Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA
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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (941) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2015
On tap at Cedar Creek Feb 2015. Pours amber with head and lace. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of straw hops, pine, white grapefruit juice. Overall rich and flavorful but a touch rough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3034) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2015
Pours a cloudy golden brown on tap with thin off-white head that leaves light lace. Aroma of resinous pine and big caramel malt. Taste follows, clean lasting bitterness. Booze is moderate, burns on the way down, but not crazy. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agl108 (935) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
On draft at Sharp Edge Brasserie. Poured amber with few splotches of lace. Big malty body with pine, grapefruit rinds, and some candi sugar. Tongue stripping finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2089) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - FEB 27, 2015
Draught. This is a nice little zippy IPA with lots of hop punch and a well rounded finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4678) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
On the cold weather Pgh tour of winter 2015 spring at bocktown robinson, part 2. Clear pale yellow. Some orange in there. Has a mild hint of that contemporary BO thing. Nice lacing tho. No co2 detectable. Taste is what else? IPA mouth coating pine ar thang. Not impressed. Mouth coating, terribly on style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7103) - Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2015
12/26/14. On tap at RIBCO. Orange pour with a nice khaki head, great lacing. Mild aroma, some citrus and pine, perfumey, a bit malty. Good flavor, citrus and pine, caramel, a bit malty, a little chalky. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1407) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Pours copper with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, sweet malts, caramel, grass hops, winter spices, and toasted bready malts. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, tasty and complex winter dipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (6168) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2015
10oz pour at Wingcraft in Atlantic City pours a hazy amber with some lacing white head. Nose has a lot of citrus pith, grapefruit pulp, piney, a little metallic. Flavor is pithy grapefruit and blood orange, pine, soap, some spruce. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2015
[Tap] Bright orange colored pour with a dense soapy head on top. Citrus, pine needles, resin and toffee in the nose. Pine sap, spruce, caramel, sweet oranges and mild alcohol in the taste. High levels of bitterness linger into the finish and come across as harsh at times. Sticky mouthfeel. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcon25 (309) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Draft pour at Mammoth. Dark copper pour. Hops and spice aroma. Solid IPA flavor with a well balanced hop taste.

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