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Ov-ral - To Øl

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87
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
To Øl visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pixieskid on 05-30-2012)
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Reviews by StJamesGate:
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StJamesGate

New York

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

Bright tangerine with thin off white film.
Sour Brett hairspray fusels with loads of citrus and barnyard and oil - a crazy, fascinating bouquet.
Apricot, bread, tangerine and resin hops.
Sour malt vinegar and orange jam finish and long, catty linger. Medium, fine fizz, clingy, hot.

Sour orange brandy? Honeyed cider vinegar? I struggle to come up with comparisons to suggest how weird and wonderful this beer is. The orange oil and musk nose is something I want to dab behind my ears. Piles of oily hops balance anything I don't like about Brett. Simcoe is there in the cattiness (Amarillo and Centennial, too.) And this was with some time on the bottle.

An inspired, unhinged beer.

11-26-2012 17:02:27 | More by StJamesGate
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EastBay_Nick

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-14-2013 06:13:22 | More by EastBay_Nick
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marvin213

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

A murky,opaque brown contrasts with a well-trimmed, polished-white, two-fingers of foam. It looks menacingly attractive. The smell is like WTF-deep hops with an herb bouquet of old strong-man ale. It's like a cologne...I've always been a little conflicted about say the smell of Brut on a carpenter....

Hops are there, but what is that WTF-bit of pungent lemon rind with a bitter orange peel feel attached to it? Definitely medicinally bitter. Oddly characteristic of a DFH 120?!? Subsequent smells give me a Nelson Sauvignon hop/grape smell, and there's a Chardonnay-style dryness here from the Belgian yeast. One of the rarities that sorta feels better than it tastes: the alcohol is warming and mouth-pooling provides a bitter numbing reminiscent of liquid xylocaine! It's tough while sophisticated: a beer a girl wants to fuck. Mikkeller does so much; it's mostly so good; this is yet another neat and powerful production from toolbrew.com!

11-22-2012 20:08:11 | More by marvin213
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

05-10-2014 16:08:28 | More by henryclay_
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dogfishandi

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

07-04-2014 19:45:18 | More by dogfishandi
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-26-2014 15:19:27 | More by Griffith
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-07-2012 21:14:50 | More by aztraz
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PennFBarts

Tennessee

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%

To Øl is danish for two bothers (which is a sick name btw), and was induced from conversations with Mikkeller (note this is not a Mikkeler beer, as I thought it was - the similar packaging and mikkeller imprint distracted me). Ov-Ral is the breweries first release (co-brewed with Mikkeller).

Like Mikkeller and Evil Twin, To Øl is a gypsy brewery. Ov-Ral was brewed at De Proef Brouwerli, Belgium, and is appropriately a Belgium IPA of high quality. The nose is strong malt and the taste is complex but resinous sweet in flavor.

Overall, this beer is excellent, though at $6.0, I could opt for a cheaper DIIPA with similar flavors (sixpoint's resin). Should I want strong malt character and complex flavors with strong body, I would consult Ov-Ral.

05-10-2014 04:48:34 | More by PennFBarts
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GRG1313

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

08-24-2013 15:30:29 | More by GRG1313
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-25-2013 00:41:01 | More by crosenkrantz
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Craftonly23121

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-02-2013 18:32:28 | More by Craftonly23121
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Magery

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

09-08-2012 20:34:32 | More by Magery
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tendermorsel

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +18.9%

Quite a bit of fluffy long lasting head. Orangish in color.

Pretty hoppy nose. Cirtus fruits and pine.

Lot's of barnyard flavors. Hay straw and horseblanket. Lot's of hop flavor too.
All Brett and funk no sourness. Quite a bit of heat from the high ABV. A bit of candish finish too.

This was a real good beer. Exactly what I am looking for. Almost like a an Orval on steroids or an imperial heavily hopped Orval. A real style busting beer.

Highly recomended for those who like the funk.

10-23-2012 12:33:00 | More by tendermorsel
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Hazy

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-25-2013 01:00:09 | More by Hazy
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%

Picked this up at the COOP last night... Paid $5ish. Pours with a 2 finger meringue like head... thick and foamy looks like shaving cream... the brew is hazed orange... beautiful sheets of lace for the entire glass.

Nose is very interesting... hoppy and phenolic.... some mild yet wild plastic notes... something that reminds me of apricots... and spicy coriander.

Candied grapefruit zest on the palate... dry dusty basement and somehow still something that seems to be sweetness, but I know this is bone dry... Hops (I think so) are sorta resinous piney notes.

Body is fairly big... even with the bigger carbonation the mouthfeel is still surprisingly creamy.

Pretty interesting beer... I would like to see some American breweries give this a try so I could hopefully try it a lot fresher.... Still a pretty cool experiment.

4.25/3.75/4/4/4

05-10-2013 04:18:56 | More by JohnGalt1
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jmilo64

Maine

2.25/5  rDev -42.5%

04-07-2013 17:10:37 | More by jmilo64
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

On-tap at Beer Street, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with delicate lacing on the surface that eventually completely faded away and left a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops; the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel hops, a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and a slight amount of sourness. Some citrusy flavors become apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming.
O: This is a very solid Double IPA. It feels strong but the alcohol is mostly well masked from the taste.

07-03-2012 00:38:06 | More by metter98
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Irish12

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

09-11-2013 02:37:01 | More by Irish12
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Big_J22

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-01-2013 16:08:23 | More by Big_J22
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mitlinks

Switzerland

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-03-2013 15:24:25 | More by mitlinks
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Bright orangish amber color. Crystal clear appearance. White in color, close froth. Crown shows good retention & leaves a thin layer on top. Smelling is such an hallucination that takes you into a farm: horsestable, barnyard, leather, fermented cheese & intense burnt bacon. Helpfully underlying crystal & caramel malt aromas brings us back in front of a beer. Refreshing at first sip. Sweet toasted malt, subtle increasing hoppiness & brett flavors. Medium body. Soft to moderate carbonation. Oily texture & gentle bitterness. Long finish shows roasted bacon & smoky notes. ABV is well hidden in mouth but your head will feel it up. Probably the most complex beer I´ve ever tried.

07-16-2012 23:24:06 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear amber-orange pour with a one finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. Initially the nose is perfumey, citrusy, and tropical. But early on the wild yeast and brett really take over. The same is true with the taste. Lots of pine, tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, and caramel, fighting for supremacy over a solid level of yeasty, spicy funkiness. There's also a battle of subtle sweetness trying to overpower a dry and earthy farmhouse character. Very complex and very unique! The mouthfeel is oily and syrupy with a mouth puckering bitter hop bite. The finish is tangy and funky with gentle warming from the alcohol. I had no idea what this was when I bought it, but I'm glad I did. I typically don't like funky beers whatsoever, but this one really stands out. Truly one of a kind. Highly recommend!

10-22-2012 15:58:53 | More by beerdrifter
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JZ77

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +15.3%

Wow, very good beer. It has been a while since I've had something like this and I was not diasappointed. Definitely some beautiful piney hoppines with a significant caramel malt. Some underlying citrus fruitiness. Good head on pour, great color, great nose, smoothe.

Thanks to Golden Crust for having it in the bottle shop.

07-17-2013 21:13:29 | More by JZ77
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-07-2013 21:35:32 | More by calcnerd
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-24-2013 12:24:24 | More by aasher
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Ov-ral from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.