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Average: 4.11 | pDev: 5.35%

Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 14

American Imperial IPA | 8.50% ABV

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Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 14
Photo of EMV
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed out golden brown pour with massive fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Dank and tropical... citrus and fruit.

T/F: Sweet tropical fruit... pineapple, papaya, and melon plus big time citrus. Grapefruit and tangerine... modest hop bitterness. Super drinkable... sticky on the tongue. Medium bodied.

O: Another outstanding NEIPA from Hubbard's Cave. They all taste pretty damned similar... and are all fantastic. Great beer.

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Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Juice bomb. Cloudy murky yellow orange juice appearance. Citrusy-orange and grapefruit flavors, slight bitterness and tanginess. Mouth filling, mouth watering. One of the better ones in the series.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a cloudy, dirty light orange with a single-finger white head. Lots of lace.
Aroma is citrus and tropical. OJ, mango, maybe a touch of stone fruit.
Taste is juicy and tropical. Like the aroma, plus slighly bitter, pine and pith. A touch of
vegetal beneath.
Mouth is medium and smooth.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Weizen glass.

Hazed-out, cloudy blonde. Short white head.

Mango, tangerine, papaya, honey, dank, and wintergreen. Fairly light aroma.

Overripe mango, lemon, papaya, tangerine, and dank. Pine resin and wintergreen. Biscuit, caramel, and honey malts. Grapefruit and lime zest. Earthy dryness.

Full bodied, crisp, dry, sticky, and bitter.

Very flavorful, dry, and bitter. Well hidden ABV.

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Photo of TheGent
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky golden yellow with orange hue. Bone white head after pouring very hard, that settles to a thin layer across the top of the glass, while leaving some nice lacing. No visible carbonation due to too much haze.

Smell: The hops are not jumping out of this glass, but the beer has an great aroma. While there are some sweeter tropical fruit notes such as mango, I’m getting more stone fruit aromas like peach and apricot. Also some ruby red grapefruit and fresh blueberry. It has a hint of that sweet tart candy aroma that I love in some NEIPA.

Taste: There’s a familiar flavor here that I don’t love, but it doesn’t detract all that much from the overall beer. I don’t know if it’s the water or the yeast or what, but I get it sometimes in this style. It’s hard for me to describe. Perhaps chalky? I don’t know. I haven’t come up with a word to describe it. Sometimes it’s so over the top, but here it’s not. Anyhow, it is definitely a tropical fruit juice beer, but also has the stone fruit flavor profile. Some sweet peach juice. The finish has low bitterness on it, as opposed to none, which helps the beer out for me.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side. Sometimes this style can be a bit heavy, especially at this ABV, but this beer is not. Light on the palate.

Overall: Highly drinkable. You’d never know this beer is 8.5%. Never. Nice tropical and stone fruit juicyness. A nice representation of the style with a familiar flavor that I don’t love. But overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a one pint can on October 2, 2018. Fresh By 11.26.18. Brewed with Citra, Enigma and Rakau hops. Notes of pine and tropical fruit.

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Fresh IIPA V21 from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 14 ratings