Batch 4000 (Belgian Double IPA) - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
3.68/5 rDev -12.4%
I'm told that this is a Belgian IPA made with Orval Yeast like Matilda and a combination of hops, which includes Saaz and Amarillo. Many thanks to John for sharing a couple bottles.
Appearance: Copper body with ¼ inch white head that quickly dissolves to thin glass clinging skim.
Aroma: Very hoppy aroma. Pine with a good deal of orange zest. Where is the fruit? Where is the yeast character?
Taste: Wow. This is hoppy. I'm actually disappointed. I can't quite taste much in the way of malt or yeast character other than a hint of caramel and a sprinkle of spice.
Mouthfeel: Nostril burning with extremely biting carbonation. Very bitter and very dry.
Overall a very good beer but it is too dominated by the hops. Had I not been told that this was a Belgian IPA, I never would have guessed it. I will sit on one bottle and see if the yeast character develops as the hops mellow.
11-29-2009 23:01:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.25/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours a clear reddish orange along with a good quarter inch of white head and some spotty lacing. Aromas of bright green herbal and citric hops mixing with floral accents. Caramel and light candied malts along with a nice spicy Belgian yeast kick. Nice and estery. Really enjoyable to smell.
First sip brings smooth malts upfront with caramel and a bit of sweetness. Citrus and herbal hops roll in and make themselves well known. Floral accents along with a spicy Belgian kick that's bright and tasty. Yeast esters meander down along with a solid hit of bitterness that balances out with the malt sweetness well.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a solid medium body and good carbonation. Goes down easy and is quite drinkable. I would mind a six pack of this any day and I was glad to be able to try it. This was brewed at Fulton and is extremely limited in bottles. Thanks to autumnaldave!
11-28-2009 00:52:57 | More by orbitalr0x
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
This Belgian-style IPA pours a bright orange jewel tone, plenty of intricate lacing around the edges. The foam has a soft sheen to it on its surface. The aroma is distinctly Belgian, floral and phenolic with spicy hops and wildflower notes. Citrusy flavor, crisp and dry, it has a long lasting spice and hop bitterness in the aroma. Overall the level of bitterness is only moderate, and well integrated for a DIPA. Softly sweet malts give a honeysuckle element that balances the hops nicely. Light bodied with a well hidden abv. Hope this sees a commercial release. Thanks to the autumnal one...
12-30-2009 03:06:15 | More by emerge077
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Extra special thanks to Ottobomb for hooking me up with this rare GI beer!
Bottle labeled: BREW 4000 2009 0752
A: Pours a relatively clear, tarnished copper color that's capped by a luxuriously thick and creamy, eggshell colored, two finger layer of foam. Head retention is good and the active carbonation provides quite a bit of sticky lace to the glass.
S: Initial pour yields a fantastic nose of domestic IPA hops and spicy Belgian yeast. Also playing a large role is fruit. Peach, red apple, pear, and apricot. Cut grass, too.
T: Sweet ripe fruit, spicy Belgian yeast, and hops. Lots of hops. Caramel pops up during the middle and hangs around on through the finish. A slight solvent alcohol flavor comes on in the finish.
M: Initially, quite bitter and spicy. That is tempered by a sticky sweetness that laid itself all over the inside of my mouth. Bits of tangy fruit and prickly alcohol pop up to keep things interesting.
D: Fantastic beer! I'm so glad I was finally able to try it. Big hopes, to the powers that be, that Goose Island bottles this for the masses.
03-07-2010 00:41:56 | More by GbVDave
4.7/5 rDev +11.9%
Bottle @ Champaign-Urbana Beer Club meeting, December 2009. We thank our provider.
Pours a solid gold with a thin white head. Leaves significant lacing on the glass.
Strong hop aroma is immediately evident. Somewhat dry mouthfeel gives way to amazing hop flavor. The Belgian strain adds a level of complexity. Matilda's influence is clear here, but the flavor is quite unique.
Probably one of the better Belgian IPAs I've ever had the privilege of tasting.
12-17-2009 02:43:30 | More by htsprint1
Batch 4000 (Belgian Double IPA) from Goose Island Beer Co.
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.