Trailblazer | Connecticut Valley Brewing

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4.21/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States
ctvalleybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our team at Pioneer Beer crafted our New England style India Pale ale with an excessive amount of American hop varieties. These huge additions in the brewing and lengthy dry-hop process result in one of Pioneer’s most enticing craft beers. This India Pale Ale will rev up your palate with an explosion of fresh hops with its irresistibly intense citrus flavor.

Added by Uconnelmo on 04-07-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,797
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
187
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
63
Trade:
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Ratings: 187 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned 4-17-18. Pours a hazy light orange. For being almost two months old there doesn't appear to be much of anything in the way of floaties. Mouthfeel is slightly harsh/abrasive. Smell and taste are citrus with some resinous pine. More bitterness than most NEIPAs I've had but in a good way.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meatyard
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R11415
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alobasso13
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pinkylives
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnine
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trailblazer - CT Valley
NE IPA - 8% abv
Canned 4/17/18 (19 days ago)
Purchased for $5.89 at Monde Market

L - sparse white head quickly bubbles away to minimal lacing. Body is an opaque deep orange.

S - orange, herbal dankness, pine, some sweetness.

T - mildly dank orange. Piney middle with minimal malt sweetness. Highly acidic...brings to mind a lacing of vinegar, although sourness is only a fleeting element here. Low bitterness. Low booziness.

F - medium body with very little carb.

O - very well balanced, but nothing really stands out here. Hard to justify the price tag on this one.

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Photo of bret717
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- hazy orange with a 1 finger head and ample lacing

Smell- peaches, guava, mango and something faintly earthy towards the end

Taste- super juicy, getting orange, mango and peach with the faintest bit of grapefruit pith bitterness at the end

Feel- medium-light bodied and carbed, slightly bitter in the finish

Overall- Nice juicy NEIPA

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Photo of justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Hazed-out cloudy orange juice color. Short off-white head.

Nose
Mango, papaya, tangerine, orange, oats, honey, and florals.

Taste
Mango, papaya, tangerine, and orange juice. Honey, oats, and touches of caramel. Lightly dank with lingering pine sap and green florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, zesty, semi-juicy, off-dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Bright and citrusy. Dank and floral. Light bitterness and extra hazy. Well done!

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Photo of JeffKowalek
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ronl12
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tiernan
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gordavidson
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhlosito75
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonB25
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Trailblazer from Connecticut Valley Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 187 ratings