Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA
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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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).

mrhopsbeertalk's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (253) - 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 14/20
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, deep ruby red color with dark apricot edges and a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Really nice color. Earthy, slightly floral aroma with spicy, grassy hop notes and resinous oils followed by subtle fruit sweetness and a strong malt backbone. Fresh cut grass, pine needle and dank oily buds followed by biscuit malt and dark fruit notes. Slight peppery spice character with vinous grape, sour cherry and plum. A bit malty for my preference but the dark fruit and spice presence add another dimension. Full body with a strong malt backbone countering the bitter, earthy hop presence. Very hop forward with dry resins giving off sticky pine and earthy grass flavor. Dank buds, resinous oils, pine needle and delicate spice but lacks citrus/tropical fruit sweetness. Thankfully the malt backbone makes up for this. Very sweet and only slightly roasted with some caramel, biscuit and fleshy dark fruit notes. Some nice wintry spice as well with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Vinous fruit with dark cherry, plum and sweet berries . Nicely balanced but lacking complexity in the hop department. Also, the malt presence is heavier than I prefer but it’s an appropriate beer for the season. I just don’t think I would want more than one in an evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (961) - 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 (3188) - 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 (939) - 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 (2126) - 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 (4753) - 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 (7112) - 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 (1470) - 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 (6342) - 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.

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