Pacific Punch | Decadent Ales

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4.11/5
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Pacific PunchPacific Punch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Decadent Ales
New York, United States
decadentales.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our DIPA double dry-hopped with a blend of South Pacific hops and pineapple, mango, peach and strawberry added.

Added by TomMorris on 04-17-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,307
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
39
pDev:
5.84%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Aurascoper
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not as fruity as I hoped.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tons of sweet fruit up front here on the taste: peach, mango, more peach, strong strawberry, pineapple, and more peach. Dry hop bitterness finishes the taste is a balanced and smooth manner. Smell is muted in comparison to taste. The body is full, creamy and has contrasting smooth and sharp characteristics.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OhioKevin4
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MileHighBeerMike
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love a good DIPA especially when it’s hazy. So freaking good! Don’t let the array of fruits in this scare you the way your estranged aunts fruit cake does, this is exceptional! Cheers.

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Photo of teromous
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: DEC-PP 2-18 09/14/18 3259"

Appearance: The beer has an opaque golden yellow body with a very large, thick, white head. It has very good retention.

Aroma: The aroma for this beer can be smelled at a distance from the glass. Closer inspection reveals a lot of pineapple, some tangerine, and some mango.

Taste: The beer tastes a bit like mango and tangerine mixed together.

Mouthfeel: It is thick and smooth with low bitterness.

Overall: The can states that this is a "Double India Pale Ale with pineapple, mango, peach, and strawberry added." The mango and pineapple definitely come through. It smells and tastes a lot like a fruit cup. The strawberry doesn't come through at all and the peach isn't showing up unless it might come across as some other flavor. The beer takes the approach of a New England Double IPA and it does a good job of it. The fruit really does show up but what is odd is that there are many beers on the market that taste just like this and don't use fruit at all. Although the beer is very good and I would recommend giving it a try, it isn't one I would likely buy more than one or two of.

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Photo of ian_graf
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/14/2018. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy peach, pineapple, mango, strawberry, mandarin orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, lime, pear, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/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, fruit, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy peach, pineapple, mango, strawberry, mandarin orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, lime, pear, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, zesty, herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of peach, pineapple, mango, strawberry, mandarin orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, lime, pear, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruit, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and fruit tartness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.7%. Overall this is an awesome fruited NEIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops, fruit, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Nice soft feel, not aggressive. Might be Galaxy/Motueka as noted of south pacific hops. Very juicy hops/fruit with some dank/earthy notes; great wheat/oat/malt balance. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected. Perfectly balanced hop/fruit complexities.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance
Hazed-out cloudy, blonde. Creamy white head.

Nose
Dank, mango, peach, passion fruit, milk, pine, oats, and honey.

Taste
Dank, overripe mango, and peach pulp. Light passion fruit and pine sap. Milk, honey, and oats. Touches of grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, creamy, smooth, juicy, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Sweet and fruity. Not as hop forward as the other Decadent Ales that I've had, but it also wasn't the freshest.

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Photo of BklynBryan
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkenmess
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrueryDC
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, peachy haze to the body; relatively thin yet rocky and creamy head; plenty of sticky foam along the glass. Sweet, tropical fruit scent; a bit quiet; suggestion of lightly roasted grain. Mild fruity sweetness throughout the flavor, offset with a brisk and potent hop bitterness; boozy. Heavy body; smooth and velvety on the palate; prickly; mainly dry, primarily from the strong ABV.

Not bad at all for a hazy DIPA, but a tad disjointed. The smell is rather tame and the taste, while very good, just doesn't add anything really unique to things other than a bitter, juicy presence with some bold alcohol heat.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a dark orange color and an incredibly cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A sweet and alluring aroma of tropical fruit, hops, citrus fruit, malt, and peaches.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops (less than expected), lots of tropical fruit (mango), light malt (not overly present), a bit of peaches, and some citrus fruit (lemon). This is a much more subtle flavor than II expected. It's hops presence isn't overdone, but the fruit slowly emerges the more you drink. Very tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth and creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An incredibly enjoyable NE IPA. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange pour. Strawberry, orange, pineapple and ripe melon. Fairly thick and coating. Quite sweet through the swallow. Slight bittering hop bite on the finish. Not bad but the sweetness gets to be a bit much. My second beer from Decadent (citra citra) and both where too sweet. Well made but just not my thing.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my second attempt at enjoying a fruited DIPA from Decadent. Wasn't a big fan of the Double Tropical Smoothie, as one of the two cans I had tasted very plastic-like and the other was just a solid strong IPA with only very vague fruit flavors. I'm not one to hope for actual juice in a "juice bomb" NEIPA-style beer, but if you're advertising the use of pineapple, mango, peach and strawberry like this beer is... I kind of want to taste those things. Let's see what's going on with this one!

Pours a turbid orange color with a frothy yet compact head of bone-white foam that looks somewhat meringue-like. Dense, thick lace accompanies the slow decline of these bubbles to about a half-finger of residue. The surface is obscured by small islands of this very foam, as well, making for a heavy looking IPA fitting of the tropical melange of fruit I'm prepared for.

Grassy, dank and way less fruity than I imagined from the label description, yet again. Hmm... I mean, sure, I can pick up some mango and pineapple notes if I try to look for them, but this honestly has a very muted and muddy scent to it, as many NEIPAs tend to. It's yeasty and just as clouded as the body appears in a lot of ways. Some light peach and nectarine notes along with melon and rye-like spice come across here, too, so it does eventually start to get some interest going if left to open up a bit. As I mentioned in the foreword of this review, I'm not expecting it to be as juicy and cloying as, say, my first experience with something like Ballast Point Mango Even Keel or whatever, but I would prefer a bit more of a definitive approach to the scent here to really ground it in, well, decadence.

Flavor is a definite improvement, with strong flavors of blood orange, pineapple and mango/papaya right upfront, followed by a nice backing note of biscuity malt. The transition to the finish of each sip switches gears a bit, providing herbal hoppiness and resinous bitterness along with some spice and more of a "fruit gum"-like flavor toward the very finish. Lingering bitterness and pineapple flavor actually do help carry this one. The long-lasting oily fruitiness is pretty much what I had in mind from the second I read the text on this can in the store. Very glad they were able to salvage the boring olfactory element and turn this into a cool, engaging beer.

The feel is, as expected, quite chewy and rather thick. I would prefer it to be just slightly more crisp with a little more effervescence, but I understand the haze-craze thing going on here, and do feel as though it would be likely to lose a bit of character if it were, say, a percent and a half weaker and filtered. I would still definitely give that hypothetical beer a shot, however! This is pretty solid, overall. I will continue to give Decadent the benefit of the doubt... they don't make the best NEIPAs, but they do some pretty inventive and intriguing stuff with adjunct ingredients. It's awkward but lovable, in a sense. Worth a shot!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FlaS4
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Pacific Punch from Decadent Ales
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 39 ratings