Peak Oil
Magnify Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #238
Ranked #1,969
4.31 | pDev: 5.57%
Magnify Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Peak OilPeak Oil
Notes: This Imperial IPA was hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo in the kettle and dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic lupulin powder. We then conditioned this beer on Apollo hop oil for an intense hop experience.
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Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9/25/19....pours cloudy orange gold. Foamy but fast w/ patches of white foam that sit. More of a malty nose, cereals. Some citrus. Light. Heavy oily resin filled bitter up front that rolls away quickly. Citrus lurks below. Balances out to a bitter smoothness. Nice.

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Photo of Tony210
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy medium straw color, minimal head. Hoppy aromas of mango, peach, pineapple. Great tropical fruit flavor, slight darkness, pretty sweet. Light carbonation. Overall a really great DIPA, one of my favorites from Magnify so far.

16 oz can purchased 6/20/18
4.5 rating

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Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No freshness date - come on Magnify!
Murky yellow-orange tequila sunrise hue with thick 1-2 finger frothy off-white Head with decent retention and spotty lacing.
Aroma is not huge but respectable with pineapple, mango, honeysuckle, and resin. It seems a bit muddled with hops competing rather than complementing.
Flavor is good but also a bit brute force and not with a lot of distinct hop notes, mostly general tropical fruits With a lot of resin in the finish. High bitterness that increases through the aftertaste. Sniffs cloying category but not quite there due to the heavy oil and protein content.
Feel is great for 9% ABV, pretty dangerous really, with soft but established carbonation
Overall a beer that is good but has even more potential to clarify hop qualities and dial down the oily feel a bit.

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Photo of avalon07
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a dark orange-ish color and a very thick and cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Fantastic lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of hops, citrus, malt, pine, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a bit of pine resin, a moderate amount of tropical fruit (passion fruit), lots of hops, citrus (orange), and pineapple. An incredibly lively and powerful flavor. It's very well-balanced between the hops and fruit elements. Tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent DIPA. Quite well made and definitely easy to drink. Well worth a try.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, yellow body with minimal head. Aroma is more sweet than sour/tart with smells of tangerine, pineapple and hints of apricot, peach and white grapefruit. Smooth, fuller-bodied with a mild hoppy bitterness that is balanced by a sweetness that is like peach, mango or apricot and finish is clean.

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Photo of bl00
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Tons of hoppy character throughout the range of flavors. Magnify did well to balance the pine, resin, and bitter with fruit and floral notes. Mouthfeel is full and no heat on the palate from the higher abv.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, pours a very hazy orange. Small dense head leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is big notes of passionfruit, guava, citrus and dank. Taste follows. Mild bitterness. Feel is lightish medium. Drinks like a 6% beer. Pretty fantastic.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crowler day after full:
Pours a sorta amber orange-juice, though the head is nicely between foamy and creamy and lasts with a little lacing.

A nice grapefruit, guava, and fermented pineapple nose, with just a little spruce note.

A very little heat in a somewhat juicy opening similar to the nose. The malt backs this up and what I assume is oat (or wheat) is noticed. A little grain a bitter wood hold the back of this beer with a little lingering citrus rind.

Solid NE IPA, with both juiciness and a light countering bitterness. Overall fairly balanced sweet/bitter with an above moderate juicy hop profile.

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Photo of beerbully
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Lighter than copper, hazy, opaque, 2 finger head.......good retention......thick lacing

S-Fruity hops..........with slight dankness.........papaya, passionfruit, orange, mango, ripe melon.........some faint onion

T-Lots of hops up front with some sweet maltiness through the middle.......finish with some bitter rind.........not as fruity as the nose.........citrus hops (lemon, grapefruit)......candied sweetness ......some resinous hop matter....

F-Medium body......mild carbonation..........sweet........some alcohol but doesn't feel like 9%

O-good beer, slightly sweet which may limit its drinkability

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Having just had Magnify's Peak of Ripeness IPA previously...

A little less juicy-looking than Peak of Ripeness, and with more orchard fruit impressions on the nose and tongue... Lots of juiciness, and yes, you can pick up on that oily resin of hops - rolls off the tongue and up into the nose again - adds another dimension to the beer... Lots of fruitiness and hop oiliness - medium-light body, modest palpable carbonation, little bit of chew and shellac...

Lovin' it...

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Photo of agreenman19
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - mostly opaque swampy seaweed green-tinted orange brown. Thick and robustly creamy head.

S - mango and orange pith. There is some pineapple in there and white bread with lemon zest.

T - woof, that is a kick in the teeth! Hugely focused laser beam of lemon and orange peel that just cuts through everything, including my face. Ruby red grapefruit and doughy dankness. Despite the rindy flavors, it's not terribly bitter and has some candy sweetness. Papaya chunks and earthy, oily hops. Leaves a tangy pithiness in the mouth which I would imagine is concentrated hop oil, as the name suggests!

F - light and lively for 9%. Medium body with an expansive feel. Not exactly fluffy, but kinda like a dog that looks fluffy yet doesn't feel fluffy. That's a terrible analogy, I know, but meet me halfway. Doesn't foam your shit up, but isn't disgusting fruit syrup concentrate either. Good balance.

O - this is actually a pretty nice IIPA. Flavor is more restrained than I'd expect, but they are well-done and enjoyable to drink. Great blend of sweetness, pith, bitterness, and candy. I know some of those may overlap, but cut me some slack, will ya?

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Gingerman in Boston, MA.

This one pours a fairly ridiculous looking chicken broth orange, it's so hazy and so murky and so unappealing, like weird orange juice. There's a very small head, and a good amount of lacing.

It smells way better than it looks, though with tons of orange peel and orange zest, mango, pineapple and other unnamed tropical fruits.

This sits firmly in the NE-style IPA camp, while not reaching the heights of the best breweries who make this style. It tastes a bit muddled, as it's just an overload of ridiculous juice flavors with not much structure. This does not mean it doesn't taste good, as it does. It just doesn't have the craftmanship of the best examples of the style.

This is medium bodied, a bit thick and protein heavy as expected, with a normal level of carbonation.

If this is dialed in a bit further, it would be amazing. It's certainly a good stat.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can poured into Magnify tulip glass. It pours a turbid, apricot yellow with a thick, foamy, milk-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of mango, lemon, grapefruit, and strong, floral hops. The initial taste is sweet mango, guava, and biscuit malt. The citra, mosaic, and amarillo hops juxtapose nicely with the sweetness of the fruit but aren't very bitter and not biting at all. Rather, the hops, fruit and malt blend beautifully to create a balance DIPA. Despite the use of lupulin powder, Peak Oil doesn't have the astringent finish that characterizes many of Magnify's offering. This ale has a nice, thick mouth feel with moderate carbonation, and its 9% ABV gives it pop without being overwhelming. With Peak Oil, Magnify's back on its IPA game. Very good!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out as a hazy orange color with a white head on top. The smell is massive, so much hops on the nose. The taste of the beer is actually very good, I was concerned about how much powder they used that might give off a burning sensation in the aftertaste. The feel of the beer isn't super chalky from the powder, seems pretty balanced. Overall it's a good brew.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A recent book was titled "The Myth of Peak Oil" but thankfully, this beer was a reality as it was the best offering from Magnify that I had to date. Oily, hoppy, smooth, and crushable, this went right now as it featured the hops wonderfully and hit the alcohol well while being easy to enjoy and full of flavor that was easy to enjoy from the get-go!

Lovely pour to this as the beer had a somewhat dank melon hue, fluffy head, and solid rings of lacing along the top third of my pint glass. Tons of tropical fruit in the nose with even more in the taste, which was a testament to how tasty this brew was. Oily, smooth, and balanced, the hops were so addicting here as the mouthfeel made me want to have another sip as soon as I finished my own. Dank citrus, underlying slickness, and the feeling of a Cream Ale made this an instant favorite as the sweetness was as addicting as a summer sherbet. This beer was good enough to combine the slickness of an IPA from California with the dankness of something from this neck of the woods, without letting the booze get in the way of what was going on!

It's not often that I have a beer this strong that hides the alcohol completely, but this did the trick. The Amarillo separated it from other northeast-style IPA's that don't use it while having the Citra and Mosaic give it a familiar taste that I've come to love. A solid offering that elevated Magnify to the next level, this beer was aptly named and easily enjoyable. A must-have that was worthy of it's second release yesterday!

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Photo of mnj21655
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super hazy pale orange with a bit under a finger of white head. Aroma is bursting with tropical fruit juice, tons of guava and mango. Flavor has all that tropical fruit juice and adds some cantaloupe and green melon notes. There is a touch of bitterness and alcohol in the finish but I'd never guess that this is 9%. I dig the mouthfeel, it feels medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, a bit creamy and very smooth. A great NE style IPA.

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Photo of NickDiablo
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you love the taste of hops, this is the beer for you. Refreshing beer with the full taste of a craft beer. Strong hoppy nose and taste. No foamy top, smooth unaltered hoppy taste.

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Photo of njcraftguy
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the brewery as well as several cans over the weekend. Very tasty, smooth brew and you do not taste the fairly high ABV - it can sneak up on you. I had the pleasure of trying several new IPA's from NJ this weekend that were all excellent including this one. Nice flavor and super drinkable.

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