Nightmare Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,139
Ranked #6,586
4.16 | pDev: 5.53%
Nightmare Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: Imperial Oat IPA. The genetic origin of Oats in its wild ancestral form can be traced back to the Fertile Crescent, the same region where the Assyrian empire dominated rule. Ashurnasirpal II and his son Shalmaneser III were ruthless military conquerors who became infamous for their treatments of conquered cities. Burning, Decapitating, Flaying their enemies alive and nailing their skin to the city walls were their preferred methods. The rebelling city of Ki-ka and their leader suffered one of the most merciless displays of such cruelty. After making the leader (Ahuni, son of Adini) watch the decapitation of all his soldiers, he was Flayed alive, then his skin pinned to the city wall before they proceeded to set the city ablaze with the women and children inside. “300 of their warriors I cut down with the sword. A pillar (tower) of heads I erected in front of the city. ...His cities I destroyed, I devastated, I burned with fire”

Nectarous citrus aromatics of ripe tropical fruits, marmalade and sweetgrass. A massive base of Oat varietals provide the foundation of mouthfeel for tangerine, sugared grapefruit, sweet tarts and tangelo.
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Photo of kemoarps
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No idea when this was canned, because there's no date, nor any discernible way to translate the bottom of the can other than seeing that it is indeed for the 'Flayed' canning run.

Murky yellow body with a bubbly wet head that's like a finger plus, sticks nicely to the side, and leaves clumpy drifts.

Nose is dull citrus and hop flower. Smells like powdery dry hopping. Kind of floral sweet and maybe a touch of yeast. Perhaps some oat.

Flavour is round and sweet. Yeasty and with that chalky dry hoppy thing going on. Sweet sticky mango and starfruit and then green citrus pith to finish. Lime oil on the back end.

Highly carbonated and a thinner body than initial impression would suggest. Sweet finish and a high bitter aftertaste. 9.6 is quite well masked, though.
Look, those into the sweet hazies will dig this. I'm less enamoured of that substyle. It's aight.

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Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 oz pour on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. Appearance is a hazy yellow/white. Aroma and flavor feature tropical fruits and citrus with some earthy hop bite. The alcohol is well-hidden, not very boozy at all.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Slightly turbid body appearance with a hint of light orange and lemon yellow color. Big bright white bleaching head, with three fingers and very fine soapy bubbles but very big retention. Lots of pill lacing and an island puck of settling.

Big hop earthy tones on the nose, mixing in with a tropical punch of citrus and what seems like over-ripe melon flavors, and sweet sort of candy cane sugars. There's an odd muddy to grassy tone to this as well.

Real neat flavor profile on the palate. First sip is a bit spritzy in body it seems, but then brings a thicker malt coating and depth. The hops make their appearance in many ways, big tropical aromatics, mixing with some actual leafy green bitterness. Pungent sweetness kicks in as well, and a touch of wintergreen mint particularly on the finish makes a good contrast. Hints minty juiced in a way which is a neat angle.

Very interesting take on a sorta NEIPA. Neat beer.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a hazy orange, with a two finger white head. Aromas consist of creamy oats, pineapple, peach, and orange. Flavors are the same, but it has a hugely concentrated flavor. Surprisingly a bit sweet for an IPA. The oats really bring a smooth nutty flavor that tastes amazing. The feel is heavy bodied, somewhat like a stout, and has medium carbonation. Such a tasty IPA!

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A very good aroma of hops, tropical fruit, malt, melon, and citrus fruit.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a hint of melon (kind of fleeting), a lot of tropical fruit (passionfruit), a ton of citrus fruit (tangerines and grapefruit, in particular), and a good shot of hops (not too much, though). A super-sweet, but not cloying flavor. It's a bit more subtle than expected, but this works. Pretty tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a slightly syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A light, sweet, and likable DIPA. Drinkable.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look - bright hazy slightly tannish yellow with a great lasting white head and stick lacing
Smell - slightly dank citrus and pine
Taste -lots of citrus fruit sweet tangerine grapefruit
feel - full body creamy light carbonation
Overall - really fantastic tasty different beer

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has slight hints of amber. It poured with a with a short white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of orange marmalade are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of orange marmalade along with notes of spicy herbs. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and juicy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of oats lightens up the body of this beer and lends some smoothness to the mouthfeel. It does a very good job at masking most of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pub style pint.

Extra hazy golden-blonde. 2 fingers of huge, creamy, off-white head.

Lemon, orange zest, grapefruit, candy sugar, and honeydew.

Lemon meringue, orange zest, and grapefruit. Honeydew, cantaloupe, and eucalyptus leaf. Candy sugar and honey. Finishes with pine sap and some resin.

Full bodied, uber-creamy, smooth, juicy, and lightly sweet.

Loads of citrus and pine. Smooth, creamy, and hides the abv well.

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is your standard murkbomb, golden yellow with a bunch of orange tinted head. I think I had a bad pour on this one, a little overzealous. The nose is a little muted, I actually sucked some foam up my nose trying to get a good sniff. It burned. Anyway I got some musty cheese, a little weed, and some orange and mango fruits. Flavor is much more bold and a little different than what I was expecting. Some dank weedy notes but light, not overpowering. Some ripe sweet fruit notes, and a little bit of musty cheese on the finish but not as much as some of the tired hands stuff I’ve tried. Hold the phone! There’s even a sharp hop bite at the end that lets me know this is, in fact an ipa. Mouthfeel is where this brew shines. It’s so soft, smooth, pillowy, and extremely creamy. Overall the taste is good and surprisingly complex, but the mouthfeel elevates all other aspects of this beer. I can’t say enough about this mouthfeel. It’s very close to some other half stuff I’ve had, which is high praise.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very hazy, orange amber with a fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale malt, citrus and tropical hops, orange, tangerine, grapefruit and light mixed tropical fruit with pineapple the most dominant. Flavor is pale malt, citrus hops, orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, light pineapple and hints of stone fruit, heavy in esters. Great lingering citrus hop bitterness with a little pine resin. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Now here's a hazy IPA I can appreciate. Even with all the great citrus forward IPAs in the world (particularly here on the West Coast), this one stands out for its intense orange family flavors. Very estery, almost like an orange jelly candy. The great finishing bitterness balances the orange esters for a fine aftertaste. The oats add body. Very well done and flavorful. I really liked this one.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours bright murky orange with a big fluffy white head excellent retention. Spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Bitter pine and citrus peel, orange, very faint hint of malt, mostly sweet citrus nose no alcohol coming out.

Taste - Taste is really well balanced orange, mango, citrus peel, the bitter pine I picked up in the nose is more of a light bitter grapefruit. the alcohol is very well hidden.

Feel - Medium bodied slightly creamy feel very smooth for the high abv.

Overall - Another well done beer from these guys easy drinking smooth great flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned in 6/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/lightly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of mandarin orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, white bread dough,and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/lightly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance; and no cloying, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.6%. Overall this is an awesome oat DIPA. Al around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/lightly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/resinous/drying finish; awesomely soft feel. Feels like a lot of Citra/Mosaic, maybe some El Dorado. Super juicy and lightly dank/earthy hops; with a perfectly balance oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. Well attenuated for the big ABV. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A murky yellow/orange color with lots of carbonation and a fluffy white head. The nose is pretty subtle with light citrus. A rather mild start to the drinking with tangy and citrus hop notes upfront. I'm largely getting melon, grape, and orange. A definite noticeable malt profile that seems to add some sweetness to the flavors. Full bodied and heavy but remarkably smooth and drinking for the abv. A bit syrupy at times but nothing that is too off putting and rather void of any bitter.

Overall, decent stuff.

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

Opaque golden body under a coupla fingers of white foam in a nonic pint... Aromas of sweet citrus like oranges and grapefruits and juicy tropical pulps are followed by flavors of the same... Full-bodied, with a dull, fuzzy citric zing and a bittering hum... Moderately sweet, bitterness akin to unripe mango skins... Plush and lush and rich with pale orahcard, citrus and tropical fruits - very New England-ish with its sweet, soft profile... Good though - I'm more than a little fatigued by the style, but this is good enough for me to enjoy... Looks like it mighta been a 6/20/19 can release...

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Photo of detpizzaboi
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice big imperial IPA here. Looks really nice, big fluffy thick head, bright orange in the glass thick haze. Citrusy barnyard grainy smell, rich and soft, big sweet citrusy caramel, thick and syrupy, a bit boozy. Pretty heavy, rich flavors.

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Flayed from Nightmare Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 40 ratings