Willimantic International Mail IPA

RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
An unfiltered India Pale Ale full of malt flavor and balanced with three varieties of hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 26, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. This one is back, and damn good! Murky orange-brown with a small ring of a white head. Nose is herbal, slightly sour hops. Flavor is herbal, floral, mildly citrus. Dry, herbal bitter finish. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Very nice. Came a dark orange copper with a thin layer of head. Aroma is citrussy, orange peels, grapefruits, and some underlying malt sweetness. Starts fruity sweet, with lots of citrus flavors, then turns aggressively bitter. Finishes dryer than most of the Willibrew IPAs I can recall, not a bad thing at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
Sour fruity esters in the nose with very little herbal/minty hops. Opaque tan-brown with very low head. Very strong bitterness with plenty of sour fruits. Flat appearance. Smooth texture but almost flat carbonation. Sampled on cask with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
On Cask at Willi. Very light off-white head covers the cloudy brown to copper hue. Nicely blended yet original aroma. An interesting blend of lime and earth flavours over a spicy supervision. Most pleasant smooth earthiness from the malts fits the floral aspects remarkably. Subtlety later on leaves place for an intense dryness that leaves the impression that more malt would be for the best, but this remains very pleasant, slightly oily as it warms, but initially very smooth bodied and full.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 From the tap, in 2007: Strawberry fruitiness rises from the resinous, herbal hoppiness in this immensely fresh and very drinkable IPA. Another starkly unfiltered and highly idiosyncratic hoppy offering from Willimantic. Rating above is an average of both experiences.

From the cask, in 2005 : Yeast-laden, fat oranges bob within the murky pond...Bitter yeast and weird herbs undermine the soft and somewhat dirty feel...Somehow this unfiltering was a little too chaotic and masking for me...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Sample. Very cloudy dark amber, very mysterious. Mild malty/baked apple aroma, quite lovely and homey. Thick and chewy, moderately sweet and bitter, nutty also; long lingering sour-bitter finish. I'll get it again, if it doesn't get lost amidst the dozens of other IPAs these guys make.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Has a clouded orangish color with a hop smell. Taste is lightly malted and finishes with a nicely balanced hop bitterness. Overall a very good IPA.

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