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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Conform to the bitter expectations of your standard India Pale Ale? Not us. We pair the juicy, tropical flavors of Azacca hops with whole-cone spicy, piney Chinook to create a rounded bitterness. A hoppy, aroma-forward delight that will appeal to both IPA lovers and those who don’t think they like IPAs…yet.

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3.5
Maverick34 (3311) - New York, USA - OCT 25, 2017
Pours a cloudy yellow in Williamsburg from draft at Second Street. A fair amount of citrus, bittter finish. OK

3.7
BierMeHoos (650) - Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2017
Where: Virginia Beer Company, Williamsburg, VA.
How: Sampler pour on tap.
Clear, orange-amber tap pour to pint glass. Thin visible carbonation, but feel is normative. Aroma is subtle, citrus and a touch of pine. The flavor profile matches. Low hop astringency, but tangerine and grapefruit flavors are support by solid malt base. This was easy to enjoy. I would order it regularly.

4
GenDV138 (7759) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2017
Draft pour at Aslin's 2 year anniversary event. Hazy orange with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, floral notes. Tastes of citrus, floral notes, tropical fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
rougeau13 (3227) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Super hazy orange copper with a resilient milky cream colored head. Citrusy and tropical aroma. Juicy fruity, moderately bitter taste. Medium bodied; dry. Heavy lace.

3.9
DiarmaidBHK (5946) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2017
Can from the bier garden Portsmouth. Pours yellow and cloudy with a white head. Leave a lot of lacing in the glass. A fair amount of citrus on the nose. Lots of pine and citrus on the tongue. Finished with a fair amount of bitterness. Nice!

3.6
nimbleprop (8792) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2017
12oz can pours a hazy yellow with some frothy, white head. Standard nose, some lemon, tangerine, some pineapple. Flavor follows, orange, tangerine, grass, soap, pineapple. Finished dry, bitter.

4
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2017
From notes. Had a pint of this on draft at Calypso’s in Virginia Beach on May 24. The pour is more orangey golden color with a thick white head that falls down pretty quickly and leaves a decent soapy lace behind. The aroma is pretty damn good. The juiciness is lovely. It’s got a lot of citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of hop bitterness and just a touch of pine resin. There is a little bit of a malt on the back end, but other than that, this is excellent. The flavor is much of the same. The citrus and tropical fruits are huge and juicy. The leafy hops and a light bittering pine resin really come through on the back end for balance. The malts are still there, but it’s pretty good. The mouth feel is light and clean with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly bitter and juicy citrus. Damn. This is a lot better than I thought it would be!

3.4
Braudog (6852) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Draft at the brewery. Golden color and inviting. Mild froth. The beer definitely tilts to the tropical and sweet citrus. No doubt this is among their most popular. I’m not sure I’d call it an IPA, but American brewers call anything IPAs these days. Enjoyable, mass-marketable. (#6511, 2/18/2017)

4.6
obguthr (6727) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2017
Can: Strong tangerine, lilly, and dandelion nose. Opaque amber, thick yellow head, nice. Tangerine, pencil shavings, orange juice, grapefruit. Medium body, easy carbonation. Fruity and delicious.

4.8
ronniechilly (6) - Georgetown, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2017 does not count
First visit to The Virginia Beer Company. Sampled this beer in the taproom as part of a flight, and then again later out of a 12 oz. can. A great take - albeit a modern one - on an IPA!

Aroma: Strong notes of tropical scents and fresh hops. Apparently and obviously a heavily dry-hopped IPA!

Appearance: Served in a Belgian snifter. Slightly cloudy with mild lacing on the glass. Not as hazy as the current New England Style IPA’s but not as clear as the IPA’s of yore.

Taste: Azacca is the star, with strong notes of mango & pineapple. Just the right amount of piney-ness from Chinook. Not a bitter bomb but plenty of well balanced hop flavor.

Palate: Full-bodied and very drinkable for 6.8% ABV. Clean finish.

Overall: BOOM! Loved it. And it’s a year round offering on draft and in cans.


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