Willimantic Millennium IPA | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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4.02 w/ 8 ratings

Brewed by:
Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with English Pale and Wheat malt and hopped with Millennium and Simcoe, this is an aggressively hopped India Pale Ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of LtCracker20
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the brew-pub. Taken from notes.

A- Served a cloudy unfiltered amber with no head, but shows very nice lacing.

S- Grassy, floral, a little sweet.

T- Grassy and floral. Hints of malt with a very bitter finish.

MF- Medium body that lingers for a while.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewpub after a long day traversing the east coast.

A: The IPA is hazy, an amber color that has enough brown to look like tea. Barely translucent.

S: Piney hops and citrus, a one-two punch of bitterness. The aromas are not overwhelming though. Caramel provides balance.

T: The combination of citrus and a bit of pine make for a strong IPA. The bitterness is tolerable, providing a fresh dose of zip with every sip. Caramel provides balance but ultimately this is a show for the hops and a lesson in restraint. While pine and citrus share the stage for most of the beer, citrus takes over near the finish, providing a sweet send-off.

M: The mouthfeel is oily, slick with hop bitterness. The citrus finish is quite nice.

D: The current version is 7.3%, a little heftier but still manageable. This was my second choice for the growler but ksak doesn't like the hops...

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/22/2009. Growler from the brewpub. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, hop oils, and caramel, garlicky malt. Flavor of spicy, garlicky hops with a touch of citrus. Very nice hops profile and super tasty! Another awesome IPA from Willimantic.

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Photo of younger35
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this growler from the ever generous naproxen. Too bad she doesn't have as good of taste in men as she does beer. Either way, love to try these new IPA's and the last Willimantic one I had was tasty. Drank from my Willimantic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a pale orange yellow with a rather small half finger white head from an aggressive pour. After about ΒΌ of the glass not a cap or collar remains and no lacing.
Smell- Deliciously resiny and piney with a fresh oozy smell that delights the shit out of my nostrils. Lots of pine sap and Christmas tree with a bit of fruity goodness hiding in all that earthy goodness. Perhaps a bit of peach and strawberry shows up as well. A bit of caramel malt peeks in too under all those hops.
Taste- Juicy and fresh with a big blast of resiny piney goodness right from the start. Sort of bitter but just enough malt to keep everything in place. Like the nose the majority of beer is pine but a bit of dandelion and lemon grass creep in. Undertones of fruity hops as well with a bit of pineapple and grapefruit. Just a tinge of crystal malts and that light caramel kiss. A slight bit of alcohol is noticeable on the finish as the hops linger and linger.
Mouthfeel- Heavy body with an oily slick feel from all the hops and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Absolutely tasty as hell. The hops are big and juicy and have that 'fresh of the vine' taste. I don't know if this brew is more Simcoe or Millennium (probably the later, hence the name of the beer; duh) but I love it. I guess I can now consider myself a Millennium fan! Thanks much Aliza!

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Photo of Hautacam
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super cloudy gold ...not much of a head.
Smells yeasty and citrusy.
This , at first sip reminds me of a Belgian Golden ...maybe wheat..yeast ..?...not expecting this at all....I got hints of bubblegum and banana and a sweet full doughy malt...as the hops kick it gets very citrusy and a bit piney and a wonderful bitter that lasts and sticks around for a while after all the other flavors are gone. Nice. The mouthfeel is nice and full...the carbonation was medium.
Pretty drinkable...yet another great IPA from Willibrew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Highly hazed, thick and dull orange in color, under a small, dissipating head.

Pithy citric nose, bursting with pine, fresh as a forest floor, with new sweepings of needles and fruity zest...very nice.

In the mouth, it's big on the bitterness, flush with flavor, full to the gills with taste and character, no room for slacking here...Zippy, zingy, zesty, with bitter taste always bringing up the rear...

Full bodied, with a long, bitter finish, and never ending flavor. No outstanding alcohol, just ablaze with extra hoppitude. No complaining here. Juicy and damned tasty.

Any certified hophead would have to bow down before this one. And then, drink it. Over and over again.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not about to let the growler sit for 48 hours to settle, i pour the contents into my sam adams winter lager glass. orange cream metamucil opacity clouds the entire body, relentlessly. a thin ring of foam encircles the hazy dome.

the aroma is heavily influenced by the wheat malts and floatie yeast sediment population. a quick sniff overlooks even the bulbous hop additions and brings to mind a belgian wit. deeper inhales and.. voila! clean, sweet fruit and sharp, acidic hops. for a willimantic ipa, the hop profile here seems strangely on the balanced side. little did i know, this was just the supression effect caused by the funky wit thing happening.

great first sip. bitter, with pineapple finish. green hops linger with a fine, medium bitterness and resinous pine afterglow. the wheat is partially lost in the mouth.. hops dominate. still, the balanced, selective use of aggressive hops is balanced by the flavorful, lighter sweet sugars present here. hop burps are as vine-ripe as can possibly be. for such a loaded beer, this is surprisingly drinkable.

normally, i don't agree with the hype surrounding willimantic ipa's. this is a big-time exception. this beer is highly recommended and one of the best ipa's dave and co. has made so far this year.

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Willimantic Millennium IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
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