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

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69 Ratings

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 6
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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 02-14-2014

American Strong Ale, according to the brewer.
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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by cbutova:
Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -19%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Andrew041180
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Jjski
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Photo of jlindros
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The color is so beautiful, it's like Sebastiani's "Eye of the Swan" rosé. There is a modest little foam in the Saxo wine-style glass. The sweetness is shocking but the carbonated tingle comes through the unctuous mouthfeel.

This must be one of the sweetest beers I've had. Then you get hit with that peculiar bitter blast. This has such a gritty aftertaste with that nasty plastic bitter flavor. The bacteria may be feasting even as we speak.

This is by far my least favorite Pretty Things brew. It's not quite disgusting, but even for a Barleywine lover this is hard to swallow. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled In: MAR 2014

A: Pours a golden amber color with a fingers worth of head that slowly fades down to a thin cap that leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass

S: Fairly sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, and fruity alcohol notes. Some dark fruit even comes out along with an almost candied hop note. Pretty bold

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with sweet malts, caramel, quite a bit of estery fruitiness, darker fruits, and the playful candied hoppiness. Some citrus and pine attempt to pop up, but are muddled by the large malt presence brought about by the double mashing. Finishes with some sweetness and more of the candied hops

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Even though this is labeled as "hoppy," it is not very bitter due to the double mashing and amount of malt present in the beer. That contributes to the "candied hoppiness" that provided some nice hop flavors that are more sweet than bitter. Proves to be a nice sipper, as it's on the sweeter side while providing a nice range of flavors. Definitely a solid new brew from Pretty Things

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a hazy orange color. Well formed, white head.

S-Fruity with a rich maltiness. Juicy scents as well. Not overtly hoppy in the nose.

T-A mixture of fruit juices and a heavy malt base. Citrus juice hops. Malt, I find, is the most impressive part of the beer.

M-Full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol hidden well. A beer best for sipping.

O/D-Points for creativity. I found that as the beer warms it gets better. And of course, if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it at all!

Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark amber to copper with an inch and a half thick offwhite head which receded to heavy surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt and ripe fruit, especially pear.

t: Caramel malt with some vinegary undertones and hoplike bite. Bitterness lingers somewhat at the sides of the tongue. Sweet to bitter finish mellows out later with more pleasant evidence of copious caramel malt. High ABV is evident but mostly pretty well covered.

m; Full, very smooth, good carbonation tingle.

o; A substantial strong ale, slight vinegary notes are not strong enough to seriously detract from the drinking experience, and in fact add an interesting flavor dimension to the hefty maltiness.

Photo of ksimons
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark golden with three fingers worth of khaki colored head

S-bready malt backbone , caramel, fruity sweetness, and hints of hop juice

T-caramel malt, lots of apples sweetness and tropical fruits, and very mild hop notes. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, sweet and juicy finish

Overall a very unique beer, I have never had anything like it before. Not sure I could have two in one sitting, but I always love trying new beers from Pretty Things!

Photo of Altrurian
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer's color is a deep, deep amber. The pour raises a short head atop swirling bubbles that move through what seems a viscous liquid. The head is ever so slightly on the tan side; very smooth and creamy. It sticks around for awhile, and leaves good lacing--make that coating--as the drinking proceeds. The aroma is sweet, in not so much a fruity as a floral sense: honeysuckle deepened by, what, butterscotch? The taste is wonderfully sweet. It's like a wheat wine, I suppose; maybe a little lacking in complexity, but not easy to describe. Butterscotch and overripe sweet grapes come to mind, and earthy fruits like mango. It stops this side of cloying, but there's a lot of flavor there. It's rich, thick, and buttery in texture. A marvelous creation.

Grampus Hoppy Golden Double Mash from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
85 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.