Mystic Brewery - NE IPAs

Discussion in 'New England' started by HilltopBeer, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. kinopio

    kinopio Aspirant (248) Apr 30, 2009 Massachusetts

    I worry that if they don't expand they will continue to go from a brewery that made many styles to an IPA factory.
     
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  2. gclaw4444

    gclaw4444 Initiate (88) Jul 30, 2015 Massachusetts
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    They seem to be going hard with the milkshake IPAs and other IPA recipes. Looking at the website they've had like 4 non-IPAs in cans. I guess that's what sells, but no way am i going to pick up that stuff.
     
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  3. AirBob

    AirBob Defender (614) Jul 15, 2014 Massachusetts

    Unless I'm misunderstanding, I think you're in the minority when it comes to traveling to a brewery to pick-up IPAs.

    Also, it seems like Mystic's distro has picked up quite a bit over the last 6 months. I purchase most of my beer at Vinnin in Swampscott and Mystic is available semiregularly.
     
  4. Sweatshirt

    Sweatshirt Disciple (307) Jan 27, 2014 New Hampshire
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    I do really like thier IPAs. Much more I wish they kept a bit truer to what they had been. I was a regular for years and a frequent visitor even after moving to the north shore and then to NH. I haven't been since they joined the monoculture and the draft list became homogenous. I still support them but would like to see a better balance.
     
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  5. oldbean

    oldbean Aspirant (265) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    I'm also bummed about this. It seems like they've even stopped putting out the barrel aged stuff lately, which is super weird to me. They put out a 2016 vintage of Ventus but not a '17, or '18 as of yet.
     
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  6. gclaw4444

    gclaw4444 Initiate (88) Jul 30, 2015 Massachusetts
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    I meant more that i wouldnt pick up their IPAs in general, but yea i dont think i'll be going to the brewery either. Last time i did i was delayed by the metal scrapyard and people getting out of their cars to fist fight. Going to Tree House has been easier than going to Chelsea.
    I do really love their can and bottle art, but i havent seen much of them in stores except for their IPAs and table beer.
     
  7. Capt_Quint

    Capt_Quint Initiate (112) May 29, 2015 Massachusetts

    Seems they’re looking for a head brewer. Not sure if that means anything about anything related to the expansion.
     
  8. PourMeAMischiefBrew

    PourMeAMischiefBrew Initiate (31) Dec 8, 2017 Massachusetts

    I heaed their head brewer left to become a plumber
     
  9. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (762) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Makes sense, it's a natural transition.
     
  10. matthewp

    matthewp Initiate (150) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts

    Really? I have never had a problem getting to their brewery. I usually go by them when I go to the airport rather than pay the toll (I also stop in at Mystic or the other breweries in the area). When the casino opens on the other hand I'm not sure how easy it will be to get to that area.

    I'm still hoping to see some sort of expansion from them and also hoping the expansion will give them the ability to add a little more variety into their lineup. They obviously need to brew what sells to make money but I would love to see some more beers like Day of Doom or other styles.
     
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  11. Foamykeg

    Foamykeg Initiate (45) Jan 24, 2013 Massachusetts

    Anyone know what’s going on over there? They used to release a new IPA every Friday, but haven’t in a few weeks. They also don’t have any IPAs on tap at the brewery. I saw they were looking for a head brewer, so maybe that’s it????
     
  12. AMW

    AMW Initiate (75) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts

    Appears they took some time off and have 2 new releases tomorrow.
     
  13. JonnyJuicebox

    JonnyJuicebox Initiate (140) Jun 3, 2015 Massachusetts

    Tropical Chelsea is a special one...I hate comparing to other breweries but this is a dead ringer for a top shelf Treehouse...if someone told me I was drinking a King Julius I would believe it. Bubblegum, mangoes, super soft.

    It's still crazy to me that a brewery that didn't really touch IPA's just one day said "yeah we can do that too" and started churning out some of the best neipa in the state.
     
  14. juliolugo

    juliolugo Initiate (74) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

    Couldn’t agree more with all of this. Tropical Chelsea is one of their best thus far.
     
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  15. Piels25

    Piels25 Initiate (164) Dec 17, 2013 Massachusetts
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    First words out of my mouth when I had the first sip today, "this tastes like Julius...but it's a double!"
     
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  16. JonnyJuicebox

    JonnyJuicebox Initiate (140) Jun 3, 2015 Massachusetts

    Me Too! "Oh they've cracked the Julius code"
     
  17. kjs717

    kjs717 Initiate (43) Aug 22, 2013 Massachusetts

    I agree, this is julius...maybe a little sweeter and a little more abv...that's why I'm baffled by the low ratings on untapped...one guy gave this a 2.5 and Julius a 5 a few days apart. Please brew more Mystic
     
  18. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (762) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Wouldn’t it be better the other way around? If it had a lower ABV and tasted like a double?

    While I do love Mystic’s IPAs, it would be cool to see someone create something new or the “next big thing” rather than “crack the Julius code”.
     
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  19. juliolugo

    juliolugo Initiate (74) Jun 22, 2015 Massachusetts

    Nah. While I like a good session beer, sometimes I just want to sip one beer and tie on a nice buzz. DIPAs have a place in my drinking regimen.
    The flavor profile of Tropical Chelsea is an anomaly in the IPAs they’ve released so far. I feel like their IPAs, this one notwithstanding, stand out among (and above) the other local NEIPA producers (Trillium, Tree House, Idle Hands, etc.). I appreciate that they are continuing to experiment with their IPA line, rather than develop a house recipe and then just switch out hops. No knock on the Position series, love those. Just glad they do more.
     
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  20. matthewp

    matthewp Initiate (150) Feb 27, 2015 Massachusetts

    To me the three things that make Julius are the mouthfeel, the immediate taste, and the lingering hop taste. I've had other beers that remind me of Julius and maybe they hit one or two of those. Even Tree House seems to have a hard time hitting all three these days as they continue to adjust to the volumes they make of their beers. I had the King Julius from April of this year and felt like it was a bit light on the third piece. What truly struck me though was the mouthfeel that no one really hits. I'm hoping to get my hands on some of this before its all gone.

    In truth though Tree House reportedly doesn't use oats to get their unique mouthfeel, though I guess who cares?
     
  21. DarthCerevisiae

    DarthCerevisiae Initiate (42) Jan 13, 2016 Massachusetts

    It's almost as if a lot of people have no idea what they're actually talking about :slight_smile:
     
  22. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (762) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Or people have different palates.
     
  23. kjs717

    kjs717 Initiate (43) Aug 22, 2013 Massachusetts

    ...or it's a super secret TH/Mystic collaboration...project King Monson Julius
     
  24. DarthCerevisiae

    DarthCerevisiae Initiate (42) Jan 13, 2016 Massachusetts

    Yeahhh I know I know.. I just tend to skew towards glass half empty with these things and assume the anonymous raters are just hazebois who are on the Mystic bandwagon now and have never appreciated or even tried a Table Beer for the amazing beer that it is. Or a good pils, or Aventinus, or SNPA, anything other than IPAs and pastry stouts. However, palates and subjectivity aside, Tropical is for sure one of the best hoppy offerings they have come out with.
     
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  25. AMW

    AMW Initiate (75) Jan 13, 2013 Massachusetts

    Mystic New England Style Brut IPA?
     
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  26. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (762) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Ha, I almost said, "Something like a Brut IPA". Not that I've had one yet.