Atticus - Strand Brewing Co.
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2.66/5 rDev -25.9%
1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with white minimalist label and standard unbranded black pressure cap acquired at a local beer store for $5.99 and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. "Small Batch ~ Unfiltered." 7.2% ABV according to the label on my bottle.
Served cold, straight from the fridge, and side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 3.5 finger light khaki colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent caramel-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A bit more colorful than most beers in the style; I'm looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Caramel malts. Juicy floral hops. Light grapefruit. Toasted malt. A light to mild strength aroma. There's not much going on compared to other local beers in the style, but I'm optimistic. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
T: Toasty caramel forms the body, true to the label's description. Bready. Generic floral hop character is all I really get hopwise. Some bitter grapefruit - light by west coast IPA conventions. It's not all that well balanced at all. Decently built, but boring. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. There's not a whole lot of flavour here. Meh. Simple and unambitious. The noticeable bitterness really destroys the balance.
Mf: Nicely smooth. Wet. Unrefreshing. Lightly creamy. Good thickness. Decent body. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile only in a general sense.
Dr: Why brew this? A simple IPA with no ambition or boldness. This won't satisfy fans of the style, nor will it attract new ones. It's quite boring and I see no need to buy it again. Not recommended. Drinkable but forgettable. Disappointing. If the other two Strand beers I picked up are as mediocre as this, I won't be in any hurry to buy their other offerings.
04-22-2013 02:19:36 | More by kojevergas
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
This is a reasonable IPA from Strand brewing. I picked it up because it was unfiltered and had a cool label. Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.
The beer pours a rich orange with a good looking thin head and a reasonable amount of foamy edging.
Atticus smells like malty old fruit soaked in beer. Not a strong aroma from the glass, mostly generic beer scent.
The taste is enjoyable. Smooth roasted malt and piney stinky hops in each drink. The front end is smooth and the back end is hops bitter. Very common drinking experience for IPAs in this range (7.1). I appreciate a nice bitter beer and this is a good flavored drink.
I sort of assumed there would be more murky funk in an "unfiltered" beer -- it is easy to drink right to the bottom of the bottle. No random swirl of muck in the bottom of the bottle, in fact the end sip seems to be as clean as the first.
07-30-2014 23:59:16 | More by kingmaxwell
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
Orangey amber, on the darker side. Average foam in the big Duvel tulip with nice lacing along the glass. Some piney aromas. Nice sudsy mouthfeel. Thinner than a lot of IPAs.
Some fruity flavors and a malty base start this out pleasantly. This is a pretty bitter beer. Intense acidity to go with the orange and lemon and grapefruit flavors.
The carbonation really does last well and provides a mellow sudsiness. The aftertaste is always that hop attack. Hop fiends, this is your beer. Too much of a good thing for me, but this seems well made and clean. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles.
03-04-2014 06:03:55 | More by mactrail
Atticus from Strand Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.