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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 704 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of mykd
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade,
Thanks stig!

Hazed orange with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves only small spots of lace down the glass.

Initially pleasant aroma of citrus, bread, and mild alcohol, though as the beer warms, a slight onion presence creeps its way in, and I'm not a fan of that aroma.

Moderate to high bitterness, passion fruit and citrus, some bread, mild alcohol, and a bit of vegetable/onion make for a pretty easy drinking DIPA, all things considered.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good enough, but I don't need to seek it out again.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 16/7/12 thanks Masterski and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles struggling to make their way too the surface, a loose two finger head falls to a thin film rather quickly and leaves some random lace

S pineapple, pine, grapefruit with some booze and sweet malt, a nice mix of tropical citrus and pine

T some lemon and even more pine, the booze is well hidden but not entirely, slightly sweet and lots of rind and pine resin on the finish

M a nice bitter bite, tiny pinprick bubbles, and a strong aftertaste, not much booze felt on the way down but you know its in there soon enough

O this one went down a little too fast, its a palate wrecker but I don't mind at all, this one could hurt you if your not careful. A little higher grade here as the smell and taste were close but not quite 4.5

another thanks to Sean and Alex for getting this one too me, oh how I wish I had more access too the American craft scene

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerdedbiker
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
no born on date

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over as an extra.  

A: Pours a golden yellow, which is light for the style, with a huge 2.5 plus fingers width of snow white colored head, which takes minutes to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  A solid amount of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

S: Citrus with lemon zest and grapefruit, very dank and resiny, with a bit of hop spice, a touch smoky.  Malts are almost undetectable on the nose.  

T: Interesting taste to this one.  Like the nose, its dank, resiny, and herbaceous.  Some citrus, that is mostly grapefruit and maybe some citrus rind/peel characteristic.  Malt backbone is more noticable than on the nose, which gives it a balancing sweetness, but it certainly takes a back seat to the hops, no doubt about that.  

M/D:  Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, with a big drying finish to conclude each sip.  The big ABV is incredibly well masked, and drinkability is very good.  

O: Overall, a very solid brew here. Its difficult to stand out in a style that has some many great offerings, and this one does not. Its nothing spectacular, but is quite good and certianly worth a try.  

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Photo of jokemon
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

pours a clear golden amber color with a very white foamy head.

Smell is of bubble gum, sweetness and orange citrus zest.

Taste bitter, citrusy, bready malt finish. There are a lot of flavors going on here, all very citrusy.

Overall this beer is fantastic, probably the best IIPA I have had to date. Grats to New Glarus for creating this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of shand
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to imperial pint -

This beer pours out a light orange color, with a small head. The aroma is big, brash, and hoppy. Citrus and pine hops jump around wildly. Grapefruit peel is a huge player. The taste is a nice, full, round hoppiness. There aren't any sharp edges here, yet the hop flavor is big and up front. Tropical and citrus hops absolutely dominate. The aftertaste is minimal. Overall, this is a very good DIPA that doesn't quite make it to the top tier. I'd drink plenty of this if I were a Wisconsin-ite, but it's not worth the trouble seeking out with all the great DIPAs on the market.

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Photo of KellyL
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer! A constant stream of tiny bubbles streamed from the bottom of the glass continually re-fluffing the delicate merangue like head. Awesome lacing, perfect clarity, gorgeous golden yellow.

The aroma is citrusy, piney and earthy. No frills on the smell, you get the hops and some sweetness from the malt. No booziness like some other Imperial IPA's.

The taste is just like the aroma, citrusy, piney and earthy. I also got a little bit of tropical fruits on the back end. A little malt sweetness is detected, but it balances nice with the hops. As carbonated as it looks, there's no bite from it.

The mouthfeel is pretty middle of the road. Not thin, but not creamy.

Overall I'd rate this just below the top of the chart for the style. Since we can only rate in increments of .5, I didn't get a 5 overall, I'd really put it at 4.75.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy pale gold color with a bubbly off white head. Very nice lacing and good retention.

S: Lots of grapefruit and citrus zest. Some mango, pineapple and peach going on. A hint of pine in the mix too. Some sweet bready malt is present as well.

T: Excellent balance of malt and hops. More of a sweeter IIPA for sure. Lots of tangerine, ripe grapefruit. and pineapple. Big dose of sweet malt as well.

M: Medium body, average carbonation. Feels fairly slick.

O: Very good drinkability for a near 10% double IPA. Some hopheads won't like it as much since the hops don't come out and slap you across the face, but I think it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of jarrgal
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Good head of foam at the top formed from a medium pour, golden in color, minimal lacing.

S - Well-balanced aroma of malt and hops that's not overly powerful.

T - Very smooth for a 9.75% double IPA and not over the top with the hops so a little restrained. The malt is present to support the hops with citrus notes leaving a very nice lingering aftertaste.

M - Little dry, light-to-medium body, smooth carbonation

O - Superb, fresh, and pleasing double IPA without the punch that's present in others in the double IPA class.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome 12oz bottle sent from laymansbeerfan, thanks man! Red foiled cap.

A: Pours a pale gold with decent clarity and a fluffy slightly off-white head that leaves rings of lacing.

S: Definite ripe tropical fruit hop profile, with lots of peach, mango, some pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine...there are some floral notes as well as a crisp pale maltyness.

T: Follows the nose. The malt backbone is here but it doesn't dominate in sweetness, just mellows the hops a bit. Lots of exotic fruit notes with a hint of an herbally spice as well.. Bready on the finish.

MF: Medium bodied with soft carbonation, letting the flavors shine. No alcohol detected.

O: Real nice IIPA. Hoppy but not overly, still balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of brystmar
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden body yields gobs of white head and plenty of lace. So much malt in the nose leaves little room for much else.

Grapefruit is the dominant flavor in this surprisingly fruity double IPA. Plenty of malt to balance the hops. Good carbonation level, a touch creamy. <3 New Glarus!

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Photo of dogger6253
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A rich, golden color with decent carbonation topped by a fluffy, white head with nice retention. The nose is filled with sweet fruits and citrus zest with a little bit of pine backbone. There is also a touch of buttered biscuit.

Each sip begins with a mango and grapefruit hop profile. There is a little bit of a grassy-style hop flavor going on as well. This balances out with a bit of pineapple sweetness and a mellow maltyness. There is a tiny bit of a caramel/vanilla hidden behind the much stronger flavors. Every now and then a sip finishes with a crisp flush of lavender across the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but fairly oily and the carbonation is spot on - high enough that the heavy flavors are lightened nicely and the beer finishes crisply. It should be noted that the alcohol is not noticeable in this beer at all. I am interested to see how this IIPA ages. I feel like a year or two of cellaring would mellow out the hop profile and make this an incredibly balanced drink.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light, clear, apricot color. Medium sized, fluffy, white head. Good retention leaving a nice lacing.

S - Good amount of exotic fruit (mango, pineapple, peach) along with a fair amount of grapefruit and tangerine. Hints of pine along with hints of pale/biscuit malt.

T - Similar to the nose. Good malt base but it's not dominating or overly sweet because it has more pale/biscuit malt. Good amount of mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit. Sweet juicy flavors. A touch of pine and grassy hops but nothing too strong or resinous.

M - Lighter side of medium body. Average carbonation. Quite dry.

D - Easy to drink DIPA. Alcohol is almost non-existent. Pretty clean finish. Goes down easy and shows the hops off wonderfully.

Notes: Nice light DIPA that really shows off the hops. It definitely has a nice malt backbone, but it isn't too strong or sweet. Drinks clean. Really well done.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to funhog for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a two finger, foamy white head, rather thick. Great head retention with nice rings of lacing.

S: Light tropical fruit, grassy hops, some light graham cracker malt. Rather light and flowery.

T: Very light, like the aroma. Some citrus, mostly lemon and a little bit of grapefruit. Some light bready malt and some grassy hops develop as it warms a bit.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. No sign of the abv at all. Would never have guessed it so high.

O: A pretty good DIPA, but had slightly higher expectations. Not as hoppy as I would like in double, more like a single. But extremely drinkable for the abv.

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Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 704 ratings
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