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Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA
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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Already in the Holiday Spirit, The Lost Abbey will be releasing its latest addition to its seasonal lineup, Merry Taj IPA. With a release date preceding Thanksgiving each year, Merry Taj IPA will be an extra-hoppy Holiday IPA, a first on The Lost Abbey roster.
With an already established Holiday beer like Gift of the Magi (Strong Bier de Garde w/ Brett), The Lost Abbey wanted to give its brewers (who already make exceptional hoppy beers) a chance to do something with this year’s new hops. Merry Taj IPA was able to take advantage of some of the freshest hops available, harvested in September, and will feature five different varieties (Chinook, Centennial, Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe) used throughout the brewing process.Merry Taj IPA begins with an aroma of crisp floral notes of citrus rind and tropical fruit. Initial flavors of clean sweet caramel malt will give way to a spicy bitterness on the finish thanks to the addition of the Simcoe hops. Merry Taj IPA will not be bottled, only kegged, to get the beer out to consumers as quickly as possible.The name “Merry Taj IPA” pays homage to the holiday celebrations going on from sea to sea, encapsulating the hope of a new year as we inch closer and closer to 2014. It’s also a play on a term from the wine world, Meritage, which loosely translated means: A damn fine blend (of hops in this case).


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9826) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Samples from the tap at Chuck’s Hop Shop. Pours a clear amber with a slight copper hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of bitter grapefruit with a touch of resin and sweet grains. Flavor has more of an earthy citrus note with some resin and a bit of grapefruit.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WillRunForBeer (2125) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2016
On tap at Grill Next Door. Hoping that the deScription is old, and that this wasn’t brewed prior to Thanksgiving! Pours amber gold with an off white head. Aroma is malty, some citrus, some floral. Malty caramel base with mild citrus, grassy bitterness in the finish. I’d rather drink a Meritage.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9504) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Draft at Capone’s. Hazy straw pour with off-white head. Nose was heavy hops, floral, mango, tangerine. Tastes hoppy, citric, with well balanced malt, well hidden alcohol, hops, tropical citrus, and a smooth finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (7229) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2016
On tap at Haymarket. Copper with a small head. Aroma and taste of hops, pineapple, some perfume and hints of malt. Also some caramel. The finish was bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (3323) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 7, 2016
Tap at The Hopping Pig. Deep fruity nose, a bit sweaty. Very complex fruit flavors, peaches and dates and maybe carrots (!). Seems to have some spice. Medium body. Very pleasant stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2569) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 Draft at Monks and later Khyber Pass. Hazy copper pour with frothy off-white foam. Complex earthy grassy citrus hops. Sweet caramel malts. Moss. Green banana peels. Pips and pith. Parsley. Palm. Pine. Plums. Purple passionfruit. 1 part sour. 3 parts sweet. 6 parts bitter. Over the top. Feels harsher than it needs to be - but not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (2664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Finally a decent beer in my extensive flight. Very citruscy flavors with a sweet malt backbone. Pours reddish copper in color with a cream thick head. Had at haymarket.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (2349) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Tap at lost abbey, san marcos. Copper color, white head. Light aroma has malts and hops, some caramel notes. Sweet malty taste, caramel, fruity hops. Hoppy end.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1651) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Tap. Pours a darker amber with a layer of light tan head. Aroma and taste of nice bittering hops, thick bready malt backbone, and pine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4059) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Draft at Mayor of Old Town. Clear deep copper-amber color with a white head. Citrus and tropical fruit aroma. The flavor is sticky, hoppy, malty with caramel and a fruity hop finish. Medium-plus, somewhat syrupy body. Overall pretty good.


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