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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
Drake (14057) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2017
Keg at Firkin Libertyville. Dark red, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toffee, cherries, orange. Taste is pine, resin, citrus, toffee. Medium bodied.

3.5
anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2017
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty grassy hoppy aroma. Fruity malty grassy hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty grassy hoppy bitter finish.

3.8
dnstone (3482) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Deep golden color white head. Fresh piney hop aroma. Sticky deep hop and moderately strong malt backbone. Notes: On tap at Lost Abbey Confessional Feb ’17)

3.6
jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Draft. Cloudy amber body with a frothy-turning fizzy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toasted grain, grapefruit, pine, citrus, floral hops. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Taste of caramel, earthy citrus, light wood. Nice complexity. Interesting beer.

3.7
SinH4 (6113) - Garching b. M?nchen, GERMANY - JAN 19, 2017
Tap. Copper color with small eggshell head. Aroma is piney, butter, caramel, lychee and floral hops. Taste is thick caramel malts, butter, canned peaches and lychee, with a distinctly bitter finish and aftertaste of toffee and fruits. Quite intense, not perfectly balanced, but the fruit character is very interesting and intense, most often it can’t cut through such a body.

3.9
douglas88 (9568) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2017
On tap at the Tin Bucket. Pours a copper almost dark reddish brown color with a medium white head. A big citrus and toast nose. Rich pine, caramel, toffee,sweet malts, a big Barley like IPA, and it is very nice.

3.8
onceblind (10289) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Deep slightly hazy copper with a thin sticky beige cap. Thick floral slightly citric hoppy nose with bready caramalts and a nice resin tone. Fresh and balanced flavor with leafy dank hops and a caratoffee bready backbone. A little boozy and full but balanced with big floral and leafy hop tones.

3.7
tmoreau (4579) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2016
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and dispensed to a snifter showing a clear, copper color, with a finger’s width of soft white head foam, and sheet-like spray as lacing. The nose was expressive, fruity perfume of citrus as grapefruit & orange, some pit fruit and tropical scent, and malt sweetness. Medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar fruitiness, earthy, rind-like, and citrusy bitterness, smoothed by a touch of tempering malt. Alcohol was nicely incorporated & mellowing. A solid DIPA, regardless of the season.

3.9
pablo951 (683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2016
He it tap at Bad Apple. Pours a clear deep copper hue with streaky lacing and a thin white head. Strong piney aroma and a malt piney hop taste. Help me Obi Wab Kenobi, you’re my only hope.

3.4
raphael (1286) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Was excited top see some Lost Abbey’s for sale at Belmont Station--until today I hadn’t seen any of their beer in Oregon, only WA. & had to try the one on tap. Started out hopefully, a thick khaki head on bright orange brow. aroma a mix of resin, orange and caramel. Then the taste, and Disappointment--an opening hint of coconut is intriguing, but then this metallic, beyond grapefruit rind bitterness slams down, with alcohol & a little smoke. A little too smooth in the palate. Some good aspects, but the harsh bitterness is inexcusable.


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