Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA
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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).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (159) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
A solid XMas IPA probably just a bit past it’s prime for this tasting. Very mild aroma. Clean crisp and bitter with only soft hop flavors and slightly nutty malt notes in the mix. This reminds me a little of Port’s High Tide but with amped up malt flavors from something like Marris Otter or Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdb288 (581) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Drat at Winberie’s. Hop-centric and solid. Lots of fresh pine/spruce aroma from the aroma to the body of the beer. Got some pineapple and tangerine in the taste. Crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3365) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 21, 2014
Dark Amber color. Spicy hoppy nose with some excellent malt character. Mouth is full, Chewy and spicy. Full rich and balanced with nice spicy hoppy finish. Drinks lighter than 8%. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (666) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Draft pour at the taphouse. Pours a dark amber color with a nice hoppy aroma. Tasty imperial here, but nothing that completely stands out. Bitter finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10073) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Tap at the brewery. Pours clear copper with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast and grain malt, earthy, pine and resin hops with pear esters and peppery alcohol. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, supporting crisp malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (635) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Tap sampler at Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. A very good IPA with lots of spice and a very fresh taste. Interesting from many angles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1376) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Nice IPA but had a hint of smoke so not sure in the glass. The golden color and the nice head and fragrance were fine so may need to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
This poured a hazy light orange with a white head. Aroma was of grapefruit and catty hops. Flavor similar, fairly bitter west coast style old school style, good.not great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1082) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
On tap at the new Eureka burger in Irvine. Pours a very deep orange/red with a small tan head. Aroma is slightly pine and peach forward. Taste is very malt forward. Much too much for my liking. Some moderate citrus and pine needle at the finish. Not overly bitter but heavy and big feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (992) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Ruddy brown pour, medium off white head. Aroma is grassy with light notes of caramel and tropical fruit. Flavor is caramel, dried fruits, booze, and maybe a hint of coconut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1085) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
On tap at Capone’s. Pours a copper orange color with a decent foam head. Aroma of caramel and pine. A really malt forward IPA. Not enough hop kick for me to justify the malt level.

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