Sungazer
Charles Towne Fermentory

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #259
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,966
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.61%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
56
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Charles Towne Fermentory
 
South Carolina, United States
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 56
Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy golden golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has tropical and citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with tropical and citrus flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced NEIPA

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light lacing and thin wisps.

S - Big aromas of dank green hops, flashes of melon, light tropical notes. Good bitterness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of slightly sweet hops and malts. Little herbal tea like with a little bit of green hops, not much bitterness at all. Flashes of citrus juice. Rather papery as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicey carbonated, bright, crisp.

O - Overall this was a rather disappointing beer. Had tons of potential but just fell flat on the taste.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Nice foamy creamy head, good retention, mild soapy lacing, very cloudy lighter citrus color

Nose some citrus and tropical fruit, little pineapple, mango, some musty dank tropical, light creamy doughy wheat flaked malt, generic tropical

Taste big doughy cracker malt, little papery pith, but not oxidized just too much proteins and brewing salts, some juicy mango, generic dank tropical, citrus, tangerine, apricot, finishes drier with spicy green hops

Mouth is med richer bod, creamy juicy, medium carb

Overall eh, lots of potential but seems like they didn't execute well.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a orange- gold body with decent head and a little lace. Mango and pineapple juice with notes of tangerine and grapefruit in aroma. Smooth, a bit of sharp juiciness gives way to a mango/tropical fruit sweetness and finishes easy with a sharp, acidic crispness.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden, nice white head. Mango on the nose, some grapefruit peel as well. Oh man, this is a nice beer. Reminds me of Fort Point for some maybe obvious reasons. It's got some nice slightly unripe mango character with nice grapefruit peel. I love the word nice because this beer is nice. It does have an oaty/wheaty backbone that is maybe a touch too heavy. It's super soft and enjoyable.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh draft at the brewery. Pours like a NE style IPA should...thick and totally hazy. The color is a weak orange coupled with yellow. World class head volume, lacing and retention.


The nose is quite outstanding. Pineapple, a bit of zest, very light grapefruit and light orange are presented.

Medium body that is smooth, slick and oily. Outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle is mildly effervescent while the finish ramps it up a bit.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and follows the nose. Bitterness is medium allowing the fruit flavors to flourish. Sweetness is present just enough for contrast.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

elite level east coast ipa, as juicy and bright as any of the beers in here, insanely drinkable, and not just hazy to be hazy, the starchy grain base is awesome, almost creamy in texture, and there is so much hop character here, some residuals in suspension make a lot of sense. its still relatively low bitterness, although there is some balance to it, heavily dry hopped for sure though, so juicy and fresh squeezed tasting, navel oranges and meyer lemons and even green grape in the nose, a little more zesty lime and lemongrass character in the flavor, a cool mix of hop varietals i would think, but its hard to place specifically here, as its all so well integrated and unified and all of that, not separate or out of step at all. a really smooth feel, a little acidic oddly enough almost like actual orange juice, these guys are doing great stuff with the malts underneath the hops in these beers, this one seems to have some wheat structure too, but its also really dry, not quite biscuity but not one dimensional either, perfect for the hops. this has seemingly become one of their more popular beers, and rightfully so. downright delicious new school ipa right here!

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Photo of senglish7
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First offering from The Fermentory...hopefully not my last. Aroma is off the charts floral! Taste is citrusy/fruity. Overall one of the best IPAs from the South. Put it up with Parish, Southern Prohibition, Civil, Heist, and Bearded Iris.

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Photo of thatche2
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass (3 days old). Appearance is yellow brown in color and very opaque (1/2 finger thick head). Smell hits you with a sweet pineapple/honey/bubblegum flavor, which I assume is generated from their yeast, and citrus hop notes. Excellent, tons of floral hops.

Taste follows the nose but is a little dryer with tons of juicy hop flavor. There are nice citrus (grapefruit), pineapple, and coconut notes (almost reminds me of a painkiller, maybe a touch of onion). Bitterness is low, and sweetness is moderate to low (very good balance). Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a nice crisp finish that reminds me a little of Treehouse. There is just enough carbonation, quite drinkable.

Overall, this is a near perfect take on the NE style. It is hazy with tons of juicy hop flavor, and their house yeast adds a very nice tropical element. Just a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Reef
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler obtained from Edmunds Oast Exchange.
Murky lake water of my youth, come back to immerse my head once again. Two fingers of head, curtains of lacing last for days.
Strong citrus odor rushed out of the growler, tangelos, white pepper, then dank.
Grapefruit, peach, apricot, pineapple, malt as it slides across the tongue.
Super smooth, but properly bitter, full mouthfeel.
A thing of beauty.

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Photo of Stoneberger
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This outstandingly juicy IPA is a beer which has no equal in the South. It is rich yet soft. Refreshing yet a decently high abv. The mosaic hops round the funk but this has such a pineapple and Meyer lemon quality to the nose. Truly a WORLD-CLASS UNFILTERED IPA

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Photo of tonypeezoh
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Great aroma with a great taste. Has the hazy look of NE IPAS and stands out among Charleston breweries. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm a Bostonian and regular Trillium drinker, and after a few pours of Sungazer, I can say this easily murks any IPA in the state and probably even in the Southeast. Hazy orange color, 1-finger head leaves copious lacing. Lots of tropical and dank notes on the nose, some cat piss and armpit twangs let you know what time it is. Taste is juicy, overripe peach and apricot dominate with starfruit, white grape and tangelo coating the palate. Nice carbonation, nothing outstanding but no flaws in terms of mouthfeel. It balances out as it warms and the hop resins really come out to play. When these guys release some DIPAs and start canning, they will take over. Full support!

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Sungazer from Charles Towne Fermentory
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 56 ratings