The New Frontier Double California IPA | Connecticut Valley Brewing

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The New Frontier Double California IPAThe New Frontier Double California IPA
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The New Frontier Double California IPAThe New Frontier Double California IPA

Brewed by:
Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Triple California style IPA is big, bold, but surprisingly smooth (for an 11%). The Centennial kettle additions and generous Mosaic dry-hopping combine to impart a bright citrus aroma with a resinous stone fruit undertone finishing with pleasant floral notes.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 100
Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed golden copper pour with thick fluffy white head. Great retention/lacing.

S: Tropical fruit... citrus and pine. Honey and sweets.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet toasted malts and honey up front. Strong bitterness... big time hops. Stronger pine than expected.... citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit, melon, and earth. Medium bodied... super oily on the tongue. Warming and the ABV is only mostly hidden.

O: A big, boozy, flavor packed triple IPA. A nice mix of east/west coast flavors, and a slow sipper. Not one I'd want every day but a well done brew.

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Photo of mike22ne
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can, dated 12/8/17.

Look is a hazy orange gold, with a thick white head that persists and leaves a good coating down the glass.
Smell and taste are a mix of floral, tropical, piney hops. Definitely a bit herbal/dank characteristic.
Feel is lively, a strong bitterness with a clinging herbal pithy finish. A bit soft on the palate, with a hint of the alcohol.

The can says it's a California-style DIPA, which to me should mean big pine resin and citrus hops and crystal clear bitterness. This beer is good but it doesn't really match that profile. Makes me wonder when was the last time I had a crystal-clear IPA from any brewery in New England...

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Photo of ShrubCHTL
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11/18 Had to edit this- This stinking beer(?) (11%?!!) is awesome. Plain and simple. Since CVB made the move to the big brewery this stuff is an absolute must have in my fridge. If you're like me, and your tastebuds can't decide if you want just plain dank or dank with a bit of fruit and like to ENJOY a glass- this is it. Ya, there's a bit o boozy taste and it's wonderful. Shame more people haven't been able to try.

Have had many times- always good but never memorable. However, this latest batch 8/18/16 is awesome. From the moment you pop the top and take a whiff, you are literally blown to a new frontier. Such a good piney but not too piney smell!! Love it
First sips are just as good as they smell. Have tried many double/imperials and have never had one with this ABV 11% that was able to keep the slightest bit of tropicalness. Halfway through, definitely gets more bitter but still enough (passionfruit?) to easily drink. As a father of two young boys, with not a lot of time to relax, this is exactly what I want in my glass when I sit in the recliner.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can with a 051116 sticker on the 4 pack holder. Pours a hazy brownish orange with an inch of frothy white head. Tons of lacing. Fruity, tropical aroma with some dank hops. Berries, mango and pineapple. The taste is a lot more herbal and floral that I expected. Floral hops towards the end and very herbal. Boozey, but not as boozey as one would expect from a beer at 11%. Not much malt flavor. Quite bitter. Lots of carbonation. This beer is all over the place but it's not bad by any means. Not sure if I'd buy it again but I'm not disappointed I did.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a massive beige head.

Vibrant, bright fruity hops burst through on the nose, but there is a little musty rug as well.

Bitter, dry but slightly tropical, with fresh green pine and actually, mostly strawberry.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, sticker on the plastic 4 pack holder, is marked "160330" So I assume this was canned 15 days ago.

Cans opens with a dankalicious aroma coming to light.

Pours clouded darker amber, oatmeal head is large, sturdy and lasting forever, leaving all sorts of thicker froth, collar and low sheeting.

Nose is, as mentioned above, is dank...sweaty, herbal, citric, resiny. heady sniff.

Big and bold brew, heavy hops, more then a little alcohol, sturdy malt under pinnings.

Tasty, but too much booze to make this anything but a "one and done" kinda offering

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Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised by this one - gets straight 4s from me. Solid, albeit unspectacular, West-Coast style boozy double/triple IPA. Solid stuff. like a poor man's Hoptimum.

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Photo of Butznutz
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

decent attempt at a west coast DIPA. Its got the dark amber hue and a good stink bouquet of piney hops and sweet fruit. the taste is okay for what it is trying to be...a bit bitter with a strong booziness covering up the beers hop quality. Decent brew but with many better offerings, especially out of Connecticut I don't know if I would buy this again

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Photo of dd43
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This double IPA is basically as advertised on the can. Big time malt backbone here, tropical fruit hop character with pine resin and some floral notes as well. This is a malt forward west coast style high clarity imperial IPA. Booze is moderate to high, I think Pioneer should consider making a lighter version of this beer dialing it down to 9-10%. There's some onion dankness as well, almost like a slightly less bitter Hop Stoopid. Fruit flavors are very ripe mango and peach. Like when the fruit gets squishy and super aromatic. This beer was good but style wise I prefer softer, unfiltered citrus forward east coast IPAs. Nevertheless, a decent beer that hop heads should try.

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Photo of JohnnyB
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Double California Style IPA. Whatever that is. Like the can says, Hoppy, Floral and Tropical. Huge floral aroma, great malt backbone and nice 77 IBU. One of the better IPA's out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 2, 2015.

It pours a cloudy and heady-orange color with lacing on the edge of the glass.

I start picking up the spicy aroma about 2 feet from my nose. It has some pungency. It is spice, pepper, licorice, a little floral and all on top of the toasted pale malt characters. No booze for 11%

Big body for a big beer.

Oh wait. Spoke too soon. The booze pronounces itself more in the flavor but there is still plenty of spice and pepper to go around to coat the back of my throat. Bitterness prevails at the end. I will rate it higher than others because of the big spice characters that I really liked.

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Photo of MenardMa
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I have considered buying bottles of this several times but have always passed because It seems they sit on shelves for a while.

Finally had it on tap today and found it to be extremely boozy, and lacking any really nice hoppy aroma or flavor. Blah.

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Photo of CTHomer
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; moderate lacing;

S: an off putting sourness with a touch of tropical fruit hoppiness and caramel malt in the background;

T: I feel like this beer wants to have a tropical fruit flavor profile, but the sourness is pushing that into the background; alcohol is very noticeable; no bitterness at all;

M: medium Bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I'm guessing that what I drank isn't what the brewer intended; no date on the bottle, so no telling how old it was;

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Photo of SweetChicken
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 22oz bottle to a tulip.

A - Loved the golden, orange color. Hazy. Little to no head. Appetizing. Took a little off due to an inordinate amount of suspended sediment.

S - Very appealing balance of smells. A little thin, but nice. Hints of orange peel, biscuits.

T - The initial taste was all biscuits and malts. The hops hides out for a while, sneaks in and finishes off quite nicely. When colder, it was really subtle. As this beer warms, the hoppy bitterness really comes through and puckers the taste buds.

M - I was surprised at how much carbonation comes out with such little head. Certainly not in a bad way. Not super-boozy for an 11% beer.

O - As a flyer of the shelf with no research or idea how this was going to go, I was pleasantly surprised. A decent go at a pretty hefty ABV from this brewer. Not the best west coast style, but a good effort.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from benbking (thanks man!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours a mildly orange hued gold with a fluffy white three finger head. Foam shrinks back to a halo with wisps of bubbles on the surface. A good bit of chunky lace left on the glass.

Smells of orange, mango/ papaya and faint shortbread. Thise aromas become much richer as it nears room temperature.

There is a very strong fusal alcohol component while still chilled. It fades as the brew warms and over the burn there are some nice notes of mandarin, mango, apricot, citrus rind, pepper, cracker, shortbread and a hint of caramel. I'm glad I took my time and let it warm a bit because things blend much better as the chill subsides. Still a tad hot but a nice mix of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Sticky, slick, medium body with fairly soft carbonation. Finishes with grapefruit peel, oranges, cookie and a nip of booze.

Despite being slightly heavy handed with the alcohol I found myself enjoying the latter half of the bottle. Once it warms and the aroma fills out, there is a richness and balance that I found pleasing. Not ground breaking but solidly crafted and enjoyable enough that a full bomber was no chore to put away. Worth a try, if not a hunt.

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Photo of KenRondo
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good kick as taste and alcohol blended well to satisfy any thirst quench.

Thought this beer represents the IPA genre well, just enough of bitter taste with slight citrus twist.

Me like well enough for the 4.25 rating. 1st beer rating hope to perform better in the future.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at the Hangar. Served in a snifter.

A: Mildly hazed, orange in color. Thick and creamy white head retains very well. Thick coating of lacing on the glass.

S: Pithy and tropical. Pulpy mango, apricot, and mandarin orange. Pithy. Shortbread and toast. Alcohol comes out as it warms.

T: Pithy hop tastes. Perhaps a touch vegetal. Hints of apricot and mango. Alcohol comes on strong. Caramel and heavy toast from the malt. Gritty hop finish with a wallop of alcohol.

M: Thick body. Hefty, but airy and creamy rather than sludgey. Moderately carbonated. Alcohol lays in a lot of warmth. Moderately astringent.

O: This one may have gotten away from them a little. Unpleasantly boozy.

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Photo of SpacingOutMan
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle. As with other Pioneer bottles, the artwork is very pretty with a great contrast between the artwork, text, and the bottle itself.

A: Great dark and hazy amber body with a beige creamy head; approximately 1/4" with great lacing. Carbonation is visibly strong and prevalent.

S: Sweet and ambrosial aroma that hits all of the hallmarks of a good-smelling beer: solid base of hops and sweet malt; a fruity twang that resembles a combination of citrus and hints of lemon balm; and a slight presence of some earthiness.

T: Definitely has a kick to every sip, though it's hard to say if it's the flavor alone or the mouth feel. The flavor profile doesn't necessarily match the smell but in this case, that's quite alright. While initially bitter and earthy, the citrus and mint-like herbal flavors definitely overcome the sudden "hit" of alcohol that is prevalent mid-sip. The sweetness of the beer is fleeting and only lasts a moment, but it provides a great median between the front- and back-end of the sip. The back-end of the sip ends just like it starts: a tad earthy, bitter, and a hint of spice.

M: Full-body IPA that had great carbonation. While the alcohol does provide a bit of a kick, it isn't overwhelming and most certainly doesn't take away from the flavor of the beer.

O: While I would definitely drink this beer again, it isn't very drinkable due to the high ABV and the bitterness can be a bit overwhelming as you drink more of it concurrently. The smell and taste are definitely better than your average beer so I highly recommend this beer for those looking to broaden their hoppy horizons.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the brewery/pub.

Creamy 1/2 finger head tries to fade but is reinforced by lots if bubbles rising up but eventually leaves some nice lacing, but never actually fades, over hazy reddish orange beer.

Nose is interesting, some candy sweet hop malt combo aromas, orange marmalade, some pineapple, candied ginger, hint of earthy hops and hint of tropical fruit, sweet reddish malts, raw malt mash aroma.

Taste starts with fresh hop pellets, light spicy, some earthy, and quite bitter. Chewy candied hops, the spiciness builds, candied orange and ginger surprisingly, light pineapple and hint of tangerine. Booze comes in mid palate with mostly warming feel but hint of tingle. Plenty of reddish sweet malts in the background, slightly juicy but not toasty, light caramel, helps to balance the bitterness before it explodes with astringency, which it tries to do. Finish is quite bitter, spicy earthy hops with light salty taste linger with a hint of sweet malt.

Mouth is fuller bodied, good carb, some warming but barely tingly booze.

Overall nice, there are plenty of hops, a big bitterness but decent malt base to back it up and keep it from taking off. Nice earthy spicy hops with a bit of citrus fruit, and sweet candied flavors, with a lower drinkabilty, but that's not what this beer is aiming at.

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The New Frontier Double California IPA from Connecticut Valley Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 100 ratings