Birds Of A Feather
Lamplighter Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #885
Ranked #3,394
4.16 | pDev: 6.73%
Lamplighter Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Birds Of A FeatherBirds Of A Feather
Notes: a hazy and dank ne-style ipa with tasting notes of spruce, lemongrass, blueberry, and passion fruit
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is mint, pineapple and papaya. Dank but rather mellow. Beer opens pineapple, citrus, soap, tree sap, cane sugar, citrus and pine. Some grassiness in the middle brings some freshness with a touch of resin and more pine at the finish. Some hop bitterness in the end too. More balanced than your typical NE IPA. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and foamy on the palate and goes down aggressive. Dry finish and aftertaste. Great for the style.

Very solid. Nice hop presence in the back for balance is well appreciated.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Mar 22, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Hazy straw color. Thin white head when poured into a chalice, slight lacing.
S - Grapefruit, fresh grassy hops
T - Taste follows the nose. Fresh, fresh, fresh grassy, grapefruity.
F - Medium body. Some stickiness. Nice effervescence.

The Lamplighter Birds of a Feather is a classic, uber-fresh New England style hop-a-licious brew. Full disclosure: I'm extremely partial to this style. It's such a refreshing taste and overall beer drinking experience. If you're into New England style IPAs you're going to love it!

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MVotter from New York, Jan 12, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Although marketed as a “NEIPA”, it has more of an unfiltered appearance with floaties than true opaque orange.

Nose is pineapple, apricot, stone fruit for sure. I can smell what some people identified as onion, but it’s not off putting to me. More of a slight earthiness.

Taste is very similar, with some pine in the finish.

Silky, slightly oily mouthfeel. Doesn’t have the soft mouthfeel you’d expect from something marketed as NEIPA

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TrojanRB from California, Sep 22, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago as the date on the bottom of the can read 1/17/18 with RIDE THE HAZE WAVE written underneath it. This was the first beer that I had from Lamplighter and between the label and the flavors that were predominant, this felt like a spring beer (if there ever was one)! Soft, floral, and relatively juicy, this was what a good New England IPA should be without being overly unfiltered...

Nice pour to this as the liquid was golden, bright, and slick, with enough head to top it off. Only one thick ring remained on my pint glass and that was relatively close to the top. Passion fruit, blueberry, lychee, and potpourri could be found in the nose as the taste was a combination of all of these. Gooseberry and dank papaya came into the fold once this fully warmed up as the range of flavors in this was quite wide and complementary with none of them being anomalous or out of sync with the others. A floral undertone and hints of tangerine cream emerged once this fully warmed up as the underlying sweetness kept this from being too heavy or exotic.

Not a lot of booze here but this felt just a bit stronger than it was in actuality. This was lovely stuff that was initially soft but got deeper and heavier as I worked my way through it, but never to the point where I though it lost it's way. This was a solid example of the style that never felt like a cliche at any time...

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, Aug 06, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grabbed 4pk at local Hyannis Kappy's. Refrigerated. Poured cloudy, tasted good along the lines of NE IPAs. A cut above the many, and below the Trillium, Treehouse line of demarcation.

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Underclaw from Massachusetts, Apr 20, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a but but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit and limes are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of grapefruit with hints of herbs, limes and pine. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, juicy and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light amounts of bitterness and pine in this beer are not what you typically find in other New England IPAs.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Feb 03, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this a few different times, poured from the can into a Perfect Pint glass. Pours a muted hazy yellow with a very creamy head.

The aroma from this beer is really great- potent, dank, vegetal, like damp woods. Some fruity scent in the background.

The flavor for this batch is why I decided to review. It's only a couple weeks old, but the flavor is not what I remember. It's much more potent, much less juicy, and full of bitter, tangy, veggie-like flavors. A touch of onion and more bitter fruits- grapefruit and lime, and some real dankness. It's flavorful for sure, I'm just not sure these are *good* flavors.

Hey, I love Lamplighter's beers, and this brew is loaded with flavor. I'm concerned that the profile has seemed to change a bit in the number of times I've tried it, but perhaps it's chalked up to hop variances or something. Whatever, this beer, like all Lamplighter brews, is worth trying.

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stonermouse from Massachusetts, Dec 31, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly amber yellow with a full offwhite head.

Aroma is sweet juicy hops.

Taste is more of that juicy fruity mango a ton of bitterness to balance it out.

Nice take on a bitter NE IPA.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into 20oz Sauvin Glass. Canned on 12/19/17.

Look: Pours burnt yellow, light amber in color. Medium opacity, with frothy 1" white head. Loads of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus fruits upfront, with orange, lemon, tangerine, pineapple being dominant. Subtle hints of floral aromas in the background. Hops and pine are on the nose as well.

Taste: Follows the nose for the most part. Orange, pineapple and lemon dominant at first. Hoppy, piney flavors on back end. Fair amount of bitterness to the beer, which I didn't pick up on in the smell. The hop profile quickly overrides the "juicy" aspect of the beer, with the bitterness being dominant. Acidity in check, with no astringent flavors.

Feel: Medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Not a real "juicy" feel, but it an an enjoyable feel nonetheless.

Overall: This is my first offering from Lamplighter Brewing, and I am glad I was able to try it. The hop presence was a nice surprise, which coupled bitterness well with the hazy appeal. I do wish it was more "juicy," in which I feel for this style the bitterness could be toned down a bit, but it is a good beer. Cheers!

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TheBrewsky from California, Mar 14, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pounder can into a tulip appears hazy copper with a white fluffy head.

Aroma of citrus, hop pellet dust and a little weedy/pine-like.

Taste is bitter with citrus zest, grapefruit mostly and a little pine before getting grainy sweet and a touch buttery.

Medium in body, modestly carbonated and pretty nice despite being an old can.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Mar 09, 2018
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy, golden amber pouring from a pint can, with a nice head that settles to a film. Smells of tropical hops. Taste has some biting bitterness with juicy tropical hops. Mouthfeel is great, but the bitterness is a little puckering. This was from a pint can dated 12/19/17. Overall, this was a fresh IPA with great characteristics except for too much bitterness IMHO.

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DBosco from Massachusetts, Jan 06, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/19/17

A: Pours a very cloudy pale orange. Nearly opaque. Very tall and solid tan head. Heavy on the lacing too, once the head (finally) fades away.

S: Juicy as hell. Lots of orange and tangerine. Tropical fruits and some spicy pine. Smells delicious.

T: Juicy taste too. Again, orange and tangerine are the stars here. Some pineapple, some mango, and a whole lotta spicy pine in the middle. Soft, doughy malt. Light wave of bitterness on the back end with more tropical fruits and citrus everywhere.

M: A soft, smooth body reminiscent of the very best NE style IPAs. Super juicy and super drinkable.

O: Man, one hell of an IPA. Great citrus and tropical flavors. Great body, easy drinking. Really can't complain, I'm adding this to my short list.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Jan 02, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, dirty orange with a couple fingers of off-white head that leave heavy lacing.

Light peach, passion fruit, mango, honey and very light pine in the nose. These flavors continue to the taste with a herbal spiciness and modest citrus bitterness.

Light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Not bad. Sort of borders between a strong APA and a light IPA.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Dec 26, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/19/17, very fresh

Pours A big rich creamy foamy head that fades semi slowly, a little lacing, super murky hazy orange juice color

Nose brings initial mosaic, a blend of troipcal fruits with some pine and onion notes, plenty of citrus, juicy orange cream, tangerine, mango sherbet, little dank tropical papaya passion fruit like

Taste brings big hops out front again, more mosaic with a bit of pine, big fruits, loads of citrus orange juice, orange cream, mango sherbet, tropical must notes, papaya, little melon rind, juicy touch of grapefruit, and mild pith, finishes a bit bitter spicy hop, touch of pine sap, fair bitterness

Mouth is med bod, creamy, juicy, nice fluffy carb

Overall good except for the touch of onion from the mosaic I think but thankfully only the aroma, nice blend of fruits and juicy feel, pretty well done.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Dec 24, 2017
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4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. Can 11/15/17 "lampfest"

New England IPA. Its here to stay. Cloudy golden color, usually opaque (like this one) full of life, healthy, high-rising, dense all white foam cap....excellent retention. Lots of lacing. Long, intricate and very impressive lace.

Sweet citrus and tropical juicy hop aroma's just flow to the nose from the glass? The Mosiac, Columbus and Citra are the perfect threesome for a NEipa. Rich, deep notes of fruits, tangy, sweet, mellons, strawberry and citric. Light but highly effective malt gives off a rather creamy, smooth and sweet effect. Very nice aromatics.

The first sip has me in disbelief.....a sweet, creamy and complex malt impresses me first, then tons of hoppy tones....sweet and sour citrus, tropicals, grassy, dry leafy earth and even a white grapes or sweet white wine thing happens in a big way. Starfruit, mango and mellon hit you in a subtle way from this awesome hop three way. Slightly sour lemmon zest, orange peel and a light malty vanilla like creaminess pop out later.

The mouthfeel is extraordinary. Lush, light, juicy, smooth.....I mean it's complex! Medium bodied, super smooth....silky and juicy with a slight dry and bitterbending. Damn.

The features that make this stand out (even amoung the plethera of excellent versions of this hyped-up style) include....a most excellent malt flavor. Supreme, lush mouthfeel and complex but not stupid hop effect? The feel and overall effect. Epic IPA.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Nov 28, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost opaque medium orange with a very well retained one inch white head that left lots of lacing. Smells of tropical fruits, citrus fruits, pine and grass. Tastes of pineapple, melon, mango, peach, pink grapefruit, grapefruit pith, spices, pine and grass. Medium bodied and carbonated, smooth mouth feel, slightly dry finish.

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EMH73 from New York, Nov 01, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite Lamplighter offerings right here... Birds of a Feather is a hazy, juicy NE-style modern IPA clocking in at just under 7% ABV. It utilizes the unbeatable hop combo of Mosaic, Citra and Columbus to deliver a combination of sweet, candied citrus and bright tropical fruit notes on the palate. Canned 9/7/17, making this about a month old.

Pours a dense medium orange color with a fuzzy head of bone-white foam that dissipates to about a finger after several minutes in my glass. Leaves behind excellent, chunky and consistent head, too, with great legs to boot. Quite a looker, this one, as long as you don't mind the haze. Definitely nearly-opaque but with some fine particles in suspension upon closer inspection.

Nose is candied orange, mango, pineapple and slightly rindy grapefruit with some backing notes of pine resin and chalky yeast-like elements. I almost get a little bit of mint, too, along with some elements of cut grass/herbs/onion and slight bready malt. I get much more Columbus than Mosaic here; very little in the way of the unique berry note Mosaic can bring, but a lot more of the dank and resin aspects. Maybe it's cuz there's a few weeks on this, but I like it quite a bit this way.

Flavor has a deft, lightly-bready malt backbone instantly taken over by a wash of bitter hops ranging from grapefruit rind and peel to orange and mango. Chalky and pillowy yeast appears towards the finish along with some tropical fruit from the Citra hops... mostly has a pineapple and mango flavor to my palate. Changes over to a more earthy, dank and pine-y profile after a bit, with light grassy notes and more fleshy pink grapefruit.

Feel is nice and soft, smooth and supple as I prefer for this style. The carbonation is certainly present on the tongue, but it's coaxing instead of obtrusive, and the yeast lends a definitive transition of the flavor on the palate. It seems to linger about in the finish, supporting the aggressive yet tasty hop combination. I think this was a bit better with only a week or two on it, but it's still quite nice even at a month. A very solid brew by this young brewery!

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ichorNet from Massachusetts, Oct 06, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7 days ago.

L -- Really nice hazy juice body on this one with a two-finger soapy white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Great retention and good lacing.
S -- Pineapple, mango, bready malts, funky yeast, citrus rind and flesh, pine resin, and Concord grape
T -- Strikingly sweeter than most NEIPAs of the same ABV, but it's not cloying. Makes for a tropical fruit juice flavor palate that is rounded out by that usual Lamplighter yeasty bite. A hint of resinous, herbal hops
F -- Light mouthfeel, medium carb. A little watery around the edges -- nothing too offensive.
O -- Could be cleaned up around the edges, as with most Lamplighter offerings, but still very good. Less yeasty sharpness than in their DIPAs


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Aug 05, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy lemon yellow body with a very huge, towering soapy head of 3 fingers, that recedes just in time.

Bitter grapefruit on the nose, with some lemon, arugula, and tangerine. Very pungent, very bitter.

Flavor follows suit uniformly, adding a touch of melon in the mix. Bitter grapefruit hits first, very strong arugula, cilantro, orange rind, parsley, biscuit malt, cracker, and a finish of juicy melon and lemon rind.

Feel is crisp and clean, with a distinct creaminess as well. Very nice.

Overall, very bitter and herbal with tropical undertones. Almost a palate scraper, but the calm fruits keep it from being a total tongue crusher. Not astounding, but very very good.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Aug 04, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better after it warms a bit. Bright tropical flowery fruit on the nose that gets a superblast of sweetness on the taste. Could've been overcloying, but holds a nice carbonation rate on the palette

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soze47 from Massachusetts, Aug 03, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the brewery: NE-style IPA with Mosaic, Columbus, and Citra. Lemongrass, spruce, blueberry.

Cloudy, creating a white-gold color. Light head with a variety of lace: blanket on top, streaks in the middle and spots on the bottom.

Earthy aroma (mosaic hop?).

Smooth mouthfeel, in a word: rich. The flavor starts with a solid malt base but quickly succumbs to the strong bittering hop bite. The alcohol is subtle while the aftertaste lingers.

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smcolw from Massachusetts, Jul 29, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a beer stein

Hazy golden orange , off white two finger , big bubbled , frothy foam cap with sticky lacings

Aroma of tropical fruits, passion fruit, mango, candied peach

Taste of tropical hops

Smooth taste

Good beer

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WunderLlama from Massachusetts, Jun 25, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not too shabby. In most parts of the country this would be a sought after beer, but between Trillium, Treehouse, Maine, VT, the competition is fierce. Starts off soft, nice balance of hops. Ends with a slight spicy/burn. Awesome to see this in package stores in boston proper.

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JonnyJuicebox from Massachusetts, Jun 23, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy, yellow, with two inch head.
Smell: Passion fruit, mango, and melon.
Taste: Dank, melon, mango, and citrus.
Mouthfeel: Pretty juicy and fruity.
Overall: Another excellent IPA from lamplighter.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, May 23, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells super dank. Getting lots of Australian/New Zealand hops. Lime, pine, Grapefruit pith, orange rind and pine resin. Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness. Creamy feel. Super dry finish. Real good.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, May 16, 2017
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