Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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).

mrhopsbeertalk's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (137) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3746) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 10, 2014
Draught @ Brouwer’s Cafe, Seattle, WA

Pours reddish amber with a thick white head. Aroma of ripe fruits, berries, caramely malts, spices, toffee, fudge and wood. Taste is heavy, complex, malty and sweetish with some toffee, fudge, berries, grassy hops and ripe fruits. Finish is lingering bitter, grassy and malty with some berries and ripe fruits. Quite massive and heavy. Feels more like an American Strong Ale than a DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nakedwhendrunk (2081) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 12, 2014
Reviewed from notes. From my AZ trip. The appearance had a semi dark red sort of amber color. Bar pour leads to a one finger white foamy head that dies to leave some white cling lacing. The smell started off light caramel leading to bitter hops, nothing overly done and extremely inviting. The taste was a bittersweet all the way through to lead to a super nice bittersweet caramel bitter hops aftertaste, dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium in body, somewhat sessionable, and the carbonation is right on for the style and for me. Overall, I say this is a good AIPA that I would have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crackedmachine (471) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2014
On tap at SDM. Lightly hazy pale copper with thick white head. Nice aroma: sweet citrus and some caramel malt. Flavor amplifies the elements in the aroma. All of the hop characteristics come through excellently - tropical fruit, citrus - along with complementary, mild, tastefully sweet malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Draft at Taste of Tops, served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of off-white head. Notes of grapefruit, caramel, leaves, grass, straw, and tea. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a moderately bitter, leafy mouthfeel. Fairly simple for a Lost Abbey beer. Good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Sweet, lychee, bright peaches, pears, a little bit of chewy-sticky malts, good body. Has a very bright aroma with simcoey orange. A panoply of hop characteristics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - FEB 24, 2014
On tap at the brewery
Clear amber with a medium sized beige head and good lacing. Aroma is fruity and citrus. Taste is fruity, sweet caramel and pine
Nice and clean

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pour on tap at Black Bottle, hazy golden-orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of nice pine, grass, hints of orange peel, lemon into a bit of caramel, biscuity notes, slight spice in there as well. Taste was a mix of grass, pine, spice and floral notes into some orange, grapefruit and lemon peel, caramel, toffee come through, finishing bitter, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (756) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
On tap at Whole Foods. Pours a hazy amber color with a bit of head. Mild full hop flavor but easy going. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (687) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Ok tap @ Noble Fir. Been wanting to try this one for a while. Pours slightly cloudy dark reddish amber with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and a decent amount of earthy floral hops. Taste is big caramel malt, pretty sweet, followed by a hugely bitter hoppy finish. Some nice earthy hop notes but honestly dominated by the bitterness. Works well with the big sweet malt though. A bit odd, but I liked it.

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