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Colorado Vixnu - Cervejaria Colorado

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 27.39%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of denisconrado
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Bar Brejas, the `new´ formula of their highly anticipated Double IPA. On to the beer:

We´re off to a great start. A beautiful amber colored hue shines in the body while the thick, white milk creamy head and lace typical of Brazilian chope contrast the beer perfectly. The show doesn´t stop with its looks though, the nose tries very hard to jump the high standard set by the appearance, offering copious and juicy amounts of passionfruit, pine, orange, and grapefruit.

While the IBU´s are set at `only´ 75, that doesn´t prevent this beer from being hoppy and delicious. It´s more of a balanced and hoppy DIPA, not over the top, delivering a sweet ride of malt, and then a shift arrives and in comes pineapple, resin, pasionfruit, and other assorted tropical fruits. The body is medium-large, yet not heavy going down, and despite the 9.5% ABV, only a little touch of it makes itself present.

Where the heck did this come from? While I did enjoy the portfolio´s Indica, it never struck me as a lupulin´s delight, making this Double version even more surprising. Easily the best Double IPA to come out of Brazil. Now if the country´s bureaucracy could approve its label quickly and thus get this beer bottled!

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of FLima
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color with lots of cone shape head with good retention and leaving laces all over it.
Delicious fruity aroma of grapefruit and passion fruit with slightly toasted bready malt, not that strong for a DIPA though.
Nice bitterness balanced by an equally strong fruity and malty flavor. A tropical storm. Lots of passion fruit, grapefruits, papaya, over ripped oranges and pineapples with hints of pine, plum, toasted malts and rapadura (burnt sugar cane rocks). Dry with a long lasting bitter aftertaste with a citric touch.
Full body with a good carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% ABV is completely in harmony with the recipe.
Great beer, much more fun than its small brother Indica. Although at a “low” 75 IBU for a DIPA, is very fun to drink and has a good punch. Could be a bit less sweet, nevertheless it is nice that they used rapadura in its formula and brought a multitude of tropical flavors. For that I am giving some extra points.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Burg
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz bottle from The Good Beer Store, Fryeburg ME. Pours a nice clear dark amber color with a big lacy head that stick around a while. Toffee and a little grassiness in the nose. Taste starts with lots of sweet malty toffee notes, then some citrus and pine, then the alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. I really like the balance of this beer, I can see where others would want more hoppiness.

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of Nostrajonus
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden hues with excellent clarity. One finger head that leaves moderate lacing.

S- Floral and citurs with bready malt notes that are less pronounced.

T- Mmm hops. Im guessing the hop additions to the wort were late and short lived..not much bitterness but great hop flavor. Im glad I can taste the malt as well, caramel bready goodness!

M- Light carbonation, full mouthfeel, good job Colorado.

O- I really enjoyed the hop flavor without the burden of over bitterness.Overall a great showing from that Brazilians from Colorado!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Central Market in San Antonio, Texas.

The beer is transparent and orange with an inch of white head and ample effervescence. The aroma brings dank hops, pine, citrus, alcohol, floral notes. Bold flavor of juicy hops and alcohol. Medium to full bodied for the style. Sufficient bitterness with lingering citrus and hops. Solid.

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Photo of Dmart1223
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of carlos_fleico
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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).

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Photo of prock180
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well balanced dipa. Pretty malty and sweet at first then the hops kick in mid palate. Nice hoppy finish. Caramel, brown sugar, orange and citrus with a light pine flavor dominate the flavor profile. Body is medium and smooth. Good overall but likely not to purchase again at 9$ for a 20oz bottle.

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Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lightly chilled 600 ml bottle poured into a 33 cl snifter. Printed batch/bottling info indecipherable.

Look- Medium amber, light haze. Capped with three fingers of dense eggshell head, good retention, very nice webbed lacing.

Smell- Resinous, herbal, pale malts, light citric-melon sweetness, overripe papaya. Swirling brings out an interesting musky fruit something that sort-of reminds me of green mangoes and pineapple jam.

Taste- More of the same, in fact it's extremely pineapple-y. A little bit of dank pine, honeyed biscuit, mild graininess, but gobs and gobs of starfruit/pineapple. Finishes soft, tealike bittering that builds over time. Mild chalkiness and booze as it warms, overall pretty good.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body, mild carbonation. Mild boozy harshness that becomes more pronounced as it warms, but not too bad for 9+%. Lighter and drier than expected.

Overall- Well, it's not really my cup of tea, but it's certainly a respectable brew, reminds me a bit of Green Flash Palate Wrecker, but with less wrecking and more fruit. Definitely worth trying, particularly as it's very reasonably priced for a DIPA import.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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Colorado Vixnu from Cervejaria Colorado
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.