Big Papi
Commonwealth Brewing Company

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Commonwealth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #1,254
Ranked #4,200
4.17 | pDev: 6.47%
Mar 23, 2023
Sep 26, 2016
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Notes: The 8% big brother version of Papi Chulo, super juicy with low bitterness!
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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Hazziest of haze from this straw colored brew, Decent white head, choppy lacing.

Smells of the tropics. Tangerines, melon, pineapple. Combined with sugary maltiness, while maintaining a smooth mouthful and smooth lingering hoppy, but low bitterness, finish. Lots of body and bold flavors, that encourages further sips.

The pinnacle of juice bombs - savory, bold, without losing control. Well done, I'll be back.
Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by Nunya from Ohio

Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by SFNC from North Carolina

Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Hazy orange body, huge white head, lots of curtain lacing.

S - Orange, tropical, and herbal notes, a bit of limestone.

T - Pretty much yum. Open of fruit, peach and some orange juice, a bit of savory, and a very mild quiet finish.

M - Clean with brisk carbonation, with soft feel, clean finish.

O - A very fine NEIPA DIPA, quite drinkable, lovely.
Apr 11, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by steelkilt from Maryland

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by BeerBeast from Florida

Sep 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.63 by Chad-Davis

Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by robebo44 from Virginia

May 03, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by rjal from New Jersey

Apr 22, 2021
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.09/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

can to snifter.

LK: juicy look, yellow, medium, off white creamy head. good retention

AR: orange, tangerine, pienapple, lemon, sour citrus.

TA: juicy, acidic, pineapple, citrus. somewhat tasty, but too sweet and one dimensional.

FEEL: flat acidic, sticky, cloying sweetness.

OK, but too much acid and sweet/sour fruit.

Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Bwag from New York

Mar 16, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Mar 16, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Mar 02, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Feb 16, 2021
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A good "Imperial/NE IPA" Purchased a 16 oz can at the Casual Pint in Va Beach. Pours a hazy honey yellow color with a medium size foamy head. Good retention. Aroma and taste feature grapefruit and some tropical fruit (mostly pineapple). Taste includes moderate bitterness and the signature NE "dank" aspect. The flavor is very good and the level of bitterness is just right. Mouthfeel is moderately bitter. The higher .abv is not really noticeable, the beer goes down easy!!!! A very drinkable Imperial IPA!!!
Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Atmarsha from South Carolina

Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by beersampler6 from Michigan

Nov 12, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by Boone757 from Virginia

Oct 06, 2020
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can into a pint glass. NO freshness dating. Tavour shipment.

Looks very good in the glass. Standard orange juice body, good bright white head which persists in some form throughout leaving very attractive lacing.

Clean dull fruit aroma.

The taste here is exceptional. A juicy fruit balance, warm in the back of the throat, clean, very light bitterness. Extremely drinkable.

Mouth is full, finish warm and fruity.

Overall, really enjoyed this beer. Likely my descriptions don't do it justice. It's just so drinkable!
Aug 16, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by glf60 from Virginia

May 25, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by Jason_cs from Florida

Apr 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Nugganooch from California

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had on draught at Churchkey in DC - served in a willi becher beer glass

This was a suprisingly good DIPA to come across on my trip. Sunkist pale orange body with a distinct cloudiness to it. Nice paper white foam action with noteable hang time and some ribboned lacing. Big juicy hop flavors of tropical fruit and orange citrus. Definitely getting Citra hop influence. There is light toasted grain/bread note with a sugary resinous bite that dries out in the finish. The alcohol is really well masked as this is very drinkable.
Would definitely seek out more if I could.
Mar 09, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by brewskis from Indiana

Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on February 24, 2020. The 8% big brother version of Papi Chulo. Super juicy with very low bitterness.
Feb 25, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Released 12/27/19; drank 2/14/20 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dull orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge off-white head; thick, frothy lace.

Orange citrus, wheat, pine & faint cream notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus & dry wheat flavors up front; pine & mild cream notes on the finish. Mild booze heat emerged as this warmed.

A nice, balanced DIPA. I'd have another!
Feb 15, 2020
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had an orange-y color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. So-so lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of hops, citrus fruit, a bready / biscuity quality, tropical fruit, malt, and an earthiness.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of the bready / biscuity quality (odd at first), light malt notes (mostly in the finish), a good amount of citrus fruit (grapefruit, in particular), some hops (just enough), and a little tropical fruit (pineapple). An interesting flavor that grows on you. The breadiness is strange at first, but mellows out and the fruit takes over. Pretty tasty.

S: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, enjoyable beer. Worth a look.
Aug 12, 2019
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Reviewed by mschenk from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This is an exceptional beer. It pours a hazy pale orange with a little head but no lacing. The smell is of the citrus variety and there is a pleasant sweetness to go with the hops. For an 8% the taste is nicely mellow making this a good session beer. The mouth feel is very good, nice but not overpowering carbonation. Almost buttery feel. I hope my local brew shop keeps this in stock.
Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Really outstanding NE IIPA.

One of the prettiest beers I’ve seen in a while: beautiful golden orange coloring, heavy (but not pulpy) haze, bright white and fluffy head of soapy, creamy, compact bubbles. Excellent head retention and wonderful lacing. Strong rising carbonation that continuously feeds the head. Absolutely gorgeous.

Very grassy on the nose and, when cold, a little more subdued than I expected (for 8%). But there’s plenty of citrus juice, stone fruit, pear, green grape, underripe berry, and light biscuit. Little bit of pine at the end. As it warms, the clementine, peach, grapes, berries, and grassy esters really leap out of the glass. Quite a fruit salad.

Sweet citrus and overripe stone fruit in the tongue. Grassy, biscuity, piney, with very little bitterness. Some grapefruit pith at the back end, some nice residual sweetness (which I like in my big IPAs), heavy Riesling notes, and zero booze or heat.

Feel is absolutely luscious: soft, creamy, velvety, as you’d expect from the look.

Not blowing my hair back for an 8% IIPA, but I’m really liking the overall product, and the look and feel are off the charts.
Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by petewheeler from Maryland

Jul 14, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by Spenceto9 from North Carolina

Jun 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by rjd722 from Maryland

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by carsonp from District of Columbia

Apr 07, 2019
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Reviewed by dbell23 from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This is an exceptional beer. Happened upon it in, of all places, Harris Teeter on a recent visit to Williamsburg.

I'm partial to unfiltered beers and this one is a thing of beauty. Looks like a dark orange juice with a nice fluffy head. Good lacing but overall a looker.

My aged sense of smell allows for a subdued citrus hop smell.

The taste is a great New England style dipa. Mild hops, citrusy, slight sweetness and really perfect for this style. A little hoppyer than other NE dipas I've had and that's fine with me.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Super smooth and what I consider perfect. Slight hop aftertaste.

Overall a great beer and I hope to find it again. I'm looking forward to trying more from this brewery if this is any example.
Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by owenh12 from Virginia

Apr 04, 2019
Rated: 4.69 by mcmasters23 from Virginia

Apr 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 08, 2019
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