Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-30-2005

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a muddy, dark gold body with a small head of white foam. Good retention and lace.

S - some fruity, slightly musty hops with a strong caramel backbone.

T - fruity orange and grapefruit hops with dark caramel and a bit of brown sugar. Some pine in the finish with strong bitterness to balance three malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - a pretty average ipa, the malt is excessive and the hop character is a bit muddy.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to irishct15 for sending a growler my way - this one was so far under-the-radar that I figured I'd never get my hands on it. Shared with d0b while watching the Super Bowl. Served in a Willimantic pint glass. The growler was about a week old.

A- Pours with a finger of off-white foam that dissipated to a ring and some haziness. The body is a lovely hazed dark copper color with a fiery red glow to it. There are a few spots of lace left behind.

S - Upon opening the growler I was greeting by an intense burst of tropical fruitiness - like fruit punch. However, as it warmed there was more dank cannabis and cheesiness that came out. It actually got a little too dank for me at one stage. The malt character is light dose of sugar cookie.

T - Taste is the same main flavors as mentioned in the aroma but with better balance - tropical fruit sweetness, tangerines, sugary malt, dank weed. The bitterness is present and builds throughout, but thankfully never reaches critical palate-shredding mass.

M - Lower carbonation, juicy medium body that matches the flavor character. Super oily with lots of residual stickiness.

D - Extremely drinkable at 6.5% - there's nary a trace of alcohol to be found. Bitterness is sufficiently present but under control, carbonation is at a nice level.

This is the best new IPA I've had in a long while (since October it seems). I love the clarity of the hop flavors (Simcoe & Columbus) and the deceptive simplicity of it all. Highly recommended - perhaps this will rightfully get some more hype in the future.

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Photo of plaid75
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy burnt copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell and taste were loaded with juicy orange hops, secondary elements of grapefruit and pine and a full sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a very good and complex five malt and three hop ale.

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Photo of shigg85
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this on tap at the Willimantic Brewery in Willimantic, CT. Brown and clear in complexion. The Chinook hops come through strong in the nose with a bittersweet roasted caramel flavor that follows. A wonderfully strong IPA at 6.9% (the batch I had was, at least... not 6.5%). Overall, this is a wonderfully complex IPA with the Chinook proudly featured, and if you're into Chinook, I definitely recommend it!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

German-style refillable growler filled at the brewpub.

First imperial pint pours with a thick "pancake bubbling" 1/2" beige head, which lasted nicely, left lots of lacing along the glass sides. Slightly cloudy orangey amber brew, with a nose of "Five Alive" citrus. Taste immediately shows the plentitude of hops, but merges admirably with the malts, and provides an amply hoppy, but not overly bitter experience. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great as well. Another excellent IPA from Willi.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jfcaa193
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a pint of this on the way home from UCONN.

The beer is served in a pint glass and arrives a hazy goldish orange color with minimal beige surface layer of head.
Aroma is in your face hops with sour cirtusy grapefruit mixed with pine and a bit of grass. no malt scents are detected by my nose.

First sip reveals a smooth textured average body with mild gentle carbonation.
Flavor again is hops hops and hops. Starts with a citrusy hop flavor that rolls to a piney hit of bitterness that tingles the sides of my tongue long after I swallow each sip. A very dry finish encourages me to take another sip.
The burps are also fairly piney and reignite the bitter tingle on my tongue.

Even with all the hops, I found the beer very easy to drink. Definitely a hop lovers brew!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub into a shaker pint.

A: Quite dark, cloudy brown-amber body underneath a thin half-finger head of creamy white foam. Not much to retain, but there's a nice ring left over. Nice lace.

S: Balanced aroma of piney hops and caramel malt. Pleasant but disappointingly under-powered, especially in a shaker pint.

T: Follows the nose, but shows far more intensity and complexity of hop flavors - pine is still dominant, but is joined by some fruit up front, herbal notes midway through, and just a touch of grapefruit on the finish. Caramel malt is present, but easily overwhelmed by the ample hops. Great tasting beer.

M: Quite thick and mouth-filling for an IPA, with enough smooth carbonation to keep things fairly clean. Just lovely.

D: Not off the charts, but quite solid for the big hop attack. I'm enjoying it, and will likely get a growler.

Notes: Willibrew knows how to brew an IPA, no doubt about it. This is a great example of a hop-centric beer that doesn't entirely forget about balance. Highly recommended.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/28/2010. Growler from the brewpub. Pours a murky dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, hop resins, grassy hops, mango. Flavor of rich caramel malt, plenty of grapefruit, citrus, and other light fruits with an almost tangy finish. Great IPA, so drinkable and enjoyable!!

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Photo of Duffman79
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of CraigTravor
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler straight from the source. Pours a hazy dark orange with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Aromas of citrus, orange peel, malts, grapes and slightly sweet. Taste is more of the fruity citrus with some tropical fruits (namely mango?). Sweet and bitter towards the end. Some grapefruit flavor. A bit of a floral aftertaste as well as some more of the tropical fruits. You get more of an alcohol presence the more you sip. Overall, one of the better Willibrew offerings.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Via growler pour into Imperial pint glass on 3/18/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy orange, copper-tinged body with modest carbonation and one-finger off-white head that yielded subtle lacing.

S - Some pretty dank hops here with spicy, piney and citrusy notes. Smells leafy and fresh. Some sweet caramel malt rounds out the aroma profile.

T - Herbal and earthy hops with a splash of citrus and some spiciness in the middle that lasts into the finish. Finishes with an aggressive hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Slightly thin, but still a pleasant mouthfeel overall. Bitterness is quite assertive and lingers on the palate for a while.

D - Very unique IPA from Willimantic that kind of reminded me of their E-mail IPA I had a while back. Lots of fresh, dank hops in this one. Great stuff!

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Photo of Deuane
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to naproxen for the hook up!

A-Slightly hazed deep copper with a medium off-white head. Retention was good with an eventual reduction to a thin cap that left nice lace.

S-My initial reaction was oh...Tang! With a bit more investigation notes of grapefruit, bitter orange rind and a hint of pine. A nice supporting sweet biscuit malt comes through in the background.

T-A bitter orange hop pop with notes of tangerine, grapefruit and milder pine flavours. This is a very nicely composed hop forward brew without going crazy with the hops. A nice, sweet but not overly sticky malt backbone supports all of the hoppy goodness very well.

M-Medium body with LONG lingering and a coating ofhop bitterness. This one stays with you for a while.

D-Off the charts drinkability! I really wished I didn't have to share this growler, as I could have drank the entire thing on my own. A very tasty, balanced and complete IPA. I saw this one on the board when we visited n the way up to EBF....but it wasn't flowing yet. I am grateful that my fellow CT BA naproxen came through for me! A super nice, tasty and hop-a-licious brew!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unfiltered DIPA was a hazy, rich amber color off the tap. The head was beige, displayed excellent retention and left good lacing. The aroma was delicious, full of pineapple, citrus hops, floral hops, tropical fruit esters and a little alcohol. The flavors were semi-sweet and well balanced for an 'extreme' beer. I tasted orange, grapefruit and hints of tropical fruits along with a biscuity malt backbone and a lingering bitter finish. The complexity of Chinook, Columbus and especially the citrusy Simcoe hops was quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel was semi-smooth, the body medium and the carbonation medium as well.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of NEhophead
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery on 6/6/07.
This year's edition weighs in at 6.7% abv.

Pours an unfiltered golden-tinted peach topped with a creamy white head. A good hold of ringed lacing down the glass to the last drop. The aromas are of juicy hop oils; pear, peach, lemon, and lime citric esters. The juicy resin practically jump for the tumbler. The flavors take from where the aromas leave: juicy, hop resin with a citrus and light fruity-esters. Notes of pine balanced with enough of a malt backbone to stand up to the hop profile. The finish is smooth on the palate, despite a powerful, juicy hop bitterness. I would suggest grabbing a growler to go, as you will crave for more.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of bjohnson
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the brewpub after lunch. Pssst as I crack the top open.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a frothy cream colored head. Slight retention on the sides of the glass with a thin film on top. Sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Hop presence torches the nostrils with a big grapefruit, orange peel, and pine notes. Nice malt background on this also.
T/M: Chewy, juicy, oily, resiny mouthfeel of hop notes right off the bat. Big grapefruit, orange peel, melon, and pine flavors talk loudly to the taste buds with malty flavors that just come out with a whisper. Stickyness coats the mouth very well. Slightly dry in the finish with a nice long bitterness. Excellent balance of the hop profile to the malts. Hops are strong, but it's not a complete bitter hop bomb.
D: Damn drinkable and very tasty IPA. One of the better ones I've had from the Northeast. Excellent balance to this beer. Get this if you can as it does push the envelope.

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Photo of Theniz
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Hautacam
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy amber with a foaming 1/2 " pour head...settles down to a collar and laces nicely.
Smells of floral , citrusy hops.
Taste is a good balance of big malt and big hop. Sweet , with a twang of fresh grapefruit bitter that's doesn't go away.
Body is light side of medium...kind of low in carbonation , but it feels right for this brew.
This is very drinkable stuff. An excellent IPA. Goes well with food or on it's own.

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Photo of DanE
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Kcman91
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 30 ratings