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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
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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

nickfl, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

BMart, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

AlexFields, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

thatoneguymike, Jun 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Lovely85, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

CRJMellor, Aug 11, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

JamesS, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight to Ale Gorillanaut Imperial IPA

Pours a nice copper orange color. There is a nice half inch white head that stays for a bit and recedes slowly leaving a thin sticky film.

Aroma is of WOW!! This is a tropical fruit explosion. There are mango and papaya with some peach notes in the nose. There are slight citrus notes also present with some mild orange rind in the nose but its smooth and fruity.

Taste is intense and amazing. It starts off bitter and abrasive but in a good way. Pungent and citrusy with some grapefruit and tangerine in there. Then, a nice tropical fruit sweetness creeps in with notes of mango and papaya as in the nose. Then there is a nice earthy and grassy hop note and bitterness that brings all the flavors together. Quite bitter and intense. Definitely for big hop heads. The tropical fruit notes that entice you from the nose serve to mellow out the slight pine resins and big hop characters but they round out those intense flavors in a very nice way. Nice dry bitterness adds plenty to finish this nice light-medium bodied IIPA.

Overall, the aroma in this brew is awesome. Nice notes of tropical fruits that really entice the drinker. Then the intense hop bitterness with a background of tropical fruits brings the awesomeness back around. Well done.

JoEBoBpr, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

GABrew, Sep 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

CraigTravor, Jul 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Rekrule, Jun 23, 2014
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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

oldvines, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

freduardo, Oct 04, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

sommersb, Jun 05, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick light tan head into a snifter that disappeared halfway through. the body was a dark mahogany color.
s - minty sweet with some orange zest coming through.
t - dominating herbal, piney, spicy hop flavors with a caramel backbone.
m - medium and creamy.
o - solid DIPA here from STA, falls short of the classics but still a good one.

GPHarris, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

durlta, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

memphischas, Jun 06, 2014
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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%

justinm4bama, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kirok1999, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ari32, Aug 01, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

benloho, Jul 22, 2014
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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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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

seavercm, Aug 23, 2014
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