Gorillanaut Imperial IPA - Straight To Ale
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3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-20-2014 19:40:51 | More by ThickNStout
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
A: Golden tangerine color with two fingers of head that fades down to one. Nice lacing. Pretty clear with a few carb bubbles. It is an absolutely gorgeous beer in the glass.
S: Big juicy smell of tropical and lighter fruits. I get the aroma of Juicy Fruit bubble gum. Definitely strong malty character as well.
T: Beer starts off more malty and ends tongue scraping bitter. I don't get much of the juiciness that I smell.I more of a taste of herbal hops than tropical.
MF: A little sticky, coats my mouth a bit. Definitely warming alcohol presence.
O: Solid imperial IPA. Really smooth. Very well constructed beer, just not at that "it" level.
07-22-2014 02:13:03 | More by benloho
4.86/5 rDev +22.7%
Poured fresh off-tap into a 64-oz growler, then into a series of 16oz well-chilled Pilsner glasses. Given a less than stellar performance of the Monkeynaut IPA, I found this a pleasant up-offering on that Straight-to-Ale bottling, with a pronounced citrus hoppiness that gives way to a smooth orange and resinous follow-on.
Terrific pour with decent head, I compare this favorably to Stone's Ruination and other classic America Double/Imperial IPAs. Very smooth from first pour to end of glass, no off-flavors and complexity just about perfect for a DIPA/Imperial. The occasional honey-sweet grapefruit/citrus after-taste makes this a near-perfect beer for a hot summer day, not too filling, just right for cool-down.
07-06-2014 22:15:54 | More by robinsonra2
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours a golden light amber with ample off white head - nice retention and lacing.
Smells of floral, pungent bitter citrus and resinous earthy pine.
Taste starts with bitter citrus giving way to some sweet orange. A thick biscuity malt comes through for a brief moment before it is dominated by resinous pine. A decent II IPA, but a little too much conflict in the flavors. Needs some harmony and a little less pungency to be great.
06-22-2014 00:59:23 | More by Chickenhawk9932
4/5 rDev +1%
Rich, sweet and creamy. Hoppy enough to make it a DIPA and malty enough to make it interesting and drinkable. Very well balanced with just the right amount of carbonation. Makes it even more worth visiting Alabama. This is on3 company I wish woukd sell farther north.
06-19-2014 23:41:02 | More by kirok1999
4.19/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
06-16-2014 22:39:34 | More by mattsdenney
4.08/5 rDev +3%
Tasted On: 06-04-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville
Clear and bright copper-colored beer, with 4 fingers of cream-colored head. Lacing is fair with a great head retention.
Smell has a huge amount of tropical fruits plus some floral hop elements, with a backbone of caramel malt aromas.
The taste is heavily weighted to the big hop bitterness but there's always some malt in their to keep things from being one-sided. Flavors are citrus and tropical fruits; grapefruit primarily.
Thick in body, the finish is much like the initial tastes; a big citrus hop bomb with an undercurrent of a little malt sweetness.
Overall a delicious DIPA that could just as easily pass for an American style barleywine.
06-05-2014 05:06:04 | More by sommersb
Gorillanaut Imperial IPA from Straight To Ale
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