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Colorado Vixnu - Cervejaria Colorado

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 02-22-2012)
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vixnu Imperial IPA, pronounced like Vishnu, the Hindu deity, but this is in Portugese, for we are having a beer from the Cervejaria (Portugese for Brewery, I presume) Colorado, of Ribeirao-Preto, Brazil. What, a craft brewery from Brazil? Why, I've never heard the like! In fact, I don't believe it! I won't even try it, it defies all logic! (That's how people are sometimes.)

So there's a Brazilian brewery called Colorado that has an Imperial IPA called Vixnu, and I'm drinking it straight off the tap.

Lightly clouded golden hue, vast, plump, creamy white head. Looks fantastic.

Pungent pineapple, mango, tropical fruit aromatics, lemon and lime zest, fairly moderate bitterness. Beautiful.

Taste: On the palate, not shy in the hop department. Light, biscuit-y malt body. Little bit of sweetness. Golden Promise? Soft, supple, smooth. Easy-going, despite the high ABV. And tons of American hop flavors and dazzling bitterness.
Delivers in full exactly what you want from this style. Loads of tropical delights and tons of bracing, bristling bitterness, what every hop head desires. Even coming from Brazil. It's delicious and delightful. Personally, I think this does as good of a job at ripping up the palate with bitterness and dropping fruity flavors as any of the great double IPAs. Even if it is from Brazil.

feloniousmonk, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

600 ml bottle into tulip glass, unknown bottle coding. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemongrass, peach, papaya, candi sugar, floral, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemongrass, peach, papaya, candi sugar, floral, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, lemongrass, peach, papaya, candi sugar, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; with a nice crisp hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA! All around great complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

600ml served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark orange color. Slightly hazy. Forms big bubbled light yellow head. Great retention and tons of lingering soap-like lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Caramel malts, flowery hops and the very particular and peculiar smell of rapadura which orchestrate all together giving also a bit sour sensation in the end. Roasted malts. A bit smoked. Hops are quite citrus, grassy and piny

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, coffee and rapadura. Notes of raisins, grapefruit, orange zest. From sweet, it becomes quite bitter. Hops have grassy, citrus and piny notes. Intense bitter end. Rapadura gives it some light notes of sourness

M: Heavy, creamy and a little bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet caramel-grass aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Just another Colorado masterpiece

eduardolinhalis, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First off, I'm half-Brazilian, so I'm happy that I was able to find out about this brewery recently. As I far as I see it, they are a diamond in the rough of the country's current beer industry, which seems similar to how America's was 10-20 years ago. Poured into a tulip glass from a 600ml bottle. No freshness or bottling date.

Pours a deep orange amber color, complete with a decent amount of carbonation and 2-3 fingers of a frothy, creamy white head. Pretty viscous, especially for the style at hand, although I enjoy how strong head retention is considering the ABV. Leaves lacing all around the glass in a cobwebby manner, which is delightful to see. Definitely a solid rendition of a DIPA.

The hops seem to have muted over time, as this may be an old bottle, but there's still a strong caramel, toffee, and brown sugar profile within. It's actually very similar to an East Coast DIPA in the sense that it lacks a piney, extra citrusy flavor and makes up for it with the bready, residual sugars imparted by the malts. The rapadura (Brazilian jaggery) in particular is no doubt adding extra sweetness to the finish. I also pick out a variety of exotic aromas ranging from passion fruit, mangoes, as well as orange peel at the finish. A little bit of booziness seeps through, but it adds sweetness and makes this seem like a strong beer in spite of the muted hoppy profile.

The flavor consists of an immediate sharp bitterness that slowly recedes and is replaced by a caramel/toffee profile that is further enhanced by a rapadura flavor that takes me straight back to my childhood. In Brazil, we'd call this "recheada," or "creamy" or "filling" in Brazilian Portuguese. The fruitiness in the aroma is not as present here, and often is subtle, but the caramel/rapadura combo do quite well here, as well as the slight hoppy citrus present. Honey, as well as a tannic nuttiness imparted by the malts, comes in. It's very much like fruitcake, although definitely not as sweet, save for the finish. There's not much for me to complain about here other than lack of hop brightness, but otherwise, it's a refreshing take on the style!

I'm glad that this brewery is a hopeful forefront in Brazil's potential victorious craft beer movement, and this is an excellent, new take on the style at hand. If you would have poured this to me blind, however, I'd probably immediately think that it was American made or something. Definitely enjoying drinking this, although the alcohol is well hidden. Hope to have it fresh some day. Very good stuff - can't wait to see more coming out of Brazil in this caliber.

magictacosinus, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In honor of my wife and kids finally coming back from a 3 week venture to Brazil to visit family and me missing the hack out of them, I'm drinking this most likely actual craft beer from Brazil.

Pours a large fluffy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace at first, then slows to a crawl pretty much and just sits there with a nice thick head, and nice lacing, over a mostly clear amber orange colored beer.

Nose is pretty much what I used to expect from a DIPA, a big malty and big hop character balanced. Sweet candy malts, caramel, little toasty amber, juicy malt and even a bit fluffy with a hint of booze warmth in the aroma. Hops bring a nice candied orange peel, with a slightly spicy bitterness, faint pint, a lot of bittering hops mostly it seems, and a bit of fruitiness.

Taste starts with big malts, fairly sweet, with a toasty malt, lots of sweet malt characters with a bit of molasses, candy syrup all over the place, and some caramel, with a fruity syrup thing going on too. That all brings some booze, warming booze mostly, with a touch of esters. Hops are mostly bitter as expected, candied orange peel, some citrus and fruity hops, chewy hops as well, with a fairly bitter character overall. The more I go the more the booze warms and starts to tingle. Finish is sticky sweet, lingering for a while with more candy malts, candied orange peel hops and fair bitterness.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent carb, some warming booze that turns tingly the more it warms.

Overall not bad, esp for a beer from Brazil where almost everything I had from there when i was there last year was meh. This is actually pretty good for a strong DIPA, classic style, nothing wrong (at least detectable).

jlindros, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Ghrymm
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Not a bad try for a Double IPA,somewhat strong on the malt . Not sure what hops they used.

Ghrymm, Monday at 12:12 AM
Photo of LakerLeith
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

LakerLeith, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Localdrinklax
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Localdrinklax, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Sarmento
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Sarmento, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Kmat10, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
3/5  rDev -21.3%

bulldogg915, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev +5%

JoeMans, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of bschinelli
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bschinelli, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of Alextricity
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drink by some time in February. Dad got this in Brazil for $7-9 a bottle he said... uh. Good Lord.

Appearance: Looks good. Hazy golden orange with a nice head that stays a little while. Bits of lacing.

Smell: A copper aroma. It COULD be the glass, but I basically never get that aroma in any beer... maybe it's oxidation? Under that I get the malts and hops, but I feel like this one's oxidized. Strangely doesn't smell terrible though.

Taste/feel: It's missing the big hop flavor that's normal in the style. It has the hop bitterness and SOME hop flavor, but it doesn't taste like I expected it to. I figure that maybe it was sitting on a hot shelf in Brazil somewhere. The feel is pretty good ... about a medium body with a moderate carbonation.

3.5 overall for this one because something seems off about it and it doesn't taste like a true Double IPA. I like the label on this beer and it has some decent flavor, but I feel like this one just wasn't shelved properly. Definitely not bad though.

Alextricity, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of MaSaiani
3/5  rDev -21.3%

MaSaiani, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

vermilcj, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Texasfan549, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of igorquad
4/5  rDev +5%

igorquad, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

08/28/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Just a taste. I have my doubts on this one. Not too hoppy - I can't abide aggressive hops - but there was a very heavy mouth feel that kind of slapped me going the other way. Not necessarily a deal killer but not something I'd use to home in on a sweet spot. Maybe in another time & another place the heavens will be in a more beneficially alignment, but for now...not so much.

seedyone, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of factoide
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%

factoide, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of a88fl1
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

a88fl1, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of denisconrado
5/5  rDev +31.2%

I arrived and asked for a very hops and layperson gourd on the subject, I took this wonderful punch! Pity that access the region is restricted and expensive, but worth the shipping! I think everyone has to prove; then come talk here!

denisconrado, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Burnt orange, caramel colored body. The tan head is thick and foamy, leaving sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Floral, spicy, and very peculiar. A musty, yet sweet note of honey coats over everything.

Taste: Warm alcohol comes through immediately, while the first note to hit the taste buds is a rather odd musty note. Fruity florals and earthy woods play a part, too. Sweet malts and perhaps the cane sugar come out in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied.

Overall: A bit of an odd one, this. Can't quite identify some if the strange notes at work.

JuicesFlowing, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of maurobrito
4/5  rDev +5%

maurobrito, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Quick note: Most like a poor knock off of Enjoy By. Tasty but lacking in the flora/grapefruit aroma and not as malty sweet. Well balanced for the style.

Sludgeman, Aug 29, 2014
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Colorado Vixnu from Cervejaria Colorado
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.