Master Shredder
The Veil Brewing Co.

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New England IPA
Ranked #412
Ranked #1,529
4.26 | pDev: 6.1%
The Veil Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
Master ShredderMaster Shredder
Notes: Wheat IPA(may contain citrus). Very citrus forward, juicy, low bitterness, and minimal malt presence.
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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pint cans from a care package sent by my friend from the Richmond area.
Can't make out the canned on date. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Hazy golden orange color, decent pillowy bright white head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin cap of foam, nice sticky lacing. light carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Canned stone fruit (peach/nectarine and apricot), tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, guava and passionfruit), orange zest, light pine and berries, some grainy malt and floral/herbal notes.

Taste- Seriously juicy peach and tropical fruit medley, some citrus zest and very faint pine. Nice light malt backbone.

Feel- Medium bodied with a nice, creamy soft, lightly bitter finish. Average carbonation on the tongue. Very well balanced and refreshing.

O- My idea of the perfect session IPA. Incredible flavor for a low ABV IPA.

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Mister_Faucher from Washington, Feb 13, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus and tropical, namely mango and orange, hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a citrus and tropical, namely mango and orange flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good NEIPA

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VABA from Virginia, Jun 01, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bigda83 for the 16 oz. extra dated 5-13-19 – talk about fine service from a fine trader. My first Veil beer, which is hard to believe.

The pour is appropriately blundered mango & orange juice, with the strongest nose I can recall on an IPA in quite a while: all the tropical fruit. Even cherimoya. Lovely.

Master Shredder – a tropical drink with a wheat straw (those aren’t illegal yet, are they?). Plenty of the fruitiness in the nose bleeds liberally into the taste, without any specific fruit getting top billing. Wheat is second banana – or is that mango, or breadfruit – but provides a distinct background noise. Sugary sweetness of the style dampens my enjoyment somewhat, with close to zero bitterness to leaven the experience. Sticky, sweet, but it does exit the glass fast enough.

This should come in frozen concentrate form in your local HyVee with an advertising campaign featuring The Blue Lagoon in a Kansas wheat field. Yeah. That would work. Good, solid beer.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, May 25, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks like orange brown muddy water with an inch of white foam dapped on top. A bit ugly! The moderate strength nose is a little resinous and a lot fruity, some grapefruit with sweeter mango and pear like aromas. Not ugly at all! Crisp with bitterness on the low side, resinous hops and some grapefruit flavor make the juicy flavor profile. The hop bitterness spikes at the quick finish. Mouth feel is fairly clean and crisp but softens as the high carbonation dissipates. The medium body has a little weight. A fine offering that leaves you wanting more. Get some.

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BJB13 from Maryland, Aug 23, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/23/18

Pours a hazy but bright orange with a nice finger of sturdy, foamy head.

Aroma brings wheat to the forefront with some subtle undertones of floral hops; shrouded in wheat, I'm also getting soft tones of earthy citrus, light pine and spice; the earthy notes are very detailed and dominant, with citrus appearing only intermittently.

Taste starts with some dank citrus tones and orange peel that quickly develop earthy qualities; light herbal spice accompany wheat notes, with some rye bread and tree bark making an appearance as well; restrained, and with some interesting earthy elements that make for a quirky, but solid flavor profile.

Mouthfeel finds a decent balance between soft and juicy, with only the slightest bit of uneven carbonation throwing it off at times; definitely clean and refreshing, though, with a sharp crispness that really stands out on the finish.

A solid IPA with some unexpected but well-executed earthy notes throughout; sometimes felt as though it was holding back a bit, but even then, its refreshing qualities shined through really nicely; I think that's how I'll remember this one.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Jul 30, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/12/18 (19 days ago)

L - 1-finger fizzy head atop a murky orange body.

S - citrus, flaked wheat, bread, pine.

T - follows the nose. Wheat is very forward, but balanced by the citrus and piney hops. Low sweetness, no booziness, moderate bitterness.

F - medium body with medium-low carb.

O - as good as a wheat ipa gets.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Mar 31, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My 600th beer. Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is brilliant, of orange and yellowish hues having a totally opaque density. No light goes through this. The head, thanks to the wheat, is viable and still living at half a finger thick. Big retention. Minor lacing. But looking awesome.
S: Aroma is mostly resinous, having just a few minor hints of tropicalia (pineapple and mango) and citrus (tangerine and orange peel).
T: Taste begins with an amazing sweetness of banana followed right after by the tropical and citrusy touches. It's so layered. It's banana first than mango, than passion fruit, then pineapple, then tangerine and finished in oranges. In between there's a resinous back-bone profile accompanying all of this, like a bass line when the guitar player is making his solo. It's pure magic.
M: Body is medium, having literally medium density but having a very velvety carbonation makes this beer so drinkable. Alcohol is unnoticed. Bitterness is solid but not overwhelming.
O: This is my first The Veil (solo) beer and I'm very happy with it. It's an amazing Wheat IPA that I'd love to try again and again.

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

On tap at the brewery, comes in a fully hazed orange. Good lacing, nice looking beer. Smell and taste are fruity,, earthy, dank. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice hazy IPA.

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Beers-es from Virginia, Mar 19, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A draft pour at Churchkey in DC. Poured into a 14 oz blecher.

Another killer. 100% mosaic. Love the flavor smell feel of this Veil classic. My first time with the brew. I'm loving the big citrus notes that play well with the grassy green onion piney notes. Feels nicely balanced. There's also some tropical fruit notes as well.

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Gumbo_gravy from District of Columbia, Feb 19, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Veil Brewery on 1/31/17. 4 pack 16 oz. cans $16 plus tax (bottling date on bottom of can). Amazing wheat IPA which I learned is their flagship beer! Hazy gold pour with 1/2 inch head - Smelled the hops from the pour - light citrus with some malt but fruits are the mainstay to me! Some graininess but mouthfeel is SMOOTH! Excellent IPA!! Everything in this beer works together to make you smile while drinking it! HaHa! Love it! What more can i say that I live and work within driving distance and will visit this Brewery more often!! I heard Matt is the Head Brewer and I say Well Done Matt! Keep it up!

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Semh57 from Virginia, Feb 13, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, bright golden orange color with over a finger of a bright white fluffy head.

Aroma pops out of the glass with lots of sweet citrus like tangerine and clementine, slightly dank and piney, juicy mango, and nectarine. No malt to speak of besides some sweet, sugary pale malts. Get that juicyfruit bubblegum note from the yeast.

Taste is full of flavor, especially for a 5.5% beer. Pops with juicy tangerine, clementine, mango, and nectarine up front, which glides into a slightly bitter pine resin, grapefruit pith, and grassy bitter finish. The finish is also quite dry, which makes for a clean and refreshing beer. Some slight dank and wheat come through too.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Medium body. Crisp, yet soft and pillowy.

This is a killer NE style IPA from a brewery that I've wanted to try for a while now. This is kind of their "flagship" IPA from what I hear. It's a damn good one.

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brewskis from Indiana, Feb 11, 2017
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, light orange body with good head and lace. Light acidic/citric aroma like orange juice with a yeast wheat twang. Easy to drink crisp IPA that is mostly a citric & orange juice taste with sweetness with clean finish and bit of hop bite.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Feb 10, 2017
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4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tallboy dated 01/31/2017

Hops: tons of Mosaic

They've got this dialed in. Incredible notes of passionfruit, mango, tangerine and grass. Soft as a cloud. God damn. What a beer.

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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia, Feb 10, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Hazy light orange and two fingers of white head

S - Similar to wet hop dankness, but also has lots of tangerine, grapefruit peel, wheat, and grains.

T - Refreshing. Non-acidic grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango. Subtle bitterness and faint malt character.

F - Light and crisp. Not a true session beer at 5.5%, but a crusher nonetheless.

O - Easy to drink, but also complex.

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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts, Jan 16, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden orange, big white head and great lacing. Citrus aromas are soft but notable. Notes of plain cracker, citrus flesh, and grapefruit rubbed with hop. Crisp, crushable, light and clean. Great easy drinking IPA.

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HopBomb515 from New Jersey, Dec 30, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy light golden-amber color with a frothy and persistent white head. Bright aromas of orange, tropical fruit, dough, and resin. For a 5.5% ABV beer, this packed a huge punch with bitter citrus, tropical notes, and a lingering pleasant dankness on the finish. The wheat shined through and complimented the hops nicely.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Oct 27, 2016
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ The Veil

Foggy glowing orange capped with scattered pools of creamy white bubbles. Smells of fresh hop pellets, grapefruit, pulpy citrus juice, and a light wheaty tang. Hoppy fresh flavor as well...pineapple, bright juicy citrus, green herbs, weed, tea, and spicy grass. Smooth as hell, soft and refreshing. Another impressive IPA from The Veil. Fresh green hoppy goodness.

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wedge from North Carolina, Oct 05, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 08/30/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Citrus in the front with a nice dankness following and a soft wheat aroma all around.

T- Fantastic delivery of hops that take big stone fruit notes and combine them with piney, resinous notes along with a nearly assertive bitterness. Wheaty aftertaste.

M- The wheat makes for a soft feel but the hop bite is still quite strong with this one. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- These guys never fail to impress. Their flagship is delicious as is everything else I've had from them thus far.

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Immortale25 from North Carolina, Sep 18, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy peach body with a hint of orange and a fluffy off-white head. Aroma is big on peaches, citrus, orange, grainy wheat and a dash of grass. Flavor follows the aroma; big and fruity, big citrus, peach, noticeable wheat. Feel is medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, sticky and lingering. Really nice beer all around; follows the hazy IPA style nicely with huge flavor for the abv.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange with very creamy white fluffy head. Aroma is very tropical fruity. Mango and pineapple. Taste is spot on the same. Juicy fruit gum and nectarine. Slightly bitter. Some chewiness and smooth to the feel. Overall, very good beer. Hits all the markers very well. There's no weak sensory point to this beer.

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NoYouDidnt from Indiana, Sep 02, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours hazy orange with thick foamy head, lasts a while leaving rings of lacing. Big juicy citrus aroma, orange and mango. Juicy taste, tropical flavors, very light malt sweetness, solid piney bitterness finishes it off. Thin to medium slick feel. One of the better wheat IPAs I've had, delish.

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NolaHopHead from Louisiana, Aug 13, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Church Key for National IPA Day.

A huge fruit bomb! 4.25

A - Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a frothy white head good lacing. 3.5

S - Sweet tropical fruits, mango and pineapple 4.75

T - Citrus orange and grapefruit. 4

MF - Medium bodies with a dry finish.Not too bitter. 4

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Aug 08, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can, with a batch date of 7/26 into a tulip glass:

Appearance: deep orangey-copper in color, with a thick off-white head. Less hazy than the other Veil beers I drank, but still pretty turbid. Head leaves lots of rings of lace as the beers drunk.

Aroma: citrus, juiciness, and a touch of sweetness on the nose. More malt-forward than CCTT, IdonteverwanttoBU, but still very hop-laden in its scent.

Taste: the wheat factor definitely adds a different element to this beer, but it's still totally dominated by the hops. Grapefruit flesh, some mild cherry flavor, lots of citrus. Super crushable and refreshing at 5.5%.

Feel: full-bodied and creamy, though less so than the heavier IPAs.

Overall: this is nearly session IPA ABV, but packs tons of hop flavor and aroma. A really nice beverage.

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TheElectricOne from Rhode Island, Aug 07, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer is a nice clear but tiny bit hazy pale orange yellow color that looks nice. Smell and taste have orange rind and a bit of light pine in the taste. Smell has a light creamy wheat note. Medium body with a really light feel. Carbonation is medium and adds a nice texture. Nice dry finish. Not to drt. Good overall ipa. Go for it.

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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy dated 6/21/16 into a Teku at fridge temp.

Look: hazy orange-tinged hay, with a small, short-lived white head that leaves good lacing.

Smell: lots of sweet tropical fruits—pineapple, mango, even coconut—alongside citrusy orange and some mild vanilla. Enticing, but a bit overly sweet.

Taste: surprisingly light flavor, with mandarin orange, bitter orange pith, lime, oak, and maybe a little thyme. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggested, thankfully.

Feel: starts off bright, almost biting like a sour (but without a sour taste). Light, slippery feel that doesn't linger at all. Medium dry.

Overall: this is a good IPA. In its approach—clean, moderately complex flavor that accentuates unusual hop notes—it reminds me of some of Modern Times' IPAs, or of the Luponic Distortion series, though it's maybe a bit less subtle or well-put-together than those. It doesn't register particularly as a wheat beer, and the haze doesn't add anything to the experience for me.

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neurobot01 from California, Jul 15, 2016
Master Shredder from The Veil Brewing Co.
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