Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
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
07-04-2014 03:58:29 | More by Jjski
3.05/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
03-16-2014 02:16:24 | More by cbutova
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
03-22-2014 02:09:39 | More by jlindros
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottle picked up locally. Dated march 2014...enjoyed from a pretty things grampus tulip.
a - brew pours a rich transparent amber orange with a finger and a half if frothy off cream colored head...fairly barley wine looking. Lace coated the glass.
n - nose is a booze soaked caramel washed over by dank soggy sweaty hopping. Sweet biscuit and toffee notes, my mouth begins to water.
t/m - taste is wild, like nothing I have ever had before. Cross between a barleywine and a veggie brew. Bright fruit comes through, apples pears and the heat sweetens things up further. Soft bitterness on the finish and a boozy tingle is left in my mouth. Medium to full bodied and a bit chewy even. Fairly syrupy.
o - overall another unique brew from pretty things, and a fairly tasty one at that. A bit on the sweet side but I like it sweet. Not the plum like strings that I go for, but more of an apple kind of thing. Worth checking out if you see it on a shelf or have a trade partner with access.
04-11-2014 00:51:48 | More by cosmicevan
Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.