Gorillanaut Imperial IPA - Straight To Ale

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Gorillanaut Imperial IPAGorillanaut Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Alabama, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 04-21-2010)
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

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2.55/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow, looking over the reviews, did I get a bad bottle? The nose and the appearance has me excited. I had yet to find a STA beer I didn't think was incredible... until now.

As a hop head I like incredibly hopped beers. Loved the 100 plus beers Tim Rastetter was pumping out of Brew Works south of Cinci in the 90s. Love Pliney.

But this is as if they took all the hops and tossed them in at the start of the boil. maybe if the malt sense was a bit more upfront I might cringe, but still enjoy the rip the roof off the top of your mouth astringency, but most homebrewers I know who would never enter something this harsh.

Note: I also like fresh, so the grassy isn't the point. to me: except fresh hops not declared on the bottle. Indeed: no style is.

An inferior beer from a brewer I was close to idolizing. It's kind of like a magic trick where the set up is superb, but when the brewer attempts to carry off the illusion he fails in a very obvious manner.

Try a few other STAs. Promise you'll be impressed.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.2/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JayS2629
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Gorillanaut Imperial IPA from Straight To Ale
87 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.