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Willimantic II IPA
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Unfiltered Double IPA hopped with Warrier, Galena & Pride of Ringwood then dry hopped with Millimioum.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Growler generously shared by jjpm74 at his gathering. Poured a cloudy golden with a creamy white head. Rich hoppy aroma of pine, grass, and a bit of orange. Really nice. Flavor is somewhat yeasty with notes of grapefruit rind, orange, and some grass. Nice bitterness, yet not overflowing with hop flavor. Although the taste did not live up to the aroma, it was still a tasty double IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Sampled from a growler on 9/20/06: Pours a clear copper orange with a nicely-lacing white head. Has a sweet caramel and fresh piny grapefruity hoppy aroma. Body starts lightly sweet but very bitter without much flavoring hops. Finishes pretty dry and bittersweet. Could use less bittering hops and more flavoring hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2006
Slightly cloudy copper body with a medium long-lasting off-white head. Typical strong american ale aroma of alcohol, slightly roasted malts and a hint of hops. Rather strong alcohol presence made for a taste that felt more malty than hoppy. Taste was mainly warm malt caramel with some light wooden hops flavours. Mild-medium bitterness. Alcohol felt at least 8.8%, maybe more. Solid beer but not very flavourful. While I was at the brewpub I had three excellent IPAs. It’s ironic that the double IPA was half as good as a regular IPA (it mathematically evens out I guess).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
Any first impressions?
-Creamy lacing is painted atop the glowing pale amber.
-Sandy, wooden hoppiness, and light biscuity maltiness fail to attract the nostrils.
-A rough flavor profile still hits efficiently, as oranges, sand, and toast ferociously tango with their targeted tastebuds.
-Well-malted and properly carbonated, this mouthfeel has a severity to it which some might tiring.

What if you dig deeper?
-Soaring sandy, piney hop bitterness has little malt support to ease its fierce approach.
-A more constructive malt apport would have been soothing here.
-This is a surprisingly average Double IPA from Willimantic; maybe this hop experiment is just not of the right lineage to please my tastebuds.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2830) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Sampler size sample. An odd take on the dIPA style, this poured with the usual head and with decent lacing. The aroma was of citrus and light pine. The flavor, while it had citrus and pine elements, was lacking a malty rich base that many a dIPA is known to have. The flavor offerred by the malts was also minimal, yet some sort of an odd character was underneat the hops, some funny candy-like aspect? The alcohol was well hidden, hard to believe a dIPA. A decent brew by a brewery that doesn’t confine itself to style guides.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Growler at JJPM’s palce summer 07. Pours a hazy light orange and a thin lasting head- good lace. Aroma is initially orangey andpine hops whcih are nice but you also get some DMS and vegetal components. Light resins and citrus flavors, pine sap, orange peel, and a light caramel sweeetness- light toast- good bitter finish with more herbal notes in the end. Finishes clean as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Growler thanks to mkgrenwel. Poured a golden color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with a good amount of citrus, sweaty and earthy hops. I thought it was fairly balanced with the sweetness. For me with an IIPA I like unbalance with a huge forward hop profile. But still very good. Nice mixture of malt and hops. Moderate bitterness on the finish. Pretty drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6331) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Pours gold with a white head. Smells hoppy with some basic underlying malt. Taste is on the bitter side with some floral elements. Not as balanced as other IIPAs I’ve tried from them.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Growler shared by jjpm74. Golden hazy in color with a nice white head. Hoppy citrusy malty aroma. Piny, orange notes. Malty and hoppy flavor. Orange and grapefruit citrus notes. Nice. Sweet tasting. Finish is bitter. Medium bodied. Nice beer. Drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - SEP 29, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Clear gold with a big white head. A solid sweet caramel is bludgeoned with grapefruit, pepper. Intensely bitter, but not overly sharp - the bitterness builds on you. Very good!


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