The Holy Hermit
Moonraker Brewing Company

The Holy HermitThe Holy Hermit
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Moonraker Brewing Company
California, United States
New England IPA
Ranked #469
Ranked #1,804
4.3 | pDev: 5.81%
Dec 01, 2022
Dec 14, 2016
This mega juicy DIPA gets blasted with huge amounts of Citra and Amarillo hops that get layered over a bed of Golden Promise malt. Tons of mango, peach, papaya, and floral hop flavors with a light/sweet graham cracker malt character.

70+ IBU
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
4 pack from the brewery. Pale yellow, one finger fluffy head. Light grapefruit aroma. Taste amps up to full on grapefruit peel, sweet and bitter. Juicy, thick, and a bit of alcohol heat.
Dec 01, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by EMH73 from New York

Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by SouthCrescent from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: New England Double / Imperial IPA
Glass: Pure Project 16-oz. brandy snifter glass
Price: $6.29 (10 pct. off $6.99 because of a mixed 6-pack)
From: San Diego Wine & Beer Company in Miramar (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Feb. 16, 2021
Consumed: Feb. 16, 2021
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 6, 2021

Grabbed this and five other cans on recent trip to San Diego Wine & Beer Company. First two cans I grabbed were Moonraker. Had this once before, giving a taster at a bottleshare a 4.25 on Untappd on June 2, 2018. Untappd description called this “NE DIPA - This mega juicy DIPA gets blasted with huge amounts of Citra and Amarillo hops that get layered over a bed of Golden Promise malt. Tons of mango, peach, papaya and floral hop flavors with a light/sweet graham cracker malt character.”

Poured a medium yellow-to-light golden hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Could see some bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass. Perfect spiderweb foamy lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 5.00)

Smelled a nice mix of Citra and Amarillo right away. Also tangerine, mandarin orange, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, guava, lemon-lime zest and floral. Just as good from the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. In order got Amarillo, orange, tangerine, peach, pineapple, Citra, bitter grapefruit rind, stone fruit, guava, mango, lemon-lime zest and lingering earthy malt. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Juicy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was excellent overall, but not quite as good as I remember it. (Overall - 4.25)

4.20 | 94 | A-
Dec 27, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Jun 04, 2021
Rated: 4 by InfernoBoss from California

Apr 01, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by wc94wc from California

Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Sep 30, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by Keananmichael5 from California

Sep 15, 2020
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Reviewed by entheos from California

3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This is nice and flavorful! It tastes smoother than it delivers as it can knock you out! These brewers k ow how to make outstanding strong beer that is just too easy to drink! Amazing!
Aug 16, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

May 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A BIF from @JayORear
Aroma: Crisp, lighter than expected
Appearance: Looks hazy to me with good color, 1 finger head and appropriate lacing.
Taste: The West coast take on an East coast style defies my ability to pin down specifics. It doesn’t taste like an imperial and it clocks in at 8.5 ABV and it’s remarkably quaffable. The crisp aroma hinted at simplicity but the taste is complex – I think the Citra hops are more present in the smell and the Amarillo in flavor – the disconnect messes with my ability to define. Certainly full of flavors I have not developed the skill to define.
Mouthfeel: For the appearance and ABV I was expecting something more viscous but this did not prove to be so, much to my delight. It actually had a lighter mouthfeel than the appearance would indicate.
Overall: I’m not a huge fan of the hazy beers but I enjoy them occasionally. I really expected to like this one more but it seems my palate doesn’t appreciate Amarillo and Citra combined. Still, very glad to have tried it, now I know.
Thanks Jay!
Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
15 day old can from Southgate.
Looks like mango juice with fluffy head.
Smells like mango, orange, pineapple, and papaya.
Tastes like mango juice with some stone fruit and bitter/dankness. A little bread and cracker taste.
Very juicy mouthfeel. Does live up to description as juicy. No alcohol presence.
This is a world-class hazy. Super fruity, juicy, hazy, and fairly high abv to boot.
Mar 23, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Mar 18, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Feb 09, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by smithj4 from New York

Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by metter98 from New York

Feb 02, 2020
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