Pioneer The New Frontier Double California IPA | Pioneer Beer Company

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Pioneer The New Frontier Double California IPAPioneer The New Frontier Double California IPA

Brewed by:
Pioneer Beer Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 87
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of ShrubCHTL
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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 acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpacingOutMan
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Uconnelmo
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
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 Hos
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dd43
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ThickNStout
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 JohnnyB
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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 MenardMa
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
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 Beeahluvah
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of pioneerbeer
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of rockrob
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Userme59
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't enjoy this the first time, but much better with my second bottle. Settled on an average rating.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of GuitarIPA
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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