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Dr. Tongue - Bootlegger's Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bootlegger's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jerz on 04-25-2010

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4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler; this drinks more similar to an American IPA than the Strong Ale listed here. I loved the strong dry-hopped taste, balanced with a very minimal malt akin to a brown ale.

I was able to finish the growler in a short time, even for 7.7% it's extremely drinkable due to the dry finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A-very unique coppery-brown color, with a thin light brown head.

S-Nice green nose, a little roasty malt.

T-opens with a nice sweet and roasty malt profile, followed by a dry bitter hoppiness.

M-Very hearty on the pallette. Malt and hops going at it.

D-Almost a pallette wrecker due to complexity.

Overall this is another great unique offering from Aaron at Bootleggers.

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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch two, February 2011 release. 7.7% ABV.

Pours translucent brown with a tall dense cap of foam. Lots of retention and thick layers of lace stick to my glass. Beautiful head. Aroma is a punch of hops--mandarin orange, geranium flowers, and pine with only a hint of marzipan sweetness despite the brown color. The taste follows the nose with enormous and crystal clear hop notes echoing those same citrus and floral elements. Full palate thrashing bitterness. Dry, hoppy finish with a touch of piloncillo (unprocessed sugar) being the only reminder of balance in this beer.

This strong ale could easily be called an IPA of some kind, and if you have had Knuckle Sandwich or SoCo IPA you know that Bootlegger's makes some fantastic IPAs. Delicious beer. Body has moderate viscosity and high carbonation which complements the dry bitter finish and lets the hops shine through. Quite drinkable for sure, no second thoughts about grabbing a growler of this brew and enjoying a few pints at home.

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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

258th review on BA
Draft to mason jar pint

App- A very dark amber with some highlights that was almost a light brown in color. A nicely poured 2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell- As I take some whiffs of this I am hit with some hops and then I get some soft toffee mixed with some soft candied sugariness.

Taste- I was quite surprised to see this on tap and I had to jump on it. I am hit with some outstanding palatable dry hops with a toffee creaminess with maybe if I am not mistaken a caramel touch as well.

Mouth- This was a nice medium bodied beer with a reaching to say high carbonation. It was very crisp and clean. I was surprised this was a American Strong Ale. Would say as Vacax did I was surprised this was not an IPA of some kind.

Drink- All in all very tasty brew here. I was told this was a 2nd anniversary beer and it was a damn good one. Not as much of a punch in the palate as some other strong ales but this was more than good.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

dark amber colored, tan foam on top. one finger, settles to a 1/4.... nice sticky lacing on the side. hops dominate the aroma, with some malt on the side. this is a typical 'red', no?
malt up front, but quickly gives way to bitter hop flavor. some earthiness at the end and a little lingering sweetness. I think the sweetness is more of an absence of the previous bitterness that was on the tongue. I got a little chocolate in there, also; am I the only one who got this out of it? never mind, it passed....
overall, it's alllrighttt... nothing special, but decent enough to drink. like someone else mentioned, the price point doesn't make this a satisfying experience. it's average, but the price is above average, evenm 5 miles south of the brewery where shipping shouldn't be an issue in the escalation of price. but oh well. it's still drinkable.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bootlegger's

A: The beer pours an opaque brown-amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head and some mild lacing.

S: A nice hoppy nose on this one with plenty of grapefruit and tangerine aroma. Quite a lot of resinous pine here too. The malt is there and is nicely toasty with a bit of a roasted malt smell.

T: Unfortunately, the hop flavors aren't quite there. The beer is strong on the bittering hops, but the citrus and fruit qualities don't translate to the palate. A bit of grapefruit flavor and some grass is about it. A nice roasted quality that makes this sort of like a black IPA (whatever you call it).

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: I wish this one had some more hop flavor to it. Hopefully this one gets brewed again soon and there's a bit of tweaking to the hop schedule.

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Dr. Tongue from Bootlegger's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.