Boss Tweed
Old Nation Brewing Co.

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IPA - New England
Ranked #131
Ranked #458
4.39 | pDev: 7.29%
Old Nation Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States
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Notes: Weighing in at 9.3%, Boss Tweed is a double New England IPA with an aroma of peach, mango, tangerine. A nice pilsner malt backbone with a touch of Vienna provides balance and a lingering sweetness on the back end.
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer better than M-43.. there...I said it...

It's a super juicy DIPA that brings the booze at 9.3%. You can tell a little bit as you're sipping. Its not necessarily boozy but you definitely get the alcohol.

While loaded with hops, I don't know that I would consider this a can't miss offering. Yes I rated it a 4.25 because it's good...really tasty.. its not a world class beer but it's a good one...

You need to try it if you havent....

Jul 18, 2021
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Around two and a half months old. Poured into a snulip style glass.

L: 4.25 Deep orange. Thin white head.
S: 3.75. Fruity but I expected more of a dank hop pop. Maybe it would be different fresher. There is a slight sherry/papery scent. Likely some degradation.
T: 4.75. Doesn't disappoint. Fruity up front fading into a glorious bitterness. Nice malt character.
F: 3.75 slow drink. Medium to thick mouthfeel.
O: 4.25. I've seen this around and was afraid of the price point. Decided to try it out and I feel I got my money's worth.

Jun 30, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has tropical, citrus and hoppy hints
The taste follows the nose with a nice tropical, citrus and hoppy flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A very well balanced IPA

May 24, 2021
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Hazy murky gold. Cream head. 4.5
Aroma - combination of pineapple and grapefruit juices, mango, tropical, brown sugar. 4.75
Taste - combination of pineapple and grapefruit juices, pine, citrus, tropical, brown sugar. 4.5
Feel - medium bodied leaning towards fuller. Medium carbonation. Sweeter finish. 4.5
Overall - packs a punch all around. Definitely filling. Not lacking in any department. 4.5

Apr 19, 2021
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Tomahock from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is obviously a quality beer. But I'm not quite on board with the 97 score. The M-43... that is worth every point. But this Boss Tweed is more like a good vodka. The better you hide the alcohol, the higher it reviews. Its a little lacking in flavors. The mouth feel is smooth, coating and really nice. That's the strong point. But otherwise, it's a delicious way to deliver 9.3%. Drop the ABV down to, say 6.5, and then review it.. you'll be less impressed.

That said, I do loves me a 9.3 that's smooth and tasty -- which this is. But I can't call it world class.

Apr 09, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Managed to snag a can of this during a recent visit to Cincinnati. Pou into a tulip glass - purchased at Nine Giant. Bright hazy yellow color with an good head and lac, some floaters as well. Fragrant sweet citrus smell. Strong flavor of grapefruit and sweet orange. Smooth flavors and feel. Not sure of its date, but hope to have it from tap someday!

Apr 06, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-bright yellow-orange can pour with a deep haze and a 1 cm foam cap that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is orange-pineapple and significant.
The flavor is quite full, with pineapple, mango, orange, watermelon and lime zest most prominent.
The mouthfeel is smooth. There is no alcohol heat.
This is a tasty fruit-bomb.

Mar 16, 2021
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boss Tweed is the first run through Old Nation brewing. It is a big, bold DDH with tons of tropical and sweet hops coming into play. Great body and could easily have this on deck as an everyday beer. Well done and I look forward to more from ON.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Mar 13, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a 1/2 inch cream-colored head, which dissipates. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, floral.

Taste is tangerine, grapefruit zest, wheat, spruce, papaya, mango, yeast. Very fruity.

Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation. Semi-dry resinous finish.

Excellent DIPA!

Mar 12, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice appearance. Pours a cloudy yellow peach color with white head that has good retention. Really great aroma of mango, peach, pineapple, pine, and the sweet alcohol of a DIPA. Taste is a tropical fruit medley. I’m picking up notes of peach, tangerine, pear, pineapple, mango, and a bit of resin and alcohol sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel with light but chunky spritz-like bubble carbonation. Overall the collision of fruitiness with a DIPA backbone makes for a quality offering.

Feb 06, 2021
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Devin2424 from Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter

Look- Hazy yellowish color

Smell- Tropical fruits

Taste- Follows the nose, piney on the back end

Feel- Smooth, light carbonation

Overall- Excellent ipa in my opinion

Jan 28, 2021
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bwriley4 from Arkansas

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this DIPA quite a bit. It starts with citrus and finishes with pine in a beautiful way. It isn't too sweet and handles its high ABV without seeming too boozy. I would be happy to drink any day or any season.

Jan 12, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

ok, this is pretty darn good. not 97 good but very solid. wish i'd gotten to it sooner - canned 6/24/20, consumed 12/30/20. but have to say it has held up. Definitely will try again when I see a new batch
The can says it has sediment - who gives a hoot?
L: from the can. The can is subdued but classy in its own way.
S: Light lemon and pine. Some tropical fruit. Very pleasant.
T: Delivers on the nose. Sweet citrus, modest but definite bitterness on the finish. Very tasty.
F: resiny and smooth on the finish. light carbonation on the front end.
O: Don't know why it took me so long to find this one. It's very good - worth seeking out, absolutely.

Dec 31, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Work won this week! I keep trying to impart that while the spirit is willing, the 55 y/o body is weak & I CANnot easily bounce back like I did as a much-younger man, but they pay me no heed. 8=( I was so tired today, even after my day off, that I could not face the prospect of a 10.5-hour shift, especially given last Saturday night/Sunday morning's beat-down. I called off & am indulging The CANQuest (tm) by dint of the available time.

From the CAN: "New Orthodox India Pale Ale Series"; "Boss Tweed Double India Pale Ale"; "IBU 68"; "Malt: Pils * Wheat * Oat * Vienna[;] Boil Hops: Magnum * Simcoe* Citra * Mosaic[;] Dry Hop: Simcoe * Citra * Mosaic * Azzacca"; "Haze Is Good"; "DON'T freak out! Sediment and what you CAN do about it[.] There is sediment in the bottom of the CAN [-] It's OK[!] 1. Roll the CAN for even sediment distribution OR 2. Pour but leave some behind [-] either way is fine[.] Enjoy!"

Ha! I decided to Crack! open the vent & go with Option #2. I was met with/by just over a finger of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny head with modest retention. Color was (initially) a lightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was clearly driven by the Mosaic hops, but pi**ed on by Simcoe, the naughty kitty! 8=O Tropical fruitiness acCANponied by cattiness! 8=O I actually giggled at this one. Oh my. The taste was like dried, CANdied tropical fruit sprinkled by the cat! 8=O Mixed, dried tropical fruits with a bit of cattiness. That's it - summed! 8=O They may have measured it at 68 IBUs & 9.3% ABV, but it did not drink like it/them. Instead, it was dangerously easy-drinking with a semi-sweet tropical fruitiness only held in check by the cattiness of Simcoe. F**k! This CAN be the sort of sneaky Pete s**t that will lay me low without CANy warning! Man, its inherent tastiness was deceptive & deceitful, paving the way for me to really get unnecessarily wasted. Finish had a cool, almost minty, tropical fruitiness. S**t! I CAN just envision blowing a breath of this in a cop's face! He'd think that I had been vaping until I simply fell over. This was a vicious M/Fer of a beer, CANming on like a rabbit punch! YMMV.

Nov 22, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Orange pumpkin colored, hazy, white foam head, not much lacing.
Smell: Musty hops; maybe a little grapefruit is present in the nose.
Taste: Better than the aroma, some citrus, subtle bitterness.
Feel: Pretty good as far as carbonation. A light feel for the ABV.
Overall: A good IPA.

Oct 24, 2020
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MattThommes1980 from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep orange hue. Minimal foam/head. This almost looks like a dense fruity/nectar type beer. Juicy orange/citrus aroma right off the bat. Taste is piney with some lingering bitterness. I don't get any sweetness in the flavor. The mouthfeel is almost oily and flat (no carbonation). I feel 9.3 ABV is a little much for a DIPA, and dare I say I’m tasting it just a tad as it has warmed. Not sure I’d grab this one again.

Oct 22, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a muffin top, pint glass; packaging date indecipherable.
A: Pours an opaque, golden orange color with a one to two finger, off-white head, rim plusretention, and some soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of pineapple, Werther's caramel, and pine predominate with tangerine and sweet hay notes.
T: More semisweet than sweet. Pineapple, caramel, I mean caramel, and pine flavors blend, providing a balance with the moderate, or at least well balanced, bitterness.
M: Medium to full bodied with solid carbonation. Not at all boozy, given ABV, but kicks you in the head like a mule later on.
O: I gather this is one of Old Nation top sellers. I can see why, this is an extremely well constructed, drinkable, and, dare I say malty, DIPA. It deserves a following; I already want more.

Oct 11, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A pint can poured into a clear glass liter mug shows a hazy apricot colored liquid. Said is devoid of a head and there is no glass lacing at all. The aroma atop the mug is sparse, but most of what is there is dank, probably comprised of yeast, some malts and hops. The taste is an amplified version of the smell in an excellent balance. It goes down consistently from start to finish with a very good balance of a yeast/malt body and a hoppy flavor. The 9.3 ABV is among the best hidden of that level in any ale. It's scary how delicious this is. The deliberate attempt to keep the finish on the sweet side is very well accomplished, without sacrificing anything.

Oct 03, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint can acquired in a trade with cpsfgd
Pkg on 08/21/20
Served in a tulip

Gotta love the instructions on the can describing how to drink this beer. I went with option 1 - “Roll the can for even sediment distribution” and seemed to have good results. As for the beer, it poured a medium bodied, hazy yellow-orange hue. Slightly darker than your typical NEIPA these days. A fluffy, finger-tall, off-white crown topped the liquid, but it quickly dissolved. No lacing whatsoever.

Sweet citrus notes dominated in the aroma. Loads of juicy orange. Tangerine was also apparent. Good dose of ripe mango too. There was a nice honey-like sweetness as well. Perhaps some Juicy Fruit gum. A touch of alcohol came forth as the beer sat.

The flavor profile was very solid and quite similar to the nose. Orange notes led things off. Really juicy and sweet. Tangerine also came through strong. Bit of ripe mango as well. Subtle pineapple notes appeared in the center. There was the slightest hint of orange rind-like pith and bitterness on the back end and in the finish.

The mouthfeel was crisp and lighter bodied for the style. A lively, sprightly, larger bubbled effervescence gave the liquid a nice fluffiness on the palate. Later, the carbonation settled to a moderate level.

Boss Tweed is a flavorful yet easier drinking double IPA that is on the sweeter side for the style but still nicely balanced. The Vienna malts gave this a bit of an old-school IPA feel, and the blend of hops lent the beer a nice fruity complexity.

Sep 29, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It looks like orange juice. Very hazy. Got a smoothness about it, I'm thinking something to do with the malts, oats tend to give it that texture.

S: Smells rather nice. You'd think there's fruit in it, but no, it's all hops.

T: Nice bitterness balanced by juicy fruity hops.

F: The residual oil is magnificent.

O: Quite the concoction. Very nice usage of hops.

While this post is a short review, my review of M43 isn't--Check it out here:

Sep 27, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can date printed off the bottom, so unknown. Poured at 51 degrees. Hazy deep gold/peach juice color; quick white head; poor cap retention; thin ring; no lace. Skunky grapefruit and orange nose, with onion and cat piss notes in hot pursuit. Onion up front on entry; citrus and tropical fruit hop bitterness; semi sweet malt base. Soft rounded moderate mouthfeel; moderate carbonation; juicy medium plus body; no warm from 9.3% abv; some hop burn on tip of tongue. Overall the malt sweetness reigns in the bitterness, but there is a bitter, astringent linger; not enjoyable from a nose or taste standpoint for me; one and done.

Sep 18, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a big snifter. Gift from @mr-jj. I can't read the whole stamp on the bottom of the can, and what I can read doesn't resolve to a date for me: PKG ON 10:39:57 (???) BREWING. Hope it's fresh.

Pours a hazy amber-orange with a smallish head. Smell is resin and ripe tropical fruit.

Taste is very juicy (very ripe mango or similar), very resinous, somewhat boozy and sweet, deep bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is almost shakelike, except for the resinous dry finish. Overall, very nice beer.

Sep 15, 2020
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper Ed in color, but not too much. Head was no existent. Nose is almost flat, but fragrant if that makes sense. Taste is everything good in New England style IPAs. Great beer.

Sep 07, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased from the fridge for $5.29 as a single. Canned on 6/24/2020, so this is exactly 10 weeks old.

Look: Very turbid and juicy looking. Carbonation is barely noticeable. Looks a lot like mango pulp. Deep orange and opaque. There was a small head but it diminished to nothing.

Smell: Nice tropical nose with some green notes in the background. Strong aroma of mango and peach juice. Also clementines. Earthy, green notes are more faint under the tropics.

Taste: I think that the most impressive thing about this beer is that it tastes nothing like 9.3% ABV. It really catches you by surprise. Up front, it tastes like tropical mango and peach juice, then you are left with a long, lingering green and bitter finish that is amazingly balanced. The finish is tingly and slightly acidic, which I like. At the same time, this doesn't come off as very complex and given that it's 9.3% ABV, I expect more from it.

Feel: The mouthfeel is almost chewy. This is a sipping beer but it's almost built to be a crusher, which makes it quite dangerous. Carbonation feels to be the appropriate level.

Overall: I haven't had another double IPA like this before. It has the drinkability at or better than many other 6% NEIPAs that I have had. At the same time, it doesn't really wow me so much and I'm not sure why. Maybe these types of beers are losing their novelty in the current landscape, which is a shame because this is a very well made beer. I am also impressed with how fresh this beer tastes at 10 weeks old...a lot of other beers like this have a tendency to drop off. At 9.3% though, I don't understand why it needs to be packaged in a 16oz can. I know that 16oz cans are all the rage now, but come on.

Sep 02, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy peach skin color, dank tropical fruit and orange, touch of stone fruit, mild-moderate caramel sweetness. Medium in body and appropriately carbonated. Moderate herbal and citrus bitterness on the backend lingering. ABV is somewhat apparent. Solid.

Aug 28, 2020
Boss Tweed from Old Nation Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 712 ratings