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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
85 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 4 pack via trade with MammothBrew.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: A light orange with gold tones and a two finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Wow, hops baby. Citrus hops with some notes of pine, biscuit sweetness and some slight alcohol.

T: The hops on this beer are perfect. Grapefruit, mango, tangerine, huge pineapple and slight pine gets mixed with the bready, biscuit sweetness. Each balances out each other. Finish turns a bit bitter but stays smoothed out by the sweetness. This is the perfect balance of hops and malt for a DIPA. Actually slightly dry on the finish too.

M: Creamy to start, dry on the finish with some bitterness. Alcohol is barely tasted, but is there. Very well hidden for 9%.

O: A perfectly balanced DIPA that other brewers should take note of. Not pound you in the face wth hops, but there in full force to offset the malt. As I said before, great balanced DIPA.

This was one terrific DIPA and I was pleasantly surprised. I am just tasting these NG beers for the first time and this was was an absolute hit. I have 3 more to enjoy, and you can bet I will enjoy every sip of them. Great beer.

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Photo of drizzam
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The body of this brew is a cloudy dark yellow in color. A fairly aggressive swirl in the bottle, followed by a pour into my pint glass, produced a beautiful two finger white foamy head. Better than average head retention and spotty lacing...not bad for a beer with 9% ABV.

S - Hoptastic! Big time citric hop aroma, with some pineapple and grapefruit playfully joining in. This is a definitely delicious smelling beer!

T & M - The aroma matched the taste almost spot on. Pineapple and grapefruit lead the way with a decent dose of hop bitterness from the middle to the end, letting you know this is a IIPA. There is a bit of alcohol warmth after the swallow, just enough to let you know it's there. Medium bodied, and it seems to have a drying finish.

D - Very nice! New Glarus has crafted a fine IIPA here, if you like hops you'll love this beer. Very well done, something I would recommend to any of my friends!

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Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a semi cloudy apricot color with a good sized off white head.

Smell is dominated by a heavy citrus scent

This is not the hop bomb it appears to be from the smell. Taste is a mix of the citrus hops with some of the piney flavor as well.

A great IIPA, not totally what I expected but then again New Glarus never seems to be just an average especially in this series.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Lost Abbey stemware.

A: Standard pour produces a 2 finger frothy white head with very good retention. Beer is a clear deep yellow. Lacing is patchy and spotty with great cling. A perfect looking brew all the way around.

S: Nose is very aromatic. Citrus, peach, pineapple, cane sugar, and other tropical fruits. A bit of resiny hop bitterness in their also. Appropriate and impressive for its style.

T: Opens very light. Pine, grass, and resin hop bitterness mixed with a citrus and pineapple malt backbone. Good balance. More fruitiness towards the middle and end with the hops fading out rather quickly. A balanced ipa that leans more towards east coast. Finish is cane sugar and citrus sweetness with some citrus hop bitterness sprinkled in. Piney and bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Prickly and lively in the mouth and abrasive and tingling going down. Finish is slighty dry and messy with a lingering aftertaste. Exactly what I'd expect from a IIPA. Great lively body to cover the high ABV and accentuate the flavor.

O: This is a very impressive offering from New Glarus although those who enjoy more hop forward IPAs may not favor it as much. Definitely worth a try as its one of the 5 or 6 best that I've had in the style.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for this one!

12oz bottle, approx 3 months old. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy gold with a three finger white head that leaves some foamy rings of lacing and holds a nice creamy cap.

Aroma is tons of pineapple, lemon, tropical fruits, some grapefruit and orange, a little bit dank, some bready malt as well but the hops are the star of the show. Great strength and complexity.

Flavor is some seriously authentic grapefruit juice, pineapple, lemon, tropical fruits, a hint of pine, some caramel and bready malt show up in the middle offering a bit of sweetness, finishes with very nice lingering bitterness and some alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sticky and oily, medium carbonation.

An incredible DIPA. Love it! Very hop forward with just enough malt to offer some balance but not so much as to detract from the hops. Love the really citrusy & fruity DIPAs and this one nails it. Delicious!

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Photo of KeefD
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/15/11

Slightly hazy golden orange color with a two finger white that fell slowly, leaving chunks of lacing down the glass. Looks pretty awesome to me! Aroma is nice mix of pine, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit, with a only a touch of bready malt light deep within. This is definitely a hop bomb. Taste is good, lots of bitterness, plenty of resinous hop flavor, with pine and grapefruit being the central flavors and some orange/citrus going on. A tiny bit of honey-like sweetness is detected, but it's very faint as it fades away to a bone dry finish. This is West Coast in style, all the way, especially with that spicy, peppery finish that I find in so many brews of that style. Alcohol is well-hidden, nice medium-full body, with moderate carbonation, and almost has a nice creaminess to it that balances out the bitter dryness. Good IIPA. Even though I've really gotten away from this style the past year or so, this is still good, but not one that blows me away and makes me want to keep drinking more.

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Photo of litheum94
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. No dates. Reviewed on 6/5/11.

Golden body with a very scant head. Slowly bubbles up to a very thin cover, and then it's gone in the blink of an eye.

Tangerine citrus aromas. Pine and grapefruit hops. Thin biscuit malts. Touch of honey.

Lots of carbonation preps the mouth for honey malts followed by tangerine and grapefruit hops flavors. Rich, almost creamy malts mid-palate; biscuity with a touch of nuttiness. Finish has a peach sweetness enveloped by dry and bitter pine hops. Bitterness lingers for quite a while.

This is a great DIPA. Very nice flavors with good balance, but still maintaining an assertive bitterness.

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Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crossed the river specifically to pick this one up, & turns out the Imperial Weizen just arrived too...two for one!

Popped open on another dreary, rainy late April evening, it's almost May, for the love of god, give us a sixty degree day or two in a row! Pale, see-through yellow, & you could count the bubbles if you were so inclined. Smell registers sweet: citrus, pear, sugar. Not what I was expecting at all. Smells balanced...

This is a head-fake of a IIPA. The smell gets all sweet & cuddly, but the taste is rip-roarin' hops, just the way I like it. Hopsmack, which should be a word, leads with a helmet. Great bitterness, a dripping pine sap taste that coats & leaks all over the mouth. A dab of onion in the undercoat, which grows as the beer warms. Mango? Or is that grapefruit? Whatever it is, the bitterness wipes it off the map. This is a chugger of a beer, too. I'm busting a move on this weeny twelve ounces like it's a watery pilsner.

Borderline excellent, definitely quaffable, & this makes me almost completely forget that forgettable Hop Hearty beer. Now I know New Glarus knows what to do with a hop! Very nice.

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Photo of cetherid
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip.


beer ilooks like your typical american lager. A basic pale yellow/golden color, however it has a huge amount of pillowy off-white head. (About 3 fingers worth dissipating to about a fingers worth after sitting for a few minutes.)


As soon as this one was cracked open, a big whiff of fresh hops came out of the bottle. A nice combination of citrus fruit and grassy/dank aromas. A nice little sweet malt is detectable as well.


hop dominant IMO. Getting lots of pine/resiny tastes to this. A slight touch of sweetness from the malts but that's about it. No "nutty" flavors detected which is apparently a trait of the Maris Otter malts.


about medium bodied with decent carbonation. A pretty dry finish on this beer as well which is probably attributed to the abv and lack of sweetness.


A decent DIPA, but one I wouldn't seek out. Definitely not a terrible beer but would rather grab a DIPA from FFF or Short's if I wanted something from the midwest. Can't comment on price but availability is a little difficult as it being a New Glarus brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

N8dieatz is the man for hooking me up with this bottle from his constant beer travels.

Clear sunshine, pale copper, and amber color. Vibrant bubbling. Atop that there is a head of foam with great retention.

The aroma is all hops. Mostly clean citrus and very crisp grass. Smells super clean, citrusy and earthy. This will be VERY hoppy it seems.

Brisk bitterness has earthy and citric flavors as the flavor base for the whole beer. Just some notes of caramel and toasted water crackers pop up here and there in between the bitterness.

Crisp and reiny palated hop bomb. This beer is for teh hopheads and hop aficionados. Still very good and worth a try for any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden colored with a thick cap of white foam. Some spotty lacing.

Fresh citrus. Mostly grapefruit, but fresh smelling and quite crisp. Very little malt sweetness detected.

Lots of grapefruit from the hops, but also a little spicy/earthy thing going on. The bitterness is kept in check by some honey sweetness. Grapefruit bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. A little warm alcohol is detected. Really fresh tasting.

Very soft and mildly creamy feel. Very dry finish. Medium body, maybe a touch more.

This is a super fresh and extremely drinkable DIPA. I highly recommend this one. Great job by Dan Carey on this.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for this one. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a fairly clear light orange color with one finger of head. Just a little bit of lacing. The smell is sweet and hoppy. Nice citrusy aromas, and a little bit of honey sweetness. The taste is also fairly sweet. Lots of honey up front, and a nice hoppy finish. Lots of citrus and a hint of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent, and the drinkability is good. A fairly nice double IPA.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a radiant golden hue, with tangerine
highlights around the edges, and is capped wit a
short- lived white head that is nice while it lasts .
Lace is minimal.

S - The nose is pungently hoppy, with a very
mild earthy malt base. The hop bouquet is rife
with fresh cut grass , green foliage, zesty citrus
and sappy mango. Excellent.

T - The taste is, again, hugely hoppy, proffering
huge grassy notes backed up by citrus zest ,
mango and tropical fruit, and some pine-
evergreen. The malt is quite light, contributing
little more than an underlying biscuity tone.

M - (I )IPA . Good.

O - I am really a fan of the light- malt DIPA, and
this is a really good example. It reminds me of
Pliny at three+ weeks; I don 't know how old this
brew is, but I' d guess it is at least three weeks
old .

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes

Not sure who brought this one, but thanks Urbancaver for hosting.

A - clouded yellow body, medium white head.

S - pungent lemon/pine hops

T - pine and grapefruit, bitter, a bit of heat

M - Big robust body, drying.

O (D) - A really good IIPA, Good hop profile, fairly well balanced.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed yellow body. Visible carbonation. Two finger bones white head set atop. Head recedes slowly leaving a rather thick sheet of lacing behind.

Full and layered aroma. Citrus and pine aroma pleasant upfront balanced by a decent amount of resin behind. I am questioning the hop bill, may be Summit, I am picking up some green onion aroma in a DIPA for the first time. This aroma is not too off putting though it is not what I prefer. Overall the aroma is pleasant.

Much the same as the nose, the flavor is equally balanced and layered. Citrus and pine still heavy upfront. Beneath lays a rather strong resinous flavor along side some more oniony flavor. This onion flavor is usually described as an unpleasant attribute, I would not go that far however. The flavor works but is not what I would choose. I appreciate this beer, I even enjoy it there is just on attribute that just does not agree with me. I really enjoy the Maris Otter, I love this malt. The warmth it provides really enhances the brew.

Medium bodied, moderate to lively carbonated IIPA. The texture is slightly resinous and oily. The finish is dry are pleasant. Mouthfeel is excellent for the style.

Very good beer. Quite enjoyable, there is one singular attribute that throws me off. Remove this minor attribute this beer goes from very good to incredible. Overall I am impressed, very well crafted IIPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle. Assist to beerwolf77. Thanks again. Served in a Bell's tulip.

Pours a very light apricot color with a good white head. Fairly long-lasting before it falls down to a think cap, leaving some spotty lacing behind. The nose is quite pungent, stinging the nostrils. Fantastic aromas of tropical fruit and, to a lesser degree, orange and other citrus. That's all there is to it. No malt. Damn straight; that's how it should be.

The flavor is not quite as intoxicating (in the figurative sense; I suppose in the literal sense it's the other way around) but still quite nice. Ripe mangoes plus some peach and orange. Really tasty. Fairly-bruising bitterness hits my palate, though I won't complain. It's been awhile since I've had a really hard-hitting IIPA. Props to New Glarus for making a really fine concoction.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass, slightly chilled.

A = pours a light amber him with a two fingers of head

S = smell is a very, floral, hoppy, citrusy mostly grapefruit

T = initially bitter hops, very citrusy, a very "clean" taste

M = smooth, very crisp, hints of alcohol in the end

D = drinkability is very high for this one as the alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Very drinkable and potentially dangerous at 10% ABV

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of scaliasux
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow with a hint of amber. Hazy. Short white head with good persistence.

Smell - Piney and citrusy (grapefruit) hops dominates. Very nice.

Taste - Also dominated by hops character. Fruity grapefruit flavor most prominent. Also some hints of pine and spice. Surprisingly smooth for such a substantial hops presence. I'm not a big hop head, but this is drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Dry. Slight alcohol warmth.

Overall - Not overwhelming and surprisingly refreshing. I found this very enjoyable, though I'm often not a fan of overly hoppy beers. Another fine brew by New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-30-2011 02:48:17

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Photo of jwinship83
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle traded to me from mnbears fan at DLD. thanks again matt! drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent light golden colored body with a modest bright white head on top. the head is quick to fall and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- woah, this is going to be a hop monster. the initial whiff brings forth tons and tons of hops. lots of grapefruit and pine. some orange zest and some mango notes as well. floral hops come through decently strong as well. some sweet caramel and bready malts peek through at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the sweet caramel and bread like malts that i could smell, which provide a surprisingly strong malty backbone. the hops arnt as forceful as i would have expected either. lots of floral and piny notes. grapefruit makes a strong showing as well. lesser amounts of mango, pineapple, and orange zest.

M- the body is on the larger side of medium, and the carbonation is at an acceptable level. not as bitter as i would have liked. the alcohol shows itself a little more than i would have preferred also.

O- id drink this one again, but i was expecting more out of a new glarus unplugged series. there are certainly better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed and reviewed 21 Jun 2011. Reposted here due to some merging/unmerging issues.

Pours clear golden yellow with a fluffy white two-finger plus head. Great head retention and solid lacing. Quite a nice-looking beer.

Smell is all about the hops, a potent mix of pine, fruit, and citrus, in that order. Good malt backing and a twinge of alcohol late.

Taste is, hmm... fairly standard DIPA stuff. Starts out slightly sweet and malty, moves quickly through strong fruit (grapefruit and pineapple) and some pine, then on comes the hefty bitterness, which carries on through the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly sticky. It just slowly drifts away on the finish, both the feel and the taste gradually fading until I can't quite tell if they're still there or not.

A good, hefty, piney/fruity DIPA. I like it, though it's a solid step below my favorites, due to not having as much of the tasty hop flavors I look for.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duvel tulip, about a week after the shipment came in to the WI beer store.

A: Pours a nice golden straw, with a rich white head that sticks around for awhile. Some average lacing, solid carbonation, a little sticky when swirled.

S: Big burst of floral and pine hops immediately hits you. Unlike some other reviewers, I feel there is a definite lack of citrus and tropical fruit in the nose on this one. Definitely an interesting one, but not overpowering or mind blowing by any means.

T: More of the big floral and pine hops. The hop profile is very interesting on this beer, and I believe it would be a turnoff for someone looking for a typical grapefruit hop bomb. It reminds me of a Kern River Just Outstanding. A lot of dry, earthy pinehoppiness. There is something on the back end of this one that I really didn't care for, kind of a bitter pine resin.

M: Sticky and crisp, which is a nice combo. Carbonation sticks around until the end. Hops are bitter and drying on the tongue, but not a full on assault like some other big IPAs.

O: A well made dry IPA, though it could use a bit more malt. I am glad I tried it a couple times to give it a chance, but I will not be purchasing any more of this one. I just could not get over the floral notes and the resin finish and aftertaste. Insane pine hops.

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Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this extra!

A: Pours a hazy gold/copper color with a wispy white cap. OK retention.

S: The nose is definitely interesting and unlike anything I've had. Lots of honey, citrus, pine and resin. Alcohol is noticeable, especially as it warms up a little, but not really distracting.

T: Taste is quite different than the nose. A metallic note is immediately noticeable, along with citrus, pine, and orchard fruit (peach, apricot). Pretty bitter, and kind of balanced. A little more malt flavor would have done the trick.

MF/O: Lingering bitterness, prickly carbonation, and an orchard fruit finish.

Notes: Interesting Double IPA. I can't tell if there are numerous flaws or not, but enjoyable nonetheless

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of MilwaukeeCrusher--poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours with a clear, brassy body that sports a few trails of carbonation leaking up the sides. Head is massive, and stubborn. Rocky, off-white foam retains effortlessly and coats the glass with sticky webs of lacing. The aroma is very tropical in its hop presence, with pineapple and mango coming to mind. Pine and herbal hop cones are backed by a crisp, bready malt note.

The flavor, like most of New Glarus' beers, is deceptively simple in its decadence. Rich fruitiness and resin from the hops pairs with a cracker-crust pale malt note and a boozy finish. Bitterness is leafy and raw, but not astringent like some recent IIPA releases (lookin' at you, Sierra Nevada). Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing for 9% ABV, with a medium body and drying finish. Overall, a very solid example of the style and typifies what the midwest likes to do with their Double IPA's. Worth a try.

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Photo of bound4er
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Straw color with an ever so slight haziness. White head of one finger that leaves minimal lacing.

S. Tropical hop aromas of mango and pineapple followed by some pine. A bit of malt peaks through too. For a DIPA the nose is somewhat shy.

T. Citrus, grapefruit and grassy hops really explode across my palate. Bitterness picks up nicely across the mid-palate. Finishes dry with a nice lingering bitter citrus flavor.

M. Medium bodied with some creaminess/oiliness.

O. This a highly drinkable, clean tasting DIPA that hides its alcohol beautifully. Not a hop/malt/alcohol bomb like a lot of DIPAs which is actually a nice change of pace.

Reviewed on: 04-07-2011 00:45:29

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a bottle given to me by BeerFMAndy. Just being specific since I ended up buying several four packs and drinking it many times on tap.

A: Golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Solid two fingers of cream hued head set up and leave thick lace rings around the glass. Cap forms.

S: Sweet and tart citrus fruits explode from the glass. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit. Just a trace of malt comes through.

T: The flavors are a bit more subdued than the aroma. Still plenty of citrus fruit but the malt cuts through giving it much more balance.

M: Medium body with a creamy and soft carbonation.

O: Another great hop forward beer from NG. This is a perfect hot weather thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

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