Colorado Vixnu - Cervejaria Colorado

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
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Brazil

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 seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
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 BcOneSeven
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No real aroma. "Soft," sweet mouthfeel.

Photo of mpyle
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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 russpowell
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Grogsky
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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 SerialTicker
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Bunman3
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So...a Brazilian IPA named after a Hindu god...this redefines unexpected pairings and I'm thrilled to extract this beer from my Craft Beer Advent Calendar, day 20. This was a very solid IPA that paired nicely with the spicy beef tacos we enjoyed for supper.

Photo of Svingjo
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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 LittleDon
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper with tons of lace and a beautiful long lasting head. Very catty aroma with some breadiness. Lots of alcohol. Not hot, but noticeable. Alcohol and hopping makes the balance seem to lean a bit toward the bitter side. Peppery hops and a bitter finish. Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Ghrymm
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of Sludgeman
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 prock180
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

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 carlos_fleico
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Dmart1223
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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 smcolw
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Colorado Vixnu from Cervejaria Colorado
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.