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Willimantic Pushing The Envelope Extreme | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Willimantic Brewing Co. in a 12-oz. pilsner glass.

A: Poured a reddish, ruby amber color with almost no head on it. There wasn't so much lace as there were "legs" to this DIPA.

S: Smells a little spicy and floral with some mild citrus and sweet malty bitterness in the nose.

T: Taste is full on, burning hop resin flavor. A more complex bouquet of hops than the Hip Hop IPA. You get the whole gamut of floral and bitter herbal rosins, a little citrus twang and some pine needle flavors in the finish. Alcohol is there, but spelled with some zest and spice.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and on the oily side of hop resins.

D: Pushing the envelope at nearly 9%, this is not a DIPA to take very lightly. Its got a lot of hop flavor, but is kinda heavy, boozy and will probably leave your palate pretty shot. That said, it's a must-try for hopheads.

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Photo of jim102864
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz pilsner, the color is your traditonal hazy tannish gold with a thin but sticky head. This is the unfiltered version of the DIPA. The Columbus, Chinook and Simcoe hops emminate from the glass, suprisingly rather lighltly. Their presence is very pronounced though in the mouth puckering taste and thru to the finish. Very aggresively hopped. Very bitter and dry finish and mouthfeel. Once the tongue has been smmacked down by the evil hops and it warms, the grapefruity notes take center stage making this, dare I say, even more enjoyable.Very much the sipper. 8.1 abv.

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Photo of hopdog
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Cletus for sending this one my way!

Poured a medium and cloudy amberish/orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hops. some citrus, and caramel. The floralness and pine dominate. Tastes of citrus, caramel, floral hops, toasty, and a little fruity. Alcohol content well hidden.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of jastack poured into a tulip.

The growler opened with a big hiss. Pours dark for an IPA, a hazy dark caramel brown that shows bright orange when held up to the light. There's a smallish off-white head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is just chock full of hops, citrus first with grapefruit, oranges and some other sweet tropical fruits. There's also some pine and other floral aromas as well. There is a hint of bready malts, but not much under the flood of hops.

The taste follows the aroma with lots of sweet citrus fruits up front, with pineapple and grapefruit dominating. The bready malts make a quick appearance before the pine hops leave a lasting bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is meidum to full bodied with good carbonation, especially for a growler, and stick with hop juice.

I'm very impressed with this one as the massive hop profile doesn't take away from the drinkability much at all. A fantastic beer and pretty close to world class.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this DIPA arrives in a 12oz glaess, it is a light caramel brown with a thick and creamy tan head, light on carbonation

S - super hoppy, as Willibrew is known for, a radiant aroma of all traditional hop characteristics, grapefruit/citrus, piney, and floral all at aonce and all in harmony

T - the taste is as hoppily superior, yet it remains silky smooth, a sufficient mouthcoat and no harsh overhopped burn, quite a pleasure to quaff

M&D - this DIPA is silky smooth and even has a sugary sweetness to the finish, this is a damn fine DIPA, willibrew lives up to their hoppy expectations.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass, from a growler filled at the brewpub.Pours a cloudy, dark copper orange color. What's better than an unfiltered IIPA? Beer was capped with a fluffy off-white head. Decent head retention and plenty of sticky lace left on the glass. Great nose on this one. Obvious citrus out front with a bit of pineapple, some resiny pine, and sweet malty aromas with a bit of yeast. Hops are definitely king here, but the smell offers a bit of balance. Taste is just abit behind the smell though. Bitter, juicy hops hit the taste buds first. Plenty of citrus zest, pine and maybe just a touch of caramel or toffee. A bit bready and yeasty. The sweet maltiness takes a back seat leaving this brew a bit out of balance. Awsome flavor nonetheless. All of the flavors are rather rich, and do compliment eachother nicely. Alcohol is well hidden. Moderately carbonated. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick. Great drinkability. Another awesome brew from Willibrew.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Without a doubt an unfiltered brew - the beer pours a cloudy dark orange with a thin off-white head. The crown dies off pretty quickly leaving little lacing - at which point the drink looks just like a glass of unfiltered apple cider (not necessarily a bad thing...)

The smell is very yummy with a lot of varied hop notes making their presence known. Scents of grapefruit and pine are obvious as well as pleasant flavors of pineapple and orange. There's also a nice fresh herbal note of dewy grass or a cut pine after the rain. Very inviting!

The flavor is a bit more mixed... The hops notes are all as mentioned in the nose but the grain isn't quite as well balanced. There's a nice smooth caramel note in the beer but it's offset but a bitter, over-toasted grain note that doesn't compliment the rest of the brew. There are some nearly sweet, fruity notes coming from the hops that are almost apple or pineapple in character. Bitterness is what you'd expect from an IPA or DIPA but not out of control - if the bitterness were all from the hops that would be wonderful but the bitter roasted grain is a distracting addition.

Mouthfeel is good. This is a medium bodied beer with a bit of extra "thickness" from the unfiltered yeast - again very much like unfiltered apple cider. Carbonation is moderate and as expected there's a good bitter finish from the hops and malt but there's an unexpected sweet coating on the tongue at the finish. Not quite as dry and clean as I'd prefer in a Double IPA.

From all my griping you'd think I'd rate drinkability lower but despite a few faults this is a very tasty IPA. Willimantic's selection of Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe and Columbus are dead on perfect and they've extracted loads of flavor from the hops. If you're a hop head and love those juicy, almost sweet hop flavors you'll love this beer. If they tweaked the malt bill just a bit this could be a phenomenal brew.

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Willimantic Pushing The Envelope Extreme from Willimantic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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