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Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash
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66 Ratings

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
American Strong Ale, according to the brewer.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-14-2014)
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Givemebeer, Apr 09, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured into a tulip glass. The beer is a deep amber copper like color with some ruby highlights. You can tell it's thick even from the pour. The head is thick and sticky, retains well, and leaves nice chunks of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - A little fainter than I expected. I'm mostly getting sweetness with a bit of alcohol. I'm actually surprised that the alcohol isn't more prevalent considering the 10.5% level.

T - Not for me. It's extremely sweet. I would even say cloying, and I'm not used to throwing that word around. There is a bit of a hop taste, but it doesn't lend enough bitterness to even hint towards balance. If this is a "hoppy" double mash, I won't be trying any regular double mashes. The alcohol was surprising subdued in this beer. Just some heat associated with it.

M - Sets the new bar for full-bodied. This beer is almost too thick to the point of being syrupy.

O - Not for me. I loved certain components, and it is perhaps the best looking beer that I've had in a long time. But it reminded me of the Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale, and the overwhelming sweetness of each really makes them no-goes for me.

Andrew041180, Jun 14, 2014
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GRG1313, May 05, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served at 60F

Golden , great mouthfeel. Potent but blunted hops ( not astringent ). Warm citrus orange malty' spice without bitterness

Yum. Akin to Burton BAton, Oaked Bastard or a mellowed aged bigfoot.

Balanced , complex & satisfyingly slick, viscous without weight on palate. Sweet? Yes but the malty backbone is large and omnipresent

Very good barleywine style/ American Strong golden without the pucker. Nicely done. bordering on greatness to big, big beer advocates

Do I like cellar aged plain double bastard? Yes. Does this compare? Yes with some added sweetness

Jjski, Jul 04, 2014
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JimmyPhillips, May 03, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Poured from the 22oz to a large tulip glass with a slightly hazy dark red body, hardly any light makes it through the beer. A creamy, frothy cap builds up to about two fingers with very nice retention but eventually falls to a thick bubbly ring. Lacing forms thick rings at the top and spottiness below that.

S- Hmm, a unique fruitiness I suppose from the yeast makes up much of the aroma for me, it is like a mix of apples, white grapes and dried pineapple. Malts back that up with caramel and sweetness.

T- Flavor backs up what I found in the aroma with a heavy light fruits bouquet. Grape, apple and pineapple juices hit my palate first with a malt complexity finishing it off. Reminds me of an American Ale yeast that was stressed while fermenting but the alcohol is non-existent. Malts are fairly sweet with caramel, biscuit, rye, wheat and cereal grain notes. Slight hop feel of earthy and floral hints.

MF- Moderately thick bodied with a creamy, frothy texture. Carbonation is medium and silky smooth. Finishes with a faint bitterness and some major sweetness lingering on the taste buds.

By the end of my glass I just keep getting more and more apple, grape juice feel and it is a bit off-putting. I love me some Pretty Things but this beer confuses me a bit. It has a lot of yeast flavors, not much hops and some great malts but the finished product just doesn't blend together that well.

cbutova, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Mikeluzzjr, Jun 25, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oooh, I'm always so excited for another new Pretty Things beer. I love the unique perspective Dan has on the beers, and great ideas he comes up with, and on top of that he really executes them well. Interesting idea, a golden ale double sized mash, should be pretty strong but light at the same time... could be tasty. Bottled in March 2014, arrived on the shelves a couple days ago so has to be quite fresh.

Pours a light fizzy tan colored 1/2 finger fizzy bubbly head that fades at a med pace initially then slows with a nice thick head covering that sits for a while, decent lacing on the sides, a hazy slight peach hued candy apple reddish color.

Nose brings lots of the candy malts I would expect for an good American Strong or Barleywine like beer, plenty of caramel, biscuit, and toffee out first, with a candy syrup, swirling it brings more with mild fruity note like a candied apricot and dried pear, a little soft aged malt note, with what seems to be plenty of sweetness, and a little clean booze aroma, and a hint of a creamy perhaps flaked oat aroma, and even a touch of honey malt like aroma.

Taste starts pretty sweet, candy is the name of the game here, syrupy and strong, with booze warmth and tingle right away as well but a clean booze. Syrupy malts bring some caramel syrup, candi sugar, a little toffee, mild candied apple, as well as a little fruity note with touch of dried pear again, hint of dried pineapple too, adn even dried candied mango, nice overall dried candied fruit profile. Hops come through with that central pineapple flavor and a little pear and generic fruit and tropical fruit, touch of a pine and earthy note, candied hop pine like. Finish is sticky and syrupy but a bit drier, a bit more hot booze coming through, more toffee, caramel, candi sugar and syrup flavors lingering,

Mouth is fuller bod, little syrupy sticky, nice carbonation esp for how big the beer is, plenty of warming slight tingly booze.

Overall this is a monster of a beer that you don't expect going into it. It does have the abv on the bottle but it seems to hide that fact by calling it a Golden even though it's double mash. Still, pretty tasty for how sweet and syrupy it is, which I normally wouldn't like, with nice booze for a good end of winter warming beer, nice malt flavors, hops are interesting too, and the combination leads to some really interesting flavors like the candied dried pineapple, mango, pear, etc. Pretty enjoyable.

jlindros, Mar 22, 2014
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Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.