FOC Less Monster
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,277
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,437
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
55
From:
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  2
Gots
  8
SCORE
88
Very Good
FOC Less MonsterFOC Less Monster
Notes: NE IPA

Citra and Ahtanum hop combination.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 55
Photo of dbl_delta
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated (WTF) can into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is juicy orange, pineapple, and grapefruit, with a strong caramel presence. Mouthfeel is sticky; ABV is well hidden. Finish is reasonably smooth and kind of sweet. I really like this beer, but it may be partly due to the fairly terrible AIPA that preceded it. Anyway, I've had several FOC offerings and this one is up there with the rest.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointing since my only other FOC beer - and actually the only other Connecticut beer I've tried - was the excellent Living In Our Own Private Idaho. This one wasn't anywhere near as good, though it was still decent. Pours a nice slightly hazy medium orange color with a little white cap of head and very scant spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some nice tropical fruit - mango, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple - as well as some floral hops, malt, vanilla and bread. Taste follows the nose, but I was expecting more of a bitter hoppy bite and a little more smooth sweet malt in the background. Smooth, fairly clean, mild mouthfeel that was a little thin. Carbonation was decent. Higher ABV was well hidden. Not a bad beer, just didn't live up to my admittedly high expectations.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly cloudy apricot orange, thick white head that refuses to fall away. Great lacing. Aroma is fruit loops orange, and a mix of other citrus. Flavor follows the nose but has a nice bitter hop bite in the back. Feel is medium bodied with rather low carbonation. Overall a fun beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, mango, peach), kinda nice diesel like. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, mango, peach), kinda nice diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Orange Julius! Addictive! Milk Shake!

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Photo of matcris
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

LOOKS: Orange, or light amber, and slightly hazy. Finger of white soapy head that lasts.
AROMA: Smells a bit like a DFH 60 minute with some orange. Maybe a little lemon. Pretty mild.
TASTE: Nice pleasant, and mildly dank flavor. Malt comes through, almost caramel like. Mild citrus, slightly harsh/spicy bitterness that is building.
FEEL: Well carbonated, dry, medium full body, and slight stickiness on the lips.
OA: It's alright. I don't like the spicy/harsh notes, which keeps building. And the can says NEIPA. And this is definitely not a fruity-non-bitter brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/03/18

Pours a nice creamy foamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med to slower pace, nice retention and foamy lacing, hazy slight sediment laden carrot orange color

Nose big citrus, juicy orange and tangerine, a little tropical note and some grapefruit notes, some sweet candy malts, and a little candied apricot like, faint alcohol

Taste brings sweet candy malts, golden malts and candy sugar syrup, then hops, big spicy hops out front, then lots of citrus rind, orange zest, little orange juice and lots of grapefruit rind as well, some pith, and alittle more candied apricot stone fruit, fair amount of tangerine, mild cracker doughy malt, finishing a bit drier with a touch of alcohol warmth but plenty of spicy rind hops and quite bitter

Mouth is med bod a touch creamy, decent carb, a bit of alcohol warmth

Overall not bad, nothing special but enjoyable

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, light peppercorn, pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, light peppercorn, pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an awesome NEIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Nicely soft feel, and not aggressive. Outstanding Citra/Ahtanum profile. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; great wheat/oat/malt balance, mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering and well made style example as expected. Not overly sweet.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy burnt orange with quickly dissipating white head and considerable residual lacing. Citrus fruit in nose and taste. Decent biscuit but a distracting rather than complementary piney bitterness that just didn’t work for me. Smooth overall but a bit bright in the carbonation. Overall good beer but taste put me off a bit. Glad I tried but unlikely to try again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can from the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy vibrant dark orange with over an inch of frothy head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange and mango. Almost like fruity candy. The taste is orange, tangerine, pineapple and grapefruit. Floral hops at the end with some doughy malts and pine. Light to medium body. Mild alcohol warmth.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate medium burnt orange + orange + golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of herbal hops with moderate aromas of juicy citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit, and tropical/mango hops with a light to moderate aromas of caramel + biscuit + honey malts with a moderate amount of caramel + honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of caramel + biscuit + honey malts with a moderate amount of caramel + honey sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of juicy citrus/orange, citrus/grapefruit, and tropical/mango hops as well as moderate to strong flavors of herbal hops. The hops impart a very light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a moderate lingering citrus + herbal hop flavors.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with a light amount of alcohol warming.

O: Easy to drink with pretty well hidden alcohol and an interesting hop profile - this might be the first NE IPA that I have had with such a strong herbal hop presence. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had from can not dated but presumably pretty fresh.

Just a very avg beer. I guess it’s trying to be a juice bomb DIPA, but looks more like a traditional west coast model with a tinge of fruit. Zero nose, or as close to non existent as you can get. Taste is a swirl of juicy sweetness and malt - kind of a blurry beer. This mess was $20 a four pack. Avoid.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Extra hazy golden blonde. 1/2 finger of creamy white head. Light carbonation.

Nose
Clementine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and orange cream.

Taste
Grapefruit pith, orange zest, and clementine. Pine resin, green florals, eucalyptus leaf, and dank. Slight caramel maltiiness.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, silky, smooth, juicy, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Really tasty DIPA. Smooth, robust, and juicy with come nice complexity.

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Photo of Boto
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can: this one pours an opaque, orangish golden color. There was a wisp of a white head and minimal lacing. It has a good nose. Orange and grapefruit are predominate. The taste is good. A good bit of bitterness. A touch of resinous hops, but some juicy orange and grapefruit provide a nice balance.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018-07-10
16oz can served in a pint glass. I don't understand what is printed on the bottom. I'm pretty sure this was a gift from @mr-jj.

Pours a hazy orange that is remarkable similar to the orange on the label. Head is pretty small, carbonation is mild and fairly fine. Smell is fruity and resinous.

Taste is fairly mild, moderately strawy or grainy. Strong bitterness builds slowly.

Mouthfeel is thick but resinous. Overall, nice beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Absolutely the best ever cat themed graphics on the can, very clever. A solid 5 on this rating category. Pours a hazy, medium golden amber with a big three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus and piney hops, lots of orange, light stone and tropical fruit, spicy and somewhat floral; invitingly complex. Flavor is pale and lightly caramel malt, orange and orange zest, faint mystery fruit notes throughout the taste with nice estery components. Finishes with citrus and lightly piney hops with fruit esters; not very bitter, but with a enough to keep me interested. Medium bodied with light creaminess, good mouth feel. Still on the fence on NE IPAs, and this one gave me hope from the aroma, and get my attention immediately with the excellent fruit flavors, but finished a bit tame on hop bitterness. The flavors were very much to my taste, and this is another of the rare IPAs of this style that will keep me tasting. Not my style, but liked this a lot, so kudos to the brewery. I don't know what this lone can is doing out West, but I'll try their brews again if I see them. Glad I liked it because I was hooked on the can graphics.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a tall, wrapped aluminum can, this brew has a towering, huge head. The beer is hazy and light orange-cream in color. The aroma is a little musty...with hops, malt, and a touch of alcohol. Incredibly balanced taste...drinkable for the abv. A touch of spice, some sweetness, and spice. The beer is wonderful, full in body, satisfying, and interesting.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and a ring of lacing on the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of herbal hops are present in the nose along with notes of floral hops and hints of citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the floral hop flavors are somewhat subdued and the citrusy hops—oranges in particular—are more prominent. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this IPA to be unique due to its strong dose of herbal aromas and flavors and with its chewy mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

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FOC Less Monster from Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 55 ratings