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Willimantic Commemorative IPA | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2003

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of warriorsoul
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A filled growler thanks to Brewfan...one hell of a BA and represents one of my favorite breweries...need I say more?
Pours a dark copper in color with a full finger of off white head...fantastic lacing holds to the side of the glass making it that much more anticipated.
The aroma is divine...all hops...a blend of fruity and piney characteristics that blend so well in the nose. A subtle malt sweetness does show up with a lingering nose, but it is hard to find with the hop profile.
Taste is fantastic!! The malt sweetness finds it's way to stand side by side this boatload of hops, but the bitterness definitely wins the battle in the end. The bitter quality just hangs there forever, but it is so enjoyable it is hard to describe something so bitter can be so incredible...either way, this one goes down so easily and I find myself running back to the growler for some more.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the alcohol is nowhere to be found.
This is the beer that I want to have every day of the week...hands down. Another winner from Willi...can't wait until this one comes back around, as I will be bringing every empty growler I own to be filled with this gem.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-cap growler filled at the brewpub.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy amber brew. Head fades down at a reasonable pace, with ample lacing. Aroma is all about hops, pungeant pine and juicy citrus, but incredible intensity upon pour didn't come back, even on swirling. Taste is wow as well, enough malts to hold up nicely under the impressive pine and citrus hop character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent as well. News flash: Willi IPAs are worth the effort to get. Yeah like no one knew that already.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer arrives at the table looking very much unlike your average IPA. A cloudy, unfiltered dusky amber, filled to the lip, with only a thin crown of head. The head thins out to a light mist upon taking my first sip, although that might have something to do with the plate of french fries I was shoveling down at a frightening pace. The meager head dies out about halfway through, leaving the beer naked. Sorry beer.
The aroma is very much dominated by a strong, rotund hoppiness. Very beefy, for sure. I don't know how he does it, but Dave Wollner manages to make the hops taste exactly like sticking your nose into a bag of fresh hops and taking a deep breath. Incredibly raw citric pacific northwest hops, with a bit of subtle english herbal hoppiness, providing for a completely even blend of hop aroma. The malt somehow manages to peek through all this, provinding just enough toasty crystal malt aroma to balance. A touch biscuity, with light floral pear phenols and a definite "grapefruit factor" overall.
The flavor is immediately hoppy, backed with a smooth, rich toasty malt all the way through. Very full bodied, with enough residual sugars left over after fermentation to provide a balancing sweetness. A mild estery fruitiness, just a touch of pear, with a grapefruit rind flavor that continues well past the swallow, lingering in the aftertaste for literally hours. I could still taste hops hours later. The hops retain an oily character throughout the sip, starting out with a snappy citric flavor, continuing into the finish, where some herbal english hop flavor becomes apparent. A bit of sour apricot and some yeasty flavors in the end.
Definitely an IPA tailor made for hop heads. While I'm not a hop head, per se, I can definitely get into a well made IPA, and this is it.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/24/2009. Growler from the brewpub. Pours a super cloudy orange brown with a thick white head. Aroma of pungent grassy and garlicky hops, citrus. Flavor of sweet citrus hops initially with a bitter hoppy finish and some tropical fruits. Great hop profile. What an enjoyable IPA!

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Photo of UncleFrank
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle version of a draft beer. I obtained this bottle after a tasting where this beer was bottled for the contest.
Amber beer with a nice head. The aroma is bursting with lemon and pepper. Body is medium.
The taste is a nutty, bready sweet malt mixture with aggresive hops. They dont completly take over the beer though. Lots in the hop flavor department without alot in bitterness. The after hops are more citrus than previous hop flavors.
Its very drinkable and held up well in the bottle. I cannot wait until my next trip to CT so I can get some fresh from the source.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Warriorsoul for this beer.

Dark amber colored body with a nice small one finger head.Looks like any other ipa but thats where it stops at.

Smells very piney,citrusy,not too much malt to smell here.

Taste is like the smell,very piney and citrusy from the "C" hops.Just enough malt in there to make the beer not too hoppy.If you know what I mean.

Mouthful was great,not overly carbonated at all.It seemed to slide down my throat very easily.

Many thanks to Warriorsoul again for letting me try this beer.Very tasty gem of a beer.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler fill to split with a friend. The growler fell over in my car on the drive home, which led to the first taste as I desperately tried to sip off the foam that was escaping. Not bad, I can't wait to have it in a few.

Poured into a pint glass, and the first thing that stands out is the incredible cloudiness. I could tell by the pour even before the beer hit the glass that this was an unfiltered ipa. Not only is the beer one of the cloudiest beers I've ever seen and the couldiest of any IPA, but it is very dark for a "pale" ale. Dark copper color with a weak head that dissipated quickly and left somewhat weak lacing. The bottom of the pint had a layer of yeast at the bottom, which was strange for an IPA.

Good, strong nose, hops were all I could smell, couldn't detect much malt. Mostly citrus and floral. You can tell this will be one of those grapefruit, probably cascade hopped ipas.

Hop flavoring was as expected. Bitterness was balanced pretty well and it was as expected for an IPA, perhaps less bitter than the average. The malt was hard to detect because of the strong hop flavor, but I wasn't missing it.

Mouthfeel was good, no problems there. Drinkability was good, I had two pints out of the growler easily. I could see myself wanting to have the whole growler myself, but its 7.2%, which is quite strong.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 11/13/2016 from a 64oz growler that was filled at the brewery on 11/10/2016, into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler straight from the source. (Note: Willibrew's website says the ABV is 7.8%, not 7.2%.) Pours a murky brownish orange color with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas of sweet citrus and pine. The taste is a good deal of citrus hops. Somewhat sweet. Fair amount of malt flavor as well. Piney finish. Bitter with a dry mouthfeel. Slight bit of heat from the alcohol. Drinks fairly well. This one has a lot of hop bitterness, especially for a single Ipa. Overall, well made and worth having.

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Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Duffman79
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woosterbill
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

A: Hazy orange-amber body, very little head or lacing. Standard.

S: A bit subdued, but pleasant: herbal and fruity hops on top of substantial biscuity, toffee malt. The English malt character definitely comes through.

T: Starts out earthy and herbal, with some sweet citrus hoppiness swelling on the way toward the seriously malty middle. Quite sweet, with toffee, biscuit, and stone fruit all playing large roles. Clean, bittersweet finish. It's quite tasty and extremely drinkable for this year's 7.99%, but definitely on the English side of the IPA spectrum.

M: Creamy, frothy medium body. Solid.

O: I enjoyed this one, but it could have used some more aromatic punch. I expect Willibrew to bring the hops, and this one (while tasty) just didn't quite fit the bill.


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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this growler with jeffthechef. A little pricy, but once you get over the initial cost of the jug, it will be more worthwhile to keep getting it filled. (thats what they count on, right?)

It poured unbelievably cloudy. It was dark orange-ish amber color getting lighter toward the edges but you couldn't see through it. I was taken off guard. Not much of a head either. But sediment was evident.

Great floral and citrus nose which followed up in the taste. Definitely not overly bitter- I could've even asked for a little more bitterness. But the overall profile of this beer made it really drinkable- very balanced malts combined with a very palatable hop profile. After a few sips, it wasn't too difficult to get over its appearance.

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Willimantic Commemorative IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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