Commonwealth Brewing Company

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Commonwealth Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
New England IPA
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4.11 | pDev: 4.62%
Nov 24, 2019
Oct 16, 2019
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Citra and Hallertau Blanc seems like a nice, fruity combination of hops, and to layer those together into a big ol' 8.2% NEIPA from the good people at Commonwealth seems like a pretty damn good idea to me. Excited for this one... I've had some meh IPAs from Commonwealth, but when they knock beers out of the park, they really do hit grand slams. Let's hope this is one of those!

Pours a medium-orange color with a pretty much opaque chalky density to it. Decent soapy head that settles to about two-thirds of a finger with a bit of lace and some solid legs. Overall, this has a fairly normal looking NEIPA pour with slightly more sheen to it if held up to direct light. The surface is mostly covered by white foam as well even after five or so minutes in my glass, lending a little bit of character to the pour. Not bad at all.

The nose is interesting. I haven't yet been totally sold by Hallertau Blanc, to be honest, but I typically enjoy it a bit more than Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon, its sister varietals. In this beer, I pick up candied grapefruit, dry white wine, guava, light notes of papaya, nutmeg/allspice, menthol, dankness, and pear. It's quite unusual... almost lends itself to being more of a "Winter IPA" due to its spice and orchard fruit notes. All this said, I'm just not really feeling it, honestly. Hallertau Blanc continues to operate in a strange yet oddly-unlikable way.

On the tongue, this has a distinct funk to it that reminds me of a hoppy Belgian-style beer. Honestly, it almost reminds me of something Unibroue would make, which is odd. Definite grassy tones... very yeasty, some soft kiwi-like flavors, sage/spruce, and more pear/white grape combining with a soft bitterness that fades out toward the end of each sip. Dense maltiness without much character. Feels like heavy oats/wheat. This just doesn't pop, in my opinion. It just seems incongruous and has a lot of flavors that don't work well together, leaving it kinda messy in the end. I remain unconvinced of Hallertau Blanc hops and of Commonwealth's ability to make great NEIPAs. It sucks because their beers are expensive and can sometimes be amazing. Sorta like Finback, I guess. This one is not amazing, however.
Nov 24, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by McBraniel from Virginia

Nov 03, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a bright orange color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet and alluring aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of some mild malt notes (mostly in the finish; kind of fleeting), lots of tropical fruit (mango, in particular), a decent amount of hops (present, but not overdone), and a good shot of citrus fruit (orange, especially). This is a sweet and juicy flavor. It's not particularly cloying, but the fruits definitely take center stage. Pretty tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth and creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A light and well made NE IPA. Worth a look.
Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by woodchip from North Carolina

Oct 16, 2019
Kinesis from Commonwealth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 4 ratings