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Gorillanaut Imperial IPA - Straight To Ale

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Gorillanaut Imperial IPAGorillanaut Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Straight To Ale visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-21-2010)
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Reviews by mattsdenney:
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4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Spieglau IPA glass. Great pour, great looking, deep copper color with a thick head. Great lacing and retention. Smells of fresh hop, grass, earth, floral. This beer has such a rich and pungent hop flavor that finishes with a great balance of bitterness and malt. Somewhat boozy in taste as expected. Heavier in body and mouthfeel, perfect for a Imperial IPA. Overall a fantastic beer. Haven't had a beer from STA that I don't like.

mattsdenney, Jun 16, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

seavercm, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Riverared, May 27, 2013
Photo of ChrisCBeets
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this little gem on draft at the Tipping Point in Montgomery, AL. Not very familiar with this Hunstville brewery, Straight to Ale, but was pleasantly surprised with this Ale.

Great nose off this beer, citrus hops, pineapple, papaya, mango. It had a nose and hop profile that reminded me of Hopslam.

Taste did not disappoint. Good balance, decent malt backbone, maybe a little thin on the mouthfeel. Didn't taste the 9.00% ABV on this, but after my second pint I definitely knew it was there.

Good find, will look for this beer again in the future. Will have to try their single IPA as well.

ChrisCBeets, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Gerasimos, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

tweezer159, May 04, 2013
Photo of richj1970
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pours a deep honey brown with 2 finger fluffy white head. Some nice retention, but it settled to a small ring around the edge with some minimal spotty lacing.

S: Big punch of citrus. Grapefruit and mango dominate the nose. Biscuit and honey mixed with a piney punch at the end.

T: Complex mix of hop bitterness, and some tropical fruit sweetness. Again, I'm getting a fair amount of grapefruit and mango. The faint sweetness reminds me of honey.

M: Lots of hop resin gives this a bit of an oily texture. It finishes quite dry and bitter.

O: Interesting Imperial IPA. Lots of hops to enjoy and balanced fairly well with just a touch of sweetness. Not something I want for everyday, but this is a nice occasional brew which works well with its seasonality.

richj1970, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

CRJMellor, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

uncccegr, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

CraigTravor, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 11.99. No bottling date but I assume fairly fresh because it just hit shelves in the past week. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a brilliant, clear, golden amber with a three finger pillow of off-white froth. The head lingers almost indefinitely and leaves huge cakes of lace

Lots of sugary malt on the nose along with a great deal of piney, earthy hops. Floral, herbal, mild citrus rind and pepper follow.

The flavor is big, bold, bright and bitter with piney, resinous hops. Pine, citrus zest, floral, hebal, earthy, black pepper, vague mint, dankish garlic/onion, a little cracker and a considerable bite of booze. Far from balanced, with only a hint if the malt I caught in the aroma yet quite tasty.

Sticky, medium full feel with plenty (but not too much) feisty carbonation. Brutally bitter and long lasting aftertaste of piney and dank hops.

Gorillanaut is a quite good IPA for those that want a terrifically bitter hop assualt. I enjoyed it but tend to prefer more tropical, fruity hops and malty sweetness. Worth a try but most likely not a repeat purchase for me.

ThickNStout, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

GTJayG, Sep 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Wrigleyf, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

earlingy, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

GratefulEdd, Jun 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

freduardo, Oct 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

GABrew, Sep 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Syracuse12, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of JayS2629
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Decatur Alabama at the Brick. I was not impressed witth the appearance at all. It was cloudier than a wheat beer with chunky opaque orange beer with floating, chewy debris swirling around. A nice white cap though and thick creamy lace. The smell was very nice with orange, grapefruit, pine and spicy hops dominating a biscuit and caramel backbone. The taste was not as intense as the aroma and a bit too pungent on the grapefruit profile, but had nice orange zest, and pine notes throughout and was balanced very well with the malt. The mouthfeel was a bit chewy, thick and creamy for the style. Overall, not my favorite IPA by far.

JayS2629, Jun 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jbiddle, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

memphischas, Jun 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Justinbshelton, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

InfragilisBrew, Sep 09, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic local brew and fantastic brew all together. Deep dark color with hints of dark fruit. Sticky but in a good way. Doesn't get better as it warms. Quite bitter. Sort of boozy but not overwhelming. Very complex. Very tough to get in a bomber so on tap was my only option. I can't imagine it tasting this good out of a bottle.

zookerman182, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

thatoneguymike, Jun 17, 2014
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Gorillanaut Imperial IPA from Straight To Ale
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.