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Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA

Willimantic Pushing The Envelope IPA
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An aggressively hopped India Pale ale with Chinook, Tomahawk, Simcoe and Ahtanum hops.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Sample, GLBN IPA Challenge 2010. End of bottle sample, 3-4oz. Slightly murky darker golden pour. Big citrusy hop aroma, well balanced IPA, great hop flavor. Looking forward to trying more from this brewery

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Growler. Aroma kind of odd and grassy with crackery malt. Flavor though reassuring with plenty of citrus and somewhat tropical fruitiness along with cracker/bread malt. A mixed bag overall for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor (3370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a murky dirty light brown with a small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, hop resins, grassy hops, mango. Flavor of rich caramel malt, plenty of grapefruit, citrus, and other light fruits with an almost tangy finish. Great IPA, so drinkable and enjoyable!! 8/4/9/4/17 [4.2/5]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Old cleaned up notes: Pours amber and hazy with a thin white head. Smells of citrus and caramel. Tastes of grapefruit, melon, merangue, some coriander, spicy. Nice blend of hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (555) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Very sweet. Sugary. Not really malty. Sticky sweet pine and citrus. Very similar to their IIPA, so much that I wondered if they gave me the wrong beer for a moment. Very full, chewy and smooth palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2006
Very dirty orange copper body (almost opaque) with a small off-white head. Intense aroma of fruity and foresty hops. Taste is this big dirty fruity hops soup. Orangy, leafy, foresty, citrusy, grassy, blablaly… Just about all kinds of big american hop flavours in one big mess. The nice full body indicates a strong malt content but I didn’t taste it, and I didn’t care. This is an over-the-top hoppy beer that is… well… pushing the envelop.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A sheet of foam stands atop the murky amber-brown.
-Rhubarb fruitiness, tea-like herbal leafiness, and resinous earthiness once again create a completely personable, unique aroma for an IPA.
-Leafy and citrusy hops harmoniously coexist with the rhubarb and strawberry fruitiness.
-Mouthfeel is creamy despite the fact that this is heavily unfiltered; the soft effervescence must help.

What if you dig deeper?
-Oranges and blades of grass fly about the palate.
-Malt is certainly there, but doesn’t contribute much flavorwise; this is a hop fest.
-I got excited for a while there, because I thought this was going to be the rare and well-rated Extreme version of this beer, but after having tasted it, I cannot be disappointed. This is yet another superb, intrinsic IPA from Willimantic.

On tap at the brewpub.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Damn, this is just a hop assault. I had this after a couple pints of Husky IPA and still got the puckered "holy hell this is bitter" face. This was just tapped the day I had it, and came a murky muddy dark orangish color. Aroma was strong piney, citrussy hops, that twinged at my nosehairs. Flavor starts with some hop sweetness and some mild malt sweetness, then turns very aggressively bitter. Finishes with an attack of pine needles, grapefruit, and orange peels. This is an absolute must have! Finishes very dry, and remains remarkably drinkable. Only 6.5%? Awesome. Hopped with Chinooks, Simcoes, Tomahawks, and Ahtanum. Yikes.


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