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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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Ratings: 704 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: partly cloudy/light orange body, trace head, fair lacing evident

S: clean fresh citrus scent, faint pine/earthy aroma

T: sweet citrus front, solid earthy middle, subtle bitter long drawn out finish.

M: med/heavy body, mild slick/oily feel

O: Above average New Glarus offering, but not equal to the best Double IPAs. Worth having, but not a must have. The 9% ABV is well hidden, finding myself gulping this rather than sipping it.


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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a bright orange color with high clarity; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with nice retention and lacing. Aroma is a bit relaxed compared to the big boys, showing tangerine and grapefruit hoppiness, along with a quiet undercurrent of toasty maltiness. Medium-full body; lively carbonation; any alcohol coming through does so softly. Lots of delicious hop flavor coming through here: a vibrant orange and grapefruit and somewhat lemon hoppy core (dank, vibrant, delicious), showing plenty of assertive bitterness that doesn’t overshadow how flavorful this is; definitely seems like there’s at least a bit of Amarillo in here, with delicious orange notes coming out; a quiet, orienting toasty malt character underneath. Long-lasting, nicely bitter and toasty finish: oranges, grapefruit, solid dry end. Overall a great DIPA!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee after picking largadeer up at the airport. Served in a Bell's tulip. This is about three months old, but at least I know it was refrigerated the whole time.

A - Pours with a voluminous three fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves behind glass-coating lace. Faintly transparent apricot skin color.

S - A mix of crackery and lightly toasted grains, pine, tropical fruits, light chive, and ripe oranges. Still quite pungent and hoppy considering the age - impressive.

T - Taste is a bit heavier on lemon and grapefruit flavors, withe notes of floral and grassy hops, and minimal malt sweetness. There's a touch of bread and yeast in the finish, but it's quite restrained. I was quite surprised by the ABV - nothing to be found here. Bitter crops up after about 6oz, but never gets out of hand.

M - Super dry, with crisp medium-high carbonation, and extremely resinous residuals. Sufficiently hefty, juicy, medium-full body.

D - I haven't been able to get up to WI in a while, and I was worried this would be a malty mess by the time I got to try it. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Why can't more breweries make hoppy beers that will maintain quality as long as this? The alcohol is sneaky, but I'd gladly drink a few bottles of this one in an evening.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for this one!

Poured into snifter.

Pours a finger of white head that settles to a thick ring. Leaves some thin lace rings along the way. Color is a clear bright golden yellow.

Aroma: Kind of fruity, but it has a big onion flavor. Grassy with some pine notes. A touch of alcohol shows. I get some mandarin flavors.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I was expecting. It has a bready malt profile. Grassy and piney. Onion flavors again. Not overly fruity either.

Taste: Bitter, but not that bitter. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, but that's it. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, it was a decent IIPA, but nothing too crazy. Pretty malty, not that bitter, and not that fruity. Enjoyable though.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed a couple months ago, had to re-enter. 12oz to snifter, thanks to knelson for this. Always interested in trying new (and old) New Glarus.

Mostly clear golden orange, lots of carbonation bubbles. Super creamy white head retains at a half finger easily, leaves lacing here and there.

Very earthy hop scent, has a danky vibe and some grapefruit. Lemon and a hint of onion as it warms.

Grapefruit and lemon peel are strongest for the taste, but earthiness is still prevalent. Some floral hops and citrus there too. There's a big malt backbone but it's hard to find a flavor for it, light caramel would be a close guess I think.

Full creamy mouthfeel, feels oily at times. Carbonation is a bit high and spiky for my tastes. Quite malty but feels more bitter on the finish.

A good DIPA. I do wish the malts were toned down though, they don't bring much flavor and are a bit big. I'd gladly have it again.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed 26 April 2011 - moved here from "Unplugged IIPA"

Bright light orange color with light white head and modest lacing.

Inviting citrus aroma with a little toffee/biscuit in the background. Well balanced, smooth and somewhat restained flavor for a dipa. Not a real big monster like some imperials - very drinkable. Juicy bitter orange with a moderate bitter finish well balanced with caramel. The sweetness is obvious but not out of line for the body and other flavors.

Medium body with a fizzy, somewhat harsh carbonation. Overall a well made dipa, well worth checking out.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of RichKrull (thanks Rich!). Like most New Glarus beers this was very well done. I haven't had a bad Unplugged series beer yet.

This poured a hazy orange-tinged copper with a HUGE head, it took a few slow pours to get everything into a pint glass with no foam spill-over. It smells perfectly citrus, grapefruit and lemon rind, some sweet resin, excellent.

Big hops flavors in the taste too, New Glarus nails another style. The malts play back-up here, letting the hops take over with massive citrus and tropical fruits up front. Lingering hops bite in the aftertaste but not all that strongly bitter.


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

Apparently I need to move my review from Unplugged Imperial IPA to here...

Thanks to Mike for sending this one my way.

A: The beer pours a bright golden orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: A nice citrus aroma to the beer with lots of grapefruit and lemon peel. A mild pine note as well as some floral character. A hint of caramel malt and bread is also present.

T: Big time lemon peel and perhaps even some lemon flesh. A lot of grapefruit is present as well as some grass and pine. Mild bread and malt flavor with a decent bitterness on the back end.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

O: This was quite a nice Double IPA. Really crisp and refreshing.

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

burnt amber with a big off white head and a nice bit of lace that flowed down the glass. The smell was dominatd y alcohol, as was the taste. Once it warmed some decent hints of citrus hops were brought forward and could finally be smelled. Lots of hop presence and a nice sweetness that tried to balance it out.The taste was smooth, albeit overpowering with the strong alcohol flavors. Overall this was a good brew, however I think this may be one that was so brought up on ABV that really didnt need to be, and that brings down the drinkibility a bit.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +5.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +4%
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 -8%
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 +1.6%
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 -6.4%
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 -14.1%
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 -9.9%
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 +2.4%
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 -5.9%
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 +3.3%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.7%
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 -1.9%
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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