Two Tun IPA
Mac and Jack's Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,738
Ranked #43,836
3.45 | pDev: 18.84%
Mac and Jack's Brewery
Washington, United States
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philbertk from Washington

2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Mac & Jack's Brewery--Redmond, WA--IPA. 7.00% ABV. 70 IBU's. Foamy lacy off white head. Clear bright rich pretty gold color. Earthy floral hop malt front. Malty creamy mellow sweet caramel doughy hint body. Clean bitter hop spice end. (4.0 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Seattle, Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/26/2010. Tasty hoppy flavor even dead taste buds!

Mac & Jack's Brewery 2011 Two Tun IPA. 4 oz. Taster @ Fremont, Seattle Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival on 4/2/2011. 7.00% ABV. 70 IBU's. Foamy lacy white head. Clear bright rich amber color. Big herbal floral hop front. Dry sweet thin textured toasted caramel hop resin rich piney body. Dry bitter hop spice end. Hoppy, but totally unbalanced with missing malt. (2.0 / 5.0)

Oct 19, 2010
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woemad from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Apr 09, 2012
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is light for an IPA. It is orange and faded but has a big head.

Smell – The deep, rich, citrus notes mated well with the grainy backbone and a small hint of caramel sweetness.

Taste – The bitter, rindy orange came across nicely at the tongue. The grain was smooth and balanced the hops quite well.

Mouthfeel – This IPA was light to medium-bodied and a bit on the dry side. There was little to no sugar on the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability – This one was easy enough. The hops were a bit light for the style though and the grain made things a little clumsy.

Aug 23, 2004
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John_M from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass of this at the African Lounge at Seatac airport.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. This is undoubtedly the darkest looking IPA I have ever seen. The nose is very sweet and malty, but with some underlying citrus as well. This smells like no IPA I've ever had before. The flavors replicate the nose, though I guess there's enough underlying citrus to call this an IPA. However, the sweet malt completely dominates this beer, which is something I generally don't like to see in an IPA. The beer comes across as moderately sweet, but thankfully dries out a bit on the finish. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and alcohol seems to be pretty well disguised. There's some sort of odd flavor in the finish that I'm not entirely liking, but it's not too distracting.

This is an OK IPA, but certainly is nothing special. It's a bit hoppier then the african amber, but not very. Can't say I'm hugely impressed by this beer.

Dec 02, 2008
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bensiff from Washington

1.28/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Mac and Jacks reformulated their IPA from what was once a nice super hoppy version of thier African Amber. Now it resembles a slightly darker version of Budweiser which should be a clue as hoppy beers are rarely nice and clear like that. I first had the reformulation at a Red Robins and sent it back because it had horrible diacetyl issues. I even talked to the manager about how bad it was. Go forward a few months later and I decided to give it another go at yet another Red Robins. Again, it was a diacetyl nightmare of buttered popcorn crap. I'm really surprised that as long as Mac and Jack's has been in business they would let kegs this horribly messed up go out their doors. The diacetyl virtually destroyed the hops so I cannot even comment on the the flavor in the slightest other than gross ass artificial butter. The smell was also horribly flawed with the diacetyl. The only thing it had going for it was it looked nice in a glass. This second beer I too sent back for an African Amber which was as good as usual.

Apr 12, 2011
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RedDiamond from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mac & Jack's dry-hops this ale in every keg they produce - I believe with Cascade hops. My sample at the brewery captured this bright nose of herbaceous joy in all its glory though there was little left of it when I invaded my growler two days later.

Behind the hop aroma comes a wall of malt sugars on a warm, orange-amber body that's a touch darker than most IPAs. The white head is tall, abundant lace plasters the glass, and the mouthfeel is notably fluffy and relaxed - almost cottony. The taste delivers decisive bittering with a dry, graphite finish that works unexpectedly well. Hop flavor is initially abundant but passes without being defining. It's as though beyond the hops there's a pale ale in waiting, and beyond the pale... well, who knows what's beyond the pale?

No, this isn't an acrobat IPA. But it is a friendly one, especially as it warms. Though M&J brews very little of this beer, I certainly wouldn't turn one down if given the chance.

Mar 13, 2009
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henrysunset from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a new beer from the folks who brought us th amazing "african amber." It sounds like they have created this mellow IPA to please the masses who have been demanding IPA's more and more. I got a 1/2 gallon growler from the brewery, as it isn't widely available just yet.

Clear and golden with slight carbonated bubblies, and a head very light tan leaving lacing on the rim. floral hoppiness, not too bitter, wheaty and citrusy nose, and a hint of yeastiness.

lovely wheatiness, bite int he back of the throat, pretty mellow with noticeable floral flavor. Positioned as a IPA for everyone to love, not the HopHeads choice award.

a bit astringent and almost chalky. Well within what i'm used to of IPA's but not outstandingly smooth. bitterness is well under control and balance is very good. I could drink this all day (don't mind if I do.. )

Jul 01, 2004
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kevinglin from Germany

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden with little head retention. Didn't get a huge hop aroma I'd expect in an IPA though did get some citrus notes. Fairly bitter with a pronounced lingering bitterness, which is heightened by semi-dry finish. Overall refreshing - a decent brew while waiting to catch a flight out of SeaTac.

Jan 14, 2012
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Hobbit from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Aug 02, 2013
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Dubbercody from Washington

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler my dad brought back from the brewery. Nice golden honey color with some orange leanings. Smells like a resiny hop, with citrus and some yeast. The flavor brings caramel and some hops, but not a hoppy bitter bomb I expect from a "NW IPA". Very drinkable, not overwhelmed by hops in such a way it's almost hard to drink. Great beer, thanks dad.

Feb 25, 2008
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sprucetip from Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Sea-Tac, and way too cold when it was poured. Pours amber with some copper highlights, hazy (chill), moderate head with some retention and thick lacing. SMELL got better at as it warmed. Piny and citrusy hops, solid backing malty base balances well. A slight sourness that reminds me of Anchor's "our holiday ale." TASTE is hope dominated but not wickedly out of balance. Fairly aggressive piny/citrusy hop profile up front. never quite sweet, but strong maltyness balances. FEEL medium body, fairly benign. Finish pretty clean, but with some lingering bitterness. OVERALL drinks easy. Solid representation of NW IPA, and found in an airport!

Oct 01, 2009
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barleywinefiend from Washington

2.21/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a light amber color, hazy, some bubbles and a dirty white cap

S: Simple. Caramel and some floral notes.

T: Like a mix of caramel, lightly toasted grains, citrus and floral notes. This beer tasted rather muddy and not so fresh.

M: Lighter to medium body, not crisp and nothing really above average

O: Pretty mundayne and unappealing and that is being polite

Jun 02, 2011
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GJ40 from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Mac & Jack's Africa Lounge in the Seattle airport.

A - Amber and hazy with a moderate beige head.

S - Caramel malts, floral hops and yeast.

T - A nice citrusy bitterness balanced with a toast and caramel flavor from the malts. A slight metallic flavor in the finish.

M - A thin to moderate consistency that was nothing special but had no major flaws. A nice low carbonation.

D - Nice flavors. Smooth and easy to drink.

Jun 06, 2009
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bundy462 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jun 28, 2017
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jmccraney from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Sep 24, 2012
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johnnyboy76 from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Aug 31, 2013
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adkieffer from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Oct 05, 2012
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irishgreensoda from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Nov 20, 2012
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Smurf2055 from Washington

1.98/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Wing Central on the Ave in the U district. Aroma was strong, citrus and hops galore. Appearance was orange to dark yellow with about a centimeter of off-white head. Tastes like a typical hop bomb. I am pretty sure there’s Simcoe hops in this one. Bitter with a strong bite. Palate was nicely carbonated. Very bitter. Goes down easy enough. Overall, I would classify it with the rest of the typical North West hop bombs. It’s a shame because I’m a big fan of their Amber. Not for me.

Jan 29, 2012
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UpstateNYhophead from Washington

4/5  rDev +15.9%

Dec 01, 2011
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strongaf from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Jun 25, 2012
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tastymug from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

May 24, 2014
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DMB from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Sep 08, 2013
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powdersoldier from Washington

4/5  rDev +15.9%

Sep 12, 2013
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tyjudd from Idaho

3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Duck Brand in Winthrop. Poured a hazy orange with little head. Moderate lacking. The nose was not as hoppy as I thought perhaps even overwhelmed by the sweet maltiness. The taste was also not the hop bomb as others had said. Malt forward with the hops kicking in about halfway. Not enough bitterness in the finish for my taste.

Jun 30, 2015
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