Castle Island Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #958
Ranked #4,527
4.13 | pDev: 9.2%
Castle Island Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 107 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a big bubbled collar; very little lacing;

S: tangerine is dominant; this almost smells like candy;

T: tangerine, pineapple, and dankness are balanced from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

o: interesting and well made;

May 06, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a Speiglau pilsner glass.

Look is a hazy orange amber with a full thick white head.

Aroma is orange hop candy with a light grassy note.

Taste is really delicious, hop candy orange.

So good.

Nov 04, 2019
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thebeerguy31 from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 4 - nice golden yellow, pretty opaque
Nose: 4.25 - nice fruity/candy
Taste: 4.5 - very smooth and crushable for 8.5%. Sweet candied citrus up front followed by moderate hops
Feel: 4.5 - medium body, medium/low carbonation, pretty creamy
Overall: 4.5 - pretty light feeling for 8.5%. Easy to drink and enjoyable

Aug 21, 2019
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of draft pints. Pours an opaque orangy yellow.

The taste is heavy on the fruity floral notes and light on the hops.

Very enjoyable. Similar to the excellent King Sue

Jul 28, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dirty yellow, small white bar pour head with good lace. Aroma big fruity deep mango, tangerine, light dankness. Taste is like the nose fruity, overly ripe fruits in the flavor starts out fruity but becomes more overripe with mild dankness. Finish is more herbal grassy like with light lingering grapefruit rind and light alcohol notes that don't distract. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall not great but good, more of NE hazy fruity style with a more bitter finish in my opinion.

Jul 15, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy amber color. Small head, but it contributes to extensive lace.

Weedy hop smell dominates.

Same with the taste--lots of weedy vegetation. The beer becomes quickly bitter. Chewy body with enough carbonation to prevent it from becoming too syrupy. The finish is lip smacking bitter leaving a long aftertaste.

Jun 23, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky yellow with a lot of dark/light floaties, not very appetizing looking. Aroma is pretty nondescript. I don't quite know how to describe the taste other than a muddled mess. It has an odd flavor from all of the different hops used and really isn't very enjoyable, Freshness wise it was about 3 weeks old. Expensive at $15 a 4 pack - I can think of a lot of $10 sixpack beers that blow this away. Flower Child IPA, Greenhead IPA, Jai-Alai - I'd take any of those over this any day. I don't get the high ratings for this beer but I don't particularly care for the style.

May 25, 2019
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Radome from Florida

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a "tall boy" can bought in the Boston area.

L - Light golden color; slightly hazy with tiny bubble constantly streaming upward. White head is sticky and persistent, leaving sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Some grainy malt in background, but hops dominate with citrus, tropical fruit and Juicy Fruit gum aromas. Fresh and appealing.

T - Throughout the palate I get a seamless blend of malt and hops flavors. The malt is like white bread and cracked grain; the hops are mostly tropical fruit like pineapple and mango notes. A somewhat sweet finish and sweetness from the malt is the overall impression, versus hops bitterness dominating.

F - Thick body with creamy, full carbonation. High hops bitterness, but still not erasing the malt sweetness. Low alcohol heat for the ABV.

O - This is an excellent balance of malt and hops, which I truly appreciate in a DIPA. The sample I had was exceptionally clean and fresh.

Feb 15, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazed golden-orange with a couple fingers of dense, off-white sea foam head that last a good while and leave heavy lacing.

Classic DIPA aroma and taste: pine, pineapple, melon, alcohol. Hint of herbal something or other. There's modest bitterness to balance out the malt and tropical fruit sweetness.

The taste comes across a bit syrupy, but the feel is maybe a bit thinner than average for the style. Decent carbonation.

Great all-around beer.

Dec 28, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can recently purchased into the test glass
A - slightly turbid beautiful dark straw color excellent carbonation loose knit frothy white cap on top
S - lots of papaya mellow rhyme sweet malts interesting herbal quality
T - follows that those closely there is more balanced malts in this but well-balanced hops blend to make nice flavors
M- semi sweet start solid backbone medium and body quite nice
O - very well constructed and executed DIPA I like the balance between the malts and hop choices

Dec 26, 2017
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into Samuel Adams glassware. ABV: 8.4% IBU: 60
Malts: 2-Row, White Wheat, Honey Malt
Hops: Warrior, Citra, Mosaic, Idaho 7
Yeast: House Yeast
Availability: Year Round -- First debuted: September 1, 2017
Emanating from the tanks with a juicy burst of tropical hops, Hi-Def hits with huge flavors of fresh melon, papaya, and tangerine. A touch of honey malt and heaping doses of Citra, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 keep this year-round crusher beautifully balanced for a seriously smooth sip.

Dec 17, 2017
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one really surprised me, to be honest, and I'm glad it did because it got me to finally think a bit differently about the confusing Idaho 7 hop varietal. With Mosaic and Citra as support, I7 stands out in this beer as a very strong "all-purpose" fruity hop with some tannic and apricot elements. The slight stone fruit aspect it has lends a great balance to the dank and citrusy hop focus that the other two varietals bring to the beer.

Pours a medium-high hazy orange-golden color with a lot of particulate matter hanging out in suspension. Lace is drippy and middling, and the head retention is on the average side of things (about one-finger of steady suds) but the initial head formation is definitely excellent. It builds up slowly and almost sneakily. As I poured, I took my eye off the beer for a half-second onyl to return my gaze to the glass to see several fingers of cohesive white foam bubbling up. Nice stuff.

Nose is lemon, orange marmalade, mango, guava and earthy black tea. I think the weird tea-like note has been the most unconvincing element of Idaho 7 in nearly every beer I've had that prominently utilizes it, but it gels really well in this mix. Something about the piney Mosaic with the earthy tea works superbly and brings out some of the more elusive berry elements from the Mosaic at the same time. There's not much malt in the nose, but it comes across pretty solidly on the palate. Very little estery or yeasty note

The simple and effective malt backbone also seems to have a little bit of crystal malt (or something like CaraMunich) that balances the intense hoppiness. Flavors of apricot, orange, tangerine and lemon peel combine with some slight notes of raspberry and blackberry toward the finish to deliver a juicy yet unique profile. Strong piney and dank earthiness in the finish with some green onion for good measure. The black tea from the I7 hops comes out a bit less strongly on the tongue, but it's still there and plays very well with the berry from the Mosaic. Superb and surprisingly-unique flavor here!

Feel is a bit thick on the tongue, with appropriate heft for an 8.4% DIPA. Carbonation is medium and the hops lend an appreciable bitterness without going overboard. This isn't an "NEIPA" by any means, and that's kind of an important distinction to make these days. It's kind of a "new school" DIPA that operates under its own set of rules. I really dig it for that reason ― and for many others!

Oct 06, 2017
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/25/17

A: Medium golden orange - hazy, but not particularly turbid - pours with a medium size white head, retains a nearly solid cap and a medium collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Hoppy in a decidedly orange-herbal way - Mosaic really dominates in the aroma - orange and grapefruit juice, zest - a carton of orange juice - herbal citrus - herbal hops and some tropical pine (Mosaic hops) - some tropical fruit, particularly pineapple and peach - fairly neutral malt base, light bread

T: Fruity and herbal, bright - orange zest and orange juice (quite literally, as in drinking a box of orange juice) - grapefruit zest and some pith - herbal hops - some sharp pine and the tropical pine of Mosaic - touch of resin - under-ripe peach and pineapple - some earth but mostly clean - low sweetness - neutral, vaguely crackery, vaguely bready base - medium bitterness - the alcohol is oddly hidden, as I would have pegged this as less

M: Medium body, smooth, medium-low carbonation, mostly clean finish, touch oily

O: Dude, where's my review?

I reviewed this a couple weeks ago, but apparently it only saved half of my review. I'm sure I had some insightful final comments that I originally included here. Regardless, this is akin to an imperial version of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed.

Sep 26, 2017
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 8/16/17.

Pours cloudy gold with a big, creamy head and massive lacing. Aromatics filled with peach, mango, pear, and pineapple. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Tacky and resinous. Juicy tropical fruit on the palate with zero malt and a light bitterness. Peach, mango, and grapefruit. Finishes with lingering citrus and plenty of juiciness.

A great NEIPA. A double dry-hopped version would be even better.

Sep 23, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

big creamy fluffy head fades at a slow pace, nice lacing, semi hazy orange tan color

Big hops, spicy little piney, big citrus candied orange zest, mango skin, papaya, little pine sap and green onion, sweet candy malt, hint of booze

Taste sweet candy malt, little syrupy as caramel toasted grain, honey malt, big hops, piney, little sap, citrus zest, little tropical mango rind papaya, earthy and pine, hint of warming booze and phenol perhaps, candy sticky malt lingering, earthy pine sap hop lingering too

Mouth is heavier bod little syrupy, sweet carb, little warming booze

Overall eh, first aroma was great, then a little downhill, not quite my cup of tea.

Sep 18, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark orange color with a mostly hazy body and a finger of off-white head.

S - pine, dankness, clementine, black pepper, cedar, honey sweetness

T - Lots of pine, mint, tea, and spices. Small notes of strawberry, mango, and tangerine. Lots of dank, wet hops and a good malt influence

F - Medium and full-bodied. No alcohol and easily drinkable.

O - Love the herbal overload while being easy to drink.

Sep 12, 2017
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L finger head that disappear too quickly and little lacing left behind, the color is a burnt orange with a haze you think you can see threw but cant
S: a nice mix of dank pine with citrus and melon
T: follows the nose with low bitterness but nice flavors of pine and citrus with a good sweet malt backing
O: a strong beer that is well done but leaves a little in mouth feel and for NEIPA was looking for some yeast character to add to the beer

Sep 11, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tangerine, orange zest, melon and peach. Hints of pine on the very back end. Biscuit malt profile. Nice level of sweetness balanced nicely with the lingering bitterness. Smooth. Drier finish. Really impressed.

Sep 07, 2017
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Damasen from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours a hazy amber with a pillowy white head. Smells of vibrant red papaya and mango and cantaloupe with some citrus in the background. Taste follows. It has a very nice balance of tropical fruits and bitterness with a nice honey malt at the finish. The mouthfeel is also really great, soft and creamy. Definitely drinks under 8%. Overall this will be a great addition for a year rounder, an easy drinker with great tropical flavors.

Aug 29, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned on 08-14-17

Pours hazy foggy golden amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells and tastes like cantaloupe melon, mango, papaya, tangerine, grapefruit, passionfruit, pineapple, nutty toasty biscuity honey malts, with dank floral bitter resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice double IPA.

Aug 29, 2017
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack at Wegmans in Westwood for about twelve dollars. Think that this is a new brew, only a few reviews on here. Pretty solid brew, a bit too much of a dank taste for me.

Aug 26, 2017
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Smcavoy from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dank hops. Might be one of castle island's best offerings. Kinda like if swipe ripe had a little less fruit and way more hops. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Aug 23, 2017
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