Catty Wompus - Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Treyliff:
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Boned on April 18, 2014, poured into Devils Backbone Snifter
A- pours a bright and clear golden color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour with bubbles continuously shooting to the top. Head eventually settles leaving behind some nice lacing, very nice
S- fruity hop aroma up front gives notes mango, papaya and pineapple. Peppery spicy notes with aromas of earth and must
T- fruity hop flavors follow the nose with flavors of pineapple and papaya, peppery spice kicks in mid-palate with some earthy notes and a kick of bready malt, leading to a dry finish with more fruity hops
M- medium body and medium carbonation lead to a foamy and creamy mouthfeel, with a creamy and smooth finish
O- nice fruity IPA, although it didn't have that classic phenolic taste that I like in Belgian IPA's, it was still quite enjoyable
Serving type: bottle
06-13-2014 22:26:04 | More by Treyliff
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Tasted On: 06-26-2014
Freshness: Not readable
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade
Clear and golden beer with lots of streaming bubbles. The head is tall and white, with very good retention and a fair amount of lace. Hop aromas are more akin to grass and hay than citrus (as their website indicated). Other smells have a lemon and green grape aspect that remind me of a white wine. The Belgian yeast strain also lends some spices to both the smell and taste. Bitterness is moderate, with a highly carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors are split between the spices and hop bitterness. Finishes fairly dry and spicey, with some piney bitterness as well. Not what I'd call my favorite style and not one I review often, but I did I enjoy this sample.
Thanks to Treyliff for the extra!
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 01:02:22 | More by sommersb
3.44/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle into a goblet.
A: Pours a beautiful amber color, with a head that's a finger high and white in shade. Retention is absolutely terrible - I think the head lasted 5 seconds, max. Minuscule lacing is left behind. The lower score is for the lame head and clarity (I don't like perfectly clear Belgian-style brews).
S: Thanks to the pitiful head, the aroma is quite weak. Nor is it really that "Belgian". Having said that, what's there is quite nice. There is a pleasant fruit note which blends nicely with the biscuity malts. None of those annoying band-aid phenols are to be found, either.
T: The first flavors are really nice. Tons of fleshy tangerine, apricot, grapefruit, and white grape to start. Initially, the finish isn't very good, blending the annoying band-aid phenols I didn't miss on the aroma with plenty of biscuity malts. Key word being initially. The back end improves drastically after a few sips, losing some of the negative phenolic notes and gaining some of that lush opening fruitiness. Not bitter in the least - I have to give DB some props, they did a decent job of pulling out some fruity hop flavor without the bite.
M: For a Belgian-style ale, it's too sweet and (dare I say?) too heavy. I'd even suggest it's more of a sipper than a chugger. The powerful carbonation gives it some drinkability, however, and the full body puts a damper on the fizz being too harsh.
O: The flavor is the best part of this beer, and really, that's what matters. Ultimately, it's a good beer, but it's also about as Belgian as me after eating a plate of french fries (fun fact: french fries are actually a Belgian invention!) It could still use a couple tweaks, but I'd gladly drink it again.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 19:14:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
Catty Wompus from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.