Willimantic E-Mail IPA | Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Willimantic Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Skull:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Photo of woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark orange with a fine head of tight bubbles that lingers long.

Low aroma of floral hops. Flavor is bright citrusy hops, ripe oranges, with an understated malt backbone. Finishes with a tangy grapefruit essence. Fresh and citrusy, but not bitter.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with low carbonation, very satisying. Excellent selection.

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Photo of dashirey
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jaxson53 for this growler, the first for the 08-09 Growling at the Moon season. I visited Willimantic this summer with my wife, but did they did not have this one on tap then.

A - Copper/amber colored with some hints of brown as well. The head was about one-finger but there was loads of lacing as the pint disappeared into my belly.

S - Wow, I loved the smell of this beer. It kind of reminds me of Nugget Nectar, but it has been a few months since I had that beer. Piney, fresh hops almost. There is a bit of sweetness to the smell as well.

T - Plenty of hops, some malt. Piney, grassy hops with a little spice in there too for good measure.

M/D - Smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation which makes for a easy drinking beer. The growler disappeared quite quickly and I wouldn't complain if I had another.

Thanks again jaxson53!!

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Photo of naproxen
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Unfiltered IPA blending West Coast Simcoe hops and German Tettnang for a worldly taste"

One of my favorite IPA's from Willibrew, they really get the yin and the yang going with the hop blend. The beer itself is a gorgeous hazed golden blonde....kinda like yours truly. The nose begins with the simcoe, all grapefruit and pine, but ends with a subtle spiciness and almost a hint of cream.

The taste follows suit with the aroma almost to a T. The first sip opens up the sinuses almost from the simcoe, yet it finishes really dry. This is not a hop bomb though, the malts shine through as well with hints of toasted malt, a little biscuit, but nothing too sweet. Overall the entire beer is so much smoother than you would expect.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Table-stand description: "Unfiltered IPA with Crystal, Munich, caramel, and wheat malts, hopped with Simcoe and Goldings."

Shaker pint glass presentation. Off-white 1/2" head, which hung around, and exhibited excellent lacing, with webs here, there, and everywhere. Potent juicy fruit aroma of grapefruit. Taste is sedate malts upfront, quickly giving way to piney and fruity hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Nice representation of the style.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh growler at the brew pub. Served this chilled in a Willibrew pint glass. I'm usually impressed with their IPA's.

Appearance: E-Mail IPA pours out a cloudy amber color with some brown and copper highlights. A rather easy pour yielded about two fingers of tan, thick bubbly head. Head had decent retention, almost lasting until the end. Some thickish webby lace was left all the way down the glass.

Smell: Not a real heavy nose on this one. A nice tame resiny hop aroma, paired nicely with some thick malt aromas. Bready, yeasty, and earthy. Slight citrus and pine aromas.

Taste: The nose isn't a good representation of the flavor. This is a pretty hoppy brew. A sharp blast of hops out front. Nice sweet balancing malt notes, but the hops definitely rule. Tastes a bit grainy. Loads of pine flavor. Tons of citrus: orange and lemon peel, with some grapefruit and yeast. Nice dry, bitter hoppy finish. Alcohol just barely shows itself.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and oily. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkability in my opinion. Another solid brew from Willimantic Brewing Co.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of NEhophead
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery on 02.11.07.

Sunset orange in color with shades of maple; very hazy, undoubtedly an unfiltered offering. Creamy white head that lingers throughout the entire pint leaving impressive ringed lacing down the glass.

Aromas are citric: lemon, green apple, and grapefruit; with notes of pine. Very pleasant hop oils jumping from the glass.

The flavors start out where the aroma leaves off: grapefruit, lemon, and light bubblegum. Touches of spruce with a wave of juicy hop oil. At mid-sip the lucious hop flavors disappear to reveal a grainy, malt base: stiff grains that are quite unflattering. The wheat and grain flavors linger after the bitterness and remain in the aftertaste.

Medium in body; slick and oily on the palate.

A nice IPA, but it would've been more enjoyable if the hops stood up in the middle rather than giving way to the wheat and grain base. Pleasant, but I've had much better from Wollner.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of a flight at Willibrew. Not 100% sure if this one was from a cask like the Harvest.

A: Poured a hazy, medium amber with a thin veil of white, bubbly lace. Looks to be unfiltered, as per the description.

S: Smells like citrus and pine, but also a little grainy and malty.

T: Taste is hops up front, giving way to some of the bready and sweeter malts in the middle, and finishing with a slight hop kick. I was expecting more pronounced hops given the ABV, but maybe the unfiltered nature lends a malty, muted effect.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a little chewy. Again, probably some agents floating around in the brew.

D: Not overly impressive, but certainly tasty. I'd get a regular pint if I was eating a spicy dish or some wings at Willibrew.

Another good Willimantic brew, although hop heads would be wise to try the Devyl Hopyard if they have the means, meaning availability, which is unlikely.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Via growler pour into Imperial pint glass on 10/1/08. Thanks to Naproxen for the special home delivery! This is growler #1 procured from the Growling at the Moon 2008-09 BIF.

A - Slightly hazy copper-colored body with sparse amount of carbonation and one-and-a-half fingers of foamy beige head that retained well and left patches of thick, sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Dank hop aroma reminiscent of hemp or pot with hints of herbs, roots and some pine. Very earthy hop profile with a bit of citrus peeking through, especially as the liquid approached room temperature. Elicits a fresh whole flower hop aroma with apparent use of the Simcoe hop variety. My favorite part of this beer for sure... quite unique and intoxicating!

T - Hop profile is on the spicy/peppery side at first with a leafy character. Malt is slightly bready with some sweet caramel to balance the hops. Finishes with an earthy, somewhat medicinal hop bite.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Just a tad thin, overall. Finish is moderately bitter and dry with a slight metallic character.

D - Pretty solid and unique IPA. The Simcoe hops really add a depth of dankness to this brew, especially to its aroma. Glad I had the opportunity to try this IPA.

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Willimantic E-Mail IPA from Willimantic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 14 ratings