Equilibrium Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #160
Ranked #605
4.37 | pDev: 7.09%
Equilibrium Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: mc² is Photon’s big brother. We literally took Photon’s hopping rate and squared it. This DIPA is our tribute to the amazing relationship that energy and mass are balanced, proportional to the speed of a photon squared. It pours a hazy tangerine color, releasing bright tropical notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot. mc² tastes like succulent mango juice loaded with chewy hop resins. It’s very drinkable for 8.0%; be careful, this one can sneak up on you.
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neliam24 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 02, 2019
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled less than a half hour ago. Let's see what my first Equilibrium beer has in store for me:

APPEARANCE: Body is murky, dull, and hazy - obviously unfiltered. Milky tangerine colour.

Head is white and robust, coating the sides of the glass with thick froth and yielding slowly; this takes a good 8+ minutes to fully recede. Creamy and soft, with a luscious attractive consistency and a great complexion.

Some may give unfiltered IPAs a pass on appearance, but the head on this one is actually quite's a shame the body is so dull. I don't find any yeast/lees or sediment floating in the body, but it looks to be akin to pulpy orange juice. Not much to look at all things considered, but I'm optimistic.

AROMA: Fruity hops are the emphasis, with a tropical bend. No boozy pineapple, luckily, just soft suggestions of tangerine, mango, papaya, guava, and melon. No biting bitterness at all; pale malts keep it balanced. Ale yeast throws out some fruity esters to complement the hops. Frankly, it's surprisingly mellow for an imperial IPA in terms of hop presence; this is hardly pungent. I'm glad it doesn't seem to be the in "beat drinkers over the head with heavy hops" camp of Imperial IPA brewing, but a bit more pungency and expressiveness wouldn't hurt.

Not piney, resinous, or oily. A bit like a fruit sherbert, with some cool tangy notes from the hops as well...could be Simcoe?

Definitely appealing, but not up there with the best imperial IPA aromas. Aromatic intensity is average. I find no off-notes or booze. Suggests a balanced and refreshing brew with decent depth of flavour.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Coating and soft, a combination that plays brilliantly with the subtle tangy almost yogurty flavours. Cool and refreshing, with a soft, smooth, approachable mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. Has a supple, luscious, and comforting presence on the palate, with apt thickness and heft to support its flavours. A bit chewy, actually.

Fruit sherbert comes to mind drinking this, with fruity hops dominating the hop profile. Peach, tangerine, maybe apricot, mango, guava, papaya,'s tropically bent, but doesn't have any loathsome boozy pineapple and doesn't go huge on the bitterness like many New York (i)IPAs. No rindy bitterness or grapefruit bite here, just mellow fruity hop flavours and some floral oomph.

Depth of flavour is nice but not up there with the best in the style. Aptly moderate flavour duration. Mellow flavour intensity.

This isn't an Imperial IPA for those craving clean juicy fruits, oily resins, "dank" herbal flavours, or clean Cascade-like floral notes, but it does better than most at the tropical fruit flavour profile, emphasizing balance and compensating for hop bitterness with pale malt sweetness. Drinks easily for its moderately high ABV.

Not boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, gushed, hot, or scratchy. No off-flavours are noticeable, nor is overt booze.

Adequately intricate, with enough variation in its tropical fruits to be interesting even through a full pint. The fruit sherbert/tropical shake vibe of the flavour profile is enticing, but discerning imperial IPA drinkers may find it too mellow in terms of hop drinks more like a pale ale to be honest.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, helping elevate this above its sharply overcarbonated brethren with fantastic softness and chewiness. If anything, Equilibrium has got texture nailed down (I guess that's water chemistry at work).

OVERALL: Unfiltered tropically-focused (I)IPAs are blowing up these days (especially in NYC), and Equilibrium seems to be doing them astoundingly well for a brewery that's barely just begun operations. The mouthfeel alone makes this well worth trying in spite of its expense, but it lacks the hop pungency, expressiveness, and depth of flavour of the very best beers in the style. Hop selection seems to be good, but more commitment to the selected hops and their unique attributes would help propel this into the company of the best (I)IPAs currently brewed in New York.

Not a world class expression of the style by any stretch, and not a brew I'd select over more classically hopped (and far more reasonably priced) examples of the style from the likes of Lagunitas, but if this is what Equilibrium is doing after 3 months of being up and running then these guys have a bright future ahead of them.

B (3.65) / GOOD

Mar 07, 2017
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unclejazz from New York

4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what scared ScaryEd away from this one, but I felt that it was incredibly easy drinking with almost no alcohol present in the nose or went consuming, it is a bit sweet, but not in a cloying way. It was sweet in the way slightly overripe fruit is. Body is bangin'. This could easily kill some Heady in a head to head, any thought about canning?

Apr 16, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a super hazy and opaque bright orange- it looks inviting rather than gravy-like, which is welcomed.

Smells pretty ridiculous- man, this is so tropical. It's got a ton of guava, mango, and apricot, with a little bit of grapefruit. The aromas just leap out of the glass here.

The taste is similarly awesome. There is absolutely no alcohol taste, which is incredible for the 8% ABV. The creamy and super juicy hop flavor just billows out of the glass onto your palate. I won't even name all of the fruits here- there's so much, with mango being the dominant one. There's a very slight bitterness on the finish, enough to keep it from being too sweet.

Like the other Equilibrium beers I've had, the mouthfeel on this one is just insane. It's so creamy, it's so full while still remaining airy. The only brewery that does IPA mouthfeels better than this is HF.

I can't believe how good the beer is from these guys. They've been only been open for a short period of time, and they're already one of my favorite breweries.

Mar 11, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Are these guys new? Always happy to try a new or relatively unknown brewery. Love the concept; MIT trained guys brewing beer.
Had it on tap at the wonderful Beer Shop and Tasting Table, NYC. Nice hazy and unfiltered looking orange amber color. A decent white cap yields a ring like crown and lace that retains well.
In the nose I feel like I'm inhaling a symphony of tropical fruit aromas; guava, passion fruit, papaya and mango. A moderate touch of dank and fresh hops pellets round out the aroma.
Plump and juicy; like the aforementioned fruit. This is sweet overall; the hops are there-maybe a touch of light pine- for balance mostly. Medium bodied, slightly chewy, and quaffable.
Not a hop bomb to say the least. Instead, this can be considered to be one of those new wave east coast IPAs in which the emphasis is on the fruits. Quite enjoyable. I hope to see more from this brewery.

Dec 13, 2016
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Boccu from New York

4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep orange with two finger big white head. Great lacing. Aroma ofhops, pine needles and mango.
Taste mango, peach, little pine and malt... big juice bomb. Excellent dipa look forward to more from them.

Jul 10, 2017
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cfalls from New York

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - dark side of orange, opaque, limited head

S - guava, maybe some NZ hops in here? grapefruit, ginger

T - more mango and guava, slightly grassy, not very bitter, slight sweetness but not too much

F - medium minus carb, a little creamy

O - a really impressive start from these guys, classic NE IPA style, but leaning more funky tropical than straight OJ

Dec 03, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap today at the brewery and now reviewed from the tall silver can at home. Surprised that these fine EQ brews do not come with canning date info.

The pour is the expected turbid dull tangerine juice, long lasting and frothy khaki cap, and then this one leaves gobs of thicker lacing on the glass.

Loads of OJ on the nose

On the palate its again an OJ overload, along with waves of ripe pineapple, mango, yes I do get some of the advertised apricot...a delicious treat for the senses.....Complex, over the top fruity,fresh, intriguing and thoroughly worth seeking out.

Oct 15, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque medium to dark orange/tan color with a thick, frothy head and sticky lacing.

S - Dank and juicy tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, apricot, and some spiciness. The aroma has nice intensity.

T - Intense tropical fruit from start to finish. Mango, papaya, pineapple, apricot, pineapple, and all with intense juiciness. Finishes more on the sweet side of hoppiness with very little bitterness on the back end. Nice lingering spice/pepper on the finish.

M - Big bodied and thick. The mouth gets coated with a thick layer of hops that creates a cotton-like sensation on the palate.

O - This definitely ranks right up there with some of the juiciest big IPA's I've ever had.

Oct 02, 2017
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oline73 from Maryland

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

Oct 14, 2017
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SkiBum22 from New York

4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dec 09, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 17, 2017
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petewheeler from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 10, 2020
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smithj4 from New York

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 04, 2017
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PprBurke from Virginia

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

May 29, 2020
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours hazy and New Englandy. Potent nose and flavor. Heavy, tangy juiciness. Pulped juice medley. I was a bit more abrasive than some but it was a pretty darn good one.

Aug 03, 2018
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mdfb79 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

Tons of tropical fruits, mangos, oranges, fruity malts...super juicy. Crazy smooth medium body and low carbonation.

Overall an amazing IPA. Insanely easy to drink and a crazy amount of tropical fruits; I love it.

May 01, 2017
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SFC21 from Florida

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 16, 2018
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 01, 2020
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 02, 2018
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Casterbridge from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 22, 2019
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McHenry from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 15, 2019
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kjkinsey from Texas

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 20, 2018
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MNBeer1017 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 28, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 20, 2018
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 394 ratings