Rigger's Double IPA - Bethlehem Brew Works
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Reviews by erica:
2.95/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I put off reviewing this for a while because I am trying to like it. It's not changing much though, so here goes. An Imperial IPA to me should be bursting with hops. This, well.. The word of the day is Harsh. That said, read on.
Appearance is nice, probably the best thing about this beer. Served in a 12 oz. glass, it is clear, reddish dark amber, with a fairly big head that settles into a thin layer of bubbles that lasts most of the glass. A bit of lacing around the top like a garter, not much more.
Smell- what smell? This, an IIPA, does not smack your face with a hop vine, or anything else really. The aroma is seriously lacking here. What I do get out of it though, is strange.. It's a bit sweet, almost like bubble-gum, a bit alcoholic, but not hoppy. Taste- Not that hoppy. Not even IPA hoppy. It is fairly malty, a little bit sweet, and there is a harsh alcohol taste to it. That is the biggest flavor that comes though. Alcohol. It's really not very balanced. Aftertaste is chemically-bitter. Like you should keep a growler in your trunk in case you run out of gas somewhere. I think it'll work. However, over the course of a few weeks, this beer did mellow a little bit, so I think over time it could become more smooth and enjoyable. It's getting there.
Mouthfeel is good, well-carbonated and a nice consistency. But again it almost burns your tongue somehow. Harsh! Drinkability is.. average-ish. I had no problem drinking a glass of this but it is definitely not a session beer, besides the high alcohol, or something I would really want 2 of in a night. Just an alcoholic harshness that needs to sort itself out. I hope it does.
Serving type: on-tap
03-17-2006 18:06:12 | More by erica
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2.73/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Consumed vom Fass on 03.05.06 at Bethlehem Brew Works.
Mid-amber in colour, this brew left a respectable and sticky head atop the glass. The lace lingered and also became clingy along the sides. Nice.
The aroma, sadly, was a bit lacking. Where were the Chinook, Nugget, and Centennial hops? Not in the nose, that's for sure. Some notes of biscuity malt in the nose.
Very hot. Why is there so much of an alcohol taste in this brew? Decent malt character, but again, the hops are bottom of the totom pole, sadly. Some, and I mean a faint "some" hints of citrus peel and hop oils, but not what you would expect from a double IPA, or even a straight up pale ale.
I don't know. I will certainly give this brew another shot, but I was a bit disappointed. If my mind's calendar is working right, this brew was released about three weeks after its creation. For a brew like this, that seems a bit fast.
Again, this one will need to be re-visited.
Serving type: on-tap
03-06-2006 12:08:14 | More by goindownsouth
Rigger's Double IPA from Bethlehem Brew Works
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