Everything But the 90's (collab w/ RAR)
Definitive Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
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Ranked #12,870
4.27 | pDev: 5.85%
Definitive Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy can, media sample from the brewery.

"If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck."

Looks, smells, and tastes like a DIPA then it must be one. This one hits all of the bells and whistles for a DIPA. I'll say it... its super juicy. Tasty without much of a wow factor. Fun to drink but its a one and done more me.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks almost like pulp free orange juice; super hazy yellow-orange with a small off-white head which fades rather quickly. Slight lacing during drinking. Aroma is full of juicy citrus & tropical fruit with even a bit an extra sweetness than most juicy IPAs. Taste follows the nose with a big juicy hit of grapefruit, melon, other tropical & even some hints of cotton candy & pleasant chewing tobacco. No astringent bitterness; the sip ends with the various hop flavours gradually fading over your tongue. Mouthfeel is full, smooth & creamy - carbonation is excellent. This is an excellent sweet juicy NE IPA - my favourite style.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint can - dated 07/12/2019 - poured into a Scottish thistle at 46F.

Pours an ultra hazy deep yellow colour, topped with three fingers of bone white head, which slowly recedes to a thick collar, leaving some sticky lacing behind.

Nose: The nose emits aromas of sweet, ripe tropical fruits, but not just the usual suspects of Citra and Mosaic. I definitely get some juicy citrus notes, and there's a faint wiff of what I'm sure is Mosaic. However, in addition to the sweet tangerine, dank grassy berries, and tea leaves, there's a very prominent note of gooseberry. Other than the sweet, golden toasted malt base holding it up, there isn't a whole lot going on with the aroma. It isn't weak, and it's certainly pleasant, but it's not terribly complex.

Palate: I just knew precisely what this would taste like after smelling it. There's something about the combination of Mosaic, Citra, and classic golden toasted malt that makes for a tried and true, but predictable flavour profile. I can think of at least three other beers from various breweries that taste nearly identical to this - right down to that faint tea leaf note. Gooseberry, papaya, sweet bready/honey malt, which provides a sweetness, but doesn't approach cloying or sappy - and a light grassy bitterness, which lingers into the finish, and dries the beer out.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is definitely full bodied. There is an ABV heft to it that certainly shows it's weight. The feel if fairly soft and creamy, perhaps due to an addition of oat. There is a very slight stickiness, which is pretty natural for a beer of this weight and style. Effervescence is actually fairly lively given the size and heft of the beer, which provides just a touch of lift in contrast to the full body.

Overall: This beer blends in with several other beers on the market that have little-to-no variation. This isn't to say it's not a good beer. There's a reason brewers aim for this particular profile - it works. I have to admit, it's not quite as good or refined as some of the competition - but it has no glaring flaws, and serves as a perfectly acceptable New England double IPA.

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4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This retro banger pours a “definitive” hazy yellow orange with a 1-finger, white and sticky head with little retention but provides a thin veil and some spider web lacing. The smell is big juicy pineapple up front, smells like teen spirit! It's s a bit more bitter then sweet, carrying a dry, grassy note with hints of citrus, including mandarin orange some stone fruits and touch of grapefruit. Taste is much like the nose there's a bit tropical note up front with the pineapple, as the bitterness comes through with a hint of berry, melon and pineapple with the alcohol creeping in at the end.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz IPA glass canned on 7/12/19. Pours a very hazy yellow orange with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves a thin wall of lace with excellent retention. 4.75

Smell is pineapple, mandarin, apricot, honey dew, blueberry, and just a hint of grapefruit. 4.5

Taste follows this stuff is tropical front to back with all the flavors lending a hand and nothing dominating blueberry, melon, pineapple, apricot, orange, and a little subtle grapefruit bitterness. 4.5

Mouthfeel is bigger than most, a little sticky from all the fresh hops but not dry, soft gentle carbonation, and at 8.3% ABV drinkability is off the charts. 4.75

Overall this stuff is the real deal, holy wow. I just love what these guys are doing. 4.5

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Everything But the 90's (collab w/ RAR) from Definitive Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 11 ratings