had. Reminiscent of Lambo Door, with that gummy bear juiciness. Excellent mouthfeel and nose as well. Looking forward to more like this

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Photo of mdfb79
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky burnt yellow color with a little bit of head. Tropical fruits and citrus juice; tons of fruit and super juicy. Fruity malts, Grapefruit, light resin.

Overall I loved this; one of the best IPA's I've had out of NY and their best beer yet IMO.

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Photo of dar482
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a deeply murky medium gold, with tons of greenish tint to it.

The aroma offers fresh basil and sage, bubble gum, lemon flesh, grapefruit peel, a bready sweetness.

The flavor hits of bubble gummy yeast qualities, peach, papaya, a chewy and smooth chewy mouthfeel of oats, hints of floral, quite clean on the finish with hints of alcohol and green chive and earthiness.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

huge thanks to Steve for tossing me a can of this freshness fire after a tasting the other night. dated a week ago. standard gorgeous NE haze look (my kid asked if I was drinking orange juice)....and I had to double check the can myself...cause this is a juice bomb! LIC really makes some phenomenal IPAs, and this double might be the best one yet. great body, unreal taste...passionfruit juiciness. mmmm mmmm mmm. too bad I only have one can.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely sublime. The best IPA that LIC has ever done, and that means quite a lot from a fanboy like me. Simply incredible.
The appearance is a perfectly opaque glowing golden haze. The big snowy head leave a thick sticky lacing. The nose is peaches & cream, lots of kiwi, and Tropical Blend V8 Splash. The nose, like everything about this beer, is perfect.
Taste is defined by loads of bubblegum and candy apples but there are notes of peaches, apricots, mango, and guava. The fruity profile is balanced out by a hint of dank earthiness. Hollows is malty in the best way possible. Gummy birthday cake malts are very distinct. The bitterness level on this one is also ideal.
Mouthfeel is (gasp!) perfect. Pillowy, fluffy, and creamy as heck. There is no hyperbole when I say that this is seriously one of the best IPAs I have ever had. Maybe THEE best. Seriously! Everything is represented perfectly. The haze, the nose, the fruitiness, the earthiness, the maltiness, the bitterness, the mouthfeel. It's all perfect!!

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Hollows from LIC Beer Project
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 102 ratings