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Colorado Vixnu - Cervejaria Colorado

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DoubleJ on 02-22-2012

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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by mpyle:
Photo of mpyle
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

app - Pale amber color, slightly cloudy. Pours a big white head, creamy and with good retention.

smell - Sweet, malty, hoppy, alcoholic. Hop aroma disappointing.

taste - Short lived malt sweetness. Quite a bit of alcoholic character in the flavor competing with the hops. Hop flavor a bit subdued for style. Finishes dry and alcoholic, but not overly bitter. Believe the use of sugar thins out the body, but probably boosts the alcohol flavor.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, quite drying on tongue (alcohol?) Distinct alcohol warming.

Overall - Tasted more as an alcohol bomb than hop bomb for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A 1” thick mousy, lacy white head floats on a hazy amber column. Smell: Malt and sugars behind a big whiff of fresh mown hay. Taste: Rich sugary malt lavors followed by a rich hop finish. The hop bitterness gradually arises There is a touch of pepper on the end Mouthfeel: The texture is really creamy smooth and really makes this beer. It has high medium carbonation, medium body.

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vixnu is a dark yellow-amber beer with a little haze to it and a nice, fluffy yellow-tinged head right about one finger tall. Retention is good, and the head stays around as the beer drops while depositing some steady patching on the walls of the glass.
It's fairly hoppy in the nose, earthy and floral with some fruitier notes and a bit of pith that's compensated by some malty sweetness and a little of the cane sugar essence. A lightly alcoholic note peeks out, and there's some white pepper in the floral spiciness.
The taste pretty much follows suit, though I'd say that while this beer is certainly tasty and a pleasure to drink, it falls a little on the less hoppy side for the style. That's not to say it isn't hoppy, and it's got great balance along with depth and a pretty good complexity, but the hops are a little tame for a DIPA. Otherwise, all the floral, spicy, pithy, fruity, earthy, reedy, and malty elements are here.
The body is medium, and the alcohol provides a bit of dryness on the tongue that gives a bite as well. It's not astringent by any means, but a little edgy, though it is pretty smooth too.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Durango, Colorado. I couldn't locate a bottle date or Best By date. Took the risk because I've been wanting to try Brazilian cerveja artesanal.

I get a big, foamy head on the pour that resembles soap bubbles at the sides, and a cloud at the top. Lace is plentiful. The body is copper and slightly cloudy.

There's a big grapefruit aroma on the nose, but it does smell slightly oxidized. Citrus prevails here and not much else.

Quite a loop I'm thrown for on the taste. The cane sugar offers an instantly noticeable and distinct, earthy sweetness that completely defies my sense's expectations. The big whiff of citrus I get as the glass approaches my nose takes a back seat. There's still some grapefruit-like hops, but they are taking a bit of a backseat on the flavor. I get some caramelized sugar and some caramel.

There's still plenty of bitterness to this IIPA, but it is tempered by the sugar. It's pretty unique, as I can't think of another beer like this. The body is medium but still drinkable and there's a long, bitter finish.

I call this a well-made beer with a unique twist that I'm always searching for in a beer, particularly an IPA. I'd drink this more often if it were available.

Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

310ml (?) bottle, day 20 of the 2014 Craft Beer Advent calendar. Lots of chunky floaties apparent, with no obvious best before date stated. Hookay, here we go.

This beer pours (even carefully) a hazy, sediment-strewn (no kidding, Doris), medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and kind of soapy ecru head, which leaves some thick just-exploded fireworks lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of peppy caramel malt, warm sticky toffee, metallic alcohol, musty pinecone, candy bar nougat, acrid orange and lemon peel, and further leafy, floral, and well perfumed hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, more weird mirror-world toffee-esque sweetness, a much milder than anticipated citrus fruitiness, neutered leafy pine needles, and a much more smartly integrated booziness than that of the aroma.

The bubbles are generally laid-back and inert in terms of any sort of fizzy intransigence, the body a decently wrought medium-heavy weight for the style, and not particularly smooth, as the alcohol starts to come untethered. It finishes off-dry, the malt coming down a few pegs in terms of its initial headiness, while that perfumed heat continues to bristle about.

Not a bad Imperial IPA, but not a good one, either, the hoppiness just too restrained and flat-seeming, in order to seem like it's actually steering the ship. Hard to tell if this is an age issue, or what, but this certainly doesn't stand up to even the average examples coming from places outside of 'murca.

Photo of russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Jenks, OK USA...

So far everything else from these Brazilian Bad asses has rocked, hoping for the same...

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Near perfect head & lacing & stays effervescent

S: Ugh, some vegtal stuff up front, onions & grassiness. Orchard fruit as this warms, recovers a little bit

T: Rich maltyness, honey crisp apples, white grapes, grassy & lemony grassy hops mixing with a bit of honey malt & booze up front. Some woody hops as this warms, more orchard fruit & much dryness & a little leafy hops. Finishes super-fruity, a bit dry, & a faint crispness, plus leafy hops

MF: Thickish mouthfeel for the style, slight carbonation, doesn't skew hoppy.

Drinks alright, but not hoppy enough for me. I got to think the journey & possibly age, affected this. This is the first on from this brewery that has fell short for me, so I would try again, if knew it was fresh; or is it the sugar they used??? This didn't really thrill me

Photo of denisconrado
5/5  rDev +32.3%

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!

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brassy hue with a very faint hazy. Massive clingy and sticky bright white head. Soft tropical fruits on the nose of papaya and mango, sweet grain husks, pine, and even a touch of kiwi oddly.

Smooth medium bodied brew with dull carbonation. Sweet caramelized sugar up front plays well with the soft tropical fruit flavors of papaya and mango. Sweet maltiness lingers. Fruity hop presence showcases itself to lend to flavor while on the back end of the tongue piney hop resin adds a spark of bitterness balancing the beer. for being 9.5% not a touch of detectable alchol. Literally none. As the beer warms the malt combined with the hops lends a plum like fruitiness to the mix making the beer even more a fruit cocktail. Burnt sugar tropical fruits, lingering sweetness, balancing bitterness, no detectable alcohol what more could you ask for? Super dry finish while fruitiness lingers.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many years ago when me and the wife were planning to go to brazil, I found this brewery, so now that we finally went, I'm very glad to get to try some Colorado.

Pours a darker orange, with an off white two finger head, no shortage of spotty lace. The aroma is sweet malts, caramel, citrus, light alcohol, tropical fruits, and some floral notes. Bitterness on the taste isn't too stark; I'd venture maybe only 60-70 IBUs. Alcohol is subtle, and there's some malt sweetness accompanied by plenty citrus and tropical hops. Creamy feel, full bodied, slick, good carbonation. Doesn't feel too heavy though, still.

Admittedly, I'm reviewing out of order, but I liked this much more than the Invicta IPA.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.25/5  rDev -14%

What an interesting beer!

Pours a burnt orange with big white fluffy head that lingers and leaves lacing.

The nose has hops and malts and some floral. I pick up some alcohol in the nose and I think chocolate.

Taste is malty and hoppy. Good balance however I find it To be very boozy. Too much so to be a beer I'd enjoy again.

Overall I think it's ok - but definitely not my favourite DIPA.

Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange amber colored beer with a tall white colored head. Yes this is IPA Orange.

Smells strongly hoppy as it should. Smells of sweet malt and pine resin. Light grass and orange with a faint cookie dough aroma. Pretty complex aroma for a DIPA.

Starts out sweet with a grapefruit rind after taste. Smoky flavor like a Rauchbier. Medium bitterness. Not super complex but a unique flavor, smoked IPA. The taste is actually very mild for the beer style. Alcohol is only detectable in how it warms your chest.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is damn tasty. This brewery has impressed me and this beer is no exception.

Photo of Ghrymm
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit and sugar nose and flavor is similar with grapefruit hops and cane like sugar, slight bitter aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. 600ml bottle $9.99 Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA.

Photo of Svingjo
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich copper colour with a fair amount of sediment even though I was careful on the pour. It still left a one finger width foamy white head. The nose had quite a bit of floral and citrus hops with a bit of toffee malt. The taste very hop forward bit quite a bit of bitterness. There is something else I can't quite place, almost artificial, along with the malt around the edges. The alcohol (9.5% ABV) is very forward. I tend to like this style but there is something slightly off balanced with this one.

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Large three-finger head that settles into a tight foam dome. Some streaky ring lace after every sip. The liquid is orange-amber with a mild chill haze.

Darker pale ale malt aroma. There's some alcohol to the nose as well. Low floral hop nose.

This is a surprisingly smooth IPA. This leans to the malt for the style. There's plenty alcohol warmth. The hop is spicy but not biting--this beer could stand to have a little bit more hop in it. Full bodied with a lower carbonation level.

I am surprised this is from Brazil as this is a very good DIPA.

Photo of Dmart1223
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a big, catty, hop-nasty beer from Brazil!

Got it as a GABF special from downtown Denver.

Vixnu is a lightly hazy, peachy amber that pours with a huge head and some thick lacing on the sides.

It smells like some glorious blend of peaches, pine and fresh grapefruit juice. Not sure how old it is (maybe bottled in July?) but it's still pungent.

The taste stacks up with many imperial IPAs brewed stateside, with a hunk of catty, bitter hops that hits all the way through. It's also a little boozy. Some sweetness comes from the hops, but it unmistakeably leans more hoppy.

It's bitter and intense, with some great flavors. I wish it had a little more malt, but it's still delicious. If you can find it, try it!

Photo of Grogsky
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me strikingly like the Black IPA from Garrison Brewery in Nova Scotia

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lord, go Brazil!

Ok, so the label said 'Colorado' and I live in Colorado, but found this beer in Kansas. You follow? K? mmk

Pours a meaty golden/amber with a nice barely off white head. It rocked up a bit, very nice lacing. Off to a great start.

Aroma is a blend caramel malt, pine and citrus hops, with a touch of spice and booze. Damn, off to another great start. While not something like PtY or PtE with the hop forward aroma and citrus out the yang, this one seems balanced.

And it's well balanced. Pine, citrus and malt just melt together. The booze is a little off putting (not golf), but not intrusive. The hops are present and strong but do not dominate. I would like to taste more hops...more dry/late hopping...but it's good nonetheless.

Great finish. Easy drinking for 9%. A bit boozy. Darn good, though

Photo of carlos_fleico
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

600ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours an orange to amber color with 3 fingers of a white foamy head with medium retention. Thick lacing left on the walls of the glass.

S: Very hoppy. Floral and earthy hops, with a hint of brown sugar, probably because of the rapadura. Some booze, passion fruit and citrus. Sweet fruitiness. Caramel malts are also apparent on this brew.

T: Hoppy bitterness, slight sweetness upfront which is quickly covered by the hoppiness. Alcohol shows up a little more in the palate. Orange zest, grassy, with a strong malt character.

M: Medium-bodied, with nice carbonation. Creamy with a boozy and grassy aftertaste.

O: Another great beer by Colorado. Usually I prefer more full-bodied Imperial IPAs, but this isn't by any means a bad beer. Interesting mixture with rapadura, and I love the fact that the malt has a strong character, they are not fully covered by the hops, like in other IPAs.

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Colorado Vixnu from Cervejaria Colorado
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.